Ta Henket | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Ta HenketTa Henket

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
For this ambitious liquid time capsule, we used ingredients and traditions plucked from Egyptian hieroglyphics.

Ta Henket is brewed with an ancient form of wheat and loaves of hearth-baked bread, and it's flavored with chamomile, dom-palm fruit and Middle Eastern herbs. To ferment this earthy ancient ale, Sam and friends traveled to Cairo, set out baited petri dishes and captured a native Egyptian saccharomyces yeast strain.


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Reviews: 193 | Ratings: 743
Photo of dacrza1
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

DATE: August 8, 2016... OCCASION: Birthday number 40, finally and forever in the books--a beer this ancient might be required!... GLASSWARE: Victory Nonick... first, the bottle erupted in pent-up effervescence immediately upon opening... a flourishing cascade--a storm!--of bubbles envelops the glass, spiriting a body that is honey gold in complexion and hazily opaque in its vision... the head is off-white, slightly creamy and hastily forming into an uneven, almost beachlike froth... first scents include apple, pear, chamomile, suntan lotion, and ginger... sandalwood is also appreciable... palate is soft, dry and unengaging, almost flat, with a little carbonation... the hopping process doesn't yield much strength or depth... gingerbread, light cinnamon, honey, chamomile, and apple are soft, whispering hints that invite next sips with a sweetness unlike an ale I can recall... the honey, ginger and chamomile make this a nice dessertif... like a cold tea, this beer catches one off-guard, but its uniqueness is both a blessing and a curse: sweet and bitter in varying degrees, syrupy and arid in equal turns... something like my first forty years of life? Overall, an apologetic yet flavorful offering, though not one I would pay the $13.99 price tag for (though I received 20% off on this...)

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Photo of Will_Edgar
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A darker golden hue, decent head.
Smell: Crazy earthiness, a little dark fruit, herbs come through as well as chamomile.
Taste: Chamomile is strong, middle-eastern herbs and fruit make this taste like I'm actually in that part of the world.
Mouthfeel: Medium with a good amount of carb
Overall: I really enjoy this brew, very unique. Not everyone will dig it but I do!

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Photo of pat61
4.16/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: goldish amber, 1” thick off-white foam collar, quickly dissipates
S: smells like fresh grain, lightly roasted malts, herb, floral, and fruit, mushrooms and a little earthiness and mustiness.
T: Lightly toasted grain, interesting, hard to identify fruit flavors, chamomile tea, spice.
M: Medium wine or cider like body with a touch of beer and a sparkling wine or cider like carbonation.
O: This is a unique and fun beverage produced by a creative and ambitious project.

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Photo of jopezu
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

dark straw colored, massive wild head. light fragrant chamomile scent. taste is a bizarre champagne and floral, pungent fruit mixture (shades of overripe mango) which gets stronger as it warms. almost a dinner-mint finish. this is hilariously non-beer to my tastes, but after drinking it, i would absolutely substitute it for a celebratory champagne/wine drink. confounding.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A very interesting beer. It was light but had a nice over quality to it. The pour was almost like a sunrise of golden amber. Clear and inviting. Not much of any head to talk about.
The aroma was fruit and grapes. The taste also had the same. It had a nice mouthful and the aftertaste was very pleasant.

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Photo of BWED
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bomber poured into a DFH shaped pint.

A- Golden orange with some haze. White head that doesn't last.

S- Balance of sweet fruit, bready, grainy malt. Some earthy spice, from the za'atar?

T- Very mild sweetness. a little fruity. Malt is smooth a bready.

M- Light. Little carbonation. Very smooth and wet.

O- Interesting. Not much to it, but I think that's the point. A little fruity, and pretty bready.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%

A very interesting beer. The pour is a light orange with an off white head. The smell seemed all over the place at first with hints of sage, the tea leaves, and other herbs before I caught the fruits. The taste was very earthy with all of the spices before sweet fruits coming out big near the end. It was very layered and complex and offered interesting insight to ancient beer flavors. Worth a try although not an every day kind of beer.

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Photo of sierratwohearted
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%

25 oz bomber in a tulip glass. bottled 2012. hazy straw in color. smells of sweet bread and fruit-cant tell what kind. taste is sweet, very unique. chamomile is pronounced, maybe some honey? its unique, a little abrasive with the chamomile so pronounced. im also unsure what effect the aging had. better rating due to uniqueness and ambition-probably would not drink again though.

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Photo of LakerLeith
5/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the most interesting beers I've ever had through and through. Being Middle Easter, this is right up my alley. 55 year old parents loved it too!
Chamomile, za'atar and doum fruit are perfectly intertwined into this awesome, (but a tad pricey), session ale.

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Photo of armystrongmd
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

To pay $11.99 for a 25.4oz bottle of this beer you should know what you are getting into and appreciate all the work that went into making this beer as authentic as possible.

Serving method: 25.4oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: A light golden color with a thin head,

S: Light floral aroma, chamomile, bready sweetness, slightly earthy

T: Chamomile, honey, biscuits, bready sweetness, mild spices (not quite cinnamon, but very similar). A fair amount of carbonation. Quite similar to a hefeweizen at the front of the mouth but finishes completely different. At the back of the mouth and in the aftertaste a sweet bread overtakes you. Overall very balanced and enjoyable, especially considering all the authentic ingredients and the effort to make this like it was made thousands of years ago. Sweet bready aftertaste is not overpowering, the beer overall is not that sweet so the sweet flavors are all very light. It tastes simple and natural, with unique ingredients and therefore a unique end result.

M: Medium body, kind of rough, not smooth like nitro beers. Feels thicker/heavier than the ABV would suggest. Very drinkable but not watery or thin.

O: This is an excellent beer taking into account the purpose, not just randomly tasting a bunch of beers. Thinking of it as a liquid time capsule allows me to appreciate it to the fullest extent. With no offensive flavors or smell, and a light drinkable body, I am quite pleased with this brew. It has unique flavors I have not experienced before and is quite enjoyable. Instead of "Walk Like an Egyptian" you can now "Drink Like An Egyptian". Perhaps Dogfish should have used that line on the bottle :)

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Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on May 23, 2014.

The pour is a virtually headless pale yellow to golden tone. A little cloudiness but it could be a chill haze.

Check out all those Middle Eastern spices and fruits on the nose. They tell us it has Zatar and Chamomile and it does. I also get maybe some curry and allspice. And there are pale malts in the mix too.

Light to medium body.

All those exotic spices and fruits I mentioned are evident in the taste more so than the toasted malts and crisp, clean but mellow hops at the end. I felt like watching "Ben Hur" after drinking this.

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Photo of jeagleton
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like this beer--quite a bit, actually. But it's not your average beer.

I love the whole Ancient Ales line from Dogfish Head because I'm really interested in ancient cuisines.

This one is strange. it's thin and herbal. It's like an alcohol-infused carbonated tea with a turmeric-like spice suspended in it. It's not quite a beer which I like very much--but I also definitely knew what I was getting myself into when I picked up this bottle. I was expecting something a little chalky, a little herbal, and quite funky. I will remember it well but won't drink it more than once every couple of years I think.

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

25oz to a snifter because I have no idea what else to serve it in

Pours a vibrant gold with a finger of foam that dies down pretty quick. Strong carbonation stemming from the middle, moderate lacing. This beer's okay looking

Smells of slightly tart apples, floral earthy hops, honey, chamomile, herbal spices, cinnamon, and a sweet malty backbone. Everything comes together okay

Tastes of strong herbal and earthy spice, apple and other light fruits, floral chamomile, honey notes, and a pale wheaty malt

Feel is pretty light and wet, not much bitterness and as expected, not much alcohol present. Drinks easy

Overall a pretty interesting beer. Pretty neat of dog fish head to have an ancient beer line. It was good, but not $12 good

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Photo of Cyrion
4.19/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a hefe glass, since this is a lighter beer. Don't look at me like that. You'd do the same thang, fool.

Appearance: Aggressive pour yields a dull gold beer with plenty of carbonation on sides of glass. The white, 2" head has very small bubbles.

Smell: Honey, lots of honey. And some flowers, very delicate. Chamomile-like.

Taste: More honey, very tasty, as well as some floral and herbal notes. There's also a sweet corn taste, like Kellogg's Corn Pops.

Mouthfeel: Quite watery, as expected.

Overall: A very fun drink, despite the price of the bomber. Sweet, light, corny/wheaty. This will never be a regular drink for anyone, but it's an intriguing "candy tasting " beer that will make you smile. I haven't tried the other 'historical' brews from Dogfish Head, but I'm betting that this is among the most approachable of the lot. Thumbs up!

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Photo of megahurts4
4.4/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head Ta Henket

Appearance: light amber, medium-large pillowy head, and good lacing.

Smell: spices, spices, and a touch of fruit.

Taste: chamomile, many spices, and a faint fruit that I've never had before.

Mouthfeel: medium and fairly smooth.

This is a unique brew. The flavors are plentiful and combine very well. This is something different, which is what Dogfish Head does best.

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Photo of corby112
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark golden orange color with apricot edges and a two finger frothy, pillowy white head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with sporadic streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy, musty aroma with a strong floral presence. Some grassy, barnyard funk with straw and hay along with flower petal, caraway seed and sweet caramel malt. I'm not familiar with most of the ingredients but the wild yeast and floral chamomile and farro notes stand out. Not much of a hop presence but there's some faint light fruit. Sweet pale malts underneath as well with some caramel, biscuit and apricot.

On the lighter end of medium body with a slightly tart,funky yeast presence that dominates the flavor. This was really strong in the nose and stands out here as well. Grassy and herbal with resinous hops, straw, damp hay and wild bugs followed by floral rose water, sweet malts, light fruit and booze. Somewhat dry, chalky and earthy with sunflower seed oil, caramel malt, toffee and biscuit toward the end of the palate. Some dark and light fruit esters and boozy sweetness as well but there's not much heat. I would have guessed higher than 4.5% but it's still pretty easy to drink. Decent complexity but some of the flavors clash with each other. Not the most flavorful beer but its an interesting experiment and they successfully captured the wild Egyptian yeast. I don't think that I would buy this beer again but I enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of Auraan
4.06/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a semi-cloudy golden with a tiny bit of white head that dissipated quickly. Not quite as thick as some Egyptian beers are described in tomb finds, but I'll take it. Scents of fruit with a lot of sweetness and some apricot notes. A good scent, sweet and fruity. Flavor is light and crisp, slightly sweet, with light apricot and fig notes, and a backbone of grain and wheat cracker with some yeasty bread. The sweetness is balanced by the bready flavors and blends quite well. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Overall it's an excellent beer, and probably the best of the Ancient Ales I've tried.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a semi-cloudy golden-amber, with an average head of off-white bubbles. Lace almost non-existent.

Aroma is nice -- I get some spice, and plenty of yeasty bread. There's also a slight hint of fruit in the mix, too, though the bread dominates. Very good.

Taste echoes the nose -- very bready with a tinge of exotic fruit. This is an easy-to-drink brew, well-balanced and a little sweet, but still very much a beer, and an exceptional one at that. If this were bottled in regular 6-packs, I'd buy more! A superb beer, proving that the ancient Egyptians apparently knew what they were doing.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - poured into tulip, nice sudsy two finger white head, golden body with slight haze. Didn't leave any lacing and appeared somewhat lifeless throughout.

S - smells a little skunky, slight sweetness, peppery yeast.

T - tast is a mild biscuity breadyness with a slightly spicey cinnamon finish. Beyond that it doesn't taste like much, it's not bad and has no off tastes, just is missing any real flavor. There is an absolute lack of bitterness, allowing the tiny presence of malt sweetnss to find its way to being too cloying.

M - the beer feels thick and has little carbonation.

O - as a history lesson this is cool, to think maybe this is what the Egyptians drank, but it's not what I drink or want to drink. Will pass on this in the future but was good to have it once just for the experience. That's pretty much why I love dogfish head, this was brewed to push envelope and provide an experience, not just to sell more beer.

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Photo of ManekiNeko13
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh. I may have a bad sample, but there's nothing special about this. Had been looking forward to the spices and herbs, but can't detect anything. Tastes like watered down standard issue American beer. Quite disappointing.

I'll probably try it again at some point when I can secure a fresh sample, maybe at the brewery itself.

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Photo of utopiajane
2.87/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The aromatic spices in this beer are likely at first to remind you of "feet." Then, bread and middle eastern cuisine. If you read the reviews no one really knew what this was supposed to taste like so I recommend trying it anyway. Pours a golden straw color and a nice thick head that doesn’t last very long. Mouthfeel is "syrupy." The more you drink the more you will notice the spices in the beer. No real hops taste in this and it has has low carbonation as well which makes it sweet in a weird way. The fruit ( whatever kind of fruit that was) is noticeable because the flavor of it seems to go very well with those spices. It’s the strangest beer I have had but I’m not sorry I bought it. The bottle is freaky cool.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ever since the episode on Brewmasters aired a few years ago I've been wanting to try this.
Poured into a tulip a hazy golden color. Kind of a rough pour foams it up real nice. Leaves a thin white heading. Nice bubbling action.

Not too aromatic. Some bread,touch of chamomile. Almost no hop presence whatsoever.

Taste on the other hand is a whole new ball game. Slight fruit at first but quickly taken over by a nice sugary - cinnamon kick. Funky yeast gives it an extra edge. Chamomile is the star of the show always lingering in the background. All of the ingredients come into play here. Liking this alot.

Mouth is a little bit on the thicker side, not a watery feel. Lower carbonation but very refreshing. Alot like a wine, a smooth easy going brew.

A little surprised at such a low score here on BA. No it's not a hop bomb or R.I.S. but this was a delightful surprise. Well done !

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Photo of Dave1999
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours cloudy amber with no head at all.

Smell is biscuits, camomile and a slight fruitiness.

The taste is exactly like the smell, biscuits and camomile.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall a very unique beer, definately not one of my favourites but worth a try. Although I'm struggling to finish the bottle.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dogfish Head Brewery - Ta Henket - 1pt 6fl oz bottle

Look - Pours hazy golden-orange with a full fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation.

Smell - Subtle fruits and bready with definite chamomile. Spice throughout.

Taste - Light and fruity, chamomile on top. Crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Rests on the palate almost like a tea. Good drinkability but a bit sweet.

Overall - Interesting brew, not really my bag but unique as hell from my perspective. Worth a shot. Tastes as advertised.

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Photo of Chaney
2.38/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this on-tap at the Alehouse in Fairfax.

Served in a snifter... an overpriced one, I might add.

A: Poured a fairly bright orange with a slight chill haze. No head to speak of.

S: Nothing... absolutely nothing. Well, maybe a tinge of chamomile and some baked bread, but that is absolutely it.

T: Salty. Seriously, this is one of the first brews I've tasted in a long time where I feel comfortable using that descriptor. It honestly tasted like wallpaper paste, with some licorice (just a tinge), and some algae.

M: Got a mild prickle, but who the hell cares? No lacing.

O: I understand this was an historical brew, the earliest beer recipe even. However, it was to worst tasting beer I've have so far in 2013.

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Ta Henket from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.45 out of 5 based on 743 ratings.
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