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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Photo of brewskifan55
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Thanks for bringing this unique brew by, Jessie!

A: Clear light yellow with a half finger head that settles pretty fast. Light lacing.

S: Za'atar spices shine though. Bready, sweet.

T: Smooth, sweet. Earthy. Cinnamon, white pepper and corainder. More like a dessert wine. Light and refreshing.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation. A dry finish.

O: A very unusual beer from DFH. Great for bringing to a bottle share. Worth a try.

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Photo of palma
2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Aroma: smoke, tomato sauce, green onion, earthy.

Taste: sweet, cinnamon, prune, sugary, sweet creamed corn. A nice complex spicyness at the end. Good aftertaste. Sweet, a little nutty, cinnamon, nutmeg in the aftertaste. Complex.

A unique beer. Drinkable. Taste is nice. Aroma is a detriment. Get rid of that onion and smoke and you have an ok beer here.

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Photo of MRsojourner
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden and crystal clear with a light foamy 3' head
Cracker, and bready aroma with slight perfume & herbs
taste is of oranges with a herbal bite. a bit sweet with very low bitterness. more fruitiness comes out as it warms up.
an easy drinker with not much complexity. not bad not great.

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Photo of liamt07
2.96/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle into a tulip.

Pale gold with a huge white head, minimal retention or lace. Nose has sweet bready malt, herbal character, chamomile isn't distinct on the nose. Taste has more sweet grain, obscure fruit and herbal qualities that I'm struggling to pin down (as with all of the beers in this DFH series). Medium feel, medium high carbonation. Couldn't find much I enjoyed from this, a struggles to put back.

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

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a hint of hazy to the orange body with a fizzy white head that boils away and a sea of microbubbles remain.

S- The field corn aroma with some tart sumac seed aromas give way to a light earthy grain aroma and a hint of graham and sesame seed in the finish.

T- The fruity flavors have a slight nectarine note with a cherry quality from the doum fruit and a touch of sumac tartness in the finish. There is a clean crisp fizz in the finish. The mellow fruity tartness grows but is never really strong and a whole grain wheat hint comes through under the fruit aswell.

M- The light mouthfeel has an airy quality to it with no alcohol heat and no astringency noticed.

O- This is a well-blended crisp beer that has a touch of sweetness and lots of very interesting flavors. It was fun to try but it was a bit to much for such a big bottle. I just got a little tired of drinking it. Perhaps with the heat of the Sahara it might fit the bill.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.81/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an Allagash glass on 12/16/12

Bottled in 2011

The color is a clear, amber/apple juice with dulled gold highlights. A swell of fizzy bubbles rises to two and a half fingers; however, the head falls away just as quickly. Minimal specks of lace.

I took one smell and thought, this smells familiar. I took a few more smells. Tuna.

I asked my fiance what she thought it smelled like. Chicken dinner.

After the head is gone, a few notes of camomile and pollen and mild herbs emerge. Regardless, I cannot help but reminisce about sitting at the bar at Bodega with their excellent, now departed, tuna melt in front of me, with notes of pilsner lingering about.

The taste is a lot of pollen and dry herbal notions with something akin to ginger and hints of honey. Toasty grains have a slightly damp grass bent. The finish has a tanginess like fermenting light fruits.

The light body is loose but well confined with fluffy carbonation. The mouthfeel here would be really good for an American pale lager or the like.

This is a peculiar beer and it grows a bit tiresome after not even half the bottle. Thankfully, the abv is reasonably low; if this were a boozy creation it's doubtful I could drink it.

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3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dogfish Head Ta Henket

Appearance: This Egyptian inspired Ancient Ale pours a brassy, slightly hazy golden yellow with a finger and a half of tightly bubbled, pure white head. Carbonation comes slowly and minimally off the bottom of the glass, rising up alongside sparse pieces of sediment. There is average lacing and no alcohol legs. This one looks quite a bit like its sister beer Midas Touch, albeit a bit darker. It is a nice looking beer, though not really anything special. Bonus points for the nice golden color.

Aroma: Lots of bready notes dominate with a backbone of melon, almost honeydew like smell. An unusual yeast smell comes through as well, and considering this yeast is unusual, this is completely expected. There is just a hint of sourness or tartness in the back of the smell. This is where DFH Ancient Ales usually stand apart, and that is definitely the case here. The only problem is it is kind of difficult to review based on smells that I am unsure what the actual components smell like. This beer is strong-smelling; the drinker can smell it immediately after popping the top, and it wafts out of the glass.

Taste: This is odd. Initially, it is almost difficult to choke down on the initial taste, especially having no idea what to expect. That first sip tastes like a strange assortment of bread, biscuits, and a touch of yeast and tartness. After the drinker’s mouth gets used to what is going on here, the beer tastes like buttery, honeyed biscuits with a slice of melon. The chamomile is prominent, almost to an uncomfortable level. Unique is the word for this beer, but that could be applied to most DFH beers.

Mouthfeel: The feel is much like the appearance of the beer in that it is exceedingly normal and average compared to the otherworldly aspects of the other two categories. The carbonation is medium, the feel is light and refreshing, and the finish, like many DFH beers, has an almost wine-like dry finish.

Overall: This was an admittedly difficult review. The Ancient Ales are a great program, even though this beer was probably just a bit too out there for me to purchase again (though I could see a weird hankering for it in the future). It is not a bad beer by any means, but a whole bottle is tough to do alone, even at a measly 4.5%, just due to the strong, strange flavor and aroma. This is definitely one to try if you have not had it and it is on the shelf, but there is no reason to seek it out.


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Photo of Tusked_pinniped
4.19/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured From Pint Bottle into large glass.

A- Light amber with a slightly frothy, short lived, off white head dissipating into a fine lace.

S- Herbal and slightly spicy with a bit of fruitiness.

T- A bit grainy and unimpressive at first, then a bit fruity with a very slight "wild" beer sourness but certainly not too much, Finishing of with a very pleasant herbal after taste.

M- Rather bubbly, but in a crisp refreshing way. Not to thin nor to thick for the style.

O- I really enjoyed this beer. Definitely looking forward to having it again especially in the warmer months. I wasn't sure what to expect and I almost didn't get it because it is on the pricey side but upon seeing the Arabic seasonings my interest was peaked I am glad I went for it! Well done in my opinion.

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Photo of scootny
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lovely full head with a slow fade and decent lacing. Smell has a light breadiness with an unusual fruit component. Some almost lactic like sourness. Chamomile and other light spices as well and a very faint mint tea. Taste is light a crisp with a very mild bitterness. Sweet malt and bread, chamomile shows up here and the fruit I'm sure but not having eaten it I can't finger it. Feel is light crisp and refreshing with a high drinkability. A very good beer for what it is. As an attempt to recreate the Egyptian beer recipe this one scores

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Photo of jaasen64
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

A- Pours a light very translucent golden with about a finger and half of white foamy head that fades fairly fast and leaves some light spotty lacing here and there. Decent amount of carbonation that is fairly consistent.

S- Aromas of honey, melon, green tea, and spices. Having never had the fruits that are in this it's hard to describe, however the fruits lend a melony smell that is mixed with a tea-like presence from the Middle Eastern spices. Not exactly my favorite mixture in the world, but in my opinion not that bad. A little bit above average aroma strength.

T- A little bit of a melony presence from the fruits however a little bit more subtle, some light sweet honey presence, a little bit bready, and a tea-like taste from the spices. Again not my favorite mixture of tastes, but not bad, and fairly interesting.

M- Light, slightly spritzy from the carbonation, easy to drink

O- This was an interesting brew. Definitely not my favorite DFH, but not my least favorite. Actually definitely preferred this a little bit more then the My Antonia I had right after. Fairly exotic and definitely unique, however like I said it's not my favorite blend of fruits and spices. It was easy to drink and I enjoyed trying it, but probably not something that I would pick up again.

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Photo of socon67
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden pour with a white active foam. Visible carbonation in this one. Minimal lacing.

S - I do get some of the interesting yeast smell. There are notes of honey and some tea-like spices. While it seems a bit all over the place, I think for what they were going for this beer smells nice.

T - Just not finding it. Has a light grain flavor with some sweetness of honey and a bit of spice. It really comes off like tea, but not nearly as flavorful as Sahti. Some bready notes as well. I found this almost as if I drank a spiced pilsner.

M - Light feel and light bodied beer that has bubbly carbonation. Easy to drink and would be nice at a BBQ. Leavesa bit of spice on the palate.

O - Was hoping to really like this and was only midly enjoying it. Of the DFH ancient ales I'd put this below Chateau Jihau, Sahti, and Midas Touch. Just didn't find it too tasty.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly leaving a trace of lace. Crystal clear light amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Mild fruity nose and flavor seems like bread, honey and chamomile, no idea what doum fruit tastes like. This would be good on a hot day, its 39. $14.00 for a 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light, transparent orange-ish yellow with a one-finger head that lingers.
S: I'm really not picking much up. Herbs, some citrusy fruit, a bit of bread, a bit of must.
T: This is very unique. Tons of chamomile, herbs, a touch of bread/citrus. Very dry.
M: Light bodied, herbal finish.
O: Interesting and unique but not my cup of tea.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer brewed with Za'atar, doum fruit, and chamomile.

A: A bronzy-orange coloring with a sharp clarity shows a quickly paced effervesce within. A sudsy white head is slight and weak on the hold, not lending much to the overall appearence, fizzy, weak, and stingy with the glass dressing.

S: For aroma there is a light musky lemon scent, pale musky grains. Have to be honest not sure what Za'atar and doum fruit smells like and not going to pretend like i do. Chamomile i am familar with and shows a bit of semi-dry apple slices. Overall light in delivery, not to much excitment going on here.

T: Flavor is spicy apple sauce is the best way to describe it, perhaps with some cinnamon topping. Sweet candied sugar, pear, musky lemons and sweet pale grains. Small ginger presence with a fresh herbaceous note. Honey-ginger is probably the most obvious and easiest to indentify, has some fruity and spicy notes im lost at words to describe.

M: Medium body a good rate of carbonation with a light syrupy feel.

O: Overall props for making something old, something new. Again not an everyday ale or one that will wow you, but interesting to see how an ancient beer might have tasted. With respect to homage, one is trouble on how to define and rate this beer, by authenticity, which is hard to confirm, or by style, herb & spiced, where it is at best average. Certainly worth a look if your a beer historian who wants to try something with respect to its beginings, just dont expect to be wowed even if your a die hard dogfish head, this wasn't the intended purpose.

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Photo of Durge
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decided to give this a try while visiting the Fairfax brewpub in Virginia. It's a deep orange amber color with a modest white head and fair lacing. Smells like mild chamomille dough with other floral dust ideas. A bit out of the ordinary but not bad. The flavor brings lemon tea and more of the smell theme with ideas of apple and heather and perhaps a touch of muted mint. Again, sort of odd but interesting. It's light bodied and somewhat watery in feel with delicate carbonation. Not my cup of tea but not bad at all.

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Photo of alysmith4
1.54/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Weird. Weird, weird, weird beer. I can't believe I finished the entire bottle, as it was such a strange taste. I expected more (from Dogfish), especially at $14.99/bottle. There was just this really off-putting smell/taste that I couldn't get past. It was kind of like perfumed soap and basil. I usually enjoy Dogfish beers, but would definitely not recommend this one to anyone.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at Cork City Pub in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with some hints that are just a bit darker when held up to the light and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall bright white head that quickly reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of honey, chamomile, and herbs. Not sure I have smelled another beer quite like this one.

T: This flavor is strange - some lighter notes of wheat with some earthy mushroom flavors, chamomile (like herbal tea), and herbs. Just a touch of sourness.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is not an easy beer to drink, even though the ABV is rather low the flavor combination is "interesting" and it makes it a tough beer to finish. Strangely, I have had this beer two times and it has given me a headache almost immediately both times.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottled 9/2/11. Poured into a standard DFH pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color. Aggressive pour yields only a one finger thin white head that fades quickly and no retention.

Aroma: Can't quite put my finger on it. Musty, herbal and spices.

Taste: Same goes for the taste. Interesting herbal and spicy flavors, somewhat minty? Musty yeast. And an odd finish that I can't figure out what this taste is. Not really a big fan.

Mouthfeel: Thin, light bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Odd finish.

These ancient ales are always fun to try. Some I like more than others. I wasn't a big fan of this one.

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Photo of Sammy
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at The Thirsty Moose. The mint-bread aroma is different and reminds me of Moroccan Mint Tea, which I drink regularly. Light orange bodied, and big lace. A lighter mouthfeel. Some mint and other herbal tastes, I don't get it, not for me taste-wise, so not too drinkable.

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Photo of Lockedin
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Another "Ancient Ale" for DFG. I do love these! Really fun to imagine Pharoah (or slave) ending a hot day building a pyramid with something akin to this.

A: Deep golden - similar to a blonde IMO. An aggressive pour brought 1.5 finger head that receded to nothing pretty quickly. No lace to speak of.

S: Faint, Slightly spicy, almost curry(???), grain. I'm wondering if the culture trap picked up some of a local bazaar along w/ the Sacc. Not offputting to my taste, but different. I like it, but can see where this could be bad for others.

T: After the highly exotic smell, the taste is a bit less so. I'm getting more of a hot day type of lager taste, a bit of grains, no hops at all. But as the beer warms, I'm getting a savory sauce type flavor that I heard others mention. Again, VERY different, but I like it. Something like this would go well in New Delhi.

M: watery & thin, but with almost a raw hotdog type of residue in the mouth towards the end, again not offputting, but noticeable.

O: i really enjoyed this one. Enjoyable today, but being a representation of an ancient recipe, I can picture sitting on the roof of my house and contemplating the progress of the Sphinx' construction.

Well done and enjoyable DFG!

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Photo of gustogasmic
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- wacky-huge carbonation, very very very sticky and glass is covered with lacing . Transparent, Light straw, like a lager in appearance.

S- Very herbal, a strange diaper/ wet paper off-note.

T- Tea. Curry spice, chamomile, big nutmeg, creamed coffee, dead grass, spruce, cinnamon and cream.

M- Incredibly thin and clean, yet frothy.

O- Relaxing. Unique. A wowzer. This stuff is fun to drink.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden color with about one finger of fluffy white head with good retention.

The scenit is of dominant wheat and toasted malt, notes of sweet fruit, also apparent spice.

The taste is of sweet toasted bready malts and wheat, notes of apple, prominent spiciness.

Medium body, smooth and crisp, low to moderate carbonation.

This beer had some nice complex flavor, the spices were very apparent but not overwhelming, the flavors were very well balanced.

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Photo of anichols70
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Been looking forward to trying this since I saw the show where it was created. 750ml bottle poured into shaker pint glass.

A - Light yellow-orange. Pretty clear. Tight head that dissipates quickly.
S - I wish I could tell you. I just can't put a finger on it or how to describe it. Floral, fruit. Unusual, but not totally unpleasant.
T - Slightly bready? Restrained floral. The word soap keeps coming to mind but doesn't really seem to apply.
M - Thin, almost a little watery with mild carbonation.
O - An interesting beer with a great story behind it. Not wow, but not terrible either. Hard to describe.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look – very light amber in color, clear, with about a finger’s worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – herbal type of smell, with an interesting array of hops in there. The chamomile is somewhat noticeable, but any other hints are probably from the Aa’atar and Doum, which are foreign to me.

Taste – also an herbal, almost rice-like taste. It almost tastes like a sorghum brew, but better. Interesting musky quality in the middle, and an odd, almost sauce-like type of taste is conjured up at the finish.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced, but leans on the watery side.

Overall – very interesting brew to think about, taste, and analyze.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Mr. Dunderbak's. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear gold with a one-finger white head and some visible carbonation. Decent head retention.

S: Pilsner malt, some wheat, smells a bit like lager yeast (don't know what the "new Saccharomyces" strain was), and a background nondescript spiciness.

T: Follows the nose, dominated by the pilsner malt flavors with a little spiciness (clove, cinnamon), and a moderately dry finish.

M: Light mouthfeel, some carbonation sensation on tongue. Alcohol well-hidden.

O: I was excited to try this beer in the spirit of being exposed to new and different things, and I'm glad that I did. I find the idea behind this beer laudable. But the bottom line is that, to me, it tastes like an acceptable pilsner - not so good for me.

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