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 Oakenator
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ancient ale from DFH - so always prepared for something different. Color is somewhat perfectly orange - not yellow and not quite red. Head disappears in less than 15 seconds. Smell and taste is somewhat sour with a hint of lemon plus the other "odd" fruits used to make this beer. Low ABV allows it to be somewhat a session beer (ignoring price) with a strong flavor.

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Photo of heatherishoppin
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I always admire Dogfish Head's creativity. They definitely had me thinking "huh..." with this beer again.

This beer had a very strange smell. I could not make up my mind if I liked the smell or found it a bit repulsive. Nevertheless, I drank it! I like the taste much better but could not put my finger on what it tastes like!

I probably would not go for this beer again but I am still glad I tried it. I am always happy to experiment with new beers styles and glad that Dogfish Head frequently provides this opportunity!

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

A: Pours a clear honey color with a one finger tan head. Decent retention and some slight spots of lacing.

S: Very tough to pick out the individual smells here. Definitely a lot of bread and wheat in the aroma with a dose of spice in the background. Chamomile, cinnamon and maybe a touch of allspice in there.

T: I was hoping for some bolder flavors but this is actually good. Some hints of white peach, doughy yeast, cereal malt and some faint indistinguishable spices. Leaves a bit of a tart aftertaste. A very different beer. I don't know if I'd do it again, but it's a cool experiment.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a straw-yellow color with a billowy white head. The head faded over a moderate amount of time to leave a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell was heaviest of wheat with a mix of mainly light fruit aromas (peach, apple but maybe even a little bit of plum as well). With this smell was some spice and a light sugary sweetness.

Taste – The taste begins of a bready taste with nice hints of some sweeter cane sugar and a wheaty flavor. As the taste advances some spicy flavors of cinnamon and other spice come to the tongue. These flavors meld well with the more malty flavors and take the flavor to the end where a nice crisp taste is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lighter side with a medium level of carbonation. The crisp taste is complemented well by the lower body thickness and makes this one very easy to drink brew.

Overall – This beer is crisp, easy drinking and has some wonderful flavors. It is a very good brew, although I am not sure it is quite worth the price you will pay for it.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very clear straw yellow color, with a thick, fluffy, off white head. The head is tinted slightly yellow. It fades very slowly, leaving a nice lace.

This beer has a sweet grainy aroma. I detect some spicy notes as well. I also get a slight bready aroma.

This beer is hard to pick apart. I taste grain, bread, sweet malt, all spice, and coriander.

This beer is light, and surprizingly ow in carbonation. It leaves a overly sweet aftertaste.

This beer might make a decent session beer, but it is a bit overly sweet.

Overall: This beer is ok. Its a bit too sweet for me.

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

Re-tick! This one pours a light bodied bright gold in color with a one finger white head. The nose is light and spicy. It has bready light spicing and of course specific fruit and spice that I'm not familiar with. The flavors folks suit. It is light and lager esque with an interesting array of spices. It drinks very light in body. As an ancient recipe, I could see this one being quite.popular and somewhat unique. It has more flavor than English ales. That's funny, almost two thousand years ahead of the Brits. This one is worth a try for novelty's sake.

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Photo of kencarman
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

People yak about lawnmower beers. This would be my summer quaff.

Pillow head, very slight haze, SRM 3 at best. Less. Bubbles pillow in the glass.

Caramelized malt clings to the roof of the mouth with sweet fruit caressing the tongue. Fruit is a bit plum-like. No hops sensed. Malt and fruit/spice dominant. Light on the palate yet complex enough to keep you wondering.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is - like no other beer I have tried. I got some chalky and tuna whiffs, as well as malt, fruit and what must have been chamomile. Or was it the za'atar? It pours a clear solar yellow with an average, small-bubbled white head that leaves some OK lacing. Flavor is distinctive, if not fabulous, with a malty core, a fruity undertone, and notes of - what? Must be the za'atar. There is a whisper of something like tuna salad. Smooth texture has slightly above-average body and some good fizz. Even if this is not an outstanding beer, definitely worth a try just because it is so distinctive and unusual.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST: 750ml poured into a snifter. No BOD or DBD.

A: Burnished gold/orange with a thin fizzy white head. The head disappears quickly leaving a thin island of white bubbles.

S: The fruity aroma from the Doum fruit ( I have never had a Doum fruit, so I am assuming this is the cause of the fruity aroma), is very noticeable followed by a slight hint of chamomile. Some crusty, slight burnt, bread is present.

T: A very interesting flavor; the bread mixes with slight sweetness from fruit followed by a spice from the chamomile. The finish is sweet with some crusty bread.

M: Light and a bit watery.

O: I cannot not help myself; I always tend to buy the "liquid time capsule" beers by Dogfish. I must admit: the interesting ingredients always grab me (thought most of the past beers end up sweet). Now that I have admitted my bias, I must also admit that this beer is not as successful as I wanted it to be.

The flavor is truly interesting. There is an exotic twist that is delivered mostly through the chamomile, though the fruit and special wheat do make a difference. The mouthfeel, however, was not as successful. It is fine that the beer had a light mouthfeel, but the watery nature to the finish distracts from the interesting flavor. Overall, this beer is worth trying, but it is not a "hoard" beer (a beer so good you buy as much of it as you can when you can). If they brewed it again, I would like to see a bit more heft in the body.

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Photo of Phelps
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Mellow Mushroom in a shaker pint.

Light honey-amber, almost perfectly clear. The thin, fuzzy light tan head leaves thin, sticky walls of lace.

Not sure what's in this, but it's probably some esoteric grain. Some biscuits, a little apple, a touch of pear, maybe cinnamon.

Same deal in the flavor — it’s a weird but enticing blend of wheat, lightly toasted biscuits, peach, apple and cinnamon. A subtle yet complex flavor.

The medium body is smooth and viscous, while the carbonation is high and prickly. Very crisp and incredibly drinkable.

Ta Henket’s a very good brew, drinkable and flavorful. I'd buy a six pack if it was available in small format. Too bad it's so expensive.

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Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (bottled in 2011). Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a quite clear bright orange color with a thick finger of fizzy but foamy head that lasts a minute or so and falls slowly leaving small traces of lacing on the glass.

S - Right out of the bottle there is a big aroma of thick bready malt. Smells almost like slightly burnt homemade bread just out of the oven. Rather earthy also, grainy, yeasty, toasty, herbal with chamomile easily noticed, floral and perfumey. Lots going on here...overall not really like any other beer...it is definitely beer-y, but just different enough to be able to call it unique.

T - Fruity, mildly tart and quite herbal which isn't what I expected from the aroma. Chamomile, cinnamon, light brown sugar. A bit grainy underneath, but most of the bready character of the aroma doesn't quite make it into the flavor. Different and rather refreshing...pretty good on a sunny summer day.

M - Light in body, assertive carbonation that is prickly on the tongue. Lots of fruitiness that is difficult to characterize as many of the ingredients here are unknown to me in their flavors. Definitely herbal in character overall but light and refreshing at the same time.

O - One of the more enjoyable Dogfish Head experimental/ancient beers I've had. Light and easy drinking, quite complex and interesting. Not sure it is something I'd seek out again, but glad to have tried it...and I'd definitely have it again willingly if placed in front of me.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy light gold, with a one and a half finger high white head. It dissipates fast, leaving some lacing.
The smell is of wheat, chamomile and bread.
Tasting this unique brewing approach, some getting used to it will take place. Wheat and chamomile are dominating. Bread, spices and tart will follow.this medium to light bodied beer is full of surprises. Interesting brewing.

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

Thanks to Anton for this gift.

Pours a clear golden-hay color with a fluffy white head. Smells a bit like a saison, but with some interesting spices in there. Unfortunately there's also a smell that is somewhat akin to styrofoam that throws things off a bit. Flavor is certainly interesting and unique, though I can't say it's my favorite. There is a mix of spices that I can't quite identify here. It's very light and somewhat saisony, but the spices make it less refreshing than it could be. Mouthfeel is VERY light with some pretty big-time carbonation. It's a little too overcarbonated for my tastes, but it's not a huge problem. Overall, this is an interesting experiment, but it doesn't quite come together as well as it could. If you could eliminate a bit of the off flavors and aromas, it could've been a nice spicy saison, but it falls a bit short.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some good lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of chamomile and other floral elements, sesame and other spices, some light fruitiness, wheat, and some yeast.

T - Starts off with a mix of chamomile and other flavor flavors with some wheat and some spices alongside. Through the middle, sesame comes through with some yeast flavors and some fruity flavors. The finish is a mix of fruity flavors and floral flavors with some yeast, wheat, and a bit of spice.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, spicy, and lightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Lots of different and unique flavors mixed in, but the overall beer is nice and balanced and very sessionable.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up a while ago at my wife's work.

Appearance- pale yellow color, thin head that dissipates quickly

Smell- mostly wheat

Taste- wheat and spices mostly

Mouthfeel- light bodied, very smooth

Drinkability- I like it a lot. It is very smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a

A: Pale straw-gold; translucent with light head.

S: Grainy. Green peas and ham hock. Bizarre,

T: Chai tea. Spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, allspice...is this sounding like a pumpkin ale to anyone else? It tastes like one. Otherwise, it tastes like Thanksgiving dinner (yeasty rolls, overspiced sweet potato casseroles

M: Lively and excellent.

O: An interesting, but uninspiring, beer. Drinkable, pleasant, but ultimately meh.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt 9 oz bottle - bottled in 2011

A - golden orange, slightly cloudy, fluffy head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Herbs.. Chamomile.

T - more spices. Some light hops, grass. Definitely different. Takes some getting used to.

M - Carbonation is good. Not much depth to the mouthfeel.

O - Unusual. If you aren't into spices, you may want to steer clear. The overriding smell and back end taste are unique. Could use some more heft.

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Photo of Cubaneagle
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off I love most all Dogfish Head brews but this one was a mild disappointment. Wasn't terrible but just not what I usually expect from them.

a - a golden clear yellow lageresque beer with very little head and lacing to match.
s - smells like a whiff of my spice cabinet. mix of pepper, coriander, and some stuff I can't pronounce. Almost smells skunky funky.
t - pretty mild and almost like a lager taste. Some spice and mild fruit there but nothing to move me.
m - light carbonation, light body, leaves mouth feeling slick and slimy much like a euro pale lager to me.
o - not a fan. Average compared to other beers but lacking when it comes to Dogfish Head ones. Felt a little underwhelmed with this one.

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Photo of facundoCNB
2.56/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

i had this on tap a few months ago and it was a bit better than the bottled version. here's my review for the bottle:

a - clear yellow/orange pour with minimal amount of head which vanished completely.
s - smells like mushrooms, bread, bay leaves
t - has a very spicy taste up front, followed by a very bready flavor. nothing like i remember it on tap honestly, i remember it tasting like quaker cereal, which i'm not getting at all from the bottle.
m - light bodied, mild carbonation, no head/lacing.
o - this was a completely different experience than when i had it on tap and completely unenjoyable to say the least. i'm pretty disappointed because i remember actually liking this one a lot. maybe aging it for a few months ruined it, but i don't see how as it wasn't that long of a time span.

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Photo of philbe311
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - A fingers worth of audibly fizzy slightly off-white colored head that is ordinary and textbook in every other way... Minimal retention gives way to a very thin veil of lacing... A modest to moderate bit of sluggish to moderate paced carbonation throughout... The color is pale golden honey...

S - The nose is completely unique and can be detected without even bring your nose in proximity to the glass... Very floral bouquet at the forefront... Lots of soothing chamomile mixed... Some Jamaican jerk spices... Lemon zest... A bit musky... Challenging, potent, and unique... I'm not quite sure what to make of it...

T - Chamomile... Lavender... Chai... Rose petals... A bit of lemon zest... A mix of subtle spices... White pepper... Complex and unique, but not harmonious...

M - Light to medium bodied... A modest bit of very fizzy carbonation... A slightly odd finish that is a mix of sticky, chalky, and dry...

D - Sam and Dogfish always try to push the bounds and do something very unique... They've certainly achieved that here and while I typically am a huge fan of there endeavors, this one was a struggle... I couldn't recommend in good faith to anyone than those seeking a truly unique beer and have a very open mind... I can honestly say that I would have no interest in drinking again...

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Photo of superspak
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in late 2011(first bottling). Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a small 1 finger fairly dense white head with poor retention that reduces to a ring of lacing. Minimal glass lacing, and a slight stream of carbonation coming up. Aromas of chamomile, biscuit, pepper, black tea, lemon, herbs, grass, light citrus, honey, and yeast funk, and spiciness. Very interesting and odd aromas; but I wasn’t sure what to expect. Taste is more pleasant than the aromas: honey, lemon, herbs, chamomile, black tea, grass, licorice, wheat, bread, pepper, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of herbs, black tea, wheat, citrus, and spices on the finish for a bit. Nice flavor balance and good complexity. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth mouthfeel. A touch watery feeling, but still has plenty of flavor. No alcohol noticed on the taste or finish as expected for 4.5%. Overall this is a damn nice ancient ale recreation from Dogfish Head once again. Nice balance and good complexity with easy drinking. They did a great job on this. Definitely enjoyed this one.

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

poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear yellow/gold color with a small head

Nice and balanced aromas of grains, herbs, and a touch of citrus tones

medium bodied and lacking a bit on the mid and finished. Nice flavors of grains, herbs and a touch of hops

A good beer on the whole, but very middle of the road. More interesting is the story of the egyptian yeast, but doesn't offer up too much beside that

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Photo of nrbw23
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I remember seeing the collecting of the yeast on the Brewmasters tv show. Thought it was pretty cool so I gave this brew a shot.

A- Pours a bright golden orangeish color with a nice sized white head. Not too much lacing left behind just a few bubbles here and there.

S- Smell is pretty tame and very different. Picking up some bready cracker malts, yeast, a touch of fruits, and figs.

T- A lot like the nose. Nothing really jumping out at me. A bit more of spice here. Maybe a bit tea like.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and quite a bit of carbonation.

O- Very different brew for sure. I really like the idea and the attempt at history on this brew.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured on 2-28-12.

A - Pours a clear golden orange with a two finger near white, foamy head. Good retention.

S - Corn, herbs, earthy.

T - Tea-like with a sweet breadlike taste.

D - Higher carbonation and a thin body. Slightly sweet.

O - Ok, nothing I need again.

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Photo of 01001111
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, pale orange; much like a pilsner.

S: Sulfurous fruit, honey, and sharp yeast funk.

T: A wash of peppery, sulfurous fruit and chamomile gives way to a weak pilsner-like flavor.

M: Thin and crisp.

O: The taste is certainly better than the strange scent implies. An interesting experiment leaves me strangely drawn to wanting more despite not being too enamored; mildly repellant, oddly attractive.

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Ta Henket from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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