Ta Henket | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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.


Added by lstokes on 12-20-2010

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Photo of dtivp
3.11/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a golden amber with a half of a finger white head that fades quickly into a thin bubbly ring with light lacing.

Aroma of spice, herbs, bready yeast and honey.

Taste is unique with a herbs, honey, a slight wheat, spice and a sour ending. The herbal and spice dominate.

Mouth Feel was light body, thin with moderate carbonation, with a slick sour finish.

Overall not that appealing to me, however, I appreciate the effort in attempting to replicate an ancient beer. Its worth trying, I'm glad I did, but once is enough.

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Photo of BDeibs
2/5  rDev -40.8%

Photo of jsanford
4.22/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a DFH Chalice.

A - Pours a hazy orange-gold with a fizzy white head that settles to a wispy haze.
S - Sweet and fruit, with a bit of honey, wheat, floral chamomile, and just a touch of funk. Subdued, but still nice.
T - Wow, I like this a lot. Floral, fruity, and again a bit funky. Lightly toasted grains, wheat, an exotic fruit (the doum palm fruit I suppose, think fig-meets-plum), chamomile, and a very odd yeast flavor all come together to create a sessionable, unique brew.
M - Light and crisp, with a medium-thin body and sharp, spritzy carbonation. Love the low AVB, I call this an "Egyptian Berliner Weisse"!
O - Probably the best new Dogfish Head beer I've had in a while, I hope we see this again!

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of keanex
3.04/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From a 2011 750ml bottle. Poured into a chalice.

A: Clear amber with light carbonation activity. White creamy head.

S: Earthy, spices I'm unfamiliar with. Chamomile comes through, but overall not appealing.

T: Similar to the smell but very watery. Earthy herbal flavors and slight spices. Too watery for me.

M: Light with lots of fizzy carb.

O: Split with friends to try, don't expect much. A few friends liked it, but a few of us didn't.

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Photo of EagleRare
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Boulevard chalice.

A: Golden in color and surprisingly clear. Effervescent. One-inch white head settles into a thin slip. Not much lacing.

S: Very bready and yeasty. Some funk. There's a funky dimension of it that kind of reminds me of canned tuna. Musty. Very spicy and herbal. There are some odd fruity notes in the background. Exotic and pungent, but I can't really call it good. A bit disjointed on the nose.

T: Spicy, earthy, and musty up front. Big herbal kick follows, and reminds me of sage and thyme. These herbal tastes mingle with bready and crusty flavors. Black pepper. Odd fruity sweetness in the background. Ever so slightly sour. Some funk, though not as much as on the nose. Fruity sweetness builds as the beer warms, and becomes a bit distracting. Dry finish showcases spices and herbs, light wheat tastes, and some must.

M: Light bodied. Stiff carbonation. Somewhat creamy and oddly oily. Just enough substance and body to support everything.

O: Not bad, but very exotic. Definitely not for everyone. It's pretty yeasty and funky, so if that's not your bag, get out while you can. Spicing is ample, but controlled. The sweet fruitiness builds a bit too much for my liking though.

Notes: Besides the chamomile, I have no idea what any of these fruits and spices are. Between the exotic spices and the funk, I think many will be turned off by it. It is what it is though, and I applaud Dogfish Head for having the guts to put this into production. As always, it's great to see a brewery showing respect for thousands of years of brewing history. Still, I can't quite recommend it. It's not bad, and I'm very glad I tried it, but I don't think it's something I would buy again.

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Photo of sobeleg
1/5  rDev -70.4%

Photo of demgoth
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of codsmith
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very clear golden ale that pours with a thick white creamy head that dies down fairly quick to about half finger high sitting right on top. Noticeable lacing.

S: Very interesting aroma. Almost a light lemon/sweet fruit and spicy aroma.

T: The chamomile tea come through in the taste and provides a very gentle overtone, plus some spicy flavor and a very slight bitterness at the end.

M: Light bodied, very easy to drink, and carbonation is spot on. Perfect for the style

O: Definitely a beer worth trying. Probably a better summer beer than anything.

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Photo of Lee45102
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of avalon07
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a huge, creamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Average lacing.

S: An unusual aroma, to say the least. Fruity, malty, with traces of wheat.

T: Tasted of wheat, malt, assorted oddball fruits, grain, and the advertised chamomile. Definitely a different kind of flavor, and hard to pin down. Not bad, but not my favorite.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: Like DFH's Midas Touch, Ta Henket is an out there type of beer. It doesn't fall into any particular category, but it does have a decent enough flavor.

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
2/5  rDev -40.8%

Photo of Rhettroactive
1.5/5  rDev -55.6%

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.07/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pale straw in color with a thin white head.

S- Sweet grains with some honey up front.

T- Light malt, honey, wheat, light citrus.

M- Very unusual mouthfeel, light, but a somewhat slimey texture.

O- I appreciate the effort of creating a "time capsule" beer, but this one is not all that appealing.

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2/5  rDev -40.8%

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon un capping, I get punched in the face with some kind of lightly toasted grains. Almost light burnt toast. Very interesting. In the glass, the head was very fizzy and soda like. Fades very quickly leaving the bright, clear golden liquid uncovered quickly.

If i dont hold the glass up, the burnt toast punches you in the face. Upon investigation, I find the same aromas around. Soapy and spicy. Hints of chamomile.

Surprisingly, not as bad as I had pictured. theres some nice christmas spices lingering in the background. Chamomile isnt really noticeable. The bready characteristic is actually very nice. Something like cinnamon raison bread. I get a feeling similar to the body of Great Lakes Christmas Ale. Fills your mouth with its spices, then the spices fade leaving only the chewy malt behind. Also I get the odd feeling that they used saffron in there somewhere. I couldnt pin it down, and it took awhile to figure it out.

An overall sweetness rounds out a nice dessert beer. Would go very well with holiday spiced cakes and cookies.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of metter98
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color with hints of amber and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin head that quickly died down and left lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: there are light aromas of spices and honey in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of wheat with notes of herbs and mushrooms along with hints of chamomile. There are also some hints of sourness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Despite the low alcohol content, this beer isn’t that easy to drink and takes a lot of getting accustomed to it before you can finish the bottle.

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Photo of cheers55
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of rudzud
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into a Chimay chalice.

A - Poured a deep straw light amber with a half a first Ger white head that left a little halo and a nice white cloud.

S - Lots of wheat and grains with a fair amount of spice as well and maybe some fruit. There is some light herbal perfumey from the chamomile.

T - Taste is not that bad, slightly unique like the nose. Some weird bready fruit notes slightly sour with lots of herbal notes from chamomile.

M - Slightly too carbonated for my liking. Sharp on the tongue makes this seem very thin and watery.

O - Overall this was a swing and miss for me. Very underwhelmed by this beer had such high hopes only to have them dashed. Way not worth the price point.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bomber into my tulip.

A – Pours out a golden color, slightly cloudy. Stark white head of about one finger that settled down quickly.

S – Has just a bit off a Belgian like yeast smell, its not quite it but has those characteristics. Funky and barnyard.

T – Starts off with a light grainy wheat taste. Has some really odd spices that I just cannot identify. Definitely a little peppery and spicy in it. Has what I could call a floral quality as well. Not at all bitter. Trace sweetness.

M – Light bodied and light on the palate. Taste disappears as quickly as it comes. Good carbonation.

O – Odd. Not bad certainly, not great. It has an interesting taste structure that I can appreciate and find oddly tasty. I wouldn’t drink a bunch of it but I would not turn another down. Worth a try.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Clear honey colored with a nice billowy slightly off white head on the pour that recedes to a wispy topping.
smell: earthy and interesting, certainly different.
taste: again earthy with a whole grain bread like finish. Very tasty, light, crisp beer.
mouthfeel: Pretty dense and carbonated.
overall: Really dug this. Knowing the history augments the brew. I love that DFH delves into these ancient ales. From the DFH site:
"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."
That is some cool shit.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml into wide mouthed Avec les Bons Voeux glass.

Pours w/short white head that fades very quickly over a slightly clouded orange/amber body w/decent amt of carbonation flowing up.

Aromas are DIFFERERENT. Very salty. Like a soft pretzel with garden fresh herbs.

Strangest flavor I've experienced since the Darbiste. In fact, there may be some of that quality in here, along with burnt salty popcorn, chamomile, sage, and fish. Yep, strange.

Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style - light, decent level of carbonation, and leaving a slight film on the tongue.

Kudos to DFH for having the balls to put this into production.

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Ta Henket from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 742 ratings