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 Keyes88
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear/bubbly pale orange body, trace white

S: floral, yeast, mild spices, hint of wheat

T: honey, caramel, chamomile, malt,
grassy/veggie, mild yeast finish

M: med/light body, big carbonation,
mild oily mouth

O: Love Dogfish Head, but this beer
was just not my thing. I'm also
a History Teacher, so was rather intrigued.
Glad I tried it + thrilled that Sam took a chance.


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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.96/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a DFH signature pint.

Appearance - Golden yellow body with a fluffy white head. Not much retention and no lacing. Looks like I poured myself a Heineken.

Smell - Grainy and fruity. There's a strange aroma that I can only imagine is from whatever bizarre spice DFH used. Not really inviting.

Taste - More bland than good or bad. Instant fruitiness followed by a domination of grain flavors. The finish is the manifestation of the strange aroma and it lingers with an herbal quality.

Mouthfeel - Light, easy to drink, even if the flavors are strange. Like drinking a glass of water.

Overall - Uninspiring and dull. If this is an authentic representation of some ancient civilization's beer, then they drank boring beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin looking clear amber with a thick white head. This appears to be a well carbonated lighter ale.

What the hell. The beer smelled like a potent arm pit mixed with ass cheese on the side for the few first minutes... and didn't get much better smelling. By the time the head had fallen flat the smell was...at least tolerable.

The beer tastes like fresh cheese and herbs. After you get over the strangeness of this beer it becomes... a puzzle. There is a little sweetness from the dates that gives a dry wine characteristic, but it's subtle in comparison to the herbal blend and pungent sulfur.
The taste doesn't reflect nose, but it's still a hard swallow.

The beer makes my stomach cringe.
Nonetheless, it's light bodied and there is ample carbonation. The initial sip is a hard to swallow sharp Parmesan cheese, but the aftertaste is an interesting herbal blend. I'd say the mouthfeel is the most redeeming aspect of this beer.

Glad I tried it, but do not make this beer again because I think your "ready to try anything you make" fans will not purchase this beer more than once. Not for almost $14 a bottle.
However, keep up the creativity DFH!

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of hdofu
2.06/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Normally I'm a nut when it comes to dogfish head's crazy concoctions... this beer is not one of their better experiments in recreating ancient ales. The beer port gold with a white head that dispenses quickly. Smell is like wheat and some muddled herbs, pretty boring. Taste starts out like an ok wheat ale that quickly turns into a guessing game trying to figure out what the heck that finish is. The mouthfeel makes it almost feel flat, not much buble, not much feel. Asside from some peculiar tastes that aren't great but aren't offensive either, it's a pretty meh beer. It wouldn't be horrible if it wernt 14 bucks. It actually may have been better warm.

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Photo of Naugros
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #400

I read a bunch of the reviews prior to writing this, especially the bad ones. I'm usually panning DFH for some of their project beers and thinking that they shouldn't wasted their time, but not so with this one.

The pour shows the quality of the beer right off. Yeah, it's a little cloudy, but the honey amber color topped with a thick, nearly white head is pretty nice. I used the DFH goblet and managed to get the logo to vaguely appear in the head. Love that. It finally settles in to a film with a denser island in the center. No lacing to speak of.

You get aromas from this beer that you're not sued to, to be sure, but that's to be expected considering the ingredients. Very bready, almost sourdough, but nicely balanced with what the yeast brings to the table. Wildflowers, ginger, peaches and black pepper with a touch of honey.

The bread flavors intensify in the flavor, tasting for all the world like stoned wheat crackers with black pepper. Add some wildflower honey and a herbal presence that reminds me of tarragon or possibly oregano and hide some golden dates in there. Starts of a little sticky sweet on the lips but dries out nicely and lingers a bit with some peppery phenols. Otherwise, a very clean beer.

I had expected it to be an indescribable mess, but wanted to try it since (like a lot of others) saw the Brewmasters episode where they conceived this one. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I really liked this and could see how someone would accept two gallons of this stuff as a day's wages for work on the pyramids.

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of ElCaholicRacer
4.37/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This my be the most bizarre brew I've ever tasted.
Poured in a DFH pint glass. Semi-clear golden color with copious amounts of carbonation and bubbles rising to the top. The smell is almost undiscribable. Aromas of fermented fruit, strange herbs, and perhaps chili peppers? The taste only somewhat reflects the smell. Extremely smooth, and at 4.5 ABV, very easy to drink. Strange, almost spoiled yeast taste that I have never encountered, but was pleasant to my Hefeweisen loving palate. I fully enjoyed it. There has been alot of bad reviews for this beer, but if one takes the time to disect each flavor, and takes into conscideration the effort in gathering of the ingredients, I think it can be a great drinking experience. DFH has done it again with the Ancient Brew series. Nice work Sam! Priced at $14.50 for a 750ml, it is inline with the other DFH special brews, which is steep, but the quality speaks for it self. This is the only DFH beer my wife has enjoyed. Prost!

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1.5/5  rDev -55.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of davey101
2.52/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2011 vintage. 750ml into an over sized wine glass.

A - Dark amber hue. Small bit of lacing and edging. Very clear with tons of bubbling.

S - Pizza flavored goldfish. That is all I can think of. Bread and spices. Very peculiar and not very inviting. I don't want to smell this anymore.

T - More of those weird spices. They seem almost synthetic. This is followed by some sweetness and herbs. Bready and grainy. Light mouthfeel with decent carbomation.

O - Did not enjoy this. I'm usually a big fan of these crazy dogfish head beers including the ancient ales. This was pretty terrible though. I respect the history and work that went into it, but its just awful. Waste of money...

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Photo of zaphodchak
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at DFH Brewing and Eats in Rehoboth.

This white head, clear golden-yellow body, decent lace.

Faint honey in the nose, spice, maybe peppered ham??

Quite spicy, herbal. Plenty of grain-- barley, wheat. Mostly pepper and cereal grain.

Smooth feel if a bit coarse.

Simple, savory-- seems like what an ancient proto-bread-beer would probably be like, or maybe a really light kvass.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with lots of rising bubbles and a big white head.

Smells like grains, crackers, herbal notes, yeast, some unknown spices, some bready sourness.

Taste is also bready with an odd fruity sourness over cracked grain. Hard to pinpoint any known flavor.

Fairly thin in the mouth, highly carbonated.

Truly unique ancient ale from DFH.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice clarity in this golden orange colored beer. A 1 finger frothy white head sits on top for a short time, dissapating to a thin and bubbly sheet. A small amount of fine bubbles of carbonation float upwards. Slightly vinous in the aroma with a bit of skunkweed and odd spices that I can't quite put my finger on. Possibly Za'atar and doum fruit? Couldn't honestly tell you, but it makes for an interesting nose. Hints of peppercorn and chili peppers are identifiable. Maybe oregano as well? Definitely some very herbal hop aromas. Chamomile has a soft influence. Definitely wheaty for the malt bill, rounding out a very interesting, complex and unique nose.

The palate follows the nose: interesting, and yet somewhat smoothly bland, at least through the middle of the palate. The front is greeted by a burst of juicy fruitiness that is lightly citrusy. Some spices swirl around that but they really hit their stride in the middle-back of the palate, reminding me again of peppercorn, chillies and oregano. That light citrus actually manages to be a weak backbone in combination with a small but balancing wheat malt. The back continues with the herbal hops and finishes spicy and juicy, yet dry and citrusy as well. The chamomile seems to have a smoothing-out effect that keeps a medium-high carbonation level in check. Despite all these unique and interesting flavors, there is an almost bland feeling, like nothing comes out and really hits you hard; its all very subtle. This is fine with me as I keep finding layers of complexity to it as I keep drinking. At 4.5% ABV, its easy to drink, but is much better when you take your time with it and get into the subtleties.

I'm thoroughly enjoying the uniqueness of this beer. It's not the best beer I've ever had, but its very interesting and fun to dissect as it is so subtley complex and unique. Some will say that its just another gimmick from DFH, but its still a cool concept regardless. I like their ancient ales series and I'm very glad they take the time to make sure that they're not another cookie cutter brewery. They owe their great success to that.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.7/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got a chance to try this over New Years, interesting beer to say the least. First off... cannot get over the pizza flavors, specifically pepperoni pizza. A previous reviewer mentioned pizza flavored goldfish crackers which is exactly what it reminds me of. Nice bubbly, golden color in the glass.. taste is again quite odd. Seems to be a lot of different flavors going on with fruits/spices my mouth has never tastes before. Also get a random whiff of tuna? Yeah.. I'll leave it at that. I love DFH and I think the historical beers are amazing ideas and great to talk about in conversation, but this is a miss for me.

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Photo of teromous
2/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer really defies the style...I'm not sure how they decided to categorize it as this...probably just because it was brewed with wheat.

A: It's a medium-brown shade, with no head or lacing at all. It's very hazy. For the style it's pretty good, but there's no head at all.

S: This has a crazy smell to it. It's very spicy, and smells like BBQ spices. I pick up a woody smell to it as well.

T: I don't really know how to describe the flavor, other than that it tastes like BBQ chips and marinade. It has some of that woody flavor that I smelled too, but it's way in the background. I can not emphasize enough, how ridiculous this beer tastes. It seriously tastes like somebody dumped the spice cabinet into this beer. This really doesn't taste good at all, but it is interesting so I'll give it that...it would be 1.0 if it weren't for the claim of Egyptian ingredients and recipe.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, but it's very hard to drink with the insane amount of spice in this thing.

O: Overall this would make a good marinade for chicken or something, but it's not really my idea of a good beer. If DFH makes "off centered" beers...this one is an "off the rocker" beer...the only thing that really saves it is how interesting of a story it has, which overall makes it slightly interesting to try. As a beer though, I wouldn't recommend or drink it again. Egyptian ingredients...maybe...snake oil...maybe...

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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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