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Similar to a beer brewed in China some 9,000 years ago, Chateau Jiahu used a recipe that included rice, honey, and grape and hawthorn fruits. The formula was obtained from archaeologists who derived it from the residues of pottery jars found in the late Stone Age village of Jiahu in northern China. The residues are the earliest direct evidence of brewed beverages in ancient China.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kaser (3448) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2014
Bright orange pour from draft at Eataly. Massive flavor. Honey and Carmel. Fruits earth and grass. A big beer and enjoyed mostly

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kevinator (1117) - The Colony, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2014
Unique but not enough to save it. Mild honey and malt aroma. The color was also golden honey with a fizzy white head. There was a lot of sediment with this beer. Thick but not overly weighty palate. Carbonation was average. There are really no style characteristics to compare this to so I don’t know if they got it right or not. The flavor took some getting used to and I don’t think I ever acclimated. Strong honey sweetness hits you up front and lingers. Some grassy malts and citrus follow with some spice. One try is enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
davey101 (717) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 29, 2014
2010 vintage, 750 ml bottle into a tulip. Pours a hazy amber with a finger of soapy white foam. Nose is white grape, oxidation, spices, and some citrus rind. Taste is the same. Sweet honey soaked grapes with spice and light but pleasant oxidation. Medium bodied and kind of syrupy. Overall it’s probably a bit past it’s prime but it’s still decent enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatDane1632 (671) - USA - MAR 2, 2014
Catching up on some old ratings from Untappd -- First rated on 20 Sep 2011. Honey very evident.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrHangover (2954) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear golden beer with a small white head on top. Aroma is grapes, sweet fruits, yeast, honey. Flavor is very sweet, boozy, honey and has some light vineous characters in it. Some complexity gong on, but also some bland alcoholic sweetness going on. Oily mouthfeel, soft carbo. Long, cloying sweet aftertaste. Decent beer, but I’ve had way better from them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bricks (664) - Delaware, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Appearance of honey, smells winey/grapey. Tastes sweet, simple sugary but balanced with hops and fruit. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RRistow12 (334) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Tasted from bottle. Pours a clear gold with minimal white head that fades quickly. Prominent wine aroma and grapes with some honey and floral notes. Taste is very sweet and wine like with essentially no bitterness. Floral, honey and grape tastes. Basically a cross between an ale and wine. Taste is good but because of the sweetness I wouldn't want to drink more than tulip glass. Light to medium bodied with a sweet and effervescent mouthfeel. I really love the concept of ancient ales and dogfish does an outstanding job. All very interesting to taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Handypaul (284) - - JAN 21, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours cloudy orange with a lot of suspended sediment with a white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of honey, sour fruit and Hawthorne? fruit-maybe that’s the smell I can’t quite name. Taste is heavy sweet honey, very lightly bitter and light sourness. Medium body, with a flavor that’s reminiscent of Riesling and mead, average to soft carbonation, oily to thick texture and a brief sweet finish. Very interesting and difficult to rate because it varies so far from what I usually think of as beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeernWhiskeyHQ (18) - Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2014
A: beautiful clear, golden honey color, moderate head S: I smell grapes, spices, light bready/malty scents, sweet and lightly floral T: a strong initial sweetness, grapes and grain come through nicely, light and dances on the palate. Pears, grape and fruit are very prominent, slightly malty too which makes for a very nice overall blend and balance of flavors O: I really like ALL of Dogfish’s ancient ale beers and this one is no different. It is properly balanced, has a muscular alcohol content that isn’t over aggressive, but rather blends in nice. That being said, I won’t run out as fast as possible to go get more but I DO look forward to picking this up again. A wonderful beer that should at least be tried once. -BeerandWhiskeyHQ.com

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DesertDevil (582) - Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2014
On tap at Whole Foods Chandler. Very sweet aroma of apple juice, pears, and a touch of Belgian yeast esters. Clear, medium golden in appearance with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Almost sickening sweet at the first sip, with apple, a ton of honey, some pineapple, and light cereal. Any spice notes were hardly detectable, which was a distinct change from the last time I drank the beer two years ago.

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