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RATINGS: 737   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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
DesertDevil (625) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2014
750 mL bottle with some age on it. Pours a hazy orange color with a thin fizzy white head. Aroma of honey, dark fruits, grapes, mild earthy and floral notes. The taste is grape, honey, candied citrus, rice, caramel, lingering tartness. Medium bodied, low carbonation, no heat. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DonutSeducer (34) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Delicious sweet developing as it warms. Prominent honey and fruit notes on the palate. Over all sweet with a smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
firstsip (589) - Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Interesting beer! Remiscent of a riesling or sparkling wine. Light, bright body with notes of honey and brown sugar. Not cloyingly sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Petkus331 (329) - Redford, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Caramel nose, quite pleasant. The flavor is of brown sugar; this is sweet, but not overly sweet. The texture is smooth, and not syrupy, which is very nice. Not much bittering to balance sweetness, as far as I can tell, but as I said earlier, the sweetness is still not over the top. Minimal carbonation. This honestly reminds me a lot of a late harvest reisling wine; one of my favorite wine styles. This is actually a lot like the "Grand Traverse Late Harvest Reisling." Very enjoyable. The history of this brew makes it very interesting, I really appreciate this brew. Thank you Dogfish head. ?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadRobin (2288) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 25, 2013
On tap 5 oz. flight at Dogfish Head in Gaithersburg, MD. Clear, gold-yellow with off-white head and excellent lacing. Aroma of sweet apple juice, pineapple, green table grapes and honey. Taste of Muscato dessert wine, honey, orange, apple juice. Very sweet. Full body and medium/high carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2595) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2013
8/28/2011. From bottle. Poured light orange with a white head. Fruity aromas with hints of caramel. Spicy and fruity flavors. Honey to make it sweet. Another example of DFH pushing the envelope and don’t mind going off the beaten path.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GJF (1348) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 9, 2013
On tap at the gaithersburg brewpub. Very interesting flavors--lots of spices, fruit and coriander. I found it overpoweringly sweet, though. An unbalanced body that I only wanted a bit of.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (8470) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, slightly hazy yellow pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of tropical fruits, hints of raisin, touch of biscuit, bread, slight grassy notes, hints of banana, clove in there as well, pretty odd. Taste is a mix of caramel, biscuit into some tropical fruit, raisin and slight spice, hints of vanilla, herbal notes, finishing fairly sweet, spicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
freeofthoughts (682) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Pours orange golden with very little fizz. The aroma is sweet and subtle with some green grape and overall sweetness. The flavor is rich and sweet, there is a nice smooth honey near mead character, along with some soft green grape. There isn’t a lot of depth but it is done very smooth so the simplicity is very enjoyable for a 9% brew.

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