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RATINGS: 724   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Pours a hazy orange with a big white head that fades quickly to nothing. Aroma of honey, white grape, and hawthorn fruit. I think you have to have had and liked hawthorn fruit to truly appreciate this. Taste is much the same with more hawthorn. Alcohol is there, so is carbonation, but neither overpowers. Not something to have all to yourself with a decent-sized meal as I just did, but a very good beer, if ridiculously costly.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2006
750mL, couldn’t read the bottling date, but I think they’ve only done one batch so far. Pours a cloudy paleish light orange with few bubbles for a head. Aroma has some definite honey and white grape in it. During one of my whiffs it kinda reminded me of a Miller High Life--better though. Some grain, spices and apples after digging a bit deeper. Flavor is a bit more grape and apple juice-like and with it a little more tartness. Quite sweet throughout (pretty well-balanced, though does lean more towards sweet) until a lightly dry, mildly warming finish. Full bodied, mild carbonation and smooth. 9,000 years ago I wouldn’t be complaining about this brew, and I’m not today, either.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2006
On tap, GABF. Pours a murkey yellow/gold color. Yeasty nose....malty, a strange sweet aroma lurks there somewhere. Flavor is interesting...sweet honey maltiness, fruity---that hawthorn is certainly doing something here...strange, but I like it. A certain degree of spiciness exists...slightly acidic with a residual bitterness in the end. Medium bodied....not exactly my favorite, but definitely a new experience and one that was (for the most part) enjoyed.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 22, 2006
750 from wholefoods... I had this one back in march at the dogfish head pub on the beach. This bottled one tastes more carbonated and more like beer and less like a mead. There is the honey and prevelent alcohol favors as well as a unique mouthfeel. The carbonation works well with the sweet honey and dry white wine flavors. Yummy unique beer from this ancient recipe.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2006
Aroma is very wine-like, similar to an un-oaked chardonnay, grapey with earthy undertones, subtle sweet malt aroma, pleasant floral notes. Hazy golden-yellow color, small white head, fair head retention. Grainy malt flavor, moderately sweet, mild honey and vinous notes linger in the aftertaste. Medium body with moderate carbonation, very drinkable. If I lived in China 9000 years ago I’d be happy to drink this.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4534) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Pours hazy gold into an orval glass. Candy sour apple aromas. Sweet honey front to back. Wine-like grape flavors. Very low carbonation. Mead-like.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Bottle: Cloudy pale orange color with a small white head. Aroma, spicy, alcohol, almost peaty. Flavor, honey, a bit citrusy. Just really bizarre. Probably need to have it again to really get a handle on it, but it was interesting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Large bottle pours a sparkling golden amber body topped by a shortlived white head. Patchy lacing is left behind. Aroma is exotic, very floral and spicy. Lilacs, honey, white grapes, sake, apples, rose water, rice..., all carry over into the taste. Excellent mouthfeel is soft and caressing with a vigorous carbonation. Exceedingly complex, but quite tasty. Reminds me of a Baladin Nora from Italy. Dogfish Head has created a beauty with this replication of a 9,000 year old Chinese recipe. Kudos!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Pour is golden yellow with a thin white head...smell is grassy and fruity...taste is sweet and thick...very syrupy...just a sweet strange beer...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Poured a pale cloudy yellow color with a nice head, good retention, great lacing. The aroma was strong honey and grapes, something cellar like? The flavor was honey, grapes, apple cider, vanilla, mustiness, impressive flavor compared to the simple and "predictable" aroma. The mouthfeel was moderate to light for a mead, pretty good stuff. Carbonation under control here.


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