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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - OCT 27, 2006
Pours a light cloudy yellowish golden with a small off white head. ARoma has a light hint of grapes and raisons. Flavor is mild with a slight touch of grapes and honey.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joeyp (30) - Alabama, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Smells a little like smoke or wood i think. Looks like an apple cider. the off white head disappeared quickly. Hmm defenetly taste grapes at first then a large hint of rasins in the after taste. Not bad at all, not sure if I would go nuts if I couldnt find it again. I thought to myself rasin-plosion

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Traditional ale huh, poured a pale gold body with thin off white head. Nose was wood and fruit. This is a sipper, taste lots of grape? Not my fav, but a quality experiment.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2006
This was highly anticipated. However once I tried it I wasn’t fully impressed. It was rather sweet and cider-like. The alcohol was hidden well which made it rather smooth. The color was a pale dirty yellow with medium carbonation. Ancient Chinese secret huh?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
heemer77 (5156) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 25, 2006
A cloudy medium gold body is topped with a long lasting thin white head that clung to the side of the glass. The aroma was definitely vinous with some oak and pineapple. Carbonation in the body was a little distracting for me. The taste initially had some notes of white wine and peaches. There is also a little bit of vanilla. The finish is interesting with some raspberries and some herbs. There is a nice warmth from the alcohol in this one. An interesting experiment that actually works. I have had problems with a few of the experimental DFH beers in the past.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Poured a pale yellow color, nice head and great lacing. Aroma was of grapes vanilla, very musty and honey like. Flavor was of honey grapes was a good mix of flavor nothing overdone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2006
Pours hazed creamy yellow w/ a shallow semi creamy froth. Aroma of moscato d’ asti wine. Full nectar w/ ample residual effers. Rich sweet flavors of vanilla honey comb, tart banana cream, green peaches, moscato melon rind, pineapple, kiwi, passionfruit, sun ripened seedless white grapes, and a slight bit of mellow tobacco. Big malty backbone w/ a finely bittered finish. Very complex. You sip this one while contemplating Plato’s Republic. A philosophical event indeed. A cross between a white porto and a CA Chardonnay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Thinnish white head fades into the grapey abyss. Notes of star-fruit and mango dance out of the glass as the average carbonation pushes it up. On the palate, sweet, sweet, ahhh some bitterness. The candied malt truns into a white grape juice plataue and finishes the same way jello does. Not bad, not bad at all. Interesting, I like the new things constantly from Dogfish, but another novelty. Nonethless, points for coolness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Cloudy golden topped by a small white head. The aroma is very sweet and fruity, grape juice and some honey. Loaded with honey flavor. Very sweet. Somw sourness, appley, guess it could be grape though. Ligh prickly palate, very attenuated feel. I do not know what to expect so it is hard to really assess this one. Overall I fins OK, but something of which I will finish the entire bottle.

   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.

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