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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
750 ml bottle. Hazy/cloudy golden orange beer with a thin fast fading white head. Very fruity nose of apples and orange citrus. A bit of rice/tapioca aroma as well, but it plays second fiddle to the fruitiness. Flavour is pleasant enough, sweet and fruity. Pretty appley with some non-distinct (to me at least) berryish notes. Smooth and soft texture, light vanilla and citrusy fruitiness. Rice flavour backs everything up very well. Quite sweet on the palate with just the faintest honey flavour. Some white grape as well. The lingering yeastiness gives the body an impression of fullness that probably wouldn’t be there otherwise. Finishes with a bit of bubble gum, peach and melon. If it had some sort of bittering herb added, I would probably have liked it more. As it stands, it still isn’t a bad beer and the aroma is quite lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2006
Pours a brilliantly clear, orange tinged, gold color. The carbonation bubbles move just slowly enough through the beer to give it a sense of viscousness. The head starts out two-fingers thick and has some staying power to it. The head is just off white in color. As I pour this beer I get a note of something that clearly reminds me of rice, and yes, even sake. The aroma is fairly sweet, accentuating honey like notes and a soft floral nectar like aroma are the main components. This almost smells starchy to me, which is odd as I don’t think pure starch has much of an aroma. Up front this smells like a super fragrant rice variety, with an intensity like what I imagine Jasmine rice to smell like based on the flowery descriptions of it that you see in cookbooks (of course the reality of Jasmine rice is much more subtle, though not this beer). There are some definite Jasmine aromatics here though. A touch of orange like citrus is here as well; it even almost has an orange-cream thing to it. Underneath is a dried, lightly toasted grain note. An interesting nose for sure, it is quite aromatic.

This beer is fairly well carbonated, but from the get go I realize that there was a reason this looked viscous. It is; sweet with a honey like flavor and even a bit of the honey-like heft to it. The carbonation helps to cut through the sweetness, but ultimately it succumbs. This has a definite, strong, fruity floral note to it. The flavors make me think of orange flower nectar, a touch of something like lavender, notes of jasmine, Kefir lime leaf and even a herbaceous green note that lightly accents the other softer flower like notes.

This does not quite get heavy, but definitely rests on the palate at times. While not nearly so, it definitely seems to resemble the one-dimensional, filtered, super alcohol brews from Dogfish Head at times. The sweetness in this brew is not quite so overwhelming though. The herbaceous notes seem to hold it in check. I am rather enjoying this as a tipple. It did not quite live up to my lofty goals of being an exercise in historical beverages, but it is quite a bit more enjoyable than I was expecting.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2006
Bottle shared by sliffy. Hazy yellow orange pour with a white head. The aroma was very bready malt, honey...grapeskin. The honey, grape, and malt also came though in the flavor...perhaps a bit of funk as well. Syrupy and sugary mouthfeel almost all the way through. Interesting, but really not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (4958) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2006
Hazy pale straw color with a light honey cream colored head. The looks of a heavier wit. Fresh flowers and honey dominate the scents. Hints of apple skin, lemon zest, birch bark and grape skins. A real slight hint of malt after it sets a touch. Thick and silky in feel. Dry white wine, with a touch of must in the start. Sweet pears, apples and peaches that have been roughly fermented (lots of esters and a touch of airplane glue) come in the middle. Mild malt with a juice center emerges in the finish and a wine skin sweetness in the finish. A pseudo sake taste somewhere in this one as well. I’m sure this is more refined then its ancestor, and I find it quite interesting, I’m not sure this would have been my everyday beverage 9000 years ago. I’m also sure this would have been much different, as it would have been consumed "hot" and had some much different qualities. A neat history lesson.

   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 (5158) - 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.

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