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RATINGS: 717   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.

   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!

   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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2828) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2402) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2006 Found at the local store after some local acclaim. Pours out a hazy straw color with a moderate white head. Aroma is of some grape with some notes of sweet spice. Nice palate with some grape coming through first then some notes of honey and spice. Finishes with a dry alcohol taste. I thought it was a very interesting style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 13, 2006
(750ml bottle, bottled 8/28/06) Medium white head atop cloudy, light apple cider body. Aroma is medium sweet, grape, some herb. Taste is medium sweet, apple, grape, some pear, honey, light alcohol, caramel. Creamy, medium-full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2006
750 ML bottle: Hazy golden w/ a short lived white head. Sharp honey and grainy rice aroma w/ a floral, fruity compliment. Grape concentrate comes through. Well balanced but just on the sweet side up front w/ a bit of honey flavor and rice. A bit of spicy alcohol ester and ripe fruitiness mid palate. Grape fruitiness present and accounted, and has a semi sweet finish that is honey flavored. Also has a slight acidic sharpness to it once it warms a bit. Lighter medium body, well hidden alcohol, smooth m/f, low carbonation. Interesting to say the least. Not something I’d prefer to drink everyday, but a solid little experiment from DFH.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1078) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2006
hazy light peach color with more lace than i would expect - sure doesn’t look like beer! but what’s promising is that the tattoo on the woman on the label is sporting the chinese character ’jiu’ which does indeed mean ’alcohol!’ the hazy liquid smells sweet, with grapes and honey characteristics and other fruit flavors which are probably hawthorn (i have no idea what the hell hawthorn tastes like). full-bodied and overwhelmingly thick, few beer characteristics and is therefore hard to characterize. no evidence of the 9% but that amount of alcohol is easy to hide behind the huge amount of sweet-tasting ingredients that went into this "beer." as weird as this drink is, it’s still pretty enjoyable - just make sure you have someone to share all 750 mL with!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Cloudy grapefruit appearance, off-white head with big-bubbled perimeter. Smells like a sauvignon blanc or viogner; herbal, minty and citrus aroma. Vinuous mouthfeel, plenty of honey, more similar to a light Sauternes than mead, plenty of sugar, light acidity, light carbonation, hints of vanilla and floral notes. Light, sugary finish. Definitely presses at the boundaries of beer; very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
haddon90 (1385) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2006
On draft at RFD. Poured a foggy deep golden color with minimal head. Interesting aroma. Banana, malt, and a hint of tart. An interesting beer. Bland flavor, but with notes of malt, honey, wheat and pears. Like I said, very interesting. Figures that Dogfish would brew a beer like this. I kind of enjoyed it, but not deserving of being served in a wine glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerLover (1024) - DC Metro Area, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Very interesting beer brewed from a 9,000 year old recipe. I commend Dogfish Head for doing a beer like this and giving a beer lover a chance to experience something different. This beer pours to a hazy, yellow color, with a soapy head that fades, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is interesting with aromas of pale malt, honey, estery fruit, and hints of peppery alcohol. The palate is intresting as well, with honey sweetness, fruity esters, pale malt, vinous notes, and light spice flavor. This beer finishes with more honey and ripe fruit up front, then ends with a touch of vinous sourness, and light alcohol heat that lingers. Interesting and flavorful beer, that would make a nice aperitif, or a good beer to match with fruity or rich deserts. I enjoyed this one, more so than Forte, another DFH beer that uses fruit.

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