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RATINGS: 727   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.


3.7
   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.

3.3
   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.

2.8
   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.

4
   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 (2698) - 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 (779) - 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 (4663) - 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.


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