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RATINGS: 750   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPABevyGuy (67) - New York, USA - APR 13, 2013
Pours golden with a foamy white head. Smells like a red wine. Honey flavor dominates up front and flows through smoothing out the body and finish. Honey stays on your tongue long after. Fruit and grape flavor are mild. This is an outstanding recreation given the ingredients discovered.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
maltman53 (442) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - NOV 20, 2015
Bomber pours straw color with a nice wispy head. Smells of wine straight away, then honey. This is the Cerberus of beers: a three-headed giant hound - part beer, part wine, part something else - only not guarding the gates of the Underworld, but guarding everyone from a strict definition of beer. Overall, as a beer, it’s too winey, as a wine, it’s too beery, but as a newly formulated beverage it’s a pleasant creation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bebum (565) - - OCT 21, 2015
Clear amber. Light body, mild flavor, high heat, spritzy, honeyed finish, avg length. Sweet, mildly, no bitterness. Flowery. Not much to say about it except that the concept is interesting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (2128) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2015
Interesting beer and concept but not impressive in taste. A little thin due to the rice but a good warmth from the honey and a slight grape hinge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (4536) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Tap at WoB. Pours clear golden amber. Aroma is white grapes, pale malts, tropical and citrus fruit notes, and faint spice. Flavor is clean malt base, white wine notes, light fruit notes, and faint woodiness. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beer-yum (994) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 20, 2015
Totally unusual aroma in a golden pour. Taste is similarly exotic - but eminently drinkable. That may be an issue (given the strength).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yourilevesque (701) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2015
Bière d’une couleur dorée et profonde surmontée d’une mousse riche et blanche comme neige. Le liquide est imposant. On sent une présence autoritaire et affirmée. Au nez, la bière révèle de puissants arômes d’alcool et de raisin appuyés sur une douce base maltée et mielleuse. En bouche, ces ingrédients se présentent à moi de la même façon accompagnés de citron. Bière très lourde et pesante en bouche, à l’effervescence et durée moyennes. Difficile à boire pour moi.

---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jflopsu (886) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2015
Pours a clear dark gold with heavy white sediment. A sweet citrus, light malt, pine, and honey. A very sweet taste of honey, pine, citrus, and alcohol. A lingering sweet taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (9107) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2015
750ml bottle, from Dutch’s. Bottled 1/12/15. Clear orange golden color. Thin white head, kind of bubbly. Lots of fine particles suspended in the body. Some ropes of lace. Fades to a minimal ring, then virtually nothing. Honey comes through first, up front, some grape sweetness and bigger other earthy fruit (hawthorn fruit?). Definite rice type malt. Bready. Some orange citrus, strange yeast note. Bigger sweet taste, light to moderate bitter. Significant sweet bite to it. Bigger body. Somewhat sharp, kind of soft, lighter kind of crisp carbonation. Sort of interesting up front, but honestly 1/4 of the way in it just ends up drinking like a malt liquor. A tasty, interesting malt liquor, that hides the 9% alcohol just as good as the Beer Thousand malt liquor did. Reminds me quite a lot of that beer actually. The eh part of all this, though is $12 for a 25oz’r? of (decent, but still) malt liquor? Started at 3.4.. dropped as I progressed. Definitely the most unimpressive Ancient Ale I’ve tried so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (9999) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2015
Draught @ Dogfish Head Brewing & Eats, Rehoboth Beach, DE
Pours hazy deep golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, dried fruits, alcohol, grapes and vinous. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long vinous, fruity and slightly warm finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sinfull (1197) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Deep , golden color with decent, white head. Aroma of malt , honey , spices , grape and other fruits. Taste follows the aroma . Dry finish with the vine character. Unusual and interesting.

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