DocLock (8397) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy deep gold with 1-finger, fluffy white head. Nose is hopcitric, chai tea spice, herbs. Tastes malty, slightly cloying, with hopcitrus and heavy Chai tea spice notes in the flavor. Also late floral, peppery, and honey notes upon repouring, which gets more turbid. The repour looks post-Centrum urine yellow, with a flavor a bit like Boddington’s mixed with chai tea might taste. Unique and interesting, this one is worth a try to show what originality can do within the confines of beer brewing.
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Honey and rye coagulate into a sticky broth, enlivened by well-integrated chai spiciness for a sweet and quirky Sahti variation.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the cloudy gold.
-This is a lot sweeter than the Dugges/Nogne O version.
-The chai takes a lot of room in the flavor profile, but remains well integrated.
-If this had been better attenuated, I would have liked it a lot more.
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009-10-24. Lightly hazy golden yellow body with a small off white head. 3+ Aroma is spicey, touch of lemon? light juniper, touch of tea. 7+ Flavour is similar, fruity juniper with mild tea undertones throughout. Average palate is slightly under carbonated. Alcohol is not noticeable. Decent, but not sure I would want more of it. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry
rosenbergh (8288) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. From Boston, MA, USA. Courtesy of Brandman.
Hazy light brown colour with tiny white head and lots of sediment floating in the glass. Cardamon, cinnamon, juniper, yeast and malt in aroma.
Spices, malt, bread, some sweetness, mild hoppiness.
Very nice carbonation and stil rich palate.
DrSilverworm (8172) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2012 On tap. Golden yellow color, mildly hazy with all the fine particles suspended in the body. Very nice foamy cream-colored head, leaving great, generous lace. Really nice-looking beer. Very nice, enjoyable spiced aroma. Cardamom, lemon peel, other complex herbal tastes.. Hint of juniper berries, I think. Nice lightly-spiced light bitter taste. Way too drinkable for a 9% beer, i could easily (a drink a whole bottle of this on my own if I desired. Drier texture, amazing aftertaste. Very drinkable, it feels medium-bodied. Light carbonation, very smooth. Dangerously tasty beer.
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a hazy golden body and a fading white head. Aroma of chai tea, spice, and honey. Taste is sweet, with honey, chai tea, spruce, fennel, and caramel. High carbonation. A nice beer to drink.
DuffMan (7624) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared at RBAG Summer Session 2012. Hazy amber-orange with a frothy off-white head that leaves solid lace. Aroma is incredibly spicy and tea-like, lots of cardamom especially. Sweet spicy palate, again cardamom dominates, but there are other elements that play across the palate: pepper, cinnamon, coriander seed, earthy tea tannins. Medium sweetness, low bitterness, full-bodied. True to DFH style, this won’t be for everyone, but I like spicy tea so it works for me.
BVery (7607) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Tap at the Falls Church ale house. Slightly murky orange pour with minimal head. Rye and juniper really pop on this one - very enjoyable.
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well, I certainly had this during the White Horse on Parson Green Belgian Beer Festival, 30 August 2009 but I’m not sure whether it was a sample from a bottle that someone kindly brought along or actually at the festival (don’t see why it would have been). Very herbal. Lots of juniper. Sweet but tasty. Some late candy floss. Interesting stuff if not entirely to my taste. Didn’t really notice the tea.
sebletitje (7473) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of markwise.
pours straw golden with white head.
aroma and flavor, had light notes of chai tea with hints of herbal flavors, some spices. Medium carbonation for a smooth rye palate.
9% the beer is very easy to drink.
As with the Theobrama, it seems the actual body that DFH is trying to promote remains very subtle and the beer keeps the DFH base signature. Wish there had been more chai presence.