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RATINGS: 245   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 7   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Working with our archeologist friend Dr. Pat McGovern, this beer was created to incorporate the ancient ingredients and techniques described in Egyptian hieroglyphics. It was brewed to 11.4Plato with Emmer (an ancient form of wheat) and loaves of hearth baked bread and flavored with dom-palm fruit, chamomile, and zatar. Fermentation was carried out by a native Egyptian saccharomyces yeast strain captured by Sam and Floris during a recent trip to Egypt. ABV went from 5 to 4.5%.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TDiddy72 (8) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2013 does not count
Was super excited to find this beer in the summer of 2012 while on vacation in Virginia. Split the 750ml bottle with friends. Very different brew, but thatís what the boys at DFH do.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pari6819 (55) - Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2012
I know that there is a lot of bad feelings going around about this beer, but I enjoy it quite a bit. I guess the reason is I take it for what it is. It does not have a lot of the typical qualities of a beer that proper paradigms identify. It is laden with bread and year on the nose, and its finish is wheat like. I would like it to a Pilsner that has been soaked in bread (which in essence is what it more or less is). I have found by itself it is a so-so offering, but with dishes that have some heat, like a Vindaloo Curry, it is stellar. In the case of this beer, I think the proper pairing with food makes it shine. By itself, it is just fair.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (1616) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - SEP 3, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden with a large-ish off-white head with great retention. Aroma consists of doughy bread, SweeTarts, fruit (Doum Fruit, whatever that is?), grain, earth. Taste is nice and unique. Itís lightly sweet and tart, floral from the chamomile, spicy (from the Zaíatar, I guess), some honey; finishes with a light bitterness. Reminds me of honey-drizzled bread. Iím impressed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nealblind (512) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Dark clear orange pour some head. Aroma of dough, sesame, grapes, date sugar. Tastes very wheaty, cinnamon raisin bread. Bold flavors that Iíd usually expect to find in a dubbel or quad are present, but lightly applied in this very refined brew. Palate is full and smooth and quickly recedes like oatmeal, but the effervescence and regular abv make it quite refreshing. Aftertaste of honey, date sugar, and savory spice. Underrated.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wildbeercat (338) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2013
750ml bottle into a shaker glass; served cool. Aroma: Thereís an odd, almost coffee aroma up front. Itís either coffee or well-toasted bread. Appearance: Bright gold/copper body. Quickly dissipating head. Taste: Pretty malty at first. But there is a splendid herbal flavor that is reminiscent of oregano and balsamic vinaigrette. Pretty tasty!! Palate: Medium body; with a moderate-long herbal finish. Overall: Excellent stuff! I just canít get enough of that herbal taste. I will definitely be having this pleanty more times in the future. Outstanding!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (7940) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Served on draft at Beer Run. Pours clear golden with a large frothy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of grain, bread, earthy notes, honey and faint citrus. The taste is bread, honey, citrus, other tart fruits, and a slight earthy and herbal note. Medium bodied. Quite refreshing.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4033) - Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2012
1st Batch, Vintage 2011. 750mL capped bottle. Clear, pour, bright orange color, thin white head. Aroma of a can of tuna (in spring water, of course). Some scent of herbal tea (chamomile), and an off-wheat grainy smell. Tastes of stale chamomile flowers, some of the odd-wheat grain that is in the nose. Then it all finishes up with a odd spiciness on the palate. Overly sessionable body, very light, low ABV; makes this welcoming. Love the herbal tea character with the stale bread notes. Love it. Some of the other ratings Iíve read on this beer have been against the beer. Overall, this is one of the best "unique" off-center ingredient beers from DFH that Iíve truly enjoyed.
This beer was my way of celebrating Epiphany Day.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jstraw (1900) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Gold with big, fat, foamy, white head / Complex, medicinal, soapy, nose of I donít know - dom-palm and zatar? / Light body, very soft carbonation despite big head, watery, with decent finish / Clean, grain and bready flavors of orchard and stone fruit, biscuit, soap, spice, and chamomile / Interesting in an academic way, but a case of not every idea being a good one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
roder60 (1280) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Had a bottle of this at a recent beer club meeting. Poured a bright yellow with nice layer of froathy white head. Aroma is doughy with some tart and woody notes. Flavor is sweet and biscuty but with a fruity twang to it and some spice in the finiish. Overall, this one didnít go over well with some of my comrades, but I was a big fan. Could totally envision drinking this in some palm oasis somewhere.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Served in Dogfish Head signature glass. Pours a beautiful, deep gold with a pillowy white head that dissipates quickly. Moderate amount of lacing remains. Aroma of white grapes predominates, accompanied by some apple but not much else. Flavor profiles are quite subtle, delicate even. Chamomile (tea) is the leading flavor, followed by lemongrass and biscuit. There is a faint taste of white pepper in the background, with causes a slight numbing sensation on the tongue. Mouthfeel is watery, even a bit thin, but with lively carbonation. In sum, this is a worthy addition to Dogfish Headís series of "archaeological" beers. In fact, I canít help but wonder if this one might be the most authentic of the lot, on several grounds: 1) the alcohol level in this beer is low, practically nil, which would have been in line with many ancient beers, and 2) there is a particular breadiness to the beer, rather than maltiness. Despite the rather mixed reviews that Iíve seen on both BA and RB, I do think this beer is worthy of respect considering what was attempted here.


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