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RATINGS: 749   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   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.

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2.7
DrSilverworm (9672) - 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.

3.6
Meilby (11692) - 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.

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sinfull (1798) - 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.

3.5
yngwie (17234) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 21, 2015
On tap at the brewpub. Almost completely clear, light amber in color and with a minimal sized head. Sweet, fruity aroma with some herbs, honey and malts. Alcohol too. It’s dry and full bodied, warming and nicely carbonated, with flavors of honey, sweet fruits, plums, some herbs and a nice bitterness. Lasting finish. A bit too warming this one, else it’s both tasteful and interesting. 150621

3.3
emusche (209) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Pours golden with a little foamy white head. Aroma of grape, honey and alcohol, reminiscent of white wine. Decently carbonated with a spicy, crisp taste, finishes full but dry. Interesting, but not my favorite Dogfish Head offering.

3.4
doubelknv3 (1093) - Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Golden, creamy white head, nice head retention, and nice lacing. Spice, ginger, candy, Apple, mild alcohol, caramel, and lemon notes. Full bodied, silky, malt dominated, and lite bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
snoworsummer (6065) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Draft at Dogfish Head Fairfax. Pours clear amber with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like dried fruits, grapes, honey, smooth alcohol, bready malt light herb, and floral hops. Medium body and low/medium carbonation. Smells like grapes, booze, light herb, and floral hops.

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rumproasts (6035) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Tap. Golden honey colored with small head. Sweet and fruity with a near bourbon flavor. Light alcohol. Definitely in the category of more interesting than good.

3.8
ZacM612 (799) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Very pale amber color, clear with a little white head. Aroma of fruit and yeast. Sweet flavor, similar to a Belgian ale.

3.5
ARH (1165) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2015
On tap, poured into a sampler glass as the American Beer Classic. The aroma has a potent ammonia note to it with undertones of citrus, grapes, and alcohol. The beer is clear yellow amber with a white, dense soap head that has good retention and lace. The taste is highly sweet with a medium bitterness. The beer is waxy with a fuzzy carbonation and a medium body. The flavor is not too dissimilar to a white wine with flavors of white grapes, an alcohol warmth, honey, bread, and a mellow spice that heighten at the finish with a zip like a champagne or crisp white wine along with some bread flavors. The aftertaste is fairly long with warm alcohol, spice, and citrus.


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