Dacrza (994) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2016
DATE: August 8, 2016... OCCASION: Birthday number 40, finally and forever in the books--a beer this ancient might be required!... GLASSWARE: Victory Nonick... first, the bottle erupted in pent-up effervescence immediately upon opening... a flourishing cascade--a storm!--of bubbles envelops the glass, spiriting a body that is honey gold in complexion and hazily opaque in its vision... the head is off-white, slightly creamy and hastily forming into an uneven, almost beachlike froth... first scents include apple, pear, chamomile, suntan lotion, and ginger... sandalwood is also appreciable... palate is soft, dry and unengaging, almost flat, with a little carbonation... the hopping process doesn’t yield much strength or depth... gingerbread, light cinnamon, honey, chamomile, and apple are soft, whispering hints that invite next sips with a sweetness unlike an ale I can recall... the honey, ginger and chamomile make this a nice dessertif... like a cold tea, this beer catches one off-guard, but its uniqueness is both a blessing and a curse: sweet and bitter in varying degrees, syrupy and arid in equal turns... something like my first forty years of life? Overall, an apologetic yet flavorful offering, though not one I would pay the $13.99 price tag for (though I received 20% off on this...) oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2016
Pours a medium orangish amber color. Aromas of fruit, honey like qualities, citrus, and a hint of alcohol. Flavors of sweet fruit, honey, and some malt. Dry grape like finish. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Pours a clear, dark golden orange color with apricot edges and a two finger frothy, pillowy white head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with sporadic streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Earthy, musty aroma with a strong floral presence. Some grassy, barnyard funk with straw and hay along with flower petal, caraway seed and sweet caramel malt. I’m not familiar with most of the ingredients but the wild yeast and floral chamomile and farro notes stand out. Not much of a hop presence but there’s some faint light fruit. Sweet pale malts underneath as well with some caramel, biscuit and apricot.
On the lighter end of medium body with a slightly tart,funky yeast presence that dominates the flavor. This was really strong in the nose and stands out here as well. Grassy and herbal with resinous hops, straw, damp hay and wild bugs followed by floral rose water, sweet malts, light fruit and booze. Somewhat dry, chalky and earthy with sunflower seed oil, caramel malt, toffee and biscuit toward the end of the palate. Some dark and light fruit esters and boozy sweetness as well but there’s not much heat. I would have guessed higher than 4.5% but it’s still pretty easy to drink. Decent complexity but some of the flavors clash with each other. Not the most flavorful beer but its an interesting experiment and they successfully captured the wild Egyptian yeast. I don’t think that I would buy this beer again but I enjoyed drinking it. Quick3Beers (1260) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Pours a hazy amber from a bottle. Aroma is a floral sweetness, and a sort of musky spiciness. Flavor is sweet like honey with some bitter almond. Good beer. aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Dogfish head rocks another one. Taking the brewing style back to the ancients for another interesting take on a brewing style. Love it.
perpetuitas (29) - Scarborough, Maine, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Score another one for Dogfish Head! A 2011 bottling I decided to crack open. Drinking at about 49 degrees.
Super lively upon opening with a near foam over. Pours a dehydrated piss dark yellow/gold with a light head that lasts for a few minutes before retreating with heavy lacing. It’s the hardest beer I’ve ever had to pour -- as slow as possible to avoid a 6 inch head.
The nose stung once like a spice but mellowed into a malty, bready, herbal with a slight fruit element treat. The zatar really comes through. The chamomile is clearly a factory and maybe that is why the finish and palate is a tiny bit cloying for me at first (I don’t enjoy chamomile).
As it is opening up I really love this brew, the palm fruit is apparent and it’s completely refreshing.
I suspect some of the ratings are due to drinking this way too early, let is sit a few years!
grass, hay, bread, citrus, herbs, herbs, herbs, leaves, Eberndt (235) - - JAN 3, 2015
Pours a hazy golden-yellow with some sediment and a head that disappears very quickly. Coulf have been a little more carbonated but an interesting beer. Tasted very bready and spicey, didn’t taste much fruit or camomile though. Glad I tried it but probably won’t drink again. closey22 (1981) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Hazy gold with thin rimming white head; slight malt earthy aroma; Flava is of herbs/flowers lavender or chamomile and a slight tartness ; feels light semi flat; finishes dry tangy with a tart twinge slowrunner77 (12144) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"the base of this beer seems to share some similarities to another DFH 25 ouncer, Pangea...light yellow, fizzy, spiced. I was drawn to this because I like chamomile in beer and while it was present here, it was overshadowed by the fruit. A refreshing, interesting beer, but it was fairly simple, and had the flaw of being too prickly in the mouthfeel for my taste. For far less, DFH has better beers."
NikkTwist (3251) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Draft at Monks Cafe. Hazy amber pour with a large white head. Some wet lace. Very unusual taste. First impression was it tastes strongly of garlic shoots and spring onions. Chamomile. Nutmeg. Cardamom. Golden raisins. Tea leaves. Heart of palm. Oregano. Chanterelles. Coriander. Honeycomb. Tastes like an Egyptian Bizarre.