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 that’s what the boys at DFH do. 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, 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. poisoneddwarf (2622) - Coeur d’ Alene, 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. It’s lightly sweet and tart, floral from the chamomile, spicy (from the Za’atar, I guess), some honey; finishes with a light bitterness. Reminds me of honey-drizzled bread. I’m impressed. nealblind (1965) - 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 I’d 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.
wildbeercat (356) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2013
750ml bottle into a shaker glass; served cool.
Aroma: There’s an odd, almost coffee aroma up front. It’s 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 can’t get enough of that herbal taste. I will definitely be having this pleanty more times in the future. Outstanding! Drake (14059) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 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.
unclemattie (4357) - 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 I’ve read on this beer have been against the beer. Overall, this is one of the best "unique" off-center ingredient beers from DFH that I’ve truly enjoyed. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2012
This beer was my way of celebrating Epiphany Day.
Gold with big, fat, foamy, white head / Complex, medicinal, soapy, nose of I don’t 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. roder60 (1289) - 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 didn’t go over well with some of my comrades, but I was a big fan. Could totally envision drinking this in some palm oasis somewhere.