Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu

Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu

Rated 3.613 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Dogfish Head Brewery

Milton, DE, United States

Style:  Strong Ale

9% Alcohol by Volume

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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.

ID: 18870 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 16 years ago

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Overall Rank1761
Overall Percentile96.3
Style Rank72 of 722
Style Percentile90
Lowest Score2.7
Highest Score4.2
Average Score3.676
Weighted Score3.613
Standard Deviation0.360

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  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.6 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    I believe this is one of the beers that is discussed on the BrewMaster series. An old Chinese recipe that sates the thirst. A cloudy golden yellow pour with minimal head. grainy malt, honey, and perfume make up the aroma, while the flavour is well balanced with sweetness provided by the honey, and bitterness from the spices and hops.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 2.7 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    Hey Neil? ya Neil..? .. . Pours a golden tan, medium sticky lacing .. . Muddles sweetness, maple and baby spices- weak .. . to sticky for more than a small sample, cloying . .. should have stayed a lost recipe .. . Oh, so a bobsled is push-cart with no wheels. ..

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 3.9 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This beer has been on I have been passing on for a while - it was just nothing that especially intrigued me. In any event, I finally gave it a try and was quite happy with it. This is part of DFH's "ancient ale" series and I was surprised to find that it is quite similar in flavor and body to Shatea. The flavor had more notes of honey though - it was nice. I would try it but it is really pricey!

  • MMMMBEER 1119 reviews
    rated 3.0 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    I drank this just two days ago and my notes are just scribbles and are everywhere and hard to read. Looks very peachy in color with limited cap. Aroma has tone of white grape juice other sweet flavors I’ll attribute to Hawthorn fruit whatever the hell that is and some possible apple. Grape to a sweet white wine taste heavy honey and random summer fruit, mild spice. Almost bordering on two sweet. It’s not bad to try, defently diffrent but I’ll never search it out again.

  • JKBPILL 201 reviews
    rated 3.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Beer pours a golden color with a white head, it smells of honey and some fruitiness. This beer feels very heavy in the mouth. It is very sweet with a hint of spice, this is another good Dogfish beer that should be share in the company of others.

  • RAGNAROK 110 reviews
    rated 4.2 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    A new favorite for me. This brew was enjoyed whilst cooking for Thanksgiving. Paired well with the bird. This stuff is thick, do not let the color fool you. Pours as thick as an Imp stout. The aroma is honey and something else - I am not familiar with hawthorne, so I cannot place it. My friend liked it in some aspects, but not others. Mostly for not being able to place that "mystery flavor". Flavor is best below 55 deg. Mouthfeel is "chew before swallowing" yet light with a very full body. Finish is clean and sweet with that white grape and honey lingering on the palate. I really enjoyed this brew. Definately an exotic brew!

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 2.9 10 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Another interesting brew from DFH that i just cannot rate highly. Aroma and flavors of hay, honey, and something i cant quite place, hawthorne perhaps? Body is a slightly hazy yellow, not much carbonation or head to speak of, mouthfeel is o.k. and slightly sweet. Its cool to try these adaptations of ancient brews,I liked this one better than my rating indicates but they just dont really do the trick for me though.

  • ZYTHUM 289 reviews
    rated 3.9 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    sampled on 10/2/10. 750ml bottle with james. pours a clear golden color. thin head. aroma is honey and citrus. medium body. taste has a lot going on. honey coming thru 1st, fruity, citrus, some spices. i have no idea what hawthorn fruit is supposed to smell or taste like, but i like this beer. good carbonation. mouthfeel is full. aftertaste is a little sweet.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A bright clear golden colored beer. The head is big enough on pour. Cramy textured and white. Not much hang time settling into a decent lacing of light film on sides of glass and soapy ringlet atop the body. The nose and taste are sweet, floral, fruity. Honey is dominate reminding me of a mead. But this is not. A syrupy thickness this is another must try Dogfish Head as the Delaware brewery experiments with historical residues.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.9 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Yellow copper pour with a one-finger foamy head and very little lacing. Sweet honey aroma with slight orange peel, a bit of honeysuckle. Taste is initially sweet with the honey standing out then fruity and floral with a very slight bitter in the end. Nice historic recreation and a good change of pace.

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