Chateau Jiahu – Dogfish Head (Milton, DE, USA)

Chateau Jiahu – Dogfish Head, 9% ABV, (Milton, DE)

On the label:

“9000 year old Chateau Jiahu stands apart as the most ancient, chemically-attested alcoholic beverage in the world. Its re-creation is based on painstaking excavation by Chinese archaeologists of Jiahu in the Yellow River basin, state-of-the-art microanalysis of pottery residues by American laboratories, and the inspired ‘Neolithic” brewing of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Chateau Jiahu, then as now, opens a window into the world of our ancestors.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: A
  • Why I like: fruity honey beer!
  • Where I got it: W. 16th, 2010
  • How much: $28, 1 Pint 9.4 fl.oz.
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes way

Tasting Notes: pours golden orange, slightly cloudy, smallish head, ringed retention, micro CO2, thicker runny lacing, lots and lots of CO2 streams. A rather muted nose. Drinks really really creamy up front, velvety silky soft CO2, 6/10 tangy fruity green grape, mild 2/10 bitterness in the mids, slightly bitter ale finish. Medium complexity, medium depth, excellent carry, love the transitions, medium length. Very well balanced and doesn’t drink like a beer at all – more like a sparkling fruit wine. Could drink this over and over again. Also the 9% ABV is completely hidden.

山のきぶどう酒 - あさ開, 7% ABV, (Iwate, Japan)

50% 果汁 – made with 清酒、山ぶどう (Sake and grape juice)

My Notes:

  • My Rating: C
  • Why I don’t love it: plain
  • Where I got it: Tokyo, Jan 2012
  • How much: ¥1580 ($21)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to liquor afficianados: No

Tasting Notes: cloudy reddish-purple, unfiltered juice-like viscosity, bits of pulp at the bottom of the glass. Grape juice and a bit of floral sake on the nose. Grape sweetness up front, 6/10 tart purple grape finish with 4/10 sourness in the mid, alcohol hits at the end. Very smooth (but low ABV) and drinkable. Nothing special though, just quality grape juice and clean sake. Too thin to use as a mixer.