December 17, 2010
Tis’ the time for Seasonals
Christmas for the beer aficionado comes in the form of many wonderful seasonal and limited release beers lovingly prepared by our favourite breweries and ready to be sipped by the fireplace – yes even on weekdays. Tonight’s selection is Dogfish Head’s Chateau Jiahu a painstakingly accurate recreation of a 9000 year old libation discovered from micro-analyses of pottery residue unearthed at Jiahu in the Yellow River. While it never takes much to sway me to buy a Dogfish this combination of archaeology and beer science cuts straight to my anthropologically trained heart. Chateau Jiahu is ale brewed with honey and hawthorn fruit and fermented with grape juice; for a detailed description of both ingredients and process please check out the Dogfish Head website.
Now to throw in my own ‘micro-analysis’. This beer pours a strong bright yellow with a small amount of head. The nose of this beer is nearly indescribable with an amazingly sweet scent coupled with an almost wine like fruit aroma. At 10% ABV this ale packs a bit of a wollop and I do not think I would be finishing the entire pint on my own. But all the better since this speacial unique beer deserves to be shared. The complexity of this beer makes different stages of the glass takes on different tastes. At first I felt that the beer was too sweet but as I drank and the weight of the alcohol kicks in and the fruits really change your palate. Another lovely after dinner beer. I really cannot say enough about the creativity driving the Dogfish brewers and their amazing attention to detail. I am gonna have to get a better job to support my Dogfish Head habit…
Out of a possible five I give this beer a 4.5