Chateau Jiahu

750 mL bottle, approx. $11.99 at Shopper’s Village, High St, Lexington, KY, USA. Pictured bottle is an oxidized, undrinkable one from 2023 purchased in 2022.

Well, here we go with another Sam Calagione/DFH inspired “concept” (for want of a better term) beer. Frankly I’m not really *that* interested in the thinking behind such beers, only if they taste good now! The history and context is nice, but without a quality, highly drinakble product at the end of the process there is not much in it for consumers at the sharp end. DFH may have learned a lot about brewing via the process, but the drinkeres won’t be very concerned with that. Luckily, this one does taste good!

Pours cloudy orange with a nicely formed, thick head that has some very good retention. Lacing is mid-range with a thickness that is a little deceiving. Sweet, honey based, slightly floral (hop) nose, light and rather attractive. Nice thick and satisfying mouthfeel – seems quite luxurious – velvet like.

Tastes are light and sweet. Honey with some very mild acidity. Much like the DFH Pangaea, this feels like a bitter shandy with English lemonade (Sprite/7-Up) added to a low ABV sessionable typical bitter. It’s very drinkable but ultimately quite poor value with a price tag of $12+ .

Very smooth and really easy to quaff, this is a very interesting beer, but it’s a little pricey for what it is. Worth a one-off purchase definitely, but I don’t think I could justify regularly spending the cash for this brew. Since we don’t get DFH in GA, that’s not really a huge problem!

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11/12/2006
Format:
bottle
ABV: 10.0 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 4.5
Smell: 4
Overall: 4.5
Total: 4.15
Series Name: Ancient Ales
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