Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu

Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu

I had a productive day today. Got a good amount of “stuff” done at work. Ran some after-work errands. And lastly, worked on some Ancestry.com family tree “stuff”. I got into the ancestry deal about a year ago. Things had been busy and I had put it to the side for awhile.

Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu

Tonight we’re watching the Patriots and Jets. It’s the beginning of the third quarter right now – hopefully the Pats keep up the pace they have set.

During half-time I got my evening review beer out and took all the pictures. The beverage of choice is Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu. Like most Dogfish beers, the Jiahu is incredibly unique. Brewed with honey, hawthorne fruit and grape juice.

Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu

The first thing I noticed was the odd smell. Super sweet. Unlike any beer I’ve ever smelled.

The color is a pale golden shade. A fair amount of head on the pour, which goes away quickly.

Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu

I had to do a quick google to figure out WTF a hawthorne fruit was. Wikipedia to the rescue. I still have no idea what it tastes like, but in short…”The fruit of hawthorn, called haws, are edible, but are commonly made into jellies, jams, and syrups, used to make wine, or to add flavour to brandy, rather than eaten fresh.

Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu

The flavors in the beer are predominantly honey and grape. There is little carbonation, which combined with the sweetness results in a syrupiness.

I have a giant bottle of this in front of me. As usual, I wish I had someone to share with. The beer is delicious, yet given how sweet it is, could get unpleasant to drink after the first pint.

-Lost

Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu

Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.