Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu

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My last experience with Chateau Jiahu was disappointing.   A manufacturing flaw meant that the bottle hadn’t sealed properly, so by the time I got it home it was flat, spoiled, and undrinkable.   Not this time however.   I’ve finally found another bottle and to my delight, this one poured perfectly, fizzy and fresh.   The nose on this beer isn’t strong, with just a hint of yeast and orange.   The middle however, is a different story.  The heavy carbonation makes the taste of the grapes explode on your tongue, the sweetness still accentuated by the addition of honey.  It’s a heavy beer, sticky and lingering, fading away to a final note of alcohol.  It’s a big beer too, at 10% ABV.  This is the closest I’ve ever had to champagne in a beer.   This is definitely a dessert beer, and a good one.

I give it a 4.5 out of 5.

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