Dogfish Head Ta Henket


Ta Henket is another from Dogfish Head’s line of Ancient Ales, of which I’ve previously reviewed: Chateau JiahuMidas TouchSah’tea, and Theobroma.  Ta Henket is based on an Egyptian recipe and includes wild Egyptian yeast, an “ancient form of wheat,” a blend of Middle Eastern spices known as Za’atar,  doum palm fruit, and chamomile.  The nose is yeasty and tangy, almost like a sourdough, the middle is sour on the tongue, and the finish is dry and relatively neutral with just a hint of those spices. Whatever that ancient form of wheat is, it’s clearly closely related to the modern form, because this the predominant characteristics of a wheat ale.   The light pale color, and smooth, subdued flavors are both indicative of the style.   This is definitely a Dogfish brew, but the wheat ale base and the low alcohol content (4.5% ABV) makes it calmer than most, so it might be a good introduction to the “off center ale” style for someone with traditionally conservative tastes.   Personally, being an off-centered kind of guy, I love it, as I usually do Dogfish beers.

I give it a 4.3 out of 5.

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