Ta Henket is another from Dogfish Head’s line of Ancient Ales, of which I’ve previously reviewed: Chateau Jiahu, Midas Touch, Sah’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.