Dogfish Head brews a number of beers as part of their Ancient Ale series and Ta Henket is the most recent beer in the series that I have had the chance to try. This beer is a low alcohol beer for Dogfish, coming in at only 4.5% ABV. The bottle says “beer brewed with Za’atar Doum Fruit and Chamomile.” This beer also has a yeast strain that DFH captured while visiting Ciro, Egypt. Another beer with a great story from Dogfish, but how does it measure up?
Ta Henket pours a nice clear golden color with a fluffy white head. The nose is very yeasty with a very earthy quality. It was also a bit musty smelling. I didn’t much of anything else going on; no fruit or chamomile. I was expecting the nose to be more complicated as Dogfish usually does a good job of making exciting smelling beers, but this one was a bit flat compare to their others. I do enjoy a good earthy smelling beer though, so I did find some promise in it. There were no hops in this one, but, at only 7 IBUs, I didn’t expect to smell much of anything.
On the first taste I got lots of honey-like sweetness. The flavor then folded into a sesame seed flavor, which I assume came from the chamomile. There was a slight bitterness in the back of the beer, but only enough to balance out some of the sweetness. There were some musty things going on in the background as well, that I really don’t know how to describe. I have never heard of Za’atar Doum Fruit, nor do I know what it tastes like, so maybe that would account for the musty flavors. This is a very different beer, that left me guessing. There is a lot going on without being bold on flavor. I’m not sure if I am going to seek this one out again.