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Old January 21 2013, 02:51 PM   #16
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Re: Dogfish Head's newest Ancient Ale: Etruscan Beer

Definitely expensive

The problem with Dogfish Head large bottles is that, even if they're good, they're usually not good enough to justify the extra price. But, as far as ancient ales go, it's not as good as Midas Touch, but it's still quite good. I'll try the ancient Chinese one next and compare that as well.
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Old January 21 2013, 07:55 PM   #17
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Re: Dogfish Head's newest Ancient Ale: Etruscan Beer

The ancient Chinese one (Chateau Jiahu) is my favorite ancient ale. If you let it warm up a bit the flavors really come out. I'd say Midas Touch comes in second for me. Ta Henket (ancient Egyptian) was one of the worst things I've ever tasted. First time that I drain poured a beer. Theobroma (ancient Honduran) was decent and had an interesting chocolate/chili pepper taste but not really my thing. My favorite DFH are Palo Santo Marron and 90 Minute IPA.
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Old January 22 2013, 08:03 PM   #18
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Re: Dogfish Head's newest Ancient Ale: Etruscan Beer

I can't remember when historians think people started using hops, but I'm under the impression that it was long after the Etruscans.

If the beer has notes of church incense, I wonder if it has any frankensence (sp?) in it? I ran across a recent story that the tree it comes from is under threat from changes in North African agricultural practices, with a note that the tree can also be raised in the American Southwest.
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Old January 23 2013, 02:21 AM   #19
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Re: Dogfish Head's newest Ancient Ale: Etruscan Beer

There's essentially no hops in the beer. They literally include just enough to be legally called beer. Hops were first added in the Middle Ages in Germany, so, you're right, there would be no hops in the recipe. It's not at all a bitter beer, pretty much for that reason. They use the myrrh and gentian root for whatever bitterness there is.

But I posted the ingredients above. No frankincense, but definitely myrrh.
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