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Sah'tea - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,475 Ratings
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Ratings: 1475
Reviews: 572
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.91%


Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Sahti |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This Ancient Ale is a modern take on a 9th-century Finnish beer.

The wort for Sah'tea is caramelized over white-hot river rocks, and the beer is fermented with a German weizen yeast. In addition to juniper berries foraged from the Finnish countryside, Sah'tea is flavored with black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and black pepper.

The spicing is subtle and balanced, and Sah'tea is a highly-quaffable, truly unique brew with a full mouthfeel.

6 IBU

(Beer added by: DarkerTheBetter on 09-28-2008)
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trankin6

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

very interesting stronger beer with big spicy flavors that shroud the booziness somewhat. nice orangy light color and smells boozier with clovey, citrusy sour notes. light balanced mouthfeel but the lingering chai and spice afternotes leave me a bit befuddled. pretty good

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 00:26:17 | More by trankin6
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottleneck says Bottled On 3/11/13

A- Pours a medium orangeish amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and some random spotty surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Wonderful aroma of chai, allspice and clove that works great with the estery Belgian yeast. Slight booze fume.

T- Flavor is very close to the aroma but with some extra banana notes and maybe a bit of ginger. Quite sweet but the spices keep it from being cloying. The thing that always gets me about this beer is that it has a 9% ABV but you'd never know it.

M- Tingly and bright with medium-low carbonation and a medium body.

O- One of my favorite Dogfish beers but I also am a sucker for chai.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 02:07:10 | More by Immortale25
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mlm5641

Nevada

4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks- Medium golden tint and slightly cloudy with a non lingering just slightly off white head.
Smell- Overwhelming back tea with clove and cinnamon and just a hint of banana. Little to no bitter aroma.
Mouthfeel- rich and creamy, particularly the head. Very clean but not dry finish.
Flavor- black chia tea off the bat with some flavors reminiscent of a hefeweizen (banana, clove, slight cinnamon). No hop bitterness. Slight sweet malty character, light caramel.

Overall- Great beer, easy to drink with the sweet and spicy characteristics of the chai tea. Deceitful considering the 9% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 00:34:38 | More by mlm5641
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threeviews

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml crowned bottle (bottled on date: 03-11-13) into a 16oz Dogfish Head Signature Glass

A- A conservative pour yields a hazy orange beer with a 1/2-to-3/4 finger's worth of a frothy, white head. Although it died rapidly, a film remained on top due to the fact that this is a nucleated glass.

S- All the aromas of Chai Tea! Honey, melon, ginger, cinnamon and a hint of clove

T- Honey-like malty sweetness and banana (yeast) hit first, followed by a lingering, spicy kick (cinnamon, ginger, clove) and then is met with dry, resinous and fruity (juniper berry & cardamom) finish. An absolutely spledid balance of sweet and spicy. As for the 9% ABV...I cannot find so much as a trace (in the flavor or aroma)!

M- Medium, yet delicate carbonation allows all the flavors to penetrate the palate and leave a long, lingering finish with all the flavors mixing in concert.

O- For those who have read my other reviews (especially of DFH beers), it will come as no surprise that this is yet another hands down winner for me. For their Ancient Ale series, Sah'Tea ranks (every so slightly) behind my favorite, Theobroma. If this is what a bottle with 10 months of age tastes like, then I cannot fathom what it will taste like fresh...and cannot wait to find out!

DISCLAIMER: I am a fan of Chai Tea and would enthusiastically encourage all of those who also enjoy that beverage to investigate this beer. However, if you are indifferent or better yet, dislike Chai Tea altogether, you may not necessarily enjoy this offering...but would always welcome those to challenge their palates as you just might surprise yourself!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 18:38:45 | More by threeviews
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sticking to Beer Advocate recommendations for glassware, I decided on a mug for this beauty. Thanx to Shamrock1343 for this gem!

No bottling date, but "sahtis" aren't meant to be aged from what I've read, so here goes:

A: a nice light yet hazy golden yellow/amber colored looking body with a one finger white foamy head that dies into the body within about thirty seconds. No lacing whatsoever.

S: one of the best parts of this beer and I absolutely love this (unsure how close this is truly to its style), but I get some juniper berries coming through in a earthy sort of way and I do get the cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and black pepper all coming through in a super nice way

T: spicy sweet through the previously mentioned flavors, I have to admit I do get the German yeastiness in the taste though I didn't notice it in the smell - still good; sticky sweet yet somewhat spicy aftertaste; dry sweet yet spicy finish

M: light to medium, ABV really isn't noticed, sessionable - hmmm...maybe slightly, carbonation is really smooth - I like it, but my lack of having "sahtis" doesn't say enough for me to tell you how good this is for its style, sorry, I'll try to find more as I can

O: good for the style - sure I guess.... like I said in the mouthfeel section, I haven't had too many of these, so I really don't know how this could go up against other "sahtis" however, for me, I say this is awesome stuff because there's so much going on - whoah - WOW! The smell and taste are absolutely enthralling and intriguing as any beer can be, I just wonder if I could hype this beer up any more.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 23:03:57 | More by BeerKangaroo
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy, orangish body with some pale amber highlights. Foamy white head that leaves a thin layer of bubbles on top of the body.

S- Chai tea comes out right away with lots of spiced tea and black pepper. Hints of sweet orange and banana come through too. Definite earthiness to it along with hints of grain.

T- Earthy spiced tea mixes with some sweet berry, banana and wheat flavors. I still get some hints of orange and clove as well. The chai tea comes through very well and is balanced out by some of the sweetness and wheat flavors.

M- Rich and full-bodied, medium carbonation, minimal alcohol burn.

O- An interesting mix of flavors that work pretty well together. Somewhat like an orange with cloves stuck in it, dipped in chai tea with wheat and berries. Not exactly sure what a traditional shati beer tastes like, but this one is complex and interesting, like most Dogfish Head beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 21:55:41 | More by stephenjmoore
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Radome

Texas

3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

A - Golden to slightly orange color. Somewhat cloudy, with bits of sediment suspended. Off-white head is thin and not too persistent. It settles into a thick ring around the glass.

S - Aroma is very unusual. A mix of strong juniper, indistinct spices and tea. Malt and hops don't stand out. It smells like a gruit, or a pure heather ale, not any kind of conventional beer.

T - Taste is dominated by a strong, sharp juniper. There is orange peel and cinnamon at a lower lever. No real malt or hops. It tastes like a tea with mulling spices, not any beer I know. Alcohol is not noticeable. Clean, but very different.

M - Thin to medium body. Bitterness is low. Very low alcohol burn. Light carbonation.

O - Overall, I find this a clean but not entirely great beer. I don't care for the mix of juniper and other spices. Although interesting, I won't be seeking it out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 06:02:45 | More by Radome
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split between three people... never heard of this beer or style before, so I was excited to try it out. Poured into a Dixie cup at a party.

Appearance: Red cup, so I couldn't see it too well, but a murky sort of brown color with a lot of yeasty tea-leaf sediment. Kind of ugly by most people's standards, I reckon.

Smell: Tea. A tang/sourness. Cinnamon? Some sort of spiciness. Berries.

Taste/feel: Tea with a tangy Belgian characteristic. Berries. Somebody mentioned cinnamon, and I got that as well. Not bitter in the slightest. Sort of refreshing, but at the same time, there's a slight warmth of alcohol. Interesting, tasty beer. I believe it was $12 for the bottle, which isn't too bad at all for such a unique tasting brew. It's not for everybody -- it has a good bit of "funk" to it in the taste and aroma, but I enjoyed it quite a lot. Worth a pick up.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 02:08:36 | More by Alextricity
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megahurts4

Louisiana

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Sahtea

Appearance: tangerine orange, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: chai tea, juniper, and a hint of lemon zest.

Taste: very light chai tea, juniper spice, and a faint rye flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium-light

Overall:
This is an interesting one. It has a unique flavor. The chai is prominent in the aroma, but not in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 04:09:34 | More by megahurts4
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LeRose

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into SA perfect pint.

A - deep golden color, dense white foam head that dissipated very quickly. Fair amount of sediment/particulates.

S - nice chai tea characteristics. Earthy, spices (cardamom?), some cotton candy-like sweetness, bready/malty, some yeast aroma.

T - very enjoyable flavors. Almost a nice white wine flavor that was not expected, but the tea-like characters are prevalent. Earthy and spicy, a lingering wine-like sweetness. A surprising peppery note, nothing in the way of hops and only a faint bitterness on the back of the swallow. Seems more spice-like in taste vs. aroma - maybe some clove, some cinnamon, a little juniper-like gin flavor, a touch of ginger.

MF - it was a little syrupy sticky sweet, but not objectionable. Low carbonation and that was fine. No alcohol tingle.

Overall, enjoyed this beer. A nice pairing with some Thai food, but if the food had been spicier selections the beer may have been overpowered. A nice sippin' beer with the right food combination. Interesting flavor combination - complicated and nicely blended flavors worth contemplating again. It would have been easy to push this one over the top, but it is nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 01:48:42 | More by LeRose
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TBoneJones

Texas

4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Curious pour into my Chimay chalice. This beer has a nice shimmery haze, but looks thinner than i expected and retains almost no head.
Smells excellent to me: barnyard funk, spice/ cologne, orange zest, cinnamon, even licorice. Complex to my nose.
It's hit or miss for many with beers as daring as this brewer pushes out. Immediate hit in my book. It's very flavorful with the cinnamon and spice noted, I do get that vanilla chai taste, and the flavor just keeps on building and being interesting. I get pumpkin from this too, yet this still comes off as a farmhouse type of effort. It just works. Medicinal, Necco-waferish. My first Sahtea, but at least my second "ancient recipe" (the 1st being this brewery's Midas Touch). I much prefer this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 23:40:20 | More by TBoneJones
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a pint glass.

Picked this up at the behest of my Finnish wife.

A: Hazy golden with a small head that breaks down quickly. There are small particles of sediment that appear when held to light.

S: fantastic chai tea smell and spices. Yeast is also present as is bubble gum.

T: really quite nice. Taste follows the smell, with cloves and juniper coming forward.

M: full bodied, almost no carbonation and a slickish feel.

O: my Finnish wife spotted this one at our trip to the bottle shop. She suggested it based solely on her heritage. I'm glad she did. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, I found it full of flavor and very pleasant to drink. I think what I liked most was the spiciness of the beer. I also think that the low carbonation was nice too, but I found that I did get a bit of a headache after the second small glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 21:51:28 | More by polloenfuego
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, from the strangely limited selection at the Whole Foods in Littleton, Colorado.

This beer pours a hazy golden yellow colour, with two pudgy fingers of puffy, tightly foamy off-white head, which leaves little beyond a few instances of sea plume lace around the glass as things sink duly southwards.

It smells of pumpkin chai tea (I know no gourds sacrificed themselves for this beer, but 'tis the season, and the associative dissonance is strong there), a mild earthy fruitiness, a bit of candy sugar, a mildly spicy grain pale malt, and faint earthy, soapy hops. The taste continues the sugary sweetness bent insofar as the bready caramel malt is concerned, with a heady dose of indistinct warming winter spices, some middling black pepper, a weirdly corresponding understated saline character, earthy yeast, woody juniper, over-steeped black tea, a bit of dry Scandinavian licorice, and virtually nothing in the way of hops. No sign of the 18-proof booze, so, um, yay?

The bubbles are rather unassuming and pleasantly downplayed, the body a decent medium weight, fairly smooth, and even a wee bit creamy. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel and pale malts bolstered by sugar and spice alike, while a slight warming profile kicks off its start-up routine.

A rather pleasant tea-infused big Belgian-style beer, which is obviously not the intent here, but hey, it's DFH, so you never really know. The nods to Finnish brewing history are tangential at best, especially after the guest ingredient quickly runs its course. So the best I can say about this is - forget preconditions and premonitions - this is a tasty tea-bagged strong ale, all without the immediate alcohol heat conditions one might readily expect.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 08:21:59 | More by biboergosum
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Samuel906

California

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the more interesting looking beers when poured into a glass. It is a beautiful golden orange, with very fine, light head. There is no effervescing of bubbles, but you can see a lot of sediment suspending in the hazy bronze liquid. The sediment doesn't settle, but permeates every part of the brew. Aroma is pretty good: chai, juniper, ginger and citrus... and lots of yeast.
Taste follows suit for the most part, but citrus is more the main player with the tea bringing up the rear, as well as some banana . Some black pepper and clove spiciness too, and a touch of honey. Not much of the rye to be found. Feel is light, tart, and refreshing. Not sticky, and not boozy. Very good beer if your are looking for something different. Gives you a bunch of great flavors, but it's balanced an d delightful making this just yet another great brew from DFH.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 04:20:29 | More by Samuel906
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silverking

Florida

4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer # 200!

A- slightly hazy gold with a fluffy white head. Nice head retention, and decent lacing.

S- bubble gum, juniper, banana, clove.

T- black tea, clove, cinnamon, juniper. it is spicy, mysterious, and complex. the finish comes across a little sweet.

M- full-bodied with an oily mouth feel.

O- different, interesting.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 05:54:26 | More by silverking
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Brew_42

Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Large visible sediments in the beer that may seem off putting but do not have any effect on the taste or mouthfeel.

Smells-Spicy and sweet. Cinnamon and chai are definitely present with some hints of clove or anise.

Tastes- Sweet and pleasant. Cinnamon and chai dominate but there is a hint of black licorice that is very pleasant.

Mouthfeel- Thick full body.

Overall-Nice sweet/spiced beer. I will definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 21:49:12 | More by Brew_42
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TheFightingMongooses

New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2012. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance – Pale golden amber with a two finger white head on the pour that dissipates to a frothy cap, leaving lots of lacing behind on the glass. Substantial carbonation and a few large yeast particles are present.

Aroma – Gingerbread cookie with a warm nutmeg/cinnamon spice character from the chai tea. The alcohol is well hidden. Not much else in the aroma, but it is very nice.

Taste – The taste is of very sweet malts which would be cloying except for the spices which dry the mouth nicely. No hop flavor to speak of. This makes a very nice dessert beer.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is thin with lots of residual sugars that stick around.

Overall – I like this beer, especially as an after dinner/dessert offering. I have not had a traditional sahti, so I'd be interested to see how this compares i.e. if it would be as sweet or if DFH just wanted to compliment the chai tea addition.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 00:21:54 | More by TheFightingMongooses
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Smurf2055

Washington

3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with a small layer of white head.

Amazing, vibrant smell, bit of a soda-like texture to it. Chi tea, some cinnamon, bits of fruit, and desert breadieness.

Taste is sweet, bit of bitterness and bite like a golden ale, but has some more of the subtle flavors like tea and black licorice.

Complex and unique, pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 03:26:50 | More by Smurf2055
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head that appears to have little retention. The head is slightly off-white while the body is slightly hazy with an almost medium amber/honey color that glows a bit lighter when held up to the light. There are a few particles of lacing left behind.

Nose- Amazing. This is a spice bomb and nothing exactly dominates except for the cinnamon. The cardamom and juniper are especially strong as well, followed by notes of clove (it implies some banana), coriander (I know the label doesn't mention but I smell it), and ginger. Black pepper holds up the rear. Some floral (rose) and perfume notes as well. Tinges of honey perhaps. In any case, I'm note sure if I even want to drink it- I might just want to smell it all day.

Taste- Citrus notes appear in the beginning while the different aspects of the nose start to make themselves known. Cinnamon and cardamom seem to be dominant notes with clove right behind it. Juniper and ginger are underneath. They are banana notes also implied by the clove as on the nose. This certainly is a spice bomb. A slight bit of heat on the finish which mixes with juniper. A slight woody bitterness starts to infiltrate the finish (notes of clove and juniper with that as well). I'm really starting to question the “subtle” aspect of the spice- it has mellowed somewhat and allowed more of the chai to come through with notes of vanilla but the spice character is still quite prominent. The vanilla gives it a bit of oak which I could do without and makes me wonder what could have been if they had just made it more traditionally. But this, of course, is not DFH's style. Still, a very good beer and appears to representative of the style. How much of this I could feasibly drink is the real question. Citrus notes seem to underlie the overall spiciness of the profile.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. A bit of smoothness. Nothing awry in this department.

Drinkability- If you love herbal teas and chai and getting drunk (and you don't mind the price tag), this is going to rock your world. I appreciate the complex spice profile but I am glad that it gives me pause.

Overall- Solid beer. It does exactly what I expected from the style description and the bottle's label. Not an everyday or session beer by any stretch of the imagination but a must try for anyone looking for something different and a bit exotic.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 02:43:33 | More by artoolemomo
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cfoley

Texas

5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awsome brew Loved It!!! Such a rich beautifull beer loved all the flavors that just kept coming with every sip, It cant get much better than this folks . Im a fan flavorfull beers and this one hit a Home Run !!! Its kinda ornagey twang , light sweet floral notes as it warmed up ,this is one you can just keep drinking and drinking and drinking and never get tiered of it .

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 20:46:05 | More by cfoley
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JMad

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky light golden color with a thick fluffy white head and lots of lacing.

It has a strong smell of juniper and nutmeg with some caramel, clove and a hint of banana.

The taste is full of clove and spices and wood and banana.

It has a very full mouthfeel with lots of carbonation and a smooth, warm finish.

This is a very interesting beer, I don't think I've ever tasted anything like it. Due to the price I probably won't ever drink it again but I did enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 03:33:48 | More by JMad
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Hopswagger for this one!
750ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip
Bottled in 2010

A - Burnt orange color with a tight knit head. The head sinks into a collar while finally vanishing.

S - Lactic sourness and lavender salts are the first thing that jumps out. Smells like this will be quite tart. Dried plantains, strawberries, peach, apricots, spicy, ginger, pepper, nutmeg, lavender, rye bread, heavy dose of cardamon. Salty savory and sweet biscuit/bread malts.

T - Peach, apricot, and plantain puree, a soft lactic tartness is there but not as pronounced as the nose described. Lemons, pepper, cardamon, nutmeg, honey, ginger, salty, you can really taste the chai in there. Very yeasty with sweet and indulgent and earthy pale malts. A steady herbal note right through the middle, woody, I'm guessing the juniper? Finishes with a fruity tartness and notes of salt, spice, and mint left on the aftertaste.

M - Hefty body makes for a thick feel, semi-dry finish.

The aroma is bigtime! Acidic fruit, spices, sweet and savory, very aromatic. The flavor follows but doesn't quite live up to the aroma.Very good mix of sweet and salty flavors. Big malt presence with lively yeast esters. Various spices that show up at different times. This would obviously pair excellent with Indian food or other curry dishes.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 01:37:16 | More by StaveHooks
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml Bottle poured into a Snifter

Appearance: Sah’Tea pours a cloudy, golden orange color that is capped with a thin white lace of a head that quickly fades to leave a halo of lacing around the edge of the glass.

Aroma: Tons of spice, like a chai tea (hence the tea in the name). Black pepper, cinnamon, clove, allspice, star-anise, and juniper, mixed with fruit, maybe peaches or apricots, or plums. Honey.

Taste: Strong notes of spices at the front. More black pepper, juniper, clove and honey, followed by faint hints of lightly toasted bread. The warmer the beer got the more intense the chai spices became. Really good.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy and nicely carbonated which accentuates the spice notes of the beer. Very smooth, which is surprising considering the 9% ABV, which is lends the beer a nice, slight, alcohol warmth finish.

Overall: Sah’Tea is the second of the Ancient Ales produced by Dogfish that I’ve had, (the first being Theobroma), and I have to say so far, Dogfish is 2 for 2! I really liked this beer, though not as much as Theobroma, and I’ll certainly get it again. Looking forward to the other editions of the Ancient Ale Series.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 16:01:41 | More by Jeffreysan
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mattkoon

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this shatea has a pretty amazing flavor- the juniper berries and black chai really push through this beer. the smell is super packed with the chai smell. it does have chunks in it, and i know that some beers have chunks-but personally im not usually a huge fan, however the flavor of this beer is so exotic and complex that ill take em. this beer is the reason i love dogfish- crazy beers that when they hit the mark are a hug success.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 20:02:39 | More by mattkoon
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gtermi

Texas

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Beer pours a golden orange body with a thin white head that quickly fades away quickly.

S: The smell is absolutely amazing! Tons of spice, like clove, cinnamon and syrup.

T: The beer has tons of clove flavors with some cinnamon and tea.

M: There is a bit of carbonation on the back of the throat and tip of the tongue.. Has a thin body too

O: This is a fantastic beer all around! I would love to get this year round if I could

Serving type: bottle

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Sah'tea from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,475 ratings.