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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Premier. Great spicey and fresh aroma.
Looks- Unfiltered look, has a half inch of soapy head and is lacey.Carbonation bubbles.
Smooth mouthfeel, very drinkable.
Juniper worked, also positive that not noticeably gingery. Carmel, pecans, cola, carob.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 02:11:22 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy honey orange color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a small cap. Random spots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is pure chai tea aromas and the taste is very much the same. I really like chai tea and this beer was very spot on in my opinion. Nice tea, spice, and citrus aromas and flavors come out in this beer. Good carbonation with a smooth yet bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great smelling and tasting beer but I am not too sure I could drink this one very often. I am glad I was able to find a bottle in CA as I had never seen it before.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 06:31:59 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright pumpkin with honey hued highlights and multiple lively streams of bubbles. A thick slice of yellowed ivory foam looks so-so atop the beer. The lid is almost featureless as it melts and is too unsticky to result in much lace. Not a bad look... and not a good look.

First, a word about ingredients. Sah'tea uses rye malt and German hefeweizen yeast. The brewery's website lists additional ingredients as follows: juniper berries, black tea, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and black pepper. During a short video, Sam also mentions ramp (leek) leaves, chai tea, cumin and coriander. This should be a very interesting ride.

The nose is enjoyable if you like spiced beer and chai tea. That's 'yes and yes' for me. Cardamom is especially prominent, which gives the aroma a Nordic quality that seems authentic. Then again, that spice originated in India, so it probably wasn't used by 9th century Finns.

Sah'tea is one of those off-the-wall DFH brews that works. It doesn't taste like the only Finnish sahti that I've ever had (Lammin Kataja Olut) and it probably doesn't come within miles of the real deal, but it tastes good and that's all that matters to this big beer lovin' American.

There can't be much rye malt in here. It's probably mostly pale. The yeast adds a definite ripe banana quality, which was a masterstroke. Bland ale yeast wouldn't have worked as well. Some spices are appreciated and some aren't. Those that are include cardamom, ginger and juniper. Maybe cinnamon too.

Alcohol is nowhere to be found on the palate, which is always a praiseworthy feat when the ABV is 9.0%. The mouthfeel is big beer beautiful. It's full and glassy smooth, with a little stickiness on the finish. Laid back bubbles are fine. That said, a little more creamy expansiveness would have earned the next highest score.

Sah'tea isn't the best brew that Sam has ever released, but it's definitely on the positive side of the ledger. No matter what you think of their brewing flights of fancy, the craft beer world is much better off for having Dogfish Head in it... pushing the envelope one beer at a time.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 22:31:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

rich honey colored amber and nice and cloudy with a light touch of white head sitting up on the top. Subtle lacing leans back against the side of the glass and really keeps the profile nice and alive looking.

Aroma is sweet, lots of honey here with really nice touches of herbal and flavor notes dancing around in the background. Smooth, light meadow like touches, heather, lavender, lots of grain, very interesting. even flavor here with it being over 9% is actually quite shocking as none of it really was that noticeable at all. Lots of sweet honey flavors again all over the one and the profile were done quite well. as it finishes it is dry and smooth without much in the way of a kick.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 16:04:05 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed orange color with a bit white head. As with most sahteas, a very herbal aroma. Lots of juniper and maybe some ginger notes. Lots of spices as well, mostly coriander and cardamom. A slight tartness is also noticeable. Strangely, there is a strong flavor of banana to go along with the juniper and spice character. Lightly tart and lemony, which is sort of interesting. Actually pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 02:51:56 | More by womencantsail
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy orange color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with notes of juniper and Chai tea is very pleasant. Taste is also dominated by aroma of juniper and nice fresh wheat malt with notes sweet fruity ester. Body is quite full with a nice texture and some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A lot better then I had expected based on previous experiment from this brewer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 18:46:46 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An introduction into Sahti beers gives me the impression of a heavy Hefeweizen but with acidic tartness and chewy texture. This from Dogfish Head seems spiced with a lot of tea-like herbs along with a minty-piney juniper quality.

The beer opens with a hazy canary color, carrying a large protein-rich head that shows great staying power and lacing.

Honey is woven into the sharp aroma of cinnamon, chamomile, corriander, pepper, nutmeg and a lot of other chai/christmas notes. Zesty lemon pepper rides deep in the background.

Flavors of the sweetness and spice swirl about in other flavors of English shortbread cookies and fruity yeast tastes. Pineapples, mangos, lemons, green apples, papayas, and pawpaws make the beer very fruity as well as spicy.

Very heavy and viscous from sip to finish from unresolved proteins and sugars. Finishes with a creamy gulp and long spicy linger of spruce tips and mint. Light acidity plays on the tongue but not enough for complete balance. Gin/juniper flavors return in the aftertaste.

Overall a good beer that is hard to see folling up with another, but with little Sahti experience on which to fall back, I take the juniper/gin-like finish along with protien rich body as givens. But it seems like more tartness (lambic) and less forced spice would have made all the difference between great Sahti's and this.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 03:12:48 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Dogfish Alehouse this past summer.

A: Pours a light apricot-yellow with a nice amount of white lacing.

S: Lots of spicing throughout--ginger, nutmeg, a bit a cinnamon. A little bit of herbal tea. Some gin notes.

T: The gin-type notes become more prevalent and there is a honey-like sweetness underlying the above-mentioned spices.

M: Medium-bodied, slightly dry, and well-carbonated.

D: Quite drinkable. This is definitely one of the more drinkable Dogfish "experimental" beers.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2009 11:26:30 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy yellowish-orange in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly faded away leaving lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. Some yeast particles are visible floating in suspension.
S: There are strong aromas of tea leaves and juniper berries in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of chai tea and juniper berries. There is a slight amount of sweetness in the finish, which has some hints of fruits and honey.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable because the alcohol content is well hidden. I would definitely try this beer again because it is very unique.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 18:04:21 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Served up a deep, burnt gold body with a thin, white head that, in all probability, wilted in transit to my corner table.

Smell: Sweet-scented, fruity bouquet, with notes of relatively pale malts slathered in honey, unripe orchard fruits, juniper berries, some subtle rye, and, of course, the generously added dose savory herbs and spices.

Taste: Sweet introduction of smooth honey-minded malts and caramelized sugars. Enter in some juniper berry character along With a myriad of fine flavors from all the added herbs and piquant, peppery spices. Then the sweet honey returns again, now pairing with some herbal qualities to provide a splash of Bärenjäger. Hint of rye. Small touch of peeled bananas. Also fruity undertones suggesting pears and apples. Lingering fruitiness beyond the spicy-sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Somewhat sticky, though smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's indeed interesting and quite enjoyable, a beer that was gone well before I had a chance to really explore all it's facets and complexities. So, I ordered a second one!

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2010 22:17:57 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Just once, I wanna see a guy in a suit and sash proclaim, "Hooray Finnish proto-beer!" Yeah, not much ring to it, but still... Anyway... This guy pours a clear copper-orange with almost a finger of white bubbly foam on top. This is not as soupy as the other sahti I've had, but I think it's a bit of a step-up. The nose is loaded with different elements: cracked pepper, cardamom, coriander, tea leaves (I can't tell different teas apart by their leaves' odors, so don't ask me to try here...though the bottle indicates a black chai tea), spruce, some smoke, and a seemingly random melange of miscellaneous spices and whatnot. Damn, such complexity! The same mixture shows up again in the taste, though the tiny bit of smoke is now compeltely absent, the spruce is lighter, and a note of oak comes through. Clearly the addition of the tea mixture upgraded a (probably) more average flavor profile. The body is medium-level with a lightly moderate carbonation. It all lands very well with me; I wish more brewers would rock such a style so differently, so well.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 03:10:30 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! Interesting. My first thought was that it tasted like a ginger snap.

A: Mostly clear, very deep gold in color. Creamy off-white head. Very good retention. Minimal lacing (must be the alcohol).

S: Spice, like all-spice... it's not quite ginger and cinnamon, but a little bit like ginger and cinnamon. Clove. Perhaps nutmeg. Tea. Bready. Malt. Grain-like. Crusty cookies. Soft, even dull brown sugar.

T: Malty. Honeyish. Spicy and bready. Very much like the aroma, but you've got the full experience here. There's a hint of cola in the very end. I don't find any hops, it's just malt and spice. Oh, and there's the rye note! Interesting to say the least! And yet the alcohol remains mainly in check - well done. And then there's the spicy note of juniper, just like you find in Gin. It kind of lingers on the front of your tongue. Weird, but cool. It definitely progresses and changes as you progress through the glass. Great complexity.

M: Medium-full and creamy smooth with a moderate carbonation and a clearly dextrinous edge.

D: Overall, this is not like any Finnish Sahti I've ever had. It's not sour enough, and not woody enough, and it's too full bodied and sweet - and to be honest, it tastes more like Chai tea than anything else, but OK, that said, I don't care about any of those references, and I only look at it as-it-is, which is extremely nice. It's a little sticky (not backed by much bitterness), but it balances itself out and doesn't cling to the palate. And it's totally unique. I've never had a beer that's anything like this. And I appreciate that DFH is pushing the boundaries and taking beer where it hasn't gone before. Kudos!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 03:27:29 | More by NeroFiddled
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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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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dogfish Head Sah Tea, Ale Brewed with black chai tea and juniper berries.

Hazy, peach-colored appearance, light and lovely, solid 1/2 inch of foam rests confidently on top.

Aroma: unreal. It's tea, loud and proud, spreading it's wings far and wide. Sweetish fruity aroma is locked arm and arm with the tea. Unreal and unmistakable. Bitter and sweet.

Never having had any sahti before, I don't know what to compare it to, but I'm getting the berries, got the juniper, that's shining through, and it mixes well with the chai tea. Beautiful. Sweet and fruity, herbal and, well, yum. Sweet and mellow, even-tempered, and cool.

Ain't nothing wrong with this one. No way no how.

I pull back on drinkability a bit, because it's missing a few things I like, such as hops and body.
For what it is, it's a success.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 00:01:34 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Armanetti's a few day ago - first time in a long time that I've been stoked about a new Dogfish release. Shared with friends over dinner - served in a red wine glass (limited options at the restaurant).

A - A dime of quick-dissolving egg-white foam that leaves a ring and minimal lacing. Hazed golden apricot color with no obvious carbonation.

S - Chai! Tastes like more traditional Sahti (well, like the two other kinds I've had - neither of which was Finnish), but with Chai. The combination works really well strangely enough - I think there's enough overlap in the spices (cloves, cardamon, etc.) that the flavors blend seamlessly into one another. The medicinal herbs and juniper character starts to take over a bit as the brew warms up. I'm not getting any of the rye promised on the bottle.

T - The taste has less of the awesome chai notes, and more of the traditional herbal and juniper flavors. Not bad, just not nearly as interesting as the aroma. A bit of rye sourness comes out in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation tingle, otherwise pretty smooth and satisfactory. Reminds me of the other Sahti that I've tried, so I guess it's style-appropriate.

D - For a 9% brew this is super drinkable. None of the taste aspects ever get out of hand (sweetness, medicinal, spice, etc.) and the ABV is incredibly well hidden, which is hit and miss with other DFH brews. While the carbonation is a little burning it never gets bloaty. I think all of us were sad when the bottle was emptied, and I strongly considering walking over the Armanetti's to get another one (until I realized it closes early on Sundays).

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 13:48:32 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of spices, light caramelized malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out herbal and spicy with flavors of rye and tea that are quickly followed by the fruity juniper berry flavor. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and the hops presence is mild but complementary bringing a good balance. The after-taste is spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, very deceptively strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you like the herbal kind of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 04:18:13 | More by TheManiacalOne
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WesWes

New York

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a mild pale malt scent along with a very nice Chai tea and juniper berry aroma. It's dry with an excellent herbal character. The taste is good as well. It has a really smooth taste that boasts of pale malts and herbal tea. It's rich with some floral character as well. The alcohol is well hidden in this one. The mouthfeel is great! It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a unique brew and a style I'm not too familiar with. Two thumbs up to Dogfish Head for this tastey brew!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 01:19:58 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer purchased at a local beer store, big 24 ounce bottle, served in a Chimay goblet. Beer is slightly cloudy, light yellow, moderate carbonation, almost no head. Smell is obvious and juniper berries. Nice flavor. Good mouthfeel. The juniper berry was not overwhelming. The chai spices are clear and build as the beer is drank. I don't have a lot to compare this beer to but its really nice. Another good (and odd) beer from DFH. Nice. Go try it.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 02:13:02 | More by drabmuh
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zeff80

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with golden highlights. It had a small, white, bubbly head of foam that receded quickly and left little lace.

S - It smelled of chai tea and juniper berries. It had a woody aroma, too.

T - Lots of chai tea taste with a touch of sweetness from the juniper berry. There is a mild floral taste, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is an interesting beer. I can't see myself having this very often though.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 22:33:08 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass released a pronounced juniper spiciness as well as a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The head is a bit fizzy and quickly disappears to a thin ring of a head around the edges of my glass. The beer is a light amber color that shows a touch of haze and a gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has lots of juniper character, but underneath this the Chai is quite noticeable with notes of nutmeg, clove and perhaps some woody cardamom. A sweet, honey-like malt sweetness is found in the finish and in fact helps to carry all the spice notes found in the aroma. The spice mix, whether juniper of chai derived, definitely dominates the nose of this beer. If you like the spice mix used you won't find this objectionable and I even find it a bit enjoyable.

Lightly sweet tasting up front, with a viscous heft to it that makes this beer cling a bit to the palate. The beer picks up more sweetness as it rolls across the tongue and the juniper and spices are surprisingly muted when compared to the aroma. Up front the Chai spices are a bit more noticeable, will the Juniper is a touch more noticeable in the finish (though the Chai spices are also in the finish). Up front I get flavors of clove, cinnamon and some spicy cardamom, while the finish has some juniper bite as well as a light turpene driven cardamom spiciness. Sweet honey-like malt flavors and perhaps a hint of cracker-like malt are all that is noticeable of the base grain character. Mixed in with the honey notes is a touch of berry character, which could be contributed by the juniper. The spices in this beer are such that this beer comes off as being somewhat simplistic in its characterization of Chai and juniper.

If you like Chai and juniper, you might enjoy this beer. While I don't mind either of these flavors, it can be just a bit too much at times. This is mostly enjoyable, though there is no way I could finish a pint of this, much less a 750ml bottle of it. Not bad though, and it was certainly worth trying. Ultimately though it serves as another perfect example of why brewers should learn to show restraint when using spices in a beer (I can't believe I said that after the Theobroma I just had where I decry the opposite approach).

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 03:30:16 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out with an attractive looking golden color. The head fizzed up and down pretty quickly leaving just a ring around the glass. The smell of the beer has lots of herbs in it. It's a very interesting smelling brew, It's got some juniper and tea-like aromas to it. The taste doesn't have as much juniper as I was expecting it to have. The mouthfeel has a good thickness to it and is decently carbonated. Overall I liked the brew, I would try it again one day.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 02:09:16 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, bottled in 2009:

Pours deep golden with a thin head that becomes a vanishing patch. Minimal dotted lacing sticks. Nice color. Style not known for head retention anyway...

The smell is of potpourri, chai tea. It's herbal with some honey-like sweetness.

It is tea-like - black chai tea quite strong, but with a honey-sweet malt backbone. I thought I percieved a touch of anise early on, but doesn't last. Alcohol not noticeable until well into the large bottle. It is herbal, tea-like. Like chai tea with honey. The aftertaste lingers.

It has a syrupy medium body with mild carbonation that picks up a bit when swirled over the tongue.

Well, it is unique. Has basic characteristics of a sahti (a "different" beer on its own). This has a different twist of chai tea and booze. One of those that I can appreciate for its uniqueness, and was able to finish, but with mixed feelings.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 01:47:17 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a fully clouded orange yellow with a thin white head. Nose is interesting. It's like a mix of a hefeweizen and a touch of fruit. Flavor is extremely smooth. Not really sure how to quantify it. It's like a hefe with it's earthiness. But there is another level of earthiness to it. Fruits, flowers, and all the nice pretty things Mother Earth has to offer. Just absolutely smooth. Feel is very slick and smooth on liquid. Carbonation is low and noticeable but doesn't interfere with the liquid feel. I have to say, this is a damn good and drinkable beer. Dogfish delivers again, but with something I could drink 4 or 5 of. Really an excellent beer.

Bottle this and put it in the right hands and you've got a great rival to wine for something to drink alongside food.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2008 18:42:36 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just watched the video with Sam/Bryan Selders and their crew heating the rocks for the pilot batches. I've been nervous to try this creation because of the heavy chai tea infusion post boil. Pours a pale golden amber honey hue with a bright slightly off white head forming thick with fine lacing. I've only had one Sahti from Tom Baker's heavyweight, never had any of the bottled Finnish versions that make it stateside. Aroma is heavy with fruit and chai tea, really tropical fruit banana and pineapple heavy in the nose with hints of citrus fruits. Flavor, what can I say I had nothing to be scared about the Chai flavor is present but it doesn't overbear the palate it's continuous throughout each sip but not off putting. A caramelized dessert banana with earthy tones juniper/clove/chai tea additions makes for a happy palate. Mouthfeel is heavy with spice finish, carbonation is natural flowing evenly body is medium to full especially with residual spices left behind. Drinkability overall impressively better than I could have imagined go for this beer I guess I'm going for the Nemaste next time I see it, because honestly this is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 06:31:54 | More by WVbeergeek
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smcolw

Massachusetts

2.53/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

No head, only a smattering of fine bubbles. No lace either. Cloudy orange-amber color.

Lots of Caribbean style spice to the nose: all spice, nutmeg, clove, coriander and cinnamon. There's a pepper aspect to the smell.

Less beer and more a spicy soft drink without sugar. Very high carbonation for the level of body. Lots of clove and pepper in the swallow.

I love Dogfish's willingness to try something wild, different and bizarre. And their willingness to put it in front of the general public. I hope they never stop doing this. Sometimes they get hits, sometimes misses. For me, this is one of their greatest misses.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 00:46:32 | More by smcolw
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