Sah'tea - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,725
Reviews: 592
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 140
Gots: 187 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of WanderingFool
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sah'tea pours an opaque straw yellow with a small, frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin ring around the surface leaving no lace on the glass.

The aroma is wonderful! It's mainly ginger, but blended in is cinnamon, clove, cardamom, and a touch of banana like in a hefeweissen.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is smooth on the palate, slick with a gentle carbonated tingle on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is mainly spicy with notes of ginger, clove and cardamom. Towards the end sweeter flavors of bubble gum and banana poke through. Once gone the ginger and banana flavor lingers on the palate.

This is one very tasty beer. Lots going on here, but it's easy to drink. The spices blend well together. This would be a great beer with a nice spicy Indian dish.

Photo of BigMike
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So Dogfish Head has been hit or miss with me so far with the beers I've had. When I heard about Sah'Tea something intrigued me and I hurried out to pick up a 750ml.

Pours a golden orange color. Very hazy with a small amount of off white head that leaves good lacing. A nice lookIng beer.
The nose on this one is about a mile deep. I get tons of nutmeg,chai tea,cinnamon, vanilla, Ginger snap best describes the aroma. I can't stop smelling it.
Most, if not all the aromatic qualities come through on the palate.
Again, tons of nutmeg, vanilla, Ginger, cinnamon, chai tea. Very creamy and spicey. Not sure I can pick out the juniper berries at all. Even If I knew what they smelled like.
This is a really smooth beer. Just enough carbonation. Glides down the throat easily. I would call this pretty medium bodied.
Overall the drinkability is good. Great aroma, great flavor and mouthfeel. The 9%abv is completely invisible. Hard to tell this is even beer. I really like it though. I wouldn't call it a "game changer" but it's definitely a succsessful beer from DFH. I recommend trying this and I would drink again for sure.

Photo of kirkmichel
4.83/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from Greens in Atlanta, GA

A - A very cloudy and pale amber, with chunky sediment floating in it. Which would be OK except the last chunky beer I had tasted like vomit. Has a nice volume of lacy foam that's kind of off white.

S - Strong lemon and sweet spice (just like chai tea!). A big ginger smell with some cinnamon and maybe clove mixed in. This will get a 5.0 score from me, as I believe it hits the mark on what I expect from a spiced ale (and I'd consider this a fruited/spiced ale).

T - Very complex fruit and malt - like citrus fruit and cherry with a sweet malt and gingersnaps on the finish. And honey. Lots of honey.

M - A carbonated zing on the tip of your tongue at first, but after that all the sweetness and taste is on the sides and back. It's viscous without being too heavy. And surprise: the chunkiness is not even evident!

D - I'm not sure what the ABV is on this, but I betcha it's high because of all the fruit and sweetness...and I can hardly taste the alcohol. It is delicious and I love it. However, it is like a party in your mouth, so I'm thinking it will kill your tastebuds after two. I'm going to try and see....it will be definitely worth it!

Photo of rudzud
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken on 9/7, on tap at the Armsby Abbey. I have a bottle of this aging, so far for roughly a year along with other old school style dogfish head. Plan on aging them all atleast a year+. In one case (Forte) 3 years. Of course, I will update any reviews with the vintage ones. Having never tried any of the bottles I picked up I jumped at the chance to try Sah'tea and wow, I was blown away.

A - Served in a big ol brandy snifter. A hazy, cloudy light amber with a one finger head that left light lacing. The snifter was only filled less than halfway. A bit odd, but acceptable I guess.

S - Wow! Spicy chai notes galore. Nice cinnamon and clove notes though I dont get any juniper. Definately picking up some light honey aromas.

T - Big spicy peppery tastes with big bold chai flavors. Really mimics the smell incredibly well. The honey is much more pronounced in the taste, which is a great thing.

M - Low carbonation and heavy (to be expected due to the 9% abv) but amazingly not syrupy feeling at all.

D - Exactly what I had hoped for. This lived up to every expectation I had. Chai, honey, spicy peppery tastes. Considering the abv this is very, very easy to drink.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed/reviewed on my anniversary, July 17, 2010.

A. Pours a golden orange with a small white head that dissipates quickly leaving little residual lacing.

S. Smells strongly of chai tea, pepper, and honey.

T. Tastes is similar to the nose with chai and honey. It's spicy like a tripel and there is no perceivable bitterness.

M. Medium to thick body with a pleasantly brisk small bubble carbonation.

D. This paired perfectly with the pork belly I had for dinner. It was sweet and spicy - my second of the style and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Photo of jsprain1
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a bright orange, that is initially appealing with a nice thick buttermilk colored head but it dissapates to pretty much nothing and does not leave any lacing.
S- The aroma is rather spiced, cinnamon, clove, and perhaps nutmeg. The advertised presence of chai and juniper are noticable but not overwhelming.
T- The initial flavor is the spicyness of the rye, as well clove and cinnamon. There is a bit of fruit flavor in there as well, but not overwhelming. It was less rye presence than I expected but it still had good flavor.
M- The mouthfeel was absolutely spot on. Big and full with smooth carbonation and a sticky finish. Not quite creamy but almost.
D- The 9% was absolutely hidden. This is certainly a different beer. It's apparant that Sam took some liberties with the traditional recipe, but DFH produced a very tasty beer, and that's what counts right?

Photo of phillybeer7779
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2010 release, poured into a glass
Appearance- Golden/orangish in color, with some head that dissapated quickly with no lacing. Some haze as well.
Smell- very pleasant, hints of tea and bananas.
Taste- mimics the smell, I'm picking up tea, bananas, and juniper.
Mouthfeel- well carbonated, as there is an audible fizz when pouring. Very nice feel to this one.
Drinkablility- dangerously drinkable, as I never would have guessed 9% on this one! To me, this is a quality lawnmower beer, very refreshing!

This is a great beer for someone looking for something a little different and refreshing. Highly recommended!

Photo of hardy008
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark gold with a one finger head with nice retention. There is also quite a bit of sediment in the glass. The aroma is very nice. Juniper, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cardamom, and tea. This should be good.

The taste is a nice combination of all the flavors listed in the aroma. Has a sweet flavor, and the spices are front and center. This is not a traditional Sahti, but that does not matter, since I like this beer.

Medium to full bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth, sticky, and sweet. The alcohol is well hidden. Nicely done.

Photo of LtCracker20
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes.
Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- Pours a crystal clear golden color with a thin white foamy head. The head's thin, but last until the end. Lacing forms in clumps.

S- Sweet honey and what I think is the Juniper berries. Whatever it is, it's sweet. Maybe like a Christmas candle?

T- Pretty damn good. Sweetness from the honey really stands out along with some herbal/spice flavors.

MF/D- Medium to full bodied (maybe thank the honey for that?), with low to medium carbonation. I think they got the carbonation level right, though. Any less and it would feel like a mead. Damn good again. Drinkability is very good, but the sweetness and the 9% abv hurts it, but just a little. Can't see having more than this bottle, but I'm enjoying every sip of it.

Notes- When the rest of the bottle with the yeast was poured in, it was very cloudy as it should be, and the head went up to about an inch, and stayed that way for a while.

Photo of TwinLightTap
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured the beer into a tulip shaped glass.

A: The beer poured a golden hazy color with a small head that quickly disappeared.

S: There was a smells of orange, chai tea and yeast.

T: I found flavors of straw/earthiness, spice and a honey sweetness. There are hints of orange and piney notes that come through in the finish.

B: It was a medium bodied beer with good mouth feel.

D: I was impressed with this beer and quite happy with it. It was easily drinkable and disappeared all too quickly. I will definitely go and buy another.

Photo of bobhits
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had yesterday at Beer Trappe here in lexington ky, notes taken then.

A. Golden, thin, no head, no retition.

S. Bubble cum, wheat, belgium yeast. Very sweet and somewhat pleasing.

T. Bubble gum, thin smalt, a bit sugary with a fairly dry finish.

M Clean, acceptable body.

D. OK for a 9% beer.

This is a very odd beer. The chi tea gives off a bubble gum flavor, mixing and somewhat hiding the spices and yeast flavors that are in the back. Well worth trying once, but I won't be drinking this again.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is my first go with a Sahti. I drink quite a bit of Tea, and Chai is no exception. I was fortunate to have a new friend pop this one open for my wife and I.
A: Bright yellow with a hint of orange. A small half finger head quickly dissipated to nothing. It seemed a bit under carbonated.
S: Smells like a good strong spiced yet somehow mellow Chai. Cinnamon, clove, cardamom all come through nicely. A sweet honey and banana smell come out as well.
T: Tastes quite sweet with a bit of cinnamon spice aftertaste. I love this one especially for dessert with some flan or cheesecake.
B: Medium to full bodied, syrupy sweet rounded mouthiness. Low carbonation with I think could be a bit higher to spread out the sweetness.
D: I like this one quite a bit but need to share it with a few friends, so drink-ability is kind of average.

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

Quite the stimulating offering, nice meld of touches of berries, and spices over a tone of tea.

Presentation: 750 ml bottle. Cartoonish elaborate design around the figure of a Scandinavian-like priestess riding an elk while holding the ingredients over a background of hot rocks, all together forming a mask-like illustration. Enumeration of main ingredients as a way of describing it on the front with a side paragraph noting the historic background of the brew and how they diverged from it. Shows date of bottling (2010B), and Alc. by Vol. (9%) Served in a snifter.

A - Medium amber pour, 1/3" short-lived bubbly head, minimal surface memory with almost no lacing. Although better looking in bottled form this is not a particularly great appearance but it is not bad either.

S - Enticing spicy nose lingering over tea, a bit subdued but nice.

T - Sweet range, touch of honey with a nicely spiced character, rich in berries, juniper, a bit of clove, cardamon with a tea touch that feels nicely integrated and not half as assertive as I remember in previous tasting.

M - Medium-full body with medium-light carbonation that lingers well over a smooth sense.

D - Rich and inviting with a nicely balanced range. Don't know how this lines up against an orthodox Sahti but on its own is rather remarkable.

Notes: Time to revisit the bottle, after a memory of an intriguing but just fair brew, which got pushed to the ground when we tried a fresh offering on tap recently. And indeed the bottled version is on par with the great experience we had at the ale house. Funny how the perception of a brew changes... Maybe due to recipe, but more likely due to palate and circumstances.

Photo of goldbot
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw colored and cloudy. Thick, fluffy, white head and just a touch of lacing.

A wheaty/grainy aroma up front, perhaps a touch of rye. Coriander, clove, some banana esters. Spiciness is reminiscent of a Belgian yeast strain. A hint of chai toward the end.

Flowery, herbal, earthy flavors. Juniper pops out; a subtle fruitiness in the back. Bread and grain, and a touch of spice rounds out the flavors.

Smooth mouthfeel and low carbonation. Very heavy bodied. Almost cumbersome or fatiguing to drink much of it. Nicely throat-warming.

Photo of Jef59
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep gold with a nice head that has a good amount of cling to it.

S- Not a very bold nose. A little spice to it and some fruitiness which I imagine comes from the juniper berries.

T- The spices and zing of the chai are all very noticeable and easy to pick a part. Notes of clove, ginger, cardamom, and pepper followed by a subtle sweetness. Almost identical to a Hefeweizen but sweeter.

M/D- the mouthfeel has a bit of thickness to it with plenty of carbonation. Very quaffable in comparison to a Hefeweizen.

Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A lighter, golden yellow body with orange tints that add some cloudiness to it...a creamy, thin, white head stands and falls into an even smaller cap...decent lacing

S - There are some nice spices emerging from the nose...cinammon, cloves, and nutmeg...I'm also getting pale wheat malts and some of that banana and yeast associated with hefes

T - This is interesting...am I drinking an iced chai tea or beer? The chai tea flavors are very present...those mentioned spices are present along with hints of vanilla...there is a trace of yeast flavor and another earhty flavor that I can't put my finger on

M - Medium bodied...smooth and creamy

D - Leave it up to Dogfish Head to go back in time and brew this beer...I was expecting something out of the box and that's what I got...at first sip it almost reminded me of a pumpkin ale with those spices...a nice beer to try especially if you're into chai tea

Photo of scottfrie
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into snifter. This is my first of the style so I'm in unfamiliar territory with this one.

A: A deliberately rough pour yielded a very thin, short-lived tan head atop a hazy iced-tea dirty orange colored liquid. A faint collar stayed around the glass leaving a few wisps of lace.
S: You can really smell the ingredients with this one. Smells like iced vanilla chai with hints of juniper.
T: Taste is also very familiar. The chai is easily recognizable and long with some foresty juniper notes. Has a sweet bubblegum-banana-cardamom flavor to it. Aftertaste is full of overly ripe bananas and "chai" spices like cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper and clove. Hints of ginger and dried orange peel as well.
M: Medium bodied with a dry finish and fairly ample carbonation despite this beers disappointing head. Not bad at all. Finish is slick and a touch oily. No alcohol is present despite the high ABV.
D: I'm glad I tried this one. It's definitely different, maybe a little too sweet though. Tastes a lot like black tea or chai with a fruity banana sweetness to it. The spicy aftertaste stick around for a long time. Not a bad brew, but perhaps not something I would want to drink very often.

Photo of bruachan
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

smells like a traditional hefe for starters. however, some tart and peppery sweetness that must be the berries surges: i don't know what chai smells like but i can imagine that it might contribute to a hefe-like aroma (you know...spices). citrus zest cuts through. quite a sophisticated aroma

none of the flavors are obviously juniper. a robust mouthfeel keeps the range of flavors in play nicely, allowing the consumer to consume pensively. i taste the rye contribution and wonder if it's wise, given that what we are showcasing here is juniper and chai. i might not have done it but perhaps it helps to accentuate other flavors.

this is a tasty, exciting, clever and classy beverage. i might ask for it to be a touch drier. i think this might deliver what are light and lively flavor characteristics

Photo of willjschmidt
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy orange color with a very think head.

S: Spices, slightly sweet notes as well as some herbal accents.

T: Like a lot of Dogfish beers, this one is entirely unique. It's pale with almost no bitterness. Lots of spices in there as well. Slightly sweet in the finish. White grapes or light berries as well.

M: Slightly on the side of being full bodied.

D: A very interesting beer, I love the creativity and how they are always pushing the boundaries.

Photo of bierguru
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all, i must say this beer to date is the most complex beer i have had from dogfish head bravo!! its great

A - it looks almost like a wheat beer only with a crisper copper color pours with a thick head but laces out quick

S - smells very strong of juniper with a slight sweet sour mixture from the black tea

T - (i suggest drinking slow so the beer warms up) straight from the frig i felt the flavors of the juniper and the tea clashed to make a sour beer but once the beer warmed up a bit the black chi flavor mellowed out and complmented the juniper to make an excellent hopp malty juniper tea beer and not at all to sweet

M - mouth feel is nothing special light and noncarbonated

D - i would say the perfect drinking size is dogfish head's bottle its just a really good sipper

Photo of brianjay
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one looks like a glimmering wheat beer. Body is golden and foggy. Real soft head. When it fades, the carbonation is center stage with bubbles swirling throughout, making their way to the top.
They were not kidding about the chai tea and juniper berries. Both are quite obvious in the nose along with a hint of white grapes.
Flavors feature the tea and berries but much softer. Bananas and spices are strong.
Goes down frighteningly easy despite the higher alcohol content.
Unique for sure.

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

First Sahti. No idea what to expect from this one. I noticed there was chai tea in here after purchase. There's something about chai tea that bugs me but now I understand the play on words. I'm kind of slow sometimes.
Popped open the bottle and feel a bit relieved it smells like beer. Sick of my giant snifter so I poured it into a wine glass.

A- I think I'll have to be rougher on the next pour. This looks like my homebrew when I'm to eager to let it bottle condition and carbonate long enough. A nearly flat fizz with a centimeter thick head that lasted two seconds. I still have hope though.
a cloudy gold with something that makes it look quite different from other gold beers. Don't really know what it is. Pinkish edges/highlights make it fun to look at.
After a few sips it's completely still and looks like I mixed a dark white wine, like Samos with some Rosé. Does not look like beer ...especially in my wine glass. Also lots of tears left when I swish it around.
Finally, my second pour, a good vigorous pour yielded a great looking, slightly pinkish, white cream.

S- Great banana smell. Burnt wheat. Got what I think might be juniper when I opened the bottle but not anymore. Bubblegum and alcohol as it warms.

T- Eager to taste this now. Wow, surprisingly ''normal''. Banana, then bubblegum, then clove. Some of the best clove taste I've had the chance to taste. Usually don't really like clove though, but this is good. Quite sweet. Some could find it too sweet. I pretty much like everything about the taste except for the bit of burnt hanging around. Allspice.

M- A glass later, I'm used to it but this is a thick drink. Not like some stouts but considering what it looks like, this is surprising. Feels as thick as heavy milk. Low carbonation offers just the right amount of tingle. Pretty dry finish considering how sticky sweet it is.

D- Good. Satisfying, tasty and offers a decent amount of refreshment. Reading the bottle you'd think this is a ''share and sip'' brew but I consider it a more of a ''buy a couple and drink up'' brew. Can't say I'd drink tons in one sitting but this one big bottle looks just right for me. I'd go for a second one if I didn't have anything better in the fridge.

I have a few banana craving friends I'll recommend it to. Don't remember how much I paid for it but I would buy it again if it wasn't too expensive. Want to try it on tap.

Funny how one of DFH's stranger looking beers is, I find, more accessible taste-wise.

Photo of StephenRich
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Dogfish Head Brewery is by now, easily known for producing some of the finest craft beer in the world, and also for taking craft beer to a whole new level. Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head's Founder and BrewMaster is passionately exploring the world and history to create unique and undefinable beers that are showing us the light. Sam's regular lineup of beer like the 60 and 90 Minute IPA, or the Burton Baton amaze me every time I have them. But then you try beers like the Fort, Black and Blue, or the Saison du BUFF and you instantly realize that Sam and Dogfish Head clearly are not coloring within the lines - these are the types of beers that truly set our imaginations free and are bringing the world of craft beer into the limelight.

The other day I enjoyed one of my favorite specialty beers by Dogfish Head, one of their historical representation brews, the Sah'tea. The Sah'tea comes in a 750ml bottle defining its presence immediately. It is 9% abv, and has been brewed with Rye, black chai tea, juniper berries and was heated using white hot stones paying homage to an ancient brew from Finland. Yes, Dogfish Head has done it again!

The Sah'tea is based on Sahti, a traditional 9th century Finish recipe made with Rye and Juniper Berries brewed in wooden tanks. But because you can't head a wooden tank with fire, white hot rocks would be pitched into the tank full of wort (pre-fermented beer), boiling it, and creating a caramelized earthy and woody flavor from the wood fire heated stones. Dogfish Dead recreates this ancient process by doing exactly that - heating rocks over a wood fire and adding them directly to the wort in a controlled steel vessel. From there, they also create a tea using ramp leaves, cumin, cardamom, chai tea, ginger, cloves and black pepper and adding that to the wort close to the end of the boil giving this beer great complexity and a truly unique character.

This beer really cannot be classified, so when thinking of what temperature to serve it at I pictured a Strong Golden Belgian Ale. I poured the Sah'tea into a Dogfish Head Snifter cool, around 12C (54F) anticipating to enjoy it at both this cooler temperature as well as at cellar when it warms a touch in my hands. The pour was rich and lively showing an exuberant rush of creamy white foam rumbling amongst and golden rich beer.

What I was left with was a striking pumpkin orange and sunshine yellow beer that glowed deeply from the center. Rich shades of copper brown rested deep in the slightly transparent and clean beer while a pillowy inch and a half pure white airy foam rested on top of it. This picture shows the beer to be slightly darker than it actually was, and when held into the light it beamed elegantly with striking amber yellows.

Going in for the nose was a sweet and fruity treat. The Sah'tea is floral and spicy with mellow-fresh berries, sweet earth, and a hint of yeast - very weizen like. There is a smooth and gentle touch of clove, coriander, black tea and chai that floats over top of the beer and rests calmly on your senses. Gentle pale malts come out with a touch of sweet warmth, and wheaty banana fades in the back. The delicate balance between muddled spices and soft berries is very succulent showing a soft, but full flavored beer - it smelled even better than it looked.

A big sip of the Sah'tea brought a smooth and silky beer across my tongue quickly touching flavors of pale malt, soft berries, flowers, cinnamon, banana, clove, chai and sweet wood. It was elegant and seemingly straight forward at first showing delicious flavors in perfect unison. Another sip after another, one by one greater complexity built in the beer showing new flavors and deeper layers.

Hints of vanilla show up on your cheeks with a touch of rye malt sweetness, soft bubblegum and warm spice to sooth your tongue. Then a lightly crisp but warm creamy beer brings notes of fruit and tea back into the forefront. The beer has a sweetly warming sensation that I would pin on ginger, which holds back the berry sweet flavors into balance. Hops are nowhere to be found, and neither in the 9% alcohol.

A perfect balance between malt, spice, fruit and floral flavors are magnificently build into this beer. I wish I had more bottles of it to enjoy with food. It was excellent on its own, but I would try Thai or Indian dishes, crab cakes, cheesecake or fruit based deserts with the Sah'Tea.

Photo of jampics2
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split with the Mrs.-to-be. We really enjoy this beer and are sure to pick some up every year when it hits the shelves. I recommend it fresh as we cellared a few bottles last year and they seemed to get duller every time we broke one out.

Sahti is a great style when properly executed. The potential for weirdness is also quite high, as it's a primitive style and isn't something many American brewers research properly before attempting. Thankfully, this is a case where Dogfish head's commitment towards mixing innovative, off-centered ingredients with authentic processes has produced an exceptional product. The addition of chai tea is brilliant and gives turns this beer into an experience.

Looks really nice in the glass. You can tell when pouring it that the body is thicker than the color would imply. Bright gold with a nice head, but little retention, mostly due to the turbid nature of the product. Looks nice and attractive for the style, good start.

I could smell this beer all day. Juniper and spruce, chai and cardamom, honey and rye. Color me impressed, this is fantastic and complex.

Taste is also very nice, mixing tea and honey with a myriad of spices and flavors from the frozen north. The chai makes itself known right off the bat, and then the juniper gives a gin-like twist that's all supported by a honey-sweet malt base. Really deep and just a touch tart, this finishes with just enough bitterness to remind me it is a beer after all. Nice combinations, Dogfish Head nailed this one.

Mouthfeel is good for the style. There's bound to be a thicker feel due to the turbid nature of the beer, and the carb is fine. Just nothing that enhances or detracts from the wide range of flavors. This tends to be a "love it or hate it" style, mostly based on propensity towards herbal beers with a different bitterness than hops lend. I find this to be a very pleasant experience, and I will continue to enjoy a Sah'tea every year.

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

A: poured a pale straw yellow with orange highlights that had a thin bubbly head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the nose is big on the spice and did get some chai tea aromas with a little juniper berries. There was a little sweet malt presence but the herb and spice dominate the nose. There seemed to be a hint of sage as well; pretty earthy nose.

T: the flavors are almost exactly like the nose consiting of various herbs, spices, berries, which had an underlying bubble gum flavor. It also has sage and clove accents that had faint malt notes.

M: the brew was medium to full body with a fair amount of carbonation that had a spicy, herby, earthy, and slight sweet finish.

D: the beer actually drank quite well and was pretty complex with lots of flavor and aromas. Sahti beer style is starting to grow on me.

Sah'tea from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,725 ratings.