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Sah'tea - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,625
Reviews: 585
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 138
Gots: 165 | FT: 4
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.


(Beer added by: DarkerTheBetter on 09-28-2008)
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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

07-10-2014 03:01:36 | More by Dbutera1282
Photo of kliner88

New York

3.36/5  rDev -13.6%

A: Poured with a small, frothy white head which almost immediately disappeared. Almost no lacing; attractive light amber color, like weakish tea with lots of honey.

S: Unfortunately, also smells like rather like overspiced tea with lots of sweetener. Juniper and cardamom are almost overwhelming. A tad of bitterness from the juniper, but not enough to provide balance. Nice mellow caramel notes in the background.

T: Very similar to the aroma; sweetness is slightly less apparent. Juniper comes to the forefront and piney notes are apparent. Cardamom and cloves linger, with a bit of woodiness. Alcohol is largely undetectable, particularly considering the ABV. Beautiful caramelized sugar, again largely hidden in the background.

M: Medium-fine carbonation balanced with a silkiness. Leaves a bit of a stickiness-- again, similar to an overly-sweetened tea. The carbonation is appreciated as it cuts the cloying sweetness a bit.

O: I appreciate Dogfish immensely for what they do; I often love what they do. Here, I appreciate the concept but am underwhelmed by the execution. It's clearly a well-brewed beer and I appreciate every element they've incorporated. I'd like to access the sahti backbone a bit more-- the combination of resiny juniper and intrinsically-strong sweet spices overwhelms the subtlety and renders the beer too complexly sweet, to put it simply. I do stand impressed by the well-cloaked nature of the high ABV, and if you're looking for a sweet alcoholic carbonated iced chai, look not a drop further than here.

07-09-2014 04:21:09 | More by kliner88
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-08-2014 21:05:46 | More by JustCamIt
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-08-2014 00:59:11 | More by KindaFondaGoozah
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-07-2014 20:28:50 | More by JimO732
Photo of exilio


5/5  rDev +28.5%

Okay, we all know that specialty beers that add fruit and spices end up a lot of times not tasting like beer..more like fruit juice with a kick.

Sah'tea is none of those things.

The Sah'tea from DFH is simply amazing. Not overly fruity. Not overly spiced. Still taste like a beer...from first sip to last drop, a rare treat for the senses. Buy two bottles and share with a friend.


Just noticed The Bros have not imbibed yet...really?! C'mon, guys!

07-07-2014 03:11:26 | More by exilio
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

07-06-2014 19:09:54 | More by psdriscoll
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-06-2014 01:02:56 | More by 1Sundown2C
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

07-05-2014 23:35:45 | More by Petersfavoritebrews
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

07-05-2014 21:58:41 | More by Jssteinman
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

07-05-2014 05:49:45 | More by KAF
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-05-2014 02:51:14 | More by brewskis
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

07-04-2014 20:59:02 | More by Jaybirdbrew
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

07-03-2014 05:03:36 | More by GClarkage
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-02-2014 00:44:15 | More by reefa
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New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-02-2014 00:38:11 | More by ArsMoriendiOU818
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

07-01-2014 23:53:32 | More by frosted33
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

07-01-2014 08:05:20 | More by oglmcdgl
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

06-29-2014 19:48:03 | More by Ryanb2765
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4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

Dogfish Head is the type of brewery I would own (if I owned a brewery). Not content just to brew the staple craft beer styles (APA, IPA, DIPA, Imperial Porter, etc) these guys like to branch out and brew beers from other times and other cultures. QED: With Sah'Tea - based on a traditional Finnish ale known as Sahti and brewed to a 9th century recipe, then adding black Chai tea (not in the original recipe) Dogfish Head are testing the limits, and now hopefully my taste buds.

Poured from a 757ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Presents with a cloudy orange/gold body and a white head that soon dissipates to a ring of lacing (no head is the norm in 8% ABV+ brews).

S: The aroma is dominated by the black Chai tea - think of tea and spices like: cardamom, coriander seed, cinnamon, clove and throw in some honey as well. Not much else to report, if you put Chai tea in a beer it is certain to overpower the olfactory senses.

T: The flavour is where the balance comes in to play: cardamom, coriander seed, cinnamon, clove, juniper berry, sweet rye and honey all intermingle and balance sublimely. Finish is both dry (with some tea leaf astringency) and bitter with earthy green herbs. The way this ale moderates the competing flavours is a master-class in brewing by Dogfish Head. For a flavour comparison this is like a glass of fine spiced mead with some herbal bitterness thrown in.

M: Medium bodied with a reasonably dense carbonation.

D: Well I am impressed with my first Dogfish Head brew. I never expected any less though, and there are so many of their beers I would love to try - the Midas Touch was a beer I was keen on finding at Plonk! (to no avail). There is a proviso when trying this beer - you have to like Chai tea and spiced mead - if either of those don't agree with you then I would suggest stepping away from this ale: It is a spice roller-coaster!

Food match: Take a bottle of this to your local Renaissance fair or medieval themed restaurant (that does BYO) and you will be thick in the action.

06-29-2014 07:29:51 | More by doktorhops
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3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

Translucent orange color. Decent head retention and some lacing.
Has a caramelized look to it.

Yeasty, bread, spicy cinnamon and ginger aroma.

Caramel and honey flavor. Mildly sweet. Assertive yeast. Tons of spices. Low hop character. Smooth overall flavor.

Dense, full body. Sticky on the lips. Well carbonated.

Good stuff and a nice change of pace.

06-29-2014 03:22:16 | More by bnes09
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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 3/11/2013. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep gold color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big juniper, black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, ginger, black pepper, herbal, grass, light banana, light caramel, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big juniper, black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, clove, herbal, light banana, black pepper, grass, light caramel, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of juniper, black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, clove, light banana, herbal, grass, light caramel, bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and bready malt sweetnesss; with an awesome malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Sahti style. All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and bready malt sweetness; and extremely smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

06-29-2014 02:54:07 | More by superspak
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-28-2014 21:03:02 | More by BrooklynPanch
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

06-28-2014 02:29:12 | More by TX-Badger
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

06-28-2014 00:56:36 | More by Jmbbabson
Sah'tea from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,625 ratings.