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Sah'tea - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

1,735 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,735
Reviews: 593
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 148
Gots: 195 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Sahti |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DarkerTheBetter on 09-28-2008

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a hazy gold, orange color.

The aroma has tons of tea, spice in the cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and juniper, honey. It really smells like you’re about to dive into a really spicy (spice-y) and sweet tea.

The flavor follows with bready Belgian yeast quality, but I guess that’s also similar to what they use, a German weizen yeast. The sweet honey, pepper and a huge combination of spices continue through with then a gentle booze on the end. There’s also some fruit like lemon or white grape.

The body is pretty creamy and gentle. Very much like the ease of drinking a green tea.

I’ve yet to have a weird concoction like this from Dogfish and this really is quite interesting. Not something I would really need to go back to, but surely worth trying. Definitely recommended for tea lovers.

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had the beer before in bottle before.
No lacing, nice bronze clean cider like color. Smell is intriguing with sweet nutmeg or cinnamon, honey. flovor is upfront, with holiday notes and a full mouthfeel.

overall this beer reminds me of the McKenzie seasonal special apple cider that is brewed with the cinnamon and nutmeg. great summer fall beer!

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Sah'tea from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,735 ratings.