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Sah'tea - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

1,747 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,747
Reviews: 595
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 157
Gots: 206 | 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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of cfoley
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 .

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JMad
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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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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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Sah'tea from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,747 ratings.