Sah'tea - Dogfish Head Brewery
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4.36/5 rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Note that this bottle had been cellared for well over a year, and had sat in the shop who knows how long, as well. That said, this is a great beer.
Pours a murky golden amber, with average carbonation and no real lace to speak of. Much chunky sediment, too, but I'm not counting against that.
Nose is spectacular! I get some fruity esters and some chai spiciness. Really unusual.
Taste is bold, spiced, and malty sweet, even almost syrupy. There's a clear-cut chai tea spice finish, with relatively little dryness or heat at all. Very smooth and complex, this is a real treat and very enjoyable. High marks here!
Serving type: bottle
01-19-2013 14:20:51 | More by secondtooth
4.21/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
The beer pours a hazy yellow gold, almost muddy water brown, with a lovely little fourth of a finger’s width head of tight small eggshell-white bubbles. The beer’s body is very hazy and opaque with some chunks floating in it, though the carbonation bubbles can clearly be seen racing to the surface. The lacing on the beer is spotty and thin, leaving haphazard patches across the glass. The smell is tremendous on this beer. It starts with a huge banana bread bouquet, clearly showing the beer’s weizen yeast, but then the smell spices up with peppery notes and a lovely milky herbal-spice from the chai. This beer smells big and complex, there are even hints of souring lactic acids, and maybe even a slight tart cherry fruit leather note. On the tongue, this beer tastes soft, sweet, and spicy. The beer begins with big banana flavors of a weizen beer and, strange enough, the lactic cherry sour flavors of a Flanders Red before it opens into spicy notes, and then hits the palate with light cinnamon, ginger and cloves. The finish is stronger with the chai and herbal notes, while green pepper flavors hint at the tongue. The aftertaste returns to a sweet banana linger alongside the lactic tart cherry while all other flavors fade off the tongue. This beer is dangerously drinkable for its nine percent rating, but you definitely feel it in the face after a glass. On the mouth, the beer feels medium and fluffy in body, with a nice jelling as it washes over the tongue, and a slight cloying nature from the sweetness of the drink. The mouth is left dry on the tongue, but wet on the sides, leaving the mouth confused, but asking for more. Overall, this is a hugely complex beer. I’m actually curious if I got an infected batch or if the beer is supposed to have an almost Flanders Red style taste in its opening and in its smell. The beer is hugely tasty for its high alcohol percentage, and quite complex. A winner for sure!
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2013 03:40:51 | More by Maxwell
3.93/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I got this one under the tree for Christmas because I homebrew and the wife heard me taking a long time ago about "stein beer" ---she went to the local beerstore and asked them and they told her this was made with rocks... im glad she cares enough to listen to my beer talk anyway...
A- Cloudy golden color... had a nice 2 finger head that lasted for a minute and went away just in time for me to stop smelling and start drinking.
S- fruit and I can smell the spices from the Chai Tea.
T- Starts off sweet and malty fruit and finishes with spices and tart of the juniper. I taste the black pepper in there, maybe that's because im not use to tasting pepper in a beer. I actually like it but I like chai tea too... I would have liked to see what it tasted like without the addition of the chai, just using the Finnish 9th century recipe--but I suppose there are many sahtis out there to try---I just never had one before and obviously dogfish head wanted to make this one their own.
M- This is a smooth and thick heavy beer, you can tell they used a ton of malt and it totally hides the high alcohol percentage in it...
O- Just like everything that Dogfish Head makes--this was unique. Great sipper, was too heavy to drink more than a couple glasses full, so 1 big bottle was absolutely perfect... I would get it again some time.. probably after having a basic sahti to compare it to.
Serving type: bottle
01-09-2013 22:54:28 | More by BuffaloBill91
Sah'tea from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,593 ratings.