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Sah'tea - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

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Ratings: 1,650
Reviews: 588
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 136
Gots: 170 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

"Our Sahtea is based on the traditional 9th-century Finnish recipe for Sahti in that we brew it with rye and juniper and heat the wort with wood-fired rocks. We break with tradition by adding an exotic Black Chai Tea at the end of the boil." Brewed in the style of Sahti. Date on bottle is 2011 1103.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to my Dogfish Head glass. Served north of 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy white head over a golden amber body with thick sediment in suspension. Retention is average at best. Pretty standard for the style, not a bad appearance. 3.5

(Smell) Aroma consists of a pale biscuity malt, a tart juniper berry aroma and a mild spice blend of clove, banana, coriander, nutmeg and allspice. Aroma is herbal and a bit vegetal, a common expectation for the style. Overall the balance is pretty good, there's a lightness and drinkability to it but it's chock full of character. 3.75

(Taste) Up front a biscuity malt presence with a tart juniper berry midsection, finishing with a robust spiced bread finish. As far as beers go, this one is yeasty and mildly tart instead of malt-forward, but it manages a decent body and thickness. Some mild booze on the finish. A pretty enjoyable Sahti overall, it doesn't hit all the notes right-on but comes awfully close. 4

(Mouthfeel) Mildly spiced profile with a subtle dry bready finish. Carbonation is very low. Body is medium+ for the style and medium overall. Alcohol presence is low-medium. A good light carbonation presence and an appropriately balanced body makes for an enjoyable mouthfeel. 4.25

(Overall) This is a fairly well-done version of the style- I'm not certain if it's as good as it can get but there aren't too many commonly available versions of this old world style, and I was impressed enough by it, so I recommend giving it a try. 3.75

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Sah'tea from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,650 ratings.