Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Sahti
Ranked #6
Ranked #16,987
3.88 | pDev: 14.43%
Nov 21, 2021
Sep 28, 2008
Very Good
Notes: 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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3.81 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Nov 21, 2021
4.01 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Nov 21, 2021
3.62 by PittBeerGirl from Ohio on Aug 09, 2021
4.15 by Archfiend from Illinois on Oct 03, 2020
3.75 by mmmbeerNY from New York on Aug 17, 2020
3 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 17, 2020
3.81 by jak from North Carolina on Apr 24, 2020
3.5 by MTKATL from Georgia on Mar 31, 2020
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4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by imnodoctorbut from Texas

this brew was an absolute experience. loved every second of it.

Mar 19, 2020
4 by emerge077 from Illinois on Jun 14, 2019
4.5 by Reggie_Dunlop from Pennsylvania on Jan 13, 2019
4.14 by petrusek23 from Ohio on Nov 05, 2018
3.92 by rjd722 from Maryland on Aug 10, 2018
3.65 by alexsergio from New York on Jul 08, 2018
3.75 by csfcmitchell from Texas on May 29, 2018
3.83 by HungarianCount from California on May 28, 2018
3.25 by SSGCujo from Wisconsin on Apr 17, 2018
4.24 by chiefz1 from New York on Feb 11, 2018
3.5 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin on Oct 26, 2017
4.24 by robrio89 from Connecticut on Oct 01, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BEER88 from Washington

Not bad for the style!

Sep 05, 2017
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3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by Sabtos from Ohio

Due to the shape of the bottle and the eagerness of the beer, this pours slappy and loud, growing a large, off-white foam dying to a persistent blanket leaving reaching lace. A ton of unseemly, chunky floaters are in the slightly hazy amber-gold body.

Smell is biscuit, toffee, phenolic spice that almost mimics pumpkin spice, with caramel, chai tea, and milky vanilla.

Taste is almost Tripel-esque--quite phenolic and a little hot, with the same spices and flavors as above, as well as a little pear.

A thick, round carbonation runs through a medium body with a little heat and a semi-dry finish.

2014! I'm not too big a fan of tea beers, let alone overly spiced beers. I really don't get how DFH gets away with re-brewing some of these goofy ass, gigantic bottles. Do people actually continue to buy this? It's not worth it unless you really have a poor palate that needs blasted with extremes in order to detect any flavor whatsoever.

Aug 17, 2017
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2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by Urk1127 from New Jersey

Bottled dated best by April 2014

Hazy burnt orange. White head.
Smell is brown sugar some zest
Taste some rye. Brown sugar, tiny bit of juniper. Balanced chai
Feel is a bit heavy. Not creamy. Low alcohol feel.

Overall. I knew it would be oxidized but I feel this stood up well for 3 years old.

May 23, 2017
3.74 by themegamancave from Illinois on May 04, 2017
3.75 by bshefftz from California on Apr 27, 2017
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4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by DrainBamage from Michigan

Pours a copper color with a lace of head and lots of floating sediment. The smell is sweet from the juniper berries and the black tea is also prominent. Goes down very smooth, seems very thick. In the taste you first get hit with the tea and then a lot of spice, almost like a pumpkin ale. The juniper berries aren't very noticeable. The alcohol is very prominent as it burns a little bit in the throat. One of the more interesting styles I've tried. It's a shame that there aren't more Sahti beers out there.

Apr 14, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Wasatch from Colorado

750ml Bottle

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, with some pretty nice carbonation, with a nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, yeasty, spicy. The taste is hoppy, malty, spicy. Medium body. Overall, a very tasty brew.

Apr 05, 2017
3.96 by mds1101 from Illinois on Mar 31, 2017
3.5 by rspauldi from Texas on Mar 15, 2017
4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Mar 06, 2017
3.5 by Narthax from Texas on Jan 25, 2017
3.71 by Rice_Nate_25 from Ohio on Dec 19, 2016
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3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Gold to copper in color with a substantial amount of various sized sediment floating about within, which is true to the style. There's a fingernail of beige covering half of the top. I'm smelling the juniper and chai tea aromas. I'm tasting a moderately carbonated beer that is chai tea forward with the juniper and also seltzer flavors at the back of the palate. I would also agree that this drinks more like a Belgian non-fruited lambic, which is true to style.

Nov 25, 2016
4.66 by RPM3334 from South Carolina on Nov 13, 2016
4 by paulish from New York on Oct 03, 2016
4.34 by TripelMark from North Carolina on Sep 05, 2016
4.21 by Piglet_rulz_da_yard from California on Aug 23, 2016
3.75 by Gkruszewski from New York on Jul 20, 2016
3.54 by Angerhaus from Rhode Island on Jul 06, 2016
3.49 by Johnct from New York on Jul 05, 2016
Sah'tea from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 1854 ratings