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Sah'tea | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: Sahti

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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.

6 IBU

Added by DarkerTheBetter on 09-28-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,073
Reviews:
605
Ratings:
1,836
pDev:
14.43%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
218
Gots:
249
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Photo of GreenBayBA
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of robrio89
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad for the style!

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3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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 vintage...lol! 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.

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2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

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3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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

Photo of DrainBamage
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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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

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.

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Photo of mds1101
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Narthax
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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4.66/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TripelMark
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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

Photo of Angerhaus
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Johnct
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of isaac05
4.94/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best beer I have ever had. It tastes like it smells - lots of chai tea and spices. If you love beers with unusual flavors and/or ingredients, don't walk - RUN to find yourself some of this beer. However, if you are not a fan of overwhelming flavor and sweet beers, this might not be the beer for you.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/11/13. Was a gusher upon opening. Nice head with a light orange color and lots of floaties. Great spicy aroma. Lots of allspice in the taste, not really getting the chai flavors though. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a rather light body. This would be perfect around the holidays with some German lebkuchen.

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Sah'tea from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1,836 ratings
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