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
Ratings:
1,833
Reviews:
604
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
14.18%
 
 
Wants:
213
Gots:
250
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 1,833 |  Reviews: 604
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Premier. Great spicey and fresh aroma.
Looks- Unfiltered look, has a half inch of soapy head and is lacey.Carbonation bubbles.
Smooth mouthfeel, very drinkable.
Juniper worked, also positive that not noticeably gingery. Carmel, pecans, cola, carob.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3.12/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amended 11/26/11 - I have apologized to this beer after tasting it several more times and especially with food. Many of the characteristics that I disliked below I now find appealing and this one is especially food friendly. Have it with exotic foods and big flavored food and it really goes well. I have changed my original D+ rating. Sorry Sah'tea..

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Orig. Review: Please let me say first, that I love Dogfish Head Brewery. It is perhaps my favorite because it's not afraid to be bold, different and extreme. I've now tasted over 25 different Dogfish Head brews and there have only been 1 or 2 that I really didn't like. Sah'tea has joined the list.

Pours an orange amber with a very thin white head.

Huge nose of chai tea, sage and basil herbs that is somewhat different but appealing.

Mouthfeel is medium to thin and overall a bit disappointing.

Flavors are sweet peachy and overwhelming in chai tea flavors and character. Undertones of orange marmalade flavors and peach tea. In the interests of fairness, I do not particularly like chai tea. Those that like chai tea that tasted this beer with me were much more forgiving. Thus, this really is a "chai tea beer" in almost all respects.

Short sweet peachy/chai tea finish. Undertones of sage/basil/juniper berries in nose, flavors and finish.

Interesting beer but I have no idea why this beer was made, bottled or sold. My 21 year old daughter said she likes it..."it doesn't taste like beer." Others called it "refreshing."

I don't know when you would drink it...perhaps to cool down or in lieu of cold water? Would not be particularly food friendly nor would one want to sit and drink it by itself or sip it.

This is is just "not my cup of tea." (I couldn't resist...sorry).

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Photo of Texasfan549
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, DE

A: half finger head with nice lacing on a cloudy golden with slight crimson hue body.

S: lots of honey, candied citrus, wheat and barley. Nice juniper notes.

T: opens with honey and wheat and turns to honey, juniper and herbs finishing with a slightly sweet citrus note.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I have heard this one is better bottled. The flavor is full and there are no off putting notes. This one becomes more and more drinkable as it is enjoyed.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy honey orange color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a small cap. Random spots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is pure chai tea aromas and the taste is very much the same. I really like chai tea and this beer was very spot on in my opinion. Nice tea, spice, and citrus aromas and flavors come out in this beer. Good carbonation with a smooth yet bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great smelling and tasting beer but I am not too sure I could drink this one very often. I am glad I was able to find a bottle in CA as I had never seen it before.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

weird one. pours quite hazy orangeish light brown with a short white head that dies off after a few minutes. smells like spices of the far east, ginger, even flowers, very strange, but tempting. flavor has quite a bit of the tea flavor come through, which is smooth and earthy, ancient. interesting malt profile as well, amber malts, rye malts, interesting combination. feel is good, fuller bodied, boozy, and has average carbonation. overall this isnt anywhere my favorite dogfish brew, but it is an example of why they are like no other. what other brewery would attempt something like this, and execute it so well. this belongs in a museam somewhere.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out with an attractive looking golden color. The head fizzed up and down pretty quickly leaving just a ring around the glass. The smell of the beer has lots of herbs in it. It's a very interesting smelling brew, It's got some juniper and tea-like aromas to it. The taste doesn't have as much juniper as I was expecting it to have. The mouthfeel has a good thickness to it and is decently carbonated. Overall I liked the brew, I would try it again one day.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy yellowish-orange in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly faded away leaving lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. Some yeast particles are visible floating in suspension.
S: There are strong aromas of tea leaves and juniper berries in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of chai tea and juniper berries. There is a slight amount of sweetness in the finish, which has some hints of fruits and honey.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very drinkable because the alcohol content is well hidden. I would definitely try this beer again because it is very unique.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An introduction into Sahti beers gives me the impression of a heavy Hefeweizen but with acidic tartness and chewy texture. This from Dogfish Head seems spiced with a lot of tea-like herbs along with a minty-piney juniper quality.

The beer opens with a hazy canary color, carrying a large protein-rich head that shows great staying power and lacing.

Honey is woven into the sharp aroma of cinnamon, chamomile, corriander, pepper, nutmeg and a lot of other chai/christmas notes. Zesty lemon pepper rides deep in the background.

Flavors of the sweetness and spice swirl about in other flavors of English shortbread cookies and fruity yeast tastes. Pineapples, mangos, lemons, green apples, papayas, and pawpaws make the beer very fruity as well as spicy.

Very heavy and viscous from sip to finish from unresolved proteins and sugars. Finishes with a creamy gulp and long spicy linger of spruce tips and mint. Light acidity plays on the tongue but not enough for complete balance. Gin/juniper flavors return in the aftertaste.

Overall a good beer that is hard to see folling up with another, but with little Sahti experience on which to fall back, I take the juniper/gin-like finish along with protien rich body as givens. But it seems like more tartness (lambic) and less forced spice would have made all the difference between great Sahti's and this.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, from the strangely limited selection at the Whole Foods in Littleton, Colorado.

This beer pours a hazy golden yellow colour, with two pudgy fingers of puffy, tightly foamy off-white head, which leaves little beyond a few instances of sea plume lace around the glass as things sink duly southwards.

It smells of pumpkin chai tea (I know no gourds sacrificed themselves for this beer, but 'tis the season, and the associative dissonance is strong there), a mild earthy fruitiness, a bit of candy sugar, a mildly spicy grain pale malt, and faint earthy, soapy hops. The taste continues the sugary sweetness bent insofar as the bready caramel malt is concerned, with a heady dose of indistinct warming winter spices, some middling black pepper, a weirdly corresponding understated saline character, earthy yeast, woody juniper, over-steeped black tea, a bit of dry Scandinavian licorice, and virtually nothing in the way of hops. No sign of the 18-proof booze, so, um, yay?

The bubbles are rather unassuming and pleasantly downplayed, the body a decent medium weight, fairly smooth, and even a wee bit creamy. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel and pale malts bolstered by sugar and spice alike, while a slight warming profile kicks off its start-up routine.

A rather pleasant tea-infused big Belgian-style beer, which is obviously not the intent here, but hey, it's DFH, so you never really know. The nods to Finnish brewing history are tangential at best, especially after the guest ingredient quickly runs its course. So the best I can say about this is - forget preconditions and premonitions - this is a tasty tea-bagged strong ale, all without the immediate alcohol heat conditions one might readily expect.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of oline73
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear light amber/golden color with a layer of off white head. The head goes away completely fairly quickly.

Smell: Sweet and quite herbal, I assume from the chai. Some spice from the yeast as well.

Taste: Super herbal from the tea and the spice from the yeast. Quite sweet, almost too much. The finish just doesn't seem to come together.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with super mild carbonation. The finish is somewhat dry.

Drinkability: I don't think this is a bad beer, and perhaps it isn't my style. I don't know that I would pay for another bottle.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy orange color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with notes of juniper and Chai tea is very pleasant. Taste is also dominated by aroma of juniper and nice fresh wheat malt with notes sweet fruity ester. Body is quite full with a nice texture and some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A lot better then I had expected based on previous experiment from this brewer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with golden highlights. It had a small, white, bubbly head of foam that receded quickly and left little lace.

S - It smelled of chai tea and juniper berries. It had a woody aroma, too.

T - Lots of chai tea taste with a touch of sweetness from the juniper berry. There is a mild floral taste, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is an interesting beer. I can't see myself having this very often though.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of DrBier
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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