Sah'tea | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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.


Added by DarkerTheBetter on 09-28-2008

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Ratings: 1,838 |  Reviews: 605
Photo of jamescain
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to jwjon1 for sharing this one.

Appearance: Light golden straw color with a fluffy white head. The head fades into a thin lacing on the top of the beer and clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Slightly yeasty and very earthy, with subtle fruity, citrus esters. The Chai comes through a bit but is not over powering.

Taste: There is a very spicy taste that I like more than the other version of a Sahti I’ve head. At 9%ABV it is surprisingly drinkable, which can be an issue with some Dogfish Head beers. The juniper comes through more in the taste then in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly and enjoyable. It is on the higher side of carbonation, but that helps make it easy to drink, the alcohol is not apparent.

Overall: I enjoyed it and am interested in trying more variations of a sahti. Next time I’m in Finland I will have to search out some traditional sahti.

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Photo of OrangeAmps
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml from my local beer joint. Theyve got an abundance of these things hanging around.

The chai tea smell was wonderfully apparent. I am a fan of tea, and you can smell it in a major way. But the tea really isnt very present when the beer hits your tongue. And the chai element is very subdued.

It is an orangy yellow cloudy pour with a foamy white head. The spices are apparent, it is tea after all.

I really enjoyed it, but its not a beer id have on a regular basis. It was too complex and thick to be refreshing. But it was a very good beer.

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Photo of brendaniel
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orangy yellow cloudy pour with a foamy white head. Subtle spice and leafy aromas, a little tart on the onset - but a nice full flavor ... interesting spice and definitely some lemon grass. Very good and uniquely flavored and refreshing brew - enjoyed while making my own on a hot Sunday in August

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a brown 750ml bottle with a bottling date of 2010.

A golden color with a small white head that falls rather quickly to a tight, 1/4-inch foam cap. Plenty of activity in the glass gives you something watch. As I drink the beer it forms a tunnel of foam around the glass, with a thick rig marking where the beer stopped before the last sip. Beautiful.

Plenty of spices and rye in the aroma. You don't have to know this was brewed with Chai, you can smell it. Very intriguing.

Very smooth. The flavor is reminiscent of a lot of pumpkin beers that I have tried. All of those chai spices are present from beginning to end. The juniper comes through in the middle and the finish has a bit of alcohol warmth to accompany the spices. The mouthfeel really is like a heavily creamed chai tea and is almost perfect for this beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

A nice mildy spiced, mildy citrus brew infused with chai tea. Very tasty and not too overbearing in any way. Poured hazy copper-brown with a small white head that retained well; some lacing. Fruity sweetness and spice in the nose. Smooth aromatic spice in the taste with the tea hitting you right away, and fruity sugars backing it up. Smoooth. Medium mouthfeel and a bit syrupy. Pleasant, delicious, highly drinkable.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Had on tap at the DFH brewpub in Rehoboth.

A: The beer is amber/copper, darker than I thought it would be for some reason, not sure why. Tight, white head on top with decent lacing.

S: A very interesting aroma. Fruity/sweet with some berries. The tea comes through nicely with some chai, cloves, cinnamon, as well as some light malts.

T: Nice spices from the chai tea as well as a little bit of juniper. There is an herbal flavor and a little bit of grassy hops. There is a lot going on here, and DFH does a nice job pulling it all together.

M: Medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation, some small bubbles.

O: Quite an interesting brew. I was a bit nervous going in since I don't drink tea or chai, but I quite enjoyed this.

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer the Sah'tea. Had this one first at the DFH alehouse in Gaithersburg. This time around, I split it out of a bomber with a friend in my backyard. This is one of those beers where the taste and the appearance really don't match up. I want this beer to be a thick, silky wheat color (something like Weyerbacher Oscar) that looks like it's been absolutely doused with chai spice. Instead, it's a pretty translucent beer with almost no head and light to medium body - I wouldn't mind a bit more gravity.

I think that somewhat sums it up, that in coffeeshop terms, this is the chai tea to my ideal chai latte. That said, it still has an exciting and satisfying chai/ginger taste that's really refreshing and rewarding. If you've never had one, grab it and pour it at elevenses.

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Photo of ckollias
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orangie with a white head that quickly dissipates into a small white lace.

S: Strong spicy aromas of orange, ginger, and cinnamon. The Chai is present along with hints on nutmeg.

T: Very spicy tastes just like the smell. It is very light and sweet as the juniper taste rolls across the tongue and the Chai is present in the finish.

M: Amazingly light and smooth for such a heavy beer. Medium body and carbonation. Can barely taste the alcohol, which is amazing with a 9% abv.

O: A very interesting, very drinkable beer. Not dogfish head’s best brew – but definitely worth a taste. My first experience with this stlye, but something I would like revisit in the future.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a first for me for this beer style.
The beer pours a murky yeasty medium golden blonde, with a white head building high, but dissipating fast, leaving little to no lacing.
The smell is surprisingly strong and announces citrus, caramel , honey, orange, chai tee, maybe Ginger, spice.
Tasting the beer those flavors are harmonizing surprisingly good and balance each other in away that none is dominating.Up front there is spice, coriander, citrus. Followed by orange, wheat, juniper and caramel, it is finished by honey hops and yeast, leaving your mouth tingle for another sip.
Very interesting beer, and I am glad I tried it. Good job.

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Photo of liamt07
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Sammy, shared with Sammy and Steve. 25oz into a tulip.

Pours a bright tangerine, big foamy, white bubbles for head. Tons of floaties in the body. Nose is real pungent. Hop and chai tea spiciness, full of perfume. Hops offer some citrus underneath, some orange and tangerine. Some pale malt. Juniper adds some 'forest-y' notes. Taste has just as much juniper, and spicy, perfumey hops. Citrus backdrop again, clean and crisp in the mouthfeel. Taste is subtler than the nose, but drinks quite well. First experience with a sahti, and like Steve indicated, this would've been infinitely more refreshing if served a bit cooler than we had it.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 TheKingofWichita
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained in a BIF.
Pours a very mild hazy orange with a thick yellow head and almost no lacing. Smells of orange peel, banana, yeast, and clove. Tastes of yeasty banana and bread, clove, light tea, and malts and orange. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp with a light carbonation Very light for 9 percent. Overall, I really liked it.

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Photo of gskitt
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, unfiltered orange, with a very tight head. Tiny bubbles. Smells is great, sweet tea and extremely yeasty. Has some floral notes. Tastes like a Farmhouse Saison, yeasty, balanced, smooth, not overbearing. This is a well-brewed beer. Its sweet in the way that it just hints of sweetness before exiting and leaves you wanting another sip. Well done.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap during SF beer week, just found notes now.

Pours off opaque orange with a slight head
nose is really nice tons of spicey goodness, aprictos, orange peel, cloves and bananas...mmm

taste - wonderful spice/clove pepper driven citric saison/tripel character beer - yeasty malty deliciousness, lots of unique stuff in there

feel is good

overall, this is a super solid beer - another interesting creation from dogfish that stands out as unique among beers that i've had

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Photo of eighteezbabee
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy, yellowish, little head.

Smell: Super juniperey smelling.

Taste: Good, balanced but I liked it in the
bottle more, the tea flavor is more
apparent and ends up less sweet (or maybe
it was fresher when I had it on tap... ???).

Mouthfull: A little tart, not too bitter.

Overall: One of my favorites.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy yellow color, with a thin, but fluffy white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a nice lace.

This beer has a grainy aroma, with some peppery hops. I can detect some coriander, citrus, and even cloves. It has a mild floral aroma as well. Lost of different aromas.

This bee rtastes like it smells. A lot of different things. Spices up front. Coriander, grains of paridise, and cloves. Behind that, some lemon zest and some floral hops. Maybe a slight tea flavor too.

This beer is crisp, and refreshing. It leaves a citrusy aftertaste. It is highly carbonated, fitting the style.

This beer might make a good session beer, but the alcohol content is a bit high. Other than that, is is great.

Overall: This beer is quite unique. I like it. I would drink it again. Good job Dogfish for making rare styles. Thank you.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sah'tea | 9.0% ABV | on tap - March 2011

Brewer: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Style: Sahti
Glass: pint glass

A porous stack of ecru foam fed by flourishes of carbonation rests gingerly atop a profound burnt umber body. It's weird and wild, like the primeval forebear of clean, crisp modern beer.

It has the rounded sticky-sweetness of honey and a fruity bouquet that hints at wild berries. Behind all this, one can discern the bedrock of pale malts and unusual cocktail of herbs and spices present in the maintaste. Look for hints of chai, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, and coriander.

Sah'tea is strange and beautiful. Sticky-sweet honey drizzle drips into a pool of juniper berry juice flavored with dried chai leaves. Cardamom and coriander stand out, but cumin, cinnamon are there too. The backbone of the brew is fleshed out pale malt, spicy rye, and banana bread with cloves.

Full and smooth with a sticky feel on the aftertaste. The alcohol is buried deep in the maintaste.

It's a great beer... something completely different, yet immensely tasty and refined in its own right.

Would I get it again?:

Tapped: March 20, 2011
Served: March 20, 2011

Price = $5.00 at The Stag's Head

Additional notes: I didn't notice a tremendous difference between the bottled and draught versions of this beer. That said, there's been a gap of more than a month between the two. If anything, the draught version is smoother and cleaner.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another style tick. Thanks to a couple BA's for sending bottles of this my way. Split and poured into tulips.

A: Bright orange gold, slightly cloudy. Small amount of white head fades quickly leaving a tiny lace ring.

S: Super complex and interesting nose. Every time I take another whiff I find something new. Coriander, cinnamon, bubblegum, citrus, anise, wheat, vanilla and fresh flowers. This stuff is crazy.

T: The flavor reminds me of a witbier on steroids. Lots of citrus, coriander, clove, bubblegum, wheat. The finish is a bit thin.

M: Medium creamy body. Bubbly feel.

D: Glad to finally have this style. Very interesting. Glad I have another bottle to drink later.

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Photo of jsanford
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a DFH Pint Glass. Part of a lovely DFH tasting with 5 friends.

A - Pours a cloudy gold with a thin white head that recedes to a slight ring.
S - Aromas of tea, juniper, sweet malt, and chai spices with a slight smokiness. Very unique.
T - Lots of Chai tea-like flavors dominate (cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and allspice), along with big notes of juniper. It's like a weird tea/gin mashup that really works nicely. Reminds me a bit of a root beer or sasparilla.
M - Fairly sticky with a medium-full body and low carbonation.
D - Nicely drinkable, but I doubt I could drink a bottle by myself. Probably the highlight of the night, a very unique and tasty beer.

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Photo of oline73
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
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 nickthegun12
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow oh this beer really 9% alcohol?...sure doesn't taste like it....

the appearance is the least impressive thing about this in color....with a fast fading head....and not much lacing...

smells like cloves...and ginger....there is also a weird earth thing going on in the background..

taste is very impressive...taste like ginger and cloves...with an earthy touch to it....can't taste the all....i think thats the most impressive thing about this ale!

great feel!...tingle from the carbonation....great balance between dry and creamy...

great drink ability...can't taste alcohol....and outstanding taste....seems like you could drink this all day!

this beer is honestly like that girl you kiss at the binning of the night and can't stop thinking about!!!

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Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 4 Poured a dark, hazy yellow. Almost golden. Very little head but decent lacing and active bubbles in the center. The look of this beer gets better with an active swirling.

S- 4.5 This brew smells great. It is a little yeasty, slightly boozy, but has a nice blended scent of black tea and bubble gum. The bubble gum is the most dominant. There are mild spices present as well.

T-4 There is much more fruit on the palate than I got from the smell. This is the juniper berry coming through. It is just a little tart, but that fades into more of a spicy/sweetness with the drink. I get more of the spices (clove) and tea, but less of the bubble gum in the taste than from the smell.

M-4 Very nice carbonation in this brew; not too much or too little. Very smooth. Medium-light body.

D-4 This beer is quite drinkable. I could enjoy several of these pours at a time, or just make the 750mL bottle a good night's work! It's very balanced between the tea, sweets and spices. Another good showing "off-centered" ale from the DFH crew.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beerwolf77 for this style tick.

A- Pours a cloudy orange with a small head and minimal lacing left on the side of the glass.

S- This has a lot going on. The brew smells of spice, tea, bubblegum and a little bit of Vick's vapor rub. This is like a Belgian wit on roids.

T- A toned down wit on the initial taste. Then comes the wheat, clove, chai, and nutmeg. There is also the chamomile as well.

M- Medium to lighter bodied. There is a dryness throughout.

D- Very complex beer with a bunch going on in the smell and the taste. Even with all of that going on, it is still rather balanced.

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Photo of mmva321
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Ever since DFH got their own show, I haven't found a single product by them. We only ever got overstock before, so with their new popularity, it's rare stuff comes by here. Luckily, I had this at a bar a few months back, bought some for me and my friends and saved it until now. This maybe the last Dogfish Head I'll be able to have for a while.

A: A pale but hazy body of a mostly yellow color with a hint of orange. About a finger of white head with little retention. There are a lot of nice little pillars of carbonation to liven it up though.

S: Ah, that's what I remember. A sweet and fruity ale, accented by juniper and some funk. The main aromas are the chai and the burnt smell of the wood-burnt rocks. Very smoky and hearty for the light ale base. Smooth but sharp, hearty but light and fruity, this beer balances a tremendous amount of smells and does it amazingly.

T: The main aromas of the burnt wood and chai are a little too strong here. The amazing balance is lost, but all the characteristics of the smell, are still detectable here. Dry and bitter, the beer manages a sweet side with the juniper and some lighter fruits (maybe apple). Not as simple as I remember, this beer still has room for improvement and refinement.

M: It's a bit watery, but I love the hearty feel that it manages. I expect that more from a farmhouse ale. It really compliments the chai taste very well. A little more carbonation would have been nice.

D: Sweet and easy but sharp and blunt at the same time, Sah'tea is a beer that should contradict itself, but works all the better because so many ingredients seem to compete against each other. It's unique and fun. It's one of those beers where DFH lives up to its motto.

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Photo of rickdiaz
4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is a "Off Centered" ale to say the least. Dogfish lived up to their motto on this one.

A: Pours a golden color with a little bit of floaties in there. Nice head retention with about a finger's worth of head after the pour, little lacing.

S: Banana bread, or Gerber banana baby food. Malty with a slight hint of citrus. Mainly banana peel.

T: Sweet. Chai tea in the front, a hint of juniper on the finish.

M: Well balanced. Carbonated perfectly. Silky and creamy.

D: For the amount of alcohol, it's definitely drinkable, more than one in a session. Overall, a great brew!

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Sah'tea from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1,838 ratings