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

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605
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
14.18%
 
 
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Photo of scottfrie
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into snifter. This is my first of the style so I'm in unfamiliar territory with this one.

A: A deliberately rough pour yielded a very thin, short-lived tan head atop a hazy iced-tea dirty orange colored liquid. A faint collar stayed around the glass leaving a few wisps of lace.
S: You can really smell the ingredients with this one. Smells like iced vanilla chai with hints of juniper.
T: Taste is also very familiar. The chai is easily recognizable and long with some foresty juniper notes. Has a sweet bubblegum-banana-cardamom flavor to it. Aftertaste is full of overly ripe bananas and "chai" spices like cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper and clove. Hints of ginger and dried orange peel as well.
M: Medium bodied with a dry finish and fairly ample carbonation despite this beers disappointing head. Not bad at all. Finish is slick and a touch oily. No alcohol is present despite the high ABV.
D: I'm glad I tried this one. It's definitely different, maybe a little too sweet though. Tastes a lot like black tea or chai with a fruity banana sweetness to it. The spicy aftertaste stick around for a long time. Not a bad brew, but perhaps not something I would want to drink very often.

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Photo of bruachan
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

smells like a traditional hefe for starters. however, some tart and peppery sweetness that must be the berries surges: i don't know what chai smells like but i can imagine that it might contribute to a hefe-like aroma (you know...spices). citrus zest cuts through. quite a sophisticated aroma

none of the flavors are obviously juniper. a robust mouthfeel keeps the range of flavors in play nicely, allowing the consumer to consume pensively. i taste the rye contribution and wonder if it's wise, given that what we are showcasing here is juniper and chai. i might not have done it but perhaps it helps to accentuate other flavors.

this is a tasty, exciting, clever and classy beverage. i might ask for it to be a touch drier. i think this might deliver what are light and lively flavor characteristics

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy orange color with a very think head.

S: Spices, slightly sweet notes as well as some herbal accents.

T: Like a lot of Dogfish beers, this one is entirely unique. It's pale with almost no bitterness. Lots of spices in there as well. Slightly sweet in the finish. White grapes or light berries as well.

M: Slightly on the side of being full bodied.

D: A very interesting beer, I love the creativity and how they are always pushing the boundaries.

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Photo of bierguru
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all, i must say this beer to date is the most complex beer i have had from dogfish head bravo!! its great

A - it looks almost like a wheat beer only with a crisper copper color pours with a thick head but laces out quick

S - smells very strong of juniper with a slight sweet sour mixture from the black tea

T - (i suggest drinking slow so the beer warms up) straight from the frig i felt the flavors of the juniper and the tea clashed to make a sour beer but once the beer warmed up a bit the black chi flavor mellowed out and complmented the juniper to make an excellent hopp malty juniper tea beer and not at all to sweet

M - mouth feel is nothing special light and noncarbonated

D - i would say the perfect drinking size is dogfish head's bottle its just a really good sipper

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Photo of brianjay
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one looks like a glimmering wheat beer. Body is golden and foggy. Real soft head. When it fades, the carbonation is center stage with bubbles swirling throughout, making their way to the top.
They were not kidding about the chai tea and juniper berries. Both are quite obvious in the nose along with a hint of white grapes.
Flavors feature the tea and berries but much softer. Bananas and spices are strong.
Goes down frighteningly easy despite the higher alcohol content.
Unique for sure.

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

First Sahti. No idea what to expect from this one. I noticed there was chai tea in here after purchase. There's something about chai tea that bugs me but now I understand the play on words. I'm kind of slow sometimes.
Popped open the bottle and feel a bit relieved it smells like beer. Sick of my giant snifter so I poured it into a wine glass.

A- I think I'll have to be rougher on the next pour. This looks like my homebrew when I'm to eager to let it bottle condition and carbonate long enough. A nearly flat fizz with a centimeter thick head that lasted two seconds. I still have hope though.
a cloudy gold with something that makes it look quite different from other gold beers. Don't really know what it is. Pinkish edges/highlights make it fun to look at.
After a few sips it's completely still and looks like I mixed a dark white wine, like Samos with some Rosé. Does not look like beer ...especially in my wine glass. Also lots of tears left when I swish it around.
Finally, my second pour, a good vigorous pour yielded a great looking, slightly pinkish, white cream.

S- Great banana smell. Burnt wheat. Got what I think might be juniper when I opened the bottle but not anymore. Bubblegum and alcohol as it warms.

T- Eager to taste this now. Wow, surprisingly ''normal''. Banana, then bubblegum, then clove. Some of the best clove taste I've had the chance to taste. Usually don't really like clove though, but this is good. Quite sweet. Some could find it too sweet. I pretty much like everything about the taste except for the bit of burnt hanging around. Allspice.

M- A glass later, I'm used to it but this is a thick drink. Not like some stouts but considering what it looks like, this is surprising. Feels as thick as heavy milk. Low carbonation offers just the right amount of tingle. Pretty dry finish considering how sticky sweet it is.

D- Good. Satisfying, tasty and offers a decent amount of refreshment. Reading the bottle you'd think this is a ''share and sip'' brew but I consider it a more of a ''buy a couple and drink up'' brew. Can't say I'd drink tons in one sitting but this one big bottle looks just right for me. I'd go for a second one if I didn't have anything better in the fridge.

I have a few banana craving friends I'll recommend it to. Don't remember how much I paid for it but I would buy it again if it wasn't too expensive. Want to try it on tap.

Funny how one of DFH's stranger looking beers is, I find, more accessible taste-wise.

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Photo of StephenRich
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Dogfish Head Brewery is by now, easily known for producing some of the finest craft beer in the world, and also for taking craft beer to a whole new level. Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head's Founder and BrewMaster is passionately exploring the world and history to create unique and undefinable beers that are showing us the light. Sam's regular lineup of beer like the 60 and 90 Minute IPA, or the Burton Baton amaze me every time I have them. But then you try beers like the Fort, Black and Blue, or the Saison du BUFF and you instantly realize that Sam and Dogfish Head clearly are not coloring within the lines - these are the types of beers that truly set our imaginations free and are bringing the world of craft beer into the limelight.

The other day I enjoyed one of my favorite specialty beers by Dogfish Head, one of their historical representation brews, the Sah'tea. The Sah'tea comes in a 750ml bottle defining its presence immediately. It is 9% abv, and has been brewed with Rye, black chai tea, juniper berries and was heated using white hot stones paying homage to an ancient brew from Finland. Yes, Dogfish Head has done it again!

The Sah'tea is based on Sahti, a traditional 9th century Finish recipe made with Rye and Juniper Berries brewed in wooden tanks. But because you can't head a wooden tank with fire, white hot rocks would be pitched into the tank full of wort (pre-fermented beer), boiling it, and creating a caramelized earthy and woody flavor from the wood fire heated stones. Dogfish Dead recreates this ancient process by doing exactly that - heating rocks over a wood fire and adding them directly to the wort in a controlled steel vessel. From there, they also create a tea using ramp leaves, cumin, cardamom, chai tea, ginger, cloves and black pepper and adding that to the wort close to the end of the boil giving this beer great complexity and a truly unique character.

This beer really cannot be classified, so when thinking of what temperature to serve it at I pictured a Strong Golden Belgian Ale. I poured the Sah'tea into a Dogfish Head Snifter cool, around 12C (54F) anticipating to enjoy it at both this cooler temperature as well as at cellar when it warms a touch in my hands. The pour was rich and lively showing an exuberant rush of creamy white foam rumbling amongst and golden rich beer.

What I was left with was a striking pumpkin orange and sunshine yellow beer that glowed deeply from the center. Rich shades of copper brown rested deep in the slightly transparent and clean beer while a pillowy inch and a half pure white airy foam rested on top of it. This picture shows the beer to be slightly darker than it actually was, and when held into the light it beamed elegantly with striking amber yellows.

Going in for the nose was a sweet and fruity treat. The Sah'tea is floral and spicy with mellow-fresh berries, sweet earth, and a hint of yeast - very weizen like. There is a smooth and gentle touch of clove, coriander, black tea and chai that floats over top of the beer and rests calmly on your senses. Gentle pale malts come out with a touch of sweet warmth, and wheaty banana fades in the back. The delicate balance between muddled spices and soft berries is very succulent showing a soft, but full flavored beer - it smelled even better than it looked.

A big sip of the Sah'tea brought a smooth and silky beer across my tongue quickly touching flavors of pale malt, soft berries, flowers, cinnamon, banana, clove, chai and sweet wood. It was elegant and seemingly straight forward at first showing delicious flavors in perfect unison. Another sip after another, one by one greater complexity built in the beer showing new flavors and deeper layers.

Hints of vanilla show up on your cheeks with a touch of rye malt sweetness, soft bubblegum and warm spice to sooth your tongue. Then a lightly crisp but warm creamy beer brings notes of fruit and tea back into the forefront. The beer has a sweetly warming sensation that I would pin on ginger, which holds back the berry sweet flavors into balance. Hops are nowhere to be found, and neither in the 9% alcohol.

A perfect balance between malt, spice, fruit and floral flavors are magnificently build into this beer. I wish I had more bottles of it to enjoy with food. It was excellent on its own, but I would try Thai or Indian dishes, crab cakes, cheesecake or fruit based deserts with the Sah'Tea.

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Photo of jampics2
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle split with the Mrs.-to-be. We really enjoy this beer and are sure to pick some up every year when it hits the shelves. I recommend it fresh as we cellared a few bottles last year and they seemed to get duller every time we broke one out.

Sahti is a great style when properly executed. The potential for weirdness is also quite high, as it's a primitive style and isn't something many American brewers research properly before attempting. Thankfully, this is a case where Dogfish head's commitment towards mixing innovative, off-centered ingredients with authentic processes has produced an exceptional product. The addition of chai tea is brilliant and gives turns this beer into an experience.

Looks really nice in the glass. You can tell when pouring it that the body is thicker than the color would imply. Bright gold with a nice head, but little retention, mostly due to the turbid nature of the product. Looks nice and attractive for the style, good start.

I could smell this beer all day. Juniper and spruce, chai and cardamom, honey and rye. Color me impressed, this is fantastic and complex.

Taste is also very nice, mixing tea and honey with a myriad of spices and flavors from the frozen north. The chai makes itself known right off the bat, and then the juniper gives a gin-like twist that's all supported by a honey-sweet malt base. Really deep and just a touch tart, this finishes with just enough bitterness to remind me it is a beer after all. Nice combinations, Dogfish Head nailed this one.

Mouthfeel is good for the style. There's bound to be a thicker feel due to the turbid nature of the beer, and the carb is fine. Just nothing that enhances or detracts from the wide range of flavors. This tends to be a "love it or hate it" style, mostly based on propensity towards herbal beers with a different bitterness than hops lend. I find this to be a very pleasant experience, and I will continue to enjoy a Sah'tea every year.

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

A: poured a pale straw yellow with orange highlights that had a thin bubbly head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the nose is big on the spice and did get some chai tea aromas with a little juniper berries. There was a little sweet malt presence but the herb and spice dominate the nose. There seemed to be a hint of sage as well; pretty earthy nose.

T: the flavors are almost exactly like the nose consiting of various herbs, spices, berries, which had an underlying bubble gum flavor. It also has sage and clove accents that had faint malt notes.

M: the brew was medium to full body with a fair amount of carbonation that had a spicy, herby, earthy, and slight sweet finish.

D: the beer actually drank quite well and was pretty complex with lots of flavor and aromas. Sahti beer style is starting to grow on me.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours like a dark wheat beer. Slightly straw-like with a bit of dark brown to it. The smell is very sweet with a ton of cinnamon. Lots of spices and sweet malts in the aroma. Smells like Christmas! Taste is very good! I did not expect this, but this could be my 1st or 2nd place DFHead brew. Taste is so tasty. Amazing Chai flavors along with a somewhat saison type style. Very unique and tasty. I could drink this beer every night. Mouthfeel is almost perfect.

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Photo of nova009
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

A- pours a hazy golden yellow, a fizzy one finger white head appears and dissipates rather quickly, little lacing as the head doesn't stick to the glass well

S- smells as if you are about to drink an iced chai tea, loaded with spices, really unique

T- taste is not as strong as the smell but still pretty unique, definite chai flavor, clove, ripe fruit possibly banana

M- medium-heavy, good balance of carbonation, the flavors really consume your palate

D- not incredibly hard to drink but not one you can just throw down, I thought this was a fantastic beer, Dogfish is alway looking for more unique ways to brew beer and I commend them on another great brew

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

Clear Medium straw hued body. Clove, yeast esters (bubblegum), spruce, evergreen, cinnamon (allspice).

Creamy with a hint of mint; decent lacing. Considerably bready finish, however the flavors are clean and vibrant. Slightly astringent, numbing sensation on the tip of the tongue (possibly from the chai). Farmhouse like; touch of pepper, medium carbonation. Alcohol is very well masked. Medium bodied and a touch oily on the tongue.
An interesting and enjoyable departure from the norm.

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Photo of thehbchemistry
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours golden with an 1/2 inch of head.

S- CHAI. If you like chai you will enjoy this beer. Smells really spicy with some notes of juniper berry.

T- Taste is more mellower than the smell. Tastes of chai, spices, and some banana. Alcohol is present at the end.

M- Really full and thick.

D- For me, it's difficult to drink. The chai and spices are really overwhelming. I enjoy chai on occasion, but I think the chai + alcohol taste isn't very appealing. Fortunately I shared this with my boyfriend and he loved it. Love Dogfish and applaud them for pushing the boundaries but this one just wasn't for me.

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

Sahti isn't one of those beer style you often see anywhere except maybe Finland, this is my second sample of the style.

This pours notably thick. In the glass I have a clouded golden colored beer with a momentary tall white head.

Interesting scent, Chai tea and bananas with some juniper berry thrown in. This is a very spicy scented beer.

Starts out sweet and spicy and thick. This tastes pretty much like it smells. Lots of Chai tea and bananas with some juniper berry thrown in. After it warms you can detect the alcohol level but not before. This is very heavy on the banana; I love bananas.

Mouthfeel is full.

Drinkability is good; but that is heavily determined by your liking of chai tea and banana. If you don't like either you will hate this.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint galss. I am very curious of the style.

A- pours an outstanding golden yellow look that is crisp and hazy at the sae time. Massive amounts of carbonation tear through the brew. There is a thin line of foam at the top of the brew. There are some floaties throughout it

S- this is definitely a new type of scent for me. There is some spiced yeast type smells that are follows. It almost smells similar to the grains of paradise in a summer sam.

T- a lemoney saison taste that is spiced throughout the brew. There is no doubt that the black tea flavor is present at the end. There is a mix of bitterness in the brew.

M- crisp and refreshing taste. The flavor really lasts all around

D- Sah-tea is a fantastic brew. The style is very drinkable due it's fantastic flavor and hidden alcohol. Quite the summer treat

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Photo of grittybrews
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep gold into a Duvel tulip with around half and inch of loose white head. Intense aroma of chai tea, spice, and sweet banana.

Moderate carbonation and a light mouthfeel that was more delicate than hinted at by the aroma. Less sweet than expected, with a dry malt profile that leads to a bit of lemon and banana. A long, dry finish full of black tea, juniper, ginger, and spice.

Alcohol was completely hidden in this one, which came across more "polite" than many Dogfish offerings. This brew didn't bowl me over with bold flavors, but there were a lot of subtle flavors to enjoy, especially on the finish.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with large amounts of good amounts of tea leaf aromas. Also present are hints of coriander and what smells like grains of paradise. Finally, earthy hop aromas round everything out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of herbal tea. Mild amounts of spices join in shortly thereafter with hints of sugar-coated pear flavors lingering in the background. Midway through the sip earthy hop flavors temper down the sweetness and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I found this to be an interesting beer and while it's complex the flavors don't play off of each other terribly well. Still, it's worth a shot.

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Photo of JBogan
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured by a waiter from a bottle at a local steakhouse.

The tall flute glass was filled with a cloudy orange liquid along with a two finger white head. Minimal lacing was left behind. Not a bad looking brew.

The aroma was a mixture of ginger, lemon, wheat and a hint of alcohol.

The taste consisted of ginger, nutmeg, tea, lemon and alcohol, along with a juniper finish. Somewhat on the sweet side, but it went along well with the steak I was eating at the time.

There was a nice mouthfeel to it, with a medium to thick body and just the right amount of carbonation.

It almost seemed that this was a blend between a Belgian Tripel and a German Hefe. Interesting, but not something I'd have on a regular basis.

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

Poured from a 25 oz bottle into a small chalice.

Pours a hazy mango yellow, with very little head. Hints of green near the edges of the glass. Nice legs as you swirl it around.

Has a sour apple smell, with hints of pumpkin and nutmeng. Banana bread and walnut smells also predominate. This doesn't smell like any other beer I've had before.

Has a sweet banana start, with nice spiciness dancing on the tongue. There's a nuttiness that hits mid-tongue. Chai spices flow through to finish. Absolutely no bitterness to this one at all.

Sweet and smooth, has a pleasant mouthfeel, like a dessert beer.

Drinkable, but in small doses. I'm happy to have this one, but am glad I'm splitting this with three other people.

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

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of spices citrus and yeast pretty interesting

T - Follows the nose fruit flavors of banana and citrus then finishes with some spicey yeast

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - This is only the second Sahti that I've had and I'm liking it better than the last one its a pretty east to drink beer it has a good interesting taste worth picking up if you see it around

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this on tap at Slows BBQ in Detroit. It was murky and a light pale yellow-white color, with a little foam that disappeared quickly. The beer smelled like strong spices, I guess juniper for sure, but maybe also nutmeg and clove and who knows what else. I don't like heavily spiced beers so I knew this wouldn't be down my alley, but I also knew that sahtis are made to taste this way and I wanted to see what it was like...

The beer had no sourness that I'd hoped for based on the typical method of production. Instead I got heavy doses of juniper and spices, along with a fairly sweet flavor profile upfront. The aftertaste is just spice, not realy bitter but still it stays in your mouth a little longer than I'd prefer.

The body is medium-heavy, again not what I expected based on the historical production process, where lots of proteins are left in the mash giving a heavier body. This was a one and done for me, glad to try another style, and glad DFH made the experiment easier to obtain, but not something I'd reach for again soon.

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

A: Poured an apricot color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Grass, jumipers, lemon zest

T: Herbal, grassy, some lemon, pepper at times

M: Very nice, some spice, nice feel, good carbonation and booze is well hidden behind the great taste

D: Very good. A tasty brew that can sneak up on you

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Photo of therica
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost a blonde Holiday beer.

A= light golden yellow, modest head with varied-size bubbles, light pooling, nice lacing.

S= bouquet of fruity scents, pear, plum, apple, spices, light pepper, light nutmeg and cinnamon, notes of banana, a lot going on.

T= like a slightly sweet Belgian Tripel but fruity and spicy, much like the smell and with similar taste flavors. This is a nice sipping beer, to enjoy the flavors, not a chugger. Light honey. Slightly dry and dusty finish from the chai tea on the tongue to balance out the sweetness.

M= a blend of light sweetness and dusty dry finish remaining. Light pepper. Enjoyable.

D= very drinkable for a circle of friends, probably great with various desserts, fantastic with most fresh fruits. Would be great as a holiday apertif. Despite the 9% ABV this is very drinkable if it's done as a savored small glass (kolsch-style recommended) for sipping, rather than a guzzling stein.

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Photo of merlin48
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Never had this style so don't know what to expect, especially with a DFH version. The bottle pours a slightly hazed yellow golden body with a tall vanilla head. Good retention and some curtains of lace are left on the glass.

Perfumey aroma! Sandalwood incense, floral hops, juniper berries, and nutmeg are all I can hope to nail down. Lots going on with the bouquet but it is pleasantly floral and herbal.

Mouthfeel is light and airy, though the body is what I would call a light medium. Spritzy carbonation works well.

Taste has a prevailing astringent bitterness that may come from the chai tea but the juniper berries certainly contribute. A gin-like presence caught me off guard midway through, but the alcohol is not noticed even at the 9% abv. Lots of enigmatic herbal notes and a definite note of nutmeg add to the complexity. By the end of the bottle I really liked the odd flavors going on here.

Another adventurous beverage from Dogfish Head. I would definitely have another one of these.

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Photo of berkey
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip 07/15/10.

Hazy almost cloudy amber orange in color with a quickly receding medium-sized white head. A fair amount of sediment found it's way into the glass even with a careful pour. Filmy lacing slides away promptly.

Spices from the Chai tea are fairly aggressive but almost smell more like an extremely intense version of the spiciness in some Belgian Tripels than a tea at first. Some floral notes are also part of the overall bouquet.

Spicy is still the operative word on the flavor profile, also seems to a be a fairly prominent phenolic character here. This really drinks more like some twisted chai-ale than anything resembling a sahti (you could have told me it was a chai-saison and I would've probably believed you). That said, the beer still tastes pretty decent. Easy drinking and mid bodied with fairly high carbonation.

Not my favorite from the brewer but still interesting enough. I'm sure I'm not the first to say this about a DFH beer but I found this off target for the style but still mostly an enjoyable beer.

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Sah'tea from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.95 out of 5 based on 1,833 ratings.
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