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 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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Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Very cinamonny smell. Taste is sweet and cinnamon as well.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2012 Vintage.

Look: Pours a deep, deep, orange color with a one finger off white head. You can see lots of yeast floating around in the glass, and lots of carbonation streaming up the sides. Looks damn tasty, although it doesn't retain a head or leave much lacing.

Smell: The aroma is outstanding. There's this wonderful smell of freshly baked gingerbread and cinnamon coffee cakes.

The smell of chai tea is unmistakable, but there's also a slight wintergreen and peppermint note to the nose too. I'm also getting the smell of baked bananas and caramel. There's a noticeable alcoholic presence on the nose too.

Taste: It's incredible. I'm getting so many flavors from the Chai Tea - it's like a gourmet spice rack in my glass - lots of clove, mint, cinnamon, basil, thyme, coriander, tarragon and rosemary. There's a nice dry bitterness from the juniper too but a rich caramel and honey taste evens it out.

The flavors of bitter juniper, sweet honey/caramel and spicy chai tea come together, and almost taste like a big slice of of pumpkin pie.

Feel: The mouthfeel is rich with yeast, you can feel it's abrasiveness, it adds body and weight to the brew making it slightly sticky and kind of a chore to finish because of all the chai tea and spice flavors not to mention it weighs in at 9.00%.

Overall: Next time I buy this I will definitely be sharing this with a friend. It's a great beer and it tastes delicious but the flavor is so intense, the portion size is so large and the abv is so high you don't really need all 22 ounces to yourself.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

picked up a bomber at knickerbockers in Altoona. bottled in 2012.

had me some fun getting this one in the glass. on close inspection of the bottle, there was a fair amount of floaties, and sediment in the bottom of the bottle. So I figure, "I'll strain it through some cheesecloth. i pop the cap. and...we have a slight gusher. eventually got my act together and half the bottle was in a pint glass. although there was considerable carbonation in the bottom, it got flat real fast in the glass. poured a deep orange, somewhere between hazy and cloudy. no head, hence no lacing. not a promising start.

aroma was very nice though. spices and dried fruits. reminds me of another beer I've had, but cant put my finger on it. no alcohol smell, and no chai tea either, which is apparently added late on in the brewing process.

this is a very tasty beverage. getting all the pleasant spiciness, and the dried fruits. warming alcohol burn comes in at the end.

feel is closer to medium that thin. however, halfway through, this beer is almost flat. no amount of agitating will bring a head or indeed ant carbonation.

overall, a good tasty brew.

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Photo of Akeah
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jamstone714
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Icemann383
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucular
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MacMalt
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into pint glass. It pours a cloudy orange amber with a thick, one-finger milk-white head and minimal lacing. This is a very aromatic beer with wheat, orange, cinnamon, clove, and pine. The taste is also rather unique with bready malt, ginger, cloves, orange, and honey. I'm not familiar with juniper so I may be simply missing it. As the glass warms, I'm also tasting tea. This is a sweet beer but it isn't cloying. It's refreshing and I could imagine drinking it after a day of cross country skiing. It is medium bodied and fairly lightly carbonated and I really don't notice the 9% ABV. Overall, I was intrigued by this style and I really enjoyed it. It's a little sweet to enjoy with a meal but makes a nice dessert beer. I'd like to try this on draught and I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of redbarnbikes
2.89/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MichialTanner1
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL into a wine glass.

Surprisingly opaque and cloudy body with a golden and blonde color to it. Pale white foamy head. 3.75

Highly unique aroma. Reminds me a bit of a fruitcake with orange peel and wheatiness and sweet bread. Juniper or some other evergreen type aroma. 4

Flavor is heavy with some spice flavor that's again, either from the evergreen family, or something ginger-like. Grainy sweet flavor and honey combine with wheat and floral notes. The flavor overall reminds me of a tea with spices, so in that regard the name and flavor are on the money. 3.75

It's got a lively feel from the spices and this will linger on the mouth. In a certain sense there's something medicinal about the feel--- herbal, spiced, and menthol-like. It definitely resembles something earthy in feel. 3.5

Fun to try, but not something that begs multiple visits.

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Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of slipperysoup
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of italianstallion
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Redgoatman
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Yellolab2010
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WunderLlama
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into chalice

Copper translucent with thin white cap that quickly disappears

Aroma of chai tea, sweet , cloves, cinnamon

Taste of chai, sweetness, malt, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon

Low sudsing

A pleasant and interesting diversion from your normal beer.

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Photo of Vylo
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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