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RATINGS: 697   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
A modern update on a 9th century Finnish proto-beer. Brewed with rye, we caramelize the wort with white hot river rocks, then ferment it with a German Weizen yeast. In addition to juniper berries foraged directly from the Finnish country-side we added a sort of tea made with coriander, cardamom, lemon grass, Indian Black Tea, and ramps leaves. The spicing is subtle and balanced and Sahtea is a highly-quaffable, truly-unique brew with a full-mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3388) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2009

Bottled in 2009

7/23/2009: Dogfish Head Sah’tea smells like a chai latte. It is hazy gold in color and has no crown. The flavor has mild banana, a yeasty/doughy middle, a good level of sweetness, light chair, hints of spruce/juniper and other herbal notes. It has a medium to medium-full body and feels a bit syrupy, but it is still has a smooth, soft texture. Overall this is a good interpretation of a traditional Finnish sahti with plenty of Dogfish Head flare!

750 ml bottle (9% alc. by vol.) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #57 for this sahti.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robforbes (2089) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JUL 24, 2009
pours a hazy yellow-orange with a small white head, and a little lacing. smell is of sweet fruit, spice, tea, and juniper berries. taste is a little watery, juniper berries, tea, and a few hops, ends a little on the sweet side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Pours pale yellow with a light head. Sweet aroma with some citrus and honey. Pretty thick body with a nice amount of sweetness and spice. Nice beer and not over the top. Missed some flavors in this one but want to try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Another weird beer from DFH. Hazy gold pour with fluffy off white head. Tea on the nose. Complex and unique flavor. Cardamon, coriander, lemongrass, and tea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (12408) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Bottle from Dilly Deli. Poured a clear golden color with an average off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Good aroma of dough, juniper and banana. Medium to full body with smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy bittersweet flavor with a moderate to heavy complex bittersweet finish of medium to long duration. Interesting complex brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2009
Bottle purchased from Rozi’s in Lakewood. Holy Christmas smell batman! This smells spicy just like so many wintery beer, yet this has an odd twist to it. It doesn’t come off cheaply spiced, this comes off much like a mulled wine, which I guess isn’t too far from what it is. The flavor really gets me. It has this amazingly buttery flavor, as well as being sweet and spicy, like clove, ginger, coriander, nutmeg... All of those favourite winter flavors coming up in summer. How wonderful. Also, I love this because it is pretty flat, letting the flavor do the walking and making it super smoooooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2009
First off, I wanna say congrats again to my best beer buddiy, MereLikesBeer for choosing this wonderful brew as her 100th beer rating!! YAY!! And as for this, as different as it is, it truly is an epic brew. It smells exactly like starbucks chai tea, cinnamon, and cardamom, which, while reading I wasn’t so sure about, but now after sipping for a while, hss really grown on me. It’s spicy, and herbal, yet malty and has a slight hop profile. Quite honestly, it’s liquid gold. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2009
So, I’ve finally gotten to my 100th beer! I decided to go with something a little special, something a little out of the ordinary, so I went with this tasty beverage. I am sharing a bottle of this with BeerBaron617, my bestest drinking buddy, and let’s just say we aren’t disappointed! It poured a really pretty light amber color with virtually no head, but the ring of bubbles around the top of the liquid is definitely white. Aroma, well, the brewer suggests that the spice is quite subtle and it’s quite the opposite - very spicy, especially cardamom. It reminds me a little of some cookies my mom makes a Christmas time (spicy cardamom triangles). It also has quite a refreshing quality to the aroma. Taste, is also quite spicy, especially as the beer warms. It’s malty, but not overly so...has a bit of a hop background, but really the tea and spice characteristics of this beer are overwhelmingly prominent. Cheers to Dogfish Head for brewing yet another wonderful beverage. They really know what they’re doing over there :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Tap a ways back. Really nice aroma with all sorts of spices that I can never identify, but still loved in this one. Flavor has a tea element, but a particularly spicy tea element such that I wouldn’t necessarily have thought, "oh, tea." There is a good dose of the sweet malt, but with all the spice notes, including probably from the rye, it remained quite balanced and drinkable for me throughout. Also felt nothing like 9%. Quite enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (6103) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2009
On tap at Falls Church Dogfish Alehouse. Very interesting brew. Very cloudy light orange color, small head. Aroma is spice (ginger came to mind), tea, juniper, yeast. Flavor is spicy, tea, sweet.

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