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RATINGS: 700   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2009
So, Iíve 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 letís just say we arenít 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 itís 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. Itís 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 theyíre 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 wouldnít 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 (7299) - Alexandria, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2009
750 mL bottle shared by Allstar and Immyís Backyard Throwdown. Thanks! Pours a light hazy orange color with a small head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma is bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, tea, juniper. Taste is bread, cinnamon, tea, caramel and other spice notes. Medium-full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 19, 2009
bottle poured a caramel color with a white foamy head. aroma has sweet spices, yeast, lemongrass, and rye. light mouth feel with flavors of yeasts, wheat, honey sweetness, ginger, white sage, and bitter dark tea. interesting how the tea and rye come together with the sweetness. this one has some unique flavors but is not there best.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Allstar (33) - , Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Aroma is exactly like a chai tea or pumpkin roll. Taste is also comparable to both, with a slight bitter taste in the middle. It isnít to overwhelming. I enjoy it and would have it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Hmmm, this is a strange beast. Ginger, juniper, and tea. The body is strangely like tea, almost tannic. Not my favorite of these odd DFH offerings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1963) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Hazy gold with light white head / Nose spiced tea / Medium body, sweet and slightly syrupy although nicely balanced, with good, honeyed finish / Flavors of banana, apples, grapes, juniper berries, honey, tea, cardamon, lemon grass, and spicy rye on the finish / Another wine-like brew from Dogfish, but kudos for pushing the envelope.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2009
750ml Bottle: Aroma of spices, cardamom, lemon grass, juniper, pumpkin, and spices. Poured amber/gold in color with a small, lose, off-white head that disappeared quickly. Cloudy. Not sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is lightly sweet and very spiced. Tastes of lemon grass, juniper, cardamom, spices and pumpkin. Medium body. Oily, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Spiced, pumpkin, juniper finish is dry. Too many spice flavors that just overwhelm each other. The spicing is not "subtle and balanced." 9%ABV is undetectable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (7315) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle. Head is initially very small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is hazy dark yellow. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, basement), with notes of coriander, cardamom, nutmeg, orange and lime peel, chamomile, ginger. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, fizzy/lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. A spice bomb to be sure, but the combo is admittedly quite pleasant (and complex). I wish the "beer character" would shine through the heavy spicing more, but as I say, itís far from a one trick pony in that department. Looks like cloudy soda pop thanks to a brief fizzy head. But the main thing keeping this from a higher score is that itís too unrelentingly syrupy-sweet to drink more than a few ounces of (unless you have a serious sweet tooth I guess). Not a surprise for this brewery in the latter case, as a large number of their products have that fault...Sam must be quite a sugar nut!

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