RATINGS: 690   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.

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GreatDane1632 (1174) - North Dakota, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Catching up on some old ratings from Untappd -- First rated on 1 Oct 2011. Very similar to a triple but with tea.

hotstuff (5272) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Rated on 7-11-2010. This beer pours a small smooth head with a lengthy retention, opaque body, fast rising carbonation and no lacing. The aroma is yeasty, earthy and spicy. The taste is sweet, rye, spicy, some yeast, and the ABV comes through. The palate is tingly and this beer is medium bodied. Overall this beer has a nice spice characteristic to it in the aroma and flavor. The ABV does come through in the flavor, but it is not overpowering. This beer is worth trying.

firstsip (752) - Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2014
From bottle at Royal Oak Craft Beer Fest. Golden pour. Nose of tea leaves. Mild yeastiness paired with predominant flavors of tea and spices. Good, slightly more of a novelty.

IrishBoy (4237) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bomber from Imbibe Wine. Nose is spicy cinnamon and cloves with iced tea. Hazy pale yellow with a miniscule white head. Flavor is very spicy cinnamon and cloves.

mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Hats off to Dogfish. This one works. If you don't drink tea, you need not to apply. This one is tea-tea-tea all the way through. And it's good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

OKplus (788) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014

Thanks to Hopswagger for this one!
750ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip
Bottled in 2010

A - Burnt orange color with a tight knit head. The head sinks into a collar while finally vanishing.

S - Lactic sourness and lavender salts are the first thing that jumps out. Smells like this will be quite tart. Dried plantains, strawberries, peach, apricots, spicy, ginger, pepper, nutmeg, lavender, rye bread, heavy dose of cardamon. Salty savory and sweet biscuit/bread malts.

T - Peach, apricot, and plantain puree, a soft lactic tartness is there but not as pronounced as the nose described. Lemons, pepper, cardamon, nutmeg, honey, ginger, salty, you can really taste the chai in there. Very yeasty with sweet and indulgent and earthy pale malts. A steady herbal note right through the middle, woody, I’m guessing the juniper? Finishes with a fruity tartness and notes of salt, spice, and mint left on the aftertaste.

M - Hefty body makes for a thick feel, semi-dry finish.

The aroma is bigtime! Acidic fruit, spices, sweet and savory, very aromatic. The flavor follows but doesn’t quite live up to the aroma.Very good mix of sweet and salty flavors. Big malt presence with lively yeast esters. Various spices that show up at different times. This would obviously pair excellent with Indian food or other curry dishes.

Serving type: bottle


Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JAN 17, 2014
I had this in a mug due to Sahti recommendations. The appearance was a nice light yet hazy golden yellow/amber colored looking body with a one finger white foamy head that dies into the body within about thirty seconds. No lacing whatsoever. The aroma has one of the best parts of this beer and I absolutely love this (unsure how close this is truly to its style), but I get some juniper berries coming through in a earthy sort of way and I do get the cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and black pepper all coming through in a super nice way. The taste is spicy sweet through the previously mentioned flavors, I have to admit I do get the German yeastiness in the taste though I didn’t notice it in the smell - still good; sticky sweet yet somewhat spicy aftertaste; dry sweet yet spicy finish. On the palate, she sits about a light to medium, ABV really isn’t noticed, sessionable - hmmm...maybe slightly, carbonation is really smooth - I like it, but my lack of having "sahtis" doesn’t say enough for me to tell you how good this is for its style, sorry, I’ll try to find more as I can. Overall, what an awesome brew I got in a trade, holy moley, well done Dogfish Head and will definitely look for this again.

ryanscourt (1546) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Limited notes from time of drinking. Remember liking this one a good bit though. One of the first dogfish traditional ales i tried.

Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle split between three people... never heard of this beer or style before, so I was excited to try it out. Poured into a Dixie cup at a party.

Appearance: Red cup, so I couldn’t see it too well, but a murky sort of brown color with a lot of yeasty tea-leaf sediment. Kind of ugly by most people’s standards, I reckon.

Smell: Tea. A tang/sourness. Cinnamon? Some sort of spiciness. Berries.

Taste/feel: Tea with a tangy Belgian characteristic. Berries. Somebody mentioned cinnamon, and I got that as well. Not bitter in the slightest. Sort of refreshing, but at the same time, there’s a slight warmth of alcohol. Interesting, tasty beer. I believe it was $12 for the bottle, which isn’t too bad at all for such a unique tasting brew. It’s not for everybody -- it has a good bit of "funk" to it in the taste and aroma, but I enjoyed it quite a lot. Worth a pick up.

danielyabu (1706) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - DEC 21, 2013
clear thin dark yellow body. white frothy head. good lacing. mostly diminishing. aroma: pumpkin coconut candy, dried banana, clove, juniper. if and ff: heavy sweet. palate: medium full body, lively carbonation, oily texture, metallic finish. 40s

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