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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Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Fantastic- like a vanilla Chai Tea. Grainy and filling, lots of added spices and seasoning. Not much thickness or body, tho. Aroma is strong and flavor is too, color is light amber. Along the same lines of Theobroma. Bottle at Abraxas Lounge, Miami Beach.

wickedpete (636) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Hazy yellow with hardly any head formation and no lacing. Lots of spices, nutmeg, ginger, clove, allspice, and banana in the aroma with some sweet juniper berry in the back. Flavor is sweet and fruity with lots of spices mingling. It’s kind of a mess of sweet Thanksgiving dessert flavors. Juniper comes through in the sweetness making it the only thing that separates this from being a weak pumpkin beer.

Arayaga2 (2224) - portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2009
Amber in color with fading white head. Aroma is very much a masala chai with ginger, tea, and black pepper and nutmeg. Taste is consistent with aroma, but reminds me a bit of the "pumpkin" beer genre. $12/750

Beaver (1872) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2009
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy yellow orange with a small fizzy white head that quickly disappears.

The aroma is lots of spices - ginger, tea, a little fruitiness and some floral notes. Some yeast comes out as it warms.

The flavor is sweet melons and citric fruits with some tea spices (ginger), leading to a bit of bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and syrupy with light but sharp carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer. It is a bit much on the sweet side.

FlacoAlto (4234) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass released a pronounced juniper spiciness as well as a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The head is a bit fizzy and quickly disappears to a thin ring of a head around the edges of my glass. The beer is a light amber color that shows a touch of haze and a gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has lots of juniper character, but underneath this the Chai is quite noticeable with notes of nutmeg, clove and perhaps some woody cardamom. A sweet, honey-like malt sweetness is found in the finish and in fact helps to carry all the spice notes found in the aroma. The spice mix, whether juniper of chai derived, definitely dominates the nose of this beer. If you like the spice mix used you won’t find this objectionable and I even find it a bit enjoyable.

Lightly sweet tasting up front, with a viscous heft to it that makes this beer cling a bit to the palate. The beer picks up more sweetness as it rolls across the tongue and the juniper and spices are surprisingly muted when compared to the aroma. Up front the Chai spices are a bit more noticeable, will the Juniper is a touch more noticeable in the finish (though the Chai spices are also in the finish). Up front I get flavors of clove, cinnamon and some spicy cardamom, while the finish has some juniper bite as well as a light turpene driven cardamom spiciness. Sweet honey-like malt flavors and perhaps a hint of cracker-like malt are all that is noticeable of the base grain character. Mixed in with the honey notes is a touch of berry character, which could be contributed by the juniper. The spices in this beer are such that this beer comes off as being somewhat simplistic in its characterization of Chai and juniper.

If you like Chai and juniper, you might enjoy this beer. While I don’t mind either of these flavors, it can be just a bit too much at times. This is mostly enjoyable, though there is no way I could finish a pint of this, much less a 750ml bottle of it. Not bad though, and it was certainly worth trying. Ultimately though it serves as another perfect example of why brewers should learn to show restraint when using spices in a beer (I can’t believe I said that after the Theobroma I just had where I decry the opposite approach).

PorterPounder (8364) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Tallahassee, Fl. - Market Square Liquors - 750 ml bottle. Pours a dark, murky golden pour with not much of a head. Spicy-sweet aroma with hints of ginger and white grapes. Engaging, interesting flavor with some peach notes, subtle ginger, white grapes, pears, and a hint of green tea. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Another odd beer from Dogfish - more enjoyable than most.

TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2009
750 ml bottle purchased at Central Market in Mill Creek, WA. Pours a hazy peach/gold color with a white head. Aroma: Tea and sweet malt. Flavor: Just liek the aroma, with a hint of lemon.

User29624 (1687) - - AUG 20, 2009
Pours hazy gold with a thin white head. Interesting aroma, loads of spices with coriander and lemon. Usually I am not a big fan of heavily spiced beers, but for some reason this one sat well with me. Good flavor and easy to drink. Glad I was able to find this on draft instead of having to drink a huge bottle. Very good spices.

notalush (5955) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Pours a very hazy medium gold, fizzy body, minimal head - loads of banana in the nose, but deeper sniffs reveal rye, caraway, cardamom (these are mostly squashed by the phenols from the yeast, though) - the flavor is mostly just cane sugar sweetness and banana - the black tea comes through a bit through the middle, as does a bit of cardamom and some minty character - much like in the aroma, the weizen yeast is kind of washing out a lot of the other stuff put into the beer - not nearly as interesting and complex as I wanted it to be - yet another dogfish head beer that looks great on paper, but disappoints the palate.

fiver29 (1112) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Bottle pours a golden color with white head. Aroma is a complex array of spices. I get the coriander and lemongrass for sure. Opulent mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and is rich with spices. I was glad I shared this bottle. It would have been too much to drink by myself. Because the spices build up on you after a while and begin to be a bit much. Still a solid brew.

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