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RATINGS: 690   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2009
Bottle generously shared by durhambeer - thanks, Bob! Pleasant golden beer as the base, and the pour demonstrates this pretty nicely. Mild carbonation, and a fairly appealing nose of honey, yeast, ginger, and other spices. You can certainly get the cardamom in the nose, and this really reminds me of one of those organic teas you buy in Whole Foods, specifically the "Throat Coat" variety. Sharp and boozy taste, getting a lot of ginger heat (even though not advertised). Treacle, slightly thin body. Another "interesting" experiment from DFH, but surely this isn’t what’s on tap in Valhalla.

3.2
gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Marwise. Pours a clear yellow/orange. Nose is allspice, bitter tea, cinnamon, juniper, nutmeg. Flavor is mild spices, caramel, mild but present juniper leaves, chai spices, bitter over-steeped tea, sweet malt. Interesting, but could never drink much more than a sample of this.

3.2
drowland (9160) - Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Pours a surprisingly light orange-yellow (I guess I wasn’t expecting this for some reason) with a small, loose white and bubbly soda-pop head that disappears immediately. The aroma reminds me of quality pumpkin beers - big nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla, but with obvious chai characteristics of tea, cream, and the above-mentioned aromas. It’d be perfect except I also get a note of fresh cooked corned-beef that takes away a bit (this could be because my roommate makes fresh real corned beef with juniper berries). Most of this doesn’t come through on the flavor. The flavor is sweet malts with a lot of nutmeg and a touch of alcohol, and the exhale is a mixture of spices. The mouthfeel is medium with high almost burning carbonation.

3.2
hopheadfett (50) - Oak Ridge, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Pours a hazy slightly orange golden color, minimal head, good lace. Nose of yeast, honey, sweet malt, a touch of spice. Taste is sweet malt, honey, banana bread, finishing relatively sweet with a touch of spice. Overall tasty, the one thing I kept saying was, "weird". Definitely a strange brew, but enjoyable nonetheless, easily quaffable.

3.2
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2009
The aromatic juniper reminds me of a belgian tripel. Strong spicy blend, I suppose I get the lemongrass. Some sediment in the dark gold. Agave sweetness, nutmeg in the finish. Sweet all around, the spices offer an interesting complimentary side, but the finish is nearly sticky and the next sip is sweeter than the last.

3.2
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Bottle. Poured a deep straw color with a fizzy white head. Nose is quite spicy with a ton of chai notes, some citrus hop notes are also present. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Flavor in my opinion is too spicy, too chai like. Also, sweetness tends to be cloying. I probably wouldn’t mind it as much if they dialed the chai down a few notches. OK but, I wouldn’t buy again.

3.2
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2010
750 ml bottle. Poured golden wirh nice white head. Aroma of sweet spicy citrus. Flavor is way sweeter then I like my tea and there isn’t mych tea either. It’s a slightly spicer midas touch maybe. Nice and drinkable but with the list of interesting ingredients on the bottle I wish it was a more interesting beer

3.2
Ron (4212) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2010
On tap at McGregor’s. Pours a hazy yellow color with a small off-white head,. Has a sweetish malty spicy aroma with lots of cinnamon. Sweetish malty spicy flavor with cinnamon and hints of coriander. Has a sweet malty spicy finish.

3.2
NateBarnett (75) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Bottled. Pours a soft, hazy golden color with a small white head. Nose is banana bread, lemons, spices and, yes, black tea. Similar flavors are found in the taste. Sort of reminds me of a witbier. Definitely a odd beer.

3.2
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Bottle, pours and looks like iced tea. Spicy aroma, and has interesting taste of many different spices, mild tea flavor, but sweet. Complexities in this brew for sure. The alcohol does give you a warming effect. Another different brew from Dogfish Head, they are all worth a try.


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