Dogfish Head “Sah’tea” Review (#115)

Dogfish Head "Sah'tea"

 

Dogfish Head
“Sah’tea”
Milton, DE

From The Brewery

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 black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and black pepper.
The spicing is subtle and balanced and Sahtea is a highly-quaffable, truly-unique brew with a full-mouth feel.

ABV: 9%
IBUs:6
Availability:Limited

Review

Appearance: A yellow hazy beer with thin white head. Small lacing and translucent.

Smell:Big chai spice right up front, with an almost Belgian wit yeast spice. No hops

Taste:Paralleling the smell, its got a big chai black pepper spice, with a semi sweet dry finish. A couple of sips bring on a slight citrus freshness. Opens up very nicely as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Full, lively and drying.

Drinkability: Lower when its colder, as it warms up, drinkability increases.

Notes: Not what I expected when I poured it. First smell took me back, but once I realized I misconstrued what the beer was, it grew on me. Once it hit a warmer temp, it went down very nice and smooth.

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