Dogfish Head Sah’tea

This humidity is killing me. One of the benefits of living in New Jersey is the disgusting and constant humidity of the summer. Anyways, nothing really exciting today. Work was…well, work. Another crazy day, but at least I only have one more day before the weekend. So, the beer that I’m having tonight is part of the Ancient Ales series by DFH. And yes, although this is a beer that I really wanted to try, I am having it now so that I can get the Ancient Ales badge on Untappd. If you’re on there, feel free to add me by the way. So, here goes.

ABV: 9%

Style: Sahti

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Sahti is a traditional beer from Finland made from a variety of grains, malted and unmalted, including barley, rye, wheat, and oats; sometimes bread made from these grains is fermented instead of malt itself. Traditionally the beer is flavored with juniper berries in addition to, or instead of, hops; the mash is filtered through juniper twigs through a trough shaped tun called a kuurna in Finnish. Sahti has a distinct banana flavor due to the yeast. Sahti is a top-fermented brew (ale), and while baking yeast has been used traditionally, ale yeast may also be used in fermenting. The end product is a cloudy, mildly alcoholic beer with yeasty and phenolic flavors and distinct taste similar to banana. Sahti is traditionally homebrewed but in recent years commercial versions have become available. Commercial Sahti usually has around 8 percent ABV. Due to its higher percentage of alcohol Sahti is only sold in pubs or state-owned Alko stores. Sahti has to be stored cold until consumption and is therefore not available in all Alko branches.”

Random: This is my first sahti.

This brew poured with a one finger pure white head that dissipated moderately and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear yellow color with lots of active carbonation on it. The nose was crazy fragrant. I definitely got the chai tea with lots of clove and nutmeg. I also got a bit of juniper and fruit. This was definitely one of the more interesting fragrances I’ve ever gotten on a brew. On the taste I got much of what was in the nose. I got chai, earthiness, juniper and cloves. Lots and lots of cloves. The body itself was a moderate thickness and the carbonation didn’t come through as much as I thought. Due to the intense spice, this is definitely a sipping beer. The finish lingered with lots of chai spice. Although it’s very interesting, it was my least favorite of the Ancient Ales. Worth a try, but split the bomber.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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