Among the many intriguing beers at my sampling at Dogfish Head’s Rehoboth Beach, Delaware pub, the special release Sah’tea stood out. First we thought, a beer that’s flavored like chai tea? Really?
It works. In fact, it really is like a brilliant Belgian beer without the overkill of being too malty tasting. At 9%, this is far from a session beer, yet its homey cardamom, cinnamon, and black tea notes make this a beer you can cuddle with and savor, instead of taking deep breaths between interpreting sips. Sam Malone, Dogfish Head’s brewmaster adores exotic worts and woods and rocks to accent his beer. The wort for Sah’tea is caramelized over hot river rocks. In theory Sah’tea is a take on a 9th century Finnish beer…I’d be shocked if Finland really had such eye-opening brews back then, but you never know.
As recommended by Dogfish Head’s website, a thai curry dish mixing sweet and savory could be a great compliment. I’d say just sit back and enjoy the fascinating notes of Sah’tea. It’s the best tasting tea I’ve ever had.