A traditional ale style unique to three areas: Finland, the Swedish island of Gotland and the Estonian island of Saaremaa. There are subtle differences between them and also between sahti from different regions in Finland. In general however these are strong ales made with a combination of rye and barley malt. They have minimal hop character and instead receive most of their flavor by virtue of being filtered through juniper twigs. Most examples will exhibit a strong yeast character and many homebrewed traditional examples are made with baking yeast. Such yeast often generates a highly phenolic character as well. Some examples will also have a smoky character and this is particularly evident in gotlandsdricke.
Top Beers of the Style
The Ale Apothecary Sahati (3.918369)
Hollolan Hirvi Kivisahti (3.619391)
Off Color Class War (3.51081)
Närke Fimbulvinter (3.486805)
Propolis 10/13 Sahti Juniper Pale Ale (3.441563)