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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5266) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Really spicy and sweet. . It pours cloudy gold, with a ring of foam. It smells, and I amnot kidding, like gum and Atomic Fireballs. Flavor is very spicy - ginger, cinnamon, allspice. Butters is right, this could almost pass for a pumpkin beer. Sampled at lithy’s Septemberfest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Aroma of ginger, pumpkin, cinnamon. Similar taste, very honey sweet. Smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol is well masked. Another great offering from Dogfish Head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3863) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Sampled at Lithy’s Septemberfest Tasting. Hazy particulate filled dull straw with minimal ring of near white head. Massive ginger nose, red hots. Flavor with cinamin bubblegum, with some medicinal qualities. Very syrupy sweet, and gives a bit of heartburn. Almost like a pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9559) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Bottle… Hazy, light golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Decent retention. The aroma is an earthy, spicy, fruity marriage of ginger root, juniper berries, black pepper, lemongrass, cardamom and fuzzy fruits. Medium-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Spicy, fruity essences abound in the sugary flavor. Not as herbal as the aroma. Pleasantly sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Thanks for sharing this beer John! 2009 vintage. The beer pours to a deep straw colored body with a thin foamy white head. The aroma is deep black tea with some cardamom and rye bread. The flavor is like a southern sweet tea. Includes black tea, light juniper, cardamom, Chinese 5 spice, and sweet lemons. The palate is sweet but not sugary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Pleasantly suprised by this. 750ml. Pours a apricot color with a fizzy big beige head. Nose is tons of juniper, honey, caramel, and chai. Alcohol is very well hidden. For such a big beer it drinks like a lighter belgian. Very belgian in feel with alot of honeyed sweetness, fruity berry notes, and a back end loaded with spicy chai. No astringency which is nice cause I was expecting it. Very very well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5950) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2009
750 ml bottle I courageously brought out from the cellar and decided to drink today from Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). Pours a hazy golden orange, glowing, good carbonation with small layer white head that is truly a film, and barely that as it clings to the edges, laces minimally. Aromas are a light spiciness, faint orange peel mixes in with some aromatic black tea, I pick out faint coriander and cardamom (Which can easily be overpowering) with some faint citrus and something lightly reminiscent of chamomile. Spiced well. Initial is light bodied, a bit vague up front, moving into light bitterness, tea, orange peel further in. The spice comes out more towards the finish and sticks better to the palate with chamomile, cardamom, and light coriander taking a position. Juniper is there, lighter than really expected, with faint citrus. A tame beer that almost tastes like a crafts store smells. Light potpourri with a fruitiness that definitely helps the German Weizen yeast come out more. Still, this isn’t too bad and is quite interesting overall. Lacking a bit in body, but I thought it was decent enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoberCajun (111) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 2, 2009
Cloudy orange with a thin white head. A strong spicy aroma, I also got some citrus notes. The flavor is smoky-sweet with a touch of sourness. Earthy and grassy, the overall taste is closer to a strong belgian than I expected. I enjoyed this beer more with each passing sip - a characteristic I appreciate a lot. Loved the creamy and smooth palate, and the immense drinkability despite the high alcohol content.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.

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