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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.



3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2009
750 ml bottle. Heavy spices on the nose, cardamom stands out, corriander, herbal earthy aromas, cinnamon and clove in the aroma. Pours cloudy golden orange with a dense white head. For the amount of spices on the nose the flavor is mellower, very floral, corriander and clove, chamomile, creamy mouthfeel, citrus zest with hints of banana. Very interesting. I’ve only had one sahti before they’re very different.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2009
75cl bottle from Whole Foods (Tampa, FL). Pours a hazy caramel golden with one finger bright white foamy head that settles quickly. Aroma is sweet and spicy with notes of juniper, pine, chai tea, nutmeg, allspice, honey, hints of caramel and cinnamon. Flavor is sweet and spicy with notes of caramel, honey, yeast, spice, ginger, sweet apples, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, hints of toffee. Generally medium body with pleasing spicy finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drowland (5981) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Pours a surprisingly light orange-yellow (I guess I wasn’t expecting this for some reason) with a small, loose white and bubbly soda-pop head that disappears immediately. The aroma reminds me of quality pumpkin beers - big nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla, but with obvious chai characteristics of tea, cream, and the above-mentioned aromas. It’d be perfect except I also get a note of fresh cooked corned-beef that takes away a bit (this could be because my roommate makes fresh real corned beef with juniper berries). Most of this doesn’t come through on the flavor. The flavor is sweet malts with a lot of nutmeg and a touch of alcohol, and the exhale is a mixture of spices. The mouthfeel is medium with high almost burning carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Very different. No hops, I think? Overall, very sweet, thick sticky body. Very sweet heavy fruit. Light carbonation. Spices are there, cinnamon tasting. Coriander. A bit like spiced bubble gum. Its good to have a little, but the prospect of finishing this 750 (at quite a price as well) is a bit daunting. Too sweet to have too much.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Bottle Pours a cloudy light gold with a thin off white head. The head has average lastability, and is thick and creamy. The head produces excellent lacing. The aroma is good. Very spicy and seems almost like a pumpkin or Christmas ale. I get ginger, all spice and coriander. Has a light carbonation. The flavor is good but a touch subdued. Has a sweet base with some hints of spice. It is good but a touch sweet. Has a medium body. The texture is dull. Has a good finish and the aftertaste is good. It has a good amount of spice. It is like chewing cinammon gum. I like it but it is way differnt.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2009
My Bottom Line:
Honey and rye coagulate into a sticky broth, enlivened by well-integrated chai spiciness for a sweet and quirky Sahti variation.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the cloudy gold.
-This is a lot sweeter than the Dugges/Nogne O version.
-The chai takes a lot of room in the flavor profile, but remains well integrated.
-If this had been better attenuated, I would have liked it a lot more.

Bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (3919) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2009
750 ml capped bottle thanks to pineypower, thanks Dean..yet antoher good night of sharing some great beers and a few not so great ones ;). Poured a suprisingly light,well compared to the big time Christmasy aroma, golden body with an average size frothy white head. Aroma was well for lack of a better term, Christmasy, to elaborate the juniper berries were shinning through along with some pine resin, and I swear some cinnamon and nutmeg. Fuller bodied that is creamy and slightly foamy with soft bubbly carbonation. The flavor has lots going on with lots of chocolate on the initial flavor, really suprising for the golden shade, juicy orange , herbs, earth notes and spices. This one is really complex and despite all the crazy heating of river rocks and brewing like it’s 150 years ago this one works and works nicely.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6594) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2009
courtesy of markwise. pours straw golden with white head. aroma and flavor, had light notes of chai tea with hints of herbal flavors, some spices. Medium carbonation for a smooth rye palate. 9% the beer is very easy to drink. As with the Theobrama, it seems the actual body that DFH is trying to promote remains very subtle and the beer keeps the DFH base signature. Wish there had been more chai presence.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeerdesign (2167) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2009
shared 750ml bottle... pours a deep yellow with a small white head... sweet aromas filled with some candi sugar, coriander, clove and tea. medium body that is quite soft and well rounded... the chai tea and juniper berries come forward with some additional spice up front... it finishes with a deeper dry spice... unique beer that feels almost like a full bodied saison with a bunch of extra ingredients... enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (5967) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Draft. Pours hazy gold with a thin head. Spicy aroma, with tea, anise, pumpkin spice, and some fruityness. The flavor has a honey sweet/fruity base, with a spice rack or two thrown in. A touch of anise, nutmeg, tea, and way more it seems. Quite pleasant and easy to drink.


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