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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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2013
Appearance: Clear medium amber with finger thick white head. Aroma: Cinnamon, clove, aniseed, biscuit, fruity, floral, bubble gum and tea. Taste: Medium sweetness and bitterness with low sourness. Slightly salty. Palate: Thick rough texture, medium body, average carbonation, lingering spicy finish and a touch astringent. Comments: Enjoyable as a one off. Too much spice and a bit sickly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hfmejias (818) - Dover, Delaware, USA - SEP 29, 2013
22 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured clear, golden in color with a nice white head and lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of spices (some clove maybe), fruits combined with some malts and other herbal, earthy notes. Taste is quite complex and interesting mild sweetness and a some fruit combined with a nice bitterness and some tea notes too. Quite weird but some how it works; very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Draft. Hazy orange pour with a thin white head that laces. Nose is chai, nutmeg, spices. Taste is similar. Smooth mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Nice range of tastes from gentle "blonde" ale to some moderate spices (the Juniper berries, the Black Chai Tea?) and a nice sweetness (from the malt, some other source?). This is my first Sahti so I have nothing to compare it to directly (within the style) but I point to other styles that I know for some comparison. I think that it might be closest to a Belgian blonde (maybe a Leffe?) but that it is maltier and with more of a spice profile. Excellent taste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubblehouse (507) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 10, 2013
Pours a dark golden. Delicious taste with just enough of the tea flavor coming through.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sask89 (418) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - SEP 7, 2013
Pours golden in colour, clear with a frothy white head. Aroma is of juniper, herbs and spice with a noticeable chai tea character. Taste is a mild sweetness throughout with a nice balanced bitterness. Thin on the palate, light-medium body, and lively carbonation. Overall an awesome and unique beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5101) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Tap. Pours a clear orangish body with a small wispy white head that retained as a thin film. The nose is really interesting and complex, lots of spice and herbal notes, the tea comes across strongest. A little bit of yeastiness and lemongrass. The flavor, despite being such a mash up of ingredients is still rather light and delicate with a lot of complexity. Tea, spice, Hefe yeast, some bubblegum notes on the finish, even a touch of smoke. Lingering herbal finish. Light bodied, fizzy carbonation, very easy drinking, can’t tell that this is 9% at all. I was really surprised by this one, this is one of the better DFH crazy beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tympanic (168) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2013
On tap at Shorty’s. What a strange and delicious beer! Very complex flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
culchiem (2630) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle at BBF2013 shared with a few other punters. A strange one this. Aroma is berry & tea. Flavour is a mix of fruit, spice, tea, a little sweet in general. Finish is zesty herb. Strange mix but it kinda works.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Genny (12) - Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2013
On tap at the Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton. Light gold color w/ no head; the nose was strongly of cloves, almost reminiscent of a whiskey-ish scent. Taste, however, was overly sweet, somewhat cloying. The inclusion of cloves, juniper, and chai tea are prevalent.

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