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RATINGS: 697   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2009
Pours hazy gold with a thin white head. Interesting aroma, loads of spices with coriander and lemon. Usually I am not a big fan of heavily spiced beers, but for some reason this one sat well with me. Good flavor and easy to drink. Glad I was able to find this on draft instead of having to drink a huge bottle. Very good spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (5514) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Pours a very hazy medium gold, fizzy body, minimal head - loads of banana in the nose, but deeper sniffs reveal rye, caraway, cardamom (these are mostly squashed by the phenols from the yeast, though) - the flavor is mostly just cane sugar sweetness and banana - the black tea comes through a bit through the middle, as does a bit of cardamom and some minty character - much like in the aroma, the weizen yeast is kind of washing out a lot of the other stuff put into the beer - not nearly as interesting and complex as I wanted it to be - yet another dogfish head beer that looks great on paper, but disappoints the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Bottle pours a golden color with white head. Aroma is a complex array of spices. I get the coriander and lemongrass for sure. Opulent mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and is rich with spices. I was glad I shared this bottle. It would have been too much to drink by myself. Because the spices build up on you after a while and begin to be a bit much. Still a solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (3150) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2011 Sampled on tap at Brixie’s 75th anniversary beer tasting in Brookfield, IL. Poured to a fluted fest glass a golden tone with a lasting white, tight bubbled, thick and foamy head and thick, creamy lacing. The aroma high lighted spices as pumpkin pie variety. The flavor was again spice, and sticky sweetness. Interesting combo of spice notes. Next time at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served. Interesting part of enjoying this brew is to sort out the various fruit and spice notes. This time, it was floral, herbal, banana, orange, mint, nutmeg, cardamom, and cinnamon. Quite a pot pouri!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Courtesy of markwise. Pours gold with brief white head. The aroma is ginger bread, fruit cake and lots of winter spice like nutmeg, cinnamon and all spice. The taste has a brief pulse of sugar sweet malts moving into notes of vanilla and sweet syrup. It gets a bit honey like into the finish as well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Pours amber with a white head. Aromas of allspice and gingerbread. Flavors of allspice and juniper with a slight sweetness. Full bodied with a mouth coating finish. Overall a very interesting and enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopheadfett (50) - Oak Ridge, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Pours a hazy slightly orange golden color, minimal head, good lace. Nose of yeast, honey, sweet malt, a touch of spice. Taste is sweet malt, honey, banana bread, finishing relatively sweet with a touch of spice. Overall tasty, the one thing I kept saying was, "weird". Definitely a strange brew, but enjoyable nonetheless, easily quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (6571) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2009
Bouteille de 750 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez MartinT. Arôme: Odeur de coriandre et de clou de Girofle avec une pointe de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est orangée avec une faible densité de bulle. Saveur: Goût de canelle, de coriandre avec une pointe de gingembre et d’agrumes. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de miel en arrière goût. (Rating #2577)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5697) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Hazy dark golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of clove, all spice, honey, chai tea, caramel malts, juniper, and faint smoke. Taste of caramel malts, honey, chai tea, nutmeg, clove, some banana, coriander, and lemongrass, with a semi-sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Fresh 750ml bottle. Pours a hazy medium-golden hue with a thin, wispy, off-white ring of foam at the head. A soapy wash leaves behind tiny dots that slowly drip back down into the body. The aroma is fresh and clean, very herbal overall, showing notes of juniper, cardamom, and loads of tea, with a slightly minty overtone and a good amount of lightly caramelized, grainy malt. Doughy yeast is prominent on the complex nose. Flavors too are deep and winding, layer after layer of spice unraveling in a very complimentary way. The black tea and juniper are very prominent, with darker spices like clove and cardamom lending peppery, earthy hints along the way. Lemon rind adds a bright citrus note, while the sweet wheat grain and sugar glazed bread dough loom in the background. The palate is medium-plus in body and smooth to the brink of being considered lush, yet simultaneously easy drinking for such a big beer. I would call this experiment a success. It’s as interesting and well executed as any brew in recent memory.

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