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RATINGS: 673   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Appearance: Pours a dull, cloudy amber gold. After an agressive pour, you get a sudsy white head that dissapears into a mere pin stripe. Aroma: The aromas I get from a Starbucks Chai Late: oatmeal cookies, vanilla, flowers, cloves and cinnamon. I can smell some of the yeast as well. Taste: Banana, vanilla, chai tea late, cloves, cinnamon, pumpkin pie, oatmeal cookie, and finishes with a quick spicy bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and fizzy. Overall: An enjoyable creative beer, really showcasing the Chai, which I like on it’s own, and adds greatness to this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7585) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Sample at AleFest Columbus (06/27/09): This brew pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a medium off-white head that diminishes quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Interesting aroma of chai tea, citrus and bananas. Medium body with flavors of vanilla chai, peaches, spices and honey. The finish is mildly spiced with a lingering citrus aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Cloudy golden orange pour with an eggshell head that leaves quickly. Quite the range of spice in this one: lemon zest, coriander, clove, banana, orange peel and black tea. Vanilla and honey also come out in the nose. Somewhat thick that stuck to the palate. Not something I would drink on a regular basis but glad to have tried it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2009
Draught@Julians, Providence, RI. Estery and spicey like a sahti should be, some banana, clove, with soft lemon and some subtle coriander notes. Sahti is not my favourite style, but they do a good job with this, pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Bottle from Tops. Pours a hazy orange with a white head. Aroma is cloves, coriander, chai, tea, malt, honey. Flavor is coriander chai tea, carmelized malt, honey, lots of sweetness, spices. My wife commented that it tastes like pumpkin pie, which isn’t too far from the truth. Very thick syrupy beer and interesting flavor profile but not something I’d want to drink a lot of. Interesting and worthwhile experiment by DFH worth trying once but not something I’d drop the cash on again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
lowgun1212 (109) - Carlstadt, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2009
cloudy lt. orange. sticky lacing. a - spearmint, menthol, orange zest, ginger t - sweet & plummy, chai, vanilla, honey. mf - rather flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Aroma is mixed sweets and a slight spicy note. Spice comes out a little more in the flavor with sweet notes in the finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Enjoyed via both draft and 750ml bottle in a elongated tulip glass. The sample pours a medium yellow with a white head. Notes of ginger and other spices come through prominently in the nose, along with perhaps a touch of malt in the background. The palate shows bits of spice, malt, and a lemon finish. Overall, the creativity is excellent, as is the execution.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3413) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2009
On tap at Sunset Grill. Pours a cloudy gold with no head. Aroma is very spicy with spruce and pepper and lots of other spices I couldn’t recognize. Flavor is also nice and spicy with lots of sweet malt and honey. Interesting but the sweetness is a bit wearing. 8/4/7/4/15 (3.8/5)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4292) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Pours hazy tea color into a shaker. Off-white head recedes to hug rim. Spiced tea aromas. Slick Sleepytime and honey upfront turning to a finely carbonated spicy pepper and rye finish. No hint of the abv listed as 9% on the bottle - tastes closer to the 6% listed here.

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