adnielsen (9920) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Dan’s house. Holy shit, there’s a ton of shit in suspension. Yellowish orange appearance with a small white head with TONS of floaties. Herbal tea, juniper, sprucey, herbal, somewhat citrusy, fairly spicy aroma. Banana, lemon citrusy, spicy yeast, juniper, herbal tea flavor. Cool idea to use a weizen yeast. Quite interesting.
Sammy (9281) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Premier. Great spicey and fresh aroma.
Looks- Unfiltered look, has a half inch of soapy head and is lacey.Carbonation bubbles.
Smooth mouthfeel, very drinkable.
Juniper worked, also positive that not noticeably gingery. Carmel, pecans, cola, carob.
Dogbrick (9118) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale golden pour. Quite a thick oily pour with a thin fast-fading white head. The nose is loaded with nice rye character. Sweet and spicy with a little bit of cardamom, clove and a fairly chewy maltiness. Loaded with honeyed malt sweetness. The palate is sweet and chewy with a lingering stickiness. Lots of spice and a bit of herbal character. There is a little bit of a distracting carbonic character that I don’t particularly care for. Spicy and sweet with a lot of nice rye character. It’s a pretty compelling beer, really, but it could certainly be dryer. I like it though.
crossovert (8700) - Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
WTF is a traditional ale, this certainly isn’t traditional. As far as a sahti goes it is pretty crappy not one of my favorites form DFH.
Meilby (8674) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Iron Monkey, Jersey City, NJ
Pours hazy orange with no head. Aroma has notes of malt, dried fruits, apricot and spices. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat.
shrubber85 (8582) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nutmeg, honey, chai, and light juniper aroma. Hazy golden yellow with small head. Sweet honey, banana, nutmeg and chai tea flavor. Very tasty.
mcberko (8550) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, pours hazy golden orange with a small white head. Aroma of juniper berries, coriander, lemon, very earthy and black tea. Flavour of juniper berries, tea, quite fruity, a little sweet, quite earthy.
Scopey (8397) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at my Pre-CBC Tune-Up Tasting, thanks to jackl. It pours light orange, with a thin white head. The nose orange, tea, peppery juniper, very aromatic, herbal and something akin to urinal cake. The taste is orange, mango, tangerine, herbal, floral, jasmine, tangy, tea and ginger, with a dry, slightly citric finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very interesting indeed.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.