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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.



3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2009
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2009
750 mL bottle shared by Allstar and Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Thanks! Pours a light hazy orange color with a small head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma is bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, tea, juniper. Taste is bread, cinnamon, tea, caramel and other spice notes. Medium-full bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (7897) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Pours very clear orange. No head. Not the best looking brew. Nose is ginger, tea and white pepper. Very nice nose. Taste is spectacularly balanced tea, ginger, white pepper, coriander, light spices and juniper.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a hazy golden body and a fading white head. Aroma of chai tea, spice, and honey. Taste is sweet, with honey, chai tea, spruce, fennel, and caramel. High carbonation. A nice beer to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7696) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Pours hazy deep gold with 1-finger, fluffy white head. Nose is hopcitric, chai tea spice, herbs. Tastes malty, slightly cloying, with hopcitrus and heavy Chai tea spice notes in the flavor. Also late floral, peppery, and honey notes upon repouring, which gets more turbid. The repour looks post-Centrum urine yellow, with a flavor a bit like Boddington’s mixed with chai tea might taste. Unique and interesting, this one is worth a try to show what originality can do within the confines of beer brewing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7677) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7583) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2009
2009-10-24. Lightly hazy golden yellow body with a small off white head. 3+ Aroma is spicey, touch of lemon? light juniper, touch of tea. 7+ Flavour is similar, fruity juniper with mild tea undertones throughout. Average palate is slightly under carbonated. Alcohol is not noticeable. Decent, but not sure I would want more of it. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2010
Well, I certainly had this during the White Horse on Parson Green Belgian Beer Festival, 30 August 2009 but I’m not sure whether it was a sample from a bottle that someone kindly brought along or actually at the festival (don’t see why it would have been). Very herbal. Lots of juniper. Sweet but tasty. Some late candy floss. Interesting stuff if not entirely to my taste. Didn’t really notice the tea.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (7199) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 9, 2011
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.


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