bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a whitish head. Vanilla, spice, and tea aroma. Chai and vanilla flavor with tea, spice, and backing juniper. Medium bodied. Vanilla and tea lingers with spice and a light sweetness.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy browned orange with a small white head. Cinnamon, vanilla, tea, spices, cardboard, grain. Medium bodied, bordering on thick. Sweet, honey and maple. Warming booze and spices on the finish.
Radek Kliber (6288) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 750 ml
Aroma soft fresh , pleasant nose, gentle compilation. Mild alcohol hint , juniper berry. 8-
Appearance hazed amber with large foamy white top. Good lace created.
Flavor and Palate : medium full bodied, soft textured. malty bottom, touch of alcohol. Clean bitterness sitting on walls. Alcohol well hidden. Neat brew.
jtclockwork (6256) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Cletus (6251) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy amber with a thin white head. Smells of clover, juniper, rosey, a hint of tartness. Tastes of banana, juniper, some hints of citrussy tartness. A good attempt, but not a true sahti.
Ibrew2or3 (6210) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
sebletitje (6025) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of markwise.
pours straw golden with white head.
aroma and flavor, had light notes of chai tea with hints of herbal flavors, some spices. Medium carbonation for a smooth rye palate.
9% the beer is very easy to drink.
As with the Theobrama, it seems the actual body that DFH is trying to promote remains very subtle and the beer keeps the DFH base signature. Wish there had been more chai presence.
Ernest (5924) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially very small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing.
Body is hazy dark yellow.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, basement), with notes of coriander, cardamom, nutmeg, orange and lime peel, chamomile, ginger.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, fizzy/lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
A spice bomb to be sure, but the combo is admittedly quite pleasant (and complex). I wish the "beer character" would shine through the heavy spicing more, but as I say, itís far from a one trick pony in that department. Looks like cloudy soda pop thanks to a brief fizzy head. But the main thing keeping this from a higher score is that itís too unrelentingly syrupy-sweet to drink more than a few ounces of (unless you have a serious sweet tooth I guess). Not a surprise for this brewery in the latter case, as a large number of their products have that fault...Sam must be quite a sugar nut!
HogTownHarry (5916) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle ( 750ml ). shared at October 2009 WaterlooWeekend. Hazy orange pour, average frothy off-white head. Interesting aroma - tart green fruit, herbal juniper bitterness, light Belgian golden ale fruity/yeasty character. Tastes like an aged and softened Westmalle Tripel with a little tart green herbal bitterness - definitely the juniper, mild but affecting. Syrupy mouthfeel, somewhat thick-bodied, soft, mildly carbonated, sweet but a bit of a tart finish - really liked it.
blutt59 (5915) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, via trade with beachbum25, golden color with minimal white foam, aroma and flavor have a strong herbal element with a decent balance of chocolate and caramel