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RATINGS: 697   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (8864) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 2, 2010
750 ml bottle. From Boston, MA, USA. Courtesy of Brandman.
Hazy light brown colour with tiny white head and lots of sediment floating in the glass. Cardamon, cinnamon, juniper, yeast and malt in aroma. Spices, malt, bread, some sweetness, mild hoppiness. Very nice carbonation and stil rich palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8794) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8749) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thanks to Aaron for the pour! Hazy yellow with lots of yeast in suspension, aroma has notes of coriander, biscuit, bread, lemon, hints of tea, some leafy notes, slight caramel notes, smells nice! Taste is sweet biscuit, nice tea, coriander, biscuit, bread, some nice yeast notes, some slight lemon, hints of vanilla, finishing fairly sweet but bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8674) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DSG (8665) - Tel Aviv, - SEP 17, 2015
Bottle sample at Vova’s Hoppy Beerthday tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks Yoav. Golden with floaties. Huge cardamom and clove aroma, with other spices and some fruitiness. Sweet flavor with malt, caramel, cardmamom, clove, some fruitiness, a tart hint. Medium-bodied. Not my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8661) - 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.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (8186) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Tap at the Falls Church ale house. Slightly murky orange pour with minimal head. Rye and juniper really pop on this one - very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (8169) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle, shared at RBAG Summer Session 2012. Hazy amber-orange with a frothy off-white head that leaves solid lace. Aroma is incredibly spicy and tea-like, lots of cardamom especially. Sweet spicy palate, again cardamom dominates, but there are other elements that play across the palate: pepper, cinnamon, coriander seed, earthy tea tannins. Medium sweetness, low bitterness, full-bodied. True to DFH style, this won’t be for everyone, but I like spicy tea so it works for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (8059) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 24, 2012
75 cl bottle @ Hotel room, Las Vegas.
Pours hazy light orange color with small head, lots of particles. Aroma of mustard, spices, faint sour fruits, honey hints and herbs. Flavor of herbs, spices, yeast, light ripe fruits, some mustard notes and mild juniper. Odd mustardy flavor, but has some sahti elements, definitely better compared to Sam Adams Norse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8022) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2009
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.

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