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RATINGS: 700   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   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.



2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kermis (9838) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2012
Bottle shared. Pours clear copper with a small off white head. Strong aroma of juniper, chai tea, coriander and unknown herbs. Flavour is fairly sweet with barely any bitterness. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Very strange and not to my taste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2012
UPDATED: APR 28, 2012 On tap. Golden yellow color, mildly hazy with all the fine particles suspended in the body. Very nice foamy cream-colored head, leaving great, generous lace. Really nice-looking beer. Very nice, enjoyable spiced aroma. Cardamom, lemon peel, other complex herbal tastes.. Hint of juniper berries, I think. Nice lightly-spiced light bitter taste. Way too drinkable for a 9% beer, i could easily (a drink a whole bottle of this on my own if I desired. Drier texture, amazing aftertaste. Very drinkable, it feels medium-bodied. Light carbonation, very smooth. Dangerously tasty beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (9526) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2009
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (9494) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9439) - 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

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (9392) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2014
"9% abv (not 6) so there is a kick. hazy tan-orange color. aroma is wonderful*. it’s been chilly here for the last few days and this would fit perfect as a late fall or winter seasonal. one taster said it smells like Christmas. The * is that wonderful in this sense is a well blended chai tea. if you’re a sucker for chai tea like me, you’ll love this beer. if not, there’s really no reason to drink a chai tea beer! body is full and feel is pretty smooth. flavor is great...black tea, spices, juniper, malt, yeast. very very good with a lasting impression. i wish this were more easily available."

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (9260) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9244) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9232) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (9063) - 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.

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