Steverus0 (120) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nose is all black tea and cardomom. Pour is a dull reddish straw mildly hazy.
Strong wheat with extra alcohol on the palate, smoothly effervescent but a bit too mildly so.
Really interesting and tasty enough, just not really balanced
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sm5561 (118) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours cloudy yellow with two finger head that dissipated quickly and left just a few lines of lacing. The aroma and taste both had a lot of chai tea flavors up front. The taste also included some belgian wit like fruitiness. This is a tough beer to rate as it is so unique, but it was good. Iíd probably get it again only if I had some ideas for a good food pairing.
TheChampion (114) - Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy amber with thin off-white head. Aroma of chai tea, fruit and yeast. Mildly sweet taste of the tea and fruit, with a bit of malt character. Interesting.
Aarond (114) - Westlake, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange, copper color with a white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is orange citrus, chai, and other spices. Taste is belgian yeast, wheat, cardamom, and chai. Full bodied. Very good.
bw1982 (113) - , Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
large bottle. Pours a great color, golden with an orange tint. The aroma is fantastic, lots of that chai tea spice along with some fruitiness. The taste is also quite good, if a little on the sweet side. The chai aromas really donít add any heavy cloying taste, you get the smell of it without much of the taste. The high ABV is well hidden, and the balance is quite good. Itís a surprisingly great beer!
FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed on 6/22/2009...so...Chai tea and juniper berries, huh? Only other Sahti Iíve tried was from Nogne ō so donít confuse me with any maven of the style...the Duvel tulip seems like itíll work just fine for this one. Mild "pffft" of the cap.
Pours a very cloudy, farmhouse-ish flat and ultra viscous honey gold with a fair amount of lemon pith. Relatively translucent - active yet sparse carbonation is visible from the bottom up. One downer is really no head to speak of - just a couple of yeast wisps. This is really almost gelatinous, itís so thick.
Well, I can definitely make out the juniper and a little honey with a lot of deep sweetness. Can make out the spicing of the Chai tea very nicely. Not sure of the style guidelines but this smells pretty damn good to me. Just a little bit of mild yeast electricity here.
As comforting and viscous as it looks and smells, it rolls down the gullet the same way. There are all of the nice elements of juniper, Chai, clove and a light note of honey sweetness. A bit of dryness from the yeast clearing everything out keeps everything pretty clean, even with the gravity of it all. Quite good. Itís not the shock to the system that the new(er) world Nogne ō offering was - this seems more subtle and mellow.
I really enjoy the palate feel of this one. It has a heavy quotient at first but the yeast and spiciness really dry it up well for the weight class while also keeping it very clean and refreshing on the finish. Almost spritely from the juniper (which is not overstated...its own blessing) and the mild Chai tea spicing. Very even-keeled and excellent.
First Sammy C. digs out the Old Odense Ale in a collaboration with NB. Now this. Nothing like playing old B-sides people havenít heard in a while...or ever! This is a fine offering that drinks quite well - maybe the heft and viscosity make it at least somewhat of a sipper, but itís enjoyable all the way through. Nice job.
SoberCajun (111) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy orange with a thin white head. A strong spicy aroma, I also got some citrus notes. The flavor is smoky-sweet with a touch of sourness. Earthy and grassy, the overall taste is closer to a strong belgian than I expected. I enjoyed this beer more with each passing sip - a characteristic I appreciate a lot. Loved the creamy and smooth palate, and the immense drinkability despite the high alcohol content.
DaTimBennett (111) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2013 Bottled. This beer pours yellow with no head or lace. Smell of gin and black tea. Taste chai, almost like a saison, starts strong and end mild.
lowgun1212 (109) - Carlstadt, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
cloudy lt. orange. sticky lacing. a - spearmint, menthol, orange zest, ginger
t - sweet & plummy, chai, vanilla, honey. mf - rather flat.
daniellunsford (105) - - AUG 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer suffers from being incorrectly categorized. Definitely not a pale ale by any means. Much like the cask conditioned ales you drink in England. Poured a light walnut from the bottle. Clove, caramel, milk chocolate, toasted nuts.