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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.



3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2008
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6318) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Pours cloudy yellow with a rich off-white head and a juniper aroma. The flavor is sweet and fruity with a tea background. Sure doesn’t taste like 9% - goes down easy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2013
750 ml bottle from Root Cellar. 2010 vintage. Finally got to my sahti lineup on NYE. Pours a just barely cloudy golden color with a finger of eggshell white head that settles into a large ring. The aroma has cardamom, coriander, lemongrass, tea (not chai, though), rye, rosemary, and a big dose of juniper berries. The falvor has the same slate of spices but even more fruitiness; golden raisins, apricot, and berries. Didn’t get any chai on the nose or flavor. Light-medium bodied, with a spicy, juicy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. To style? They admit it’s not. But it’s interesting and tasty nonetheless.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6180) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle:   Cloudy orangish amber, very thick, thin white head, spritzy, little lacing.   Spicy nose, a little like pine or spruce.   Spicy on the tongue, mild sweetness.   Comes across as either pine or spruce.   Reminds me of Alaskan Winter but with more spice, less hoppiness (this one isnt that hoppy btw), and with a little thicker body.   Interesting style.   A bit more body then others I have had.   Somewhat dry on the exit.   Not half bad, and certainly a change up from a lot of the standard brews out there.   Bet this would pair well with a salad with vinegrette and walnuts.   Crazy!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6169) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2012
Bottle at my Pre-CBC Tune-Up Tasting, thanks to jackl. It pours light orange, with a thin white head. The nose orange, tea, peppery juniper, very aromatic, herbal and something akin to urinal cake. The taste is orange, mango, tangerine, herbal, floral, jasmine, tangy, tea and ginger, with a dry, slightly citric finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very interesting indeed.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6145) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 9, 2011
Bomber. Cloudy ass orange-yellow color with lace. Big spicy nose—juniper, ginger, clove, slightly sour rye grain, sour fruits. Sweet-and-sour flavor, very fruity, eastery yeast, banana or melon, lemon. Unusual. Sweet blends well with the sourness. Sooth, full body, soft fizziness. Can’t taste the alcohol. Good, but wouldn’t want too much.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle. 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, it’s 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 it’s 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!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6120) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 29, 2012
Hardly any head. Coppery body made hazy by a whole fleet of floaties. Sugary chai (ie: cinnamon, cardamom, and other spices) aroma with pumpkin spice notes. Dry-sweet cinnamon cardamom and herbs taste with mealy sugary notes. Mid-bodied. Mild mouthfeel. Dryish herbal mineraly honey aftertaste with spicy licorice notes. Nice, but too dense and artificial. (0.75l bottle shared by gr0ve.)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6042) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2009
(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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2010
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


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