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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6206) - 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.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6174) - 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
blipp (6111) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Draft. Pours hazy gold with a thin head. Spicy aroma, with tea, anise, pumpkin spice, and some fruityness. The flavor has a honey sweet/fruity base, with a spice rack or two thrown in. A touch of anise, nutmeg, tea, and way more it seems. Quite pleasant and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6101) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6051) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2009
Bottle [750ml] shared with the gang at ’WaterlooWeekend Oct.’09’ -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a spare diminishing frothy white head. Interesting aroma of honey, light spices, herbs, bready malt, fruit and more -- pretty neat.Flavour of honey, spices & herbs along with fruit and mild tea. Medium bodied. It’s good but it’s a bit too sweet to drink much of, to me anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drowland (6037) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Pours a surprisingly light orange-yellow (I guess I wasn’t expecting this for some reason) with a small, loose white and bubbly soda-pop head that disappears immediately. The aroma reminds me of quality pumpkin beers - big nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla, but with obvious chai characteristics of tea, cream, and the above-mentioned aromas. It’d be perfect except I also get a note of fresh cooked corned-beef that takes away a bit (this could be because my roommate makes fresh real corned beef with juniper berries). Most of this doesn’t come through on the flavor. The flavor is sweet malts with a lot of nutmeg and a touch of alcohol, and the exhale is a mixture of spices. The mouthfeel is medium with high almost burning carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2010
In short: A fruity, herbal and spicy bear with a lot of tea. Original and interesting but not very good.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed relatively fresh about 4 months after purchase.
The look: Almost clear golden body topped by a medium white head with low retention
In long: Nose of sweet fruity dessert, herbs, tea, cheap perfume. Taste is moderate fruity and has more than the advertised juniper berries (I noted mangos, juniper, apples, some orange), soap, camomile, lots of herbal tea, scented flowers, some coriander. This is an original brew and the first half of the first glass was fun, but it really got annoying after a while, and finishing my 750ml was a chore. Fortunately the beer is not very tasty because what it tastes does not do it for me. This is an original tea brew and it might please some people but it didn’t really work for me. Not my cup of tea, pun intended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6019) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6019) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2013
750 thanks to Jordan! Great to see you man. Pours a clear golden color with a medium white head. A big tea-like aroma with some fruit. The flavor is interesting: tea, apricot, phenolic banana esters, the yeast comes in big. Sharp flavors overall. Light heat. Nice.

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