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RATINGS: 690   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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.



3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Pours a slightly hazy amber orange with a thin, ring of fizzy white head. Unique aroma of lightly sweet caramel, spruce, ginger and juniper with a touch of bready yeast and light fruity esters. Starts with pretty good fullness and a spritzy carbonation with some sugary pale maltiness and herbal fruity spice balance before a slightly citrusy bittersweet finish. Pretty true to style, well-balanced and drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2009
[2541-20091024] 1pt9.6floz bottle. Fragrant juniper and mild mint aroma. Slightly hazy, light orange brown body with a quick foamy white head. Minty hints but flavour is mostly juniper spruce hops and finishes like a tea. Medium body. Interesting to try.
(c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, blankboy, GregClow, jerc, tupalev)

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6925) - 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."

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (6876) - Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2010
750 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a hazy lighter amber/dark golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is an interesting herbal spicy blend that shows the influence of the Indian black tea. Hints of yeast and doughy malts. The flavor has the yeast, banana and doughy malt of a hefe blended with some juniper, spices, herbal notes and hints of citrus. Medium-full bodied with a smooth feel. We had this along side a traditional Sahti and found this to be an interesting spin on the style. Well worth the try.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6869) - San Diego, California, 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6864) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Draft @ Coles DFH weekend. light yellow/orange pour. Orange, coriander, hefeweizen like aroma. Taste is coriander, hefe features, lemon tartness, spicy. Orange tasting finish. Fuller mouthfeel. Pretty good

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kermis (6858) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drowland (6761) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6698) - 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 (6676) - 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.)


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