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RATINGS: 700   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Bottle from Wine Authorities. I’m struggling with this one. Not sure what I expected, but it wasn’t this, exactly. I guess I didn’t read the label, because it tastes like all the ingredients... dry Weizen yeast, some lemon/lemongrass, juniper and chai spice weirdness (cardamom and cloves, particularly), and slight tea notes. Just not really sure why all these things are hanging out together, and I’m thinking they should start looking for new friends. Tastes much better than it smells, and hints at a Belgian golden ale, which almost saves it for me... but doesn’t quite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Another weird beer from DFH. Hazy gold pour with fluffy off white head. Tea on the nose. Complex and unique flavor. Cardamon, coriander, lemongrass, and tea.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass released a pronounced juniper spiciness as well as a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The head is a bit fizzy and quickly disappears to a thin ring of a head around the edges of my glass. The beer is a light amber color that shows a touch of haze and a gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has lots of juniper character, but underneath this the Chai is quite noticeable with notes of nutmeg, clove and perhaps some woody cardamom. A sweet, honey-like malt sweetness is found in the finish and in fact helps to carry all the spice notes found in the aroma. The spice mix, whether juniper of chai derived, definitely dominates the nose of this beer. If you like the spice mix used you won’t find this objectionable and I even find it a bit enjoyable.

Lightly sweet tasting up front, with a viscous heft to it that makes this beer cling a bit to the palate. The beer picks up more sweetness as it rolls across the tongue and the juniper and spices are surprisingly muted when compared to the aroma. Up front the Chai spices are a bit more noticeable, will the Juniper is a touch more noticeable in the finish (though the Chai spices are also in the finish). Up front I get flavors of clove, cinnamon and some spicy cardamom, while the finish has some juniper bite as well as a light turpene driven cardamom spiciness. Sweet honey-like malt flavors and perhaps a hint of cracker-like malt are all that is noticeable of the base grain character. Mixed in with the honey notes is a touch of berry character, which could be contributed by the juniper. The spices in this beer are such that this beer comes off as being somewhat simplistic in its characterization of Chai and juniper.

If you like Chai and juniper, you might enjoy this beer. While I don’t mind either of these flavors, it can be just a bit too much at times. This is mostly enjoyable, though there is no way I could finish a pint of this, much less a 750ml bottle of it. Not bad though, and it was certainly worth trying. Ultimately though it serves as another perfect example of why brewers should learn to show restraint when using spices in a beer (I can’t believe I said that after the Theobroma I just had where I decry the opposite approach).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nearbeer (4879) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Bottle at Septemberfest. Cloudy, gold-orange with a small head that runs away. Nose is overpowering banana and allspice. Tastes of honey, cinnamon and sweet alcohol. Light-medium body is syrupy sweet and smooth. The spicing is quite a bit more than subtle or balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Tap @ Parkway. Hazy dark gold pour with an off-white head leaving a moderate lace. Multiple flavors assault you at the first pull: spices, vegetables, fruits, maybe even meats? Definitely some tea in there. Too much going on for me and not balanced. I much prefer the Midas Touch or Theobroma from DFH.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2558) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2011
An aroma of chai tea. flavor the tea with banana and clove much like a good enough tripel. berries and perfume of berry works its way into the flavor pattern. putty sweet body and some malt works it’s way into the lengthy diminishing finish. not bad at all and not worth the price to try it $12.99 the 25oz bottle. looks like tea in the glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Hazy orange, head diminishes to nothing quickly. Smells sweet and like a potent herbal tea. Quite unique concoction of smells that are hard to dissect. But the wiezen character is obvious with a clove aspect Tastes sweet, little hop bitterness, cardamon pods, medicinal, peppermint. Feels slick and sticky but cooling and medicinal with a long duration. Conceptually interesting and I think well executed for what it is. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
SirLimpsalot (3808) - SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2012
D: Enbär och gran - frisk S: Mycket avbalanserad smak, den "värsta" enbären lite tillbakadragen. Positiv frisk och inte tvålig

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Petronius (55) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 19, 2012
Certainly interesting... Agreed on chai, juniper berries and banana. Really pungent and, honestly, kind of soapy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerjunkie15 (55) - Romeoville, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2012
I’ve decided that I’m not a fan of Sah’tea in general. Have had one from Sam Adams as well and I’m just not a huge fan. DFH is very complex, slightly spicy and it just wasn’t for me. Yes, there were a lot "floaties" that came from the bottom of the bottle when poured.

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