Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - MAR 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2009 Bottle at Olympen. Pours hazy golden, medium lasting head with nice lacing. Aroma is honey, yeast, juniper and alcohol. Flavour is more of the same, but more fruity, more spicy, and the honey sweetness really shines. Some might say it’s too sweet, I love it. Very drinkable, the alcohol is well hidden. Maybe it’s not what a sahti should be, I wouldn’t know. All I know, is that it’s highly enjoyable.
Rerate: Bottle. Well, the same notes as previously noted are still the ones I find in this brew, this time with a sweet bready taste to it. The difference is that it seemed messier this time around, the flavours not so clear and the fruitiness was toned down, making this heavier and less drinkable than I remember. It’s still a good brew, but not anymore deserving the perhaps overly excited 4.3 I previously gave it.
oh6gdx (19652) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled@Sorbon, Brommaplan, Stockholm. Amber colour, small head. Aroma is juniper, honey and hops. Flavour is quite much the same. This is a very special twist on a sahti, the juniper is probably the only thing in both... As mto says a big rape of beertraditions to even think about calling this a sahti. Interesting beer though... 15 minutes of shame for Nøgne Ø and Dugges for this one.
mto (95) - helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 3, 2009
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
(bottled@pikkulintu) hazy yellow colour with huge head. too much honey on nose and taste. biggest and baddest rape of traditional finnish sahti.. blah. nogne, no like this..
sayravai (4666) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottled) Hazy amber with a small, but lasting head. Perfumy aroma of honey, hints of alcohol, juniper, yeast, and pale malt. Flavor of honey and juniper, Duvel-like yeasty maltiness. Quite a dose of alcohol in the finish. Medium-bodied palate with lowish carbonation and some alcohol burn. A cross-bred Criminally Bad Elf / Polish mead / Duvel. Nothing like sahti, but It seems they didn’t even try to go that way. I prefer the real thing, though.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - MAR 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Nya Tröls, Malmö, courtesy of Jørgen
Cloudy amber color. The aroma has some spices, herbs, perfume, wax, Indian incense. Good body structure, with malt and caramel flavo, perfumy, quite bitter. Pretty good.
espenra (797) - Kurland, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle at Olympen Mat og Vinhus (Lompa). Batch 382. It poured a orange colour with a medium white head that settled down fast in the glass. The aroma is sweet and smells of honey and juniper berries. The flavour is a bit different than the aroma. The honey is more dominant, but there is also notes of juniper berries, yeast and malts. It has a short aftertaste.
joergen (18877) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Nya Tröls, Malmö.
Cloudy amber coloured with a small white head.
Fruity aroma of yeast abd spices with notes of smoke, honey, sulphur and alcohol.
Fruity flavour of spices and yeast with notes of smoke and hops.
Hoppy and spicy finish.
Very drinkable sahti.
Well hidden alcohol.
omhper (18350) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled at Sorbon, Stockholm. hazy amber, minima head. Honeyish nose. Sweet with clean mouthfeel. No sahti-characterics at all, more leaning towards a Belgian tripel, but dripping with honey. The juniper can be discerned, but barely. Sweeter and tougher to drink than sahti - lacks all the rustic refreshing qualities. Instead it’s hard and tries to be cool and elegant like a snobby upper class lady. I’m surprised they can call it sahti - thught that was a protected name in EU?
mjs (4013) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 (Bottle at Den Gode Nabo, Trondheim, on 2009-02-17) Amber and hazy. Medium sized and quite quickly disappearing white head. Juniper and honey in aroma. Full bodied and bit sharp palate with lot of carbonation. Juniper, honey, frutiness, bitterness, malts and sweetness in taste. Honey and bitterness in aftertaste. Good beer and but not a sahti so I wonder why it’s called as sahti.
Rune (6905) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle provided by Yngwie three months ago. Foggy, amber body topped by a medium white head. Aroma of smooth honey with modest vapour of alcohol beneath. After three months in my cellar the taste has developed to a nice, rounded honey flavour supported by spices and hoppy fruits. Weak bitter finish. Warming and full to medium bodied. I also shared a bottle at Bar & Cigar in Oslo in January with a more dominant and too sweet flavour of dark honey. Looking forward to the next bottle. (shared at Finns, Tromsø 18.02.2009).