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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
10-12% Mixed Fermentation Ale Brewed in Spruce

Serve at 55 degrees
SAHATI is our interpretation of traditional Finnish sahti. Starting with a 200-year old Engelmann spruce tree felled on brewery property, we created our own kuurna (an ancient Scandinavian lauter tun) to separate the wort from the grain during brewing. The bottom of the kuurna is layered with spruce branches; the needles act as a natural filter and impart resinous oils into the wort. The hollowed-out trunk of the tree also contributes spruce essence and structure from the raw wood. The beer is made of barley & rye malts along with a sparing addition of Goschie Farms Cascade hops and is brewed just a few times per year.
 SAHATI is in many ways the very definition of The Ale Apothecary, where complex flavors arrive from the very methods used for production…the result is the process impacts the flavor profile at least as much as the ingredients themselves.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (6153) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 25, 2016
750ml bottle pours out a straw color topped with a white head. Nose is very complex tea herbal notes spice tart funk and oak. Taste is more of the very complex herbs spice tea wood and tartness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2016
A hazed golden ale with a thin white head. In aroma, sweet fruity malt with light Brett, herbs, Italian spices, light catty notes, nice and complex. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity malt with loads of citrusy resinous pulp, spruce needles, juniper, smooth acidity, complex and beautiful. Bottle at Big Matt’s Eclipse tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ctipping (1425) - Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2016
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled April 19, 2013. Originally reviewed 8/19/2013. Very pale hazy body with a huge white head. Lasts forever. Wow. Aroma is spruce and pine. White wine. Blended seamlessly. Acidic. Spruce is again incorporated very well in the taste. Pale malts. Sourness piggybacks the spruce. A bit of sweetness in the finish. White wine is more muted, but comes back in the aftertaste. Medium heavy. Well carbonated. Easily one of the most unique beers I’ve had in a long time. Really good and like nothing I’ve had before.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2015
Bottle from my friend Jeff. Thanks! Poured into snifters with the Florida boyz. Pours an orange-light brown with a modest head. Some lace. Aroma is spruce forward with some light citrus, cereal, and spice. The taste is also spruce forward with some lemon and orange zest, light spices, and finishes light funk and tartness. Sprite carbonation, light body. Really interesting flavors and good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2015
2/21/15. Sampled during RBWG 2015. Sahti tick! Amber orange pour with a small khaki head. Light aroma, spruce obvious, light fruity tartness. Light tartness, spruce, wood. Interesting and tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5195) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2015
Bottle from RBWG grand tasting. Pours a hazy brown with a white head. Nose is funk, earth, tea, and spices. Flavor is similar- funk, earth, tea, and spice. Light to medium in body and severely awesomely unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DesertDevil (685) - Arizona, USA - JUN 16, 2015
750-ml bottle. Nice funky aroma of oak, sweet effervescent cola, white grapes, and a touch of herby mint. Light yellow pour. A slightly tart light lemon flavor is prominent first before giving way to complex notes of juniper, mint, an odd menthol heat and a very faint spicy bite of rye and black pepper. Heavily carbonated. It’s probably the best example of the sahti style I’ve tried.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PartyFowle (954) - - MAY 14, 2015
Contents under pressure! The cork popped off with a thunderous boom. Highly carbonated. Bright sunflower-yellow, hazy, beneath three good inches of snow-white foam like whipped egged whites. Amazing aroma. It peppers the nose with lemon peel, pear syrup, grapefruit, spruce, mint. A bit of wild funk in the back. Complex flavor: peppermint, spruce, lemon drops, alcohol, pine. Potpourri-like, as in a perfume. Spices swirl in the front while a Belgian sweetness -- pear or peach -- rises in the back. Sweet menthol finish with an interesting bit of sweet corn and a smack of lime. Whipped medium body. I get some menthol burn on the tongue with the smooth, silky bubbles. Alcohol burns the nose and throat -- you notice every bit of the 10 percent ABV. Complex, interesting and unique. Near perfect execution in terms of look, feel and flavor balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (10553) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cloudy gold with small frothy white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is funk, oak, fruit. Medium mouth, funky, fruit, oak, lingering dry finish, really enjoyed this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2015
From bottle at 3rd Annual Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale Festival. Deep golden. Amazing juniper and fruity spiced syrup. Hadn’t had the style before and really enjoy it.

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