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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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 kurrna (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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DesertDevil (634) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PartyFowle (592) - - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (5894) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1477) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DedicatedToFun (3913) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Bottle, thanks Chase, Bend, orange pour, white head, nose is sap, taste is tree, lumber, sap, forest, wow

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
krumbum (667) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Smells like a ginger ale in a pine forest. Slightly hazy with a head with half coverage. Light fuzzy body like cotton on your tongue. From spice front blends into an amazing spruce fresh pine taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2290) - California, USA - MAR 3, 2015
Hazy golden orange... Aroma of spruce tips, pine, winter... Flavor is moderately tart, light notes of earth, pine, slightly medicinal... Gingery... Interesting beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4671) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 28, 2015
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours hazy amber with an off-white head. Aroma of pine/spruce, some light tartness, pale and caramel malts, some light notes of spices, and some dough. Flavor the same. Average texture. A pretty good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (6013) - Utah, USA - FEB 27, 2015
750ml bottle thanks to SS 2014, shared at RBWG grand tasting
Cloudy yellow with a medium sized off-white head, some lacing. Aroma of spruce and tart fruit. Flavors of spruce tips, spices and woody
Nice, tasty

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdixon77 (1540) - Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Bottle at RBWG. Actually very pleasant and earthy. Pine, some peach, slightly sour and oak. Interesting.


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