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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3332) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2014
25.4 oz bottle. My rating #3300! and my last style ... again. Hazy yellow with a big craggy head. Nose is earthy candy apple, pipe tobacco, spruce and moss. Medium body but on the lighter side. Oily with fluffy carb. Taste is sweet tart berries, peach pit and hints of spruce fading to oaky white wine. Unusual but very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9113) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle... Pours mostly clear and yellow with a mid-sized, fizzy, white head. Good, creamy, tight retention. The nose is so spicy and unique - smells almost like earthy, piney hops are used here, but the style doesn’t call for anything other than a bare-bones hop bill - if any at all. Instead, bread yeast and juniper twigs are used to spice and balance this historical style. History lesson completed. So anyway, this brew is medium-bodied with champagne-like carbonation and the flavor is mildly acidic with a note of dry white wine and a light level of funkiness. Finishes, crisp, tart, and then dry. What a strange, enjoyable brew. History in a bottle. Kudos to newcigarz for popping the top on this baby!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (1868) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle shared by bytemesis. Killer style tick! Apruce, menthol, scope mouthwash, toothepaste, ben gay, slightly medicinal but not bad phenolics. Like the stuff they use to scent medicines. all in a good way. Light tartness with a sweet malt character. Wow, this beer sure has a lot going on. Really enjoyed the taste, great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tgncc (2774) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2014
The aroma is serious pine needles, malty, caramel. The appearance is hazy yellow. The flavor is sweet, pine, citrus, malty. The finish is pine, honey. Medium bodied. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (1934) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Bottle, shared at mrebeks. Hazy light amber color with a big bubbly head that fades to a thick ring. Very unique aromas of spruce, brett, sweat, lemons, and white wine. Taste is cool mix of funky brett flavors with spruce and flowers. Light to moderate sourness. White wine and spicy rye in the finish. High carbonation almost like champagne. Very tasty and unique beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (3097) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle thanks to bauermj, shared at the Homer "welcome to California" tasting. Pours hazy butterscotch, small white head, decent lacing. Aroma is quite vinous - white wine, funk, basement and dank leaves, oak tannins, herbal notes. Flavor is light sweet and medium funky, light tartness as well. Juniper and spruce, tartar sauce (!?!?), lots of barrel influence. Medium body, champagnelike carbonation. This is a nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dresden (829) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUL 13, 2014
Aroma us heavily medicinal, lots of juniper, pine and menthol. Taste is a bit more mellow with some slight sour apple and some herbal notes. Nice stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dfearnley (942) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle to goblet Juniper, pine, citrus, hay, and spruce. Hazy yellow with a thin frothy head. Sour lemon, apple, wheat, and some beautiful funk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
barn0216 (398) - California, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Slightly Hazy golden color, fizzy foam disappears quickly. Spruce aroma, characteristics of a fresh distilled gin. Flavor is similar but also some sweet vinegar, pepper, sage, some bite. Unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4761) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Courtesy of umich03jm Bottle: The aroma consists of lemon peel, floral notes, brett, and a touch of pine. It pours a hazy golden-orange with a small white head that quickly fades to a very fine ring. The flavor starts with citrus with some faint fruit. The finish has light-moderate lemon, faint apple, lemon peel, and faint floral notes. It?s moderate-heavy bodied with light-moderate carbonation.

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