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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gEUS (1242) - Linden, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours little cloudy intense yellow, steady fine head. Incredible aroma, quite unique: combination of pine needles, natural resin straight from the trunk, and bits of ginger and lemon peel. Medium body, bit overly sweet but the slight sourness as from the middle balances this out well. Taste is again sweet resin honey. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Salmoniform (950) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Straw hue with fizzy white head that dissipated. Aroma is straw, spruce, cereal, lactic, oak. Mouthfeel is great with a medium body and decent carbonation. Taste is sweet with an herbal following and clean tart finish. Overall this is a nice brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (4613) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2014
bottle tasted with friends. pours hazy/cloudy pale golden with a nice white head showing good retention and lacing. mint, dill, spruce gum - very fragrant spicy and herbaqceous bouquet, doughy pale and spicy maltiness, oaky vanilla - white wine, fatty and juicy white grapes, light acidity - nice complexity on specific acids provided by a nice microflora of bugs, some sweetness - adding juiciness, along with nice herbal-grassy but mainly citrusy hops. bright carbonation, medium body, grassy-spicy-sprucey and lightly tart finish. no booze whatsoever. very fragrant and very unique. much enjoyed!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (1964) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2014
Bottle 750ml. Pours hazy blond with low white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is very nice with yeast action, spices, fir. Taste is of spices, yeast, serious sourness, heavy alcohol, fir. Palate: Light-medium body. Medium carbonation. Overall: Very nice stuff. A bit heavy on alcohol maybe? I don’t really know what kind of ABV this style is supposed to feature...

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (3344) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting. Clear gold pour with thin white head. Intense aroma, tons of white wine, light sprucy notes, spicy aromas, white pepper, leafy hop. Taste is winey, fruity citrusy hop, sauvignon, juicy, some booze. Palate is full bodied with medium carb. Tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (3012) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle (750 ml). From Thomas, thanks! Clear golden with a small white head and little lacing. Aroma is unique with spruce, wine, citrus, bread notes and berries. Taste is also spruce forward with winey notes, light sourness, bread notes and brettanomyces. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Very interesting. Nice integration of the spruce. Heavy and tasty. Quite complex too. Another nice experiment from The Ale Apothecary.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1448) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
The only style I was missing, AT LAST! Thanks Tom for sharing! Pours a clear golden with a nice stream of bubbles but sadly no head and no lacing (???). Nose is of fresh pine needles and camphor, akin to an "annedale" (a Quebec style of beer that didn’t take off too good). Taste is lightly tart and fruity, offers more spruce tips. Body was light to medium, carbonation medium to high and mouthfeel like a nice white wine. Glad I could get a taste of that!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (884) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 14, 2014
750ml bottle shared thanks to Lukaduke! Pours hazy pale orange with medium head. Nose is fruity pine spice, tart, grainy spruce, evergreen, grains. Taste is rustic grains, woody, tart evergreen fruit, spearmint. Finish is fruity pine, grain, tart doughy citrus. Flavors go through many twists and turns and various layers. Very unqiue and quite the experience!

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Lukaduke (2316) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Pours a hazy orange golden color with a couple fingers or white fizzy foam. Overall this beer ended up being not very drinkable. There are some aspect that I enjoyed, stonefruit, spruce, juniper, some boozy fruit, wet wood. However the predominant flavors Im getting throughout this beer is ketchup mustard and pickles... I try to tell myself no this is a $30 brew that taste great and I like it... but then I just think about a shitty cheeseburger with mustard ketchup and pickles, maybe even a touch of onion too and I just get a subtle gag reflex happening. Not a fan... but at least I got to tick a Sahti style :)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2315) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Golden pour. Big white head. Plenty of lacing. Not much spruce in the nose. Mostly a sweet malt. Taste has a very slight note of pine.


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