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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 4.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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 productionÖthe result is the process impacts the flavor profile at least as much as the ingredients themselves.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (544) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 14, 2014
January 2014 batch. Aroma is rather phenolic with lots of coriander, pepper, lemongrass and citrus. Light poopy note that disappears pretty quickly. Light citrus and moderate pine notes. Pours a pale, cloudy orange gold with a medium sized, moderately thick, white head that shows pretty decent retention. Light lacing and small legs. Flavor has a medium light acidity with some lemon and citrus notes. Quite a bit of juniper and pine notes along with a lot of phenolic notes of coriander, pepper and lemongrass. Light bitterness and a faint butter note. Mouthfeel is medium to medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall a really nice beer with a lot of phenolic notes and wood character. Complimentary citrus notes help balance the phenolics.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle @ What the Funk Denver 2014. Pours a hazy golden orange appearance with a thin white head. Some cheese in the nose along with a bunch of earth and floral notes. More earth in the flavor. Light citrus. Some spiciness herbal notes. Finishes pretty smooth. Kind of a fun beer but not as good as some others Iíve had from The Ale Apothecary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (1489) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours gold with light to moderate head. Initial big sulphur aromas followed by burnt rubber, citrus and earth. Flavors of lemons, thai spices, and evergreens. Sharp and refreshing. Luckily the flavors recover for the less than inspiring nose. Unique but not worth $33.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CapFlu (4358) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2014
Pours a thin, white creamy head atop a cloudy orange body. A very exciting nose that gives quick whiffs of gewurztraminer, sage, ginger , medicinal and sour milk. This beer is great. Well worth the $33 bucks. So good!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (5358) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 4, 2014
750mL bottle, pours a cloudy yellow with a quickly-dissipating white head. Aroma smells like farts - seriously, like ass, with some notes of earth, tar and sulphur. Flavour is thankfully not as offensive, with notes of sulphur, rotten buttered popcorn and light wine barrels. Finishes with twigs and earth. For something that smells to putrid, it tastes rather good. Well-balanced, and thankfully not too much of farty sulphur. What a unique ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
poisoneddwarf (1616) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAR 15, 2014
750 ml corked and stringed (??) bottle. Green glass. WTF? Bottled Nov. 1, 2013, 9.78% ABV. Aroma is extremely interesting, with earth, spruce, cat piss, musty basement. Pours almost clear golden-orange with a medium white head with good retention. Taste is just as interesting as the aroma. Itís sweet, earthy, sour (7/10 on a sour scale), biscuity, spruce-packed, a tad spicy. Like drinking a forest. Mouthfeel is creamy, carbonation fine, body medium. Iíve had Sahtis before and Iím always disappointed in them. This is so far apart from every other one Iíve had, itís in a class of its own. Completely unique. What a crazy interesting beer. Edit: I had to bump up the aroma to a perfect 10. Thereís nothing out there that smells quite like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (4412) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2014
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared by Dogbones; thanks, John!). Looks good; a murky golden orange with foamy eggshell head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells like Band-Aids, but in a pleasant way. A bit of tart citrus as well. Tastes like it smells with a nice lacto mouthfeel. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (2932) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle shared by Harpreet. It pours a hazy orange color with a shrinking white head. The aroma is heavy with fecal, farty funk, cheese, tart peaches and white wine. The flavor is tart stone fruits with nice subtle notes of spruce and barrel wood. More white wine in the finish. Nice full, creamy body that coats the mouth. Very nice indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OldMrCrow (1716) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle from Portland, shared with Prufrockstar. I wouldnít usually drop 25 bucks on a bomber but I wanted to tick try a Sahti and my phone app told me this was a great one. And great packaging. And how cool is a brewery that brews inside its own spruce tree? So anyway...

Pours into a HOTD tulip looking just like a local IPA. Deep copper, near-to-white head. Smells like spruce, mint, and ass. Wow, this is really an off-putting aroma. But the flavor is not nearly as bad as the aroma suggests. Itís hugely medicinal, reminding me of the Douglas Fir Eau de Vie from Clear Creek. Sweet rich malts around the edges, lovely spiciness, giner and thyme. Full mouthfeel...and after a few sips Iím starting to like it and think Iíll even be able to finish my half-bottle. We drink, we talk -- and this beer is totally grows on me. From the free-jazz cacophony of flavors a melody starts to emerge and Iím grooving to it. We near the end of the bottle and Iím very sad to see it go. I completely acclimate to the aroma and fall hard for the flavor. I stretch out the last few sips. I share perhaps less than I should. I really like it. The alcohol goes to my head in a very pleasant way. Yep, I could see sitting around in some frozen Finnish wood drinking this with the natives.

If sahti was all there was in the beer universe, Iíd still be a beer geek. That says a lot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (678) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Thanks to OldMrCrow for sharing this! Yeah style tick. Pours light orange-amber with white head. Attractive. Aroma: whoa - very medicinal. Spruce, wintergreen, earth, herbs - wintergreen spruce throat lozenge. Taste: drinks better than it smells. Like drinking a tree dipped into a mint-orange liqeour. Very lightly tart at the end. This is growing on me. I mean, the aroma makes me gag a little, but now that Iím used to it I could see drinking this in a remote part of Finland and then missing it when I returned home. Medium to full body, creamy mouthfeel. Overall: cool. Took some time to warm to this, but now that I have I dig this. The aroma is really medicinal and downright unpleasant to me, but otherwise a cool beer.

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