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RATINGS: 690   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A modern update on a 9th century Finnish proto-beer. Brewed with rye, we caramelize the wort with white hot river rocks, then ferment it with a German Weizen yeast. In addition to juniper berries foraged directly from the Finnish country-side we added a sort of tea made with coriander, cardamom, lemon grass, Indian Black Tea, and ramps leaves. The spicing is subtle and balanced and Sahtea is a highly-quaffable, truly-unique brew with a full-mouth feel.


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3.5
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2009
750ml bottle. Pours a cloudy orange tan/gold with a thin off-white head. The aroma is an interesting mix of toffee and white chocolate with fruit - like white-chocolate-covered raisins. There is also a subtle note of aromatic spices (like nutmeg and coriander). There is a very interesting aroma - hard to describe but almost chocolate like - that I think is from the tea (and maybe ramps leaves?). The flavor follows the aroma: but with a wave sweet maltiness first. Around mid-palate there is a subtle bitterness (from the juniper berries I guess? possibly from alcohol, too) but also a decent bit of soft aromatic spice and fruit. The finish has a really nice, chewy, bready, crackey, toffee malt profile and feels full at first, but actually finishes quite dry with a nice rich maltiness. The mouthfeel is very full with a moderate level of carbonation that is just enough to bring a sparkle of levity to the texture and a subtle tickle on the tip of the tongue. After it goes down, there is a strange drying sensation on the tongue (from the alcohol and/or juiniper berry?). Overall, a very tasty brew but not nearly as complex or interesting as I was expecting. Ultimately, a very drinkable (especially for its strength!), straight-forward, very malty ale.

3.6
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2009
750mL. pours a hazy goldish orange with small thin head. aroma is sweet and fruity with hints of some spice. mouthful is sweet with some chia tea connection that is easy to get. the spices are very subtle and over all enjoyable. has a strong midas feel to it...

3.9
Palidor19 (3193) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2009
I love this beer , its got some great flavors of malts and spices, thyme, pepper and coriander. the mouth feel is full with a slight spice but not hoppy feel. the only true down side is that their is a definite plastic taste which can not be ignored. but this is was to have.

3.5
alobar (3912) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Thanks AJ. Pours a cloudy amber color with a soapy white head. Aroma of corriander, cinnamon, and yeast. Tastes of corriander, yeast, cinnamon, and fruit. Very different.

3.6
Cavie (4805) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye. Hazy orange pour. Some scents of tea and spice. Light hops. Very smooth taste. The lightest bit of spice on the flavor as well. Tasty quite tasty.

3.3
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Definitely can taste cinnamon and chai tea flavors. Taste almost like some winter warmers. One is enough for me though. It’s a unique and interesting brew, but too much spice to enjoy a lot of.

3.5
BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a hazy golden body and a fading white head. Aroma of chai tea, spice, and honey. Taste is sweet, with honey, chai tea, spruce, fennel, and caramel. High carbonation. A nice beer to drink.

3.9
decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Slightly hazed yellow pour with white head and lace. Hugh all spice, with hints of pumpkin, and ginger. Sweet malt, ginger, and light pumpkin. Medium bodied and a tad fizzy.

3.9
beernbourbon (1600) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2009
Bottle thanks to ditmier, thanks man. Pour is cloudy light orange color with a quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is cinnamon, chamomile, honey, chai, orange, subtle sweet tea, distant barnyard, and light banana. Really enticing and complex aroma. Flavor is chamomile, velvety chai, cinnamon, and banana. Finish is long on chai and banana. This is interesting beer and worth a try. I can see how people would have strong reactions to it as it is not a conventional flavor. I like it.

4.1
grawk (12) - Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2009
A very unusual beer. I liked it a lot, but I’d never drink more than 1 at a sitting. I brought a couple of the big bottles to a party I held last weekend, and everyone agreed. It’s a great experience, and a great unique beer.


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