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RATINGS: 704   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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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4.2
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2009
Bomber, shared. Pours a hazy straw gold color with an off-white head that lingered a bit for me. The aroma is incredibly enticing, with tea, chai spices, and juniper berries most noticeable, though I also detected clove, banana, and some other spices (coriander?). It’s a medium-bodied beer with a yeast/bread presence up front, a little berry sweetness in the middle, and a whole lot of tea and chai spices at the end - I detected cardamom and coriander, though i know there are others. it finishes with a nice taste of black tea, a perfect amalgam of my two favorite drinks (tea and beer). I absolutely love this; home run.

3.4
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2009
Pours a slightly hazy light golden orange color with golden yellow hues when held to a light source. Minimal off-white head that immediately fades away completely. Aroma reminds me of a wheat beer with a lot of ripe banana and cloves along with slight fruit notes coriander, grape, citrus peel and tea leaves. Fuller end of medium body with a nice yeasty/ bread presence with a huge spice character. Lots of coriander, cardamon, pepper, lemon zest, and tea leaves. The berry presence is quite subtle, possibly because of the strong spice element. Orange and lemon peel with ripe banana and nice caramel malt balance. The alcohol is pretty well hidden considering the high ABv, making this a pretty drinkable beer, especially considering how unique and complex it is.

2
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Serving: 750 ml bottle. Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dirty orange with no head at all. Just light bits of foam. Certainly not a visual stunner. Aroma: Bizarre and almost a little offensive. Oranges, tea, juniper berries, a little mold, and a slight medicinal note. Certainly not the greatest aroma. Taste: My first thought was Band-Aids. Then I got a little citrus fruit, chai, more medicinal notes and a touch of varnish. Normally this would be an outright drain pour, but it is barely tolerable. Palate: Medium carbonation with a medium-light mouthfeel. This one coats the mouth and not in a good way. Medium, medicinal finish. Overall: I appreciate what DFH tries to do, really. But this is just too weird and it just doesn’t taste very good. This one reminds me why I should hold tastings with beers like this. I can’t fathom that anyone would want to drink a whole bottle of this. Rebuy: No. Especially at the price this runs.

3.4
jrob21 (3690) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2009
One of the more interesting beers I have had recently. Pours a dull orange with a quickly dissipating white head. Has that deep, murky, chalky fee of an old ale. Fruity grassy aroma. Rather sweet and full bodied flavor. The tea comes through at first but that gets quickly overpowered by the sweetness and fruit flavors. The finish is grape, berry, fruit.

3.4
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2009

Name: Sah Tea
Date: August 10, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: hazy orange, fine white head
Aroma: sweet honey and caramel malt aroma, light fruityness, touch of tea
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, touch of honey sweetness, light spicyness, touch of grape skin
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

3.6
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 31, 2009
2009 Bottle - Thanks Buckeyeboy! - Pours out golden with a small white head...aroma is chai tea, cinnamon, fruit...flavour was similar, more influence from the chai spice than anything else, soft on the palate with small carbonation, finish was nicely malty...I really liked tasting this next to another Sahti to see just how much variance there could be in the sytle...

2.7
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Pours golden with a modest head that reduces to nada. Strong spicy aromatics. Full nectar with good carbonation. This brew is sweet and spicy. The finish lingers cloyingly.

2.4
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2009
Like the backstory of ancient brewing but this did not do it for me. On the low end of carbonated, it smelled like apple and cinnamon oatmeal and tasted like it too. Bitterness on the aftertaste. Hard to nail down. Really just tasted like chai in an ale format. Flavors of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and oats. Managed to drink the entire bottle but it was not that great.

3.8
tgncc (3132) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2009
I love these traditional ales. And I never find enough Sahtis around. The aroma is tea leaves, ginger, bread, rye, berries. Interesting. The appearance is a slightly hazy yellow/orange color. The flavor is very enjoyable, tea, pumpkin pie spices, fruit. The finish isa bittering from spices like ginger and nutmeg, no discernable hops. Decent clean finish, though. The mouthfeel is medium, syrupy, lots of carbonation. Very respectable effort. And I enjoy the adventure of drinking a reproduction of an ancient beer style.

3.7
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Thanks to John for bringing the 750mL, bottled in 2009. Poured hazy medium golden with a short, but well-retained cap of white head. The aroma picked up sweeter bready notes topped by a whole thick array of spices (juniper berries, chai tea, lemongrass, and coriander really come through for me).. the sweetness and spices really drone out the warmth. The flavor opened with tangy juniper and oaky notes, with lots of coriander and lemongrass not far behind.. bread and honey joined on the middle.. more lemon and coriander on the back end, along with some warmth. Medium-plus bodied and rather well carbonated on the palate.. spices were intriguing in here, but there was just a little too much sweetness. I’d gladly drink this again.


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