RATINGS: 702   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
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 doesnt taste very good. This one reminds me why I should hold tastings with beers like this. I cant fathom that anyone would want to drink a whole bottle of this. Rebuy: No. Especially at the price this runs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (3624) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tgncc (3126) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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. Id gladly drink this again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Fantastic- like a vanilla Chai Tea. Grainy and filling, lots of added spices and seasoning. Not much thickness or body, tho. Aroma is strong and flavor is too, color is light amber. Along the same lines of Theobroma. Bottle at Abraxas Lounge, Miami Beach.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Hazy yellow with hardly any head formation and no lacing. Lots of spices, nutmeg, ginger, clove, allspice, and banana in the aroma with some sweet juniper berry in the back. Flavor is sweet and fruity with lots of spices mingling. Its kind of a mess of sweet Thanksgiving dessert flavors. Juniper comes through in the sweetness making it the only thing that separates this from being a weak pumpkin beer.

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