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RATINGS: 703   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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3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (2155) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2013
750 mL bottle. Nice brass color, with a big, off-white head. Very nice aroma of vanilla, syrup, licorice, sawdust, and light smoke. Very sweet flavor up front, with a faint bitterness and some spiciness. Medium body, syrupy, and very chalky and dusty, Overall, this is a very curious and different beer, but tasty.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bill Becker (970) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - MAY 21, 2017
Bottle courtesy of TATTORSO. Thanks Jeff! A light hazy orange golden colour, it gives about an inch of foam and has some nice sticky lacing. Ok, the smell really is different. Im getting some spice like cinnamon and nutmeg, grain and what must be the Chai that they speak of, juniper...weird smelling and Im not sure how to react. If this nose is to the style, I cant knock it. Actually, the more whiffs I take, the more it grows on me. The taste is honey sweet with a graininess, chai(?), strong spiciness(see smell), some banana flavour....as weird a taste as the smell. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Plenty of warming is now sneaking up on me. Drinkability? Im totally mixed in my feelings about the smell and taste but one thing is clear to me. This is a unique brew and in its uniqueness, I cant see myself having this one again but I thank Jeff for giving me a chance to try it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thechasm442 (996) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2016
2014 bottle. Murky orange with an average off white head that shrinks quickly. Aroma is black tea, honey, juniper, spruce, and mixed herbs. Taste is full of tea, with juniper, grains, and herbs. Floral and dry on the finish with an average thickness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (6959) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2016
Multiple bottles in 2010, Shared this one with Pat, pours hazy orange with a thicker sized foam. Smell and taste are lemon lime juniper, cinnamon, german malt, cardamom, all spice, and other dark earthy notes. Probably over spiced even for the ingredients but Ive always liked Indian profiles especially Hashish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2016
Pours a clear amber color. Aromas of pine/malts and a touch of citrus/berries. Flavor is a little different. I thought it would be more pine tasting. A little berry flavor and some hop bitterness near the end.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2857) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2015
Hazy golden color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of malt/wheat, yeast, juniper, coriander, & citrus; Flavor of sweet malt/wheat, coriander, caramel, citrus, some honey, and spice; Nice herbal tea qualities - interesting brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
csaso (2237) - Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Bottle - good size foamy head, hazy burnt orange color with lots of "floaties" (maybe bad poor?), big fruity/berry aroma and flavor, moderate spice (from the tea I guess), a little different but in a good way overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
milewide (2198) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Clear Amber color. $12.99/750ml is pricey versus alternatives in this market. Just not true to original style.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zvsn (2006) - ISRAEL - SEP 29, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Yoav. Hazy yellow with lots of sediments. Smell of cardamom, lavender, herbs, clove. Sweet, spicy, green tea,cardamom, coriander, herbal bitterness, over-spiced and not balanced . Light-medium bodied.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
allenh89 (1) - Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2015 does not count
This beer is great for relaxing on a cold day. Amazing flavor, sums up Autumn in a bottle

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (5907) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2015
Bottle. Pours slightly hazy gold. Aroma is heavy black and chai tea, floral notes, orange peel, and faint toast. Flavor is sweet with mostly chai flavors along with some faint black tea, toasted malts, and some mixed spice. Medium body.


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