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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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3.6
BVery (11361) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Tap at the Falls Church ale house. Slightly murky orange pour with minimal head. Rye and juniper really pop on this one - very enjoyable.

3.6
hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Bottle… Hazy, light golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Decent retention. The aroma is an earthy, spicy, fruity marriage of ginger root, juniper berries, black pepper, lemongrass, cardamom and fuzzy fruits. Medium-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Spicy, fruity essences abound in the sugary flavor. Not as herbal as the aroma. Pleasantly sweet finish.

3.6
DocLock (11049) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Pours hazy deep gold with 1-finger, fluffy white head. Nose is hopcitric, chai tea spice, herbs. Tastes malty, slightly cloying, with hopcitrus and heavy Chai tea spice notes in the flavor. Also late floral, peppery, and honey notes upon repouring, which gets more turbid. The repour looks post-Centrum urine yellow, with a flavor a bit like Boddington’s mixed with chai tea might taste. Unique and interesting, this one is worth a try to show what originality can do within the confines of beer brewing.

3.4
jercraigs (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2009
2009-10-24. Lightly hazy golden yellow body with a small off white head. 3+ Aroma is spicey, touch of lemon? light juniper, touch of tea. 7+ Flavour is similar, fruity juniper with mild tea undertones throughout. Average palate is slightly under carbonated. Alcohol is not noticeable. Decent, but not sure I would want more of it. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry

3.4
kp (10880) - 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

3.8
alexsdad06 (10805) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2010
750 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a hazy lighter amber/dark golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is an interesting herbal spicy blend that shows the influence of the Indian black tea. Hints of yeast and doughy malts. The flavor has the yeast, banana and doughy malt of a hefe blended with some juniper, spices, herbal notes and hints of citrus. Medium-full bodied with a smooth feel. We had this along side a traditional Sahti and found this to be an interesting spin on the style. Well worth the try.

3.6
cubs (10714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Bottle @ Dan’s house. Holy shit, there’s a ton of shit in suspension. Yellowish orange appearance with a small white head with TONS of floaties. Herbal tea, juniper, sprucey, herbal, somewhat citrusy, fairly spicy aroma. Banana, lemon citrusy, spicy yeast, juniper, herbal tea flavor. Cool idea to use a weizen yeast. Quite interesting.

3.8
KyotoLefty (10688) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 9, 2011
Bomber. Cloudy ass orange-yellow color with lace. Big spicy nose—juniper, ginger, clove, slightly sour rye grain, sour fruits. Sweet-and-sour flavor, very fruity, eastery yeast, banana or melon, lemon. Unusual. Sweet blends well with the sourness. Sooth, full body, soft fizziness. Can’t taste the alcohol. Good, but wouldn’t want too much.

3.6
marcus (10670) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Pours cloudy yellow with a rich off-white head and a juniper aroma. The flavor is sweet and fruity with a tea background. Sure doesn’t taste like 9% - goes down easy.

3.8
phaleslu (10668) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2013
750 ml bottle from Root Cellar. 2010 vintage. Finally got to my sahti lineup on NYE. Pours a just barely cloudy golden color with a finger of eggshell white head that settles into a large ring. The aroma has cardamom, coriander, lemongrass, tea (not chai, though), rye, rosemary, and a big dose of juniper berries. The falvor has the same slate of spices but even more fruitiness; golden raisins, apricot, and berries. Didn’t get any chai on the nose or flavor. Light-medium bodied, with a spicy, juicy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. To style? They admit it’s not. But it’s interesting and tasty nonetheless.


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