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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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3.6
marcus (10149) - 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 doesnít taste like 9% - goes down easy.

3.8
phaleslu (10104) - 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. Didnít get any chai on the nose or flavor. Light-medium bodied, with a spicy, juicy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. To style? They admit itís not. But itís interesting and tasty nonetheless.

3.4
deanso (10070) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - NOV 28, 2012
66cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis, thanks. Complex aroma and aftertaste. Hard to describe. Blond hazy beer. Herbal tea taste unsurprisingly. An odd but interesting beer.

3.8
sebletitje (10067) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2009
courtesy of markwise. pours straw golden with white head. aroma and flavor, had light notes of chai tea with hints of herbal flavors, some spices. Medium carbonation for a smooth rye palate. 9% the beer is very easy to drink. As with the Theobrama, it seems the actual body that DFH is trying to promote remains very subtle and the beer keeps the DFH base signature. Wish there had been more chai presence.

3.3
MartinT (9852) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2009
My Bottom Line:
Honey and rye coagulate into a sticky broth, enlivened by well-integrated chai spiciness for a sweet and quirky Sahti variation.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the cloudy gold.
-This is a lot sweeter than the Dugges/Nogne O version.
-The chai takes a lot of room in the flavor profile, but remains well integrated.
-If this had been better attenuated, I would have liked it a lot more.

Bottle.

4.2
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2012
UPDATED: APR 28, 2012 On tap. Golden yellow color, mildly hazy with all the fine particles suspended in the body. Very nice foamy cream-colored head, leaving great, generous lace. Really nice-looking beer. Very nice, enjoyable spiced aroma. Cardamom, lemon peel, other complex herbal tastes.. Hint of juniper berries, I think. Nice lightly-spiced light bitter taste. Way too drinkable for a 9% beer, i could easily (a drink a whole bottle of this on my own if I desired. Drier texture, amazing aftertaste. Very drinkable, it feels medium-bodied. Light carbonation, very smooth. Dangerously tasty beer.

3.7
arminjewell (9585) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thanks to Aaron for the pour! Hazy yellow with lots of yeast in suspension, aroma has notes of coriander, biscuit, bread, lemon, hints of tea, some leafy notes, slight caramel notes, smells nice! Taste is sweet biscuit, nice tea, coriander, biscuit, bread, some nice yeast notes, some slight lemon, hints of vanilla, finishing fairly sweet but bitter.

4
tderoeck (9480) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2013
13/II/13 - 75cl bottle from Canalís Liquor (Mt. Ephraim, NJ) @ Johnís place - BB: n/a - bottled: 2011/11/III (2013-166)

Clear orange beer, lots of chunks floating under a small off-white head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: very fruity, sugary, peaches, yoghurt, bit yeasty. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: vanana, fruity, bit metallic, orange peel, oranges, yoghurt, cardemom, bit sweet, sugary, slightly bitter. Afteraste: soft bitterness, cough syrup, juniper berries, bit sugary, orange peel, quite some banana, sweet, bubble gum, bit spicy.

3.8
onceblind (9442) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Hazy golden with a thin ring of white head. Nose is earthy sweet with some toffee and a bit of cardamom, cinnamon, and juniper. Flavor brings a lot of the juniper notes and tea flavors to the front, with a finish of cinnamon, earthy toffee, cinnamon, and clove, all on a slightly spicy blonde malt backbone.

3.5
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2009
Pale golden pour. Quite a thick oily pour with a thin fast-fading white head. The nose is loaded with nice rye character. Sweet and spicy with a little bit of cardamom, clove and a fairly chewy maltiness. Loaded with honeyed malt sweetness. The palate is sweet and chewy with a lingering stickiness. Lots of spice and a bit of herbal character. There is a little bit of a distracting carbonic character that I donít particularly care for. Spicy and sweet with a lot of nice rye character. Itís a pretty compelling beer, really, but it could certainly be dryer. I like it though.


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