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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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DuffMan (10667) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle, shared at RBAG Summer Session 2012. Hazy amber-orange with a frothy off-white head that leaves solid lace. Aroma is incredibly spicy and tea-like, lots of cardamom especially. Sweet spicy palate, again cardamom dominates, but there are other elements that play across the palate: pepper, cinnamon, coriander seed, earthy tea tannins. Medium sweetness, low bitterness, full-bodied. True to DFH style, this won’t be for everyone, but I like spicy tea so it works for me.

3.8
onceblind (10589) - 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
olio (10552) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 24, 2012
75 cl bottle @ Hotel room, Las Vegas.
Pours hazy light orange color with small head, lots of particles. Aroma of mustard, spices, faint sour fruits, honey hints and herbs. Flavor of herbs, spices, yeast, light ripe fruits, some mustard notes and mild juniper. Odd mustardy flavor, but has some sahti elements, definitely better compared to Sam Adams Norse.
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3
KimJohansen (10497) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2010
Cloudy golden with a loudy golden with a tiny white head. Sweet aroma with fruity and malty notes. Sweet yeasty aroma with fruity and malty notes. Finished sweet.

3.8
sebletitje (10293) - 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.

4
tderoeck (10195) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2013
13/II/13 - 75cl bottle from Canal’s Liquor (Mt. Ephraim, NJ) @ John’s 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.

3.4
deanso (10101) - 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.

3.3
MartinT (10036) - 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.

2.8
jmgreenuk (10006) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - NOV 28, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Kermis. Poured a clear orange with a broken white head. The aroma is powerful fruity and spicy. The flavour is sweet fruit and some spicy cloves with some medicinal notes on the palate. Too sweet for me and I wouldn't drink it again.

3.4
gyllenbock (9855) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2011
Bottle. Pours hazy orange, with a small off-white head. The aroma and taste was interesting. Forest, spices, juniper and malt. Also some notes of tea. Refreshing and with a rather light body.


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