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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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3.5
JoeMcPhee (9427) - 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 don’t particularly care for. Spicy and sweet with a lot of nice rye character. It’s a pretty compelling beer, really, but it could certainly be dryer. I like it though.

3.7
bb (9311) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 12, 2010
Bottle. Amber beer with a whitish head. Vanilla, spice, and tea aroma. Chai and vanilla flavor with tea, spice, and backing juniper. Medium bodied. Vanilla and tea lingers with spice and a light sweetness.

3.8
blipp (9305) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Draft. Pours hazy gold with a thin head. Spicy aroma, with tea, anise, pumpkin spice, and some fruityness. The flavor has a honey sweet/fruity base, with a spice rack or two thrown in. A touch of anise, nutmeg, tea, and way more it seems. Quite pleasant and easy to drink.

3.3
mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2009
[2541-20091024] 1pt9.6floz bottle. Fragrant juniper and mild mint aroma. Slightly hazy, light orange brown body with a quick foamy white head. Minty hints but flavour is mostly juniper spruce hops and finishes like a tea. Medium body. Interesting to try.
(c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, blankboy, GregClow, jerc, tupalev)

3.6
douglas88 (9194) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2013
750 thanks to Jordan! Great to see you man. Pours a clear golden color with a medium white head. A big tea-like aroma with some fruit. The flavor is interesting: tea, apricot, phenolic banana esters, the yeast comes in big. Sharp flavors overall. Light heat. Nice.

3.4
gyllenbock (9184) - 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.

4
czar (9094) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2011
pours a hazy orange, pinkish tint, with a decent white head, some retention and lacing. light herbs and light spicyness - well balanced indeed, light bananas, citrus, hint of cereal sweetness. lively carbonation, medium body. very nice.

3.4
solidfunk (8965) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Nice. Tasty. Pours golden clear without much head or lacing. Light juniper aroma with some citrus and mint. Average carbonation. Finishes light bitter. Light sweet malt feel here as well. On tap at coles.

3.7
b3shine (8878) - Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Draft to snifter. Looks good; a semi-transparent orangish-brown with off-white head that dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; black tea and juniper berries with notes of coriander and lemongrass. Tastes like it smells with some weizen yeast notes too. Good on the palate. An easy-drinking 9% beer!

3.2
drowland (8766) - Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Pours a surprisingly light orange-yellow (I guess I wasn’t expecting this for some reason) with a small, loose white and bubbly soda-pop head that disappears immediately. The aroma reminds me of quality pumpkin beers - big nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla, but with obvious chai characteristics of tea, cream, and the above-mentioned aromas. It’d be perfect except I also get a note of fresh cooked corned-beef that takes away a bit (this could be because my roommate makes fresh real corned beef with juniper berries). Most of this doesn’t come through on the flavor. The flavor is sweet malts with a lot of nutmeg and a touch of alcohol, and the exhale is a mixture of spices. The mouthfeel is medium with high almost burning carbonation.


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