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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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3.3
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2008
Had on tap at the brewpub in Rehoboth. This beer makes a lot more sense now that I read the description. Very strongly reminded me of a wit, but the addition of rye and the weizen yeast makes that more understandable. Not sure I caught a lot of hints of the juniper, but there was a nice spicy undercurrent that I attributed more to the weizen kick than anything. This was a good beer. Nice and light, very satisfying. Wouldn’t mind seeing this in some kind of production run.

3.3
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2009
GABF 2008. Dirty yellow pour with very small white head. Nose of oranges, wheat, citrus, coriander and cloves. Flavor is the same, with some rye and wheat coming through.

3.3
zapprentice (316) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Aroma is mixed sweets and a slight spicy note. Spice comes out a little more in the flavor with sweet notes in the finish

3.3
Ernest (7890) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle. Head is initially very small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is hazy dark yellow. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, basement), with notes of coriander, cardamom, nutmeg, orange and lime peel, chamomile, ginger. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, fizzy/lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. A spice bomb to be sure, but the combo is admittedly quite pleasant (and complex). I wish the "beer character" would shine through the heavy spicing more, but as I say, it’s far from a one trick pony in that department. Looks like cloudy soda pop thanks to a brief fizzy head. But the main thing keeping this from a higher score is that it’s too unrelentingly syrupy-sweet to drink more than a few ounces of (unless you have a serious sweet tooth I guess). Not a surprise for this brewery in the latter case, as a large number of their products have that fault...Sam must be quite a sugar nut!

3.3
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 19, 2009
bottle poured a caramel color with a white foamy head. aroma has sweet spices, yeast, lemongrass, and rye. light mouth feel with flavors of yeasts, wheat, honey sweetness, ginger, white sage, and bitter dark tea. interesting how the tea and rye come together with the sweetness. this one has some unique flavors but is not there best.

3.3
rocbyter (2186) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Strong nutmeg aroma. Cloudy orange head with a airy white head. Sweet nutmeg head with a sweet and light bitter finish.

3.3
MartinT (10155) - 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.

3.3
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Very different. No hops, I think? Overall, very sweet, thick sticky body. Very sweet heavy fruit. Light carbonation. Spices are there, cinnamon tasting. Coriander. A bit like spiced bubble gum. Its good to have a little, but the prospect of finishing this 750 (at quite a price as well) is a bit daunting. Too sweet to have too much.

3.3
wickedpete (636) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Hazy yellow with hardly any head formation and no lacing. Lots of spices, nutmeg, ginger, clove, allspice, and banana in the aroma with some sweet juniper berry in the back. Flavor is sweet and fruity with lots of spices mingling. It’s kind of a mess of sweet Thanksgiving dessert flavors. Juniper comes through in the sweetness making it the only thing that separates this from being a weak pumpkin beer.

3.3
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Definitely can taste cinnamon and chai tea flavors. Taste almost like some winter warmers. One is enough for me though. It’s a unique and interesting brew, but too much spice to enjoy a lot of.


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