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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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durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Bottle from Wine Authorities. Iím struggling with this one. Not sure what I expected, but it wasnít this, exactly. I guess I didnít read the label, because it tastes like all the ingredients... dry Weizen yeast, some lemon/lemongrass, juniper and chai spice weirdness (cardamom and cloves, particularly), and slight tea notes. Just not really sure why all these things are hanging out together, and Iím thinking they should start looking for new friends. Tastes much better than it smells, and hints at a Belgian golden ale, which almost saves it for me... but doesnít quite.

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ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Another weird beer from DFH. Hazy gold pour with fluffy off white head. Tea on the nose. Complex and unique flavor. Cardamon, coriander, lemongrass, and tea.

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FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass released a pronounced juniper spiciness as well as a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The head is a bit fizzy and quickly disappears to a thin ring of a head around the edges of my glass. The beer is a light amber color that shows a touch of haze and a gold color when held up to the light. The aroma has lots of juniper character, but underneath this the Chai is quite noticeable with notes of nutmeg, clove and perhaps some woody cardamom. A sweet, honey-like malt sweetness is found in the finish and in fact helps to carry all the spice notes found in the aroma. The spice mix, whether juniper of chai derived, definitely dominates the nose of this beer. If you like the spice mix used you wonít find this objectionable and I even find it a bit enjoyable.

Lightly sweet tasting up front, with a viscous heft to it that makes this beer cling a bit to the palate. The beer picks up more sweetness as it rolls across the tongue and the juniper and spices are surprisingly muted when compared to the aroma. Up front the Chai spices are a bit more noticeable, will the Juniper is a touch more noticeable in the finish (though the Chai spices are also in the finish). Up front I get flavors of clove, cinnamon and some spicy cardamom, while the finish has some juniper bite as well as a light turpene driven cardamom spiciness. Sweet honey-like malt flavors and perhaps a hint of cracker-like malt are all that is noticeable of the base grain character. Mixed in with the honey notes is a touch of berry character, which could be contributed by the juniper. The spices in this beer are such that this beer comes off as being somewhat simplistic in its characterization of Chai and juniper.

If you like Chai and juniper, you might enjoy this beer. While I donít mind either of these flavors, it can be just a bit too much at times. This is mostly enjoyable, though there is no way I could finish a pint of this, much less a 750ml bottle of it. Not bad though, and it was certainly worth trying. Ultimately though it serves as another perfect example of why brewers should learn to show restraint when using spices in a beer (I canít believe I said that after the Theobroma I just had where I decry the opposite approach).

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nearbeer (5360) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Bottle at Septemberfest. Cloudy, gold-orange with a small head that runs away. Nose is overpowering banana and allspice. Tastes of honey, cinnamon and sweet alcohol. Light-medium body is syrupy sweet and smooth. The spicing is quite a bit more than subtle or balanced.

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bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2009
( 750ml bottle ) Pours a hazy yellow body with a medium white head. Aroma of juniper, tea, bay leaves, cardamom, and lemon. Flavor of tea, caramel malt, juniper, cardamom, and some clove.

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KimJohansen (10492) - 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.

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Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2010
In short: A fruity, herbal and spicy bear with a lot of tea. Original and interesting but not very good.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed relatively fresh about 4 months after purchase.
The look: Almost clear golden body topped by a medium white head with low retention
In long: Nose of sweet fruity dessert, herbs, tea, cheap perfume. Taste is moderate fruity and has more than the advertised juniper berries (I noted mangos, juniper, apples, some orange), soap, camomile, lots of herbal tea, scented flowers, some coriander. This is an original brew and the first half of the first glass was fun, but it really got annoying after a while, and finishing my 750ml was a chore. Fortunately the beer is not very tasty because what it tastes does not do it for me. This is an original tea brew and it might please some people but it didnít really work for me. Not my cup of tea, pun intended.

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caesar (7095) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2010
Bottle @ de Molen. Slightly hazy yellow color, short head. Aroma is spicy, cardamon, tea, berries. Slight sweet and bitter taste. Strange stuff.

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Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Tap @ Parkway. Hazy dark gold pour with an off-white head leaving a moderate lace. Multiple flavors assault you at the first pull: spices, vegetables, fruits, maybe even meats? Definitely some tea in there. Too much going on for me and not balanced. I much prefer the Midas Touch or Theobroma from DFH.

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BREWMUSKCLES (2671) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2011
An aroma of chai tea. flavor the tea with banana and clove much like a good enough tripel. berries and perfume of berry works its way into the flavor pattern. putty sweet body and some malt works itís way into the lengthy diminishing finish. not bad at all and not worth the price to try it $12.99 the 25oz bottle. looks like tea in the glass.


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