highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, - JAN 22, 2014TheJvd (1283) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 19, 2016
Ever have one of those days when you wake up with a craving and you know you just gotta have some sea wormwood and juniper twigs? Nope, me neither. I bought this several years ago in a fit of curiosity and it sat on the beer shelf, neglected and unloved, waiting for the moment described above. That moment never came. But since this is my last beer as a 40-something, I figured I’d better make it memorable: my first sahti. Or something like it. This is Swedish-Norwegian interpretation of a Finnish style (couldn’t we work the Danes in there somewhere for the sake of Scandinavian solidarity?) In a chalice, this was a murky universe of chunky proteins suspended in a copper liquid. The head beat a swift retreat to the perimeter of the glass and then hung around to see what happened next. What happened next was a lot of frowning and nose wrinkling as I tried to make sense of the aroma. It’s like someone made a shandy from a Belgian quad and a lambic. WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT? Really intense chocolate/caramel malts, turpentine, sour summer fruits, something medicinal - iodine? - perhaps even mint leaf. It’s extraordinarily vivid, but not necessarily in a can’t-wait-to-run-this-baby-over-the-tonsils sort of a way. Just past its ’best-by’ date, the body is slick and oily which complements what’s going on here. It’s honey-sweet, spicy, a little tart, oaky and I can’t avoid ’medicinal’ again as a descriptor. Reminds me too much of Lockets, a British throat lozenge with honey and menthol that I used to fake illnesses to weasel out of my mum. Even then I would draw the line at consuming 500ml of the stuff. I suspect my blood-sugar reading is through the roof right now. I wasn’t diabetic at the start of the bottle, but might be by the end. On the plus side, my sinuses have never felt clearer. Farewell to the roaring forties and onwards to the undignified fifties. (500ml bottle from Platinum Liquor. Batch 382. BB 16/9/13)
From bottle at Borefts ’15, shared by CountBeer. Cheers! Pours murky brown with almost no head. Aroma is sweet with spices, cough syrup, "speculaaskruiden" and honey. Taste is quite sweet with some sharp spices, nettles and a medium bitter finish. Medium body and carbo. altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2016
10/1/2009 2:30:31 PM Bottle at Beer Temple. Murky orange body. Strong nose of honey. Fruity berries, sweet, with solid honey finish. Slightly spicy. Different. DSG (14685) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 18, 2015
[9/25/15] Bottle sample at Borefts Beer Festival 2015 in Bodegraven. Thanks everyone who shared bottles! Hazy orange. Spicy aroma with cardboard, honey, caramel. Sweetish flavor with malt, honey, spiciness, cardboard. ShivanDragon (4086) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2015
@Borefts 2015, Fles gedeeld door #Countbeer, bedankt !DutchDrebus (5957) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2015
schenkt amber/bruin met lichte kraag, Aroma van veel fruit, veenbessen, jeneverbes, erg kruidig. Smaken zijn erg zoet, veenbes, jeneverbes, rogge, hout, alcohol, honing, medium body, zachte carbo, ja vind deze smaken prima !
Bottle @ borefts 15. Hazy yellow to amber colour with a small white head. Smells honey, sweet. Tastes honey, sweet, herbs. Medium body, soft carbo.
Countbeer (6592) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2015
Bottle on the way to Borefts:
Small creamy head. Hazy orange body.
Aroma of herbal spice and honey.
Flavour is bitter, herbal spice, malts, honey...
Low carbo, medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel...
Soft spice, honey and bitters... Decent. ngeaney (97) - SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2015
Aroma lot of honey, spices and yeasty, not your typical beer aroma. Bready, malty, the taste as with the aroma is mostly about the honey here, very overpowering it was. Camons (12315) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle @ DØE meeting. Pours dark brown with a small light brown head. Aroma of malt, ryebread, honey, craneberries. Flavor is light sweet, malty, bread, honey, craneberries, some alcohol. Full body, soft carbonation, warming alcoholic finish. 170310 radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2014
500ml bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, Florida. Orange amber in colour with a thin lasting off-white head, some light lacing. The aroma has lots of berries, wood, twigs, some grass, spice and honey. The flavour is of honey sweetness, lots of juniper berries, some spice and pepper. Sweet mouthfeel, medium/light body, medium carbonation. Finishes long, sweet with lots of honey and berries. I’m liking the Sahti’s that I have been trying. Hopefully more will come out. This one is quite nice. slowrunner77 (11917) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 29, 2014
"interesting blend of juniper and honey. aggressively herbal in the aroma, makes you take notice. flavor well balanced sweet/herbal...quite nice. prickly