From The Brewery
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 black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and black pepper.
The spicing is subtle and balanced and Sahtea is a highly-quaffable, truly-unique brew with a full-mouth feel.
Appearance: A yellow hazy beer with thin white head. Small lacing and translucent.
Smell:Big chai spice right up front, with an almost Belgian wit yeast spice. No hops
Taste:Paralleling the smell, its got a big chai black pepper spice, with a semi sweet dry finish. A couple of sips bring on a slight citrus freshness. Opens up very nicely as it warms.
Mouthfeel: Full, lively and drying.
Drinkability: Lower when its colder, as it warms up, drinkability increases.
Notes: Not what I expected when I poured it. First smell took me back, but once I realized I misconstrued what the beer was, it grew on me. Once it hit a warmer temp, it went down very nice and smooth.