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Sahti - Goose Island Beer Co.

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 24
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Sahti |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Amber color, juniper berry aroma, spicy rye flavor, medium body.

(Beer added by: CRJMellor on 12-29-2003)
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3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

Served on-draught at Goose Island Clybourn over Paddy's Day Weekend. 8.3% ABV confirmed. Reviewed from notes. Served into a 12 oz tulip. This was my first Sahti.

A: Pours a white floater - no head whatsoever. Body colour is a rich auburn. Nontransparent. Semitranslucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Understated yet appealing.

Sm: Red wine. Heavy berries. Cherry. Bright fruit skin. Luscious and appealing. Maybe light raisin? A refined aroma of mild strength.

T: Cherry and berries. Definitely berry-dominant. Light acidity. Fruit skin. Light red wine notes. No hop character at all. Grapeskin. A bit of vine. Balanced and enjoyable. Certainly a different flavour profile from what I'm used to. Still, there's not a lot of depth of flavour here. Earthy. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Slightly dry and coarse. Lightly vinous, even a bit scratchy. Good thickness. Complements the flavour profile well.

Dr: Fairly drinkable, but it's something of a sipper. Hides its ABV well. I need to spend more time with the style, but tentatively I'd say that I wouldn't get this one again; it doesn't stand out.


04-29-2013 20:57:38 | More by kojevergas
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

03-02-2013 02:24:37 | More by Antnyd82
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

02-10-2013 19:59:47 | More by Brew33
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New York

3.71/5  rDev +1.9%

From 01/21/13 notes. Had this on tap at the Clybourn brewpub. Haven't had a lot of beers in this style so was interested to try a new one.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy reddish brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, fruity malts, apples, spice sticky sweet dark fruits, and some earthy notes. Little bit spicier than I was expecting, but the fruit is nice.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, sweet strawberries, sticky dark fruits, sugar, spices, pepper, yeast, bready malts. More fruit than the nose here and the strawberries are quite nice. A step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Slightly overcarbonated but pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty solid, interesting beer. I don't think this is my favorite style, but out of the 4 Sahti's I have tried so far this one is probably my favorite; I liked it much better than the DFH one. Lots of sweet fruits and spices, it is an interesting beer worth checking out.

01-28-2013 21:22:52 | More by mdfb79
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

04-11-2012 04:00:56 | More by birdsellam
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4.33/5  rDev +19%

On-tap at the Clybourn brewpub, although I think it was more of a 6-7 ABV? Clear amber, nice finger of foam, good lacing. Nose is grain and very present juniper, which is also present in the taste--it's like a wonderful gin-rye-beer-sour hybrid. Tart on the finish. Medium carbonation and a slightly slick mouthfeel. I've actually never had this style before, so I don't know quite how to judge, but I would definitely have more Sahtis if I saw them.

02-11-2012 01:22:34 | More by lstokes
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

02-04-2012 22:57:16 | More by kylehay2004
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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New York

4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-20-2012 03:48:19 | More by goalie33
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3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

Served in a tulip glass at the Clybourn brewpub.

Not enough sahtis out there. Seriously. This one pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of dirty cream-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, vague wood, and sour rye bread. The taste holds notes of biscuit, rye spice, light mint, juniper berry, and light balsa. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an oily feel. Overall, a very nice sahti, one of the more enjoyable examples I've had in a long time.

01-04-2012 23:37:53 | More by TMoney2591
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-04-2012 03:56:52 | More by EJLinneman
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District of Columbia

2.68/5  rDev -26.4%

I took a chance on this one because it sounded unique. Served in a tulip glass at the Clybourn location.

BA says this one is 5.6%, but the one I tried at the alehouse was 7.5%.

A: Poured a crystal clear, mild amber color, with about a 1/2 finger head that retained itself. This was visibly low carbonated.

S: I got almost nothing on the nose. No spices, grains, malts, etc. After REALLY trying, and for the purposes of this review, I supposed I got a puff of honey.

T: Disappointing to say the least. The only other beer I've had in this style so far has been DFH's entry "Sah'tea." That one was highly creative due to its colorful and usual spice bill. This one had a bit of honey and MAYBE some berries, but that's it. If you're going to create something like this, my suggestion to GI is to lay it out on the line and really soup it up with over the top spices!

M: The syrupy quality without an interesting spice bill was most unpleasant. Additionally, the carbonation was extremely low as well as the lacing.

O: I'm always pumped to try a beer in an out-of-the-ordinary, out-of-the-everyday style, but this one illustrates why the Sahti style hasn't caught on. GI should go back to the drawing board and make this brew a big FU to the man: "You may not like this beer, but your palate will certainly remember how it was wrecked by our draconian spice bomb!"

12-28-2011 14:10:08 | More by Chaney
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-18-2011 23:03:49 | More by imperialking
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3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

Draft at Goose Clybourn.

Pale orange hue, bright clarity that almost sparkled in the light. Thin cap of creamy foam across the top. Minimal lacing, average retention. Head fades into a broken skim that clings to the edges.

Husky grain in the aroma, simple and clean, oats and apparently rye are used in this Sahti. The lack of any defining juniper/herbals didn't bode well.

Lightly tart with mild astringency that suggested apple, very crisp with ample carbonation. Vague spice that seems derived more from rye than juniper. Nice and crisp feel, the overall simplicity and easy drinkability begs for warmer weather. It would have been better with more noticeable juniper or some level of herbal presence.

02-23-2011 19:04:20 | More by emerge077
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4.08/5  rDev +12.1%

Appearance: Kind of a flat golden beer. Ok carbonation, but good lacing.

Smell: Juniper berries and biscuit malt. Very good.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Juniper berries and malty crispness. Definitely tastes like gin, so I give it points for this. Very smooth as well. No hops or hop bitterness. Very dry finish.

Drinkability: I really like gin, so I could drink this all day.

Overall: A great change of pace.

01-14-2011 01:29:16 | More by tjsdomer2
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3.18/5  rDev -12.6%

In tap at GI into a tasting glass, recommendation by the bar tender...Pours a yellowish gold, pretty clear, watery lacing...The aroma is pretty good, a nice mixture of fruit and tea. Tea does dominate mostly but the pears and lemon help to balance this a little...The balance on the nose is undone the taste as its mostly tea with aloe and other herbal notes. Still some fruity notes just not enough.

To much tea for me to make it drinkable. What some would find refreshing I find as medicinal.

12-31-2010 21:15:42 | More by jrallen34
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Sahti from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.