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Sahti - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 45
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Sahti |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sigmund on 12-02-2008

A cooperation between Norewgian brewery Nøgne Ø and Swedish brewery Dugges, this is their interpretation of the traditional Finnish style.

Brewed with malt, hops, rye, wheat, sea wormwood, juniper twigs, honey and yeast from Belgium, Germany and Britain.
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Photo of brendan13
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a tulip glass a hazy dark orange colour with a couple of centimetres of slightly off white head that hangs around for a bit.
S - A very fragrant herbal honey character is the first thing that hits. Some spicy esters and earthy undertones. Vauge fruity hints.
T - Herbal honey also comes through quite strongly in the taste followed by a nice bready maltiness & spicy character. Some fruitiness also comes through.
M - Medium to full bodied, quite a high carbonation. Lingering herbal honey sweetness.
D - Certainly not something to session but this is one of the most interesting beers I've had so far. Not for everyone as the honey is very dominating but well worth trying at least once.

Photo of peabody
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy light amber with three fingers of white fluffy suds .Some lacing.
Smell is belgian yeast and spices. Nutmeg and corriander and bready goodness.
Taste is bready for sure. A very little sour hint up front with the mellow sweet following. Then the alcohol burn. This is def. 11%. Great Belgian taste here and the burn warms all the way down.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky from all the sugar and that dries out quickly and makes you crave another drink.
If it weren't so high in ABV this would be a great session brew.

Photo of bark
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The colour is red-orange-brown; the liquid is very cloudy. The finger thick head sinks quickly to an off-white layer. No lacing.

The smell is yeasty and sweet with some Belgian notes of exotic fruits and orange peels.

The taste is very strong and a bit lemon-sour. Earthy/yeasty notes and a chemical flavour of alcohol and solvents. Broth and sweet exotic fruits; mostly oranges but also some apricots. The quite mild aftertaste got fruity flavours - mixed citric fruits, some spices, a quickly passing bitterness, rye bread and quite a lot of warming alcohol. Dough and lemons in the finish.

The carbonation is strong; the sharp bubbles are very small. The liquid is a bit thick and sticky.

If I didn't know what this was, I would have guessed "a Frensh bière de garde with some lemon peels". I found this one too heavy and... unfinished. Besides, where are the juniper berries?

Photo of IBUnit63
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, here's something you don't see every day. I saw a bunch of cases on the floor at Gordon's and one of them said, "Sahti." Not sure what makes sense from a glassware perspective, but the Duvel tulip is a safe bet. 50 cl.

Pours a turbid honey color, indeed with notes of orange zest. Head is about 1/3 finger but it doesn't stay long; it's replaced by what looks like the Milky Way galaxy in the center of the glass, with stars...errr...yeast wisps in the surrounding areas. In this case there's actually a fair amount of rising carbonation. Looks plausible enough so far.

Well, there are the juniper berries and a bit of a barnyard scent faintly reminiscent of a Belgian farmhouse ale. Definitely a whole lot of sweetness and yeast electricity. I can pick off the twigs, too - a little piney and heather-ish. Pretty good but a bit weird.

Let's play word association..."Nogne sahti..."

I got it..."saison on crystal meth."

Now I don't know what the hell crystal meth is, even though I watch Dog the Bounty Hunter every other week. But that's the only way to describe it. Heavy carbonation with a Saison-esque yeast strain and electricity...austere hop and grain profile, lots of honey and those crazy juniper berries. This is like a David Lynch flick. Very entertaining but quite weird. Juniper berries, twigs, leftovers...whatever...they're pretty well dominating. I like it but am a bit disturbed. Oh yeah, it has a viscosity to the honey notes. Pretty damn boozy to say the least.

Sure, there's a boozy burn to this one. It goes between dry and austere and sweet and viscous rather randomly at different points on the palate. Something for everyone, I guess? The juniper does help to clean this out and make it rather dry, compounding the burn. At its core and with warmth it definitely gets to be a more piney version of a saison. I'm liking this more and more as it warms up. A whole lot more.

Purists may indicate that this is not your ancestors' Sahti. Well I wasn't around then so don't ask me...I have no &*(%in' clue. It's definitely some weird stuff, and it's definitely some well-crafted, enjoyable interesting stuff. It's 11% ABV and it shows, but along with the viscosity and booziness it drinks very nicely. I hope I can dig up some of the Goose Island version among others (or a true Finnish version) to sample side-by-side, 'cause this was quite an unexpected treat.

Photo of Scriba
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The liquid is amber in coulour and a bit hazy (I tried to leave the sediment in the bottle). The head is finger thick and white, but it quickly disappears.

Honey dominates the smell. There is also a smell of Belgian yeast (perhaps like an Belgian blonde).

The honey also dominates the taste. The alcohol is also very present together with the taste of Belgian yeast (horse blanket is perhaps the proper description). There is also a strange bitterness. I don't know if it's the hops or the wormwood.

The CO2 is quite hard. That also makes it quite Belgian.

Under the circumstances (honey and alcohol) it's rather gulpable.

Photo of Ljunkan
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange yellow colour with a small white head.

Interesting smell of juniper twigs, honey, spices, yeast, flowers, caramel and citrus. Really interesting smell I must say, the honey maybe dominates but there are lot of things going on here.

Taste is sweet with lots of honey, a light acidity, flowers, yeast (presumably belgian), spices, caramel and citrus.

Mouthfeel is nice and filling, very smooth for the high ABV, carbonation is quite soft, medium to full bodied.

Overall this is very drinkable stuff and very interesting. Maybe not what a real "Sahti" should be like but a very tasty, weird ale ...

Photo of Bananaman
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was really interesting, both Dugges and Nøgne Ø are great breweries, so I was psyched to try their interpretation of the traditional drink from Finland, Sahti.

The beer pours a brown-orange-yellow color with a fine white-beige head. The bottle is really nice aswell.

Aroma holds a lot of Juniper pines but also notes of caramel and honey. Some Belgian-ish yeast notes aswell. Nice!

Taste is pretty similar to the smell. Lots of juniper pines and honey, but with a nice touch of dried fruits.

Photo of kittylitter
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Rich foam, which collapses pretty quickly, At first the smell is much like a Belgian spontaneously fermented beer, but after a while the honey aroma dominates. The taste is rather sweet, again with honey. Reminds me of meed, but even if there is no hops in this beer, there is a slight bitterness, which I guess comes from the juniper berries. Rather interesting beer, and I am an experience richer for trying it. But I'll probably not drink it again.

Photo of ricke
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008 (brewed 2008-09-16, batch nr. 382). Serving date: 2009-03-16. Best before: 2013-09-16. Served in snifter.

Brewed with juniper twigs, sea wormwood and heather flower honey.

A: Amber colored, very hazy with plenty of floaters in the liquid. 1 cm slightly off-white head that leaves minimal lacings.

S: Very fresh and somewhat tart. Plenty of honey and newly cut flowers. Hard to tell what aromas come from the hops considering all the stuff they brewed this one with, but I still think I can detect some distinct hop aromas here. Plenty of yeast with a Belgian character. Some herbs.

T: Very powerful taste of honey hits the palate. Lots of floral flavors, almost a little perfumy. Some pine-forest is noticeable, but the juniper twigs they brewed this one with is hardly detectably. Plenty of Belgian yeast. Some herbs, soft candy and caramel. All in all, its very sweet, but still rather round and soft. Quite good, actually. The finish is characterized by an almost complete lack of bitterness. Instead, here are plenty of warm and spicy alcohol, some honey residuals and bread-like malts.

M: Very good. A successful combination of a rather full body, creamy texture and plenty of carbonation. Towards the end, when the carbonation decreases, it almost feels chewy. Excellent.

D: This is a not your average kind of beer. It's definitely interesting and to a great extent quite good, so it's a rather successful experiment. It is well composed and nothing seems really out of place. However, I think I would have liked the alcohol to be somewhat less prominent, and perhaps the honey is a little too much in some sips. Also, I think it would have been nice if both the juniper twigs and sea wormwood they used in the brewing were more noticeable. But all in all, quite tasty, and most definitely interesting.

Photo of baggio
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A: Hazy yellowish color with a minimal head.

S: Spices, Honey (alot), Yeast, Herbs.

T: Honey, Caramel, Spices, Belgian yeast, Hops.

M: Lots of honey and it is very dominating. Not as sweet as one would expect tho!

An interesting beer but in no way a true sahti. More like a spiced up belgian. Worth a try!

Photo of Sigmund
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A special twist on the Finnish style Sahti, brewed at Nøgne Ø in cooperation between Dugges Brewery, Sweden, and Nøgne Ø of Norway. Brewed with rye and wheat, sea wormwood from the Swedish archipelago, juniper twigs from the Norwegian forests, honey from heather flowers in Telemark and three selected yeast strains from Belgium, Germany and Britain, and of course, some malt and hops too.

500 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 11%. Deep golden colour, slightly hazy / honeyish, with a big off-white head. Very nice aroma of juniper, heather honey and hops. The mouthfeel is rich, warming and alcoholic. The flavour has loads of honey (too much) and malty sweetness. Notes of juniper too, very moderate bitterness. Interesting, but too sweet. A fairly nice sipping beer all the same.

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Sahti from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
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