Sahti | Propolis Brewing

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Brewed by:
Propolis Brewing
Washington, United States

Style: Finnish Sahti

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 20
Photo of russpowell
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a thumb of tan head. Faint lacing & head retention

S: Musty & jammy, some cherry as it warms

T: Follows the nose, white grape up front, plus figs & cherries. Leafy hops, pears, & dryness, plus figs. White Wine & barrel flavors mix with dryness, plus pear. Fininishes oaky dryness, figgy & with Chardonnay characterisitics

MF: Medium body, lively carbonation

Okay as a Saison, not on style as a Sahti. As expensive as these beers are, I am not impressed

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 vintage.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with grain, earth, spice, fruit, and slight funk and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit, earth, spice, herb, and funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with an interesting set of aromas and flavors that work well with the slight sourness.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

18/14 Bottling; corked and caped; (cork comes out with a huge "champagne pop!)

Pour a copper brown clear with a fast fading white head. Smells very true to style with lots of spices and herbs but light on the juniper in the smell (which for me is a good thing)

Tastes very different than what you expect. Thin bodied and fizzy but with a bold tart unsweetened lemon tone that at first is off-putting and then really grows on you. Lightly sour; tart but full of green herb (celery, green pepper, light green onion tops) and earth tone spices.

Fresh clean green herb finish. This one has really grown on me as I taste it and I like it. Please, let it warm up a bit before you judge it. Much better as it approaches room temperature. Like it a lot as it warms.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which has decent retention. The head is a very light and creamy beige while the body is a dark amber with hints of maroon that appears as dark amber when held up to the light. Doesn't show any lacing as of yet.

Nose- Starts off with large notes of banana and coriander which fade and show the juniper character more. Some evergreen notes. Not very complex but very inviting. Swirling produces some light raisin and malt notes to give it a little more personality. Swirling also shows a bit of grass.

Taste- Definitely has presence. Huge spice- juniper, other botanicals, spruce, even rosemary. A little bit of mint which grows and suggests menthol at some points. Perfect for Christmas. Peppermint more than menthol. Some fruit esters which are bit to identify at the moment. Some orange, some citrus, maybe light raisins. Some pine on the finish which is very dry and crisp and cleans up the palate well. Reminds me a bit of a candy cane. No heat really but some licorice does show itself. Fairly good representation of the style but the presence does fade. In some ways, that's a positive. Not as much malt as advertised. Above average to good beer.

Mouthfeel- Just above light bodied with a good amount of carbonation which has a little bit too much zing for me. The finish, however, works very well and really makes this beer much more drinkable.

Drinkability- Very accessible for a spiced/Christmas type beer. A little pricy at 5 bucks for a 8 oz pour but reasonable considering a bottle costs fifteen bucks. Don't think I would spring for a bottle but a glass was nice.

Overall- Good beer which is a solid (an a little bit more traditional) take on the style. Definitely worth a try but try to get it on tap. A little too expensive for me.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium bronze amber with a two finger ivory head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet bready malt, Belgian yeast, earthy spicing, hints of citrus and caramel. Wow, nice flavor of caramel, oak, both saison and Belgian yeast, honey, apple and pear juice, finishing with Belgian dubbel style semi-sweet fruit and earthy spicing; hints of saison funk. A lot going on here. Nice medium, creamy body with excellent mouth feel. Most of the Propolis ales lean towards a saison profile with interesting spicing and herbal qualities and all have the appropriate hints of honey. Sahti has more of a dubbel profile, but with the saison yeast hovering in the background. Complex and very tasty, probably my favorite Propolis yet. Not as piney and distinctly herbal as a traditional sahti, but I'm not complaining; there are a lot of interesting flavors here. I'm going to get another bottle of this to age if I'm lucky enough to find one. Delicious.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a fw tulip.

after cracking open the bottle a massive amount of carbonation shot up. poured very slowly and still got a big head. very fruity and funky nose...very appealing! taste is a ton of funky yeasty goodness with a good amount of fruity goodness. really digging the drinkability here! light bodied almost, with high carbonation

overall a real treat to drink. very much recommended.

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Photo of rab53
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Juniper Pale Ale

Pilsner, Wheat, Caramel, Toasted and Roasted malt Noble Hops, bittering and aromatic wild-crafted Herbs and Spices.

Crisp resinous nose, burnt copper hue, clean dry mouth, light nut, raisin, toffee malt base, spicy herbal mid tones, citrus and pepper highlights with a lingering piney dry finish.

Rusty amber in color with 2-finger off-white head. Aroma is muted herbal notes. Mild flavor. Herbal and woodsy, very subtle gin-like qualities. Has an ephemeral taste and smell of freshly cracked evergreen branch. Straddles the line between light summer beer and more complex fall beer. Would do well with Northern/Eastern European foods.

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Sahti from Propolis Brewing
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 20 ratings