Sahti Claws – Parallel 49 Brewery (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B

Sahti Claws – Parallel 49 Brewery, 7.7% ABV – 650ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

-It’s my first time trying a Sahti-style beer so here’s a bit of info from wiki:

  • a traditional ale from FINLAND, brewed with a combination of rye, barley, wheat, and oats.
  • flavoured with JUNIPER BERRIES
  • high ABV (~8%)

On the front side label:

“Between raiding and conquering, the Vikings worked up quite a thirst. This traditional Finnish beer is strong, unfiltered and made with rye, barley and juniper berries. We decided to compliment ours with Chinook and Simcoe hops for an added piney flavour.”

  • Style: Sahti
  • Taste: fizzy-silky/berry -> juniper/caramel malts/banana -> bittersweet hoppy/malt finish.
  • Where I got it : Parallel 49 Brewery
  • How much: $9 – 650ml., December 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours hazy caramel brown with a smallish creamy head, thin layer of micro bubbly retention, a bit of lacing, several very slow streams.

Nose: caramel malts, sweet & tangy juniper berries, pine. (8/10)-aromatic strength.

Attack: fizzy-silky mouthfeel, incoming berry sweetness

Mid-palate: (7/10)-fruity sweetness, (MAIN) fruity juniper berries, caramel malts

Finish: soft hoppy bitterness, malty bittersweet finish.

Summary: A nice beer with in a distinctive style. Decent depth a balance for a seasonal beer.