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|Samuel Adams Norse Legend|
|Legend has it that barrels of sahti were found on sunken Viking ships off the coast of Norway. This ancient Nordic ale took root in Finland becoming one of the oldest continuously brewed styles. Deep amber in color, this rugged brew’s distinctive aroma and flavor comes from aging on a bed of juniper berries. The herbal, woodsy, and ripe citrus character of the juniper enlivens a sturdy and smooth malt backbone for a fresh and flavorful brew. For us, the legend of this sahti goes way beyond its Nordic roots. It’s been a labor of love, or at one time some may have said hopeless pursuit, among a few of our brewers. For almost 8 years we’ve been tinkering with it, from experimenting with its traditional, if rudimentary, technique of brewing with full juniper branches to trying variations of berries, malts, and rye. We kept searching for just the right combination of ingredients and process to capture this brew’s distinctive character of woodsy earthiness, citrus, and spice. After all of those trials, we’re excited to finally get to share this unique brew outside of our brewery. ABV 7%|
|Review||Reviewed: July 14, 2012
This one recently arrived in Louisiana. I really appreciate the way Samuel Adams experiments with these unique styles. This style has a great story, found on sunken Viking ships and is one of the oldest brewed styles in the world. This is my first of the Sahti Style.
Serving Type: A beautiful 1 pt. 6 fl. oz bottle
Glassware: Tulip (see photo)
This one poured a beautiful deep clear amber with a thick off white head leaving wispy lacing. Smell is delicate fruit, berries with oak notes. It has a medium body, medium carbonation, slick and oily. It’s has a very fluffy feel to it. Entry is a mix of delicate fruit and berries, giving way to a thick, malty backbone, finishing very light, bready, with very little bitterness and no hop presence. This is a very interesting brew, it has a lot of flavor in each sip and the berries aren’t overpowering. It’s not strong, but very complex. It mellows as it warms becoming bready and slightly sweet. Very unique and drinkable! I really enjoyed this Sahti and recommend it. It gets 4 ½ stars from me, Outstanding!