Beermas 2013-2014 – Day 07 – Sahti Claws Finnish Sahti – Parallel 49 Brewing

Beermas 2013-2014 – Day 07 – Sahti Claws Finnish Sahti – Parallel 49 Brewing

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I’ve got my father to thank for Today’s interesting brew choice.  I must confess, up until a minute ago, I had never never heard of the Sahti beer style before.  Doing a little research, it appears to be a traditional Finnish top fermented brew containing malted and un-malted grains (barley, rye, wheat, oats) and flavoured with juniper berries.  The beer should have a cloudy appearance and a yeasty banana like flavour.

The beer comes in a 650ml bottle and weighs in at 7.7% alc.vol.

The beer pours a deep garnet with a thumb of head.  Not a lot of activity in the glass.  I’m not getting a big whiff of banana or juniper off of the aroma.

Sahti Claws Finnish Sahti - Parallel 49 Brewing

Sahti Claws Finnish Sahti – Parallel 49 Brewing

Let’s give it a taste.

Confirmed,  not catching banana here, the carbonation is low, its bitter but doesn’t taste hoppy so perhaps that’s the juniper at work.

The Wikipedia page on the Sahti style had me expecting something different than I got.  Now I find myself wrestling to understand what I’m dealing with.

Nonetheless, putting all that aside, this beer is mellow, mature, and subtlety complex.  It’s a smooth sipping beer that stands on it’s own merits.   I see myself buying this beer again.  Parallel 49 continues to prove they are on of the better micro brewers in BC.

Cheers – see you on Beermas Day 08.  🙂

Beermas 2013-2014 – Day 06 – Toques of Hazzard Imperial White IPA – Parallel 49 Brewing

Beermas 2013-2014 – Day 06 – Toques of Hazzard Imperial White IPA – Parallel 49 Brewing

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I’ve had a few beers from Parallel 49, and they all been quite good (Old Boy Ale ESB, Salty Scot Caramel Scotch Ale) so I am hoping for a repeat performance in Todays Beermas treat.

The Toques of Hazzard packs a punch at 9.2% alc.vol in a 650ml bottle, you might want to enlist some help.  I unfortunately have none Today so I’ll do what I can within reason. 😉

The beer pours a bit like a hefeweizen but lighter – about 2 thumbs worth of thick pillowy head and fair carbonation.

The Toques of Hazzard Imperial White IPA by Parallel 49 Brewing

The Toques of Hazzard Imperial White IPA by Parallel 49 Brewing

The aroma is very bitter and fruity – specifically grapefruit which I imagine is coming from the hops.

Let’s taste.  For a beer that’s 9.2% its very smooth – the grapefruit is there but its not as aggressive as some IPA’s.  It’s quite a sophisticated beer really – just the right amount of malt to hops, it goes down smooth and yet doesn’t sacrifice flavour.

The audio portion of the review doesn’t tell the full story.  I spent the entire evening sipping this beer and it was delicious.  I recommend this beer as a re-buy and hope to see it on the shelves of the liquor store in the future.

Cheers – see you on Beermas Day 07. 😉