Be Still - The Ale Apothecary

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 34
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Ale Apothecary visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ArdyExfor on 07-28-2014

Brewed with roasted barley and biscuit malts, the structure of Be Still comes from acid produced by Ale Apoth's house lactobacillus as well as acid from brettanomyces and pediococcus activity during 10 months of slow aging in rye whiskey and fresh pinot noir barrels. The rye and wine portions are then blended together and allowed to sit on cascara (the sun-dried exterior fruit of the coffee bean) and cocoa nibs... adding depth and complexity.
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Reviews by jlindros:
Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%

No head obviously, thick super pitch black, thick legs. 4.25

Nose is really interesting, wine vinous red wine aromas, into sour obvious lacto funk and sour malt, vinous wine with even pinot barrel notes. So much wine, and faint malt, but no roast or cocoa.4.25

Taste sweet pole, then big tart sour lacto funk, lacto sour all over! Sour grapes and pinot barrel, big red wine but tart and soured. Very mild dark malt, with faint roast. Cocoa really comes through too, creamy cocoa and fudgey dark choc like, little chewy fudgey, with nice sour lacto. Faint booze. Finish is sticky sweet, tangy and acidic with nice sour lacto lingering, sour black malts, little cocoa. 4.5

Mouth is heavier bod, no carb obviously, mild booze warmth, sticky thick syrupy. 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of ILikeGoodCider
5/5  rDev +21.1%

So many flavors here. The acid isn't too strong, and the rye spices come through perfect. The coffee & cocoa are backend treats. This is very different and a welcome addition to the sour trend. The no carb is perplexing at first, but you almost immediately are glad it's flat. It allows the complex flavors and aromas to reach you unabated. I'm glad I got more than one bottle. Seek this one out.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 7/18/2014.

Appearance - Flat. Deep amber body.

Smell - Coffee. Chocolate. Light vinegar. Light brett. Interesting.

Taste - Sharp tartness. Coffee is probably the strongest flavor. Some deep caramel and chocolate. Immediately gone and wine-like flavors kick in. Sourness takes over and tannic flavors linger into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Flat. Medium heavy body.

Overall - Intense, but extremely flavorful. Fascinating beer.

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%

One of the most unique beers around - I expect no less from Ale Apothecary. Like just about everyone, the intentional stillness of the beer gave me some trepidation. After drinking, I believe it was the right choice for the beer, particularly compared to the very active carbonation of most Apothecary beers. The cascara brings big cherry notes and some tannin and the cocoa nibs impart a cocoa flavor less reminiscent of chocolate than the fruitiness of roasted cocoa pods. The price is high but well worth it for such a unique experience.

Photo of derftron
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Tried this beer after a Timbers game at Baileys Tap room.

some guy I was sitting next to popped the bottle. Having had most Ale Apoth beers, I asked him how it was. I am not a fan of non-carbonated beers, and the price tag on this one is quite steep. He generously poured me about 6oz into a snifter.

appearance: blackish/brownish/red no head or carbonation

smell: sour, red wine, chocolate, malt. all over the place. very interesting

taste: this beer is really cool, and just another example of master craftsmanship by Ale Apothecary. As I said before, IM not a fan of "still" beers, but with this one I barely even noticed. immediate sour/red wine notes gave way quickly to chocolate and roasted malts. It pump fakes you into thinking sour off the bat and then it disappears into a completely different profie. crazy crazy beer. after a few sips and trying to figure it out, I just stopped thinking and enjoyed it. the two different barrel treatments come and go at different times as it hits your palet.

still not sure I would drop the $35 on this, but this is an awesome beer that I will definitely try again. highly recommended.

Photo of kscaldef
2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

Really hard to form an opinion on a 1oz sample pour. More like Fernet or a bitter herbal vermouth than beer. Need to revisit this with a larger pour.

10/31 update: revisted. Still don't care for this.

Photo of jakewatt135
4.81/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A little odd at first sip. I had to get my head passed the flat nature of this beer. I have little experience with any beer that is or is nearly flat. After a sip or two I got passed it and loved everything about this beer. Lots of great roasted flavors complimented by chocolate and a touch of coffee. The wine barrels were something I really noticed in the finish with the slight sour and I felt that they brought the whole experience together beautifully.

A few non beer loving friends enjoyed this thoroughly. Great beer all around, and thought provoking. One tip, he says not to age because it is flat and will allow oxidation to occur and ruin the beer.

Photo of themind
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Heavy wine notes immediately show themselves upon popping the cork. No head is present, a deep grape mist seems to dominate the aroma. taste is wine, grape, slightly tart citrus. There are multiple layers of flavor to this beer, it's very hard to describe. The finish is dry, I have never had a beer like this, its most unique. If you like wine, this is your beer. A monster of the most unexampled proportions.

Bottom Line: The new Hill Farmstead is here and it's name is Ale Apothecary.

Photo of thebigredone
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Unique, really unsure how to rate this. It was enjoyable, but not something I could drink more than 4oz of.

Photo of scottfrie
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in Oregon, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a flat dark raisin brown color with not head or lace, as expected.
S: Tons of coco and coffee come through on the nose along with a few tart barrel notes as well.
T: A very complex beer unlike nothing I've ever tasted. I get flavors of coffee, coco, cheesy funk, rye and vinous red wine. Rye whiskey is noticeable and adds a nice mellow spicy complexity. Buttery barrel finish, with lingering leather and fruit juice in the aftertaste. The tartness is subtle, like red berries.
M: Medium full body, surprisingly full mouthfeel, with the faintest suggestion of carbonation. The mouthfeel is so nice I don't ever notice the intentional lack of carbonation.
O: This was awesome. Just an all-around interesting and complex beer. The list of ingredients does not sound like they would work well together, but some they do. Definitely a pricey bottle, but I wish I had bought more.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch 6/25/14.

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with no head. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with roasted malt, cocoa powder, earth, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cocoa powder, roast, fruit, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a tasty mix of stout and sour qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of eawolff99
3.16/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Undercarbed. Tough to take down a pour.

Photo of rudzud
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a dark brown hue with no head, nice legs though. Looks well, still. 4.25 (x .05 = .213)

S - Aromas of lacto, brett, pinot, rue whiskey, not much chocolate our coffee, just loads and loads of pinot noir barrel. Nice rye too. 4.25 (x .2 = .85)

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Loads upon loads of pinot, the rye is light and subtle and the chocolate. The chocolate and wine are so complex, earthy, mineral. Thick flavours, tart, sour, lacto. 4.5 (x .45 = 2.025)

M - Mouthfeel is flat sure, nice sour notes, heavy. Alcohol is there though is a solid feel 4.25 (x .1 = .425)

O - Overall the nose and aroma really pop, . Chocolate and wine, delicious 4.25 (x .2 = .85)

Total Rating Score: 4.36
Serving Type: Bottle

Photo of PZBREW
3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

No. Stale mess. Second time worse than first. Just bad.

Photo of Wowcoolman
2.96/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had at a blind tasting. Undercarbonated chunk of vomit. Avoid this one- even if you can manage to drink it you'll get heartburn.

Photo of jtmartino
1.5/5  rDev -63.7%

Yikes. Not a fan of this one (nobody at the tasting enjoyed it).

Reminded me of a Tart of Darkness that was opened and left out to get flat and oxidize. With more chocolate.

The rye and pinot don't play well together. They form a harsh, almost astrigent flavor that's hard to get past. There's an acetic quality that combines with the pinot barrel character to give the impression that it was blended with a red wine that had turned bad. Yuck.

The best part of the beer was the cocoa. I think it was added as an after-thought because Paul knew this beer needed something to distract from its flaws.

By far the worst beer I've had this year, and certainly the worst beer I've had from AA. What a waste of $35...half the bottle ended up down the drain.

Be Still from The Ale Apothecary
91 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.