1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

La Tache - The Ale Apothecary

Not Rated.
La TacheLa Tache

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

162 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 162
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 120
Gots: 26 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
The Ale Apothecary visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 07-30-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 162 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jtladner
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

jtladner, Yesterday at 07:14 PM
Photo of bmmortale
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

bmmortale, Yesterday at 07:14 PM
Photo of dar482
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%

The beer is really foamy and out of the bottle is mostly head.

On the palate, it is the same, very overcarbonated. Past that, the beer drinks extremely thin for 8.5%. The fruit qualities are of fresh pear, a bit of apple, grassiness, hints of saison yeast spice. A little floral and funk. Dry, but lacking in flavor on the back end.

Surprisingly disappointing for the hype on this brew.

dar482, Tuesday at 06:13 AM
Photo of Roze
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Roze, Monday at 01:59 AM
Photo of Tamigleo
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Tamigleo, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of akang
4/5  rDev -5.4%

akang, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of griffeyb
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

griffeyb, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of Goatdavemac
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%

Goatdavemac, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of IpeeA
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

IpeeA, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

eawolff99, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of guajolote
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

guajolote, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of atpca
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

atpca, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of gfg0020
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

gfg0020, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of pwoody11
4/5  rDev -5.4%

pwoody11, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -5.4%

spycow, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

SocalKicks, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Chingringo
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Chingringo, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of cfh64
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

cfh64, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Spaceangler
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Spaceangler, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Cynic-ale, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of JuanAlberto
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

JuanAlberto, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a well carbonated, hazy straw yellow that's consistently topped by a foamy white head throughout drinking. There is no sediment and minimal lace. The nose is predominantly funky with a slightly tart grainy sweetness. Similarly, the taste brings forward tart lemony cracked grain upfront, which transitions into lingering yeast, a slight booze, hinting bitterness, and citrus in the finish. It's definitely a light bodied, effervescent farmhouse that captures some serious funk while maintaining excellent drinkability. This definitely hits the spot, would recommend and drink again given the chance.

ThePorterSorter, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Kramerbarthomer, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of draheim
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL (bottled 4/10/2014, 7.75% ABV) into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color w/ a big monstrous white head of tiny champagne bubbles typical of a wild ale, with lively, vigorous carbonation.

Aroma is light and tart, with just a touch of grassy, citrusy funk. Very nice and clean.

Taste is citrusy, vinous, bready, tart and bright. Lemons, spices, pear, all finishing with a clean acidity. The perfect level of sweetness to balance the subtle sour character.

Mouthfeel is light and enjoyable, finishes nice and dry.

Overall, this is a truly outstanding beer, one of the best American wild ales I think I've ever had. I could drink this every day if I could afford it. Glad my friends were willing to pick this up for me when they were down in Bend last weekend.

draheim, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Zaximus
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Zaximus, Jul 21, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
La Tache from The Ale Apothecary
94 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.