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La Tache - The Ale Apothecary

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 200
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 131
Gots: 31 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
The Ale Apothecary visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 07-30-2012

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 21DEC12
ABV 8.14%

A nice clean lemon yellow with a solid sheet of bone white, super fine foam. Love to watch the solid column of bubbles rising from the center of the glass. Nose carries lemons, tartness, a touch of hay and manure, some hibiscus and some fresh cut grass, as it warms there is a leather and funk. Fucking A. Taste is initially nice and tart - not overly so at all - the tart character is well integrated with a nice earthen bitterness, plenty of lemon flavors, some soil, a bit of mushroom and water cracker. The beer feels light and easy on the palate, maybe a touch undercarbonated or something - although I like the way it feels, I can't help but think it could be better. Another outrageously complex beer from a brewery that reinvigorates my sense of boundaries for what beer is, and can be. Brilliant, artistic, intriguing and layered.

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Golden-yellow body, heavy carbonation. Another really lovely beer from the Ale Apothecary - self described as a 'table sour', dry hopped during its stay in oak barrels. Light, funk, lots of bright lemon citrus, hop juice, a bit acidic, sharp carbonation. It's a shame this stuff is so expensive (approaching Cascade levels), because these guys make wonderful beer with fantastic branding.

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750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Golden yellow body. Nice white head. Great surface foam and retention.

Smell - Wine barrel is strong. Bready malts. Slightly hoppy. More hoppy than I expected.

Taste - Wine barrel is strong here too, but sweet pale malts and a bready malt character that dominates. Hoppy flavor blends well. Interesting merger of styles.

Mouthfeel - A touch too sweet. Well carbonated.

Overall - Another interesting offering from Ale Apothecary. Similar to Sahalie, maybe less crazy.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours the color of--dare I say it--a tasteless American macro-lager, but with a frothy, continuous pure white head. The carbonation is very visible.
S: Pretty subtle aromas. Some grapefruit, and melon, but with a little bit of musty . Smells similar to a Berliner Weisse, but with less lacto and wheat scents up front.
T: Immediately, I pick up lemon verbena and sticky honeydew melon, with some white wine, and finishes with oak. Rolling it around my mouth on another sip, I notice some almost indistinguishable notes of Cascade hops, some wheat and more of the lactic acidity.
M: Excellent mouthfeel. Lingering effervescence.
O: An exceptional wild ale from a brewery that seriously knows what they're doing with both spontaneous fermentation and oak barrels. This bottle was opened exactly six months after the bottling date. I'd be curious to know what younger and older versions of this would taste like. Very subtle, but highly recommended. I look forward to tasting later vintages of all their beers.

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La Tache from The Ale Apothecary
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