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La Tache - The Ale Apothecary

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151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 117
Gots: 24 | FT: 5
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)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-21-2013 22:50:33 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev -6.6%

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch 8/19/12.

Pours a slightly murky yellow with a fizzy off-white head that settles to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with some malt, grain, and fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity and slight wood finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

11-11-2012 08:55:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-04-2013 02:49:56 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +9%

Thanks to Dave for sharing this. Bottled December 21, 2012.

Just like the Sahalie, body is light yellow and a bit hazy. Good white head and nice retention. The nose has a bit of faint sulfur and cheese underneath very nice wheat. Behind that there's some lemon and faint spice. Flavor is similar with a bit less acidity than the Sahalie, but same wonderful complexity. Body is very light with mild acidity. Super easy drinking.

Again, just wow. I am really impressed.

03-16-2013 12:34:40 | More by Thorpe429
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

09-08-2013 07:53:02 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

05-04-2013 00:24:53 | More by acurtis
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

11-03-2013 02:11:51 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%

08-23-2014 22:19:29 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -5.4%

07-07-2013 01:21:47 | More by GRG1313
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3/5  rDev -29.1%

09-23-2013 07:19:28 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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emerge077

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

12-29-2013 05:44:09 | More by emerge077
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largadeer

California

3/5  rDev -29.1%

01-06-2014 02:28:43 | More by largadeer
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

08-17-2014 15:30:01 | More by SocalKicks
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

Bottle shared by Todd. Thanks! Served in a plastic cup.

A - White foam settles to a solid cap and splotchy lacework. Hazy orange body.

S - Big brett aroma, with loads of tropical funk to it. Notes of lemon, perfume, stone fruits, vinous oak; very saison-esque.

T - The taste is quite similar, but with even more brett character. Dusty, with a slightly medicinal note, but otherwise there are hefty doses of tropical and stone fruits, and a vinous oak character in the finish.

M - Medium-full body, pleasant carbonation, soft texture, and a dry finish. Alcohol is immaculately concealed.

D - Great stuff! Would love to drink this again. Really impressed with Ale Apothecary so far. Could imagine working through a 750ml bottle over the course of an evening.

08-14-2013 02:21:42 | More by MasterSki
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beernads

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-26-2014 19:56:53 | More by beernads
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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

10-11-2013 18:02:09 | More by imperialking
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -5.4%

01-11-2014 14:35:42 | More by yourefragile
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -9%

750ml bottle with a date of 12/21/12 poured into a snifter. The brew appears a pale golden yellow color with a big white cap that fades back leaving patchy lace on the glass. A swirl effortlessly revives.

The aroma opens up a little awkward and not that desireable with notes of burnt plastic and strange phenolics. As it breaths, the plastic dissolves a bit and in its place is mostly a lemony lactic character.

The taste is tart and fruity like pear/apple and wheat with a kick of alcohol that feels mildly like perfume. The aroma showcased some real plastic off-character and thankfully that is mostly muted in the taste.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A unique wild that starts off harsh and grows on you as it breaths and opens up.

02-21-2014 19:09:46 | More by stakem
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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

11-04-2013 00:45:15 | More by drewone
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%

Batch Nov 09 2012
10.78 alc vol

The beer is light golden with a small, fizzy white head. The aroma offers lemons, wild yeast, grass, funk. Herbal and earthy tones with a delicate sweetness balanced by a light funk. Highly drinkable and really smooth on the palate. This one is a sleeper. Light spice quality. Beautiful balance and so easy to drink. Where is the alcohol presence? Masterfully hidden. A truly fabulous beer.

03-16-2013 02:55:56 | More by Huhzubendah
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

08-08-2013 03:36:30 | More by Gonzoillini
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4/5  rDev -5.4%

11-01-2013 20:53:31 | More by Mebuzzard
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billab914

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

01-03-2014 11:52:40 | More by billab914
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

Sooo.... I am a little bit hesitant adding a new brew/brewery with this pedigree.

reinheitsgematt and I somehow managed to make our way to Ale Apothecary within about a day or two of our same vacation footprint... And Matt opened a La Tache tonight.

No label. Not a cork and cage, instead a champagne knot in red string. Classy for sure, but a huge PITA for folks tying them... I am impressed with the presentation.

The brew pours clear golden.. short lasting white head... decent
lacing with low profile head... nice.

Nose is not "funky" the way most geeks will expect.. instead, a
wonderful lemony/lactic aroma abounds... I get a lite "citrus"
hoppiness, but I could be imagining things... Cascade?

The flavor pretty much mirrors the nose with a nice oaky presence .... Barrel notes maybe? Viognier? Lactic acidity without ever verging on "acidic" ... lemony and very approachable for folks touching base with "wild" ales. Tart and soooo very drinkable. Digging this one very much.

A great summer session sour... just tart enough to guarantee sips, but makes me want another right away.

I loved my little tour around the "Mountain Brewery" .... Besides the winter snow ;-) I cannot imagine a more perfect place to make a dream come true. Badass... Thanks, Paul!!

3.5/4/4.5/4/4.5

07-30-2012 18:38:20 | More by JohnGalt1
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

07-22-2013 03:26:36 | More by liamt07
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La Tache from The Ale Apothecary
94 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.