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La Tache - The Ale Apothecary

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160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
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)
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Sammy, Jul 21, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

djrn2, Jul 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

zestar, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

spycow, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

Thorpe429, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

acurtis, May 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

GRG1313, Jul 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

ygtbsm94, Nov 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.1%

largadeer, Jan 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

SocalKicks, Aug 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

emerge077, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

MasterSki, Aug 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

beernads, Mar 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

imperialking, Oct 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

drewone, Nov 04, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

yourefragile, Jan 11, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

stakem, Feb 21, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Huhzubendah, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Gonzoillini, Aug 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Mebuzzard, Nov 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

billab914, Jan 03, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

JohnGalt1, Jul 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

liamt07, Jul 22, 2013
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La Tache from The Ale Apothecary
94 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.