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La Tache - The Ale Apothecary

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BA SCORE
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176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 121
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of Rutager
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thank you to Steasy66 for this!!

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw-gold with a finger of white head.

Smell. Floral and funky, sweet hay, light fresh wood, light apples and pears. Very nice.

Taste. Light fruits, apples and peaches, medium-light in the sour dept., some fresh wood, lightly floral, light funk. Again, very nice and no alcohol to be found.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body (a little light), medium-strong carbonation (a little strong).

Overall. Fantastic stuff. Like a sour saison. This brewer really knows his shit. Thanks again Ryan!!!

Rutager, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev -5%

kscaldef, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

zestar, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of standardcherry
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

standardcherry, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of box_social
4/5  rDev -5%

box_social, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Okisailor
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Okisailor, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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
Photo of nkeckhar
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

nkeckhar, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of MatthewPlus
4/5  rDev -5%

MatthewPlus, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Gonzoillini, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of N17shelfside
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

N17shelfside, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of afrokaze
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

afrokaze, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of ung
4.25/5  rDev +1%

ung, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.25/5  rDev +1%

trxxpaxxs, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +1%

liamt07, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -5%

Sammy, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of sliverX
4.25/5  rDev +1%

sliverX, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of popery
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darkened yellow. Slightly cloudy - you can still see through it. Fizzy white head. Little lacing and the head dies away quickly. Very faint diacetyl note. Nice acidity. Some raspberry, lime, orange, lemon, apricot, plum. The taste is quite tannic, very woody. The carbonation gets in the way of the flavor, but there's also some more tart fruit in there. Blackberry, raspberry, lemon, plum. Everything under ripe. A little bit of butter in the finish. Mouthfeel is prickly, effervescent. Carbonation is too high for me. Otherwise, the feel is rather light for the abv. It's just ok and, really, a bit of a disappointment to my expectations for this brewery. It's overcarbonated and somewhat lacking in flavor, ultimately. Still, it's also easy to drink and hides is strength well. Kind of a mixed bag.

popery, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -5%

GRG1313, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Quafftastic
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Quafftastic, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5%

djrn2, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of bobv
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

bobv, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of beerloverofbham
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

beerloverofbham, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of Reagan1984
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Reagan1984, Jun 18, 2013
La Tache from The Ale Apothecary
94 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.