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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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

sliverX, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of popery
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
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
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

GRG1313, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Quafftastic
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Quafftastic, Jul 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

djrn2, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of bobv
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

bobv, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of beerloverofbham
4.26/5  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.

beerloverofbham, Jun 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Reagan1984, Jun 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Eighty, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Retail1LO
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Retail1LO, Jun 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

BillHilly, Jun 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

claspada, Jun 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Abrengle, May 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

chubby2u, May 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

sharpski, May 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

acurtis, May 04, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 4.17.13
Batch: Dec 21 2012

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a very active fizzy white head that fades fast.

S - Citrus - lemon, funk, slightly nutty.

T - Tart oakiness, very subtle citrus, buttery wood.

D - Tons of carbonation and very light body.

O - Smells great, but flavors are not quite there. I would let this one age a bit more.

HuskyinPDX, Apr 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

BAstoutsNsours, Mar 26, 2013
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
Photo of Huhzubendah
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

quetzal013, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ale apothecary attaché saison
Bottle at baileys taproom Portland, Oregon, mid feb- 2013

Pours a nice golden color, almost clear...Nice ring of white head.

Champagne yeast shines through with a nice Brett and oak overtone, giving it a light skinned fruit and cream aroma. Lemon zest. Very clean and crisp aroma, inviting. 4.5

The taste follows suit though it adds a huge cereal malt note compared to the nose, and has a nice semi bitter flavor on the back end balanced by some lemon flavor. Not exceptionally balanced, but nice and has a certain warm alcohol blanket on the tongue. Plenty of nice carbonation and medium feel.

Overall a nice beer, apparently brewed in all oak barrels only! Purist stuff in a great beer city. 4.25

Dreadnaught33, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Alieniloquium, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of harrymel
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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