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Sahalie | The Ale Apothecary

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The Ale Apothecary
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.83%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sahalie is the flagship brand of The Ale Apothecary, brewed year-round of malted barley & wheat and Goschie Farms Cascade Hops. Hop bitterness and acid produced by our house lactobacillus culture provide the balance to the malt and oak structure of the beer. She spends up to 1 year in our oak barrels during a long, relaxed fermentation prior to a month-long dry-hopping (yes, in oak barrels!). 
Our sensory experience is a tropical & citrus fruit nose of apricots, pineapple, and orange produced from yeast esters and hop oils. The palate is tart and pithy, combining earthy and herbal undertones that evolve as the beer warms & opens up within your glass.

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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 395
Photo of Zythophile
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: 1/8/16
Palate Contaminants: salty stuff

I gather that these aren't particularly easy to track down outside of the brewery. It was a see-it buy-it kind of deal.

Appearance is a very nice translucent gold. It reminds me of the yellow hue stripes in a tiger's eye gemstone.

Smell is pretty darn good. Funky pineapple and mango, along with a little bit of berry, maybe strawberry. Honeycomb, too.

Taste is pretty complex. What's not in here? It's got sweetness, saltiness, bitterness, sourness, and savoriness. The sweetness is pineapple. (I'll call salt sui generis.) The bitterness is tart citrus. Sourness is lactic. Savoriness... well, the closest I could get would be how I feel about pork, but that would be a negative flavor description. And this concoction is really good. There's a floral element, too. Overall, it blends together very nicely. Here's a thought: it would go really well with a burrito. Forget that crap about Guinness being a meal, THIS is a meal.

This thing just lingers. It's great. Comes on smooth, and leaves the best flavors to hang around.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
3.71/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this at a Portland farmhouse beer festival and loved it.

Bought a bottle, cellared for 6 months and revisited. Disappointed.

Rather simple citrus forward sour beer (the cascade hops give a lemony note I suppose). All present were hired by it, after I had talked it up beforehand. Closer to a middle tier DG saison than to a Gueuze or Beatification. Not worth the $30 price tag, at least for my bottle. Apparently there is some bottle-to-bottle variation so maybe I got a bit of a dud.

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Photo of Rothobinide
4.89/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A fascinating, crazy beer. Pours out a golden-orange with generous head. Smells like banana bread spread with various fruited jams and dry-hopped. I got pineapple, banana, orange, apricot, fig... just a ton of crazy flavor. Carbonation and finish is sharp yet pleasingly smooth. This beer is super complex, yet very drinkable. I will definitely seek it out again.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Totally mind blowing. So much going on, but not a beer that beats you over the brow. Funk on the nose with some tropical fruit and citrus. Wonderfully tart. Lemon citrus funk. Love this.

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Photo of AnotherBrick00
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2015. Wow. When I first popped the cork the most incredible passionfruit smell erupted. Pours a clear gold with little carbonation and no head. The taste and texture are nearly perfect. I really couldn't tell you what is not perfect about this bottle, but such is life...

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Photo of John_M
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled the other night with some friends at 16 tons.

The beer pours a striking golden amber color with good retention and decent lacing. The beer certainly looks attractive enough. On the nose, this is just outrageously complex. There is a huge wine aroma, but with considerable underlying funk from the lacto, along with light vanilla and stone fruits (apricots and peach, for the most part). Given the nose, I expected the beer to be fairly sour, but it really wasn't. Yes, there is some underlying sour, but it blends in very well with the wine like flavor, stone fruit, light clove and light vanilla. This beer is extremely light on it's feet, considering the alcohol. Yes, you can kind of sense that the alcohol is up there a bit, but I think that enhances the mouthfeel. The finish is very, very clean, with very light bitterness, and there isn't a sharp edge anywhere in this well crafted beer. The beer also seemed to have excellent acidity, giving the beer a mouthwatering quality that I always love to see. So drinkability is exceptional.

Wow. This is very, very impressive.. The price tag is high for AA stuff (was told the price tag on this was around $30), but in this case, it just might be worth it. One thing I would add... I was told that this beer was roughly a year old (if so, it's held up amazingly well), and so I have no idea if what I tried is comparable to what the beer is like when fresh. All I do know, is that I was very impressed with the beer I had last night.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

December 16th, 2014 bottle

A: Pours a hazed dark golden color with a nice one finger bone white head. The cork popped off like a shotgun blast, so I was expecting this to be pretty heavily carbed, but this doesn't really appear that way.

S: Tons of white wine, white oak (like freshly sanded white oak), cinnamon and a little bit of baked apple.

T: This just absolutely explodes with flavor the second it hits your tongue. Tons of white wine, light pear and stonefruit, oak and a little bit of kiwi on the way out. Leaves this lingering warmness that's really the only trace of the abv with a great chardonnay and slight spicy oak note. Damn impressive beer.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up at Belmont Station. 24 Sep 2015 batch. Tasted 27 Dec 2015.

Pours cloudy medium-pale yellow, touches of gold and orange. Gushing at bottle open, but settled down, yielding two fingers of white head. Excellent retention, columns of bubbles just visible through the fog.

Smell is powerfully vinous, like a medium-sweet white wine. A touch of yeast pungency, some faint sour.

Taste is similarly wine-y. Grapes, lightly astringent. Some surprising sweetness, honey-like. A bit of soft dry sour. Tasty and complex, full of varied light flavors.

Feel is good, fairly light. Carbonation could be a touch higher. Lasting, light, airy.

Good beer, a uniquely white winey sourish. Not worth the price, for me, but tasty.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super tasty. I wish it was fruited, but this is still a great sour. Tons and tons of sour barrel character and lots of wine notes with very dry finish. It's a little funky on the finish, but still a fantastic beer.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle split between a pair of large snifters . Holy crap is this a heavy bottle. Empty, it still feels full. Batch April 10 2015. 9.85% abv.

Pours clear golden with a small white head. Head seems to stay constant. Plenty of carbonation. Smell is funky, hoppy, musty. I can't think of many positive descriptors, but it's a pleasant smell.

Taste is tart, white wine, buttery like a chardonnay. Funky. This is a strange and interesting flavor.

Mouthfeel is dry and smooth. This is a beer unlike any other I've tried, and I like it.

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Photo of Moose90
4.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

A — A slow steady pour yields a clear and bright yellow color into the glass. Fluffy white head appears, but fades rather quickly and doesn't leave much lace behind it.

S — Smells of tart lemons, fresh cut grass, white vinegar, apple juice, peaches, funky a little bit. Quite acidic.

T — Taste profile comes in waves, good bit of lemon/lime acidity, balanced with a grassy and herbaceous quality.

M — Light in body, high carbonation, quite dry.

O  — Very good overall, for sure, wonder how this develops with some age.

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Photo of Sintech
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml Bottle.

Shipped by a good buddy from Oregon to Nebraska.

Second best sour I have had in my short adventure in Sauerland...

Pours a golden orange hue. Fruity, funky nose. A sweet, tart, fruity explosion of flavor. Unbelievable drinkability. One of the best sours out there. Highly recommended. Seek this beer out.


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Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful apricot-tinged pour, slightly cloudy with a craggy, blooming head that really lasts.

The nose is fruity/yeasty with predominant apricot notes which carry over into the flavor, and build into a long, long finish.

The body is mousse-like, and is the ideal support for the apricot-y goodness.

The level of tartness is also ideal, never becoming overbearing, but always in the foreground.

This is one of the best sours I've tried, and is right up there with Nightmare on Brett as prime examples of great Northwest wild ales.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 5-8-14.

A- Pours a brilliant and bright golden color in the glass. A big and active head forms and retains fairly well with good lacing. The body of the beer has a slight haze, but can still mostly be seen through.

S- Esters and yeasts hit the nose first and give the beer a saison scent right off the bat. There is a touch of acidic tartness that kicks in next and lightens the beer up a bit on the nose. At the end of the drink, all of these smells combine and mix to form an almost latex-like impression.

T- On the tongue, this beer starts with with a small bang of tartness. The tartness is a combination of wild yeast acidity and fruitiness. There is almost an apricot flavor in the middle of the drink. The grains and yeasts kick in towards the back half of the drink and provide a complexity that the tartness cannot attain alone. Lingering impression on the palate is a combo of mild and refreshing tartness and a yeasty mustiness.

M- The label on my bottle tells me 10.5% ABV, but my tongue and senses are saying that this is a chuggable ~5-6%. This beer drinks like a refreshing saison with just enough funky complexity to really make it complex. It is incredible smooth, but also has a high carbonation level of a wild ale.

Overall, I really like this beer. Its flavors are incredible complex and move from light and tart to grainy and funky. I think my favorite indicator of quality in this beer is the constant, fluffy head left in the bottle after every pour. It simply will not go away! Go out and try this if you can; you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Gotti311
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Man this thing is sticky and sweet. Feels like this is a blend where all the individual components didnt come together very well. A hint of acetone is definitely misplaced even though I typically like that in sours. Too big and a bit messy, but definitely an interesting ride

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Photo of Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from 1/2014, with the fancy hemp string. Served in a snifter 3/4/2015.

A- Very promising, light yellow-orange body that is clear in character. One finger white head with average retention time. No lacing.

S- Holy white grape must, oak, pale malt, dry sugar sweetness, even a little bit of funk. Not particularly tart at all. The sweetness seems to impart a peach-like aroma as well. This is an interesting nose.

F- Unfortunately I find this to be fairly sweet, although with the 8.92% ABV, I shouldn't be surprised. A little bit of peach, some funk, plenty of oak, tons of white wine, a little caramel, and a lot of sweetness that is on the verge of cloying. This drinks like a very hefty saison more than an AWA; there isn't much sourness to this beer.

M- Medium bodied, a bit lower in carbonation than expected for the style. Definitely hefty, and you can sense a bit of the higher gravity while drinking it. Definitely a sipper.

O- Decent AWA, but it's one that seems more like a saison than a true AWA. Not much sourness at all which is not what I expected for a beer labeled as an AWA, but a fair amount of complexity and interesting flavours abound here.

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Photo of cducap
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A beautiful beer in every sense. Hops and funk and complex layers. This is what "craft" was at one point in time. Someone putting everything they have into small batches and trying to push the envelope. Compares with all the best in this style.

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Photo of SaltySizzle
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Apoth does such a fantastic work in bottle conditioning which lends to tremendous mouthfeel (opening the bottle is a memorable & unique experience from untying the string to the audible pop of the long cork). Taste has depth in character. Overall, I could crush this all day long.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First beer from them and it's awesome. So balanced. Seriously, this is awesome. Its sweet, nicely carbonated and it has a nice wine flavor in the background.

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Photo of NicDacey
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the greatest beers I've ever had. Wonderful lightly tart sourness. Fruit notes throughout the palate. I never wrote notes on it, but it was one of my favorites of 2014.

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Photo of thebigredone
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Certainly an interesting brew for Ale Apothecary.

Taste is slightly tart with a pleasant but unusual mix of tropical fruit flavors and light vanilla.

The mouthfeel is a distraction in this beer. The feel is thick and oily, rather than light and effervescent like most sours.

Overall, this was as an enjoyable brew, but I believe it would be even better if it were less slick and more refreshing.

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Photo of themind
5/5  rDev +13.4%

This beer is a legendary, unique, innovative brew that rivals all beers in the respective category. The beer has a fantastic mouthfeel that finishes dry showing the wine barrel aging. The earthy aroma and a taste truly satisfies, it makes for a true 5/5 brew. The beer has a tart, sour, bitter, hoppy, citrus twist that is so unique and intriguing I find myself salivating at the thought of more. This cabin in the woods brewery, in my opinion presents a new category of beer style as it's so unique. If you have the chance to acquire this monster of a brew do it! the price is steep but the reward is well worth the cost.

Bottom Line: Legendary brew!

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Photo of beertunes
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled June 27 '14, split with BA OKComputer. Poured into tall wine glasses. Poured a cloudy yellow color withe a moderate amount of white head that low-moderate retention and low lacing.

The aroma aroma and flavors were were just fantastic, some grain base, some yeast spice, a bit of fruit, a pleasant sourness, and a very dry finish. Drinkability was excellent, next time, I might just keep the whole bottle for myself ;). Overall, a beer that I have a hard time describing, just try it yourself. After I get more.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Damon for this bottle.

A - Poured a hazy bright yellow colour; almost opaque. One finger of white head formed on the pour and quickly receded to a thin layer on the top of the beer.

S - Oak and a sour presence show up initially with some grape, citrus, lemon and bready notes also present.

T - Tart, bordering on sour. some fresh citrus and lemon notes show up initially, giving way to a vinous grape presence and toasted oak. A bready malt backbone provides some contrasting sweetness and a mild bitterness from the hopping shows up in the finish. A very complex beer.

M - Medium body. Dry with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dull golden yellow with some sediment and is topped by a generous and foamy white head that coats the inside of the glass. The nose is similar to latache - some house funk, a little grain sweetness, more yeast, and lime zest. The taste is very similar to the nose with semi-sweet cracked grain, a big yeast presence, wood, some tart citrus, and a lingering funk. It's a medium bodied, foamy, funky, grainy saison with a great citrusy, hoppy bitterness, and a complex, semi-dry, slightly boozy finish. This beer is absolutely fantastic and totally worth trying, would definitely recommend.

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