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Sahalie - The Ale Apothecary

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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.55%
Wants: 196
Gots: 47 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
The Ale Apothecary visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.83% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheBungyo on 10-19-2012

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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Ratings: 279 | Reviews: 46
Photo of Ace1117
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TreeBear
4.99/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of judkinst
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SpartacusV1
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jvillefan
4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DantheMan75
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kmlund
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gotti311
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
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

Photo of Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of QuentinCall
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EricTeusink
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dicers
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prost76
3.92/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cducap
4.76/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of SaltySizzle
4.76/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brett funk, hay, lemon zest, barnyard and horse blanket. Wine and tannins. Oaky. Decent amount of carbonation.

Photo of ScottP
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rish907
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of saxclar123
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PretzelCity
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CowsandBeer
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of dvmin98
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Sahalie from The Ale Apothecary
97 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.