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Sahalie - The Ale Apothecary

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 316
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 7.19%
Wants: 224
Gots: 64 | FT: 13
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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Reviews by SteveyMcSteve:
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4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The label on the bottle gives nothing away, thus, this beer was a total surprise. I was looking for something to pop on new years and this did the trick.

Pours a golden color with almost no head. Resembles a cider, or apple juice, in color.

Nose is apples, chardonnay, a hint of orange. Somewhere deep is a bit of farm as well...hay? compost? sweet, well aged manure? I don't know, but damn, I like it.

Taste is the same: apples, chardonnay, a little orange. That fizzy, carbonated taste of a good, DRY white wine/champagne is there. If I didn't know what this was I would swear it was wine/champagne.

The swallow leaves a dry, apply taste. Again with the chardonnay. But, there seems to be a hint of ginger beer...a really good ginger beer. Carbonation, sticky, apples, a little alcohol warmth (~ 11%)...very cidery after taste. "More" is the only thought running through my brain.

Overall, this thing is tremendous. Dangerous..,way too smooth for 11%. This sort of thing almost redefines what it is to be a beer. Makes me glad to be an Oregonian. (1,057 characters)

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.79/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (1,576 characters)

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4.09/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

Really complex, not very sour. (30 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
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750ml bottle, split

"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 opens up within your glass."

Pretty strong tasting notes - I really enjoyed the effects of the dry hopping which seemed to interplay very nicely with the soapy and pungent bacteria that harvested in this barrel. Very impressive stuff. (882 characters)

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Sahalie from The Ale Apothecary
96 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.