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Sahalie - The Ale Apothecary

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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.55%
Wants: 189
Gots: 54 | FT: 11
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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4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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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.

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750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Light golden yellow. Very hazy. Nice white head.

Smell - Lots of white wine, funk, and oak. Mild acidity. Grainy malt aroma with some lemon and citrus.

Taste - White wine flavors prominent again. Much more sour than the nose implied. Lemon, lactic sourness. The sweetness from pale malt builds and covers the sourness. Herbal flavors linger in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Sweet and sour in the same sip. Medium heavy body.

Overall - I had to have this (and all Ale Apothecary beers) a few times to really appreciate it. They are all very complex beers that don't fit into standard molds.

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Sahalie from The Ale Apothecary
96 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.