Sahalie - The Ale Apothecary

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 295
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 2.7%
Wants: 208
Gots: 58 | 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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Photo of themind
5/5  rDev +12.4%

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! (653 characters)

Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of NicDacey
5/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (184 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a wonderful golden hue with a thin white head that fades to leave a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of super floral, peach, stone fruit, perfume, brett funk. Just so much going on with the nose. Incredible.

T - Taste is super funky lacto brett peach, funky awesome. Creamy, Delicious, good solid funky wild, loads of lacto. The wine notes are huge, super vinous deliciousness. absurdly good. Lives up to the hype.

M - Mouthfeel is very nicely carbonated, alcohol is hidden super well. Ridiculous.

O - Overall this beer was absurdly good, phenomenal nose and flavor. Almost want to call shenanigans on the ABV but yeah, incredible. (688 characters)

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)

Photo of BuckeyeFaninMI
4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best brews I have had in the past 12 months which is saying something considering the Three Floyd's, Huna, and Half Acre brews I was privileged to drink. Those pineapple notes were exceptional. I will be ecstatic to share my other bottle with my friends during Fall tailgates! Can't wait to try the Sahati (316 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.76/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Split with rudzud.

Date October 18, 2013??? Date is double printed so not quite sure.

Nice fizzy fluffy head that fades fairly quickly after hitting almost 2 fingers, messy lacing, hazy blond color.

Nose is phenomenal, fresh tart fruit, peach apricot like, little sweet like almost candy, very very light on sourness, little vinous note, wine barrel like, with nice lacto sour funk, big Brett sour funk too, really nice, so floral and effervescent.

Taste is great too, phenomenal, fresh stone fruit, great peach and apricot with great tart fruit, then sourness, great lacto funk and mild Brett funk, great floral Brett funk. Nice vinous wine, little wine itself flavor. Dry tart funk, little sour flemmy lacto finish, nice funk, delicious fruit lingering too on the finish.

Mouth is a bit over carbonated, but booze is hidden very well.

Overall phenomenal, (866 characters)

Photo of cducap
4.76/5  rDev +7%
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. (248 characters)

Photo of SaltySizzle
4.76/5  rDev +7%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Darrell for sharing. Also huge thanks to boralyl for getting me out a bottle of this. Bottled Novemver 9, 2012.

Pours a lightly cloudy light straw color. Nice fluffy head with good retention. The nose contains light sulfur, cheese, wheat, and hay. Some backing lemon and other faint citrus. Really extraordinarily complex and interesting. The flavor ups the lemon and brings really integrates everything beautifully. Acidity is a fantastic component in the background without being too heavy. A bit of backing wine with a touch of pepper and phenols.

Absolutely fantastic. I'm blown away by this beer. (614 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

So happy to find this at Beer Mongers on my recent trip to Portland, was the highlight of my beer shopping. Bottle date: July 18, 2012.

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy straw-gold with a finger+ of thick white head.

Smell. Sour light fruits and citrus (dried lemon zest, apples and pear mainly), some delicious sweet woody funk, a little pine and fresh sweet brioche. Complex, unique, and amazing.

Taste. Funky dry brett, fresh pine wood and light tangy fruits ...maybe pears, lemons, oranges, pineapple and peaches and some nice complex, lightly fruity farmhouse style yeast. There's a light bitterness, a touch of sweetness, and a dry finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with a fine, medium+ carbonation. Pretty much perfect for this beer.

Overall. Very complex, nice light sourness and brett, great fruity flavours and a wonderful nose. Awesome stuff that should age very gracefully. I'll be anxious to try this again down the road. (950 characters)

Photo of beertunes
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of mantissa
4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This bottle opened with overwhelming carbonation.

Certainly one of the tastiest wild beers I've had in OR for some time. From what I understand, the brewer starts this beer with an open vat, with a nod to Belgian traditions. I'm tempted to say that the style was closer to Lambic than Saison, but realistically it was somewhere in between.

Belgian yeast was the overwhelming flavor, followed by some lemony tartness. Sahalie had a pleasant amount of funk, without an overwhelming dose of leather or hay.

The price for this bottle was sorta high, but I'd definitely pick up another if/when I do come across it. Looking forward to trying some more from these folks (666 characters)

Photo of TheBungyo
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, talk about a spectacular beer.

Pours honey gold with almost no head. Minimal carbonation.

Nose is tangerine, orange, lemon, and oak.

Holy shit this is good! The dry hopping compliments the sourness and funk perfectly. They sprint side by side with the subtle oak bringing up the rear and it works like a charm. Amazingly, the near 10% ABV is almost completely camouflaged.

I love the mouth on this one. Carbonation is laid back and makes for a full feeling mouth. Great stuff.

I really wish I lived closer to Bend to buy this stuff more often. I guess it just means I need to visit Bend more often to pick it up. Poor me. (646 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Label says Sep 27 2012.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before shrinking to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of wispy surface foam. Sudsy semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Funky sourish aroma with lots of tropical fruit notes like apricot, pineapple and grapefruit. Slightly effervescent with a small amount of alcohol fume.

T- Refreshing flavor of moderately tart tropical fruit, the same as noted in the nose. The acidity is there but so restrained as it complements the fruit wonderfully. Incredibly drinkable for the high ABV (Bottle says 10.4%). Tad bit of white wine taste from the barrel plus a nice amount of yeasty funk to round things out.

M- Tart, tangy, zesty without going overboard. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- I'm actually a bit perplexed on this one. Yes it's complex but, at the same time, it's just a nice drinking beer. No overbearing sourness, no extreme oak presence and no cloying sweetness from the fruity esters. Everything flows together in a symphony that packs a pretty heavy, but barely noticeable, alcohol punch. Truly a privilege to try this beer supplied to me by SatlyMalty. (1,247 characters)

Photo of jjdc
4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge cork pop followed by a gusher. Hazy golden, orange pour. The nose is vinous, tart and slightly funky. This is pretty wine forward -- tastes a bit like a viognier. Oak, grass, grapes, apples, pears, funk and a nice crisp tartness. Well balanced and taut. Perhaps, a little less fruity tha Russian River and similar sours, but still excellent. (346 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a stemmed snifter. This was bottled on June 14, 2013 and its alcohol content is 10.27%.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, only slightly hazy amber/gold and leaves a big, white, fluffy head of a couple fingers. Carbonation can be seen floating to the surface.

Smell: Zesty lemon, mild peppercorn, light coriander, delicious smelling spices, floral hops, light grassy funk. Very pleasant aroma.

Taste: Matches the smell pretty well and has a fantastic, smooth finish. Lemon, spices, green apple, light floral hops. A mild amount of sour. Alcohol is masterfully hidden, maybe the best I've ever encountered.

Mouth-feel: This is what really sets this beer apart from others. High carbonation and extremely spritzy but with a very creamy, and yet airy, body. The feel is almost like a hybrid between head and body - the beer really fluffs up in the mouth.

Overall: I am very impressed with this beer, my first from the Ale Apothecary. The flavors are all fantastic, and well balanced. The mouth-feel is very interesting and appealing, it really works with this beer. I can't believe this is over 10% ABV, it is well integrated into this beer's profile. (1,184 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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. (424 characters)

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm giving this full marks for appearance because not only is the beer itself a great, bright mineral tangerine, but the bottle is beautiful too. The twine-tied cork is distinctive and nifty.

Great lemon-driven citrus along with a touch of honey sweetness. Great acidity - not puckering but nearly. Apricot and peach fruitiness. Oak depth throughout. Slight grassiness as well.

I would say this was worth the rather exorbitant price-tag, great stuff. (454 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5


Batch: June 27, 2013
Alcohol; 9.98%

Thanks for sending this one my way, Gabe! Been looking forward to it. Sahalie eases from the glass straw golden, very pale. A touch of haze runs through the body but huge streams of carbonation burst to the surface at a pretty unbelievable clip. The two finger head is brilliantly white with outstanding staying power and chunky lace. This is a great looking beer!

Depth upon depth in the nose. Lemon and dry oak jump out upfront before the nose settles into both tropical and citrus fruits seamlessly. A woody herbal note pops in here and there adding uniqueness. Candied orange peel, coriander, and doughy malts round things out. There's no hint of alcohol in this big guy.

Lemon and bright orange pop upfront with an underlying current of dry, softly tannic oak. A spritzy vinous character steps forward mid palate with funky pineapple notes before segueing into dusty tropical fruits. Candied citrus peel finishes things off with the backbone doughy maltiness. A touch of lactic funk lingers long on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is about as good as it gets. This beer verges on 10% yet there's not a hint of alcohol and somehow the body weighs in on the light side of moderate. Snappy, bordering on prickly, carbonation makes for a frothy mouthfeel and scrubbing dryness that's on par with some of the world's best saisons. This beer is almost scarily easy to put away.

I have heard some good things about Sahalie but in no way did I think it would be this good. The complexities run deep but are in no way fatiguing and never step on each others feet. The balance works very well and the high alcohol is so well hidden that the only other beers I can think of that do such a good job at hiding it are some of the best Russian River sours. Sahalie is one of the more enjoyable beers I've had in a long while. It's up there with some of the best of the year. Thanks again, Gabe! Great stuff! (1,941 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle 10.27% abv 6/14/13 bottling date. teku glass.

Pours a dark golden color with a nice foamy head. The smell is very much saisony well as a bit of fruit and funk. slightly tart too. the taste is very complex and in my opinion world class. it starts off with a bit of tartness up front as well as some earthy funk with lemon and citrus flavor and finishes on the back end with a great fruity after taste that lingers on your palate. its that finish that really puts this one over the top and makes it unique. i really dig it. ABV absolutely undetectable. medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall a world class beer and one i was extremely impressed by. will seek this out again in the future. (726 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle bought from the awesome guys at Baileys tap house in Portland, OR while I was on a short visit. I also had the other offering the ale apoth came out with, I like the story of the brewing process and how ancient it is. Batch is November 09 2012. Was able to ship this back to DC with no problems.

Statement: this is a saison with wild yeast, not a wild ale. Rate accordingly.

The beer pours a nice light orange with gold to yellow highlights on the edges of the has a nice frothy white head to start which dies a bit in my classic cantillon glass.

The smell has a nice earthy malt base, and the wine oak notes shine through with an added funky yeast overtone that is nice and brings me further into the glass. Some lemon and wheat in the nose too. Not the strongest aroma in terms of how much actually springs out of the glass, but what's there is nice.

The taste has a surprisingly sweet start and leads into some nice stone fruit like peach, (my friend mac says kumquats), funky notes that are very tasty, this is much juicier than I thought it would be and I like it. Lemon and citrus, some nice sugary after tastes, it rolls over with nice body and carbonation, well done. Very nice and composed flavor, great funky saison- I would call it this over wild ale in my book.

Overall, a very, very nice beer, easy to drink, refreshing, and honestly I would never guess it was 10%. Well done. (1,414 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (157 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into belgian tulip.

Appearance is light fuzzy yellow, hazy with a small creamy white head.

Aroma is juicy brett esters, soft Pinot Grigio, tangerine, Asian pear, white grape, and sweet apricot. Nice fruity yet balanced nose.

On the palate you get more citrus but with lemon, grapefruit dominating with maybe a hint of pineapple. Layered brett profile with must, spicy phenols, and dried stone fruit. Very well integrated into the beer. A little tart but not much. Semi sweet aftertaste. Expected a dryer beer.

Mouthfeel is about right. Light body with medium high carbonation.

Overall a tasty brew. Nice brett character, fruit flavors, and refreshing light body with ample carbonation. Awesome hot weather drinking! This seems to be the most popular of the Ale Apothecarys but I think I slightly proffered Sahati. I will be seeking anything and everything from this brewery. (889 characters)

Photo of SteveyMcSteve
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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Sahalie from The Ale Apothecary
96 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.