Sahalie - The Ale Apothecary

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 344
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 19.5%
Wants: 239
Gots: 66 | FT: 13
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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 tewaris
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Ryan for sharing this one. Comes in a very hipster "cork and string" bottle ... yup, string. Poured golden/peachy/light amber with a medium head and medium haze to it. Smells overpoweringly of flowers and phenols... some were turned off, I found it interesting but not a tasty aroma. Moving on... thatnkfully the taste was not of flowers: somewhat tart, quite phenolic and with an odd bitterness that I wasn't the biggest fan of. Fine on the mouthfeel but not as drinkable.

Also, if the ABV listed is to be trusted, hid its alcohol very well.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.73/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottle from a very generous Luke. Thanks! Snifter. January 2013 batch.

A: I'm surprised there isn't a cage on this. Strange. It opens with a massive pop. Transparent yellow gold with three fingers of white foam. Excellent retention. Nice looking beer.

S: Floral and grassy notes blend with a light graham cracker sweetness. There's some lemon, white grape, oak, and perfumey character.

T: More of that graham cracker sweetness with lemon, vanilla, and orange. This is pretty sweet. There's a good amount of white grape character, as well as a light spiciness.

M: Medium body with high carbonation. Soft mouthfeel.

Overall: A nice vinous Saisonesque beer. Sweeter than one would expect but still enjoyable. I just noticed the ABV is nearly 10%. Interesting. I wouldn't have guessed it was nearly that high.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Batch 1/25/14.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, yeast, funk, white wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, funk, and white wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of vinous notes with some tart notes clearly identifiable. Taste is a mix between some vinous notes with some tart notes and light funky yeast undertones. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Very solid mix between complex Brett notes with well-balanced acidity level.

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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 TotallyHosed
4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

EDIT: Batch July 2012
Thanks to Trystero.

Pours a beautiful golden yellow color, completely opaque. The head is dense and bright white. Lots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

The nose is light yet complex with hay, funk, white wine and grape must.

The flavor is also light with some funk and oak barrel. The malt backbone is evident and tastes like some wheat was used. The finish is rather dry. I cannot taste any alcohol.

The feel is a nice medium with some carbonation tingle.

Overall I am very happy to have landed this bottle. First, this brew looks gorgeous. The notes in the aroma and flavor are very well balanced and do not overwhelm. Despite the high ABV, I simply cannot taste any of the burn. I suppose barrel aging has mellowed this brew. Speaking of which, I'm not sure if I tasted the malt backbone or flavors imparted by the wine barrels. It's very difficult for me to separate notes imparted by white wine barrels versus the brew's ingredients. As this brew warms, I'm convinced I tasted the wine barrel, not the malt backbone. I'm keeping the notes above unchanged, so I can keep track of my original impressions.

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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 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 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 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 Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of MasterSki
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I think Todd brought this obscure tick. Served in a snifter.

A - White foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind minimal lacework. Murky dark straw-colored body.

S - Lots of brett, light wine, tropical fruit funk, a bit of must, earthy and dirty, and a lightly sweet pale malt backdrop.

T - The taste is quite similar, with tropical fruits, light stone fruit tanginess, hint of lactic lemon sourness. Some peppery, phenolic yeast character, and no trace of the alcohol - I would have guessed this was 7%, and not the listed 10.54%.

M - Medium body, pleasant carbonation, dry, grainy texture, with a lightly oaky finish. Perhaps a bit of warmth that alludes to the higher-than-expected ABV but not a ton. Very easy to drink.

D - I'd never heard of this beer or brewery, so this was a pleasant surprise. A very nice barrel-aged wild Saison. I'll have to check out some other beers from this brewery, as this was quite enjoyable.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a bright gold color with a slight haze. Tall, large-bubbled stark white head. Nice retention and lace.

Nose is soft and fruity with a tart pear aroma. White wine and vanilla oak, smells really good.

Taste is unique...very wine-esque with a slight tartness...I wouldnt say full on sour, but fruity and tart are good descriptors. Apricots and pears moreso than darker fruit. Mouthfeel is soft and sweet, fine-bubbled. What I would imagine a slightly sour, fruity trippel to taste like.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes: 750ml bottle into snifter. Thanks Mike!

A: Pours a lemony yellow with a bubbly white head that faded into a fuzzy softy film that left spots of soapy lace down the glass.
S: Funky, creamy, and fruity with notes of peach, apricot, and other stone fruits. Mellow funk.
T: Sour notes of funky stone fruits and golden fruits. Slight bitternes. Light flavors.
M: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation.
O: Tasty and easy to drink. Thanks again Mike.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle from Belmont Station.

A: Cloudy orange color with a half inch of firm white head. A slight glass stain for legs.

N: Lemon, grapefruit, straw, horse blanket, and ample oak. Candied oranges. Wine is pronounced with the vinous white grape, some melon and apricot. Esters. This is very inviting.

T: Mixture of sourness, oak, and a back end malt which rounds out the flavors. Balanced and delicate without sacrificing intensity.

M: Full, well-carbonated, and smooth.

O: I’m going to load up on bottles of this. Really, really nice stuff. Bravo.

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Photo of harrymel
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is batch 2, bottled 27SEP12
ABV 10.54%

Pours a light straw yellow with a fine white sheet. Nose orgy. So, I've never had sex in my nose, but this is like being educated by someone well adapted to teaching different angles, speeds, depths, etc. So, up front, the manure funk, nice something I can't finger - maybe a bit of anise/wormwood character with a bit of soaked wood. Super complex nose. A nice farm character, really deep character. There's a good fantome, hill farmstead depth to this beer. Thin bodied with a fine, velvety carb and an ambitiously intriguing finish. Kinda dry, kinda cloying. There is a touch of sweetness.

Certainly this is a wild ale, but not in the "traditional" sense - really insane, not tart/sour like most expect. If you though BRUX was fun and interesting, this will blow your goddam cranium to pieces.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 1.15.13
Batch Sep 27, 2012

A - Pours an active clear light orange with a bubbly large off-white had that fades slowly.

S - Nice subtle funk, lemony, peach, and some pear.

T - Funk, fruity - mostly citrus, woody and grass.

D - tons of carbonation with a light body. Dry, tart finish.

O - My first Apothecary Ale. Nice and tart with nice citrus and wood. I would buy this one again. Good work.

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Photo of stakem
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with a date of 6/14/13 poured into a snifter. The brew appears a pale golden color witha white head. Some patchy lace sticks to the glass and overall displays solid retention.

The aroma is lemony lactic mixed with almost a hint of perfume-like coriander and alcohol mix. It is quite vinous as well which just gets exaggerated the more I smell this and it warms up. Overall, just an awesome nose.

The taste is tart and lemony with some mild grain wheat freshness and earthy bretty funk that is drying to contrast the vinous notes.

This is light bodied and modestly carbonated. Despite being a very easy drinking brew with little alcohol impact, it really starts to show a warming alcohol feel as it gets warmer. Really, overall fantastic stuff. We had a tasting with 3 different Ale Apoth offerings and while they all share a familiarity about them, I would rather drink this all day long instead of trying any of the others. Fantastic stuff right here.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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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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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to Rutager for another awesome beer.

A: 3/4" white head over cloudy golden amber liquid with fine carbonation on the sides of the glass.

S: Green grapes, dry white wine, grass and pears.

T: Green grapes, pears, oak, grass, cereal grains, white wine and sour funk. More bitter than sweet.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium to high level of fine carbonation. Some drying from the alcohol. Very dry white wine like.

O: Complex and tasty, this beer was a treat to try.

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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 jbaker67
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a medium white head. Aroma of pineapple, brett, a little funk, and some slightly tart notes. Flavor is very complex, bringing out notes of brett, pineapple, Belgian yeast and some farmhouse notes. Really complex, with the pineapple notes adding a wonderful dimension on of the bretty, funky body. Wonderful depth, with very lively carbonation, which is perfectly fitting.

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Photo of SteveyMcSteve
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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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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95 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.