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Sahalie - The Ale Apothecary

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245 Ratings
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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.55%
Wants: 180
Gots: 53 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
The Ale Apothecary visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.83% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: TheBungyo on 10-19-2012)
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Sammy, Jul 21, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

djrn2, Aug 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

zestar, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

acurtis, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Thorpe429, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

nmann08, Mar 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Texasfan549, Apr 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

kjkinsey, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 17, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev -2.1%

Knapp85, Sep 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

SocalKicks, Feb 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

largadeer, Jul 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

JAHMUR, Jul 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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,

jlindros, May 21, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

MasterSki, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

XmnwildX12, May 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

MarkyMOD, Apr 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

beernads, May 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

drewone, Jun 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

imperialking, Aug 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

yourefragile, Mar 27, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

stakem, Feb 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

mdaschaf, Oct 16, 2013
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4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Huhzubendah, Mar 16, 2013
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Sahalie from The Ale Apothecary
97 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.