Sahalie - The Ale Apothecary

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 294
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 6.97%
Wants: 209
Gots: 58 | FT: 11
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (638 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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (404 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 MasterSki
4.26/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (933 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (968 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 Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.73/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

7/30/2013

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. (821 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 like...as 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 TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev 0%
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. (635 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 HuskyinPDX
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (413 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 dirtylou
4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (882 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.27/5  rDev -4%
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. (526 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 jbaker67
4.45/5  rDev 0%
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. (398 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 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 scottfrie
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (1,179 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 harrymel
4.36/5  rDev -2%
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. (843 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
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. (605 characters)

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