Sahalie - The Ale Apothecary

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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.32%
Wants: 207
Gots: 56 | FT: 10
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 BuckeyeFaninMI
4.78/5  rDev +9.4%
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

Photo of jbaker67
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of joe1510
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Photo of Resuin
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
3.73/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of mantissa
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Photo of tewaris
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
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.

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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.5/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of TotallyHosed
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of Rutager
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of SteveyMcSteve
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.

Photo of harrymel
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of TheBungyo
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Sahalie from The Ale Apothecary
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