Be Still | The Ale Apothecary

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Brewed by:
The Ale Apothecary
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with roasted barley and biscuit malts, the structure of Be Still comes from acid produced by Ale Apoth's house lactobacillus as well as acid from brettanomyces and pediococcus activity during 10 months of slow aging in rye whiskey and fresh pinot noir barrels. The rye and wine portions are then blended together and allowed to sit on cascara (the sun-dried exterior fruit of the coffee bean) and cocoa nibs... adding depth and complexity.

Added by ArdyExfor on 07-28-2014

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Ratings: 122 |  Reviews: 15
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
5/5  rDev +20.8%

So many flavors here. The acid isn't too strong, and the rye spices come through perfect. The coffee & cocoa are backend treats. This is very different and a welcome addition to the sour trend. The no carb is perplexing at first, but you almost immediately are glad it's flat. It allows the complex flavors and aromas to reach you unabated. I'm glad I got more than one bottle. Seek this one out.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 7/18/2014.

Appearance - Flat. Deep amber body.

Smell - Coffee. Chocolate. Light vinegar. Light brett. Interesting.

Taste - Sharp tartness. Coffee is probably the strongest flavor. Some deep caramel and chocolate. Immediately gone and wine-like flavors kick in. Sourness takes over and tannic flavors linger into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Flat. Medium heavy body.

Overall - Intense, but extremely flavorful. Fascinating beer.

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Photo of derftron
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Tried this beer after a Timbers game at Baileys Tap room.

some guy I was sitting next to popped the bottle. Having had most Ale Apoth beers, I asked him how it was. I am not a fan of non-carbonated beers, and the price tag on this one is quite steep. He generously poured me about 6oz into a snifter.

appearance: blackish/brownish/red no head or carbonation

smell: sour, red wine, chocolate, malt. all over the place. very interesting

taste: this beer is really cool, and just another example of master craftsmanship by Ale Apothecary. As I said before, IM not a fan of "still" beers, but with this one I barely even noticed. immediate sour/red wine notes gave way quickly to chocolate and roasted malts. It pump fakes you into thinking sour off the bat and then it disappears into a completely different profie. crazy crazy beer. after a few sips and trying to figure it out, I just stopped thinking and enjoyed it. the two different barrel treatments come and go at different times as it hits your palet.

still not sure I would drop the $35 on this, but this is an awesome beer that I will definitely try again. highly recommended.

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Photo of kscaldef
2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

Really hard to form an opinion on a 1oz sample pour. More like Fernet or a bitter herbal vermouth than beer. Need to revisit this with a larger pour.

10/31 update: revisted. Still don't care for this.

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Photo of jakewatt135
4.81/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A little odd at first sip. I had to get my head passed the flat nature of this beer. I have little experience with any beer that is or is nearly flat. After a sip or two I got passed it and loved everything about this beer. Lots of great roasted flavors complimented by chocolate and a touch of coffee. The wine barrels were something I really noticed in the finish with the slight sour and I felt that they brought the whole experience together beautifully.

A few non beer loving friends enjoyed this thoroughly. Great beer all around, and thought provoking. One tip, he says not to age because it is flat and will allow oxidation to occur and ruin the beer.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%

One of the most unique beers around - I expect no less from Ale Apothecary. Like just about everyone, the intentional stillness of the beer gave me some trepidation. After drinking, I believe it was the right choice for the beer, particularly compared to the very active carbonation of most Apothecary beers. The cascara brings big cherry notes and some tannin and the cocoa nibs impart a cocoa flavor less reminiscent of chocolate than the fruitiness of roasted cocoa pods. The price is high but well worth it for such a unique experience.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of distantmantra
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PretzelCity
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of markcp
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TreeBear
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The acidity and the dark fruits makes you forget about the (purposeful) lack of carbonation. Lots of dark fruit. Somehow still has a good mouthfeel even though there are no bubbles

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Photo of drone
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a unique and very complex beer that seems to me to be quite under rated. I'm a big fan of this brewery and this one is also one that should not be missed for the complexities of all aspects, look, nose, mouthfeel, flavors and finish. Perhaps a one of a kind type of blend/brew. Wine drinkers will love this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Basoos1
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev -2.4%

4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ale Apothecary Be Still

A: This purposefully uncarbonated beer pours a deep, unassuming brown with rusty, reddish hints. It is a bit hazy, though mostly clear, especially at the edges. Obviously, no carbonation or lacing are present, but there are slight alcohol legs. Viscosity appears to be medium, happily yet surprisingly as syrupy can be a worry with still beer of 8%+. 3.75/5

A: Tart red currants, tart cherries (could be the cascara), and tons of dark fruit (especially figs) dominate. Leathery Brett blends with lots of rich red wine fruitiness and cocoa. Finally dry, spicy rye whiskey and alcohol finish it out. The only drawback is that a sour vinegar does seem to take the aroma over as it warms, though not entirely. This is exceedingly complex and sophisticated, and if it were not for what wine drinkers would deem "off-flavors," could appeal greatly to fans of that libation. 4/5

T: Despite the warning from the aroma of what could have been overly sour vinegar, the flavor comes through delicately and as sophisticated as the bottle implies. Sure, up front there is definitely tart cherry and acidic red currant, but it gives way quickly to sweet figs, dark chocolate, and fruity Pinot, all in perfect harmony. Finally, as in the nose, spicy rye whiskey and dry, leathery Brett (plus some tannins) come and clean the palate out, leaving behind a hint of tobacco and toffee. Exemplary and so unique in its execution, this is a perfectly balanced beer that really edges into wine flavor territory. 4.75/5

M: Again, this is obviously flat, but it works due to how wine-like the beer reads on the palate. The mild acidity helps keep it a little lively as well and causes the slightest pucker. It is pleasantly viscous (more than it seemed). There is some tannic drying and slight alcohol heat in the very back end, but neither is unpleasant, rather it seems like a red wine even more so. 4.75/5

O: There is not much like this beer out there. Ale Apothecary may be expensive, but they are all so interesting and generally so well-executed that it is hard to call them overpriced. Everything about this completely flat beer just works. It is obvious that they were going for a wine-like brew (from the bottle to the cork to the label to the appearance to the flavors and so on), and they succeeded, coming out like a Bordeaux blend. Needless to say, it is completely delicious and will score most highly with dual fans of wine and beer. Still beer is still fairly underground, but with prominent names like AA and Cory King of Side Project showing interest, this could become more popular in the future. Drink near room temperature for best results. Pair with Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring." 4.75/5

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