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The Beer Formerly Known As (TBFKA) La Tache | The Ale Apothecary

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250 Ratings
The Beer Formerly Known As (TBFKA) La TacheThe Beer Formerly Known As (TBFKA) La Tache
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Ale Apothecary
Oregon, United States
thealeapothecary.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Beer Formerly Known as LA TACHE is the table sour produced year-round by The Ale Apothecary. (TBFKA) LA TACHE is made of malted barley & wheat and Goschie Farms Cascade Hops. The hops are used only for aroma as the balance of the beer comes from acid produced by our house lactobacillus culture. She spends up to one year in our barrels during a long, relaxed fermentation prior to a month-long dry-hopping (yes, in oak barrels!). Our sensory experience is lemon citrus & fermented orchard fruit nose over earthy undertones. The palate finishes with soft lactic acid balanced by the malt body.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 07-30-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,151
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
250
pDev:
7.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

of course i am aware that these beers are very process intensive and small batch, but man are they expensive! you get what you pay for, but for this price, i could drink a couple cases of something else, or an extravagant bottle of wine or something, really. not saying it isnt worth it though, this is a really cool beer, interestingly called a table sour, thats new to me at this strength. the beer has wonderful soft oak tannins, a bright piney hop profile that makes it feel new and alive, and a pretty complex acid taste thats more compelling and nuanced than a standard lacto derived twang. there is some nice farmy funk here too, some cool sweetness from the malt and a ton of body, leaning into a dried apricot fruitiness, white wine zing, and some wooded warming alcohol, very natural to me, yet also very complex. i also get sticks and leaves, dried berries, and vanilla and honey sweetness, as well as some wheat malt. very interesting beer, kind of sits a little heavy and acidic at the same time in the belly, but its a joy to put down. the yeast profile here is really unique, and it tastes incredibly mature and patiently made to me. not as hoppy as i thought it might be from the description, but they are real well integrated into this clever beer. at this price point, i wont be revisiting this anytime soon, but it was cool to get to drink this beer with my good friends and colleagues!

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4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbingham24
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Golden honey, frothy, cloudy and lively
S- Funky with hints of oak
T- Funky, dry, tart and sour with hints of honey and oak
F- Light body, effervescent carbonation, acidic, tart and tingly
O- A little more tart and funky than I like but otherwise a perfect example of why these guys are so popular. Personally I think Sahalie is their best beer but this one doesn't suck either.

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3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdaschaf
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of motherofgod
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml weirdly corked bottle - from notes, thanks to doktorzee for providing this (among many other stellar offerings) at his recent bottle-share.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, rather loosely foamy, and fizzy off-white head, which leaves some approaching iceberg profile lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of mildly funky yeast, white grapefruit rind, tart red apples, white wine vinegar, grainy pale and wheaten malt, clover honey, some vanilla-forward oakiness, a further tropical fruitiness, and perhaps a minor lactic sourness. The taste is some tart apple, orange, and grapefruit fleshiness, spoiled milk, gritty and grainy pale malt, a lesser edgy wheatiness, gently woody acidic white wine (Pinot Grigio?), estery honey, earthy yeast, more as yet muddled exotic fruity notes, and some tame leafy and grassy green hop bitterness.

The bubbles are quite active in their swirling and probing frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, the sour and tart essences here somehow capable of minding their manners, it would seem. It finishes off-dry, that tropical fruitiness really doing well to linger like a boss, thankfully quelling the already docile funkiness.

Overall, this is another damned fine offering from this backwoods brewing concern - it's a sour/wild/infected ale, and I'm not complaining about it in the least. That should tell you everything and anything about how good this one is - and thanks again, Greg, for the wallet-saving share!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pale golden colour, ring of white head and no lace. Smell is funky and lactic, vinous and an almost gueuze like quality, lemon and stone fruits, nectarine and a well integrated oak. Taste is funky with a ton of fruit flavour, peach and apricot, lemon, moderate sourness and acidic, oaky and vinous with a dry oak barrel finish. Lightly carbonated, medium creamy body. Absolutely outstanding, hands down one of the best beers of the year for me.

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4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rab53
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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