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

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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:
#1,109
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
260
pDev:
7.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Corson
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a slightly hazy yellow, with a small head and lots of lacing.

This smells like lemon, white oak, white wine, piney hops, clean lactic acid, fruitcake, and apricot.

This is really nice and very complex. The hop character is sparkling, citrusy and sprucey, and adds a lot to the beer. There’s a nice oak character- it’s almost like white oak or something, it doesn’t feel like the usual oak character you would get from something like this. There’s some slight malt sweetness, stone fruit, lemonheads, and a heavy and compelling acidity.

This is light bodied, sparkling and refreshing, with a lively level of carbonation.

I really enjoyed this one. This brewery’s beers are always a treat.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 9/30/16
Palate Contaminants: none

The color is a medium orange-gold. Not a whole lot of head or lacing. Still, it has a nice glow.

The scent is funky citrus. It's tangy, and I'll refer back to Five Alive again, but it just is. Maybe Five Alive mixed with Squirt.

Taste is unsurprisingly tart. But I still can't pick out the exact citrus fruit. Maybe because it's really more of a peel taste. Tangelo peels/skin? (There's also a pear cameo.) The funkiness lines up with some sort of forest character, moreso moss and broadleaves than pine, which is the usual. To round out the last leg of the oddball combination, it's even lactic. I actually wish I had some acidic cheese to try with this. I also get some mineral nature, like the stone taste one sometimes gets in a white wine. The complexity increases with temperature.

Carbonaiton is a bit prickly, but like everything from Ale Apothecary, the weight is substantial (medium-heavy for the type). The aftertaste has little of the citrus twang, leaving the funky forest and mineral cheese.

I love creativity.

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Photo of BeerDrinkingRhino
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jheimbigner
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KensWorld
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled Dec 18 2016. One year on hold in celler at 50deg. Wow how it has aged to perfection. Hops have dropped but the complex funky sourness has evolved into a total masterpiece of a Sour. Unripened Pear and Apple, has this Pineapple and Ginger bight to it. Finishes with a creamy smoothness. Has many Geueze characteristics and is actually more complex then most of them. One of the best Wild Ales out there! Solid 5.00

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

Photo of Kenmac19
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kplummer82
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pkalix
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
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 -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbingham24
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
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 -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kyledover
4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Resuin
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of mdaschaf
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of motherofgod
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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