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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
Ratings:
241
Reviews:
34
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
8.18%
 
 
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3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch 8/19/12.

Pours a slightly murky yellow with a fizzy off-white head that settles to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and tart with some malt, grain, and fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity and slight wood finish. 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.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
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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4.62/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Dave for sharing this. Bottled December 21, 2012.

Just like the Sahalie, body is light yellow and a bit hazy. Good white head and nice retention. The nose has a bit of faint sulfur and cheese underneath very nice wheat. Behind that there's some lemon and faint spice. Flavor is similar with a bit less acidity than the Sahalie, but same wonderful complexity. Body is very light with mild acidity. Super easy drinking.

Again, just wow. I am really impressed.

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4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing, May 15, 2014

Nice foamy fluffy fizzy head hits 1.5 finger but fades quickly, little lacing, clear golden tan color.

Nose nice tart golden sour, fruity bright stone fruit little citrus, light vinous and wine barrel notes, little juicy and fair funk, quite grassy funk, lemongrass and general grassy malt.

Taste brings more of the same, nice tart generic fruity, sour funk with grassy farmhouse sour funk, grassy malt, tart citrus, lemongrass, touch of lemon candy and acidic sour bite flemmy note. Then mild toasted oak barrel, some vinous wine flavours, tart funk late, little flemmy dry finish, little lemon tart funk.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, little tart flemmy, nice carb.

Overall pretty nice, good funk level, nice acidity, pretty enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

FYI, the dry-hoped batch aged in red wine barrels was exquisite.

Something to note here that's critical for all reviews of Ale Apothecary is that batch and batch date are INCREDIBLY important. Where most brewers are going to strive for consistency batch to batch within a beer "name", Ale Apothecary uses the "names" as more ideas ... identities that change and express themselves differently in each iteration.

For example, some batches of Sahalie are aged in different barrels, hopped differently. Some batches of La Tache are dry-hopped and aged in pinot barrels; some aren't. Some batches of El Cuatro are in Brandy barrels only, some in Brandy and Pinot. Furthermore, they transform quite a bit in bottle over time (and are probably not really ready to drink for at least 3 months after bottling date).

With that said, all reviews / ratings are either a rating of a particular batch at a moment in time or an aggregate rating based on multiple experiences with different batches over time.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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