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
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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:
#1,115
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
260
pDev:
7.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of biboergosum
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | 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

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4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of peensteen
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
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 +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of redfox405
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | 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

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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

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3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of shoegueuze
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of datpingao
4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rudzud
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros. Bottled May 15, 2014

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear golden hue with a thin white head that fades to leave spotty lacing.

S - Aromas of very nice funky house yeast strain, great wine barrel notes. Chardonnay wine, very light light tropical fruit notes. The nose is super fragrant.

T - Taste is similar to the nose and has nice funky notes. Really nice yeast strain with good barrel and wine notes. Very light, tropical notes. Faint sweetness is really.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated.

O - Overall this was a delicious beer, excellent wine notes.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
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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The Beer Formerly Known As (TBFKA) La Tache from The Ale Apothecary
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 260 ratings