The Ale Apothecary

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Wild Ale
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4.38 | pDev: 7.31%
The Ale Apothecary
Oregon, United States
Notes: Sahalie is the flagship brand of The Ale Apothecary, brewed year-round of malted barley & wheat and Goschie Farms Cascade Hops. Hop bitterness and acid produced by our house lactobacillus culture provide the balance to the malt and oak structure of the beer. She spends up to 1 year in our oak barrels during a long, relaxed fermentation prior to a month-long dry-hopping (yes, in oak barrels!). 
Our sensory experience is a tropical & citrus fruit nose of apricots, pineapple, and orange produced from yeast esters and hop oils. The palate is tart and pithy, combining earthy and herbal undertones that evolve as the beer warms & opens up within your glass.
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch dated APR 20 2015. Poured from a corked 750 mL bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear honey golden pour with thin fizzy white head. Modest ring of lacing.

S: Funk and fruit. Tangy apple cider vinegar mixed with sweets.

T.F: Complex. Honey sweetness up front. Fruit and funk with a bit of tartness. Not particularly sour. Strong oak... white wine, citrus, and peach. Pear and apple skins.. some herbal hops and earth. Smooth... well carbonated and medium bodied.

O: An outstanding and complex brew. World Class beer.... one to seek out.

Feb 14, 2021
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LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Re doing the review since my first bottle was sadly spoiled.

Pours a nice colour somewhere between yellow and orange and has a nice small head that leaves a ton of lacing.
Aroma is wild yeast, funky acid, and tons and tons of fruit. So so much fruit it’s crazy. Some dark, some tropical, and everything in between. Some funky soil/pine here too and some malt bready character. Very complex aroma with a ton going on.
Taste follows the nose. Every fruit in existence it seems like with some acidic character, some breadyness, pine, and lots of funk. Cool flavour profile here.
The mouthfeel is quite pleasant. Not a ton of carbonation but nice full body with a resiny dry finish.

Overall, this is a super cool wild ale but at $55 per bottle where I am it’s definitely not worth that. I appreciate the complexity of this beer though, very interesting and enjoyable.

Feb 14, 2021
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had a burnt orange color and a very cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that lasted a below average amount of time. Not much lacing, though.

S: A very good aroma of citrus fruit, tropical fruit, wood, yeast, and apricots.

T: Tasted of a bit of tropical fruit (pineapple, in particular), some apricot notes (a surprisingly subtle presence), a decent bit of yeast (present throughout, though subtle), a little bit of oak, and a decent shot of citrus fruit (orange, especially). A slightly unusual, yet fruity and tart flavor. Pretty tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A very well done sour beer. Worth a try.

Jul 09, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper colored with excellent clarity and vibrant carbonation bubbles. There’s a fingernail of off white around the rim and covering less than a quarter of the top. The aroma is of merlot, brettanomyces, wheat, and oak. I’m tasting merlot, wheat, oak, and brettanomyces in phenomenal harmony. The mouth is moderately carbonated, dry, and crisp. It’s nearly like drinking champagne.

Apr 11, 2020
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WA_Brian from Washington

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 05/16/2018.

L: Pours a light amber or copper color that is slightly cloudy with a big white head. The head has decent retention and provides great lacing.
S: Sour grapes, honey, and a bit of citrus.
T: Tart, sour apple, some lemon. A lot going on here and it's hard to describe.
F: Medium-full body. On the thicker side for wild ales and since they do bottle ferment with honey it's not too thick or sticky.
O: Phenomenal beer. Lots of depth and still refreshing and easy to drink. I've had a lot of Ale Apothecary beers and every time I go back to Sahalie I'm reminded just how good it is. This is an amazing flagship beer and one of their best. It really shows what's possible with the essential ingredients: malt, hops, yeast, and water.

Nov 03, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.99/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another first time brewery for me! Bottle dated January 04, 2018.
With a loud pop, a steamy look seemed to flush out of the top of the bottle just before I poured this into a tulip. I was skeptical as I actually held this over a pot because I wasn't sure if this was going to be a gusher. It wasn't.
In the glass, a slightly burnt copper color appeared with one small ring of lace near the top. I seemed to have missed seeing the size of the head which tells me I guess that didn't hang around at all.
The aroma captured a stellar blend of vinous sweet to sour white grapes strolling through some honey sweet balancing whiffs and some ever so slightly citrusy crisp notes.
The flavor, GOOD LORD! Uhmmmmmm....a five seems too low to give this but I guess I have to use what BA allows me to use. I don't even think 'magical' or 'angelic' even comes close to describing how awesome this taste is. So, it's all of what the aroma says it is plus a balance that seems to be dulling my mind to come up with anything new for descriptors. Not much of any aftertaste, just a little bit of white grapes and citrus, maybe a touch of honey.
The mouthfeel was between medium and full bodied with a kind sipping quality about it. Absolutely great carbonation! And that finish of semi-smooth grapefruit peel to extremely well balanced soothing honey/grassiness.
Overall, when I die, I want this beer in my coffin, I want to drink this on the other side!

Nov 02, 2019
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bobv from Vermont

4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml. bottle.
Batch JAN 04 2018.
9.98 % abv.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a one inch off-white head over an amber body with some lacing. Very nice nose of grapefruit, white wine, oak, and some honey. Taste mirrors nose wonderfully with the citrus/honey flavors intermingling in a near perfect sour experience. Semi-dry finish belying the near 10% abv. Nice feel, and overall another more than fine offering from the wood wizard of Bend. Cheers!!!

Sep 07, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best reasons to go to a beer festival is for beers like this. This is a $50 beer at my gas station. I don't buy beers priced like that unless it is God tier stuff. But I got to try it at the Biggest Little Invitational on June 1, 2019 this year.

Pour reveals an amber colored beer, for whatever reason coming in darker than my expectations. Made out for an impressive head space, 2/3" deep, white. Aroma was woodsy, had a decent amount of almost hoppy like connotations to it, stone fruit, citrus, tropical, like those light white wines that drop those citrus notes on ya.

Taste is nice and oaky, keeps hitting and pushing the citrus, isn't harsh, relatively restrained acidity and sourness. Mouth feel kept its carbonation and hid the alcohol real well. A little bit of straw, green apple and herbal notes throughout the beer.

Its a real good beer. Wouldn't say it is worth the price tag though unless you just ball TF out all the time.

Sep 03, 2019
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.92/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Beermongers

A mildly hazy copper with a dense white head with good retention and lacing. The nose is interesting. Wild and mildly sweet with plenty of tartness, a complex earthy funk. The acetic acid brightens the nose, but its potency makes is clear that the palate will be a bruiser
The palate is sour and moderately acetic and moderate lemon with a sweet lime, a little jackfruit, a particularly unique flavor to encounter, along with semi ripe peach, a touch of nail polish remover. The acetone is a bit much, hampering drinkability. Alcohol is well hidden. Softly carbonated and a bit too sour for my liking.

Sep 03, 2019
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WesMantooth from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/19/18 and 10.05% abv

A gentle pour results in a substantial, surprisingly frothy, cream colored head that never dissipates. With the pop of the cork, and the audible fizzy carbonation I never would have guessed that it would have an oatmeal stout, almost nitro like head. It sits on top of pretty burnt orange opaque body.

It smells like oak and grape must with white wine and some apricot and pear. A light sourness as a backdrop. While it smells very nice, it isn’t really pronounced either. I have my nose buried in the glass.

A solid tartness right up front in the flavor. A lot more than it led on. It has depth to it. Not a sharp, or hit and run type of sour. Then some zesty light fruit. Like fermented pears/green apples, honeydew melon, musty oak, and finishes with a lingering apricot. There is a raw flavor throughout that is more noticeable in the finish. I wouldn’t have been able to put my finger on it without reading the label, but it is definitely a honeycomb taste.

The body is a bit heavier for a wild ale. At least for anything I’ve had. It doesn’t quite come across as syrupy, but definitely creamy and full. Dry finish and not overly carbonated to take away from the flavors though, so a nice balance.

The more I drink it, the more I get a bit of orange and some darker fruit in the aftertaste. Very interesting and enjoyable beer. I would highly recommend trying it if given the opportunity. Thanks Phil!

Jul 07, 2019
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SFC21 from Florida

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch from 8/11/17. Peach treatment. Bottle purchased from the brewery in Feb 2018. An absolute gem. Very well balanced, tart without being too acidic. Peaches absolutely shine. This was expensive but worth every penny

May 20, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

so good to finally try this one, a really cool oak fermented wild beer, bottle conditioned with honey, and taking advantage of oregon grown ingredients, a very cool beer, exorbitantly expensive if you can find it, but based on overall quality along, you get what you pay for here. its a golden colored brew with a soft haze to it and a high rising very active white head from the bottle, looks very much alive, and its density and body are evident. aroma is oddly hoppy for what this is, an aged wild ale, its got some obvious grapefruit peel bitterness right away, a zesty sort of freshness thats unexpected, and a pine needle sort of wintery herbal complexion, all real compatible with the mature funk, heavy oak, and complex malt bill that has a robust barley in it along with plenty of wheat. not much from the honey, likely fermented out in the bottle conditioning. the sourness is middle of the road when i taste it, lemony and acidic, but with enough structure from the grains and the oak that this doesnt feel broken down, thin, or overly sour, plus there is a lot of bretty wild character to it, giving it earthy straw and grass notes, wet basement funk, and even fruity essences of green apple, apricot, and white grape. it does finish with some vegetal hop bitterness, but the beer overall is complex enough that its not out of place or too much. carbonation is incredible, and there is just a faint floral honey element very late, the texture of this is brilliant. i never feel good about 35 dollar bottles of beer, but i really liked this one, and think they have something quite unique and special here...

Jan 22, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange that glows with a tall ring of white foam, beautiful lacing down the glass. Smell has sour yeast up front, then gives way to a vibrant bouquet of fruit: pineapple, banana, pear, lemon, grapefruit, beet, apricot honeydew, and supporting notes of flowers, oak, wine and pine. Just an amazing level of complexity and delicate beauty in the smell. Taste was soft, more heavy of peach, beets, melon, wine, honey, and wood than smell. Feel is creamy, slightly sour, vinous and smooth. Medium bodied for style verging on heavier yeast on finish. Very well made beer

Jan 01, 2019
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

JAN 04 2018

Saturated dark orange, ample foam and arcs of delicate spotty lacing all around the glass. Steadily rising carb trails, lasting patchy surface skim.

Mellow aromas of herbal hops and citrus rind acidity, bread crusts, light dill and oak.

Tart and full bodied with a smooth feel. Ample carbonation, soft creamy texture with a moderate acidity. Bretty funk, light brie rind and wet hay. Herbal dill, light tangerine and grapefruit. Dry oaky finish with a pleasant aftertaste. Really well balanced with a mature and rustic barrel character, plenty of nuance and complexity. Definitely a top tier AWA in my book.

Oct 21, 2018
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 750ml corked bottle, batch bottled on 7th July 2017. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A lightly hazy golden orange colour with a big three finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly but left some nice lacing.

Aroma: Tart, funk, brett, grapefruit zest, lemon zest, orange and pineapple with hints of apricot.

Taste: Tart, sour, pineapple, apricot, grapefruit zest and a touch of oak.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very nice aroma and taste. There was a light booze on the finish that was barely noticeable, which I guess shouldn’t be too surprising that it was there, given it was more than 9% ABV, but it’s these little things that knocked it down a fraction or two.

Oct 02, 2018
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KettleBellFreak from Tennessee

4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle.

Nose is peaches and apple cider, spices. Taste is peaches, apples, cinnamon, cardamon, malt, slight syrupy sweetness that rounds out the tartness, slight bitterness and spice from the cinnamon flavor. Wonderful golden, dark orange and hazy appearance. Little carbonation, little legs but a full, thick body that coats your mouth. Absolute pleasure to drink.

Girlfriend says, "best of a sour, but not too sweet."

Jul 23, 2018
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Beersnake1 from California

4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2016. Poured from fridge temp. Pours a beautiful dark orange. Nose is wine, sour, and fruit. Really amazing. Taste is initially bitter and sour, with fruit citrus, wine, and a bit of funk. Amazing complexity and balance. Mouthfeel is dry and super smooth. Overall, one of the best sours that I have tried. They nailed this one.

May 19, 2018
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brewseidon from California

5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sahalie is wild ale that embodies Bend and the surrounding lands. All the ingredients are sourced from Oregon. From the barley to the aged hops. From the forests to the mountains. Strong. Fruity. Tart. Smells like the wilderness and tastes like a warm fire. If you're ever in Bend and love sours, The Ale Apothecary won't disappoint.

Mar 30, 2018
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Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden. Nose of funky grapes and soft cheese. There's some grapefruit and white wine acidity. It's super complex, there's so much going on. A touch of red grapes. I really enjoyed this one.

Nov 11, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 4/2017:
Pours fairly cloudy, with a matte orange golden body. Loud pop of cork did foreshadow a lively head. The small white bubbles capped the beer the whole glass.

Nose is a muted sour note, with hints of wet wood to bring a little funk. I can’t quite decide if there’s a dry grass or earthy aspect as well, maybe both.

Taste hits with a little burn from sour and carbonation I feel more than alcohol. Light passionfruit, lemon-lime soda, and a little Granny Smith apple bring the tart. Knowing there is wine-barrel aging brings the wine note to me a little earlier than it becomes obvious. A bit of tanin adds to drying up the beer, though this doesn’t end as dry as some spurs. In fact, this is part of the reason I think the feel is so nice. After the first little bite of carbonation, the beer is smooth and let’s the beer’s flavors have their day.

This was an enjoyable mixed fermentation beer hits on many notes in a balanced but not dulling fashion. There’s enough sour, though; a bit of tanin and funk; and a hint of the wine from the barrels that make this so enjoyable to sip, the 10% could sucker-punch you.

Oct 16, 2017
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a peach color with no translucence and a white foam that vanished quickly. The aroma was heavy on the hops - tropical fruits including pineapple with some peach. Picked up vinegar and a funky tartness at the end. Upon sipping, it was insanely hoppy! I was kicked in the head with heavy tropical fruits and citrus peel. And then the mouth puckering sour came in with mixed notes of pineapple and charred oak. The beer finished very bitter yet sweet - coming from the hops, the base beer and the oak finish. There's also plenty of heat from the booze that came in midway through the taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied - the hops and the sour is almost abrasive. Overall: I've never had a beer like this. It's very multi-dimensional with flavors coming in all directions - almost confusing to a point. This bottle was pricy but I think it's well worth it.

Jul 30, 2017
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a peachy-orange with an opaque tint. Foamy, white head stands up to two and a half fingers in height, and retains well. Good lacing left behind. Aroma is peach, and pineapple with a light breadiness. There is a twang of funk in the aroma as well. Flavor profile is peaches, pineapples, and lemons sitting on a bread base. Nice funky quality that doesn't crush the taste buds. Mouth feel is medium in thickness, with a fine, grainy texture. Overall, a flavorful wild ale that provides a delightful array of notes without blasting the tongue into oblivion.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle. Bottled Dec. 2017.

May 26, 2017
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ReviewingUnderInfluence from Canada (AB)

4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everyone knows how evasive, pricey and tasty Cantillon, 3 Fonteinen's lambics can be, so if you're in the mood for some awesome lambish beer, try out Ale Apothecary's Sahalie for 'only' $60 :/ Awesome mouthfeel, tartness, slight acidity, white wine and 'burnt rubber' and barnyard funk balance together perfectly. Cheers!

Jan 19, 2017
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metter98 from New York

4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color. It poured with a thin white head that consistently covered the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of brett yeast are present in the nose. As the beer warms up a bit, some pineapples become noticeable.
T: The taste is a little funky but is mostly dominated by flavors of pineapples and has some sourness. It has additional notes of oak and tangerines.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and a bit tar with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting wild ale that combines both sourness with interesting flavors from the hops.

Serving type: bottle

Note: July 2014 fermentation aged in barrel named Beyoncé

Jan 01, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with a hazy goldenstraw; the head rises to two fingers and leaves some splashy lacing

Smell: Peach and apricot, slightly sweet and slightly sour; Bretty funk, as well

Taste: Stone fruit, peach and apricot forward, with lactic sourness building; mild Brett funk, through the middle, with vinous tones developing; dry and oaky in the finish, with lingering tart flavors; a surprising undertone of can sugar lingers

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: This is a really nice beer that has lots of balance and is a joy to consume

Nov 21, 2016
Sahalie from The Ale Apothecary
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 501 ratings