The Ale Apothecary

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The Ale Apothecary
Oregon, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #74
Ranked #800
4.36 | pDev: 7.34%
Nov 26, 2022
Oct 19, 2012
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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Reviewed by dansmcd from Australia

4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Corked 750ml bottle. Batch October 18 2013

Pours a deep, dark rusty orange. Absolutely incredible funky, musty aroma, ooh yes. Big floral and apricot notes, some caramelised pineapple. Taste follows the nose. Sweet, not too tart. No heat whatsoever. Layers of mature, dried fruit. Peach and apricot. Slightly woody. Complex yet accessible, and delicious. Glad I saved it for this long but also feel like it was a well timed opening. Beautiful stuff.
Nov 26, 2022
Rated: 4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Jan 05, 2022
Rated: 4.46 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Aug 20, 2021
Rated: 4.29 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jul 19, 2021
Rated: 4.07 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

Mar 06, 2021
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Reviewed by LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
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
Rated: 4.46 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin

Jan 21, 2021
Rated: 4.48 by gardner254 from Ohio

Sep 28, 2020
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Rated by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Sep 05, 2020
Rated: 4.47 by chossboss from Oregon

Aug 07, 2020
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
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
Rated: 3.5 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 19, 2020
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
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
Rated: 4 by dshansen1184 from Washington

Mar 24, 2020
Rated: 4.33 by Ajlvt from Washington

Dec 23, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by jwat from Pennsylvania

Nov 10, 2019
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Reviewed by WA_Brian from Washington

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.99/5  rDev +14.4%
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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Reviewed by bobv from Vermont

4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

3.92/5  rDev -10.1%
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
Rated: 4.44 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Aug 08, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by ilikebeer03 from Texas

Jul 22, 2019
Rated: 4.4 by OregonGrown7 from Oregon

Jul 19, 2019
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Reviewed by WesMantooth from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Reviewed by SFC21 from Florida

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
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
Rated: 4.69 by Beer21 from Florida

May 12, 2019
Rated: 4.65 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

May 04, 2019
Rated: 4.63 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Mar 03, 2019
Rated: 4.41 by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

Mar 02, 2019
Rated: 4.27 by mikeyv35 from New York

Jan 25, 2019
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
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
Rated: 4 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

Jan 06, 2019
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
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
Rated: 4.33 by vande from Illinois

Nov 22, 2018
Rated: 4.39 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Nov 16, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by fosters9 from New York

Nov 06, 2018
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
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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