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Sahalie | The Ale Apothecary

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Ale Apothecary
Oregon, United States
thealeapothecary.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.83%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#664
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
474
pDev:
7.57%
 
 
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240
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87
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Photo of bigpoppa67
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wordemupg
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikeyv35
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
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...

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Photo of Dizzy242
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of REVZEB
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

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4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattreitz49
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fosters9
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emerge077
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.

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Photo of kitch
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KettleBellFreak
4.71/5  rDev +8%
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."

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Photo of Dharmelink
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Its_Dipset_Eyy
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnnyLarue
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beersnake1
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zazzi82
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zonian1
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brewseidon
5/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tomesco
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Sahalie from The Ale Apothecary
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 474 ratings