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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:
#654
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
474
pDev:
7.57%
 
 
Wants:
240
Gots:
86
Trade:
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Ratings: 474 |  Reviews: 80
Reviews by IPeteA91:
Photo of IPeteA91
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of biboergosum
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle, thanks be to the good doktorzee for sharing this at his recent shindig. Cheers, man!

This beer pours a hazy, medium apricot yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves a bit of amorphous blob lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells of overripe pineapple, some cherry and wild strawberry red fruitiness, green apples, earthy honey, a subtle lactic funkiness, grainy pale malt, some buttery white wine barrel oakiness, and a further vinegar-like sourness. The taste is tart grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, and generic red fruit flesh, bready pale and caramel malt, white wine vinegar, vanilla-forward oaky notes, a hint of sour lacto, very tame funk, clover honey, and maybe just a suggestion of floral and piney green hop bitters.

The carbonation is quite active in its pinging and prodding frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and sort of thick and pithy at the same time - though nice and smooth as well. It finishes off-dry, the big, robust, and honey-tinged fruitiness carrying the day.

Overall, this is probably the best version of the style that I have ever had - the wild beasties here doing well to keep to themselves, and the fruit esters (be they from the hops or the wine barrels, I care not) enticing me back for more. Not to mention the basically undetectable near 10 points of ABV - probably a good thing that I don't have this one all to myself!

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Photo of zeledonia
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up at Belmont Station. 24 Sep 2015 batch. Tasted 27 Dec 2015.

Pours cloudy medium-pale yellow, touches of gold and orange. Gushing at bottle open, but settled down, yielding two fingers of white head. Excellent retention, columns of bubbles just visible through the fog.

Smell is powerfully vinous, like a medium-sweet white wine. A touch of yeast pungency, some faint sour.

Taste is similarly wine-y. Grapes, lightly astringent. Some surprising sweetness, honey-like. A bit of soft dry sour. Tasty and complex, full of varied light flavors.

Feel is good, fairly light. Carbonation could be a touch higher. Lasting, light, airy.

Good beer, a uniquely white winey sourish. Not worth the price, for me, but tasty.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Light golden yellow. Very hazy. Nice white head.

Smell - Lots of white wine, funk, and oak. Mild acidity. Grainy malt aroma with some lemon and citrus.

Taste - White wine flavors prominent again. Much more sour than the nose implied. Lemon, lactic sourness. The sweetness from pale malt builds and covers the sourness. Herbal flavors linger in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Sweet and sour in the same sip. Medium heavy body.

Overall - I had to have this (and all Ale Apothecary beers) a few times to really appreciate it. They are all very complex beers that don't fit into standard molds.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 5-8-14.

A- Pours a brilliant and bright golden color in the glass. A big and active head forms and retains fairly well with good lacing. The body of the beer has a slight haze, but can still mostly be seen through.

S- Esters and yeasts hit the nose first and give the beer a saison scent right off the bat. There is a touch of acidic tartness that kicks in next and lightens the beer up a bit on the nose. At the end of the drink, all of these smells combine and mix to form an almost latex-like impression.

T- On the tongue, this beer starts with with a small bang of tartness. The tartness is a combination of wild yeast acidity and fruitiness. There is almost an apricot flavor in the middle of the drink. The grains and yeasts kick in towards the back half of the drink and provide a complexity that the tartness cannot attain alone. Lingering impression on the palate is a combo of mild and refreshing tartness and a yeasty mustiness.

M- The label on my bottle tells me 10.5% ABV, but my tongue and senses are saying that this is a chuggable ~5-6%. This beer drinks like a refreshing saison with just enough funky complexity to really make it complex. It is incredible smooth, but also has a high carbonation level of a wild ale.

Overall, I really like this beer. Its flavors are incredible complex and move from light and tart to grainy and funky. I think my favorite indicator of quality in this beer is the constant, fluffy head left in the bottle after every pour. It simply will not go away! Go out and try this if you can; you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of themind
5/5  rDev +14.7%

This beer is a legendary, unique, innovative brew that rivals all beers in the respective category. The beer has a fantastic mouthfeel that finishes dry showing the wine barrel aging. The earthy aroma and a taste truly satisfies, it makes for a true 5/5 brew. The beer has a tart, sour, bitter, hoppy, citrus twist that is so unique and intriguing I find myself salivating at the thought of more. This cabin in the woods brewery, in my opinion presents a new category of beer style as it's so unique. If you have the chance to acquire this monster of a brew do it! the price is steep but the reward is well worth the cost.

Bottom Line: Legendary brew!

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Photo of Lamnic
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the greatest beers I've ever had. Wonderful lightly tart sourness. Fruit notes throughout the palate. I never wrote notes on it, but it was one of my favorites of 2014.

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

Photo of Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from 1/2014, with the fancy hemp string. Served in a snifter 3/4/2015.

A- Very promising, light yellow-orange body that is clear in character. One finger white head with average retention time. No lacing.

S- Holy white grape must, oak, pale malt, dry sugar sweetness, even a little bit of funk. Not particularly tart at all. The sweetness seems to impart a peach-like aroma as well. This is an interesting nose.

F- Unfortunately I find this to be fairly sweet, although with the 8.92% ABV, I shouldn't be surprised. A little bit of peach, some funk, plenty of oak, tons of white wine, a little caramel, and a lot of sweetness that is on the verge of cloying. This drinks like a very hefty saison more than an AWA; there isn't much sourness to this beer.

M- Medium bodied, a bit lower in carbonation than expected for the style. Definitely hefty, and you can sense a bit of the higher gravity while drinking it. Definitely a sipper.

O- Decent AWA, but it's one that seems more like a saison than a true AWA. Not much sourness at all which is not what I expected for a beer labeled as an AWA, but a fair amount of complexity and interesting flavours abound here.

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Photo of illidurit
3.75/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Ristaccia
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mltobin
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Moose90
4.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

A — A slow steady pour yields a clear and bright yellow color into the glass. Fluffy white head appears, but fades rather quickly and doesn't leave much lace behind it.

S — Smells of tart lemons, fresh cut grass, white vinegar, apple juice, peaches, funky a little bit. Quite acidic.

T — Taste profile comes in waves, good bit of lemon/lime acidity, balanced with a grassy and herbaceous quality.

M — Light in body, high carbonation, quite dry.

O  — Very good overall, for sure, wonder how this develops with some age.

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Photo of dsigmon
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of SteeleWright
5/5  rDev +14.7%

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

White head. Yellow golden color.

Brett funk, hay, lemon zest, barnyard and horse blanket. Wine and tannins. Oaky. Decent amount of carbonation.

Solid sour. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Hugonaut13
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of rocksteady726
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dkw0063
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of pisano
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of MarcWP
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into belgian tulip.

Appearance is light fuzzy yellow, hazy with a small creamy white head.

Aroma is juicy brett esters, soft Pinot Grigio, tangerine, Asian pear, white grape, and sweet apricot. Nice fruity yet balanced nose.

On the palate you get more citrus but with lemon, grapefruit dominating with maybe a hint of pineapple. Layered brett profile with must, spicy phenols, and dried stone fruit. Very well integrated into the beer. A little tart but not much. Semi sweet aftertaste. Expected a dryer beer.

Mouthfeel is about right. Light body with medium high carbonation.

Overall a tasty brew. Nice brett character, fruit flavors, and refreshing light body with ample carbonation. Awesome hot weather drinking! This seems to be the most popular of the Ale Apothecarys but I think I slightly proffered Sahati. I will be seeking anything and everything from this brewery.

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Photo of beertunes
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled June 27 '14, split with BA OKComputer. Poured into tall wine glasses. Poured a cloudy yellow color withe a moderate amount of white head that low-moderate retention and low lacing.

The aroma aroma and flavors were were just fantastic, some grain base, some yeast spice, a bit of fruit, a pleasant sourness, and a very dry finish. Drinkability was excellent, next time, I might just keep the whole bottle for myself ;). Overall, a beer that I have a hard time describing, just try it yourself. After I get more.

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

Photo of claspada
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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