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Sahalie | The Ale Apothecary

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Brewed by:
The Ale Apothecary
Oregon, United States | website

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.

Added by TheBungyo on 10-19-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
412
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
7.26%
 
 
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4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The label on the bottle gives nothing away, thus, this beer was a total surprise. I was looking for something to pop on new years and this did the trick.

Pours a golden color with almost no head. Resembles a cider, or apple juice, in color.

Nose is apples, chardonnay, a hint of orange. Somewhere deep is a bit of farm as well...hay? compost? sweet, well aged manure? I don't know, but damn, I like it.

Taste is the same: apples, chardonnay, a little orange. That fizzy, carbonated taste of a good, DRY white wine/champagne is there. If I didn't know what this was I would swear it was wine/champagne.

The swallow leaves a dry, apply taste. Again with the chardonnay. But, there seems to be a hint of ginger beer...a really good ginger beer. Carbonation, sticky, apples, a little alcohol warmth (~ 11%)...very cidery after taste. "More" is the only thought running through my brain.

Overall, this thing is tremendous. Dangerous..,way too smooth for 11%. This sort of thing almost redefines what it is to be a beer. Makes me glad to be an Oregonian.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
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 themind
5/5  rDev +13.4%

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 zeledonia
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
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 NicDacey
5/5  rDev +13.4%
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 boilermakerbrew
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
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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4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lateralundertow
4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SourBeerEnthusiast
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Really complex, not very sour.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Sahalie from The Ale Apothecary
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