Sahalie | The Ale Apothecary

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The Ale Apothecary
Oregon, United States

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

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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 Impfan
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful apricot-tinged pour, slightly cloudy with a craggy, blooming head that really lasts.

The nose is fruity/yeasty with predominant apricot notes which carry over into the flavor, and build into a long, long finish.

The body is mousse-like, and is the ideal support for the apricot-y goodness.

The level of tartness is also ideal, never becoming overbearing, but always in the foreground.

This is one of the best sours I've tried, and is right up there with Nightmare on Brett as prime examples of great Northwest wild ales.

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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 SinjaminBentek
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml Bottle.

Shipped by a good buddy from Oregon to Nebraska.

Second best sour I have had in my short adventure in Sauerland...

Pours a golden orange hue. Fruity, funky nose. A sweet, tart, fruity explosion of flavor. Unbelievable drinkability. One of the best sours out there. Highly recommended. Seek this beer out.


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Photo of Rothobinide
4.89/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A fascinating, crazy beer. Pours out a golden-orange with generous head. Smells like banana bread spread with various fruited jams and dry-hopped. I got pineapple, banana, orange, apricot, fig... just a ton of crazy flavor. Carbonation and finish is sharp yet pleasingly smooth. This beer is super complex, yet very drinkable. I will definitely seek it out again.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.87/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Murky apricot, sunshine, and OJ hues with a generous 5mm white head
S: Granny Smith apples, oak, tangerines, and honeycomb
T: Grapefruit, light citrus, honey, grass, lemons, and a gentleman's amount of funk
F: Bordering on thick with a crisp, dry finish and a nice lingering acidity
O: This was a simply gorgeous beer. Beautifully integrated elements ranging from a crisp and oaky white wine to a balanced funky wild ale with a delicate sweetness provided by a honey note. Despite the differences in style, this reminded me of a slightly more funky Hill Farmstead Anna (or a poor man's Ann!) I get why people are not in love with the price tag on this one, but man, the craft beer scene is catching up with the wine scene. For a quality bottle like Sahalie, I have no problems paying up! Cheers.

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Photo of AnotherBrick00
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 2015. Wow. When I first popped the cork the most incredible passionfruit smell erupted. Pours a clear gold with little carbonation and no head. The taste and texture are nearly perfect. I really couldn't tell you what is not perfect about this bottle, but such is life...

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Photo of rudzud
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a wonderful golden hue with a thin white head that fades to leave a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of super floral, peach, stone fruit, perfume, brett funk. Just so much going on with the nose. Incredible.

T - Taste is super funky lacto brett peach, funky awesome. Creamy, Delicious, good solid funky wild, loads of lacto. The wine notes are huge, super vinous deliciousness. absurdly good. Lives up to the hype.

M - Mouthfeel is very nicely carbonated, alcohol is hidden super well. Ridiculous.

O - Overall this beer was absurdly good, phenomenal nose and flavor. Almost want to call shenanigans on the ABV but yeah, incredible.

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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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Photo of BuckeyeFaninMI
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best brews I have had in the past 12 months which is saying something considering the Three Floyd's, Huna, and Half Acre brews I was privileged to drink. Those pineapple notes were exceptional. I will be ecstatic to share my other bottle with my friends during Fall tailgates! Can't wait to try the Sahati

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was one of the best beers I have ever had. Most likely THE BEST sour ale I have had! Beautiful opaque golden color, nice little white foamy head. Taste smell and feel were all so unbelievable, it's hard to describe. Like liquid crushed velvet. Do yourself a favor and get this if you have the opportunity, despite the cost. Cheers!

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Photo of jlindros
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Split with rudzud.

Date October 18, 2013??? Date is double printed so not quite sure.

Nice fizzy fluffy head that fades fairly quickly after hitting almost 2 fingers, messy lacing, hazy blond color.

Nose is phenomenal, fresh tart fruit, peach apricot like, little sweet like almost candy, very very light on sourness, little vinous note, wine barrel like, with nice lacto sour funk, big Brett sour funk too, really nice, so floral and effervescent.

Taste is great too, phenomenal, fresh stone fruit, great peach and apricot with great tart fruit, then sourness, great lacto funk and mild Brett funk, great floral Brett funk. Nice vinous wine, little wine itself flavor. Dry tart funk, little sour flemmy lacto finish, nice funk, delicious fruit lingering too on the finish.

Mouth is a bit over carbonated, but booze is hidden very well.

Overall phenomenal,

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Photo of cducap
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A beautiful beer in every sense. Hops and funk and complex layers. This is what "craft" was at one point in time. Someone putting everything they have into small batches and trying to push the envelope. Compares with all the best in this style.

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Photo of SaltySizzle
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Apoth does such a fantastic work in bottle conditioning which lends to tremendous mouthfeel (opening the bottle is a memorable & unique experience from untying the string to the audible pop of the long cork). Taste has depth in character. Overall, I could crush this all day long.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Darrell for sharing. Also huge thanks to boralyl for getting me out a bottle of this. Bottled Novemver 9, 2012.

Pours a lightly cloudy light straw color. Nice fluffy head with good retention. The nose contains light sulfur, cheese, wheat, and hay. Some backing lemon and other faint citrus. Really extraordinarily complex and interesting. The flavor ups the lemon and brings really integrates everything beautifully. Acidity is a fantastic component in the background without being too heavy. A bit of backing wine with a touch of pepper and phenols.

Absolutely fantastic. I'm blown away by this beer.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Totally mind blowing. So much going on, but not a beer that beats you over the brow. Funk on the nose with some tropical fruit and citrus. Wonderfully tart. Lemon citrus funk. Love this.

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Photo of Rutager
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

So happy to find this at Beer Mongers on my recent trip to Portland, was the highlight of my beer shopping. Bottle date: July 18, 2012.

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy straw-gold with a finger+ of thick white head.

Smell. Sour light fruits and citrus (dried lemon zest, apples and pear mainly), some delicious sweet woody funk, a little pine and fresh sweet brioche. Complex, unique, and amazing.

Taste. Funky dry brett, fresh pine wood and light tangy fruits ...maybe pears, lemons, oranges, pineapple and peaches and some nice complex, lightly fruity farmhouse style yeast. There's a light bitterness, a touch of sweetness, and a dry finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with a fine, medium+ carbonation. Pretty much perfect for this beer.

Overall. Very complex, nice light sourness and brett, great fruity flavours and a wonderful nose. Awesome stuff that should age very gracefully. I'll be anxious to try this again down the road.

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Photo of beertunes
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
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 mantissa
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This bottle opened with overwhelming carbonation.

Certainly one of the tastiest wild beers I've had in OR for some time. From what I understand, the brewer starts this beer with an open vat, with a nod to Belgian traditions. I'm tempted to say that the style was closer to Lambic than Saison, but realistically it was somewhere in between.

Belgian yeast was the overwhelming flavor, followed by some lemony tartness. Sahalie had a pleasant amount of funk, without an overwhelming dose of leather or hay.

The price for this bottle was sorta high, but I'd definitely pick up another if/when I do come across it. Looking forward to trying some more from these folks

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Something to note here that's critical for all reviews of Ale Apothecary is that batch and batch date are INCREDIBLY important. Where most brewers are going to strive for consistency batch to batch within a beer "name", Ale Apothecary uses the "names" as more ideas ... identities that change and express themselves differently in each iteration.

For example, some batches of Sahalie are aged in different barrels, hopped differently. Some batches of La Tache are dry-hopped and aged in pinot barrels; some aren't. Some batches of El Cuatro are in Brandy barrels only, some in Brandy and Pinot. Furthermore, they transform quite a bit in bottle over time (and are probably not really ready to drink for at least 3 months after bottling date).

With that said, all reviews / ratings are either a rating of a particular batch at a moment in time or an aggregate rating based on multiple experiences with different batches over time.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, talk about a spectacular beer.

Pours honey gold with almost no head. Minimal carbonation.

Nose is tangerine, orange, lemon, and oak.

Holy shit this is good! The dry hopping compliments the sourness and funk perfectly. They sprint side by side with the subtle oak bringing up the rear and it works like a charm. Amazingly, the near 10% ABV is almost completely camouflaged.

I love the mouth on this one. Carbonation is laid back and makes for a full feeling mouth. Great stuff.

I really wish I lived closer to Bend to buy this stuff more often. I guess it just means I need to visit Bend more often to pick it up. Poor me.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Label says Sep 27 2012.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before shrinking to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of wispy surface foam. Sudsy semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Funky sourish aroma with lots of tropical fruit notes like apricot, pineapple and grapefruit. Slightly effervescent with a small amount of alcohol fume.

T- Refreshing flavor of moderately tart tropical fruit, the same as noted in the nose. The acidity is there but so restrained as it complements the fruit wonderfully. Incredibly drinkable for the high ABV (Bottle says 10.4%). Tad bit of white wine taste from the barrel plus a nice amount of yeasty funk to round things out.

M- Tart, tangy, zesty without going overboard. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- I'm actually a bit perplexed on this one. Yes it's complex but, at the same time, it's just a nice drinking beer. No overbearing sourness, no extreme oak presence and no cloying sweetness from the fruity esters. Everything flows together in a symphony that packs a pretty heavy, but barely noticeable, alcohol punch. Truly a privilege to try this beer supplied to me by SatlyMalty.

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Photo of jjdc
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge cork pop followed by a gusher. Hazy golden, orange pour. The nose is vinous, tart and slightly funky. This is pretty wine forward -- tastes a bit like a viognier. Oak, grass, grapes, apples, pears, funk and a nice crisp tartness. Well balanced and taut. Perhaps, a little less fruity tha Russian River and similar sours, but still excellent.

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Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

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Photo of John_M
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled the other night with some friends at 16 tons.

The beer pours a striking golden amber color with good retention and decent lacing. The beer certainly looks attractive enough. On the nose, this is just outrageously complex. There is a huge wine aroma, but with considerable underlying funk from the lacto, along with light vanilla and stone fruits (apricots and peach, for the most part). Given the nose, I expected the beer to be fairly sour, but it really wasn't. Yes, there is some underlying sour, but it blends in very well with the wine like flavor, stone fruit, light clove and light vanilla. This beer is extremely light on it's feet, considering the alcohol. Yes, you can kind of sense that the alcohol is up there a bit, but I think that enhances the mouthfeel. The finish is very, very clean, with very light bitterness, and there isn't a sharp edge anywhere in this well crafted beer. The beer also seemed to have excellent acidity, giving the beer a mouthwatering quality that I always love to see. So drinkability is exceptional.

Wow. This is very, very impressive.. The price tag is high for AA stuff (was told the price tag on this was around $30), but in this case, it just might be worth it. One thing I would add... I was told that this beer was roughly a year old (if so, it's held up amazingly well), and so I have no idea if what I tried is comparable to what the beer is like when fresh. All I do know, is that I was very impressed with the beer I had last night.

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