Sahalie | The Ale Apothecary

SahalieSahalie
BA SCORE
4.36/5
450 Ratings
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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.

Added by TheBungyo on 10-19-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#466
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
450
pDev:
7.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
245
Gots:
86
Trade:
17
HISTOGRAM
 
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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 vfgccp
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jschott75
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerbom
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Benish
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a peach color with no translucence and a white foam that vanished quickly. The aroma was heavy on the hops - tropical fruits including pineapple with some peach. Picked up vinegar and a funky tartness at the end. Upon sipping, it was insanely hoppy! I was kicked in the head with heavy tropical fruits and citrus peel. And then the mouth puckering sour came in with mixed notes of pineapple and charred oak. The beer finished very bitter yet sweet - coming from the hops, the base beer and the oak finish. There's also plenty of heat from the booze that came in midway through the taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied - the hops and the sour is almost abrasive. Overall: I've never had a beer like this. It's very multi-dimensional with flavors coming in all directions - almost confusing to a point. This bottle was pricy but I think it's well worth it.

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

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

Photo of Harrison8
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a peachy-orange with an opaque tint. Foamy, white head stands up to two and a half fingers in height, and retains well. Good lacing left behind. Aroma is peach, and pineapple with a light breadiness. There is a twang of funk in the aroma as well. Flavor profile is peaches, pineapples, and lemons sitting on a bread base. Nice funky quality that doesn't crush the taste buds. Mouth feel is medium in thickness, with a fine, grainy texture. Overall, a flavorful wild ale that provides a delightful array of notes without blasting the tongue into oblivion.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle. Bottled Dec. 2017.

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Photo of Keene
4.81/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cuvtcuv
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.1/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
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 tblack4d
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of siege06nd
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of billab914
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color. It poured with a thin white head that consistently covered the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of brett yeast are present in the nose. As the beer warms up a bit, some pineapples become noticeable.
T: The taste is a little funky but is mostly dominated by flavors of pineapples and has some sourness. It has additional notes of oak and tangerines.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and a bit tar with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting wild ale that combines both sourness with interesting flavors from the hops.

Serving type: bottle

Note: July 2014 fermentation aged in barrel named Beyoncé

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Photo of smithj4
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of brentk56
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with a hazy goldenstraw; the head rises to two fingers and leaves some splashy lacing

Smell: Peach and apricot, slightly sweet and slightly sour; Bretty funk, as well

Taste: Stone fruit, peach and apricot forward, with lactic sourness building; mild Brett funk, through the middle, with vinous tones developing; dry and oaky in the finish, with lingering tart flavors; a surprising undertone of can sugar lingers

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: This is a really nice beer that has lots of balance and is a joy to consume

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Photo of MrGone
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Sahalie from The Ale Apothecary
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 450 ratings
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