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.

Added by TheBungyo on 10-19-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
443
Reviews:
70
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
7.71%
 
 
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Ryan for sharing this one. Comes in a very hipster "cork and string" bottle ... yup, string. Poured golden/peachy/light amber with a medium head and medium haze to it. Smells overpoweringly of flowers and phenols... some were turned off, I found it interesting but not a tasty aroma. Moving on... thatnkfully the taste was not of flowers: somewhat tart, quite phenolic and with an odd bitterness that I wasn't the biggest fan of. Fine on the mouthfeel but not as drinkable.

Also, if the ABV listed is to be trusted, hid its alcohol very well.

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Had this at a Portland farmhouse beer festival and loved it.

Bought a bottle, cellared for 6 months and revisited. Disappointed.

Rather simple citrus forward sour beer (the cascade hops give a lemony note I suppose). All present were bored by it, after I had talked it up beforehand. Closer to a middle tier DG saison than to a Gueuze or Beatification. Not worth the $30 price tag, at least for my bottle. Apparently there is some bottle-to-bottle variation so maybe I got a bit of a dud.

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7/30/2013

Bottle from a very generous Luke. Thanks! Snifter. January 2013 batch.

A: I'm surprised there isn't a cage on this. Strange. It opens with a massive pop. Transparent yellow gold with three fingers of white foam. Excellent retention. Nice looking beer.

S: Floral and grassy notes blend with a light graham cracker sweetness. There's some lemon, white grape, oak, and perfumey character.

T: More of that graham cracker sweetness with lemon, vanilla, and orange. This is pretty sweet. There's a good amount of white grape character, as well as a light spiciness.

M: Medium body with high carbonation. Soft mouthfeel.

Overall: A nice vinous Saisonesque beer. Sweeter than one would expect but still enjoyable. I just noticed the ABV is nearly 10%. Interesting. I wouldn't have guessed it was nearly that high.

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Sahalie from The Ale Apothecary
4.41 out of 5 based on 443 ratings.
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