Sahalie | The Ale Apothecary

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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

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4.41
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Batch 1/25/14.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, yeast, funk, white wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, funk, and white wine flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of metter98
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
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 biboergosum
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
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 brentk56
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a relatively large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of vinous notes with some tart notes clearly identifiable. Taste is a mix between some vinous notes with some tart notes and light funky yeast undertones. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Very solid mix between complex Brett notes with well-balanced acidity level.

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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 mothman
4/5  rDev -9.3%
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 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 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 Huhzubendah
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch Nov 09 2012
10.78 alc vol

The beer is light golden with a small, fizzy white head. The aroma offers lemons, wild yeast, grass, funk. Herbal and earthy tones with a delicate sweetness balanced by a light funk. Highly drinkable and really smooth on the palate. This one is a sleeper. Light spice quality. Beautiful balance and so easy to drink. Where is the alcohol presence? Masterfully hidden. A truly fabulous beer.

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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 stakem
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with a date of 6/14/13 poured into a snifter. The brew appears a pale golden color witha white head. Some patchy lace sticks to the glass and overall displays solid retention.

The aroma is lemony lactic mixed with almost a hint of perfume-like coriander and alcohol mix. It is quite vinous as well which just gets exaggerated the more I smell this and it warms up. Overall, just an awesome nose.

The taste is tart and lemony with some mild grain wheat freshness and earthy bretty funk that is drying to contrast the vinous notes.

This is light bodied and modestly carbonated. Despite being a very easy drinking brew with little alcohol impact, it really starts to show a warming alcohol feel as it gets warmer. Really, overall fantastic stuff. We had a tasting with 3 different Ale Apoth offerings and while they all share a familiarity about them, I would rather drink this all day long instead of trying any of the others. Fantastic stuff right here.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I think Todd brought this obscure tick. Served in a snifter.

A - White foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind minimal lacework. Murky dark straw-colored body.

S - Lots of brett, light wine, tropical fruit funk, a bit of must, earthy and dirty, and a lightly sweet pale malt backdrop.

T - The taste is quite similar, with tropical fruits, light stone fruit tanginess, hint of lactic lemon sourness. Some peppery, phenolic yeast character, and no trace of the alcohol - I would have guessed this was 7%, and not the listed 10.54%.

M - Medium body, pleasant carbonation, dry, grainy texture, with a lightly oaky finish. Perhaps a bit of warmth that alludes to the higher-than-expected ABV but not a ton. Very easy to drink.

D - I'd never heard of this beer or brewery, so this was a pleasant surprise. A very nice barrel-aged wild Saison. I'll have to check out some other beers from this brewery, as this was quite enjoyable.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Damon for this bottle.

A - Poured a hazy bright yellow colour; almost opaque. One finger of white head formed on the pour and quickly receded to a thin layer on the top of the beer.

S - Oak and a sour presence show up initially with some grape, citrus, lemon and bready notes also present.

T - Tart, bordering on sour. some fresh citrus and lemon notes show up initially, giving way to a vinous grape presence and toasted oak. A bready malt backbone provides some contrasting sweetness and a mild bitterness from the hopping shows up in the finish. A very complex beer.

M - Medium body. Dry with moderate carbonation.

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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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Photo of HopHead84
3.73/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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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 jbaker67
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a medium white head. Aroma of pineapple, brett, a little funk, and some slightly tart notes. Flavor is very complex, bringing out notes of brett, pineapple, Belgian yeast and some farmhouse notes. Really complex, with the pineapple notes adding a wonderful dimension on of the bretty, funky body. Wonderful depth, with very lively carbonation, which is perfectly fitting.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First beer from them and it's awesome. So balanced. Seriously, this is awesome. Its sweet, nicely carbonated and it has a nice wine flavor in the background.

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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 Axnjxn
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle 10.27% abv 6/14/13 bottling date. teku glass.

Pours a dark golden color with a nice foamy head. The smell is very much saisony like...as well as a bit of fruit and funk. slightly tart too. the taste is very complex and in my opinion world class. it starts off with a bit of tartness up front as well as some earthy funk with lemon and citrus flavor and finishes on the back end with a great fruity after taste that lingers on your palate. its that finish that really puts this one over the top and makes it unique. i really dig it. ABV absolutely undetectable. medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall a world class beer and one i was extremely impressed by. will seek this out again in the future.

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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 Stevedore
4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
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 HuskyinPDX
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 1.15.13
Batch Sep 27, 2012

A - Pours an active clear light orange with a bubbly large off-white had that fades slowly.

S - Nice subtle funk, lemony, peach, and some pear.

T - Funk, fruity - mostly citrus, woody and grass.

D - tons of carbonation with a light body. Dry, tart finish.

O - My first Apothecary Ale. Nice and tart with nice citrus and wood. I would buy this one again. Good work.

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Photo of Gotti311
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Man this thing is sticky and sweet. Feels like this is a blend where all the individual components didnt come together very well. A hint of acetone is definitely misplaced even though I typically like that in sours. Too big and a bit messy, but definitely an interesting ride

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