Sahalie | The Ale Apothecary

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BA SCORE
96%
Liked This Beer
4.36 w/ 449 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:
#472
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
449
Liked:
431
Avg:
4.36/5
pDev:
7.57%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
245
Gots:
86
Trade:
17
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.92/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
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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4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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

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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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4.36/5  rDev 0%
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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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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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -8.3%
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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4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
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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4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4.76/5  rDev +9.2%
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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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
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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3.64/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Sahalie from The Ale Apothecary
Beer rating: 96% out of 100 with 449 ratings
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