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The Ale Apothecary
Oregon, United States | website

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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417
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4.42
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Photo of thebigredone
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Certainly an interesting brew for Ale Apothecary.

Taste is slightly tart with a pleasant but unusual mix of tropical fruit flavors and light vanilla.

The mouthfeel is a distraction in this beer. The feel is thick and oily, rather than light and effervescent like most sours.

Overall, this was as an enjoyable brew, but I believe it would be even better if it were less slick and more refreshing.

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Photo of themind
5/5  rDev +13.1%

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 beertunes
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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 TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
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 ThePorterSorter
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dull golden yellow with some sediment and is topped by a generous and foamy white head that coats the inside of the glass. The nose is similar to latache - some house funk, a little grain sweetness, more yeast, and lime zest. The taste is very similar to the nose with semi-sweet cracked grain, a big yeast presence, wood, some tart citrus, and a lingering funk. It's a medium bodied, foamy, funky, grainy saison with a great citrusy, hoppy bitterness, and a complex, semi-dry, slightly boozy finish. This beer is absolutely fantastic and totally worth trying, would definitely recommend.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
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 JasonLovesBeer
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm giving this full marks for appearance because not only is the beer itself a great, bright mineral tangerine, but the bottle is beautiful too. The twine-tied cork is distinctive and nifty.

Great lemon-driven citrus along with a touch of honey sweetness. Great acidity - not puckering but nearly. Apricot and peach fruitiness. Oak depth throughout. Slight grassiness as well.

I would say this was worth the rather exorbitant price-tag, great stuff.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes: 750ml bottle into snifter. Thanks Mike!

A: Pours a lemony yellow with a bubbly white head that faded into a fuzzy softy film that left spots of soapy lace down the glass.
S: Funky, creamy, and fruity with notes of peach, apricot, and other stone fruits. Mellow funk.
T: Sour notes of funky stone fruits and golden fruits. Slight bitternes. Light flavors.
M: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation.
O: Tasty and easy to drink. Thanks again Mike.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -10.2%
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 jlindros
4.76/5  rDev +7.7%
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 rudzud
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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 jjdc
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
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 twiggamortis420
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a bright gold color with a slight haze. Tall, large-bubbled stark white head. Nice retention and lace.

Nose is soft and fruity with a tart pear aroma. White wine and vanilla oak, smells really good.

Taste is unique...very wine-esque with a slight tartness...I wouldnt say full on sour, but fruity and tart are good descriptors. Apricots and pears moreso than darker fruit. Mouthfeel is soft and sweet, fine-bubbled. What I would imagine a slightly sour, fruity trippel to taste like.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into belgian tulip.

Appearance is light fuzzy yellow, hazy with a small creamy white head.

Aroma is juicy brett esters, soft Pinot Grigio, tangerine, Asian pear, white grape, and sweet apricot. Nice fruity yet balanced nose.

On the palate you get more citrus but with lemon, grapefruit dominating with maybe a hint of pineapple. Layered brett profile with must, spicy phenols, and dried stone fruit. Very well integrated into the beer. A little tart but not much. Semi sweet aftertaste. Expected a dryer beer.

Mouthfeel is about right. Light body with medium high carbonation.

Overall a tasty brew. Nice brett character, fruit flavors, and refreshing light body with ample carbonation. Awesome hot weather drinking! This seems to be the most popular of the Ale Apothecarys but I think I slightly proffered Sahati. I will be seeking anything and everything from this brewery.

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Photo of stakem
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -9.5%
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 BuckeyeFaninMI
4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
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 jbaker67
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Axnjxn
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
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 joe1510
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml

Batch: June 27, 2013
Alcohol; 9.98%

Thanks for sending this one my way, Gabe! Been looking forward to it. Sahalie eases from the glass straw golden, very pale. A touch of haze runs through the body but huge streams of carbonation burst to the surface at a pretty unbelievable clip. The two finger head is brilliantly white with outstanding staying power and chunky lace. This is a great looking beer!

Depth upon depth in the nose. Lemon and dry oak jump out upfront before the nose settles into both tropical and citrus fruits seamlessly. A woody herbal note pops in here and there adding uniqueness. Candied orange peel, coriander, and doughy malts round things out. There's no hint of alcohol in this big guy.

Lemon and bright orange pop upfront with an underlying current of dry, softly tannic oak. A spritzy vinous character steps forward mid palate with funky pineapple notes before segueing into dusty tropical fruits. Candied citrus peel finishes things off with the backbone doughy maltiness. A touch of lactic funk lingers long on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is about as good as it gets. This beer verges on 10% yet there's not a hint of alcohol and somehow the body weighs in on the light side of moderate. Snappy, bordering on prickly, carbonation makes for a frothy mouthfeel and scrubbing dryness that's on par with some of the world's best saisons. This beer is almost scarily easy to put away.

I have heard some good things about Sahalie but in no way did I think it would be this good. The complexities run deep but are in no way fatiguing and never step on each others feet. The balance works very well and the high alcohol is so well hidden that the only other beers I can think of that do such a good job at hiding it are some of the best Russian River sours. Sahalie is one of the more enjoyable beers I've had in a long while. It's up there with some of the best of the year. Thanks again, Gabe! Great stuff!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Resuin
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a stemmed snifter. This was bottled on June 14, 2013 and its alcohol content is 10.27%.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, only slightly hazy amber/gold and leaves a big, white, fluffy head of a couple fingers. Carbonation can be seen floating to the surface.

Smell: Zesty lemon, mild peppercorn, light coriander, delicious smelling spices, floral hops, light grassy funk. Very pleasant aroma.

Taste: Matches the smell pretty well and has a fantastic, smooth finish. Lemon, spices, green apple, light floral hops. A mild amount of sour. Alcohol is masterfully hidden, maybe the best I've ever encountered.

Mouth-feel: This is what really sets this beer apart from others. High carbonation and extremely spritzy but with a very creamy, and yet airy, body. The feel is almost like a hybrid between head and body - the beer really fluffs up in the mouth.

Overall: I am very impressed with this beer, my first from the Ale Apothecary. The flavors are all fantastic, and well balanced. The mouth-feel is very interesting and appealing, it really works with this beer. I can't believe this is over 10% ABV, it is well integrated into this beer's profile.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.73/5  rDev -15.6%
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 Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
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 dirtylou
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, split

"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 opens up within your glass."

Pretty strong tasting notes - I really enjoyed the effects of the dry hopping which seemed to interplay very nicely with the soapy and pungent bacteria that harvested in this barrel. Very impressive stuff.

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Sahalie from The Ale Apothecary
96 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.
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