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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246
Gots:
87
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16
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Photo of Leftofthedial
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.87/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Murky apricot, sunshine, and OJ hues with a generous 5mm white head
S: Granny Smith apples, oak, tangerines, and honeycomb
T: Grapefruit, light citrus, honey, grass, lemons, and a gentleman's amount of funk
F: Bordering on thick with a crisp, dry finish and a nice lingering acidity
O: This was a simply gorgeous beer. Beautifully integrated elements ranging from a crisp and oaky white wine to a balanced funky wild ale with a delicate sweetness provided by a honey note. Despite the differences in style, this reminded me of a slightly more funky Hill Farmstead Anna (or a poor man's Ann!) I get why people are not in love with the price tag on this one, but man, the craft beer scene is catching up with the wine scene. For a quality bottle like Sahalie, I have no problems paying up! Cheers.

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Photo of GDawgs34
3.46/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rifugium
3.64/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zuidman
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Belmont.
Creamy head.
Well-made and nice tartness but has an unusual finish that is either too hoppy bitter or metallic.
Decent enough beer but bitter finish is a bit too much.

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Photo of egrace84
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duff27
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was one of the best beers I have ever had. Most likely THE BEST sour/mixed fermentation ale I have had! Beautiful opaque golden color, nice little white foamy head. Taste smell and feel were all so unbelievable, it's hard to describe. Fruit and funk just perfect all around. Like liquid crushed velvet. Do yourself a favor and get this if you have the opportunity, despite the cost. Cheers!

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Photo of PassMeAZima
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stevesbeer
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of draheim
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL (bottled 1/8/2016) into a tulip. Pours a glowing golden orange w/ a soft sudsy white head, lively carbonation.

Aroma is tart and crisp, acidic and citrusy. Juicy. Green apple, orange and pear. Lots of oak.

Taste follows nose. Even more acidity, leaning toward grapefruit. Dry oak. Great balance between malt, hops, and yeast.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, finishes dry and a little prickly. Lingering acidity.

Overall a really nice, bright, citrusy, refreshing American wild.

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Photo of AMZB
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rocksteady726
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zekenyce
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sir_Whats-his-face
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at an event; $6 for an 8oz glass.

As with Minotaur, the other Ale Apothecary beer available at the event I was at, Sahalie smells incredible. It tastes much lighter than you'd expect from a 9% ABV beer, and a good deal less tart than you'd expect from a wild ale. It's extremely complex and has a nice texture that's thick without being overpowering. I don't recommend spending $30 on a bottle of it, but then again, I'm not sure I can wholly recommend any bottle of beer that costs more than $25.

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Photo of xt0n1cx
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VeganUndead
3.82/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of twelveinches
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Bottle Date: 1/8/16
Palate Contaminants: salty stuff

I gather that these aren't particularly easy to track down outside of the brewery. It was a see-it buy-it kind of deal.

Appearance is a very nice translucent gold. It reminds me of the yellow hue stripes in a tiger's eye gemstone.

Smell is pretty darn good. Funky pineapple and mango, along with a little bit of berry, maybe strawberry. Honeycomb, too.

Taste is pretty complex. What's not in here? It's got sweetness, saltiness, bitterness, sourness, and savoriness. The sweetness is pineapple. (I'll call salt sui generis.) The bitterness is tart citrus. Sourness is lactic. Savoriness... well, the closest I could get would be how I feel about pork, but that would be a negative flavor description. And this concoction is really good. There's a floral element, too. Overall, it blends together very nicely. Here's a thought: it would go really well with a burrito. Forget that crap about Guinness being a meal, THIS is a meal.

This thing just lingers. It's great. Comes on smooth, and leaves the best flavors to hang around.

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Photo of CSO
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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