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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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The Beer Formerly Known as LA TACHE is the table sour produced year-round by The Ale Apothecary. (TBFKA) LA TACHE is made of malted barley & wheat and Goschie Farms Cascade Hops. The hops are used only for aroma as the balance of the beer comes from acid produced by our house lactobacillus culture. She spends 3-9 months in our barrels during a long, relaxed fermentation prior to a month-long dry-hopping (yes, in oak barrels!). Our sensory experience is lemon citrus & fermented orchard fruit nose over earthy undertones. The palate finishes with soft lactic acid balanced by the malt body.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8565) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2013
A good wild ale, not so sour. Tomís bottle. Very good but not as good as Sahalte, more of a preliminary. Apple and some pineapple.A little funky.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1399) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Pours a darkened yellow. Slightly cloudy - you can still see through it. Fizzy white head. Little lacing and the head dies away quickly. Very faint diacetyl note. Nice acidity. Some raspberry, lime, orange, lemon, apricot, plum. The taste is quite tannic, very woody. The carbonation gets in the way of the flavor, but thereís also some more tart fruit in there. Blackberry, raspberry, lemon, plum. Everything under ripe. A little bit of butter in the finish. Mouthfeel is prickly, effervescent. Carbonation is too high for me. Otherwise, the feel is rather light for the abv. Itís just ok and, really, a bit of a disappointment to my expectations for this brewery. Itís overcarbonated and somewhat lacking in flavor, ultimately. Still, itís also easy to drink and hides is strength well. Kind of a mixed bag.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (709) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Aroma has a slight lactic acid note to it. Light citrus hop note along with light fruit esters. The fruit esters are a bit floral but also tropical fruit. Hint of pineapple is present. A faint cheesiness. Pours a moderately cloudy pale yellow with a hint of hold. Big pillowy white head that quickly recedes. Light lacing and small legs. Flavor is slightly sweet to balance the light acidity. It's fairly fruity with some white grape, pear, and tropical fruit. Light citrus note with low bitterness. Oak is moderate and adds a bit of a buttery character. Slightly vinous. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with effervescent carbonation. Low acidic astringency with medium low alcohol warmth. Overall an interesting beer, but I wouldn't call it amazing. The aroma is surprisingly muted. The flavor Ian acidic enough to be a sour beer but is too acidic to e a farmhouse. It's a surprisingly refreshing beer, but nothing really grabs me. Kind of boring. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14744) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2013
26th June 2013
Craft Clerkenwell Tasting. Thanks to our Colin. Light haze on this gold beer. Little white head. Light winey tartness, little grape. Touch of tropical fruits and a nice light floral finish. My kind of sour!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (8294) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle split at Craft Clerko, picked up at the Growler Guys Bend, 26/06/13. Hazed blonde with a good sized white head. Nose is tarte summer fruit, floral notes, white wine, melon, lightly soured white grapes. Taste comprises funky melon, lemon rind, farmyard, light sours, touch brett. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, crisp and refreshing in the execution. Decent fayre - light sour meets saison.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4567) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Bottle shared by Colin @ CBC Clerkenwell. Light gold pour with a small head. The nose is sweet lemonade, wild yeasty funk. A bit of fart. Some cake batter. The taste is pillowy brett. Marshmallow and hints of granny smith apple. Some more lemon, juicy citrus. A bit buggy on the finish. Light body, fine carbonation. Overall, pleasing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (2144) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Pours a translucent golden color with a big foamy white head. Nice peachy pineapple brett notes up front with some dank old wood, citrus rind, earthy grain, old hay, pine and slight vinous acidity. Overall a really nice beer, a touch heavy handed on the sweet fruity side but the complexity of the woodsy funk helps balance out the final outcome !

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10773) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2013
Bottle shared at CBC Clerkenwell - big thanks to Colin for bringing this one. Pours cloudy yellow with a wispy white cream head. Lovely and enticing aroma, bright citrus, light funk, lemon and tangerine. Light to medium sweet flavor with some pale bready malts, light poo and funk, faint hay, lemon. Light to medium bodied with average to lively carbonation. Sweet finish, good and tangy, with more lemon, restrained citrus rind bitterness, poopy barnyard, yeast, a good dose of wild funk. Wonderful beer. Definitely one of the best of the night.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (6112) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2013
750, corked and strung. Thank you so much, J&A. I thought this was wonderful when I got it. Far better now that itís in the glass. Holy cow. Pours a crystal clear coppery pale gold with a dense and sudsy white head that sticks around. Big strawberry nose with gentle sweet counterpoints behind that; some moss, a little basement, a slight hint of meyer lemon. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Strawberries, basement, moss, and lemon on the mid palate. No barnyard, no mineral. If this geysers, sorry to say, it is unratable--because it is magnificent when it is in good shape.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
birdmachine (165) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - JUN 10, 2013
750ml bottle shared at Original Gravity in San Jose. Thanks for the pour Audrey! Opened up a gusher, but only lost some of the liquid. Pours a hazy straw color with a massive white spritzy head. Aromas of sour grain, lemon, wet rag, cat piss, moldy pineapple, musty basement, wood. Taste is almost non-existent because of how carbonated the beer is. Extremely high carb, thin mouthfeel, bone dry and zaps all the saliva out of your mouth. Pretty bummed, because of all the great reviews but here is what seems like a rare bad bottle. Iíll save it some face here and note that as the carb level died down, you could pick up more stone fruit and brett flavor on the finish, but the wine like dryness was still a deal breaker.


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