The Ale Apothecary
from United States (California)
Highest RatedSahalie (94 / 100) Average score94 / 100 (Best of the Best)
Lowest RatedSahalie (94 / 100) Number Tried1
Reviewed by Jez on 22.02.20 in bottle
94 / 100
(Best of the Best)
Corked, but not-caged brew bottle purchased from City Beer Store in San Francisco. Cracked open to celebrate my son's 4th birthday.

Pours a beautiful burnished coppery golden colour, with a firm rim of off-white that persists around the edge. Lots of very fine carbonation which stays slow in a fairly syrupy body. Looks very good. 4.25

Beautiful nose, with a strong kerosene note of riesling, and deep, rich soaked fruit characters. Big deep oak notes and darker notes of toasted brown bread and currants. It's amazingly complex, and very, very good.

Lovely complex tartness on the palate. Beautiful combination of tart dried apricot, aged riesling and a peppery dryness on the back. Long, slightly medicinal finish, again it's edges of the kerosene riesling character. Very vinous and chewy. It's quite incredible.

Lovely tart bite in the feel, with a very fine soft carbonation.

This is a genuinely superb beer. The complexity is so good, and the aged white wine characters is beautiful. It's one of those beers that reminds you all of the brilliance of aged sour beers.
appearance: 4.25 | aroma: 4.5 | taste: 5.0 | feel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.75