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Russian River Beatification (Batch 002 +)

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RATINGS: 590   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Although we enjoyed aging Batch #1 in used La Folie barrels from New Belgium Brewery, one of which was the renowned PH1 barrel, Batch #2 is something completely different. After a trip to Belgium in 2006, Vinnie successfully tried his hand at spontaneous fermentation using traditional, and not so traditional, Lambic methods. Out of respect for our Belgian brewing friends, we call this style ďSonambicĒ, a portmanteau between Sonoma and Lambic.

We stole this term from our friend Brian Hunt at Moonlight, our local farmhouse brewery. In 2007, we executed a second spontaneous fermentation, making yet another batch of Sonambic. This year, we blended those two batches to create our second bottling of Beatification which we are very excited about! Batch #2 has a big grapefruit aroma and grapefruit rind flavor with funky Brettanomyces and a tart finish.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leveejr (89) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Smells like sour fruit with a golden pour. Taste is similar and super dry. Excellent beer but dry and fruity ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
knickskicks (686) - - JUL 5, 2014
Batch 6. Golden pour, crystal clear. Nose is sour oak barrel, clean lemon. Taste is sour lemons, oak barrel, lactic but very clean, super sour. Light crisp mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2014
This caged and corked batch 5 bottle from oRos pours with a clear gold body that supports a light thin tan head. The aroma offers up a bit of grainy malts that get quickly consumed by a firm mix of funky yeast, a slight soured lime note and then a smattering of spicy oak. The taste delivers soured citrus, spicy oak notes, a good level of yeasty funk and then it crashes into puckering tartness and acidity. Too much acidic stuff going on but still drank pretty gud.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
krumbum (511) - truckee, California, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Cloudy pale yellow with white frothy head. Smells light vinegary. Thin tart acidic lemon grapefruit sours it is wet but has a a dry tart finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berntholer (801) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 4, 2014
ivorywhite head fades fast without lacing. yellow colour. aroma is sour. taste is lemonsour. medium body, rather carbonated. didnít get much of the aroma or taste. bottle @ cantillon quintenssence í14

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfroms (208) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Bottle--latest batch, I believe--shared by jbeatty. Pours hazy glowing orange with slight film of white bubbles. Aroma is tremendous: orange juice, lemon juice, preserved lemon, sour cherry, nectarine, lambic-like funk, grain. Taste is bright sour apricot, acidic white wine, and lemon, fading into salty lemon zest. Very tasty but perhaps slightly too sour.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cory (295) - , California, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle. Very sour nose, taste, and across the palate. Citrus acid and white wine nose with a little barnyard that comes in well through the beer and when youíre past the sour taste. Very sour taste which is why i prefer this beer a year or more down in the cellar. Exceptional sour.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JStax (2853) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2014
375 ml corked and caged bottle poured into a mini snifter. Pours a pale yellow with a white head of foam. Dry, floral sourness. Light body and high carbonation. Peaches and apricots and pineapple sweetness in the taste with a more subtle sourness. Pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElManana (205) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2014
This beer smells great. Smells like grapefruit juice that has been sitting in oak barrels for, well, 9-19 months. Pours a honey golden color with very minimal head. NEGATIVES: Dammit, I just donít like sour beer! So if you love sours, this is your beer. It has complexities like you canít imagine. Barnyard funk (which I like), grapefruit (which I like) and tannins. If you donít like sours though, and this is my third, so I know I definitely donít like them, you wonít like this one.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (2744) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2014
Clear golden colour, white head. Aroma of brett, stable, lambic, citrus. Sour flavour, very sour. Citrus, citric acid, brett. Quite sour, but somehow still with some balance.
(from 37.5cL bottle @ Cantillon Quintessence)


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