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Russian River Beatification (Batch 002 +)

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RATINGS: 605   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   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 “Sonambic”, 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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (721) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2014
Corked and caged bottle, batch 6. Fizzy clear golden pour with a small head that quickly fades. Nose has an acidic funk to it, loads of lemon and barnyard. Taste has a sharp acidic edge, lemon, lime and some sour orange, apple skin and some oaky notes. Pretty good but would have scored it higher if the acidic edge was toned down a bit.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Clownoisseur (251) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Pours a vibrant golden-honey color. 2 finger white head that recedes into fine lacing. Fine carbonation racing up the glass. Looks gorgeous. Aromas are moderately tart with hints of green apple/grapefruit/lemon grass, coupled with wet oak and basement/cobweb. Taste is nicely balanced between fruit tartness and funky yeast. As the nose suggests, some citrus notes of lemon/grapefruit hit initially, with a subtle sweetness rounding out the body. Notes of bread/hay in the background. Finishes with lively carbonation...not quite fizzy...pushing more tartness across the back of my palate. Nice, oaky and dry. Fantastic stuff from Russian River, per usual.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Danyel (1048) - Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours light, clear orange with minimal white head. Aroma is strong of oak, wood, vanilla, sour, citrus, yeasty. Taste is very oak, sweet with lots of sour, light bodied, high carbonation. Overall, fantastic.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Salmoniform (952) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Golden hue with fizzy white head. Aroma is oak, lactic, acetic, straw. Mouthfeel is great with a light body and crisp carbonation. Taste is dry with a tart following and slight peppercorn finish. Overall this brew is great.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
batch 3 - "This much anticipated brew was not a let down. The brewer claims this to be "less sour" than batch #2...i can imagine that, but barely. The aroma is compexity perfected...green apples, barnyard funk, sweet & sour, but not nearly as much sour as is in the taste...almost overpowers the other things going on, but not quite...and your palate adjusts as you go! the difference between this and flemish reds and browns is that this is a blonde, but you couldn’t tell by the body. Creamy lactose body, although fairly highly carbonated. Had to agitate quite a bit just to get some white-ish head atop the cloudy bright yellow body. Finish is lingering sour...still on the lips several minutes later. A very very good beer and a great way to break my buddy Ben into a new style. he didn’t know what to think at first, but really liked it by the end. My wife will probably always hate sours - but I make her try em anyway."

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BiiruBierBeer (221) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Sour smell. Nicely balanced sour. Tastes kind of like Cantillon Vigneronne without the grapes.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (100) - New York, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Wonderful barrel aroma, great brett character. Not a huge complex brew, but so good and balanced, with pineapple sour and lemon grass notes. Everything aout this beer is perfect, could drink forever.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1221) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2014
’12 batch from cpetrone-thanks! Deep gold with persistent lacing. Nose is initially bretty pineapple, then interesting coconut, with some light cobweb funk Taste is some light tropical fruit, lots of bitter grapefruit pith, light dustiness. Quite sour, almost didn’t finish the bottle. Can’t believe I’m saying this, but the CS Batch 60 I had the night before crushed this for complexity and balance.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6439) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2014
375 ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow colour with a small head, which collapses quickly. Aroma of pungent grapefruity notes, apricot and floral notes. Flavour is really strong and sour with grapefruit, tart wood, white grapes, floral notes, some vinegar and red berries. Full bodied. Extremely vinous, dry, elegant finish. Brilliant.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olio (6401) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2014
375 ml bottle. Bottled 091113.
Pours slightly cloudy golden color with a minimal head. Sour fruits, rowan berries and nettle on the nose. Gooseberries, grapefruits, yeast, wooden notes, some herbs too. Very dry and tart. Excellent.
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