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RATINGS: 660   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   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.


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4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - JAN 13, 2012
UPDATED: APR 9, 2012 Batch #005......Aroma is very funky, it has agrapefruit notes but a bit less lemon in the nose than the last batch. Appearance is a yellow color with a bit of orange when held up to a light. Taste is very satisfying. Very similar to what I remembered in batch #004. It has notes of white pepper and citrus that go together beautifully. This is an amazing beer. Easily my favorite sour/wild ale from Russian River. Refreshing is a good way to describe this beer. Batch #004........Aroma is full of funk, it also carries a certain lemon rind or citrus in the nose. The appearance is a crystal clear golden color with bubbles streaming off the bottom of the glass. The taste is very nice. The sour notes come through very crisp and clean with some grapefruit flavors coming through. It is a very drinkable beer and it definitely doesn’t lack flavor.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hackobock (3286) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2016
August 29, 2015. Bottle at home, batch 6. Received in a trade, thanks!
Clear golden with a very small white head. Aroma is funky and fruity with lemon juice, green apple skins, gooseberries, white grapes, funky barnyard notes with an earthy touch, oak, leather and hints of minerals. Taste is tart, fruity and funky. Finish is sour, dry and fruity with lemon, apple, oak, minerals, light grain notes and funk. Light bodied, dry texture, average carbonation.
Very good, fruity with the funkiness and complexity of lambic.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biirusaikou (2363) - - JUN 22, 2016
Sampled at Mechazilla’s epic insanity tasting session. Lovely sour fruit character with berries and lemon, good tartness, funky notes, oaky dry finish. Pretty smashed at that stage of the tasting but remember loving it.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
willisread (2211) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 7, 2016
Bottle shared at Mechazilla event. Huge sour white grapefruit and apricot aromas with tons of oak and bit of gooseberry-like tartness perceived. Bone dry with lowish carbonation. The sourness with the oak notes are just marvelous. More apricot and grapefruit, some lemon too in there. Finishes dry with a fresh fruit and bright tartness. Fantastic. My favorite from the night.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TimE (4884) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 4, 2016
Super sour oaky vanilla. Dry light with peaches and cream, sour with low carbonation. Excellent

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (1939) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2016
Very tart. Dry. Very dark straw. Very puckering. Tasted at my Outdoor bottle share.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ddemmingjr (795) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2016
Dry tart funky goodness. You would think this beer was a gueze from Belgium. One of the best American barrel aged sours I've had. Thanks Brian ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thepatrickman (714) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 7, 2016
Bottle from Michael (misterburd) -- cheers, I’ve wanted to try it for a long time! Blind taste test at home with this and Allagash’s Coolship Resurgam, and Beatification was the unanimous favorite of everyone who tried it. It’s a beautiful clear yellow with a tiny bit of a head that fades away almost immediately and a great spritz carbonation. The taste is unbelievable -- bright sour apple notes with a clean, light body and just the right type and amount of funk. Really reminiscent of the best Belgian lambics. Mind bogglingly good!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
linusb (717) - SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2016
A: Yellow coloured with a white lacing. N: Orange, cardamom, white chalk T: orange, acetic acid O: This is so nice!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3672) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2016
Sample, 1-ounce, during the Great American Beer Festival, savoured on September 25 2015; eye: golden, clear, no effervescence, tiny ring of off-white, head, no lacing; nose: acidity, sourness, green apple, light musk, fruity; mouth: acidity, sourness, green apple, light musk, fruity, astringency, refreshing, semi-dry finale in green apple with presence of acidity, full body, good carbonation, slick texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Échantillon, 1 once, en fût, durant le Great American Beer Festival, savourée le 25 septembre 2015; œil : dorée, limpide, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse blanc cassé, pas de dentelle; nez : acidité, aigreur, pomme verte, léger musc, fruité; bouche : acidité, aigreur, pomme verte, léger musc, fruité, astringence, rafraîchissante, finale semi-sèche en pomme verte avec présence d’acidité, corsée, bonne carbonatation, texture coulante; en résumé : bien

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JJMBeer (48) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Lots of grapefruit on the nose, and one of the best american wild ales. Not overly tart, but a little less going on than Supplication, IMO. A wonderful trat that I would love to drink again!


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