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RATINGS: 609   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 “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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RB1 (117) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2012
375ml. bottle (batch #5), shared by Dak, (many thanks). Pours a hazy golden/yellow, with medium white head. Aroma is amazing, citrus interlaced with funky brett. Lemon, grapefruit and some yeast. Taste is sour/citrus, with big lemon and grapefruit notes and some oak lingering in the background. Finish is sharp, clean, quite refreshing, and somewhat bitter. This ale completely hit the spot on a hot Phoenix afternoon. The best Russian River I’ve tasted to date!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1144) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Two bottles, sampled side-by-side with OldMrCrow the other night. First, the freshest bottle (2013 batch), thanks to bytemesis for this one. Pours sparkling clear light gold with tons of small bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Aroma brings oak, vinegar, leather, and tons of white wine. Taste is holy wow bracingly tart. Sweet tarts, puckering, almost difficult to drink it’s so tart. Gonna have to take this slow. Lots of grape. Some apple cider. Medium body, slick coating texture, lively carbonation. Overall: This is surprisingly unimpressive (I mean, still quite good, but not 100th percentile good). Over the top sweet tart. Different than the older one by quite a bit, and almost not in the same class. Is this age, or batch variation, or something else entirely? 8/4/7/4/15. (3.8)

Older bottle (batch 2, thanks Carl!): Murky cloudy pour, darker gold, no head, minimal carbonation. Lovely complex gueuze-like nose -- cob webs, rubber, musty basement, cheese, funk - there’s maybe a little oak left, but not much, and also the grapes/wine have receded to nothingness. Taste brings some light sweetness with a really nice funky, fruity tartness. Less residual sugar in this dude, and everything just gels better. Could totally mistake this for one of the Belgians. Medium body, soft carbonation, slick coating texture. Overall: This is lovely. Were texture/appearance a little nicer, this would be 4.3+. 9/3/9/3/17.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_Fellini (550) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a slightly hazy yellow light orange color. Aroma is citrusy, fleshy fruit tartness. Flavor is melt your face tart, light oak, tons or darker citrus. Light to medium body with a magnificent lingering sourness. Oily palate that coats the tongue with sour. Absolutely phenomenal!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gramity (1454) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
Lightly hazed pale golden witha small bubbly off white head on pour that soon vanishes without trace. Small bubbles rise from bottom to top. Nose comprises woody tones, sour apples, burnt sugars, light vinegar notes, caramelised pears, browned apple skin, crisp and tarte. Tastes of lemon, bitter stewed pears, apple tones, bitter grapefruit, touch of bretts but not huge, wood, tarte, sour, light vinegar but well balanced. Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation leading to a slightly burnt tarte finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mikem409 (1612) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle. Color is yellow with thin white head. Aroma of lemon and hay. Taste ix way Pucker with massive acidic lemon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (779) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Clownoisseur (267) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Danyel (1074) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Salmoniform (1001) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6088) - 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."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BiiruBierBeer (246) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Sour smell. Nicely balanced sour. Tastes kind of like Cantillon Vigneronne without the grapes.

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