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RATINGS: 618   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.


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4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (389) - Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2012
At the far extreme of tartness, slightly sour, and completely dry. Very refreshing with some tropical fruit and a little farmhouse funk. One of my favorites.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tectactoe (3081) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2015
Bottle: Have had batch 004, 005, & 006. Review is based off of a fresh 005 bottle thanks to Tim. Dull, opaque & jaundice yellow pour with a small eggshell cap that wisps away quickly. Aroma gets the saliva glands sweating. Green apples, white grape, cherries, white wine vinegar, oak, sweat socks, dusty cotton; huge lactic acid & yogurt presence with a bracing lemon-like acidity. Flavor is sour as hell. Lemon flesh, sour apple, white grape, enormous drying acidity that nails the gum line back a few millimeters. Hay, sour lacto, yogurt, white wine, vinegar, muddled oak, a touch of sweaty funk. Dry finish. One of my favorite American attempts at a spontaneously fermented beer. So goddamn delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2551) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2015
Batch 5 bottle (3 yrs aged) and batch 6 (1.5 yrs aged) bottle side by side. Batch 6 from trade with dogday. Batch 5 from northernbrews. Thanks! Clear gold pour from both, big frothy head that fades normally to a messy film. Excellent appearance. Batch 5 is more funky for sure. Strong funky sourness that’s hard to describe. Definitely getting cheese and strong barnyard, wood, citrus, some light apple and pear too. Taste is very sour but remains drinkable somehow. Very intense. Apricot, lemon, vinegar, cheese, brett, and wood. Awesome stuff. Batch 6 is pretty much the same but just less intense which makes it a little less great.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierkoning (10920) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2015
Corked bottle. Golden color. Citrus, oak and gummi bears in the aroma. Intense sour flavor with lemon and gooseberries. Oak. Top quality beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mR_fr0g (4971) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle share at Bruce’s birthday drinks craft beer co. Huge thanks to Bruce for that rare treat. Batch #6. Aroma is huge in your face funk, sharp citrus, baby puke, bile. Light hazed yellow straw coloured pour with a small white head. Flavour is crisp lemon, little wheat, funk, horsey, clean sharp lacto, many layers of complexity. Palate is medium full, spritzy carbonation and uber sharp, uber dry I’m the finish. Awesome.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CousinBrenden (125) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Fantastic sour lemon rind nose with added pear and sour funk aroma. Nice lively carbonation. Flavor of sour tart mango and apple with a backbone of horsey funk. One of best tart brews out there.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (3744) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle at home from Erik, cheers
super hazy burnished gold with white lacing, fruity, sharp acidic grape notes, dry and fusty, banana. Sherbetty grapefruit, lacto, tart, complex, yuzu, sharp, palate cleansing, touch of poop, lively carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (4163) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle from bursprak via BeersIveKnown cheers Steve; hazy golden yellow pour with zero head, vinegar aroma, taste has brett, orange, grapefruit, sour apples, very lip puckering, lemon, slightly drying, really impressive.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
devman171 (1183) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle batch 5. Pours a hazy orange yellow with fizzy white head. Aroma is funky barn and grassy hops. Flavor is light tart and funky hay, dry finish, well done.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1520) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to artmcd8. Poured gold with minor cloudy light white head. Aroma sweet funky hay tart acid. Light carb med bod. Pretty tart sour taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1388) - 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.


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