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Russian River Beatification (Batch 001)

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RATINGS: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Blonde Ale aged in New Belgium La Folie barrels for 23 months. Batch 001 is softer on the palate than Batch 001 - PH1. The PH1 batch was aged in one of New Belgium's favorite barrels. Refermented in the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3923) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2008 Odeeds Beer Tasting 9/27/06 Brought by Irishboy; 001-PH1 Nose was sour with citrus and barnyard; cork popped when opened; yellow gpold with small white head;; flavor was tongue puckering tartness with a cinnamon note, no sweetness; tasted more like a guezue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 (BATCH 001 PH1 BY WAY OF IRISHBOY)murky yellow body with a frizzy white head.as i poured it i could hear a soda pop type fiiizzzzz.aroma was of f-u-n-k(insert barnyard,horse blanket,etc.)seltzer water,and a bit of wood.flavor was much of the same.not bad but its really the usual sour type ale.(re-rate 1-18-09)age has done this bad boy some good.the funk has mellowed a bit and its becoming nice and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (13185) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 24, 2006
Cloudy dull amber. Big oaky, leather aroma with hints of grape, peach candy, old cheese. Really tart. Very leathery, oaky, a bit grapey flavour. Lively body. So dry and flavourful, very gueuze-like, but the carbo is a shade too high to bring out the best in this beer. PH1.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (1970) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 23, 2006

Mellon color with thin white swirls of tiny white bubbles. Nice lacing on the glass that quickly slides off. Aroma is mid smooth sourness that is well rounded and very pleasent. The liquid tickles the tongue as it swirls around. Just a bit of sour bite. Very refreshing. Nice oaky dryness. Long pleasent finish. 6/4/7/4/17

Batch-001 PH1

Slightly darker shade of mellon than the regular. Aroma is nicely funky. Quite a bit funkier than the regular. The funk is strong and oaky but easy to take. Nothing over the top. Well done. Flavor is a match for the aroma. Sour and fruity. Delicious. 8/4/9/4/18

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Batch 001 courtesy of irishboy. On opening, the cork shot across the room. Despite that, the poyr was relatively flat with a small ring of white bubbles sticking around. Smells of citrus, flowers, perfume, some bretty funk. Taste is sour with a chewable vitamin kick. As this one warms, some basic woodiness starts creeping in. Reminds me of a peche lambic in both color and taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (9570) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2006
Bottle shared courtesy of Walt. Batch 001-PH01. Poured a deeper and cloudy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aroma was yeasty, fruity, musty with cherries and grapes. Tastes of grapes, green apples, some brett and citrus. Lively body. Great stuff, I gotta get me some more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pineypower (2666) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Thanks to Sliffy for this one. Bottle 001-PH01. Pours out a cloudy golden color with a small lacing reminance of a head. Aroma has some notes of tart citrus and some funky sour aromas. The taste is very complex, but very refreshing and extremely well balanced. Nice sour flavor that is not over powering, the wood notes seem to soften the sourness of the beer to give it a very nice balance. Add to it a nice tartness, this beer was truly an experience. Wish I could have some more of this stuff. Excelent brew

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1733) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2006
Bottle, 001-PH01. Pours cloudy yellow/gold. Strong aroma...citrus, yeast, malt, and leather...funky. Flavors are sour lemons, yeast, earth, wood and some funkiness. Nicely done. Thanks to footbalm for this bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9956) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Bottle... Batch 001-PH01... This beer rocks! ... Murky golden ale with a tiny, fizzy, off-white head that’s gone in a flash. Complex, sour aroma. Lemon, lactic acid, razor sharp cheddar/ parmesan blend, lots of wood, leather, must and way underripe tropical fruit. Terrific sour flavor with good bitterness and terrific acidity, but it doesn’t measure up to the nose in my book. How could it? Medium-bodied and silky with lively carbonation. Finishes in an eddy of acid~tart~bitter~salt~dry. World class brew. Thanks to tever for the bottle!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Tasted side by side the 001 and 001-PH1. The aroma of 001 was better to me (a 10 vs. 9) and the flavors while different between the two made it difficult to pick a favorite and both got a 9. Both poured hazy deep gold with a thin off-white head. 001 had a perfect funky aroma with plenty of tart barnyard yeastiness. The PH1 had a funky aroma as well but less tartness and more malty. More of the leather aroma in this one. The flavor in the PH1 however had more tartness than the 001. Acidic flavor with nice malt mixed in. The 001 flavor had great acidity and yeasty funk in the flavor. Funk was more dominant in 001 with more maltiness in the PH1 so which is better will be up to the taster for sure. The 001 gets the 4.6 and the PH1 gets a 4.5

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