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Russian River Beatification (Batch 001)

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RATINGS: 221   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2012
Batch 1 and Batch PH1 served side-by-side at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012. Followed up with batches 2-4. Both served in a Russian River TION goblet. Thanks to ygtbsm94 and craytonic for these two bottles. PH1: Pours a clear yellow-gold color with a small head and a thin cap afterward. The nose has a good dose of barnyard funk, earth, and a fairly-heavy lemon character. There’s light acetic with the lactic in a way that actually really reminds me of La Folie (at least in the background). Flavor is also lemon and light funk. Moderate-heavy acidity with a light body and very dry finish. Batch 1: Not nearly as acidic as PH1. This is more mellow with additional funk, and I actually prefer it. Ratings for this would be 8/4/8/4/16.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Batch 001 PH01 - What can I say, this is one of the best beers I have had period, ever. I only got to try a few sips of this beer but I have batch 3 sitting at home. I cannot wait to open it one day, whenever that might be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
madmitch76 (15073) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2011
11th June 2009
Hazy gold beer. Dry crisp palate. Very sour beer, just the right side of total lemon juice. - ie just about drinkable. A small amount of woodiness provides some relief. Not for me thanks.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail (10916) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 4, 2011
Batch PH1. The pour is much like any other batch of Beatification: pale golden with a large white head. Smell is intensely acidic and lactic. Lots of lemon and lemon juice type aromas. A musty funk of oak and grass, sort of similar to actual gueuze. The flavor is amazingly sour, one of the sourest American sours out there. Great lemon/lactic acidity, which is very bright and clean. Grass, straw, and oak along with a touch of earthy funk round out the flavor. Medium in body with a very lively carbonation and dry, puckering finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zizzybalubba (1418) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Shared at Grape & Gourmet’s 5th Anniversary by The Beer God (Thanks Mike!). Generously we were treated to both a bottle of Batch 001 and Batch PH1. Both poured pale yellow with a fizzy white head. Sour, funky aroma which was more noticeable in the regular Batch 001 than the PH1. While both were no doubt sour the PH1 seemed to pick up more of the oak and was an easier beer to drink. Beautiful integration of sour and funk. You would be hard pressed to find many sour beers that were better than Beatification.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Had this as ph1 in 2007 at OTown Throwdown III. Pours a nice golden light copper with a thin fizzy head and moderate carbonation. Aroma is tangy lemon zest, light aceto, vinegar hints, woody, oaky, big funk, brett, with a bright citrus tartness. Flavor is funk, more glacial straight acetic acid, slight off malt vinegar, apple cider twang, lemon-lime hints, fruity esters, horsey and leather with more oak and wood with hints of solvent an isovaleric. Has a spritzy lively lactic and acetic acid finish in the end without being bitter or too astringent. Really nice at the time- I wonder if the aceto continued to grow in this beer? I

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2010
PH1 bottle thanks to drewbeerme! Sampled next to batch 2 and 3. Pours a very clear yellow golden a small fizzy white head. Aroma of light vanilla, delicate balanced acidity, touch nutty, a nice sour blonde. Flavor is at first very white winey, champagne, clean, medium strong clean sourness, very tolerable but still with a nice kick, light green grape, brett aftertaste, tart white wine. Spritzy clean fizzy carbonation, perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2010
A version that is a blend between a 8 month and a 15 months barrel aging. The pour is straw yellow with no transparency and with a fine white head that has an almost milky white edge. A classic sour nose with citric and young green grapes topped with lactic hints. The palate and mouthfeel seems to be a bit thin and turns in to a finish that most of all can be described as sour and lactic. Not that interesting actually with a sourness that are pretty unnuanced and streight forward....still good beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zenwolf (268) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2010
Dry as a desert and as sour as my ex.. a fantastic example of the style. Brought back as a random pick. I was the only one who loves Sour ale’s... you have to love them.. but you will be richly rewarded. Hoppy love.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2010
Ph1 beatification   Thanks Andrew. Delicate Herbal earthiness citrus touch of hay   Fizzy carbonation. Lots of citrus grapes light sweetness vinegar balanced. Sugars acids and tartness balaced well. 8/4/9/5/16 4.1 

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