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Russian River Beatification (Batch 001)

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RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle (Batch 001- PH1) from Amorphosis. Pours clear golden with thin white head. strong tart and funky aroma almost gueuze like. Lots of apple and lemon sourness with oaky notes. Open on new year and that was quite a treat! Thnaks Peter!.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2009
Bottle, April 2008 tasting. Thanks to Phil L for providing. Rather muddy yellow appearance (I probably got my sample from near the end of the bottle). Not sure whether this was the standard or PH1 batch. Good and sour. Moderately funky aroma. Quite citric tart acidity on the palate. More lambic than Flemish sour in feel, probably because the underlying beer is a blonde not a bruin. Faint echoes of Cantillon here. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 2, 2009
PH1 Bottle, thanks Nathan for opening this rare gem and sharing with me!
Warm gold, noisy off-white head. Generous funk that starts well before the glass makes it up to my nose. Leathery tobacco barn chock full of crab apples and a briny seaweed bite. Loads of dry lemony sourness, but for all the volume of sour, the quality of it is gentle and inviting. Pepper, salt, hay, dry weathered wool. So much happy goodness in a glass. Some sour beers (even ones I end up liking) require such a serious face to appreciate: the pleasures are shaken from a wrath-bearing tree. Not so here. Everything is just...beautiful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - JUL 14, 2009
PH1. 375-milliliter into wine balloon. Pours a cloudy opaque orange with huge foam at first, then settling to a light layer of film. Aroma is indeed of sour fruit, self-fermented old fruit. Flavor is of the same spoiled fruit but with a lot of black olive. No doubt about it: Black olives, maybe baked on a pizza. It’s really an oddity this one, but not unpleasant. Nice mouthfeel, full yet spritzy. Overall, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2009
(Sample Date: 3/14/2009 Source:Other) Batch 001-PH1. Blonde Ale aged in oak barrels. Slight sourness and graininess with a light fruit in the aroma. Cloudy light brown muddy water appearance. Quite sour and earthy with some caramel and oak like wine notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2009
Big thanks to Numenor for bringing this to the Richmond Gathering. PH1 bottling. Hazy yellow. Great horseblanket aroma, with lemon, cheddar, and pixie stick aroma. Flavor starts the same, and then finishes just a bit short with a faint honey note. Interesting stuff, and a great sniffer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Numenor on 03/14/2009. Batch 001-PH1. Somewhat hazy orange body with a small frothy off-white head. Huge sour aroma with vanilla, fruit, and some funk. Huge sour flavor, some faint vanilla with more light fruit, hints of oak and a touch of funk. Light body with moderately high carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Brought by numenor to a ratebeer gathering at maniacs place in richmond, va. This is a newer style for me, but I have to say fantastic beer, too bad it is gone, but maybe the new one will be just as good? Anyway, A lot of tartness up front on this one, nice and sour a bit of apple as well. Goes down easily but not before you have to appreciate the flavors that are coming from a beer with such a low abv. Interesting style, also a bit of citrus in there as well. Just enjoyed how different this beer was from everything else I have ever had basically.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mpersinger (361) - , California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Batch 1 (thanks Guy) pours daffodil yellow and effervescent. Aroma is tart, body very lean and prickly. Rich grapefruit dominates crisp flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
phukktifano (159) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Beautiful gold body. Very tart aroma very citrus. Wonderfully sour with smooth ending.

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