Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(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.
Kinz (3365) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
mpersinger (354) - , California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 1 (thanks Guy) pours daffodil yellow and effervescent.
Aroma is tart, body very lean and prickly. Rich grapefruit dominates crisp flavors.
phukktifano (159) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful gold body. Very tart aroma very citrus. Wonderfully sour with smooth ending.
Drake (8993) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2010 375 mL bottle courtesy of Numenor. Thanks! Rating #1500. Batch 001-PH1. Pours a lemon orange color with a medium head. Poor head retention and lacing. Fantastically tart aroma with funk, citrus, earthy, herbal. Taste is almost bitterly tart with notes of green apple, citrus (pithy grapefruit), tannins. Slight earthy and herbal notes. Soft carbonation. Medium bodied.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 001-PH1 Nice golden body with a thin white head. Nice sour aroma with a good fruit kick. Taste is very sour with light oaking. Nice citrus ending. Awesome stuff.
ggaughan (100) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 1, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I had previously sampled Beatification at the RR Brewpub in October of 2005, straight from the barrel and again in January of this year at a RR dinner at Monk’s Cafe but this is my first review of this fine beer from the bottle.
Batch 001 (PH1) is waiting patiently in my cellar.
The beer poured a nice brilliant hazy straw color with a bit of a white head that didn’t last very long and gave way to a good ring around the glass and strong lacing. The aroma of the beer definitely had the characterstics of where it was aged, in an oak barrel, but it was not overpowering. Notes of cherry and other fruit. The taste was very impressive, tart and acidic and a bit of funkiness but not overbearing, just perfectly complimenting each other. The taste lingered in the mouth for awhile and did have a bit of a dry champagne burn to it which I like in a beer. There is a lingering sweetness to this beer that is very pleasant and I just can’t get enough of.
It would be interesting to taste this along side Redemption which is where this started and also with the PH1 to test the subtle differences in each. Vinnie and Natalie hit this one out of the park as they do with so many of their beers. A real winner, too bad there is not much of this out there.