Schroppfy (2357) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 Rerate: NYE, 2007. PH1. Unbelievably lovely, sour but not overly so.
Batch 001 and PH1 side-by-side. The PH1 carbonation was constant and really thinned out the body. The 001 was positively creamy and gets much higher palate scores. Both beers have peachy aromas but the PH1 was severe and acetic on top of that while the 001 was nuanced and contained cherry and tropical notes. Flavors were sour but more than handleable, with some soft minerality in the 001 plus a little sugariness. The PH1 was much more aggressive. Rating the PH1 alone would be 8/3/8/3/17=3.9, rating the 001 alone would yield 9/4/9/5/18=4.5. The 001 is close to Temptation and Supplication qualia!
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Batch PH1. Served in an Ommegang glass.
A: Brilliantly clear, highly carbonated amber body. There was an initially thick white head but it fell quickly leaving nothing on the sides of the glass but only a rim of head on the edge.
S: The La Folie influence on the aroma is overwhelming. I can immediately recognize it. The aroma is nice and tart with some citrus notes. VERY inviting.
T: Damn, I love wild ales and this one is outstanding. Very pronounced tartness but it still manages to be smooth. Great pucker effect. The flavor has an earthy note typical of Brett. There are also some sour cherries lurking in the background. This is really a top notch beer. Brew this again Russian River!!
M: The carbonation is great on this and gives it a great mouthfeel. It takes what would otherwise be a pretty light bodied beer up a notch or two and gives it enough body to last.
D: Outstanding. Perfect. Top notch. Insert any other compliments you can think of. Especially when you consider that it is only 5.5% ABV, the drinkability on this is out of the park. This is by far my favorite RR beer and certainly one of the best beers I have had.
Edit: When you drink this beer, pour the yeast into the last sip. It is excellent.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JUN 29, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 Bottle. Batch 001.
The pour is murky and bright orange with a white effervescent head. Brett and a sort of musty cherry aroma jump right out of the glass. Fantastic aroma with a lot going on...apricots, leather, oak, bubblegum and an earthy note. Sharp tartness that hits your tongue immediately just like La Folie but not as shockingly dry. Horse blanket, cobwebs and fruit flavors. Finishes dry but not exceedingly so.
1FastSTi (3235) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2006 375 mL batch 001 bottle via marcus. The beer pours to a hazy coppery straw colored body with a thin but lasting fizzy white head. Looks gueuze like. The flavor is buttery, tart, acidic, sour cherries and apples, leathery like a gueuze, wood, lots of brett and a great balance of the other 3 bugs. This "regular" batch is phenomenal. More like a gueuze than a Flemish sour, but I realize it isnít because this isnít a lambic. Wowzers. I wish I had the PH1 to try. The aroma is sour cherries and Turkish apricots up front with tart lemony oak underneath. Italian leather and funk all mixed into a pie. This beer brings together the best of two styles and blends them nicely. So unique, so delicious. The palate is tart, drying, nicely carbonated, wonderful feeling. This is damn near perfect. I think PH1 would be a 5.0. Excellent brew Russian River!
375 mL batch 001 PH1 shared via JCapriotti. mmmm...
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2006 750. Batch 001-PH01. Explosive. Beer is a a murky medium, bright, caramel-gold color with a large, creamy, white, mostly lasting head. Spiderwebs of lacing on the glass. The aroma is redolent of La Folie. They vaporize away a little and reveal a more subdued beauty underneath. Breaks down to be malty with light-to-moderate notes of toasted bread and sweet, fluid caramel; hoppy with moderate notes of lemon and herb; yeasty with moderate notes of delectibly funky horseblanket and band-aid, light notes of cobwebby goodness; Light miscellaneous notes of green apple, oak, vanilla, light note of spicy alcohol, white wine-like vinosity and a trace of coriander. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately-to-heavily acidic with a long, moderately-to-heavily acidic/dry, lightly sweet, trace bitter finish. Nice bright lemony aftertaste. The body is light-to-medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively/fizzy.
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 Monkís 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 didnít 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 canít 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.
zizzybalubba (1258) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Shared at Grape & Gourmetís 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.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled PH1: Beer pours hazy dark honey color with mostly dissipating head. Aroma is an amazing amalgm of vinegar, barnyard funk and massive brett. Flavor is delicously sour, but in a totally restrained fashion. Also a light, very not fake, cherry fruit finish. Palaate is perfect. A world class beverage; I sat on this rating for way too long.
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
TheBeerGod (4913) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2006 Bottle - corked and caged - Batch 001. Murky rusted gold with a small white head. I was expecting more foam and was delighted to have a restrained head on this. Nose instantly smacks me with sour. Lots of Bretty aromas, tart fruits, light wet wood, lemon juice, damp basement, light cat urine, and barnyard. I think this aroma is one of the best Iíve ever smelled on a Flemish Sour! Tart fruits dominate the taste with light woody notes, lemon juice, horseblanket, damp earth, dank basement and leather. Some light sweat coming through as well. Body is tart and acidic. Very dry throughout. Very bubbly and effervescent as well. Almost a champagne like sharpness to it. Finishes with more sour fruits, soft leather, cat urine, wet wood, damp earthy notes, and obvious Bretty flavors. Another exquisite brew created by Vinnie. Extremely complex and well crafted. All I can really say is WOW!
Bottle - corked and caged - Batch 001 - PH1. Autumn gold body with a small white head. Nose is extremely sour. Lots of tart fruits, wet leather, sweat, cat urine, damp earth and moldy basement. Again, this is one of the best aromas on a Flemish Sour Iíve had the priviledge of smelling. Taste is sour fruits, lemon juice, leather, sweat, woody flavors, and horseblanket. Body is extremely effervescent. Acidic feel throughout the body and ends bone dry. Finishes with more sour fruit notes, leather, cat urine sweat, wet wood, barnyard, and damp earth. Both versions of this beer are incredible. Kudos, again, to Vinnie at Russian River!