FlacoAlto (3677) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 Batch 001 - PH1, Sampled July 2006
Very well carbonated, the corks pops out in my hand, as I attempt to release it from the bottle, with a hefty pop. The beer pours with a brilliantly clear, orange-tinged, gold color that picks up a touch of haze from a bit of sediment near the bottom of the bottle. The head is initially about two-fingers thick and is a lightly tanned, white color that disappears completely after a bit of time. The aroma has an ample sour note to it that is immediately noticeable once the cork is out. The sourness is coupled with a pithy astringency that reminds me of tannic oak. Underneath the sourness is some funky Brettanomyces character that is sort of like a musty blanket, definitely a bit sharp and urea like. There even seems to be a touch of something that reminds me of fermented soy beans (or perhaps tamarind), though just a phantom note towards the end if you really dig for it. All in all the aroma is sour, woody and funky, just like I hoped.
The beer is quite sour of course, but I am surprised by how well integrated it is with the rest of the beer. The sourness does not overwhelm the rest of the beer; in fact the beer has a certain heft to it, despite being bone dry, that creates an almost creamy texture. The beer has a nice fruitiness to it (despite the lack of sweetness) as well, notes of tart green apples, a hint of tamarind and sour not quite ripe plums. The beer finishes with a touch of urea, and a tannic wood note that does not quite grab hold of the tongue. The sourness really is quite well balanced in this beer; ample and noticeable, yet some of the funk and an oh-so-smooth wood note help to balance it and make this beer quite seemless.
This beer is quite well integrated, I can definitely see why this barrel has the reputation it does. The beer is sour and funky, yet smooth; complex yet not aggressive or distracting. It almost evokes taste memories of sweetness, but I don’t actually think there is any here, just a very well integrated beer. I really like this beer, and am now wishing I could have picked up more of this wondrous elixir. I really wish this came in a 750ml bottle, because 375ml just does not seem like enough.
Batch 001, Sampled July 2006
Unfortunately my review does not fit, but this is not as complex as Batch PH1, but still eminently drinkable and exceedingly enjoyable. Here the lactic notes dominate with a touch of biscuit malt and citrus fruit to round it out. Reminds me alot of grapefruit like straight Lambics I have had in Belgium
Dodgrblu (471) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Timfoolery, born in January 2012, sour in all phases. Great, have some.
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Travlr (9944) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy golden color, fluffy white head. Aroma of dusty and funky attic, peppery cotrus. Taste is softly sour citrus, grapefruit. Nice complexity and character.
kcillini77 (3) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - FEB 15, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Incredible beer. Sour, funky. Not too boozy. Great way to end the evening.
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Huhzubendah (2162) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served side by side with PH1 and batches 002-004. We forgot to bring batch 005. Oh well...Bottles shared by craytonic and ygtbsm94. Thanks Matt and Brad!
The beer is straw yellow, fairly hazy, small white head. The aroma is barnyard funk, lemons, hay. Sour, funky, delightful. Beatification is one of my favorite wild ales from Russian River, so lining up this vertical was a sublime experience for me. PH1 was slightly more acidic than batch 001. Both very tasty.
ALLOVATE (2228) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very late in rating but a rating none the less. Corked, 375mL stumpy bottle courtesy of Kook back in 2007 at a tasting night. From lost notes.
Produced a heavy gold, shy of bright and soft for carbonation. Head was flailing at this point,, a mere smear of condensed white surrounding the meniscus. Aroma is very hairy; oily horse mane and hessian notes come through from an aggressive Brettanomyces. It has a vinous twitch, tart fruit, light oak but it is all about the yeast in the nostrils. Tart, sour, all yeast and funk, and sadly bile-like like vomit. How can this aide? There is sour fruit, light citrus, rough hessian and lighter oak notes. It just does!! A strange all junk, no funk, Brett and all other overload. Nicely done!!!!
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
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.
madmitch76 (12253) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2011
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
brokensail (9213) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 4, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
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 & 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.