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RATINGS: 568   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Although we enjoyed aging Batch #1 in used La Folie barrels from New Belgium Brewery, one of which was the renowned PH1 barrel, Batch #2 is something completely different. After a trip to Belgium in 2006, Vinnie successfully tried his hand at spontaneous fermentation using traditional, and not so traditional, Lambic methods. Out of respect for our Belgian brewing friends, we call this style “Sonambic”, a portmanteau between Sonoma and Lambic.

We stole this term from our friend Brian Hunt at Moonlight, our local farmhouse brewery. In 2007, we executed a second spontaneous fermentation, making yet another batch of Sonambic. This year, we blended those two batches to create our second bottling of Beatification which we are very excited about! Batch #2 has a big grapefruit aroma and grapefruit rind flavor with funky Brettanomyces and a tart finish.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
birdmachine (163) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle, Batch 06. Aroma is dominated by barnyard funk, faint lactic acid, toasted oak, green apples, pineapple and some tea. Definitely less funky than some Belgian lambics, but really nice mix of citrus and hay. Pours clear golden color with medium head that hangs out a bit. Flavor is fruity at first, with the green apple, pineapple, very faint melon. Once the fruit plays out the sour kicks in, and it’s definitely a cheek turner. The funk is on the lower spectrum with more citrus coming through. Almost candied-lemon. Once it warms out more of the oak comes through the taste. The body is somewhat full for a sour, with high carbonation. The finish is citrus forward with sharp tartness that lingers. Though, the sour quality seems a bit more extreme as it warmed, it was surprisingly well balanced for a majority of the glass. Nice complexities, but it breaks down to a pretty citric forward sour.

4.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
boisebeerguy (62) - boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 1, 2014
350 my. Very good beer. Great sour. I would love to drink this again and share with buddies.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BEENJAMIN (286) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2014
375ml bottle shared in a hotel room - pours a clear yellow with a vanishing white head. Sour lemon and oak aromas. Astringent citrus, sugary sweetness followed by a huge sour finish that truly leaves you puckering. Liquid gold gone sour, this is a personal favorite of mine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1214) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Pour is hazy yellow with a finger-wide white head. Aroma is sour with notes of barnyard, bitter funk, white pepper, lemon, oak, and musk. Flavor of lemon drops, slight acidity, oak, herbal, grass, and yeast. Extremely sour tongue.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
flannelnomad (51) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Shared from a 375ml. A clear pale yellow, pouring into the glass you can tell this thing is nose and tongue stingly tart. Tastes bright citrus- grapefruit and lemon with crisp clean acidity. Tastes like the sour candies of your childhood. So complex and tart and the body on it is great. Just enough to hold up the acidity. Right up there with the most sour beers I’ve ever had and definitely one of the best I’ve had.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (2017) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 21, 2014
Draft - Sweet and sour citrus with a bit of funk. Clear pale gold with a thin persistent white head. Peach, soured lemon and a powdery finish

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingCecil (2033) - DENMARK - JAN 15, 2014
Bottle @ home … It pours murky yellow with a medium white head… fresh, sour, fruity, crispy, sour, citrus, lemon, grapefruit, tart, light earthy…. very nice! love it!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ICEatALAMO (870) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Batch 5 bottle. The pour is a light hazy yellow. The aroma is all sour. The taste is very nice actually. Not overly vinegar. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
artmcd8 (1300) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Batch 5 Bottle shared by cpetrone84. Pours a clear yellow with no head. Aroma of white wine, pineapple Brett. Taste is sour and vinous. Taste has some bready cracker aftertaste. Dry finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drowland (5958) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2014
12/26/13. 375mL bottle shared by cbfobes a the QC tasting. Batch 5, I’m told. Sweet! Golden pour with a nice white head and good lacing. Lots of funk in the aroma, touches of vinegar, nicely tart/sour, plenty of fruitiness, solid grapefruit zest and tropical fruits. Lovely flavor, divine, plenty sour, some chalky pixie stick/sweet tart aspect, lots of yummy fruitiness, citrus, some almost floral aspects, lingering tartness. Delish.


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