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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 ďSonambicĒ, 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dhunter151 (467) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 16, 2013
375mL bottle (2013 release). Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a white head that dissipates to almost nothing. Lemon, very tart, oak, funky but subtle, sour apple, hay. Perfect beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (1531) - USA - DEC 16, 2013
Hazy straw yellow in color, hint of gold... Aroma of lemon tartness, funk, oak.... Flavor is out of this world... I'd have trouble differentiating this from a cantillon gueuze... Notes of hay, funk, oak, earth, lemon citrus... Funk on the palate... Delicious ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
harrymel (1448) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Batch 5, bottled 10JAN12 Upon popping the cork and sticking my nose at the bottle neck, my initial response was to say aloud, while alone, "Why the shit is this not a regular?! Get your shit together Vinnie." This is a crispy golden beer with a solid, fluffy, white cap and a resilient central emission of carb rises from the bottom. Lemon zest, manure, hay, arugula, horse hair, soil, yogurt and hell yeah emit from the aqueous solution. One of the most tart beers Iíve tasted, lemon juice, hints of bitterness, mud, weed roots, dandelion - this beer is insane. Medium bodied with higher carb than Iíd prefer (easily remedied with the amount of shaking and whiffing Iím doing) and a semi dry, yet mouth watering finish. This is the best American Wild Ale Iíve had (sans fruit). Just. Fucking. Outstanding. Serving type: bottle 05-22-2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Westmeister (1534) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Rating 1300! Bottle shared with EricTeusink and jrob21. First and best bottle of the day for me. Pours a hazy golden pour. Scent of lemon, tart, funk, citrus. Taste is just outstanding. Green grapes, tart, lemon, some pineapple, perfectly funky, oak, lots of fruity Brett. Dry, lingering bright tartness. Hell yes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (1716) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle at Exira Beer Summit IV. Thanks to adnielsen for bringing this bottle. Pours a golden color with white head. Funky, vinegar, sour apple aromas. Very sour, acidic, grapefruit, green apple flavors. A little too puckering sour for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NielsenRatings (8275) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle @ Exira Beer Summit IV, Day 2. Thanks to womencantsail for sending! Batch 5. Pours a fairly clear golden orange appearance with a thin white head. Cheesy, funky herbal, chewy woody, very lemony, lactic flavor. Quite sour, big lemony, very cheesy, slight pineapple, grassy/woody herbal, very funky flavor. Glad to have finally tried this and itís fun, but not quite what I hoped for. In terms of what they seem to be going for, I think Allagash has done superior work with spontaneous fermentation. Thanks again, Andrew!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ineedbeer (550) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Batch 5 - 011012 375mL bottle. Aroma is great with a big barnyard funkiness and medium lactic acidity note. Hints of an herbal character are present and there is a faint oak note. Light fruit esters of cherry and pineapple. A really nice aroma - not truly gueuze-like but similar with a nice American sour quality to it. Pours a cloudy pale yellow gold with a medium sized, thin, white head that recedes fairly quickly but a thin film lingers and is replenished by rising bubbles. No leaving our legs. Flavor is very sour, more aggressive than most gueuzes. Medium low barnyard funkiness with a lot of citrus acidity. Some moderate herbal character with medium light oak notes. Fairly complex but lacking some of the fruitiness that the aroma had. Faint cherry and pineapple. Mouthfeel is medium light to light bodied with medium high carbonation. Low acidic astringency and low to medium low alcohol warmth. Overall if you are comparing this to a gueuze Beatifaction would lose but it is an amazing sour. The beer has a lot of similarities to a traditional gueuze but with a bit more acidity and an American twang to it. It lacks the gracefulness that traditional beers have, but has more complexity and is more enjoyable than almost any American sour out there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (2437) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2013
Thnx to ships ! Pours fuzzy blonde . No real foam Smells realy funky Taste is very straight sour . With a funky back Ok , but after supplication a bit of a downer . still awsome though

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3313) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2013
Obtained in a trade with stupac2. 375 ml. bottle shared by 3. Bottled on 10/01/2012. Probably batch 5. Hazy golden with some white bubbles. Nose is pure horseblanket, bitter pure funk, white pepper, raw, pure wild hay,... much like the taste & that of Resurgam this proves that the whole regional thing in nonsence. It is all just terroire. Taste is that of puckering lemon, raw barn, hay, funk, very acidic but nicely, pure lemon juice, nice funk, white pepper, burn, acidity, light hay,... Might have used a bit more complexity but incredible never the less. Lower carb. Light body, very easy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JBPortland (460) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 3, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2013 375ml bottle (batch 5), thanks cparles! Shared with Lukaduke, pours hazy yellow with 1 finger head. Nose is super funky, lemon, oak, barnyard, bit of acidity. Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp, medium carbonation. Taste is big lemon, lime, oak, funk, apple skin. Finish is very tart, lots of barrel character, fruity lemon. Really, really good.

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