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RATINGS: 609   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Luk_ (209) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
Bottle. Deep hazy golden like the typical Cantillon. Minimal head though. Aroma is barnyard, brett and leather but also very fruity (mango, oranges and apricot). Very wild and expressive. Taste is citrusy tart, but not very dry. It reminds me of a lemon pie with candied zests. Lemon is puckering but sweetness lingers in the aftertaste. Slight musty feel. It almost feels like a pure lambic and is definitly one step ahead from the regular american wild. I slightly prefer Temptation to this one, but it deifnitly hit the spot in its category.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oOJUXEOo (300) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2014
Bottle, served at Handley BrewFest. Beautiful golden color, slightly murky with an aroma of citrus and funk. Taste is clean and refreshing surprisingly, and has those same Brett funk and citrus qualities. Another great ’ tion’.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricTeusink (703) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Another of the many beers received in trade for BA Mexican Cake. Pours a hazy clear yellow. Spicy nose. Flavor is taaaaaaaaaaaaaaaart. Bottle - Received in Trade

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jcartamdg (2100) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Batch 6. Pours a bright gold with no head. Aroma of oak, Brett, funk and lacto. Taste is sour, oak, funk, lemons, apples and white wine. Really complex, really sour, really delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmerz (715) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Draught at RR Feb 14 after 3 PTY. Pours hazy light orange with good initial head and good lace. I had a cold and couldn’t get much off it aroma wise at first when it was cold. As it warmed I got more though...lemon, bright floral, summer dusk dust. The flavor was such beautiful sour, tart lemon, funk, cobwebs, cardboard. The feel is alive, heavy on the sides, cooling, dense, and pulls a pucker. This was the star beer of the session for me, no question. Worthy of comparison to the best Cantillons I’ve had.The bartender said they only expose it to environmental yeast and bacteria for less than an hour, not overnight or weeks like I was expecting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMMillsy (1524) - Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Batch #6 (I think) bottle from trade, dated 9/11/13. Pours to my tulip a light yellow golden color with a small fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Aroma is nice tart lemon, yeast funk, some pleasant citrus-like sweetness, light vinegar (very light on that note), apricots, lots of lacto acidity. Flavor is a nicely balanced sweet and sour lemon, lots of lactic tartness, dry oak, dry dusty Geuze-like qualities yet a nice sweet citrus character to balance. Some wine like qualities with Sauvignon blanc type of acidity. Light bodied with high carbonation and a crisp finish. This is really nice, but I can’t ever see paying $18 for a small bottle myself. Differentiating sour beers is tough I guess. With that said no doubt I would drink this again. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Staffan47 (880) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2014
Flaska med amerikanskt datum 011012. Trade (thanks stupac2). Stickig ättika men ändå på låg nivå för en US-suring. Citrusskal, spannmål och funk. Brutal citronsyra i smaken med inslag av grapefruktskal inkl beskan. Jäkligt nice. Har inte varit med om liknande syra sedan Köpenhamn och lagrad Foufone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Warped_Silver (86) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 22, 2014
pours golden yellow with thin, quickly dissipating head. Sour aroma with citrus, stone fruit - particularly apricot and peach, Mild hay and must smells. Taste is very tart, fruity, hay, and mild brett funk. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but not too thin. Amazingly great beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MacBoost (1399) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2014
375ml bottle from someone. Thanks! Pours a slightly hazed straw yellow with almost no head. Aromas of lemony funk, oak, crotch cheese. Taste is tart with flavors of sharp cheese, citrus and body funk. Finishes with a pretty good pucker factor and a lasting mouth watering sourness. Very lactic. Kind of sweaty. Very decent, but no where near the best.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gyllenbock (5030) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2014
Sample at SF Beer Week Opening Gala 2014 and a couple of glasses at the brewery. Hazy golden with a minimal head. The aroma was really great with funk, oak, fruit and hay. The taste was also a winner. Balanced and elegant with funk, oak, fruit, some light berries, hay and with a nice sourness. Light body and low carbonation. Easy to drink, an excellent beer. I guess that this one was the best one during my visit to SF in February 2014.

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