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RATINGS: 592   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingCecil (2042) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ICEatALAMO (913) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
artmcd8 (1548) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drowland (5981) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrewtopiaofPJ (37) - Miller Place, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Sour heaven in a bottle. Big citrus/grapefruit nose. Must have more. Nicely carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cbfobes (2275) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle sent from dbuckingham, shared at the QC tasting this past week, Batch 5, pours a clear gold with a thin white head and some spotty lacing, the aroma is of huge funk and vinegar, sour, very sour on the nose but still some good amounts of fruit coming through, the flavor is mouth puckering sour on the front end with lots of wine tannins coming through in the finish, dry mouthfeel, world class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Madirish76 (39) - Whittier, California, USA - DEC 30, 2013
On tap at brewpub...Nice apple cider vinegar nose with lemon rind finish. Lemon yellow color with small white head. Really liked this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VinegarStroke (267) - Napa, California, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Tap at Russian River: Deep straw to gold. Hazy cloud. Ver light head. Wild ferment funky profile. Not overly bretty or microbial. Subtle hops and malt. Citrus and sour fruit. Dry, very sour and low bitterness. More phenolic than bitter. Not overly bretty but slightly mousey. Medium weight, very long, huge acidity with wonderful balance. Best of the sour beers from RR. Sour citrus, spice, funky but not spoilt. Wonderful example of New World Lambic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeSammy (537) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Been waiting to try this for so long! So sour it sucks your face in, like that old coke commercial. Honey color, minimal head. Light fluff lacing. Intense, tart, and short palate - interesting. Only thing this was lacking was a nose - just not much there. Sour palate dominator. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThanksYeast (33) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Very tart low carbonation extremely funky sour bread sourdough yeasty characteristic very natural characteristic, no phenolics non-medicinal character just natural good sour tartness.

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