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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lukaduke (1735) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle shared thanks to JBPortland ! Pours a hazy yellow golden color with a finger or so of gaseous foam. The nose is funky with lots of lemony funk, musky oak, stonefruit and a touch of barnyard. The palate follows with bright acidity, lots of tropical fruit with funk out barrel flavors. Nice balance and a long dry citrus pith bitterness on the finish. Tasty !

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (9397) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2013
Bottle, on the way back home from SMÖF 2013. Cloudy golden/yellow beer with a small offwhite head. Sourish fruity aroma, grapes, grapefruit,hay, rubber, apples, earthy, caramel notes, rubber, leather, stable notes. Sour rubber flavor, grapefruit, leather, rubber, hay, earthy, floral, dandelions, apples, caramel, grassy notes. Such a lovely sour beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (3781) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
bottle thanks to my bro tom10101. batch 5. pours unclear yellow with a small white cap, some retention and lacing. acetic notes upfront - eventually (and thankfully) slightly fading, oaky - bit of vanilla, lemon, green grapes, medium to high acidity - acetic but also lactic and citric, bit of wheat, moderate funk, dry grassy and herbal notes. moderate carbonation - feels a tad undercarbonated, light body - oily, not necessarily puckering acidity but surely an assertive and bold one, very dry short herbal-grassy-citrusy finish. a tad hard to drink but nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (984) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2013
Bottle shared by czar, thanks a lot man! (Batch 5) Pours a light golden with a low head that disappears into a small white ring that gives some lacing. Aroma is really potent with a lot of vinegar and wood. I think I might have picked up a little fruit but I’m not sure... This is really just intense oak and acetic acid. Taste is acid, bracingly so. I believe this is the sourest beer I have ever had. All sorts of acid, too: acetic, lactic and citric. This wasn’t as polished as I thought it would be and a far cry from a good gueuze. Not too tasty. Body is light and the acidity is refreshing. Still a bit hard to drink... Glad to have tried this one but it is my least favorite of this serie to date.

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
hotstuff (3912) - Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Rated on 01-09-2009 at Fort Wayne, IN Winter Gathering (Bottle) When poured, this beer has a small head, yellow transparent body, and no lacing. The Aroma is very, very sour, urine, and a whole lot of brett. The Taste is sweet, very, very sour, tart, brett, and has a dry finish. The Palate is dry and this is a medium beer. Overall, this beer is over-the-top sour tasting and I barely was able to finish my rating. If you enjoy extremely sour tasting beer, have at it! Next!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (2920) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 14, 2013
375 ml. bottle. Batch 5. Thanks Kyle! Pours a hazy pale gold with a very small white head. Aroma of citrus, funk, florals, and wood. Taste is grapefruit, lemon, barnyard, wood, florals, and yeast. Finish is dry and tart.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SpongeRuiner (561) - Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Wow. One of the best beers I have ever had. Thanks to Jeff on this beast. The sourest thing I’ve ever had. Absolutely amazing. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
merc7186 (1737) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2013
Batch 5. Bottled on 1-10-12. 12oz bottle into snifter glass. A: Hazy Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Mild Lacing S: Apricot, Sour Mash, Mild Lemon T: Sour Mash, Lemons, Apricots M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Bitter, Sour Overall, one of the most sour beers I’ve ever had.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nik925 (742) - California, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Batch #3 - had this one tucked away for a while. Very little head formed, but tons of tiny bubbles streaming up in the glass. Getting the flaws out of the way, the aroma picks up a bit too much of the brett funky oddness and it is a tiny bit too sharp. Moving on, I can only say good things about it. An amazing brew, very sour with very little malt presence and the tartness overrides. A great and very clean malt ride along in the background to remind that this isn’t some sort of wild cider. The base beer is perfect to support the wall of flavors created by the yeast ’n friends. Pretty damn funky. To top it off, very cool that it is fermented with local critters - a whole new level to drinking local.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
justforrazors (27) - - OCT 1, 2013
Batch 5, poured into HF Goblet 7-17-13 at 45-50 degrees. Reviewed over the course of an hour. A- Pours a copper orange color with a fluffy white head that appears to be churning from the vigorous carbonation, almost as if it were boiling. Fairly cloudy appearance. The head falls quickly leaving a ring around the edge of the glass, and minimal lacing. S- I could smell how sour this thing was as soon as I popped the cork. Upon closer inspection, there are orange, lemon and apricot notes blended in with wet dirt, barnyard. and an amazing smelling yeast character that rounds it all out. It smells incredibly inviting. T- Very sour right up front, dominated by lemon character. As the lemon fades, layers of funky barnyard, yeasty goodness, and a very enjoyable oak presence take over. The oak dries out the finish and leaves you wanting more of the fruit and funk character from the beginning. M- Nice prickly carbonation is right on for style. This beer certainly has a mouth feel of it’s own, that being an insane level of mouth puckering, sweat inducing sourness. The oak dries out everything at the end, yet isn’t overpowering to the point where you feel like you need a sip of water to get rid of the cottonmouth. It is getting pretty close to that though... O- Wow- I knew this would be good, but I didn’t expect it to be this good. This beer is the definition of a beautifully crafted wile ale. Do whatever you can to get this beer, it is amazing.


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