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RATINGS: 621   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (3638) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2014
Clear golden colour, white head. Aroma of brett, stable, lambic, citrus. Sour flavour, very sour. Citrus, citric acid, brett. Quite sour, but somehow still with some balance.
(from 37.5cL bottle @ Cantillon Quintessence)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mmahut (1431) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 12, 2014
Clear pale body with no head at all. Aroma has sour peach, cherry, light woody. Taste has grapefruit sourness with medium tart support, high fruit sweetness. After taste is little bit astringent. Body is full, light carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BRW (1430) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAY 6, 2014
At quintessence. Hazy golden colour with white head. Fruity, banana, brett aroma. Sour, banana, slightly fruity tatse. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aleigator (433) - GERMANY - MAY 6, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2015 @ Quintessence - hazy golden-yellow color, with a small white head. Very funky nose, leather and cheese, fruits, with a subtle sweet touch in it. Sourness gets unleashed on the palate in a wild way, tartness, lemon peel and unripe grapes, along with hints of orange and apple. Straw and wooden malt feather the sourness a bit, which still comes along pretty untameable. Sweet orange stays in a sharp contrast to zingy citrus, along with vinegar and Bretts lingering on the palate. High level of acidity is outstanding, chewy and raw, resulting in a very dry and crisp ending. rerate: Beatification batch 5 Pours a filtered, light yellow color and a fizzy, bubbly head, immediately dissapearing into small sheets of lacing. Lower carbonated, with a very refreshing mouthfeel to it, due to fresh lemons and a balancing, wooden oak infusion. The aromas unfold just after popping open the bottle, filling the air in my room with a lovely, citrussy funkiness. Reveals even more ripe, juicy citrus when smelling at the actual beer, together with an immense tartness, bedded on glue, yogurt and old leather. Creates an interesting interplay between dough, soft old malts and prickly, crisp lemon, without becoming intriguingly complex. The taste offers a good amount of lemon right from the very beginning, accompanied by easing, bready, musty malts and fermented wheat. Lemons get increasingly more body added, resulting in a very sour, funky tartness, almost numbing the front of my tongue during its peak. Finishes fruity, with fresh pressed lemons, revealing even lemon stones, as for how pronounced the fruit acidity gets, offering an acceptable dryness. The balancing oaky barrel vanishes completely during the beers finish, opening the palate up to pure, sour fruit lemonade. Hammers a bit too hard on the palate, regarding its acidic sourness, preventing the beer from showcasing its other, more subdued flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (2617) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle. From Mike. Nose of funk with barnyard and citrus. Flavor is the same with a lot more citrus. Pretty freaking awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beechner224 (896) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle share hanks to Homer. Pours golden yellow, almost no head. Aroma is tart, sour. Taste is strong sour. Light, refreshing, mouth is still puckering, feeling some sour burn.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ST247 (449) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle sample @Cantillon Quintessence 2014. Pours cloudy yellow, no head. Sour and fruity aroma. Taste is a bit sour and fruity, grapefruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JefVerstraete (2040) - Ghent, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
@ Cantillon Quintessence. Pale yellow colour, white foam, soft carbonation. Aroma of green apples. Sour taste with notes of lemon peel. Complex and tastefull.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gEUS (1424) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2014 Bottle sample at Quintessence 2014 - pours light yellow with a nice fine mousse. Aromas of fresh sour apples, some lactic notes and a tad of funk. Lively fresh acidic body smoothing out towards the end. A real treat! ----- Batch 2 = cheesier, batch 3 = more spicy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suedehead288 (417) - BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2014
2014.04 - Cantillon Quintessence 2014 - geur van lambiek en zure appeltjess - idemdito smaak -

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