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RATINGS: 660   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
ctipping (1123) - Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2015
375 mL bottle poured into an RR -tion glass. Batch 5, bottled 1/10/2012. Pours a hazy golden-orange body. No much of a head. Small bit of white foam that settles to a ring of bubbles. Not really lively looking. Nice tart fruit aromas. Citrus orange and lemon. Good dose of white peppery funk, but itís not anywhere near as strong as the best Belgian lambics. First sip is tart, quite tart. Loads of lemon tang to it. Fades quickly, though. Wheat and hay permeate the flavor as it fades to a peppery funk in the end. Again, itís not moldy cheese funky or nasty sweaty feet sock funky, but itís a touch funky. Finishes crisply and without a puckering sour flavor. It actually retains a bit of a sweetness. Just a hint. Lingering flavors are excellent. This is a well crafted beer. Finishes with just a touch of bitterness. Really pleasant sour. Easily the best from RR and definitely one of the best American Wilds out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steasy66 (1115) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Straw colored, no head. Nice tart and slightly funky flavor. Nice but I donít get the hype.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2015
Bottle: Have had batch 004, 005, & 006. Review is based off of a fresh 005 bottle thanks to Tim. Dull, opaque & jaundice yellow pour with a small eggshell cap that wisps away quickly. Aroma gets the saliva glands sweating. Green apples, white grape, cherries, white wine vinegar, oak, sweat socks, dusty cotton; huge lactic acid & yogurt presence with a bracing lemon-like acidity. Flavor is sour as hell. Lemon flesh, sour apple, white grape, enormous drying acidity that nails the gum line back a few millimeters. Hay, sour lacto, yogurt, white wine, vinegar, muddled oak, a touch of sweaty funk. Dry finish. One of my favorite American attempts at a spontaneously fermented beer. So goddamn delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (3416) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2015
Batch 5 bottle (3 yrs aged) and batch 6 (1.5 yrs aged) bottle side by side. Batch 6 from trade with dogday. Batch 5 from northernbrews. Thanks! Clear gold pour from both, big frothy head that fades normally to a messy film. Excellent appearance. Batch 5 is more funky for sure. Strong funky sourness thatís hard to describe. Definitely getting cheese and strong barnyard, wood, citrus, some light apple and pear too. Taste is very sour but remains drinkable somehow. Very intense. Apricot, lemon, vinegar, cheese, brett, and wood. Awesome stuff. Batch 6 is pretty much the same but just less intense which makes it a little less great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierkoning (12182) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2015
Corked bottle. Golden color. Citrus, oak and gummi bears in the aroma. Intense sour flavor with lemon and gooseberries. Oak. Top quality beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mR_fr0g (8505) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle share at Bruceís birthday drinks craft beer co. Huge thanks to Bruce for that rare treat. Batch #6. Aroma is huge in your face funk, sharp citrus, baby puke, bile. Light hazed yellow straw coloured pour with a small white head. Flavour is crisp lemon, little wheat, funk, horsey, clean sharp lacto, many layers of complexity. Palate is medium full, spritzy carbonation and uber sharp, uber dry Iím the finish. Awesome.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CousinBrenden (131) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Fantastic sour lemon rind nose with added pear and sour funk aroma. Nice lively carbonation. Flavor of sour tart mango and apple with a backbone of horsey funk. One of best tart brews out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (4974) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle at home from Erik, cheers
super hazy burnished gold with white lacing, fruity, sharp acidic grape notes, dry and fusty, banana. Sherbetty grapefruit, lacto, tart, complex, yuzu, sharp, palate cleansing, touch of poop, lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (6274) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle from bursprak via BeersIveKnown cheers Steve; hazy golden yellow pour with zero head, vinegar aroma, taste has brett, orange, grapefruit, sour apples, very lip puckering, lemon, slightly drying, really impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle batch 5. Pours a hazy orange yellow with fizzy white head. Aroma is funky barn and grassy hops. Flavor is light tart and funky hay, dry finish, well done.

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