Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

Local Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 640   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   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 “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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Hazy, yellow gold pour with a small short lived, fizzy, white head. Oaky funk aroma with notes of butterscotch, grass, herbs, bread and yeast. Immensly sour flavor upfront with some white grape hints, butterscotch, slight oak on the finish, lemon, grass, sipcy hops, apple and yeast. Medium body. Very dry finish and livlely carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Berserkir (56) - New York, USA - JUL 29, 2008
A fantastic bottle. Pours very light yellow, straw colored. Very tart aroma with some funky notes. Each sip is like having 3 different beers. It starts almost sweet, like a champagne. Then it flows towards a lambic sweetness, but more tart. It finished very sour, practically makes you pucker. Each bottle is an amazing experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Aroma is lactic, sour, lemon rind, some maltiness. Taste is sweet malt and a lot of lactic sourness, lemon rind. Appearance is orange-yellow with a little bit of foam with some legs around the side of the glass. This beer is very lactic. Yeah, lots of lemon and sourness. Very sour and yummy. Taste is carbonated lemon and a touch milky and oak. Very yummy. Complex, not really. Good, yes. A lot of buttery, slick mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
This beer absolutely rocks, and is the most gueuze style beer that I’ve had from an American brewery. Pours a stray yellow with a mostly diminishing head. Aroma is convincing with lots of tart lemon rind and some nice barnyard funk. Flavor is very tart, with lots of lemon, grapefruit, and some buttery oak characteristics. This is fantastic. I wish I had some Humboldt Fog cheese in which to accompany it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Tap at Blind Tiger. Super funky nose, lots of old cheese. Eventually very nice notes of lemon, raspberry, strawberry make their way out as well. Flavor quite tart and sour, cheesy funk still there but moves to the background in favor of tart and sweet raspberry and other red fruits. Gets more and more sour, more and more funkier as it warms, but never sacrificing its complexities for overpowering funk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LilBeerDoctor (3543) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a clear orange with no head. Aroma is sour and quite funky (barnhouse funk, horseblanket). Flavor of initial tartness, sweet tart candies. The flavor is less funky than the aroma. This is sour but not puckering sour, so it is quite drinkable for its style. Awesome sour that I can’t believe I got the chance to try on tap!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2008 Tap at Blind Tiger. What a treat. Sour and funky. Preserved lemon, bretty, excellent. Tart finish. The best thing about this beer is what it leaves on your lips - when you lick the little bit of beer off it’s almost like fresh fruit - yuzu, lemon, grapefruit. Well rounded but not completely balanced. Tropical yet subtle. Another outstanding beer from an excellent brewer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2008
Tap at Blind Tiger. Very pale golden beer with almost no head at all. Bright tart lactic aroma, lemon and lemon rind citrus with a bright grapefruity character as well. Soft musty and funky with a lightly dusty component. Some light funky horsey character over a very light pineapple fruitiness as well. Soft minerally character in the middle of the palate. Bone dry beer with a bright tart finish as well that hits you right in the cheeks. As it warms some chewy leathery qualities make themselves apparent. It is very good, but there is an odd herbal/medicinal quality in the mid-palate that I don’t really care for... despite that, this is an excellent brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 23, 2008
Sour funky aroma of cheese & feet came off the bronze fluid. Flavors of pure solid funk with relentless sourness. Riding alongside was notes of white grape and cheese. This beer is superbly clean and full blown sour...Its nice to have some funkiness for a change, though I think the funk needs to be a little more chunky to make this beer perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7905) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 21, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2011 Batch 002. Pours a slightly hazy gold with hardly any head or lacing. Aroma of pineapple, citrus, tangerine, sourness, some sort of caramelized sweetness and a bit of oak. Taste is a bit buttery and woody, with quite a bit of lemon sour tartness. Puckeringly dry. Like a much less complex Belle Proximous...Have since had this on draft which displayed a bit too much of a baby diaper character... Having had other batches and and ages, I thought I’d bump my score up to something a bit more accurate than 3.8 (although I have had some very outstanding examples)

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 « 48 49 50  51  52 53 54 » 64

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50