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RATINGS: 618   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Clear, dark yellow, like a very sweet dessert wine, but not much head forms though a steady rising carbonation is visible. The aroma is strongly funky and quite perfumy with lemons. It’s very dry and dusty in the nose, and quite nearly perfect. The flavor is puckeringly acidic sour, with very little bitterness. Lemons pervade in the finish with a buttery note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 Bottle from lb4lb, huge thanks to Deniz for this bottle. Poured a bright, hazy straw-yellow color with a thin white head that faded to a ring. Funky, lemony aroma with some wheat and barnyard brettiness. Acidic, citric entry leads into a funky sour flavor with hints of barnyard, light straw, and cobwebs, finishing sour with a slight yeasty dryness. Biting acidic palate with nice dryness. Very nice, but not as good as Supplication. Thanks again Deniz.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pailhead (5424) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2008
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Bottle: The aroma has a huge lemon sourness with some light mustiness, apple, and leather. Very gueze-like and one of the best smelling beers I’ve had. It pours a transparent gold with lots of bubbles rising to the top and small white head that quickly fades to a film. The flavor stats with some faint light sour apple and that turns to a big lemon tartness and light vinegar in the background. The finish has some light woody bitterness. Very acidic. Light bodied with lively carbonation. Outstanding!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (34303) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2008
RB #5300: 37.5 cL bottle. Pours hazy yellow to orange with a fully diminished white head. Solid dry brett, horseblanket and wooden aroma. Dry and citric to acidic initial flavour. Light orange fruity flavour mixed with a nice wooden note. Remains refreshing fruity. Ends lingering acidic and fruity. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Bottle and on draft at the brewpub. Very yellow pour, hints of orange. Bottle has more leathery aroma, but both are quite lemony and sour (less funk on draft). The flavor is very refreshing and sour, stronger flavor in the bottled version. This was the beer of the day for me.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9313) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2008
6% abv batch 002. Thanks Todd1. This little masterpiece reminds me of a wild and also a geuze. Musty aroma, that at the end smells like a basement not aired. The taste, cradles the tongue, there is a fizz, and it becomes more and more..lemon. Amazing sediment in the last once of the bottle. Custard appearance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUL 5, 2008
375 ml bottle from rodger. A great beer, but I’m not able to discern any vast differences in this brew and the others recently released by rr. My palate isn’t in tune with the sour beers yet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2008
375 ml bottle. Had this at a small tasting that I set up, and was towards the end, so may need to re-rate. We worked our way up to this, from damnation, salvation, temptation, and finally beatification. The pour sort of looked like cloudy apple juice.The nose was evident from feet away from the bottle and glasses. Insane sour nose, lemony, grapefruity, definitely funky, almost like there was cheese in the glass.The first sips were wildly sour with a subdued tartness.Funky Sweetness and citrus flavor came through with a malt that held it all together. I thought it was awesome. After thinking I didn’t care for sours, this one proved me wrong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2008
(375ml bottle, Batch 002) Pours a hazy yellow body with a spare white head. Aroma of white grapes, grapefruit, lemon, mustiness, and horse blanket. Flavor of grapefruit, earthiness, apple, lemon, and funky with a dry oak finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2938) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2008
Batch #2...WOW...this is one sour mofo!!! Similar 24-karat pour to Temptation with more of an orange glow and significantly less carbonation. Aroma is brett & oak...less fruity than its cousins. You can feel this in your jaw, cheeks, and the back of your throat. My tongue curled back because of the sourness (almost choaked). This is very tasty and very extreme. This one is similar to drinking pure lemon juice sitting in a wooden bucket out by the pasture. My least favorite of the three but still a treat.

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