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RATINGS: 658   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6509) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Part of horizontal tasting along with Cantillon 50N-4E and 3 Fonteinen Doesjel, all served at near room temperature and similar sized snifters:

Sparkling golden hue with fine bubbles. Looking at all three beers, this would be the one I would most want to drink. +1 over the other two. Notes of moderate barnyard and musty esters, some vinegar acidity, berry and lemon, oak and hint of mineral water. The nose of this is milder than the other two but still is quite Lambic like in it’s nature.

Much more acidic and aggressive than I would have expected, this has shockingly the most "pucker power" of all three in this tasting, some hints of grapefruit also noted. What it does not have is a much funk and barnyard character (oh it is still there). A bit medicinal and does display a light fresh oak finish. EACH OF THESE WHILE HAVING MANY COMMON ATTRIBUTES ARE STILL VERY UNIQUE AND RATED ACCORDINGLY.

With the higher level of carbonation, it is expected that I would like the mouth feel of the Beautification the most, soft yet lively, dry yet not a desert of sand either, extremely refreshing!

This "Sonambic" has nothing to be bashful about, it more than held it’s own versus two highly regarded Guezes. GREAT JOB VINNIE! (Thanks Jon for the bottle and rating #3800)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3819) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2008
@ home with the club. From Ledger´s Liqour. Pours a clear golden with no head. Sour freshness. Aromas of berries. Hints of vinegar and medicine. Medium to light bodied. Medium carbonation. Good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mette (224) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2008
Her har vi en Sune ting, smagt til klubaften. Uklar gul og intet skum. Madsser af eddike, sure stikkelsbær og citrus i duft og smag. Der er også noget sært tis og oste duft. Stiker godt i næsen.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2009 Bottle courtesy of Jacob Brunow on 06/29/2009. Batch 3. Slightly cloudy yellow body with a medium frothy off-white head. Sweet tart and Bretty aroma with some fruity notes. Big tart flavor with lots of Brett and some light fruit. Light body with high carbonation. 9/3/8/5/17 - 4.2 Bottle at Toronado during the RBSG Pub Crawl Tour on 08/01/2008. Cloudy golden body with a small white head. Big sour fruit aroma. Huge sour flavor with light fruit. Light body with moderately high carbonation. 8/2/9/4/17 - 4.0

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - AUG 21, 2008
tap, tartness and carbonation dominate this brew. the big bret flavors are well ballanced with a good amount of citrus and pith.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11892) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2008
@Richmond/Williamsburg Gathering-12.7 oz bottle-pours a white ring and gold color. Aroma is sour grain, wet wood/barnyard, tart lemon, dry, bretomyces-funk. Taste is nonstop sour, grain, wet wood/barnyard, tart lemon, dry, brettanomyces-funk. Tart and sour doesn’t stop. Great beer to the style. Occasional. Thanks Chris for sharing.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Bottle via trade with Emacgee. Hazy golden in color with a small off white head that recedes but retains well. Aroma: really funky and sour with grapefruit, lemon rind, oak, barnyard, pepper, white wine grapes- really complex. Taste is definitely not a let down from the aroma- sour apple, as well as moderate funk, tart grapefruit, lemon rind, pepper, oak, with only the slightest hints at malt sweetness. Finishes with tart fruit and some moderate acetic sourness. A huge thank you to Ethan for this one....

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2008
An awesome hook-up from SoLan during a crazy night of beer and ’08 Pro football season fantasy draft picks. I’ve been waiting to try this brew for over a year. Pours a golden/yellow body and no trace of head. Once the bottle is opened, an enticingly sour aroma wafts out and envelops the room. The mouthfeel is puckeringly sour with sour apples, citrus, and strong notes of vinegar. This is more sour than most gueuze I’ve tried. Medium carbonation and medium body. Enjoyable and incredibly intense. Five other people at the party could not handle the sourness, but SoLan and I were loving it.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Name: Beatification 002
Date: June 21, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: hazy pale yellow, wispy white head
Aroma: light malt aroma with lots of musty character
Flavor: dry malt flavor with lots of mouth puckering tartness, lots of oak adds to the dryness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Gotta thank SQNfan for this special one. I regret never having had the chance to taste a Beatification 001, but with this one in my hand who cares. During my visit to Russian River last winter I thought I glimpsed a barrel that said "Beatification" and only wished I could sneak into the barrel room without anyone seeing me. This one is a beautiful glowing yellow gold with a medium head. Aroma has a wonderful funky sourness with some oak wafting in after about a half second. Lemon and assorted citrusy flavors dominate with a brilliant acidity - woody, funky, delicious all around. Wonderful pucker factor & a fantastic feel. This is very special beer that I hope to find another bottle of - somewhere.


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