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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2008
From a 375mL Bottle. Mostly hazy, straw colored pour with a fleeting wisp of white head. There was a faint crack upon un-corking, but the carbonation level is low and un-enthusiastic, even with a vigorous pour. I’ve opened a few of these now, and all seem to have the same carbonation issue; I’ve been storing them at room temperature in hopes that they would continue to bottle condition, but this seems to be all I’m going to get. Tart, musty aromas of chardonnay grape skins and oak. Some sharper sour lemon rind notes come through, along with some softer apple and pear fruit characters. Light bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a bold acidity. The flavors are oustanding - the grapefruit is incredibly bold and up front. Very sour, but it comes across as predominately citric and lactic with minimal acetic qualities. More grape skins and peppery oak. Leathery brett comes through in the finish, as well as some sharp, aged cheese. The finish is extremely long and complex, with a sourness depth that is rivaled by only the finest gueuze. The only thing this beer is missing is a higher carbonation level to sharpen everything up and lighten the palate even more. Everything else is perfect.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JUL 9, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2010 Re-rate... Aroma is still funky Fruity Pebbles with dirty ass scented marshmellows. And some rotting cheese. Lots of funk in this one, floating around in the beer, stinking up the beer, and in the taste for sure! This one is sour as all hell, and will turn your mouth inside out. They weren’t lying about the grapefruit rind flavor! Very, very acidic grapefruit, with copper and sour milk. Much better once I got used to it.

   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 (5801) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Courtesy of Schroppfy

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 (36243) - 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 (9815) - 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.

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