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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 “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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12604) - 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 (3014) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2008
Shared by Kan at Kanarama. Poured a very clear yellow with a white head. nose is straight acidic funk. Taste is the same adicic funk, lemon tartness, some tannins on the tongue, with a nice dry finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (15255) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2008
Golden-opaque. Extra woody, bretty nose with abundant pedio as well. Crazy bretty, woody and uber sour. This is pretty hardcore. I’ve had it twice and remain at a loss for words - it’s just pure bretty craziness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PilsnerPeter (3037) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2008
Bottle: Thanks SQNFan! Pours a hazy light golden with a bubbly white head. Aroma is funky and musty with sharp brett notes, lemon rind, oak, leather, sharp cheese, just tons of funk. Creamy/frothy feel with a sharp acidity. Lots of lactic sharpness and lemony acidity. Acetic/ vinegar notes, sour apple skins, earthy oak tannins and a very subtle brief sweet note, followed by a solid dry finish. Complex and funky. Good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Hazy straw colored with a white short lived head. Woody horse blanket aroma with apple, pear and loose leaf paper. Extremely tart with juicy grapefruit and citrus rind. Has some eucalyptus. Maybe a little thin in body. Dry puckeringly sour finish. Great beer, though I liked the 001 a little better. Really an amazing accomplishment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2008
(Bottle 37,5 cl) Courtesy of WeeHeavySD. Slightly hazy pale golden with a small creamy white head. Distinct sour Brett aroma - it really hits you. Medium body, a little low in carbonation, quite fruity and then again distinct Brett with the usual notes of horse blanket and fart. Astringent sour finish. 220608

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Poured a hazed yellow with a medium white head. The aroma has a citrus tartness and a mild leathery funk. The flavor matched but with some woody notes. Dry finish on a light body. Nice carbonation on the tongue. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2009 A well-aged batch 003, courtesy JMFG, confirms everything I rated below and then some. This is, without a doybt, one of the best American-made sour brews out there, and as worthy an attempt at Belgian style lambic as you will find. Fantastic beer. Original rating follows.

Rating #1100. Batch 002. Pours a hazy, glowing, golden tangerine color. The head is small and quickly fleeting, leaving just a tiny, bubbly, pure white ring around the edge. Minimal, sudsy spotting noted. The aroma comes as close to a true Belgian gueuze lambic as anything I’ve ever encountered here in the U.S. Sour notes of lemon, grapefruit, and tangelo hit first, followed immediately by funky barnyard notes, dust, and oak. Flavors are mouth puckering and downright sour, perhaps the most sour of Vinnie’s creations that I’ve tasted to date. Grapefruit and lemon dominate, with wild must and screeching acetic acids simply lighting the palate up. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and nearly bone dry, this is a refreshing, yet powerful beer. Clean. Intense. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2008
Bottle thanks to gunhaver: Pours a transparent deep golden yellow with a wispy-lacing white head. Aroma of lightly sweet biscuity malts and funky leathery tartness complexity. Body starts with good fullness and carbonation with nice sour funky cheesy complexity before a crisp, tart puckering finish. Nicely balanced and quite complex. Another good brew from Russian River.

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