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RATINGS: 568   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 ďSonambicĒ, 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lothore (455) - California, USA - APR 23, 2008
A- Pours a cloudy peach color with little to no head. S- Mostly all brett, some funky sour tones along with some barnyard funk. T- By far the most sour of the recently released RR sours. Starts of with a strong sourness which subsides and brings forth apples and citrus notes followed by a bit of grape. M- Medium viscosity, not a lot of carbonation. D- My least favorite of the RR sours but still a good beer thats worth trying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2008
Cloudy pale body with a small white head. Sweaty foot, funky nose with lots of cheese, some melon, lemon and horseblanket as well as plenty of citrus. Taste is light to moderate sourness, fairly dry with grapefruit, citrus rind, melon, yogurt, pineapple, blue cheese and lemon. Medium body is round with moderate carbonation. Finish is long and tart with a massive pithy bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2008 Darkish yellow. Vigorous pour raises merely a thin cap of head which fully retains its tightly packed ring. Boisterous lemon, peach, melon, pencil eraser, musty cedar, horseblanket, and pineapple aromas. Relaxed, fluffy carbonation. Slippery body. Soft yet forceful iron- and lemon-tinged acidity is quick to buckle the cheeks as lustrous yet brilliantly composed oak gently grips the tongue before depositing a body-enhancing texture of creaminess. Remarkably radiant from the get-go. Soft, cleanly defined straw-tinged malt generates delicate sweetness as well as a touch of body while enhancing the acid which steadily, yet ever so lightly, tightens its clasp. Coarse acids stimulate the appetite and scrub the throat while sliding down the gullet. Body beautifully teeters on the verge of dryness, as itís brisk and somewhat chalky, yet equally dense in its succulence and bright explosiveness. Impeccable cleanness of the beer enables background notes of sherbet, peach and fresh lime and lemon juice to exude vividly. Finishes artfully balanced with spicy brett, juicy flashes of fruitiness and clingy saliva-inducing acids swirled with lingering inklings of pineapple, lemon, dusty oak and bitter peach skin. Yet another world-class creation from Russian River. Imagine that!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 375ml bottle. Pours a cloudy, light orange/yellow color with very little head. Smells yeasty and fruity with a little bit of straw and wood as well. Tastes citrusy and lemony. Yeasty and pretty damn sour towards the finish. The sour really lingers along with some funk flavors. Full bodied for a sour I guess, coats, pucker sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2277) - California, USA - APR 20, 2008
Ahhh batch 2. After being blown away by PH1 batch 1, I had high expectations. Golden yellow colored, smallish head with some lacing, still not a great appearance. Aroma is funked out with notes of oak, wood, more funk. Tart of course, somewhat lambic like. Medium bodied, acidic finish with minor sweetness. Still one of my favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 19, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2008 750mL bottle, Batch 003, Bistro BA Fest. Pours a murky, yellow-golden color; off-white head with patchy lacing. Lots of cobwebs, tart citrus, and funk in the aroma; nicely tart, funky, and dry. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: loads of tart citrus, medium-to-high levels of acidity (not nearly as high as Batch 002), with plenty of jaw-clenching tartness and funk; really nice version of this beer, mouthwatering. Lengthy finish: tart citrus and funk, lasting acidity, and nicely dry and crisp throughout.

375mL bottle, courtesy of my wife. Pours a cloudy, pale yellow color; thin off-white head with fine-bubbled lacing. Lots of funk and grapefruit and sour citrus upfront in the aroma; plenty of acidity and funk and dense sourness; certainly a departure from the original Batch 001 / PH1-001; more Cantillon lambic-like character, though not quite the same piquant levels of acidity; a touch of oak. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of jaw-clenching citrus tartness, soft toasted oak presence, plenty of funk and authentic lambic-like character; a whole mess of sourness and citrus rinds and funkiness; high levels of acidity overall; much much more than simple brett, but without some of the fruity complexity and prominent toastiness of the original batch; an entirely different beer, and an excellent, successful spontaneous effort; lots of grapefruit and citrus throughout, with a definite emphasis on sour yellow fruits. Lengthy finish, showing plenty of lasting acidity, tart citrus, and a touch of breadiness and burnt toast in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 19, 2008
great funky barnyard aroma with a sweet note.....tastes like grapefruit rind but way more complex and tart........yum......

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 7/20
Taverner (1076) - San Ramon, California, USA - APR 18, 2008
UPDATED: APR 29, 2008 POSITIVES: This beer smells great. Smells like grapefruit juice that has been sitting in oak barrels for, well, 9-19 months. Pours a honey golden color with very minimal head. NEGATIVES: Dammit, I just donít like sour beer! So if you love sours, this is your beer. It has complexities like you canít imagine. Barnyard funk (which I like), grapefruit (which I like) and tannins. If you donít like sours though, and this is my third, so I know I definitely donít like them, you wonít like this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2008
On draft at some guys house in San Diego during CBC week. Yes, he has connections. Pours with a slightly cloudy golden body topped by a thin white head with some lacing. Wow, this sucker is sour and tart with some nice citrusy notes and a little peach. Light bodied and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazMania (642) - Pasadena, California, USA - APR 16, 2008
Batch 002 recently received from RR. The aroma on this is sweeter than the taste. At first sip....WOW, I had the sour face pucker up lip popping kick. This might be the most sour taste I have ever experienced. Iím not used to it. On the backside, it has some grapefruit/peach like flavor and the sourness subsides into a smooth coating my mouth sensation. I will sit on bottle #2 for awhile and see if the sourness mellows out. A rare treat but Iím not sure if itís something Iíd go back to over and over again.

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