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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TURDFERGUSON (4009) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Bottle purchased from RR. Thanks Leah. This one was a little different from my two experiences with batch 001-ph1. Found this guy to be a lot cleaner and just as sour. Some oak, sour apple, funky tartness. So Smooth. Very, very, very drinkable. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2008
I’ve got to thank three people who responded to my ISO post for this; FlacoAlto, Dunk and and miketd. Thank you sirs, and know that I’ve wanted this beer forever.
The top-off pour was clear amber in color with a smallish head that was quickly gone, although champaign like bubbles were ever present. Aroma was vinegar laced lemon rinds and brett. As the beer warms up, I get a more and more peppery spice in there also. Tasting gave me a fairly light bodied mouthfeel with some sugary malts just present, but mostly the sourness that can easily cover up the complexity of this beer. Finishes very white-wine like with some citrusy/peppery spice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2008
Bottle@SpontaneousWeekend08. Aroma of rotten apples. Cloudy, yellow color, white head, fair lace. Sourish, apples, light bitter, astringent. I liked the first batch, don’t like this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4299) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Thanks to turdferguson for sharing at the Carolina gathering. Pours a hazy carbonated golden brew. The nose is very tart and sour, acidic for sure, vinous, muscadine grapes in the nose, yeasty. The flavor is very tart, moreso than the batch 1 we had earlier in the month. Very sour and tart, acidic, vinous. Very tart and carbonated mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Bottle shared at the Carolina Crew Gathering at Turd’s – thanks to Turd for sharing. No wonder this one got a strong "reminds me of La Folie" reaction from the room! Okay, this is just a superb and uncompromising example of a Belgian sour. Cloudy gold and clear as day at the same time somehow. Thinnish champagne head/carbonation. The initial aroma suggests an earthy barnyard funk but soon it seems to grow more tart, as the fruity, sour apple qualities come along (I’m not getting the citrus so much, though there is some grapefruit extremity in the exquisitely long finish). Some slight muscadet in the aftertaste too. A triumph from RR.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HoptimusPrime (17) - ASCENSION ISLAND - MAY 25, 2008
Wow, this is a sour beer. But it doesn’t have the weird aromas the Cantillon beers have. Nice and tarte with some lactic milky qualities.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Deep gold with a very thin white head. Aroma is a light sourness, grapefruit, sour cherries, brett. Taste is fairly funky, grapefruit, faint toffee like note that is mostly covered by funk, heavy oak. Much differant then batch 001, but still good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Bottle. After popping the cork, I took a whiff from the bottle and the sourness that hit me made my mouth water. Golden color with a very light haze present. Very little light white head. Aroma is moderately funky, light on the acetic notes, and has some nice perfumey barnyard characters that lay nicely in the background. The taste packs a jarring smack of sourness followed by a light peppery oak flavor and a lingering citric tingle. Aggressive and flavorful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Bottle shared by the muck: Pours a hazy gold with a white head. Aroma, funky, yeast, some oak, fruits. Flavor, tart lemons, sour, dry and very tart on the finish, some yeast, lime notes, and a dry citrus character. Damn this is good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Amazing aroma of tart funk with notes of chardonay, grapefruit, lemon. Hazy golden color with a thin head. Acidic fruits, tart, mouth puckering, oak, white wine, and a touch of fruity sweetness then back to tart grapefruit. Some funkiness comes through, but the tart grapefruit/lemon juice/rind prevails. Intense!

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