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RATINGS: 643   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2009 Got this bottle in a trade. Wow this is Great. Pours a light golden orange body with a little head that disappears quickly. A bretty lambic aroma. Flavor is mouthwatering acidic dry sour lacto funkiness. Big up to open air fermentation. 4.3 What the hell happened to this beer it keeps getting BETTER AND BETTER. Just had batch 003 twice and MOTHER OF GOD i love this beer!!!! 4.6-4.7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robertjm (817) - Albany, California, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Purchased Ledger’s Liquors, in Berkeley, Calif. Dark straw colored. Pours nice frothy head that breaks down fairly quickly. Cloudy beer. "Fresh" tart aroma. When I first opened the bottle it was fairly strong from the escaping gases (from a foot away), but when I smell it from the glass its much more subdued. First taste was like "BANG"!!!!! Honestly, tastes like a ton of grapefruit juice laced with limberger cheese. Distinctive "taste" of the wood barrels on the tongue in the aftertaste. I’ve had lambics before but nothing anywhere near this in flavor so its really hard to rate this due to my limited experience. Feels like there’s some carbonation in the mouthfeel, but not really visible when looking at the glass. Looks more like an oxidized white wine in color. :-)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Pours a nice golden color with minimal head that reduces to nothing very quickly. Hazy with a good hinting of bubbles. Smell is very vinous with oak notes and a alcohol warmth. Slight citrus aroma also. A very nice beer, good tartness that makes your jaw ache, very grapefruit esque. The end leaves the very pleasant taste of the oak barrels. Damn good. Another stunner from Russian River.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Sadly, the last of my sour ales from Russian River at my place. I went on a tear this weekend :) Incredibly funky aroma...almost like bad cheese. But, amazingly enough it tastes fantastic. Nice sour fruit flavor and incredibly tart. Awesome stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Shared by Rciesla on my 25th birthday. Very descent offering from RR probably my favorite. I felt this beer had many lambic qualities and was quite funky. I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2008
6-6-08 bottle
Semi clear orange yellow with no head. Smell is slightly funky - almost like sour socks - but yet is still somehow nice. This is a sour ass beer! It forces the cheeks to clinch and you can’t help but smile. Nice tart presence that has a nice fruity element to it (that isn’t cherries which I am very thankful for). Overall, a yummy beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2008 375ml bottle from Capone’s. My 100th rating of a beer brewed in California. Pours hazy straw yellow with no head. The aroma is an aggressive blend of citrus rind, hay or straw, funky cheese. The flavor is very tart and yogurt-ish. Just a little bit if malty sweetness left. Medium body with tons of carbonation and a bone dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2963) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Pours headless with a murky straw/golden color. Aroma is very authentic with sourness and brett, vinegar, and some barnyard. Taste is very, very mild vinegar with peach skins hints. Very reduced carbonation which leads to a slightly lifeless feel. Low acidity, tartness at the end, and dries you out.
375mL bottle, Southampton snifter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Bottle. Pours hazy yellow golden, capped with a thin white head. Aroma is tart and citric, with notes of grapefruit, cork, white wine, lactic acid and wild yeast. Taste is actually a bit sweet at first, with white grape, lemon juice, grain and tropical fruit initially, then building to a quite tart finish, with grapefruit and brett lingering on the palate. Tart, yet very drinkable. Excellent stuff, but at this early point in the beer’s life, i think i prefer batch 1.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Sampled at Hellbilly’s Hellraiser II. Yeasty, sour fruit aroma. Yellow body with no head. Flavor is a good dose of sour and tart. Footy was in heaven.

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