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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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7283) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Bottle at the Flossmoor Pre-DLD party! Poured cloudy apple juice golden with about zero head sticking around. The aroma was heavenly.. sour and seductive with fruit skins, a touch of wheat, and bracing vinegar notes.. strong and enjoyable. The flavor found sour vinegar upfront with bracing sourness throughout.. fruit skins, a little wheat, and a huge kick from funky yeast round it out.. delightfully balanced (on the sour, funky end).. one of those that will most assuredly take some of the lining off your stomach. Tart and bracing on the palate, but well executed. Loved it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - APR 29, 2008
375ml bottle, with a big THANK YOU to AgentSteve for this treat! Pours a cloudy bright yellow with a fizzy white head that’s disappears rapidly to a thin ring, no lacing. Aroma is sharp, tart, and sour, with plenty of funk, grapefruit and citrus mixed in. Flavor is also deliciously funky, with more grapefruit/rind, straw, sour and tartness. Yet another very enjoyable and unique sour from RR, great stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 28, 2008
Bottle purchased from RR online. Shared with fordest and ML. Very good sour ale. Tartness from the rind was excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2016) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2008
375 ml bottle shared with padrefan. Lots of tart vinous aromas. Similar flavors with more tart and acidic fruits. Very gueze like in the tartness. So Yummy. Another RR winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GJF (1323) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - APR 27, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 On tap at the brewpub. Cloudy yellow/honeyish with a white head. Sour aroma, sour,funky, and citric flavors--lots of grapefruit--with a tart finish. Softens as it warms a bit. Balanced and satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - APR 26, 2008
Pours like a spumante, fizzy with a fast disappering white head. Golden/Hazy color, light bodied, taste of vert tart fruit.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
ghawener (1518) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - APR 26, 2008
Thanks to Ramenen. Bottle: First try of this Champaign like style. Nose is awkward, extremely fizzy body and taste is like mineral water with Alka Seltzer. I´ll have to explore this style further to appreciate it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2008
Tasted at Pre-DLD party. Pours a hazy golden color. Smells like a grapefruit tart. When I tasted this it reminded me when I was kid and I like to buy these atomic sour candies. When you bite into it it bites back with a scourge of sourness throughout. That is the best description for this brew and I like it!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
elcaballo (101) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - APR 23, 2008
Gold and hazy with a thin quickly dissapearing head. Tastes of cirtrus with a hint of wood mixed in. Its interesting and nice to have bottle stored away for when i am in the mood, but could not drink it often. But I loved the sour flavor left on my lips.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 23, 2008
375mL bottle. Hazy pale yellow color with a small white head. Very bretty aroma, musty hay and barnyard aroma, with tinges of acetic sourness. Musty beginning flavors, subsumed by a pronounced but soft sourness. Hints of citrus rind meld with horsey flavors. Citrus and appleskin in the finish, with a lingering tartness and phenolic character. Mouthfeel is light, rather dry.

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