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RATINGS: 621   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (3838) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Batch 002; Sampled May 2008
A light carbonation coupled with a soft pour produces only a half covering of frothy, wispy white froth. The beer is a hazy, yellow-gold color and the aroma is quite divine. Nicely tart with notes of grapefruit, lightly spicy oak, musty toe-cheese, light urea, light cedar, celery seed, light nail-polish-remover, a woody mushroom note and a slight, savory, cooked vegetable note that is actually quite nice. While the nose does have a dominant tartness to it up front, the backdrop is what makes this so interesting; a solid base of funk has been layered in to this beer in a very subtle manner.

Very sour tasting, even more than the aroma would have suggested. The carbonation is somewhat soft (especially if one is expecting Gueuze levels of CO2), but it does provide a nice tickle of texture to this beer. Puckeringly sour with a mix of lemon and sour-grapefruit flavors, yet still eminently drinkable for this lover of sour beers. This beer is almost devoid of malt sweetness and thus is fairly light bodied. There is some texture to this beer though, it has a light velvet-like touch that seems to stem from some tannic presence that is especially noticeable in the finish as it clings to the roof of my mouth. Really this has a perfect texture to it, quite light and quaffable yet with some structure an palate presence such that it is nothing like watery. This is actually fairly clean tasting, the funk notes of the nose seem to not have really translated to the flavor, other than a sort of oral-nasal interaction during each sip. The finish does have some interesting things going on, in addition to some light tannic oak, there is a soft, almost savory thing going on, that I can’t quite pin down flavor wise. Also there is a nice, supporting Brettanomyces funkiness here that provides some musty, moldy horse-blanket notes.

A 375ml bottle of this is not nearly enough, this is so drinkable that I find my self drinking from my glass quite frequently, enjoying the tart funkiness that is this beer. I really should have put two bottles of this brew in the fridge, this just disappeared too quickly and leaves me wanting at least another glass. It is not the most complex of beers (in fact the batch 001’s where both more complex), but it is so drinkable, so well balanced, and such a pleasure to drink. I can’t wait to see how this & further batches evolve.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 1, 2008
This sour ale pours a slightly murky orange gold color from a 375ml bottle. Small sized white foamy head, with decent lacing. The aroma is funky, tart, yeasty, yet there is some fruitiness in there. A medium bodied sour ale. WOW. It’s tart and sour and funky and then tart and acidic and funky some more. There is a lot going on here, the tartness sort of drowns everything out, but there is a nice funk and some yeast and fruit going on in the background. As with Batch 01 this beer is almost Berliner Weiss in its tartness. It will be interesting to see how this one ages. It has that Cantillon like quality to it. Very nice. Wish I still had some 01 to match it against. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and bond dry. Aftertaste is tart and sour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2008 Rerate:

Incredible balance of acetic acid here with the other sour-type flavors. Just delicious! Original: May 1, 2008. Stinky diaper

Stink diaper



Got the nasty feet. Still a little still in the glass. Lots of intense tart, fruit skin (grape, peach) flavors. Very sour. Really good. Should thin out and further carbonate over time and I can’t wait for that. Yeah.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7354) - 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 (2017) - 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 (1364) - 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 (1520) - 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.

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