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RATINGS: 659   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   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.


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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Batch 3 opened on May 4, 2011, to celebrate the end of 1L.

Golden yellow with nice clarity. A one-finger head recedes and the beer is perfectly still, waiting.

Huge lemon-lime acidity. White vinegar. Some mushroom funkiness, hay, and light must.

Reminds me of a nice gueuze, though with an extra dose of citric acidity. A hint of oak lasts unattended for the first second, then a nice blend of lemon-juice acidity, green apple tang, and just a tiny bit of citrus (orange?) sweetness near the finish. Boundless cat pee. Very acidic, very tart, very vinegary – if B2 is every more acidic, I’ll pass. There’s a discernible though almost overwhelmed oak tannic and mushroom earthiness throughout, most noticeable as a contrast to the sweeter notes. Mostly acidic though.

Medium, medium light and surprisingly slick, if not oily, the finish lingers on and on. Lower carbonation. When life gives you lemons –

One of the best wild ales out there, at least in my experience. The gueuze comparisons are inevitable, though this is less balanced and more overtly tart and less funky than befits that style. So clean and sharp, though not without its rawness. A treat, and one of the bars for the style.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biirusaikou (2332) - - JUN 22, 2016
Sampled at Mechazilla’s epic insanity tasting session. Lovely sour fruit character with berries and lemon, good tartness, funky notes, oaky dry finish. Pretty smashed at that stage of the tasting but remember loving it.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
willisread (2170) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 7, 2016
Bottle shared at Mechazilla event. Huge sour white grapefruit and apricot aromas with tons of oak and bit of gooseberry-like tartness perceived. Bone dry with lowish carbonation. The sourness with the oak notes are just marvelous. More apricot and grapefruit, some lemon too in there. Finishes dry with a fresh fruit and bright tartness. Fantastic. My favorite from the night.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TimE (4836) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 4, 2016
Super sour oaky vanilla. Dry light with peaches and cream, sour with low carbonation. Excellent

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (1896) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2016
Very tart. Dry. Very dark straw. Very puckering. Tasted at my Outdoor bottle share.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ddemmingjr (795) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2016
Dry tart funky goodness. You would think this beer was a gueze from Belgium. One of the best American barrel aged sours I've had. Thanks Brian ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thepatrickman (679) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 7, 2016
Bottle from Michael (misterburd) -- cheers, I’ve wanted to try it for a long time! Blind taste test at home with this and Allagash’s Coolship Resurgam, and Beatification was the unanimous favorite of everyone who tried it. It’s a beautiful clear yellow with a tiny bit of a head that fades away almost immediately and a great spritz carbonation. The taste is unbelievable -- bright sour apple notes with a clean, light body and just the right type and amount of funk. Really reminiscent of the best Belgian lambics. Mind bogglingly good!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
linusb (648) - SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2016
A: Yellow coloured with a white lacing. N: Orange, cardamom, white chalk T: orange, acetic acid O: This is so nice!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3642) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2016
Sample, 1-ounce, during the Great American Beer Festival, savoured on September 25 2015; eye: golden, clear, no effervescence, tiny ring of off-white, head, no lacing; nose: acidity, sourness, green apple, light musk, fruity; mouth: acidity, sourness, green apple, light musk, fruity, astringency, refreshing, semi-dry finale in green apple with presence of acidity, full body, good carbonation, slick texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Échantillon, 1 once, en fût, durant le Great American Beer Festival, savourée le 25 septembre 2015; œil : dorée, limpide, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse blanc cassé, pas de dentelle; nez : acidité, aigreur, pomme verte, léger musc, fruité; bouche : acidité, aigreur, pomme verte, léger musc, fruité, astringence, rafraîchissante, finale semi-sèche en pomme verte avec présence d’acidité, corsée, bonne carbonatation, texture coulante; en résumé : bien

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JJMBeer (48) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Lots of grapefruit on the nose, and one of the best american wild ales. Not overly tart, but a little less going on than Supplication, IMO. A wonderful trat that I would love to drink again!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (7007) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2016
Lots of citrus and some grapefruit and passion fruit. Pours hazy blonde with ok initial head. Some earth in here, rotting leaves. Tangy finish. Nice stuff. Thanks to misterburd.


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