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RATINGS: 601   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.1   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
airforce1 (61) - Atascosa, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Sweet Tarts on the back, funk on the front (like a Temptation backwards =). Stinky cheese with a leather smell. Pale yellow in colour. Delicious, one of my all time favorites!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - AUG 11, 2008
Richmond Summer Gathering. C&C 500ml bottle courtesy of cdumler, to whom I am eternally grateful for allowing me to share this beer. Murky gold with a small white head. This beer is simply amazing... nose of sour wheat, cat piss, barnyard, funky lemon, wet wood... good LORD, every time I inhale it gets better! Sour flavors, sour grain and tart lemony flavors, more funky barnyard-ish notes, woody... OMG. I went batshit insane over this beer - it’s pretty bad when the other beer geeks in the room are laughing while you gush like a schoolgirl over a beer. As I said at least a dozen times that night... a stunner, and my second ever 5.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PhillyCraft (3311) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Bottle in California at Toronado SD. Huge thanks to Ian, the owner of Toronado for going to his private reserve cellar and cracking a bottle of his and Vinny’s favorite sour batch. Aged 9 to 19 months. Pours a shimmering, glowing, bright golden color. Zero head, lacing evident in middle of beer. Aromas of funky sour aged wood, parmesan and gouda mixed, grapefruit, lemon zest, white peaches. Softest and most velvety mouth feel I have ever tried for a wild ale. Taste is barnyard horseblanket, lactic notes, white wine, fresh squeezed lemon juice, slight caramel, and a good amount of grapefruit, tropical sourness. Finishes complex with unique wood flavors and slightly puckery on the tongue. I was told this is the most sour batch of all the Beatificications. Reminded me of a 5-6 year old 3 Fonteinen or Cantillon unblended lambic gueuze. So balanced you forget there is any alcohol in it. Incredible Sour, Thanks Ian.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Bottle. 12.7 oz. Split with and courtesy of Jimmy Redman. Big thanks to James for sharing this rare beauty. Pours a shimmering golden straw with a soft, modest white pristinely bubbled head. Very minimal, spotty lacing. The nose is soft, sharp aged cheddar cheese, rustic peccorino, lemon zest, soft lavender notes, and hints of tropical fruits; pineapple, tangerine, and bitter grapefruit. The funkiness in the aroma is mouth-watering. Very tight, tart, and astringent mouthfeel on such a light, almost airy body. The sourness is overwhelming at first, but slowly fades and gives way to a plethora of tropical fruit flavors, pineapple and fresh lemons, a bit of earthiness, and tons of savory backbone to support it all. The finish is quite dry and yet complex; it reminds me a lot of a much more sour, wild Temptation with less champagne notes. This sour is truly special, a unique, exceptionally refined wild ale that epitomizes the style and yet manages to push it beyond, into uncharted territory.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Batch 2 with James and pat. Pours a nice hazy gold with some slight head. Aroma is funky and slighty dank. Taste is wonderful, really nice balance between tart sourness and quenching. Some amazing aged cheese flavors come through to complete it. A really fantastic ale. Thank you James.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dhunter151 (563) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 16, 2013
375mL bottle (2013 release). Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a white head that dissipates to almost nothing. Lemon, very tart, oak, funky but subtle, sour apple, hay. Perfect beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (100) - New York, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Wonderful barrel aroma, great brett character. Not a huge complex brew, but so good and balanced, with pineapple sour and lemon grass notes. Everything aout this beer is perfect, could drink forever.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
arminjewell (6293) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2011
DLD ’11. Side by side with the framboise for a cure, big thanks to STLWill for this one. Hazy yellowish pour, with thin white head. Aroma has notes of lemon, tart vinegar, acetic sour, barnyard, cheese, some hay and layers of oak and slight vanilla. Taste is complex, layered, funky, sour, and delicious. Notes of tart lemon, green apple, big horse leather, funk, cheese, some acetic slight vinegar notes but works extremely well, finishing with oak, vanilla, tannic and delicious. Can’t rave enough...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jredmond (5458) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Bottle split with pat for mount eerie sourfest 2011. Pours a bright orange body with nice glaze and controlled white lacing. Aroma is full of tropical fruits - peaches, apricot, grapefruit and pineapple; and also some funky cheese. Mouthfeel is crazy hypnotic tart with notes of sour peaches, aged cheese, apricot.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Aubrey (3442) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Bottled 1/10/12: Easily one of the best sour ales I have ever had. Immaculately complex. Clean and snappy. Interesting elements of tart citrus (lemon, sour cherries, grapefruit) and faint funk. Hints of white wine and oak. Extremely bold yet refined sourness. Fresh yeast esters from start to finish, and well into the aftertaste. Amazing beer. Must. Get. More.

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