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RATINGS: 615   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.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joes (90) - Oirschot, - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle. White head, clear golden color. Geuze-like aroma (brett, horse-blanket, grain), but very fruity, flowers and some kind of candy (dutch: tumtum, marsepein). Sour in taste, green apples and a hint of lemon. A sharp sour lingers on for a while. I’m not a sour addict, but this one was pleasant. Not sure wether is batch 002 +, but is says 6 % alc.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mR_fr0g (4511) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle share at Bruce’s birthday drinks craft beer co. Huge thanks to Bruce for that rare treat. Batch #6. Aroma is huge in your face funk, sharp citrus, baby puke, bile. Light hazed yellow straw coloured pour with a small white head. Flavour is crisp lemon, little wheat, funk, horsey, clean sharp lacto, many layers of complexity. Palate is medium full, spritzy carbonation and uber sharp, uber dry I’m the finish. Awesome.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CousinBrenden (61) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Fantastic sour lemon rind nose with added pear and sour funk aroma. Nice lively carbonation. Flavor of sour tart mango and apple with a backbone of horsey funk. One of best tart brews out there.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (3550) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle at home from Erik, cheers
super hazy burnished gold with white lacing, fruity, sharp acidic grape notes, dry and fusty, banana. Sherbetty grapefruit, lacto, tart, complex, yuzu, sharp, palate cleansing, touch of poop, lively carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (3901) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle from bursprak via BeersIveKnown cheers Steve; hazy golden yellow pour with zero head, vinegar aroma, taste has brett, orange, grapefruit, sour apples, very lip puckering, lemon, slightly drying, really impressive.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
devman171 (1142) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle batch 5. Pours a hazy orange yellow with fizzy white head. Aroma is funky barn and grassy hops. Flavor is light tart and funky hay, dry finish, well done.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1427) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to artmcd8. Poured gold with minor cloudy light white head. Aroma sweet funky hay tart acid. Light carb med bod. Pretty tart sour taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (1307) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Two bottles, sampled side-by-side with OldMrCrow the other night. First, the freshest bottle (2013 batch), thanks to bytemesis for this one. Pours sparkling clear light gold with tons of small bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Aroma brings oak, vinegar, leather, and tons of white wine. Taste is holy wow bracingly tart. Sweet tarts, puckering, almost difficult to drink it’s so tart. Gonna have to take this slow. Lots of grape. Some apple cider. Medium body, slick coating texture, lively carbonation. Overall: This is surprisingly unimpressive (I mean, still quite good, but not 100th percentile good). Over the top sweet tart. Different than the older one by quite a bit, and almost not in the same class. Is this age, or batch variation, or something else entirely? 8/4/7/4/15. (3.8)

Older bottle (batch 2, thanks Carl!): Murky cloudy pour, darker gold, no head, minimal carbonation. Lovely complex gueuze-like nose -- cob webs, rubber, musty basement, cheese, funk - there’s maybe a little oak left, but not much, and also the grapes/wine have receded to nothingness. Taste brings some light sweetness with a really nice funky, fruity tartness. Less residual sugar in this dude, and everything just gels better. Could totally mistake this for one of the Belgians. Medium body, soft carbonation, slick coating texture. Overall: This is lovely. Were texture/appearance a little nicer, this would be 4.3+. 9/3/9/3/17.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_Fellini (701) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a slightly hazy yellow light orange color. Aroma is citrusy, fleshy fruit tartness. Flavor is melt your face tart, light oak, tons or darker citrus. Light to medium body with a magnificent lingering sourness. Oily palate that coats the tongue with sour. Absolutely phenomenal!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gramity (1530) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
Lightly hazed pale golden witha small bubbly off white head on pour that soon vanishes without trace. Small bubbles rise from bottom to top. Nose comprises woody tones, sour apples, burnt sugars, light vinegar notes, caramelised pears, browned apple skin, crisp and tarte. Tastes of lemon, bitter stewed pears, apple tones, bitter grapefruit, touch of bretts but not huge, wood, tarte, sour, light vinegar but well balanced. Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation leading to a slightly burnt tarte finish.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mikem409 (1753) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle. Color is yellow with thin white head. Aroma of lemon and hay. Taste ix way Pucker with massive acidic lemon.


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