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RATINGS: 708   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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4.2
Zymurgeist2 (4265) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 5, 2022
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2022 Draught at Harry’s Hofbrau. Aroma is tart and funky. Lemon. Flavor is lemon tart, slight clove. Finished bone dry.

3.9
pictoman (3747) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 10, 2022
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2022 Poured from 375mL bottle (bottled 06/05/18). Fairly hazy gold with small white head. Funk, brett, oak, most of the flavour is upfront, then quickly dissipates blandly and leaves quite a subdued oak finish. Almost muted in a sense. Wish the palate changes flowed better, each is quite distinct - beginning, middle, end.

4
fiery1 (4289) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 10, 2022
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2022 375ml bottle @ the office. Pours a hazy golden colour with a thin white head. Nose is deliciously citrus funky, mild oak, and brett funk. Flavour is upfront powerful grapefruit rind, grapefruit, then is bland and watery mid palate with a pithy character, and finishes off with a dry brett funk and moderate oak barrels. Light bodied, good carbonation, and a mild sweetness with a moderate acidity. Some interesting complexity here, not quite lambic but certainly a sonambic.

4.1
Cristobal37 (2268) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 14, 2021
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2021 Bottle from Hollingshead Deli. Pours golden lots of suds. Aroma is grains, funky basement, sparkling wine. Taste is pretty pretty sour. No distinct wood or citrua fruit in particular, but this one'll make you pucker. Long dry finish. Really nice, wasn't fully aware how rare a pickup thia one was. Apparently it's not often bottled.

4.1
zoucrew102 (5118) - - FEB 28, 2021
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2021 375ml corked bottle, 2019 vintage. Tart grapefruit aroma with notes of apple, white wine, oak and Brett funk. Pours clear golden colored with a large white head that has little retention and some lacing. Starts with apple, white wine and oak flavors as well as having a lively mouthfeel. Finishes bone dry with grapefruit and be Bretty funk flavors. Tart, refreshing sour.

4.4
nathanvc (4456) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2020
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2020 8 July 2020. Random Wednesday Tasting; cheers to Anke & Tim! Many, many thanks to Nathalie for providing the bottle! Bottle date: 6/5/2018. Pours clear golden with a lasting, very thin, frothy, white head. Complex aroma of horseblanket, yellow & green apple, vinegar, wet oak, white grapes, kiwi, gooseberry, fresh yoghurt, vague salami, lemon, funky hay. Taste is a sour & fruity core of apple, kiwi & gooseberry with a lemony edge, touch of vinegar, lactic yoghurty body mixing with a bready maltiness, toned down by a woody bitterness which becomes more pronounced in the finish, rather dry & tannic, faint old earthy & grassy hops but funky still, with white grape & 'end of stonefruit' lingering. Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation. Very complex, bit past its prime but still hugely drinkable, can definitely compete with the better Belgian Sours out there.

3.7
Kavu (9066) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 15, 2020
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2020 0,375l bottle from the brewery, shared with wiosna @ home. Pours cloudy yellow with a medium head. Aroma is complex sour malts. Flavor is complex sour malts, some oak, some vinegar. Quite tasty.

3.6
kevinator (6160) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2020
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2020 Solid sour. Tart but subtle. Complex and balanced. Strong Lambic notes with yeast and mild fruitiness.

4.5
SHIG (10300) - Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2020
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2020 Bottle thanks to Keith from Anchorage crew! Poured an amber rust with bubbles. Aroma is huge oaky fruit. Taste is sour fruit oaky woodsy grapes linger on my tongue. This is a gorgeous beer, can't believe it took me so long to try this!

3.8
williamstome (3692) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2019 Gold pour, white head. Character of barnyard, ,grape, some fruit. Very dry. Quite nice!


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