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RATINGS: 703   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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4.4
nathanvc (3136) - 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 (8066) - 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 (4538) - 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 (7566) - 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 (3140) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2019 Gold pour, white head. Character of barnyard, ,grape, some fruit. Very dry. Quite nice!

3.9
BVery (13622) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2019
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2019 Sampled at Great American Beer Festival 2019 in Denver, Colorado. Tart, light, dry, sour.

4.5
drjoeng (2065) - SINGAPORE - AUG 30, 2019
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2019 6%ABV. Lambic Poured out pale gold. 4°SRM. Nose has aromas of lactic funk referencing buttermilk with a fuller, creamier sour which is much less tart than that of a yogurt. Funk in the nose also suggests barnyard, hay, and sweat. There is a slightly cheese-like funk to the nose that suggests a hard cheese like aged Parmesan. Fruit aromas reference unripe plums, cranberries, and raspberries. Mouthfeel is full and juicy balanced by an active carbonation from bottle conditioning and a nice rounded sour that is forward, but just short of tart. Palate has flavors of water biscuit, soda crackers. There is a hint of maltiness at the very end, referencing the above. Hop flavors are woody if present. Finish is dry with a clean woody, oak-like bitter. There are some aromatics in the finish that suggest incense, sandalwood, and aged teak. There is a dusty, perfumy aspect to the finish which adds some nice complexity to the overall experience. An element of “Kam” or the dry astringency of an expensive dry ume or Chinese huamei rounds the finish off very very nicely indeed. Overall, an enjoyable, complex barrel-aged sour which in palate and character is reminiscent of a Belgian gueuze. I really liked this one, and it may be my particular predilection for spontaneously-fermented and wood-aged sour ales that are the product of multiple organisms each contributing something to the final product. Goes on Favorites List!

3.9
Garrold (8489) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2019
UPDATED: APR 23, 2019 Bottle, by way of a trade. Mostly clear gold. Slim halo of white. Nose has preserved lemon. Fresh cut oak. Lime leaf. Vanilla pod. Smelly brett. Some leather. Taste is dry and tart, with an oaky, apple like sweetness. Medium body. A little oily. Fine carbonation. Some astringency. Finish gets tart, dry, bretty and funky. Nice one, predictably.

4.2
jgb9348 (8416) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2019 Super crisp and ever so slightly hazy pure blonde coloured body with a super thin, pale white head. Aroma of white grape juice, pale malt, wheat, grass, hay, flowers and a heavy amount of Brett and a pungent yeast strain. Light-bodied; Clean and very elegant grassy and herbal flavour with a lot of light fruits like white grapes, apples and a dose of guava that show above the pure clean yeast notes, but the sweetness, bread from the yeast and especially the tartness, which is ever present. Aftertaste shows a lot of clean wheat, lemons, citrus and pure brett and yeast throughout that makes this very elegant and enjoyable. Overall, a very nice, crisp and refined beer that shows all the important pieces, especially the fruit, yeast and tartness and done superbly - great overall! Get this one if you can find it, I'm glad that I had this on tap, but I'd get a few bottles if I could find them, to age! I sampled this eight ounce pour on draught from Toronado in San Francisco, California on 13-March-2019. Batch #17 (or the sign in Toronado says Beatification 17.

4.2
Samuel214 (3721) - Örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2019 Flaska från trade. Vintage 2013. Smådisig ljusguldig med vit krona. Funkigt, syrligt med snygga toner av gröna druvor, vit persika, päron, druvskal, citronskal och en lätt ton av filmjölk som jag kanske kunde varit utan. I övrigt clean och fin med bra fattoner. Åldern märks knappt av - oerhört pigg för sin ålder.


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