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RATINGS: 679   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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socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - JAN 13, 2012
UPDATED: APR 9, 2012 Batch #005......Aroma is very funky, it has agrapefruit notes but a bit less lemon in the nose than the last batch. Appearance is a yellow color with a bit of orange when held up to a light. Taste is very satisfying. Very similar to what I remembered in batch #004. It has notes of white pepper and citrus that go together beautifully. This is an amazing beer. Easily my favorite sour/wild ale from Russian River. Refreshing is a good way to describe this beer. Batch #004........Aroma is full of funk, it also carries a certain lemon rind or citrus in the nose. The appearance is a crystal clear golden color with bubbles streaming off the bottom of the glass. The taste is very nice. The sour notes come through very crisp and clean with some grapefruit flavors coming through. It is a very drinkable beer and it definitely doesn’t lack flavor.


4
jinroh (2122) - ESTONIA - OCT 13, 2017
Tasting at Tokyo Midtown. Batch 008. Light yellow pour, cloudy. Light acidic nose and some spicy oak in the nose. White currants. Taste has more barrel, woody and quite acidic. Feels fresh, bone dry, more white currants and spicy oak. Definitely a living classic.

4
kathouse (1930) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - AUG 12, 2017
Nice golden color with just the right amount of tartness. Light and refreshing without too much sweetness.

3.6
llkc (2662) - århus, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2017
duft funk abrikos citrus smag malt citrus frisk abrikos lime alt i alt en ok øl

3.9
PorterPounder (8226) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2017
Santa Rosa, Ca - on tap at Russian River,Hazy, light golden pour, fluffy white bubbly head, Solid sour aroma, some dried apricot accents, a hint of vinegar, in a good way, Bold, very puckering flavor, raspberries and apricots come to mind, Solid thick spritz to the mouthfeel. Rating #6 of of my 2017 Northern California vacation,

4.3
MarcoDL (5308) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2017
Draft at the brewpub. Aroma of tart, horseblanket, citrus, vanilla, oak and funk. Rich taste of horseblanket, funky barnyard, oak, vanilla, soft tart, green apples and a long tasty dry finish. A true californian lambic.

4.4
tricksta_p (5009) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2017
From tap at Russian River, Santa Rosa. Aroma is Bretty with lots of funk, citrus, oak, lemon, barnyard, touch of grapes, apple, and apricot. Flavour is puckering sour with a dry finish. Body is medium. Delicious, drinks very much like a Lambic, with a complex fruity funky aroma and a tasty sour flavour. Amazing.

4.2
ansalon (4102) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2017
Pours hazy orange with a low white head. Aromas of citrus, grass, farmhouse, earthy notes. Taste is fruity and sour with prominent oak and earthy notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation.

4.3
kryon (3797) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2017
Pours foggy yellow with minimal head Aromas tart of citrus, tangerine, lemons, Taste has tart notes of green grapes, citrusy fruits, slightly herbal, wine barrel, stable

4.1
klm1 (1780) - Bled/SF, - FEB 8, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2017 @RBB: pours golden color, haze, unstable tan head. Aro.a-flavor: peaches, citruses, grape, funk, salt, tart dry finish. Moderate body, soft texture and medium carbonation.

4
bigtaster (1016) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2017
From bottle into snifter, apples, butter, white wine, some funk, a bit of barnyard. Yellow golden color, a bit of carbonation. Very acidic, slightly sweet. Okay finish, very nice beer.


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