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RATINGS: 678   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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3.9
Christian (13680) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2016
New year tasting at Thomas. Cloudy yellow with a tiny white head. Funky aroma with leather, hay and grapefruit along with peach, and wooden notes of oak. Dry and very sour flavour with fruit, rhubarb and funk.

4.2
Vindueskigger (34) - - DEC 29, 2016
Halløjtaler for et bryg! Lambicstrej, prydet med citrus og alt godt i verden. Der er en fare for tab af lidt emalje, men det er tandlægebesøget værd!

4.5
koleminer20 (3704) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed this at Mickey’s 30th birthday bash on November 05. 375 mL bottle. Batch 6. The pour on this is a bright clear-ish golden yellow with a thin ring of white head that vanishes quickly. The aroma on this is really efffing good. There is a bright peach and a ton of funkiness to it. Just a bright sourness that makes my mouth water. The flavor is much of the same. Beautifully tart and crisp with a lingering sourness that just makes you want to dive in for more. There isn’t a lot of complexity, but a subtle fruitiness on the tartness and light sour really make this awesome. The mouth feel is light and crisp with a great lingering sourness that is just clenching enough. Damn, I want to bathe in this.

4.2
ClarkVV (6757) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2016
375mL bottled 3/25/15, drunk 10/16/16, thanks to JoeT for the trade.
Beige head is medium-sized and fairly dense, with strong retention for a sour. Light ruby-golden body shows high clarity with the sediment left behind.
Cherries, oak, vanilla, light balsamic notes and lots of toffee lingering makes for a very light rendition of a flemish sour. But more of the golden variety; like Petrus Aged Pale, perhaps. Funky barnyard deftly integrated and there’s plentiful berry, cherry, apple and strawberry esters keeping it bright and lively and taking the focus from the strong acidity. Malts seem well-attenuated but still present and the oak contributes a bit of vanilla and tannin, without any strong toastiness. No alcohol or flaw.
Even, soft, malty body with ample caramel-vanilla and lots of strong brett acids that give way to lactic and light acetic notes, as well. Fine carbonation keeps it light and the acid is lightly puckering on the finish. Very fruity and yet still balanced if leaning towards fairly acidic/sour. Yogurt, light barnyard lots of cherry-like acetic character and soft wood tannin linger on pleasantly. It’s been soooo long since I’ve had Batch 1/Ph1 but this seems to be very competent and enjoyable still.

4.5
popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Review #2000. Yay! 375 ml bottle. Bottled on 011012 (batch 5). The beer is a bright, clear gold. No haze apparent at all - I was rather gentle with the bottle. The head is fairly small and pure white. Some lacing, bubbles stick around for a good amount of time. The aroma has nice brett funk depth on top of a lacto-forward sourness and a pleasantly sweet herbal flavor. There’s good fruity complexity in there with notes of pineapple, lemon, apple, grape, cherry and blackberry. The barrel imparts a solid vinous flavor and moderate oakiness. Light dusty, farmhouse note in the background. The taste is dry and medium sour. It’s still firmly tart, but I think this is a somewhat less sour batch of Beatification, though. Lots of barrel character comes through. The finish is woody and vinous with very mild oaky bitterness. Mouthfeel is light enough but still pretty round for a relatively low abv sour. There’s some body to it. Nice clean finish, though. Medium pucker. This is one of my favorite American sours, just a wonderful beer. It’s strange that it’s taken me so long to review it.

4
anstei (2358) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - OCT 1, 2016
Bottle. Aroma of smoke and bacon, salty. Lots of stuff happening on the tongue. Funk, salt, pineapple, citrus. Palate drops quickly but stays on a low level, fruity. Good.

4
SinH4 (4960) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 1, 2016
Bottle. Hazy orange color with white head. Aroma is fresh funk, peach, quite intense, a bit salty. Taste is peach, pineapples, quite sour, citrusy. Medium carbonation. Very American, but very good!

3.9
Davidmati (24) - Barcelona, SPAIN - AUG 31, 2016
It is very very very good beers. I can’ stand drinking this beer. I love it.

3.9
Peterbia (28) - Garcia, SPAIN - AUG 24, 2016
Draught beer at the taproom. Very impressive. I like this beer a lot. Definitely have it back.

4
philippe1990 (30) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 23, 2016
I don’t know how to describe how good a beer is, but I really really like this beer.


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