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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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3.8
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2009
wow my first russian river, relatively hard for me to get on the east coast unless I specifically seek it out, good stuff.

3.8
MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2009
bottle thanks to Mentor (BA). Pours a cloudy faded orange-yellow with a very thin white head. Nose is of sour vinegar. Taste is of sour grapefruit. Very sour. Mouth-puckering sour mouthfeel. Would have prefrerred more flavor and not just sourness. Hard to make out any flavors other than grapefruit because of the overpowering sourness. Not my deal.

4
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - JAN 7, 2009
750 ml bottle. A cloudy and muddy deep amber beer with a medium sized, creamy and persistent white head. Very nice aroma, harmonious, with notes fruits, spices and wood, Moderately hoppy nose, more than usual for a Christmas beer. The flavour is moderately sweet, with a light acidity and has some orange and citric notes and other fruits and spices hard to describe. Medium body, lively carbonation, quite long finish with medium clean bitterness, not abrasive. Rather unusual Christmas beer, light and hoppy, though at the same time complex and warming. Very, very nice.

4.6
MrBunn (2841) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Bottle. Rating 1000. This has sat in the cellar waiting for this moment for a long time. Pours a dingy orange with strong aromas of tart citrus (lemon and grapefruit) and a bit of sweet fruit like apricot. Also a bit of grass and funk. Flavor is incredibly tart and sour... a lovely mix of lemon and grapefruit dominate flavor and aftertaste. Flavor is full and robust, especially for a lambic/sour/sonambic. There is little subtlety, but a smash in the face of sour. Lovely and much anticipated.

2.9
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2009
Thanks JoeMcphee for the bottle. Very strong aroma of citrus, lemon and grapefruit all creating sour impression. Golden yellow haze with a great frothy white head. Medium carbonation. Strong sour flavour which is not to my taste, it seems to have a thin texture. Grapefruit just explodes from this beer, its like bitter lemons and sherbet or some fizzy gums. Tangy sweet finish like a sparkling cider. Sharp to the core. All sounds great but Im not feeling it.

4.1
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2009
[batch 3] Hazy yellow/golden color. Very interesting foam- thin and chunky. Aroma is very powerful: pineapples and loads of fruity esters. Almost perfume-like. Flavor is full of funk and fruit. Green apples, pear and grapefruit. Citrusy, sharp acidic character. Very complex and drying finish, making you really keep chugging this things down. Definitely on-par with traditional Belgian Lambic beers. Outstanding!

4.3
DarkMagus (547) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Golden yellow, hazy color with quite a bit of bubbly head initially... which eventually developed into some scant floating coagulated proteins on the surface of the beer. Aroma was crisp and fruity, tart, with a lot of mustiness and distinct woodiness... along with loads of fresh green apple, pear, some citrus fruits. Serious amounts of brettanomyces. Flavors were well-represented by the aroma: more green apple, super tart citrus, brettanomyces, ultra funky wine-barrel woodiness, loads of flavor in this beer. The finish was bone dry. Carbonation levels were medium-high, it didn’t quite have the champagne-like quality, but it was still a bit prickly and had the feeling of a soft foam. An amazing beer. I wish it wasn’t so expensive, and I wish I could drink it more often!! Definitely comparable with some of the finest authentic Belgian sour beers...

4.1
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2008
[750 mL Bottle, Batch 003] Pours a slightly hazy bright gold with an effervescent head of white bubbles that noisily bubbles away. Aroma is huge tartness, some barnyard, apples, and pears. Flavor is puckering on the first sip, and keeps my mouth watering through the whole pour. The tartness really overwhelms a lot of the flavors, but not in a bad way. Lots of citrus, funk, and some lighter fruits stick with it. Great beer.

4.6
Ratman197 (15109) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Corked and caged bottle Batch 2 poured a clear glden yellow with a lingering ring of white foam. Aromas of leman zest, leather and a hint of spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a drfy tart finish. Flavors of lemon zest, grapefruit peel, leather and earthiness with a crisp dry lingering tart finish.

4.2
sloth (2921) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Small white head, fair retention with minimal lace. Hazy pale gold color. Nose is neat with notes of citrus, wood, funk, peach, apple, phenols, cinnamon and a light mustiness. Lightly medium body and big prickly carbonation, truely acidic and seriously tart. A real palate cleanser. Lotsa woody flavor, resiny with light vinous notes and the aforementioned aroma descriptors all piled in there. Dry, fruity and tart finish. RR is always an exciting drinking expierence. Props to cloudskipper for the bottle!


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