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RATINGS: 668   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joes (92) - Oirschot, - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle. White head, clear golden color. Geuze-like aroma (brett, horse-blanket, grain), but very fruity, flowers and some kind of candy (dutch: tumtum, marsepein). Sour in taste, green apples and a hint of lemon. A sharp sour lingers on for a while. Im not a sour addict, but this one was pleasant. Not sure wether is batch 002 +, but is says 6 % alc.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (6066) - 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 theres 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. Its been soooo long since Ive had Batch 1/Ph1 but this seems to be very competent and enjoyable still.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
popery (2048) - 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. Theres 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. Its 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. Theres some body to it. Nice clean finish, though. Medium pucker. This is one of my favorite American sours, just a wonderful beer. Its strange that its taken me so long to review it.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (1342) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (3404) - Garching b. Mnchen, 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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
philippe1990 (30) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 23, 2016
I dont know how to describe how good a beer is, but I really really like this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lauramartinez (27) - Galicia, SPAIN - AUG 18, 2016
Im a beginner, so I dont have a detailed comment, but I like this beer a lot.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hackobock (3677) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2016
August 29, 2015. Bottle at home, batch 6. Received in a trade, thanks!
Clear golden with a very small white head. Aroma is funky and fruity with lemon juice, green apple skins, gooseberries, white grapes, funky barnyard notes with an earthy touch, oak, leather and hints of minerals. Taste is tart, fruity and funky. Finish is sour, dry and fruity with lemon, apple, oak, minerals, light grain notes and funk. Light bodied, dry texture, average carbonation.
Very good, fruity with the funkiness and complexity of lambic.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biirusaikou (2585) - - JUN 22, 2016
Sampled at Mechazillas epic insanity tasting session. Lovely sour fruit character with berries and lemon, good tartness, funky notes, oaky dry finish. Pretty smashed at that stage of the tasting but remember loving it.


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