arminjewell (9664) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2011
DLD ’11. Huge thanks to lushawn and phaleslu for this incredible hookup. Side by side with Beatification batch 3, similarities were fairly prevalent. Aroma had notes of thick raspberries, with notes of funky cheese, horse sweat, barnyard and some big lemony acetic sour notes with a touch of sweet vanilla hidden. Taste is raspberry, but not just the raspberry, but the whole plant. Notes of sweet raspberry fruit, bitter seed, some vegetal stem, with notes of all funky cheese, horse blanket, sweaty socks, some slight sweet vanilla and bready notes, finishing really dry tannic and oaky with a further lemon acetic sour note. Perfect in every regard to me. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
LCBS 2010. Bright pinkish/red pour. Aroma is all raspberry and great sour lactic awesomeness. Flavor tastes just like raspberry seeds, oak, vinegar...fruity as hell, tart, mouth watering. Save the tatas! Save second base. GO BOOBS! Love me some breastesses. jredmond (8285) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2014 Bottle sampled after the 2011 batch. Pours a bright, but hazy amber golden body with nice carbonated lacing. Aroma is aggressive tart fruit, super funky oak, musk, dust, and cotton candy. The mouthfeel on the 2010 batch is definitely more lively, with notes of raspberry bubblegum, sour raspberry, funky fruit skins, oak, sour fruit, and sour cotton candy. One of the greatest sour ales I’ve come across. I will have this again. 50belair (3643) - Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2011 Big props to Dak for supporting the boobies and sharing this bottle at the LCBS 10. Grapefruit in color with wonderful raspberry and funk aromas. This wild ale does not disappoint! Crisp and bubbly with raspberry and tart fruit flavors. Do your part to help fight breast cancer by burning a bra, showing Charlie Murphy your titties, and enjoying a glass of Framboise for a Cure............ Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2011 #5000. Pours a blush medium orange marrone body with a light white head. Aromatically dry, bretty, light sour raspberries. Light pit and skins. Soft with a dry raspberry tartness, pitty with raspberry seeds. Hints of citrus with light grapefruit tones. Low acidity with a very nice raspberry drying finish. Absolutely superb and well worth the wait. This is fucking incredible i would drink the shit out of this if i could but i’m happy to share this with the people that have been with me all the way. Cheers.
phaleslu (10264) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Rating #2300. 375 ml bottle from kmweaver- can’t thank you enough for sending this, Ken! Tried side-by-side with a Beatification Batch 003 shared by STLWill. Pours a cloudy, dull ruby color with a tinted off-white head. Aroma of fresh raspberries hits immediately, followed by lemon juice, oak, acetic acid, funk, and sugar. The flavor was also featured huge sweet and tart raspberry notes, with oak, lemon juice, vanilla, sugar, yogurt, and funk. Medium-bodied, with a tart, juicy mouthfeel and dry finish. Modest carbonation. Wow, this sour is about as complex and delicious as any I’ve had before. Absolutely lived up to the hype and I’m so grateful I got to try this and share it with great people. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 8, 2011
Gigantic thanks to phaleslu for sharing, kmweaver for delivering, and vinnie for brewing. tried side-by-side with beatification batch 3 so big ups to stlwill for sharing that bottle as well. pours a pinkish creamed red hue with light frothy white pink head. aroma has an awesome clean leather cowhide earthy funk, bright citrus lemonzest, lactic acid sourness. dry. clean fruit character. prickly carbonation. beatification with some tight fruit character- tough to beat. thanks again peter for this once in a lifetime experience to remember. zizzybalubba (1869) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2010
375 mL bottle generously shared at Grape & Gourmet’s Holiday Open House (bottle courtesy of calir1). Pours light pink with scarce light bubbles. Wonderfully tart aroma of citrus and bretty funk. The flavor is sour raspberry, lemon, and oak. An absolute treasure. kbutler1 (1381) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Bottle. Big, big thanks to EliottJW from BA for grabbing this one for me. Poured into a tulip glass a very bright, vibrant reddish grapefruit color with a with fluffy head. Some yeast sediment floating around. Did someone say raspberries were in this?! The aroma is strong tart raspberry with some underlying brett like florals. Light mouthfeel. Holy tartness batman! The raspberry tartness takes center stage on this with some additional notes of barrel and floral. Highly carbonated but surprisingly it doesn’t take away from the flavor of the beer. This is such a nice drinking beer, clean and crisp with strong fruit and sour qualities. An excellent beer! Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Rating #3000. I don’t celebrate milestones much anymore, but on this occasion I see it fit to try one of my most anticipated beers in recent memory. When I heard that Russian River, probably my most highly regarded American brewery, was releasing a spontaneously fermented framboise, my immediate thought was "Beatification with raspberries.....what could be better?" Unable to wait any longer, this beauty shall mark my 3000th beer.
The pour yields an initially very slightly hazy, bright watermelon tinted body. In a effort to savor every last drop, the cloudiness increases as the bottom of the bottle approaches. Streams of fine, effervescing bubbles feed a taught, pinkish-white head from below. Wet, rounded flares of lacing protrude from the head after each sip. In short, this is the stuff of sheer beauty, rivaling the most attractive framboise that Belgium has to offer.
The aroma makes a strong play towards that incredible Beatification funk, but it is ultimately softened by pillowy, juicy, ultra-fresh raspberry. Pink grapefruit gives ample lactic acidity, brettanomyces brings dusty, musty barrel notes, and suggestions of sharp, mildly funky cheese are also present. Barnyard air is not out of the question, and in fact, it intensifies as the brew warms. A friend who had tried this previously suggested pink lemonade as a component, and I cannot fault that analogy, as there is indeed a sharp, lemony, citric acidity amidst the stronger grapefruit. Damn nice stuff. Very honed in and sharp. Delicate, yet striking. Enticing, always.
The first sip induces a mouth puckering reaction, as the pink grapefruit and lemon again wield their influence with bracing, juicy citric acids. As the brew rolls about the tongue, a strong, sharp raspberry presence emerges, accompanied by dusty, woody oak and, to a lesser degree, some sharp cheese essence. I can’t get over just how focused and intense everything seems at times, yet somehow masterfully softened, if to only the slightest degree, by the fresh fruit contingent. Again, simply awesome stuff. I expected no less from Master Vinnie.
The palate....hmmm, where to start? Well, lets start up front with that bracing acidity. Attacking the edges of the tongue and the glands at the back of the mouth, the lactic and citric acids get right to work, letting you know who is boss. Sprite and lively, the fine but active carbonation brings forth a "pins and needles" sort of feel throughout the mouth. The finish is as sharp as a razor’s edge, with the aforementioned effervescence drying things out quickly as it transitions to a dusty, brettanomyces-heavy finish. Effortless, graceful, acute....all are apt descriptors. Perfect mouthfeel for the style.
Overall, I found this to be far less brash than Lost Abbey’s Framboise de Amorosa (which I loved, by the way), and ultimately not as deeply musty as the better Belgian framboise lamibcs (another favorite genre of mine). The keys to this beer are its supremely clean, acute, concentrated citrus notes, ample Beatification funk, and supple raspberry juiciness. For me, it approaches pure magic. Excellent beer for an excellent cause, and one I’m proud to call my 3000th rating. Bravo Russian River......bravo!