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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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527 Reviews
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Reviews: 527
Hads: 2,397
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 19.69%
Wants: 3,126
Gots: 538 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 01-25-2006

This beer is very unique and inspired by breweries in the Lambic region of Belgium and, especially, our friends at Cantillon. It is 100% spontaneously fermented, meaning yeast is not added. Once the beer is brewed, it is transferred to a cool-ship or “horny” tank located in our barrel room at the pub. There it sits overnight and collects whatever funky wild yeast and bacteria may be living in the room. The next day it is transferred to oak wine barrels where it ferments wildly and ages for a few months. The end result is a wild, spontaneously fermented, sour, and tasty hand-crafted beer!
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Photo of ddugan
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried a pour at RRBC. Pours a bright yellow color. Little to no carbonation. Smells awesome. Funky sour smell with white wine and apple. Taste can be descibed like the smell. Sour and tart with heavy presence of white wine/grapes. Very smooth mouthfeel and not overly sweet. Very good experience.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bit of funkiness on the nose. Picking up some fruit, citrus like flavors, lemonade. Almost tastes like it's aged on apricots. Very balanced white wine with sour tart flavors. Big sour punch up front that mellows out to a medium, dry finish. Level of sweetness is perfect. Pretty delicious.

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Photo of tregan_20
4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Recent batch obtained in a trade and poured into a snifter. It pours a goldish color with small amount of head (fades quickly too). The smell definitely has barnyard funk, yeast, apples, grapes, pears, oak, etc. The taste is pretty tart with a small amount of sweetness on the back end. Has medium body with decent carbonation. Overall, this is a superb offering from RR and worth seeking out for sure; you will not be disappointed! Cheers!

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Photo of drew42e
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours straw gold with little head. Aroma of sparkling wine and white grapes, some citrus. It has good carbonation, taste is champagne, sour apple, slightly tart but not overwhelming. Great sour.

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Photo of Hesscabob
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My own personal white whale that I finally was able to come across from the latest release. Bought 6 and plan on opening up a bottle every year to see the change it goes through.

A - Golden, head sort of quickly disappates which I was surprised with but fine by me.
S - Major funk going on and really can smell a barrel presence. Smells immensely citrusy and earthy.
T - Follows the nose and man, this is DAMN delicious. My mouth was watering the entire time and the only thing to quench was more of this beauty.
M - Quite carbonated even though the head disappeared quickly. Lasting carbonation that I would imagine will fade in time but will allow other flavor aspects to come through moreso.
Overall was extremely happy to pop this open via Facetime with my buddy who waited in line for me to acquire them. Is it the best Lambic I've ever had? Absofriekenlutely.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage.

My introduction to Beatification, though I can see why this used to be such a highly sought-after release.

Heavy Brett flavor with nice carbonation, modest sourness, some funk and cheesiness on the palate, all quite nicely balanced with a lemon finish.

A very nice beer that delivers on all fronts without overdoing any one thing.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was able to finally try this on tap at Russian River as I missed the bottle release. Hands down best Brett Wild I've had! Perfectly executed and refeshing as hell! Perfect tartness! Would love to try some earlier batches to compare!

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Photo of taospowder
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My Rating/Review No. 1000. Bottle date of 9/11/2013. L: Straight up yellow, like the label. Minimal carbonation. (3.75) S: Now we're talking! Straight up funk, lemons, grass, a little vinegar (4.50) T: Just like it smells, but better (4.75) F: Pretty average w a slight linger effect (4.25) O: another Russian River masterpiece. The only negative is that I wish I could sense a little more of the oak barrel aging (4.50).

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Photo of craftcraver
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had it at RRBC on tap.

L: Golden Yellow, only slightly hazy, minimal head that goes away almost immediately.

S: Pungent. A sweet fruity nose upfront with pears and citrus accompanied by a generous amount of sour funk.

T: Tangy stone fruit, lemon (quite tart), then the brett kicks in and bring the funk, slightly yeasty. Overall a nice balance of flavor.

F: Long tart finish that goes through waves of lemon and wheat for a few minutes.

O: A world class beer, phenomenal balance and unlike some of the heavier more robust sours that Russian River offers like consecration, beatification can easily be followed by another beatification.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The last RR sour that i have been seeking out! Finally had it at gabf and it did not disappoint. I prefer the red wine barrel sours from RR but still this one was very smooth and you could tell that it had been sitting in the barrels for a very long time.

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Photo of aleigator
3.05/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beatification batch 5

Pours a filtered, light yellow color and a fizzy, bubbly head, immediately dissapearing into small sheets of lacing.

Lower carbonated, with a very refreshing mouthfeel to it, due to fresh lemons and a balancing, wooden oak infusion.

The aromas unfold just after popping open the bottle, filling the air in my room with a lovely, citrussy funkiness. Reveals even more ripe, juicy citrus when smelling at the actual beer, together with an immense tartness, bedded on glue, yogurt and old leather. Creates an interesting interplay between dough, soft old malts and prickly, crisp lemon, without becoming intriguingly complex.

The taste offers a good amount of lemon right from the very beginning, accompanied by easing, bready, musty malts and fermented wheat. Lemons get increasingly more body added, resulting in a very sour, funky tartness, almost numbing the front of my tongue during its peak. Finishes fruity, with fresh pressed lemons, revealing even lemon stones, as for how pronounced the fruit acidity gets, offering an acceptable dryness.

The balancing oaky barrel vanishes completely during the beers finish, opening the palate up to pure, sour fruit lemonade. Hammers a bit too hard on the palate, regarding its acidic sourness, preventing the beer from showcasing its other, more subdued flavors.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was really looking forward to trying this one at wild friendship day and it did not disappoint and more than held its own versus some of the best Belgium has to offer. Smell is divine- funk dominates with some tropical notes. Taste wise it's pretty close to a gueuze, very lightly carbonated with the aforementioned fruit notes. Really great, hopefully I can score myself a bottle sometime soon!

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Photo of AndyEdgar
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Check in/ Review #1000, figured I would pull this baby out for the occasion.

Batch #006, bottle date of 9/11/2013, poured into Perennial Societe Du Chene stem.

L: Pours semi-translucent yellow...about the same color as the label. No foam, no lacing, close to zero carbonation. (3.00)

S: Straight up funk, lemongrass, slight vinegar, tropical fruits, stone fruits. Wonderful (4.75)

T: As with the smell, acidy, vinegary, unripe peaches, lemon zest, a bit of gueuze-esqe barnyardyness. Pretty damn good, but I wish the bottle had some carbonation to liven up the flavor on my taste buds. Also could use just a touch more (4.5)

F: Pretty good, but again its almost flat and doesn't really have much going on here.(4.0)

O: While extremely tasty, and without a doubt the best RR wild ale I have had to date, this one did not live up to my expectations. I feel like years ago, this might have been the pinnacle of American sours, but now a days it takes much more than this to be mentioned in the best of the best. (4.25)

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Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cracked a long time want for Easter. Bottle date 09/11/13. Into a wine glass.

L: Had a great pop on opening nice initial carbonation fades fast. Nice opaque straw yellow. Little to no lacing.

S: Impressive. Heavy fruity peach notes with a lot of geueze character. Funky and lightly acidic. Doesn't get any better.

T: Strong but balanced sour. Good amount of peach character. Lemon acid character and horse blanket. Oakey but overall could be more complex.

F: Nice tart and dry. Very clean but not too puckering. Could be more full.

O: This met my expectations. I have to put ddg ahead of this just on complexity but this is a solid beer worth seeking out. I'd like to try this fresh but a little age has been solid. Russian River delivers again.

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Photo of dboon
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, batch 002. Clear piss yellow pour with a hint of white head. Enticing lemon zest and funk aromas. Tart, crisp, and clean with all kinds of lemon zest, sour vinous & grapefruit, barnyard, and funk notes. Absolutely freakin’ delicious...

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the last bottles shared at Hunahpu’s Day 2014, poured into souvenir taster. Hazy yellow with a white head that quickly disappears. No lacing to speak of. Aroma is basement must, citrus, especially lemon, tart sour grapes, vinegar, wood, and leather. Taste is a puckering sourness with citrus and vinegar notes, followed by some mellowing wood bitterness and earthy elements. A touch of citrus sweetness. Light-plus body, surprisingly creamy/thick but not overly so, just enough to coat the tongue, lively carbonation, long sour finish.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Slightly hazy golden body and white head which fizzles immediately down into a ring around the glass.

The aroma is heavy on the stone fruit aspect with peach and apricot. Pineapple with slight funk but more bright and fruity with some slight vanillin.

Really quite heavy on the sour and fruit on the flavor. Lemon, peach, apricot, pineapple, musty funk, and wood. Dry and light bodied.

Blew me away.

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Photo of Jonada
4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 6. 6% ABV

375 ml bottled 9/11/2013. Poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden yellow with less than a finger of a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly to a thin collar. Body is mostly clear with hight visible carbonation.

Smell: Bright lemon, white grape, green apple, funk hay and oak.

Taste: Light barnyard, hay, green apple, lemon and other citrus with some mild neutral oak. High acidic sourness that borders on mouth puckering.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, and bit thin with medium lively carbonation. Finishes dry.

Overall: One of the best American spontaneously fermented beers I've had and probably the closest tasting to an actual lambic (though still not quite the same). Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of SweetChicken
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Poured to almost no head. Looks flat in carbonation. And golden yellow, kinda like - for lack of a better description - urine after taking too many vitamins. Dinged it for that... - 3.75

Smell - SOOOO much better. Certainly doesn't smell like urine. A nice fragrant sour bouquet. Nectarines, grapes, apple cider, some funk. Can't wait to dig in. - 4.5

Taste - T A R T!!! If your looking for a mellow, delicate, balanced sour (Fou Foune), this ain't you beer. It is amazingly tart. Taste follows the nose, but add in oak, hay. - 4.5

Mouthfeel - excellent. Dry, white wine finish. Nicely (surprisingly) carbonated - the most delicate part of this beer. - 4.5

Overall - So glad I traded for this. Not a daily drinker for me, but a nice occasional treat. - 4.5

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Photo of krustster
4.96/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I've had, without a doubt. Amazing how many different fruit and other aromas/flavors come out of this beer from the combination of bacteria and yeasts, without actually having any fruit. Pretty much every aspect of it was fantastic, down to the perfect mouth feel. It's not often outside of a big stout/barleywine that I say to myself "wow this beer has a great mouth feel!" but it was there, all right.

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Photo of almostjay
3.73/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sours are not my favorite. I almost feel unqualified to rate them, but to me this one fits right into the RR lineup. People hold it in higher regard for some reason that is beyond my palate, but it's absolutely worth drinking if you are into the style.

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Photo of Devman171
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle batch 5. Pours a hazy orange yellow with fizzy white head. Aroma is funky barn and grassy hops. Flavor is light tart and funky hay, dry finish, well done.

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Photo of macher0
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this was a treat.

A. Light straw color with shades of bright copper, great clarity, fine bubble egg shell head. High carbonation. Prolific effervescence.

S. Big tart nose, with notes of apple cider vinegar, granny smith apples, sour yeast, sour bacteria, and neutral oak.

T. Follows the nose to the tee. Big funk presence and the oak is very well balanced with the sour yeast. I would say this is very sour.

M. Very smooth, high carbonation, light body.

O. I could drink this all day long. It made me a little burpy but that goes with the territory. I'm a huge fan. This is very well balanced and benefits from a little age.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from 6/10/14

Batch 05
A- Pours clear and golden with a half-finger of bright white tight foam. This recedes to a collar and leaves some lacing. Some nice alcohol legs are observed when swirled.

S- The aroma is very sour and there is a lot of Brett funk. Overripe apples, tart cherries, pineapple, and oak tannins. Some Granny Smith apple and lemony sourness. Very complex, refreshing, and inviting aroma!

T- Wow, this is warhead sour! Crazy amounts of cherry and lemon sourness. The oak tannins are the only thing restraining and mellowing the sourness. Very acidic and lactic. Refreshing, but bracingly sour!

M- The mouth feel is delicate, medium bodied, and lightly carbonated.

O- This is an excellent sour, though not for the uninitiated! Maybe lacking the complexity and subtleties needed to make it truly world class, but wonderful none-the-less!

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Photo of mattsdenney
4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Unexpected gift from a friend in California. Bottle dated 9/11/13, a little over 10 months old.

Pours with very little head. Hazy, light yellow in color. Smells fresh and tart. Fruity, flowery, and hints of vanilla. Wow, this is sour. What I get after that initial pucker is fresh citrus, earthiness, and a smooth vanilla oak aftertaste. This is one of the most flavorful beers I've ever had. The mouthfeel is light and bubbly. The natural fermentation yields a perfect feel. Overall I'm really impressed with this beer and I'm not a huge fan of sours. This is one of the best I've ever had.

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Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.