Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by larsenju:
4.88/5 rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Batch 3 consumed 4-30-11, Thanks to the ever generous darklordlager.
I am going to break from my usual review format for this unusual beer.
The aroma hits very sour with a healthy dose of strong funk, it is really a lot to take in, but given some time you can peel back the layers and start to pick out some grapefruit and some very light grain. I was getting a little bit of vinegar quality, but it was overwhelmingly lactic with that dirty sour that I find to have a little more depth. The flavor is much the same, but the acidity steps up a notch again. I found it to be less fruity than Belgian examples I have had, but there was still a little grapefruit. Again, primarily I was getting dirty musty funk and really very sharp acids. The longer I sipped the deeper it got, I started to get more summery fruits and the finish even got slightly peppery. The feel was so acidic little cuts on my lip started to sting, very dry and very carbonated. I want to be careful about comparing this beer to Lambic, but the similarities are there and voiced by the brewer, and it really does live up. Given the opportunity I would pick this over several imported varieties.
I think the beauty of this beer is really in the details. Tasting a Lambic style beer known to be fermented and conditioned with yeast and bacteria native to a region other than the Senne valley that is so complex and delicious is inspiring. The impact of this beer is an illustration that although a true Lambic cannot be produced elsewhere, a complex, balanced, and truly interesting top shelf product can be made in other regions, and shows the true potential of the American Wild movement. I believe that an increased interest in this beer could be a key contributor to the increased legitimacy of beer as a gourmet product. Nice work Russian River, keep doing more of the same.
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2011 04:02:09 | More by larsenju
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4.2/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2014 02:19:17 | More by mattsdenney
Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 1,858 ratings.