Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.64/5 rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
After making no time not making it up to the brewery to buy some bottles of this last December, imagine my surprise when, during a family visit to the brewery, that they were still tapping this! Couldn't ask for a better turn of events - this has been one of my all-time wants since I ever started getting into sours and gueuze beers. Batch 6. Poured into a tulip tumbler glass at the brewery.
Pours a faded amber color with some straw hues, as well as a slight golden glimmer when held against the light. Cloudy, with some noticeable carbonation at first that dies down alongside its initially frothy white head. Not much lacing, and if it weren't for its cloudy appearance it would retain the same look of a low alcoholic white wine. Hmm, previous batch pours (mainly from bottles) definitely indicated that this was more vinous looking in the past, but I'm not too concerned. Sour beers are very different from the bottle than they are on tap, and hopefully I'll be able to try a bottle of this to compare notes to.
Yeah, the aroma nails it, however - this is as good of an interpretation on the style as any world class gueuze I have tried from Belgium, and if this isn't enough reassurance that perhaps knowing how to make wine (as Vinnie does) isn't perhaps the best path to take before committing to brewing wild ales, I don't know what is. Huge notes of musty peaches, apricots, white raisins, and, of course, yellow apples and pears. A big dank cellar aroma is predominant, with notes of old, cold stone (I'm thinking slate), damp hay, leather, and a damp cloth aroma. This is brief, however, and the finish is filled with nice notes of toasted tobacco, vanilla, toffee, and a little bit of something floral, maybe herbal, from the fresh hops. Crisp, warm, and inviting. An excellent effort.
Wow, one sip and I'm immediately assured that this is one of the most drinkable wild ales being made in this country. This is so fruity, funky, sour, and yet so refreshing and comfortable to drink! At first, there's the large apple and pear notes, followed by some white nectarines and a bit of orange melon (all soured or under-ripe, of course), with some brief peppery sensations, as well as nice white floral notes. Sour and acetic, but also a bit lactic from the barrel aging. The funk then takes over in the middle of the mouth, delivering grassy, wet hay flavors that are earthy and quite mineral, with a crisp and cooling sensation at the same time. The finish is more funky, but also melds with the toffee, vanilla, and leather profile quite gracefully and balanced. Extremely creamy and filling from the yeast, but also crisp, and palate-cleansing - the white vinegar finish definitely does its work well. In spite of its acidity, this is gentle on the senses, and makes a terrifically approachable. Delicious stuff!
I knew other sours made by RR were already world-class, but this really took it home for me. This is not an easy beer to make, and to produce something that is so complex and yet so brightly textured and balanced when working with wild bacterial strains is nothing short of magic. For those who have had any doubt on the direction that wild beers are taking in America, try this one and be astonished. This is by far the leader of many beautiful things to come. I hope to get a bottle soon and compare some notes, and see how this changes over time.
Serving type: on-tap
03-07-2014 19:24:07 | More by magictacosinus
District of Columbia
4.71/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
This is one of the loveliest beers I have seen in the glass. It looks like champagne. The nose is subtle and slightly funky -- not the strongest part of the beer. Beatification has a deep lemon juiciness that is incredible. It is followed by a well-balanced pucker that doesn't have you reaching for the Tums. The finish is nice and astringent, which is the perfect lead in to the the next sip. Up there with Supplication as the best from Russian River.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2014 02:54:52 | More by jjdc
Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
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