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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,025 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,025
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2,766
Gots: 444 | FT: 29
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 01-25-2006)
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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to swnicholson for the opportunity to try this one! Batch 003.

A- Body is a very cloudy (nearly opaque) hazy straw yellow. Pours with a hefty 2 finger+ foamy white head (it did gush some upon opening). Head retention is great...eventually fading to 1 finger and keeping that the rest of the way down.

S- The first thing that hits the nose is a big whiff of tart lemon. Lemon all over the place. Behind this is a very noticeable oak presence.

T- Much more wonderful and complex than the smell. Very tart and slightly sweet lemon zest is definitely the main character here. The acidic tartness puckers the lips slightly but a slight bready sweetness balances it out. The oak is definitely detectable but hides deep in the background and comes through a little more for the finish but never overshadows the main characters. What also comes forward for the finish is a saltiness. It finishes rather abruptly and is very dry-esp for a brew with a lower ABV.

M- Great medium to high carbonation and a light body with a balance of breadiness and citrus.

D- This was an excellent brew and one I would definitely trade for again. It ended a gathering with a few other BAs that turned out to be a Russian River night. These 3 beers (this deviation, and the younger) were definitely my favorite by this brewing co. so far and I look forward to trying other brews they have to offer.

PittBeerGirl, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at O'Brien's,

A: Pours a lightly hazy dark yellow with a mild white head.

S: Sour apples, light malt, similar to a gueuze, light funk to it.

T: Just a beautiful beer. Light fermented fruit plays with the acidity in a complex, great mix. Almost a champagne quality to it, reminded me a lot of Cantillon with the high acidity. If I tasted this blind I would have thought it a Belgian gueuze, no doubt about it.

M: Very sour, not as dry as I thought it would be, it has a light sweetness that carries it through. What I want in a mouthfeel for a wild ale.

D: This is really good. Had to almost chug my first one since I had to order 3 beers at a time and couldn't carry them all. The second time around I got to really get into the beer. This is my first time having this one, and it shows Vinnie really knows what he's doing. This with Supplication are my favourite RR sours. Edit 2/2010 - I just had some batch 2 of this that may be the best beer I've ever had, the complexity and flavour is incredible and delicious.

Halcyondays, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of 0110x011
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch #002, poured into a RR chalice.

Pale straw color, slightly hazy. Half-finger snow white head has little staying power, fading into a thin cap and collar in seconds. Funk hits the nose as soon as the cork pops. Once it hits the glass, grapefruit, grass, herbs, spice and lemon come out. Lemony, acidic sour bite on the palate first. After a while more erth, grass, spice and funk come through. Pronounced oakiness as well. Mouthfeel is tart, light and refreshing. I could drink this stuff like water.

Not particularly good looking, but everything else about this beer is spectacular. Complex, yet crisp and refreshing; Highly recommended.

0110x011, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of exl_90
4.84/5  rDev +6.1%

exl_90, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4-17-08: Batch 001-PH1. Finally getting to crack my PH1 bottle on a beautiful sunny day. Pours into my glass a lightly hazy honey amber orange with a thick two finger head of creamy bubbles. Aromas bring a mix of citrus, honey and crisp malts bathed in a Brett laden veil. Musty, sharp vinegar and acidic tones alongside woody aspects. Extremely complex and intriguing. Simply awesome.

First sip brings a crisp, sharp malt upfront along with swirling citrus, lemon zest and honey flavors. Mouth puckering sour midway that brings with it a dense array of Brett nuances. Old wood, acidic vinegar, hay, musty funkiness. I get a slight grape aspect as well. The tart and sour aspects are more pronounced that the regular 001. It flows down quite dry overall. An amazing sensory experience in a glass.

Mouthfeel is crisp with punchy carbonation that carries the beer down with a solid effervescence. A great sipper on my porch at the end of a beautiful spring day. One of my all time favorite beers hands down.

7-13-07: Batch 001. Pours into my tulip glass a clear amber orange with a good inch of bubbly white head and lots of big bubbles rising up to the top. Aromas burst out of the glass with light citrus aromas bathed in brett funkiness. Musty, horse blanket, acetic farmhouse aromas alongside woody and honey scents as well. Has a really bright, vibrant character to it. Wow. This is just wonderful.

First sip brings a rush of tart and sour and a nice base malt. Light citrus flavors, lemon rind and honey mingle in the funkiness of the brew. There's a nice woody dryness with each sip along with a fairly sharp acidic bite. Finishes with a lingering tart funkiness, rather dry. I may be imagining it but I get a bit of a green olive aftertaste with each sip. This is simply an amazing sour, wild ale.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a lively, light carbonation that rushes across the palate with each sip. Really makes drinking this brew enjoyable. I wish this came in a 750ml bottle as I could easily and throughly enjoy the whole bottle myself. Beatification ranks with the best Russian River brews I've had and to be honest the best brews I've had overall. Cheers to Vinnie, Peter at NB and everyone else at RR that made this brew possible. Quite an achievement!

orbitalr0x, Jul 13, 2007
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4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2008/Batch 003)

Thanks for opening this with me, schmoopsbeer!

(Aged for 3+ years)

Hazy golden and yellow with orange highlights and a pillowy, finger and a half high, nearly white head, that leaves the glass messy with sheets of lace.

The aroma is far more funky than I would have presumed along with with huge amounts of sour acidity rushing up from the glass as well. The funk comes in waves of barnyard, hay, and leather, while the sourness has strong apple, pear, and lemon accents. Strong, aggressive, and fantastic aroma. The Brett and the sourness combine incredibly well.

The flavor is just as amazing and even more complex, with the Brett, barnyard, horse blanket, hay notes coming through very strongly, right alongside the big, tart lemon sourness making one's jowls quiver. Complete, funky, sour, delicious, drinkable--all words I'd use to describe this bottle.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. A treat to drink.

One of my all-time favorites.

ehammond1, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch PH1, 375ml bottle, shared with a few fellow BAs at Toronado last night.

Pours a beautifully crystal clear pale amber, a couple shades darker than later batches of Beatification. The head crackles away almost instantly in a champagne-like fashion. The nose is rather acetic with a surprising amount of sour fruit character (strawberries came to mind). Very Rodenbach-like, minus any sweetness. It's similar on the tongue, with much more acetic acid than the other batches, very Flemish, very sour and puckering. Big tropical fruit flavors. Crisp dry mouthfeel, light-bodied, highly carbonated. Nearly a perfect sour in my opinion. The acetic character isn't something I'm always fond of, but it works beautifully here.

largadeer, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of angrybabboon
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Note: Batch 5

Consumed 6/24/12

Appearance: Pours hazy, bright gold - big, white head to start - retains a little cap, leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Sour, so much sour - truly a bouquet of bacteria - sharp acidity, tart, with some serious wood - funky, but mostly sour, so sour - some pale malts underneath

Taste: Sour - so, so sour - unbelievably sour - a sharp, glorious sour that coats the mouth and sticks around - some lemon - very tart - some wood in the background, with a base of pale malts - acidic with some citrus

Mouthfeel: Light to medium, nicely carbonated, puckering to the extreme

Overall: Glorious

This is like sour concentrate. It's like alchemy, but with sour flavor. In a word, this is masterful. One of the best beers I've had from Russian River, and that is really saying something.

angrybabboon, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of zac16125
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375mL bottle into a tulip
bottled on 01/10/12

200th BA review, I picked a good one

A big thanks goes out to RuckusDu for sending this one over in a trade!

A: Pours a hazy wet straw yellow with a thin film of head that dissipates immediately before I can even identify the color.  Leaves no lacing.  

S: Huge citrus acidity, with lemons and limes, sour apple and tart white grapes. Pear, some belgium yeast banana, the slightest degree of musty funk.  

T: Holy hell is this an explosion of sourness.  Like biting into a whole lemon, then chasing it with a slice of lime.  You can taste the sour on your lips literally before it even hits your tongue.  A bit of peppery spice is there along with a touch of banana ice cream on the finish to balance out the overwhelming sour. This is just a pure puckering sourness, sourer than the most sour Warhead candy I have ever had, and it is sublime.  

M/D:  Aggressive carbonation pairs well with a puckering sour acidity to give this one a wonderful mouthfeel.  Thicker than most in the style.  Quick drying finish that leaves you in all too much of a hurray to take the next sip.  Awesome.  

O: Wow, what can I say?  Looks like pee, smell is good but Ive had better, but then you take the first sip and bam!  Just pure, unadulterated, sour bliss.  My favorite of the RR sours, and the most sour beer I have had to date.  I'd write more but I have to get over to the trade forum to post as ISO: Beat ; FT: first born son.

zac16125, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 2. The brew pours a hazy yellow hue and is topped with some wispy bubbles; just enough head to demonstrate liveliness. The nose is, whew, musky and hugely atomized. It is getting into my sinuses like Vernors ginger ale does (strange observation, I know...) Anyhow, the aroma is musky and lemon-zesty and just very pert all-around. The taste is just absolutely fantastic; it is the sourest a thing can be without crossing the line into a flagrant level. Notes of lemon, green apple, wet wood, overripe peaches (or maybe underripe?), wet dog, Warhead candy and a small amount of tart white grape reveal tremendous complexity within the sourness. The feel is pert for the most part, but it has an amazingly clean finish. Having had Batch 2 and 3, I must say I prefer 2. It is far more sour, disparately flavored and heavily nuanced; whereas I recollect 3 to be far more harmonious, juicy and less tart. Overall, one of the better American Wilds I've ever had.

ktrillionaire, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of abuliarose
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a wine glass, revealing crystal clear apricot body, some lush bubbles over a thin film. Amazing color, amazingly clear. I would like jewelry made out of this beer. Smells nice and funky with sweet clover honey and stone fruit. Some vanilla, some citrus.

Tastes refreshingly tart and juicy with a nice lingering sweet citrus presence. Amazingly clean. Slight meatiness. Hint of mineral on the finish. Mouthfeel is light and dry but not really dry with big bubble carbonation that adds a little stickiness. Not too carbonated though. Entirely drinkable.

I am very fond of this beer. Probably the best American Wild I've had to date.

abuliarose, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of litheum94
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375ml cork and cage. Bottled 1/10/12.

Murky, pale golden. Tiny and fizzy yellowish head, leaving nothing behind.

Lemon citrus, slight funk grass and some cedar on the nose.

Earthy and grassy flavors at first, with a ton of carbonation. Very active in the mouth. Big, citric tartness, lemon mostly, nearing a sourness. Finish is a slowly fading, juicy lemon flavor, not overly dry for the amount of carbonation. A funkiness and light pepper spicing develops as the beer warms, adding deeper layers to the flavor.

Phenomenal. Easily the best American wild ale I've had, topping even Cable Car.

litheum94, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of MalWilkinson
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Golden pour with a white foamy head. Funky lemon aroma. Sour Granny Smith apples, grapefruit, and lemon (more lemon than previous batches). Lively carbonation. Tart, but not unbearable and very drinkable.

As far as a non fruited sour Beatification is about as good as it gets. Not a sour for those who are just venturing into the world of sour ales.

MalWilkinson, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of Genghis22
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 3, consumed 2/11/11 (review from notes)

Chilled and poured into a tulip

A - Golden honey color. A little cloudy, with very visible carbonation. Tight white head that hung around and provided nice lacing.

S - Bring the funk! Horse blanket, hay, very funky, a touch of sulphur. Very inviting. Light and clean.

T - Fantastic. Sweet funk quickly leads to a puckering lemon sourness. It attacks the back sid of your tongue and washes all over your mouth. Very exciting to taste this beer, it totally shocks your whole mouth. Musty, dank funkiness. A touch of sulphur comes through in the taste as well, but works well with all the other things going on.

M - Medium body, very nice, tight carbonation. The finish is dry and crisp. Leaves you wanting to take another sip.

D - Man on man, why didn't I buy more of this? Easily one of the best wild ales I've ever had. Just fantastic. I can't wait for another batch!

Genghis22, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of GJ40
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 333ml bottle in a chalice. Bottled on 011012.

A - Gold with a slight haze. A small head of large bubbles that dissipates quickly. But a slow steady stream of rising bubbles remains for some time after.

S - A nice mix of funk and sour fruit. Just enough to hint at what's to come.

T - This beer packs a very intense sour bite! There's a nice fruitiness (green apple in particular) too and a perceived sweetness though it's actually pretty dry.

M - Moderate consistency with a low to moderate carbonation.

O - A fantastic sour! But then again, I wouldn't expect anything else from Russian River.

GJ40, May 05, 2012
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 001

A: Fizzy carbonation that I'll let chill a bit before taking a sip. The blue tinted white head has reduced to a healthy ring and wispy top. The color of the body is truly breathtaking...A vibrant dark golden hue. No visible sediment but damned if you are going to see thru this beer. Walking the line between raw and hand crafted.

S: Lemon, oak, yeast, wet hay, sourdough bread and a quite a few other aromas that most brewers try to avoid.

T: Oh my...oh my goodness. The pungent sourness is immediate and apparent. This much I expected. The exotic yeasts then lend their buttery goodness and transform the beer from a standard sour to so much more. I expected this as well but not too the level at which its achieved. An ameretto flavor pops up and displays a nutty personality that took me by surprise. From there the beer moves towards a dryer tone with the sourness and sweetness balancing then waining and the buttery brett holding strong across the palate.

M: Full bodied but a smooth but somewhat prickly carbonation.

D: These friggin guys, I swear. Where do they get off making beer like this? Who the hell do they think they are?

I think they are the best brewers in the world, but thats just me. Simply staggering.

Westsidethreat, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of mhewes
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A : Pours a hazy golden color with very little head

S : Funkness, tartness, and not much else

T : This is just pure funkyness and tartness. Those just so overwhelmed me that I did not really pick up any flavors. Nothing wrong with that in this case, it was awesome

M : Light, crisp, and dry

D : I'm ready to pucker up and have another. This is a great example of how you can take the tartness and funkyness to the extreme.

mhewes, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of mattsander
4.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 Vintage

A: Deep yellow, excellent clarity with beautiful pinpoint carbonation. As appetizing as a beer can look!

S: Damp cotton, lemon candies, wet leaves, lactic twang. Smells very familiar as a Gueuze, but there's something unique about the profile. Perfect.

T: Lemons at first, then a big wave of smooth earthy brett character. Wool. An extremely dry and sour finish even by Lambic standards. Has a slight 'coarseness' in the aftertaste, but flawless aside from that.

M: Torrential carbonation and VERY dry. High drinkability, highly refreshing, I love this beer.

So glad I finally got a chance to try Beatification. This beer blew me away as much as any Cantillon I've ever had.

mattsander, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Stigs
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

batch 2 - served in a small tulip/snifter hybrid. sent to me very generously by BA'er JRSD whom I met through my awesome Brother-in-Law. has been a huge want of mine for a long time. this one goes out to Jim, Mike, and Amy.

A - cork pulls out a bit easily with a subtle "pop". pour yeilds just a quick flash of loose white bubbles that vanish within a minute. left behind is a very thin white film and a few bubbles around the sides of the glass. the last few seconds or so brings some yeasty dregs into the glass. otherwise, the beer is clear, solid gold in color.

S - big and bright sourness, equally tart. some bits of grains, hay, yeasty funk, and basement must. nothing overpowers another, and balances wonderfully. flashes of lemon, sour green apples, and oaky vanilla sweetness creep in as it warms.

T - puckeringly sour, incredibly hidden from the nose. bright and acidic, vinegary, tart yet fruity, metallic in the right spots. this one is going to take awhile to decipher. funk flashes in and out alongside sweet vanilla and oak, and then the next sip brings in fresh grasses and fields. lemony sweetness abounds with crisp freshly picked granny smith apples. could go on and on here but i'm just going to stop and enjoy this. one of those outsanding and rare beers that can be directed to different areas of the mouth and tongue to yield different results. yummm - if I could give it a 5.5 I would.

M - medium body, with carbonation that at this point is just barely noticeable. somehow, this works wonderfully. so puckering and sour it almost makes the nose run and the glands in your mouth and throat go into overdrive out of fear.

D - a hardcore sipper: partially to blame is its incredible sourness, deliciousness, and complexity. one of those beers that just amazes me that naturally occurring things can cause flavors like this all on their own. sours/wilds really propelled me to the next level in beer advocacy and this point is one of its peaks. im running out of creative and artistic ways to describe this. simply amazing.

Stigs, Oct 31, 2010
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4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

review #450 poured into a RR belgian glass

batch 3 (750ml)

pours a slight hazy yellow with a faint burnt orange. fizzy white head quickly dissipates leaving a light film over the top.

lemon and oak up front. light vinegar and white grape. nice sourness through out.

quite sour all the way through. starts off with a bit if sweetness and quickly becomes sour. mostly bitter lemon with a hint of lime. very citrus forward. a hint of funk and dry oak. very deep in flavor.

carbonation is quite mild but works out well. starts out rather flat and with a swirl quickly comes to life. lots of dry oak in the finish.

this is hands down the best american wild ale that resembles the belgian gueuze. amazing flavor and complexity. other sour brewers, take note.

hooliganlife, Feb 12, 2011
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4.8/5  rDev +5.3%

sfr26, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of aasher
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one was sampled during the South Carolina tasting. This was courtesy of beermex2, thank you immensely Steve! Batch 3 750ml bottle.

This one pours a light to medium bodied melted butter in appearance with a light white lacing. It smells of light Granny Smith apples with some apricot and peaches. This is officially the first beer to make me pucker. Wow! This is mind blowingly sour. It is just so tart and you don't get killed with brett its really astonishing. What a sour! As far as sours go, this is a sipper, an utter palate destroyer. Phenomenal, phenomenal beer.

aasher, Sep 25, 2011
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4.8/5  rDev +5.3%

Brians1225, Oct 11, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Dogfish snifter. Batch 5, bottled on 1/10/12

A- pours a slighty hazy yellowish/orange with a half finger pure white head. The head is completely solid, no bubbles getting through, perfect layer of lacing...gorgeous

S- slight aroma of lemons, with a nice bit of funk in there too. Good, but not overly fragrant

T- intensely sour. As in, I take a sip and I can feel it in my ears. Tons of citrus...grapefruit, lemon, and all-out funk.

M- the body on this sour is actually thicker than I have ever seen in a wild/lambic style. Carbonation level is good

O- this is one of the absolute best beers I've ever had, and completely worth the price tag and cost from shipping from Cali. If you're a fan of sours and you've never had this...well, what the hell are you waiting for?!

bigfnjoe, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of jdklks
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very light golden with a tinge of amber and burnt orange. The head is off white, but doesn't stick around long enough to admire. The smell is great. Lots of citrusy fruits, mostly lemon. Some oakiness and even a little alcohol to complement the funky brett.

Wow! RR sours continue to absolutely blow me away. This may be the sourest one I've tried. This thing is like drinking straight grapefruit juice aged in oak barrels with lemon added along with dissolved sweet tarts and that ever so special brett element that gives a barnyard/earthy character.

The mouthfeel is also great. Very light, but always (with RR) well carbonated. Drinkability too, is as always, through the roof.

jdklks, Mar 29, 2010
Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,025 ratings.