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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,025
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2,765
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 Jwale73
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jedwards for sharing. 375ml corked and caged bottle, batch #2. Poured a hazy, golden-orange, with no head. Nose reveals some citrus (perhaps tangerines), cork and a hint of funk. Taste reveals muted grapefruit seeds and a salty quality. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to light), with an easy carbonation and some light astringency that stimulates the salivary glands. What an incredible sour - light, flavorful and extremely drinkable. Wish I could get more of this.

Jwale73, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of mikeyv35
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Date: 07/31/2010
Vintage: Batch 3
Type: 750ml. Bottle
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip (I really need to start using a different glass!)

Tasted at The Epic Sweet & Sour Tasting I w/ wunderbeer(Ron), ShadesofGray(Ryan), and big Dan. Sweet event!

Poured a golden straw in color w/ a 1/2 finger white head that left nice lacing on the glass. The nose was of tart acidicness, light earthy funk, orange peel, and lemon zest. The taste was the same as the nose. Mouthfeel was thin and clean. I could easily drink this all night long. Everytime I say that I feel like I should quote Lionel Ritchie.

Overall, nice brew that is a pleasure to drink anytime.

mikeyv35, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of nrbw23
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 002.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin white head. Not too much retention and no lacing.

S- Smells of sour and tart fruits, citrus, lemons, pears and maybe green apples.

T- Taste is super sour flavors up front. Lemons seems to be the most dominant fruity flavor. Some light caramel maltiness and herbal earthy notes as well.

M- Light to medium in body and in carbonation. After the initial pucker factor a very enjoyable brew.

D- Easy to drink just not one that I could drink on a regular basis. A very solid change of pace.

nrbw23, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of CaptinRedBeard
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #2 375ml bottle. A longtime want. A huge thanks to pittsburghkid66 for this one.

A: Poured into my Russian River "tion" glass. Pours a bright yellow/orange color. Very little head and no lacing whatsoever.

S: A strong aroma, consisting of green apples, lemons and brett funk. You can tell this is going to be pretty sour, just from the nose alone.

T:One of the most complex "sours" that I've ever tried. It's a real lemon bomb up front though. That follows up with a strong tart apple flavor. Along with some hints of barnyard funk and a slight mustiness. There are a lot of flavors going on here that my palate simply has trouble picking out.

M: Very smooth, and very dry. It could probably use a touch more carbonation for my taste.

D: I'm very grateful to have had the opportunity to try this beer. I will certainly be looking to get more when the next batch is released. But this is some pretty strong stuff, flavor wise. One glass in a sitting was more than enough for me.

CaptinRedBeard, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of airohead2001
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Part III of epic RR tasting including Tempt, Sancti, Beati, Suppl, and Consec. Thanks to glazeman for contributing this one, as well as the other two rarities in the bunch. Since I first signed up for BeerAdvocate, Beatification has been on my radar. I've been waiting for this one for a long time.

The appearance is a thick, murky, orange with no head. It doesn't look pretty, but in all honesty it reminds me of Raspberry Eisbock - flat, thick, and old looking. The smell is about as interesting as it gets for any beer - the most complex and outright strange beer I've ever smelled - I get musty basement, barn, horse, smelly feet, aged white cheddar, energy drink (such as Monster or Red Bull), with a touch of lemon and white grapes in the finish. Wow. The taste is SOUR. The most sour beer I've ever had - the sourness hurts my epiglottis, puckers my posterior pharynx, makes my face warm, and causes me to tear up. The drinkability on this beer is almost zero, but the taste and smell of it is so unique that this beer truly does live up to the hype. This is the best beer I've had tonight thus far. As someone who loves midwestern stouts and IPAs, I've always been a big basher of west coat sours. However, Beatification is as good as it gets. Touche.

airohead2001, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of weeare138
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch PH1...
Appears a hazy, light gold with a fizzy white head that fades out.
Smell is of sour tartness, citrus, apples, oak, light cherries.
Taste is of the same aforementioned aromas.
Mouthfeel is fizzy, a bit overly carbonated, with a dry, tart, champagne like medium body.

weeare138, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of ThirdLap
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 375ml bottle of Batch 002 with Mrs. ThirdLap tonight. Wild ales have become her favorite style in recent months, and because of this I've been able to try all sorts of new beers. Never thought in a million years that she would have turned ME on to a style.

Beatification pours a clear yellow, reminiscent of sparkling apple cider. No head after a vigorous pour, and bubbling subsides after a few minutes. Even gentle pouring resulted in the second glass having a large amount of sediment in it, resulting in a cloudier appearance.

Smell is best described as a tart citrus funk.

The taste is obviously very sour, and the closest experience I can compare it to is the initial overwhelming acidic blast you get when you stick a slice of lemon into your mouth. Complementing the citrus are hints of white wine and tart cherries. Every sip results in a huge mouth-watering response by the taste buds.

Body is right in the middle, and the finish is incredibly crisp and clean. Carbonation in this batch is low to medium. The 5% alcohol is nearly imperceptible.

Drinkability is excellent.

Very tasty. No one does sours like Russian River.

ThirdLap, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 002- corked & caged bottle 375ml- 6.00% Alc. by. vol.

Clear yellow, with a fizzy white head.

Aromas of funk, sour green apple, lemon zest & tart horse stables

Holy sour...serious pucker on my 1st sip. Felt it in both sides of my jaw. Super sour...green apple explosion. Right on the tip of the tongue...funk felt in the back. Glands are now salivating...very acidic. Head has now dissolved, leaving no evidence.

As the beer warmed, the sour-tart-funk was less explosive, but still very present. Oaky tartness with a dash of brett in the mouthfeel.

Oak felt in the finish...very unassuming. Dry, lemony, sour tart sparkling wine also felt in the finish.

I did not know what to expect with this one. For a beer aged 9-19 months in oak, very surprised that oak didn't dominate the flavor.

RustyDiamond, May 18, 2008
Photo of cleverbeername
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

55*, tulip, by bottle. Tried it at Monk's Kettle in SF, but had originally ordered Pliny (on tap, and they were out of it) and was up sold into it. not sure retail price, but after it was poured found out it was $35 for a 375, which sort of set the bar high. I believe this is only the second wild ale i have ever tried.

A Gold and cider like, almost neon like redbull but lighting was poor. No head.

S intense flanders style, hiddely ho neighbor! Too much going on to even pinpoint. Sweet and sour sauce, floral, tropical fruit, dankness, etc.

T Green apple warhead (toward the end right before it sweetens up) sour, tart, long lasting and intense. Wife stated and i quote, "it tastes like sour punch straws with piss on them." awesome.

D a great second beer, needs a show stater. Too much and too intense to start with. I have little experience with this style of beer, but it was an enjoyable and wild time. I dont think i would buy this in 750 format, i think a little goes a long way.

cleverbeername, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of cosmicevan
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HUGE thank you to Aaron for surprising me with this gem. shared with mike and scott in an evening of exciting sours.

batch 004

a - poured a murky fuzzy orangey yellow with a thin fizzy head. the bottle was a gusher.

s - black pepper funk. sweet tarts. like a russian river sour on funk steroids.

t - WHOA that's a funky sour! sour grapefruit. like the juice they used to give me in day camp when i needed something thirst quenching, yet instead ended up having dried out puckered mouth. the oak is in there, but under the sour flavoring. smarties and sweet tarts.

m - PUCKERING - super sour.

o - extremely sour. not for the faint of heart. nearly knocked me down at first. all that being said, it didn't seem much different than the standard russian river sours, which in my opinion are just as good as this. this is definitely on the overly sour side.

*** ** * ** ***
edit 2012-08-15 Batch 3 (750)
*** ** * ** ***
4 - 4.5 - 4.5 - 4 - 4
Notes from a tasting on 8/15. big thanks to totoropanda for bringing this one.

appearance was just like the other batches i've tried, a murky orange. smell was super sour and tart in the nose with some floral kicks to it. taste was also extremely sour and sweet tart with some floral notes. the beer has a really nice feel to it. not prickly but close to it. this is a really solid beer, very balanced and extremely drinkable for such a sour beer. i found that i liked this batch better than batch 4, but not as much as batch 5.

cosmicevan, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of marksto
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tasted towards the end of the Tampa BA gathering 5/3/08 - what a wonderful way to cleanse the palate from an afternoon of good beer...

Pours a cloudly yellow with a small head that drops quickly. Aroma is of sourness, sour fruit, dirty diaper, even light ammonia. Flavor offers a very sour but complex profile - hard to seperate it from mouthfeel. Elements of grapefuit and lemon show among the funk. Tart, acidic, cleansing, but flavorful.

Overall, an excellent sour ale, a must-try for those who really like this style. Not something I'd want to drink everyday but it offers a textbook example of the unique complexity to be had form these barrel-aged sour beers.

marksto, May 08, 2008
Photo of HiAIPA
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 003 poured from a 750ml bottle. Thanks Chris, you da man for opening this beauty from the cellar!

I have been wanting to try this wild ale for some time. Nice fine bubbled head, nice gold color. Smells of citrus and the best thing I can describe it as is TANG, before you add water and dilute it. Sour funk on the nose but moreso on the palate. There's a sweet/sour component where the brett/saccaros mingle that is very unique. Feels light on the mouth, but very complex. Excellent sour.

HiAIPA, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of fiver29
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color. Smells like a grapefruit tart. When I tasted this it reminded me when I was kid and I like to buy these atomic sour candies. When you bite into it it bites back with a scourge of sourness throughout. That is the best description for this brew and I like it! Really sour, tart, lemon, and just awesome.

fiver29, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of juhl31
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

-golden color, on the yellow side of gold, with a white head that yields some lacing and head retention

-not a ton going on in the nose. there is a bit of a lemon rind smell to it, but that was about it

-this beer stabs your tongue with the sourness right off the bat. but then the sourness melts in a bit and then grows back at the end for a final pucker. there is a big straight up lemon taste to the sourness as well, but not much else for tasting notes

-cant really say anything bad as far as the mouthfeel is concerned. it coats the mouth a bit...which is fine

-this beer is crazy sour, but not in a way that is over the top. it is really hard to explain. all i can say is that for how sour it is...it is extremely drinkable

juhl31, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of mothman
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 002

Poured into La Trappe goblet.

Poured slowly producing a thin fizzy layer of white head. Fades quickly. No lace. Color is a bright golden orange sunset.

Aroma: Some vinegar, but has a big funky barnyard aroma going on. A ton of acidic citrus. Very sour of course. A different aroma from what I was expecting, but I like it.

Taste: Sour and tarty as hell, but has a sweet farmhouse funk to it. Hay and vinegar. Very acidic and funky. My mouth waters with every sip. Also has some oak to it.

Mouthfeel: This beer is super sour, maybe almost to sour, but I don't mind it. Light bodied with a high level of carbonation.

Overall, this is a sweet beer. I like the sourness, but it still has a sweet funky farmhouse taste. I can easily drink more of this.

mothman, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of bmanning
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 03 - Thanks Thorpe429 for bringing this to our tasting. Pours a cloudy golden color with a quickly dissipating head. Aromas of citrus, peach, sour apples, and a nice funk with light vinegar. Taste is quite tart with more lemon flavors and horse blanket funkiness. Mouthfeel is good for the style - a bit thin though. This is a very complex sour and one of my favorites. Also, surprisingly it went very well with our supreme pizza.

bmanning, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of zhanson88
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Adam for busting this great brew out at an impromptu tasting!

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear golden color with 1/4" of white head. Carbonation is there, but fairly minimal for the style. Head retention is nice, as a nice layer remains throughout the duration of the beer. The clarity and clear, warm color make the appearance of this beer very nice.

Smell: Smells of lemons, tartness, some pale fruitiness (maybe some mango and peach), slight funk and light mustiness. Pretty nicely balanced between the tartness, funk and fruit character.

Taste: Some initial sweetness that is slightly peachy with some mango, followed by lemony tartness, slight funk, and a very sour finish. This beer definitely has more lacto sourness than brett funk, as the taste lacks funk and mustiness for the most part. A very good taste, but wish it had that extra gear. Still, good.

Overall/Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is perfect. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, a damn nice wild that I was excited to try, and would definitely have again.

zhanson88, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of mjl21
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Batch 002. Purchased at the brewery when it was first released and kept at cellar temperature. Poured into a tulip glass. Comes in at 6%.

A-Pours a semi clear straw yellow. It has a fairly thin off white head that quickly turns into a thin ring around the top of the glass. There is a small amount of bubbles that rise from the bottom.

S-It has a very sour/tart aroma and is not overly heavy on the funk. It starts out with plenty of mouthwatering tart lemon and a touch of barnyard funk. White grapes also are noticeable. It has a musty wine barrel smell that reminds me of the air in a wine cave.

T-It starts out with a really nice tart fruit flavor comprised of lemon and white grapes. It is quite tart throughout. When it hits the back of my mouth it reminds me in a lot of ways of how condensed lemon juice from a squeeze bottle tastes like. Every few sips I get a flavor that reminds me on an undercooked popcorn kernel. It also has a taste reminiscent of a nice sharp and pungent reserve bleu cheese. There is also wood flavor from the barrels.

M-Medium bodied. It is tart and dry. The carbonation is on the low end of the medium spectrum.

D-It is definitely a tart beer. A 375 ml bottle is plenty. I would like a touch more carbonation.

One of my favorite sours from Russian River and probably one of their least accessible for those new to the style. A little goes a long way. Always worth seeking out.

mjl21, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of alexgash
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. Batch 002.

Hazy pale lemon yellow edges around a golden center. Small, tight, off-white head. Decent lacing. Nose is tart with plenty of acidity. Citrus (grapefruit, lemon), hay, horse blanket, some powdered sugar sweetness, and a bit of wood. Great complexity.

Starts off refreshingly tart. Grapefruit and lemon citrus flavors flesh out the palate. Very acidic and dry. Earthy, musty edge to all the fruity sourness. Hints of hay and oak. Finish is incredibly dry with lingering grapefruit sourness. Moderate body with an almost sticky feel. Deliciously tart and earthy and refreshing!

alexgash, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of kasper
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 002 compliments of swnicholson.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with almost now head at all -- a few bubbles and a slight swirl. Bits of overly moist, spotted lacing appear then disappear as I swirl.

S: Aromas of horse blanket, brett, grass, and some earthy funkiness, underlying hints of sour citrus like lemon, and something that smells similar to Playdough. Very similar to this years CL Cuvee de Castleton.

T: There's a lot going on here. Quite tart and liberally sour, slightly puckering so on the finish -- you can feel a slight sour burn if you breath out your nose immediately after you swallow -- though I've certainly had beers that pack a more sour punch like Cantillon Lou Pepe. I really can't pick out the base of this beer, but the overlaying flavors are lemony, slightly spicy, and positively funky.

M: Smooth and very slick, but still light to medium bodied. Much lower levels of carbonation than a champagne, though there are some tingly bubbles.

D: This is a really enjoyable wild ale, the mouthfeel is a bid lacking in my opinion but I'd often seek this beer out if I had ready access to it. Honestly though, if you're looking for sour, Cantillon's got this beat.

kasper, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of younger35
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought these on-line from Russian River and was generously sent to me by 0110x011. I love Russian River and I especially love these sour wild ales. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip. Batch 002.

Appearance- Pours a light golden yellow with excellent clarity and a small bright white half finger head that quickly dissipates. The cap and collar are almost non-existent after a few minutes and not a trace of lacing is left.
Smell- Sour and tart with that delicious funk that I've come to love. The Brett has done its job on this one, the sharpest nose I've smelled other than Compunction. Lightly sour green apple, light melon and even some lemon zest are more than present. The oak hasn't seemed to affect the nose much although it is fairly pungent and might be hiding somewhere in the background.
Taste- Very tart and vinegary with a very puckering green apple bite right from the start. Plenty of citrus and lemon are the dominating tastes along with the Brett (obviously). The oak is very light and subtle but it is indeed present leaving a light vanilla that is noticeable after the sour fades. The funk is as subtle as the oak but still present. Musty and quenching through the finish with a lingering dirtiness that I don't enjoy as much as the rest of the beer.
Mouthfeel- Light and puckering with a very crisp bite and aggressive, champagne like carbonation.
Drinkability- Considering the sourness of this beer it's still amazing to me that something could be so tasty and drinkable. Although this one is (IMHO) "the least best" of the "new 3" batches of the aged Russian River brews, it's still really good. It's not as drinkable and nice as Temptation and not as unique and complex as Supplication but I suppose that's not the point. Big thanks to Matt for the help on these!

younger35, May 23, 2008
Photo of bennetj17
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001. Light sunny orange color, with minor haziness. Frothy light head is about half-inch and is well sustained. Nice streaming carbonation visible. Spotty lace remained. Sour apple and pear in the nose, just a really funky tart aroma all around, acidic, vinegar-like. The taste is intensely sour and it immediately begins to dry out through the finish leaving only a touch of bitterness. Light hints of apple, lemon and orange fruit present, with a mild woody taste. Part way through the glass the flavor softens a bit and is very easily drinkable. Sharp carbonation and a light body, there is a superb fluffy/creamy mouthfeel. This and the PH1 are both great offerings. Highly recommended...

bennetj17, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of Goldorak
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the PH1 bottling.

Appearance: Golden peachy, when left alone a few cloudy islands dance around the ring of lacy head, but comes to a good head after a swirl or two.

Smell: Whoh nelly, fantastic funk going down on this one! It almost had a waxy, old church candle thing going on. Great yeast presence too.

Taste: A kaleidoscope of funky brett, mandarin oranges, perfect amount of balsamic vinegar bittersweet acidity, and balances with pinpoint accuracy with the dry, tart finish.

I've said this before about a another American wild ale from the east coast funkmasters at The Alchemist, those Geuzestekerijses (don't even know if you can put that in plural) better get off their laurels because in a decade or so their American cousins just might muscle in on their racket...

Goldorak, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of hobojon
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle bought at RRBC. Batch 003. Served in tulip glass.

Aroma- very acidic and sour. Brett. pungent aroma. sweaty, citrus, waxy. House Russian River sour character (not wild). great aroma. mouth watering.

App- golden clear. big white foam dissipates in glass.

Taste- incredible. very tart and sour. mouth puckering. acetic, lactic acids. grainy and husky. resolves clean and dry though. fruity, warming acids. pineapple, lime, lemon, tropical fruit. earthy. clean and refreshing.

Mouth- very dry. very high carb. thin body offset by carb and acid.

Overall- lots of brett and sour character. fairly one dimensional but better than some geueze with more barnyard/wild character.

hobojon, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of natasharai
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with 1 inch fluffy creamy white head that dissipated to a thin head over ~2 minutes leaving minimal lacing. The beer is a beautiful golden yellow that is very hazy.

Smell: Very fruity sour and tart, citrus and pears are the most obvious fruit smells.

Taste: WOW! very sour, a lemony sourness. This flavor does not match what I expected from the smell, I am very pleasantly surprised. This sourness all ends with a smoothed out malt flavor. After your palate gets used to the sourness some sweet berries start to pop out, like raspberries or strawberries.

Mouthfeel: Sour pucker initially. Huge tingle, leaves the mouth pretty dry.

Overall: Amazingly huge flavor, very intense. Once you get a little use to the sourness many other more subtle flavors begin to pop out and the beer becomes more drinkable.

natasharai, Feb 22, 2009
Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,025 ratings.