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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 538
Hads: 2,462
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 9.17%
Wants: 3,162
Gots: 545 | FT: 39
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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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 rodbeermunch
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark yellow, maybe a little bit of light orange running through it. A phenomenal looking wild ale. Full inch of white head. That's how you do it.

Lots of wooden, earthy, sour lemon, almost white wine and citrus notes.


Light body carries an immense puckering sour experience, wood in the background, later batches seem to up the citric mouthfeel a little more. Mostly lemon though. Similar to Temptation, this seems to be like a little less white wine than that but a little more concentrated in terms of its viscosity and sour factor.

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Photo of Viggo
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a few bottles from the release a while back, big thanks to fartingdog and DrJay for facilitating it!

Pours an almost clear light amber, almost golden, thin bone white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring around my new Bruery glass, drops some nice lace spots on the glass. Smell is badass, tons of oak and vinegar, lots of funky goodness, wine, vanilla, some honey and biscuity malty sweetness underneath the acidic lemons, almost a fresh floral character, kind of like a riesling, pretty awesome. Taste is intense, sweet and sour beginning when it kicks you in the tonge, more of a sweet wine, I get a lot of dry riesling character, fresh floral and honey notes, then the funky acidic character hits, like toasted lemons, vinegar, wood, very nice herbal sour finish, perfectly balance. Mouthfeel is light bodied, silky smooth, low carbonation, goes down insane easy for a sour. Not as much of a palate bruiser as I expected, just perfectly balanced sourness, tons of character, I could drink this stuff all day.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to eyebereej for the trade. Poured from Batch 5 375 mL bottle into Peg's tulip glass.

A: Golden apricot color, fairly clear. No head to speak of, instead only a ring of bubbles. There is some visible carbonation.

S: Sour, vinegar, fruity (peach/apricot/lemon) with just a bit of barnyard. Really nice aroma here.

T: Fruity again (peach, apricot, lemon, pineapple, strawberry?). There isn't much wood character but it is there in the background. Sour but not overwhelmingly so.

M: Pleasantly light mouthfeel with dry finish and moderate carbonation.

O: Awesome. Given the PITA that this ended up being for me to acquire, my hopes had really been built up. But unlike so many previous experiences with a similar backstory, it lived up to my expectations easily. Bottles of Beat would absolutely be a permanent fixture in my fridge if that was possible!

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Photo of animortician
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5

A: Hazy yellow to golden in color, light white head dissipating pretty quick. Ok lacing.

S: WOW, the smell along on the beer blows me away, SO MUCH FUNK. Very complex, goes from smelling really good first sniff to smelling like something rotten next sniff back to really good next sniff. So weird, so good!

T: Almost no funk at all in the flavor, has a very clean crisp sour flavor. Fruity, spicy and complex. Flavor is very light but also rich at the same time. amazing!

M: Light, smooth, good carbonation

O: This beer is like nothing else, the difference between the smell and the taste is something else. Would be interesting to drink a sanctification right next to it. Awesome beer but for $15 bucks a pop I'll be trading it more than drinking it.

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Photo of rowew
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 375 ml corked and caged. Barrel aged 23 months. Batch 001 - PH1. Aged in La Folie barrels.

Appearance: Poured per bottles recommendations without the yeast. Pours orange with just a bit of haze, and a small head with good retention.

Smell: Mmmm.. sour and funky. Lots of brett aroma with fruity undertones.

Taste: Lots of nice tart sour brett flavors. The brett definitely dominates here - and its highly enjoyable. The base beer appears to be a solid blond, but the sour definitely steals the show.

Overall impression: Very nice sour beer - nice to see Russian River and New Belgium teaming up - this is a great example of an American brewer producing belgian styles.

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Photo of Bobheed
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a very clear, very bright golden color with about a one and a half finger soapy white head. Lots of carbonation visible

S: Lots of lemon, lots of vinegar kind of smells, a very good amount of an herbal funkiness.

T: Taste follows the nose fairly well, lots of tartness mostly, the funk was a little lost here. It was still there, but not as much as the nose led me to believe. I'll have to see if that changes through aging though, which may be the case. Very sour with lots of lemon and vinegar though.

M: A bit thicker than I expected, but not a "thick beer" by any means. Extremely dry and it feels like the acid just ripped all the enamel off my teeth.

Overall this was pure awesomeness. My favorite sour from RR and one of my favorite beers overall. I can't to see what some more age does to these beasts.

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Photo of Verecund
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 3 opened on May 4, 2011, to celebrate the end of 1L.

Golden yellow with nice clarity. A one-finger head recedes and the beer is perfectly still, waiting.

Huge lemon-lime acidity. White vinegar. Some mushroom funkiness, hay, and light must.

Vaguely reminiscent of a gueuze, albeit with an extra dose of citric acidity. A hint of oak lasts unattended for the first second, then a nice blend of lemon-juice acidity, green apple tang, and just a tiny bit of citrus (orange?) sweetness near the finish. Very acidic, very tart, very vinegary – if B2 is every more acidic, I’ll pass. There’s a discernible though almost overwhelmed oak tannic and mushroom earthiness throughout, most noticeable as a contrast to the sweeter notes. Mostly acidic though.

Medium, medium light and surprisingly slick, if not oily, the finish lingers on and on. Lower carbonation. When life gives you lemons –

One of the best wild ales out there, at least in my experience. The gueuze comparisons are inevitable, though this is less balanced and more overtly tart and less funky than befits that style. So clean and sharp, though not without its rawness. A treat, and one of the bars for the style.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Batch 3. Thanks to readbaron and Dunt for bringing this to our WaLe tasting.

Appearance: This pours a dark, cloudy golden tangerine color with a small eggshell collar and no real lacing.

Smell: The aroma has some lactic and soft funky notes, but it is mostly sour. Lemon, peach, and grapefruit all provide the fruit tartness.

Taste: The flavor has an incredible sour flavor. It starts with lemon and grapefruit, with some peach, white grape, and a bit of cherry later on. Some grass and hay get lost with the light malt; if I really look for it I can get a little bit, but the tartness is overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation and body are standard for the style, with an absolutely incredible tartness. Some light oak tannins dry it out a bit, but the sour is so deep and full that my mouth is constantly watering while I work through my glass.

Overall: This is one of the most puckering and blistering sour wilds I have had - I absolutely love it. It reminds me of an incredibly tart gueuze.

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Photo of aasher
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to JealousChalice for sharing this at DarthKostrizer's tasting.

Bottled on 1/10/12.

Pours a slightly murky yellow with a beige head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, funky, earthy, and woody. Taste is the same with an awesome mouth puckering sourness. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an amazing beer with fantastic aromas and flavors.

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Photo of anteater
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375ml bottle

A: Slightly hazy yellow, some thin white bubbles on the surface

S: Very reminiscent of actual lambic - a very upfront brett funk, hay, wheat, I think I'm getting some of that infamous horse blanket. There's something in the funkiness aroma that you wouldn't expect to like but it is so intriguing and undeniably complex and enjoyable

T: Wow, a little more sour than your average sour. The mouth puckering aspect in the taste of this beer alone is a wild ride. Huge sour flavor with a big intensity at the very beginning that is felt by my tongue, cheeks and roof of my mouth. The intensity dies down but lingers in the background while you notice the sweet floral, hay like qualities of the malt balancing perfectly with the funk.

M: Just slightly dry, works with the flavors perfectly

O: I was not the least bit disapointed by this beer with the high hopes that I had for it. The sour aspect of this beer is very unique for an American beer.

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Photo of zac16125
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of litheum94
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of justforrazors
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5, poured into HF Goblet 7-17-13 at 45-50 degrees. Reviewed over the course of an hour.

A- Pours a copper orange color with a fluffy white head that appears to be churning from the vigorous carbonation, almost as if it were boiling. Fairly cloudy appearance. The head falls quickly leaving a ring around the edge of the glass, and minimal lacing.

S- I could smell how sour this thing was as soon as I popped the cork. Upon closer inspection, there are orange, lemon and apricot notes blended in with wet dirt, barnyard. and an amazing smelling yeast character that rounds it all out. It smells incredibly inviting.

T- Very sour right up front, dominated by lemon character. As the lemon fades, layers of funky barnyard, yeasty goodness, and a very enjoyable oak presence take over. The oak dries out the finish and leaves you wanting more of the fruit and funk character from the beginning.

M- Nice prickly carbonation is right on for style. This beer certainly has a mouth feel of it's own, that being an insane level of mouth puckering, sweat inducing sourness. The oak dries out everything at the end, yet isn't overpowering to the point where you feel like you need a sip of water to get rid of the cottonmouth. It is getting pretty close to that though...

O- Wow- I knew this would be good, but I didn't expect it to be this good. This beer is the definition of a beautifully crafted wile ale. Do whatever you can to get this beer, it is amazing.

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Photo of kevanb
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Russian River Beatification (Batch 005)

I was fortunate enough to score a couple of these from the recent release so a big thanks to my cousin Dan for sending these down from NorCal! Beatification pours a wonderful hazy golden straw color, subtle hues of honey and orange, a thin bubbly white head surfaces, about a finger or so, but dissipates within seconds leaving a vapid layer of film atop the beer. The aroma is fantastic, pungent barnyard funk, wild yeast, sour fruits, acidic citrus, very tropical. It does smell very reminiscent of a gueuze, but so juicy and fruit, not dry at all, I was expecting to have some champagne like dry apples and butter in the nose, but was greeted with some wonderful wet, juicy sour fruit, I could keep my nose in the glass all night. The flavors are just as rewarding, it starts with some wonderful fruit flavors such as pineapple, mango, or papaya, but moves towards some bright citrus, hints of grapefruit, but very lemon heavy. The yeasty funk is less apparent in the flavors, but it does add a nice subtle layer of complexity to the fruitiness and doesn't leave behind any unpleasant aftertastes or dryness. The body is nice, the carbonation is actually very mild, but the acidity and sour profile gives it a feeling as if it were carbonated at higher levels.

Verdict: My words don't do this beer justice, it's truly unbelievable and the hype and hysteria is most certainly deserved. This is quite possibly Russian River's best sour offering and with an already impressive lineup of sour beer, it really is saying something. Whether you call it a Gueuze or an American Wild Ale, this is a must try at all costs for any sour lover.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours out beautiful head that has a good lacing. The color is very nice light yellow. The smell is powerful and full of great smells, the best smell I have had in a long time. The taste is great, smooth, with lots of full flavor. The smell of horse blanket and different sour flavors are very non-offensive and just wonderful. They come together to make a really great flavor. The mouthfeel was sooo smooth and impressive, it was very nice and smooth. Overall I will drink this again sometime, very very good.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Genghis22
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

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Photo of GJ40
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Single finger fizzy white head on a slightly hazy pale golden body. Aroma of Chardonnay, white grapes, lemon zest, funk, tropical fruit and nicely forbodes the level of tartness the taste has in store. The first sip has the salivary glands contracting and it's so tart initially it is almost bad but it's just enough to be perfect. As you get used to it the flavors pop with lemon, white wine, fruits, Chardonnay and Granny Smith sour apples. Oak is light. It's only knock for me is it lacks a little complexity likely because it is so tart the other flavors are lost. Crisp, light body with the sourness drying you out quite a bit. Another great sour from RR. Lives up to the hype and beyond.

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Photo of mhewes
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.