Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,115
Reviews: 507
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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...

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...

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.

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.

Photo of ggoss3
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

batch 003 750 ml bottle, bought nov 08, from city beer store, SF, CA...

a) golden rich color, with just a hint of a head when first poured into a duvel glass, even and consistent

s) alot of the brett pungent-ness on the nose. hints of citrus, wood.

t) a flavor explosion, the spontaneous fermentation allows for a different flavor in every sip. definite nuance of barrel, as well as orange, and lemon... obviously the puckered brett flavor, with very little sweetness

m) like i said before, it explodes in your palate... the finish leaves you with the sweaty sweet flavor in your mouth

d) the finish is very smooth, so despite being heavy on the brett sourness, you are ready for more immediately

Photo of beachbum1975
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch # 3 - 750ml brown bottle corked and caged - newtonty brought it to DrewOSU's house and we split it together. Thanks, Garrett!

Pours a cloudy, dull yellow with orange hues. At first, a ½ inch white, creamy and frothy head forms but quickly dissipates. A small halo and frothy skimming floats atop during the duration of the drink.

Smells complexly of lemons, banana, light funk - like straw or horse blanket and some pineapple.

Tastes... WOW - lots of sour citrus like the nose... Grapefruits in the mix, too. Light to medium bodied (for a citrus) with medium to full flavor. The sour hits my tongue on tasting to the point that I can feel my jaw react to the pang, very intense. This one's a heavy hitter, lots of sour and sits heavy on the tongue in the aftertaste.

Medium carbonation and highly enjoyable - recommened.

Photo of CoolJosh
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle very generously provided through trade by Jwelsch. This was Batch 003. I was given a bottle prior to obtaining this one by my good buddy jgap, through a stellar trade. I can't wait to try the batch that Justin sent to me, but I'd stuck between aging it and wanting to open it every time I see it in my cellar/closet.

Pours a beautiful glowing yellow with orange tones. White foamy head that fades fast, but leaves some yeast sediment on top

I swear my nose catches a ton of scents flourishing out of the glass without holding it up to my nose. White grape, orange, more pronounced cherry, tart lemon, a lot of brett funkiness that combines very nicely with the oak aging that this beer endured.

On the palate, a little on the sweeter side but still incredibly tart. Huge lemon and white grapes, with boat loads of dry grapes and other tannins, and some really sour cherry accent flavors. I can see where the oak aging comes into play but its not as pronounced. Orange is present mid-sip. The beer is a little a thinner then similar beers but that's not say this is a negative aspect.
D 4

Photo of ccrida
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (batch 003) poured into my Russian River "Barrel Aged Ales" goblet (pretty ugly design though). Beatification is a spritzy gold with a large white head that leaves scattered lace. A nice crackle to the head, even though it is pretty quick to dissipate, impressive for what essentially is a gueze.

Smell is very pithy and mineral laden, lemon tonic water, must and a touch of vinegar, very nice.

Taste is wild for sure, wow. I had batch 2 before and it really blew my mind, and this one really lives up to my high expectations. Very tart and complex, citrus and a bit of sugar, though the sweetness is quickly cut by the sour, dry finish.

Mouthfeel is spritzy and crisp, super dry, light body.

Drinkability is pretty high if your a fan of gueze, in that I wouldn't mind have this on a regular basis. Still, the extreme acidity makes it a very slow sipper and not something I want more then one bottle of in an sitting. Ever since I heard about their plans to make a 'sonambic', I knew I had to get my hands on some. While it's undoubtedly awesome, it's prohibitively expensive, which is really a shame, as it mean I'll have to really hoard my reaming bottles for special occasions, like another Christmas! This should age very well, if I can manage to hold onto it that is!!!

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazed straw yellowish color with light white head.

S: Nose is funkdafied and sour, yet soft overall.

T: Taste is dry, tart, lemon, horseblanket, hay and a little hot on the end.

M: Mouthfeel is tart, lemonish and dry.

O: Very good sour.

Photo of egajdzis
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

[PH1] Poured a cloudy, yellow red color with a small white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, lemon peel, sour grape, white pepper, vanilla, tropical fruits, honey dew, cherry, and strawberry. Taste of lacto, brett, vanilla, citrus, and green apple. Phenomenal beer!

[Batch 2] Poured a hazy golden color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, and that special Russian River funky blend, citrus fruits, wood, light vanilla, grapes, toffee, and lemongrass. Taste was sour, some citrus, green grapes, some apple, but damn that yeast Russian River uses really eats all the sugars, quite sour, like a fresh Cantillon or 3 Fonteinen.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber to a 20oz snifter.

A: Pours a glowing hazy light-orange with a small white head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing Head isn't amazing but the body is incredible.

S: Strong tart fruit, lemons, pears and what almost smells like bananas. Very bold and uniquely complex but in a way mellow.

T: Whoa! haha I did not expect such a bold flavor. Very tart lemon and malts with a little bit of bread in the middle. The complexity in the smell doesn't come out in the taste. Very dry finish.

M: It's fairly well carbonated and quite light but its almost hard to pick out physical feel over the tartness.

D: Very interesting and enjoyable but not splitting a bomber would be one hell of a challenge. Try this one for sure!

Photo of TonyBrew
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a sour tasting/brewing at a friend's house. We brewed a wild sour and between everyone we had about 23 bottles of various sours including Cuvee De Tomme, Isabel, Cuvee De Rank, Brute, and many more big sours. We then took the last bit of each bottle (about an 1")and added it to the sour we brewed. Will not be ready for bottling until next fall/winter but cannot wait to see what comes of it.
Had this in a snifter. A golden straw like color with a nice amount of carbonation that kept a very small ring around the top. A creamy vanilla and banana (major banana)aroma with the obvious brett character as well. Loved this aroma! Major tartness in taste. After a few sips I could taste the oak and wine in it with some lemon/lime hints. An excellent big sour taste. This is a real sour, unlike wanna be sours such as Moaten. A "light" body with much weaker carbonation then expected, but very well balanced especially considering all that is in it. I expected some vinegar but seemed like none considering how big of a sour it is. Anyone who wants to see what a sour beer is, you must try this one! I love this beer as one of my top three sours ever!! A must try.

Photo of dill
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a RR tulip.

A - golden and dense, a bit like honey. a bit of bubbles form at the top once it's poured but there is really not much of a head to speak of.

S - lots of vinegar and oak.

T - not as sour as i expected, but it's got a wonderful flavor. the brett is predominant and you can definitely taste the oak. not much in the way of fruit in this one, but you can taste some of the alcohol at the end.

M - champagne-like tight carbonation.

D - a very nice beer to enjoy, one bottle at a time. i really like this stuff.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 002, shared with the ever generous Bobsy.

My first foray into American wild ales pours a hazy golden wheat with a smattering of head.

Nose is a cornucopia of aromas - a hefty dose of fresh barnyard, hay, leather, funk, oranges and lemons.

Any initial impression will be struck by the lip puckering sourness of this brew. Behind that lies a body of lemons (fresh squeezed lemon juice!), a hint of funk but not as much as the nose would have led me to believe or as much as I would have expected from a wild ale, hints of sour apples, earthy, bone dry finish. Bright carbonation.

The initial sip is a bit of a shocker but after the taste buds orient to the new adventure I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. It wrests every taste bud and demands you hunker down and contemplate its depths. Love the pucker and the funk, time to see what else the world of American sours has in store!

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip. Batch #5, bottled on 01/10/12.

3.0 A: Very faintly hazed concentrated urine color. Two and a half fingers of frothy white head. Retention is average at best and no lacing is left.

4.0 S: Pears, pears, and more pears. This is the peariest beer I've ever smelled. Hay is the next most aggressive note. Moderately tart with more of the wild qualities being of the funk variety. Musty basement, dry-rotten sweatsocks, rotting wood, and dusty old barn. Lemon, vanilla, and oak to round this off. It's complex, but the aromas don't run very deep, if that makes any sense.

4.5 T: Pears dominate the taste as well and it tastes great. Much more tart and acetic than the nose. Plenty of lemon and tart white grape with some lime underneath. The funk mentioned in the nose follows. The taste is both complex and deep. It's potent, yet quite refined. After having a bunch of Bruery sours lately, the quality of this one is that much more apparent. Although this is good and tart, it's still nicely balanced.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Higher, but normal range, carbonation with a dry champagne-like spritziness as opposed to a sweet creaminess. Good here.

5.0 D: A couple categories were borderline with a higher score, so hence a 5.0 here. This is the first RR sour that has truly impressed me since I first had Tempation. Solid all around.

Photo of rpstevens
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a dogfish head signature glass.

The beer pours a hazy orange/straw color with a thick soapy white head. As the head fades it leaves behind small traces of oily lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is earthy and citrusy and slightly hoppy, but mostly sour. The citrus is a light orange peel/lemony citrus that moves into a fresh cut grass then to an earthy funky smell.

The taste follows the nose lock-step. Lost of sour-sour citrus notes fade to a fresh cut grassy hop then move to a very sour earthy/funky dry finish. There is some flavors of wood and hay throughout the taste that attempt to counteract the citrusy-lemon juice sourness. The carbonation, citrus and sour notes lend to an almost champagne-like quality.

The carbonation and dry finish combined with the excellent carbonation make this beer very drinkable. The alcohol is barely present and the sour notes are very well highlighted.

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 750ml Bottle into a Snifter.

Appearance - Pours a transparent honey gold into the glass. The head is minimal and leaves virtually no lacing behind as it dissipates. The head becomes a thin halo around the rim of the glass. The head retention is minimal - a swirl of the glass brings the head back for a moment, but then quickly dissipates once more.

Smell - The smell is pretty awesome. There is a large fruit component is this one. I detect green apple, green apple skins, sour grape, lemon and a small bit of cherry. The wild yeast makes a large appearance here, there is a lot of funk from the Brett and a large sour component as well. There is a slight oakiness as well.

Taste - The taste is very similar to the smell, but far more pronounced. Green apple, green apple skins, sour grapes, and lemon all make for the main fruit flavors. The sour comes through pretty strong. There is more sour in the flavor than in the scent, and vice versa for the funk. Light oakiness - not at all overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Man, this is really smooth for a sour. While the sour is powerful and you can feel it all over the inside of your mouth, it glides down the throat. Light/medium bodied.

Drinkability - Man this is a drinkable wild ale - the mark of a good one in my book. The flavors are melded perfectly. This beer is a work of art. Get some and horde it.

Thanks to midaszero for the bottle. Much appreciated sir.

Photo of grub
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks again to fartingdog for helping this one to come my way. you rock dave!

batch 002 (375ml corked and caged) side-by-side with batch 003 (750ml corked and caged). sampled nov 15/09.

appearance on both is about the same as my previous review. batch 2 seems to have a bit more clarity, but that's likely just because it has sat longer.

aroma on #2 matches my last review and is quite similar to #3 except that it has a more pronounced acidity and vinegary component.

taste seems to match what i observed in the aroma - both match my last review except for a more pronounced acidity/vinegary character in #2.

mouthfeel matches in both.

drinkability is pretty good, but the acidity, particularly in batch 002, takes away from it somewhat. it also seems to have lost some its depth with time. overall i think i liked #2 better fresh and #3 is pretty damn good now. i'll leave the scores as-is, but consider them to reflect each batch when fresh.

previous review: 4/4/4.5/4.5/4.5 = 4.3

thanks to fartingdog and DrJay for helping this one to come my way.

375ml bottle, corked and caged. batch 002. sampled aug 24/08, 7 days before i'll be visiting the brewpub. woohoo!

pours pale yellow with a small ring of dense white head. drops almost instantly and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. lemon and a bit of sour orange. leather and horse blanket. alcohol. bit of cider vinegar and acidity. white bread. cracker. bit of grain. touch of caramel. apple. white wine. bit of raw oak.

taste is great. lots of fruit up front. apple. lemon. bit of light citrus. then the funk hits - sour lemon, apple cider vinegar, leather and horse blanket. light caramel. bit of alcohol. bread and cracker. bit of grain. there's a nice floral component to it too that i kind of enjoy. white wine. oak. bit of vanilla.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. medium-light body with a fairly clean dry finish.

drinkability is great. balanced acidity, great depth. interesting and very enjoyable. it'll be neat to see how this one changes with some age.

Photo of Auracom
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No surprise here, another beneficiary of RR's Batch 5 release. 8 oz. poured into a Fantôme tulip on June 15th, 2012.

A - Looks like a hazier Fou Foune. Good edge-clinging white, soapy head, great lacing.

S - I've never come across a brett aroma that I found particularly "refreshing", but this somehow is. Fresh cut haystacks, earthy, a bit herbaceous, touch of horse blanket, lemon vinegar. Great balance across the full spectrum of aromas here.

T - Sour. Bomb. This goes beyond Cantillon Classic Geuze. The level of biting tartness here is a bit stunning. Sharp citrus at mid-palate. Back end is cleaner grass and herbal.

M - The definition of finishing dry. Combined with the intense mouth watering, this is quite a tease to quench. Great carbonation, light body. Right on.

D - Hits the nail on the head while staying refined. Love it.

Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,115 ratings.