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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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1,985 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,985
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2,727
Gots: 439 | FT: 31
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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 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.

dill, Apr 28, 2008
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!

ritzkiss, Aug 10, 2009
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.

DavoleBomb, Sep 08, 2012
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.

rpstevens, Sep 29, 2009
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.

MiguelMandingo, Feb 12, 2009
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.

grub, Nov 16, 2009
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.

Auracom, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of stakem
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5, 375ml corked and caged offering poured into a long stemmed tulip. The brew appears a hazed golden color with a finger of white head. The cap slowly fades but maintains a layering across the top from continuously rising bubbles of carbonation. A light swirl revives the cap and paints some patches of lacing on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is pretty darn fantastic. It smells lemony and lactic with a fruited quality that is almost like white grape juice. More smells bring out a greater focus on the barrel aging with a scent of moist cork and a bit of sweetness mildly reminiscent of vanilla that integrates so well with the previously described white grape juice scent. This brew has me salivating pretty bad even before I take my first sip. As the brew warms up and is swirled, a bit of a funky cheese note evolves.

The flavor of this brew is quite acidic. This ranks up there with some of the most sour offerings I have had. A flavor of lemony tartness blends into a tannic bacterial spike of acidity that rips the moisture right out of your mouth. The lactic edge gives way to some barrel flavor of moist cork mingled with layers of funk that are somewhat barnyard-like and earthen almost like something along the lines of must and cobwebs? The finish is a mixture of earth and acidity that is so sharp yet dry that you have to dive right back in for another sip. When small sips are taken, this brew really drives home flavors of lemon juice. When bigger gulps are taken, more earthen flavors are present with almost a bit of mineral edge.

This is a light bodied brew with a lively amount of carbonation that is not over done. It is light and lively in the feel with a brutal dryness and acidity to it. This is really a fantastic brew that nearly borders on being too much. I have waiting a very long time to try this and it has met my expectations quite well. The nose on this is unreal and while the flavor is deep and complex, it is a harsh bugger that is not for the faint of heart. I guess this goes without saying, wild ale fans, this is a must-try.

stakem, May 01, 2012
Photo of bhalter8
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #002 courtesy of, and a huge thanks to drseamus, unbelievable extra to help me enter the world of Wild Ales. Pours a flat looking head, crazy really, as moments later the carbonization builds up and a thin, striking white head appears. This head then slowly dissipates into a white ring, but the end result as you drink is some thin, but dense lacing. It almost looks like an arnold palmer (half lemonade and half iced tea), by that I mean a yellowish tan, but rather light/clear. A potent sour smell up front, mellows a bit to an earthy undertone. This is the sour I have been waiting to try, it is a super crisp lemony sour, with a sweet ting at the end. I must admit, I am a novice when it comes to Wild Ales, with some having that barn/leathery taste that I do not care for. This is thing is a pure crisp sourness, really none of the earthy smell comes through in the taste. Obviously, very tart in your mouth, and as you drink it will hit the back of tongue hard too. In the end, an amazing beer from a pure, crisp sour standpoint. I'll need to try more to compare my tastes now...

bhalter8, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of WeedKing4
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a bottle at the brewery. Pours a golden, clear yellow. tastes very sour with notes of apples and other fruits. A little lemony as well. This makes your mouth pucker. really good stuff. this brewery's wild ales are rocking my world. I might have to see if try have another bottle before leaving town.

WeedKing4, May 02, 2012
Photo of BeerTruth
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

HUGE thanks to prototypic for this special treat.

375 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a tulip glass. Batch 002.

Pours a foggy toasted gold with a thin half finger white head that quickly dies down to just about nothing. No lacing at all with this one. Swirling the glass leaves some webs, but they quickly fall back down seconds after. Smell is heavy on the funk, go figure! Sour cherries, white grapes, brett, lemongrass, and oak. After a big whiff, the vinegar becomes present, but doesn't overpower any of the other wonderful complex aromas. Taste begins very tart and sour followed by the smooth oak, sweet tangerine and green apples. Aftertaste is a bit dry with sour grapefruit, some honey, and wood characteristics. So much flavor for such a low abv beer. Light to medium body with a stinging carbonation. Beatification is by far the most sour of the RR brews that I've had, maybe too sour? I'd take Supplication and Sanctification over this, but Beatification is still an amazing beer. Hopefully I can get my hands on another bottle so I can throw it in the cellar. Thanks again Josh for hooking me up!!

BeerTruth, May 06, 2008
Photo of s1ckboy
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5.

A - Orange/yellow body. Hugh 3-4 finger white head.

S - Oak, lemon, orange, sour.

T - Wow, easily the most sour beer I've tried so far. After the sour blast I can pick up some lemon, orange, green & white grapes, white wine notes. A lot of oak in the finish

M - Light and dry, good amount of carbonation.

Awesome beer, this has actually turned me on to sours.

s1ckboy, May 02, 2012
Photo of Biggness
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very clear amber with tiny bubbles, a 1 fingered head and minimal lacing. The smell is of sour cherries. For being barrel aged so long you can barely taste that flavor because the sour flavor is so powerful, yet good, I really enjoy this bottle. A very slick mouthfeel and for a sour certainly one of the more drinkable beers I have had.

Biggness, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of billab914
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 3, poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a yellow gold color with a small white head that settled to a small ring around the glass.

Aroma has some apple and grape fruit flavors with a slight citrusness and sourness. Taste is very good. The sourness hits you first with the fruity apple and grape flavors coming through. The sourness reminds me a lot of sour candies maybe, sweet tarts. It finishes with the funky barnyard flavors that I have read about but not experienced for so long.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, this is a very strong flavor but also very enjoyable.

Overall I am very impressed, I would consider this one of my first real sour beers and definitely my first American sour. I can definitely see why these RR sours are so sought after now. Excellent beer that I would definitely buy again.

billab914, Dec 21, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1/10/12

A: Half-finger white head, hazy light golden-blonde color, good carbonation

S: Earthy, citrusy lemon and grapefruit, funkiness, oak, bit of vanilla

T: Sour and tart, funky, lemon zest, straw, white wine, complex and assaulting on your taste-buds

M: Decent carbonation, creamy, dry

O: Very good, way different than the Wild Ales I've had before

derkfromwi, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of PaulyB83
4.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a tulip glass. Batch #6

A- Pours a deep chardonnay golden yellow color. Has a very high wine like clarity. Small fizzy head that dissipated quickly.

S- Lots of sour apple, some vinegar, some light vanilla, good amount of oak. some white wine character in there.

T- Similar to aroma but amplified to an insane degree. Lots of tart lemon, sour apple, and vinegar. Finishes with a dry yeasty note. Has that old barn cellar thing that sours usually have.

M- Medium-light the flavor makes this a sipper.

O- This is one of the most sour beers I've had and if you're looking for something that delivers in the pucker department seek this one out. It is also somewhat too sour for me in my tastes. It's missing a bit of the subtlety that I got from Supplication. Still an amazing beer and if you want to test the limits of sour seek it out.

PaulyB83, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of BMMillsy
4.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch #6 (I think) bottle from trade, dated 9/11/13. Pours to my tulip a light yellow golden color with a small fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Aroma is nice tart lemon, yeast funk, some pleasant citrus-like sweetness, light vinegar (very light on that note), apricots, lots of lacto acidity. Flavor is a nicely balanced sweet and sour lemon, lots of lactic tartness, dry oak, dry dusty Geuze-like qualities yet a nice sweet citrus character to balance. Some wine like qualities with Sauvignon blanc type of acidity. Light bodied with high carbonation and a crisp finish. This is really nice, but I can’t ever see paying $18 for a small bottle myself. Differentiating sour beers is tough I guess. With that said no doubt I would drink this again. Yum.

BMMillsy, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of mutterfudder
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 002, poured from a 350 into an Allagash Tulip. Opened with hardly a pop.

A - Semi-hazy straw color. Little to no head despite an aggressive pour. The beer retains a very thin ring around the glass, which is somewhat effervescent.

S - Citrus, cracked pepper and hay. Not as strong in the nose as I expected.

T - Tart, but not outrageously so. Lime and red wine flavors, funky cheese, a mild peppercorn flavor and a smooth finish.

M/D - Nice and crisp on the mouth, and it's very drinkable.

This has to be the most balanced sour I've had. The beer is not overly sharp in the finish and doesn't have a huge bite. It's just a solid, balanced beer. Very nice.

mutterfudder, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of BearsOnAcid
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 003
Glowing yellow color, white head.

Lemony, bretty aroma. Signature Russian River wild smell which is usually very clean an anything but offensive. Slight phenolic plastic smell.

Leathery brett tinged witha sharp lemon acidity. Not an overly powering acidity. I think it's fairly well balanced between the sourness and funk for an American wild. Clean flavor profile. Bitter, drying brett aftertaste. Not a lasting sourness. Cleans off the palate fairly quickly.

BearsOnAcid, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of hopsaplenty
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml smoked green bottle, batch 001.

The cork releases with a loud pop and the neck starts to fill with slowly building foam.

Hazy peach core with sunlight highlights at the margins. Short, loose packed head of small soft eggshell bubbles that crackles as it slowly settles leaving a tall collar and a thick cap. Intertwined lines of meandering carbonation mix with fine lines of racing bubbles. The aroma is filled with tartness and just a hint of funkiness. There is some blossomy sweetness paired with barrel notes. A wonderful tartness with an acidic edge opens things, filled with plenty of brett essence. There is a delectable sweet element that intermingles with a gently wood note. Bright and sharp with a delicate, sweetly tart underpinning. The finish is pleasingly edgy and with a prolonged dryness which makes this compelling. There is a sense of balance here, but it is still a bit brash. Medium body with ample peppery carbonation, there is a vibrant mouthfeel that is almost light, the dryness leaves the palate clean. In a word: fantastic. I could not put my glass down. This was simply a spectacular beer and I am looking forward to the PH-1 waiting down in the cellar.

A homerun by Vinnie and Natalie and the rest of the RR crew.

hopsaplenty, Jul 31, 2006
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4.4/5  rDev -3.5%

toppoop, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of jkane101
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to my girl Kanesty for bringing this back for me on a recent trip to SF.

Batch 002

Pours a bright yellow, quite hazy. Slow pour resulted in a white head that quickly disappeard to nothing. No lacing. Champagne like carbination. Very funky vinegar-like aroma. Taste is nicely sour - almost like an unsweetened sour apple lemonaide..if you could imagine such a thing.Very light in the mouth; easy to drink. This was my first sampling from RR and I'm thrilled to have had a chance to try it.

jkane101, May 10, 2008
Photo of MordorMongo
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #2, Batch 5 served cellar temp in tulip

A : Golden yellow crossed with lemon rind, fluffy white 1" head that left spotty lacing throughout

S : Sharp citrus dominated by lemon zest, some clear barnyard funk present as well...as it warmed slight scent of wet hay and a very faint oak smell

T : Slight funk and OMFG sour BOMB, sour continues mid-palate and the lemon zest/citrus comes through in a fairly dry finish

M : Medium carbonation and a pretty light/medium body, funky smooth, yo

O : Such a great sour, really hard to complain about any aspect but still isn't quite on par with some of the big boys...darn close though. Only knock is as it warms it becomes a tad too acidic for my tastes. Love this sour though and cannot wait for the next bottle!

MordorMongo, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Phelps
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3, a 750ml shared by tlay10, poured into a tulip. This batch is a blend of a base called Sonambic, which is 100% spontaneously fermented, and is blended with orphan beers to soften the mouthfeel.

Pale, hazy daffodil. Poured directly into the bottom of the glass, not much head is raised, but what I get is a thin, watery, airy white.

Funky nose. Tons of hay and barnyard aromas. Herbal mint and basil mix with dried lemon peel and hints of strawberry. Perfect balance, crazy complex.

In the flavor, the perfect amount of stale hay mixes with vinegary dried lemon peel and soft touches of wheat. The swallow brings an intense blast of tart lemon, vinegar and the perfect amount of fruity sweetness. Kind of like a yellow skittle, but miles more complex, and with hay and soft basil sprinkled throughout. Just. So. Smooth.

Fairly gentle, prickly carbonation excites the medium-light body as it moves across the tongue, but doesn’t display the crazy fizziness usually found in beers like this. If there is any alcohol it’s hard to notice amidst the tartness that’s currently causing me heartburn. I can feel it coating my mouth and eating away at my teeth.

I’m most impressed by the perfect balance of funk in here. It’s heavily tart, but there’s enough sweetness an barnyard to temper it and keep me going back sip after sip.

Batch 2: both funkier and fruitier in the nose than batch 2. Strawberries, wheat, maybe even some pear. Loads of funk, dried lemon peel. Little more sour than batch three, the tartness hits a completely different part of my jowls. Interestingly, as it’s become sweeter and fruitier in the nose, it’s become far more tart in the flavor. Not an improvement, not a step backward. Just different.

Ph1: this is a completely different beer. The nose is sweet and floral, with lots of honey, caramel, pear, lilac and cinnamon. On the palate, it’s a bit overcarbonated, exploding into bubbles that make the brew hard to taste. Same in the flavor, though: lilac, honey, caramel, pear. Compared to later Beatifications, this is lighter, more delicate, sweeter and more floral, with none of the aggressive tartness of the others. I like how different it is. Redemption is the base beer here, which makes sense.

Phelps, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle from batch 5, opened for review #550. Thanks to afrokaze for the hookup, and this was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Beatification pours a crystal clear golden yellow. There's maybe a finger's worth of white foam crowning the beer, and it disappears quickly and quietly. The nose has a good bit of acidity to it. It's very citric, with some bright lemon poking through. There's also a good bit of funk, some earthiness and also pineapple/tropical fruits. The flavor follows suit, displaying the full potential of wild yeast/bacteria. The tartness is perfect, bold and attention grabbing without turning the beer into vinegar. A brief flash of lemon opens the beer nicely, before a tiny bit of oak and some earthy and fruity funk come in and fill the mid palate. The acidity comes back in for a lingering finish. The body is just a little bit full, and the carbonation a little bit lifeless, and combined they're enough to make mouthfeel just feel... off. Despite one or two minor quibbles, Beatification is a fantastic sour beer. It's managed to not only live up to all the community generated hype, but all the anticipation I had for it personally after getting to try only an ounce or two at a tasting a few years ago. I'm glad I have a couple more bottles tucked away in the cellar.

axeman9182, Jul 24, 2012
Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 1,985 ratings.