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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,611 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1611
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.99%


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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magictacosinus

California

4.64/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After finding no time to make it up to the brewery to buy some bottles of this last December, imagine my surprise when, during a family visit to the brewery, that they were still tapping this! Couldn't ask for a better turn of events - this has been one of my all-time wants since I ever started getting into sours and gueuze beers. Batch 6. Poured into a tulip tumbler glass at the brewery.

Pours a faded amber color with some straw hues, as well as a slight golden glimmer when held against the light. Cloudy, with some noticeable carbonation at first that dies down alongside its initially frothy white head. Not much lacing, and if it weren't for its cloudy appearance it would retain the same look of a low alcoholic white wine. Hmm, previous batch pours (mainly from bottles) definitely indicated that this was more vinous looking in the past, but I'm not too concerned. Sour beers are very different from the bottle than they are on tap, and hopefully I'll be able to try a bottle of this to compare notes to.

Yeah, the aroma nails it, however - this is as good of an interpretation on the style as any world class gueuze I have tried from Belgium, and if this isn't enough reassurance that perhaps knowing how to make wine (as Vinnie does) isn't perhaps the best path to take before committing to brewing wild ales, I don't know what is. Huge notes of musty peaches, apricots, white raisins, and, of course, yellow apples and pears. A big dank cellar aroma is predominant, with notes of old, cold stone (I'm thinking slate), damp hay, leather, and a damp cloth aroma. This is brief, however, and the finish is filled with nice notes of toasted tobacco, vanilla, toffee, and a little bit of something floral, maybe herbal, from the fresh hops. Crisp, warm, and inviting. An excellent effort.

Wow, one sip and I'm immediately assured that this is one of the most drinkable wild ales being made in this country. This is so fruity, funky, sour, and yet so refreshing and comfortable to drink! At first, there's the large apple and pear notes, followed by some white nectarines and a bit of orange melon (all soured or under-ripe, of course), with some brief peppery sensations, as well as nice white floral notes. Sour and acetic, but also a bit lactic from the barrel aging. The funk then takes over in the middle of the mouth, delivering grassy, wet hay flavors that are earthy and quite mineral, with a crisp and cooling sensation at the same time. The finish is more funky, but also melds with the toffee, vanilla, and leather profile quite gracefully and balanced. Extremely creamy and filling from the yeast, but also crisp, and palate-cleansing - the white vinegar finish definitely does its work well. In spite of its acidity, this is gentle on the senses, and makes a terrifically approachable. Delicious stuff!

I knew other sours made by RR were already world-class, but this really took it home for me. This is not an easy beer to make, and to produce something that is so complex and yet so brightly textured and balanced when working with wild bacterial strains is nothing short of magic. For those who have had any doubt on the direction that wild beers are taking in America, try this one and be astonished. This is by far the leader of many beautiful things to come. I hope to get a bottle soon and compare some notes, and see how this changes over time.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2014 19:24:07 | More by magictacosinus
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rand

California

4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Lost my review from the second batch, at the brewery and it's on tap so I might as well re- review. I'm saving several bottles from the first and second batch and want to compare to a fresh sample.

On tap, poured into Belgian goblet.

A: Light apricot-orange, light opacity with bubbly effervescence. Not a trace of lacing.

S: Tart front, unripe fruit and lemony vinegar. A trace of hop snap cuts the sour bouquet.

T: Again, tart as can be upfront while remaining palatable. Slightly sweet unripe berries play against an oaky dryness, touch of lingering cherry sweetness. Plenty of lemony pucker, and the whole experience is singular on the palate. Notes of white pepper dry toward the short, sour finish.

M: Super-effervescent and light bodied. Bounces off the palate.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2013 08:25:45 | More by rand
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap

A. Golden pale straw with a 1.5 finger khaki head with good retention and nice bubbly lacing.

S. lemon candies, earthy peaty, Brett funk, bread

T. Closely follows the nose starting with lemon and bready sweetness but accompanied with very funky earth and a quite dry and sour finish.

M. Full body moderate to high carbonation. Crisp

O. Their wild ales are just ridiculous. Amazing spring beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2012 09:29:36 | More by williamjbauer
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I first had this beer on my first trip to CA, and my original review is below this one. It's been about 2 years (to my detriment) since I've had a bottle of this batch, and I'm kicking myself for it. In any case, here goes - happy birthday, me!

Served in the original RR -tion tulip (this glass is no longer made and is now a whale IMO), this beer is crystal clear, straw yellow and has a dense, frothy off-white head with excellent retention and minimal lacing. The nose makes me smile. Beautiful overripe lemons, an insane level of funk with cheese, sweaty feet and just an incredible explosion of fruit (unripe white peaches, ripe honeydew melons). The sourness is beautifully citric in nature with some lactic acid no acetic acid. In fact, I will go as far as say that this is an impeccable gueze, it really does remind me of the better batches of Girardin 1882, and my all time favorite, the 1999 Oude Gueuze. The only thing that sets it apart is a light sweetness that's present, very mildly corn-like, and this is not something I've found in a gueuze worth gushing about. Even a little bit of white grapes? As I let it breathe, I get an intense, salty, cheesey, funky aroma. I'm starting to see the beginnings of a musty, mushroomy, wet wood-like funk to the nose that I'm going to enjoy revisiting in a year or so.

Opening and closing with a palate crushing sourness that is remarkably clean in its blend of citric and lactic qualities, this is a remarkable beer. Again, there's plenty of unripe stone fruits, semi-raw grapes, mellow melons, all topped off with a dollop of soured yogurt, this some seriously intense and good stuff. In particular, the yogurty sourness is of note, as it exemplifies what happens when the citric and lactic sourness play off each other. The sourness does hide some of the funk here, not really allowing the wet hay and grass to come through( unlike batch 3, which is a better balanced beer IMO). Under all the sourness, a bit of cereal sweetness does come through, a little grainy and a little corn like. Sour with lemons and a brilliant lactic sourness (I can't think of too many better showcases for lactic acid), this beer finishes with some tannic character. Light in body, medium-high in carbonation, this beer is wonderfully carbonated and wonderfully executed.

This beer , and this batch in particular, is probably the best lambic-type beer brewed in the US. Yes, batch 3 is a better drinking sour, but this batch has a certain je ne sais quoi to it. Far better than Duck Duck Gooze, on par or slightly better than Isabelle IMO. I traded too many of these away, but at least I got to make some friends in the process. A remarkable beer that I'm going to be sad to see gone.

**Original review 05-24-2008 02:30:10**
Batch 2 4.5/4.5/4/4.5/4

A: Straw yellow with a frothy and lively off-white head. Lots of carbonation. Pretty!

S: Complex with notes of sour, vinegar, spice (black pepper), oak and a mild sweetness. There's an earthy slant to it. This is a great gueuze ! As it warms up, there's a hint of vanilla too, if you swirl hard enough.

T: Massive sourness with a lot of acidity. There's a hint of fruitiness that comes in - apple? The finish is dry and puckering tart. Definitely among the sourest beers i've tasted - it leaves my mouth watering

M: Lively carbonation on the tongue, sour and incredibly so with a dry finish.

D: I'll be honest - this is a new style to me and the acidity is in your face but i know this one's a gem as it keeps me coming back

These sours are growing on me and i'm glad i have a couple of bottles stashed away to come back to when i better appreciate the style

**Edit 12 May 2012**
I got a couple of these from Chebyshev. Thank you, Aaron! Batch 5 (aka 011012)

Pouring lighter than I remember it being, but still with excellent carbonation and head retention. The nose is a beautiful bright citrusy funk, with grass and hay. Combining the pure grassy funk of batch 3 with the bright acidity and melon and fruit notes of batch 2, this is a beautiful blend. A little bit of honey, graham crackers and a whiff of ethyl lactate (fruity, coconutty. No acetic acid is perceived, though the lactic acid esters do contribute a fruity sharpness.

Like batch 2, this is pretty hugely sour, but not as intensely so. Prominently lactic with some lime rind and citrusy acidity as well. Mild tannins and the lactic acid really brings to mind unripened stone fruit (yellow freestone peaches, nectarines). The funk level is tempered by the sourness, but grass, and straw are quite prominent. Mildly cheesy as well. Drying on the finish with lingering lactic acid, some oak tannins (that lend a chewiness), this beer is crisply carbonated. Highly sour, this is pretty excellent 4.5/4.5/4/4.5/4.5

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 04:20:25 | More by DefenCorps
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jethrodium

California

4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Public House in San Francisco. Pours a clear amber with with a small white head that has decent retention and leaves a bunch of small spots of lacing on glass. Aroma is very funky with big grapefruit and a mineral presence. Also a big of oak and some champagne yeast. Initial taste is huge tart grapefruit which goes into some lemon and mineral. Some light oak as well. Very dry and very sour. One of the most sour beer I have had. Mild astringency. Light-medium body. Medium carbonation. Right up there with the best beers that Russian River (or anyone else) has to offer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2011 22:16:59 | More by jethrodium
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juhl31

California

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

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2011 06:45:11 | More by juhl31
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nataku00

California

4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2008 keg tapped and poured into a fluted glass. Golden yellow and mostly clear with thin white soapy head, barely half a finger initially. Some light carbonation floating up from the bottom of the glass, but not too much to maintain much of a head. Light swirling forms a small amount of foam, but it dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

Nose is sour apples, light citrus, earthy, wet hay funkiness and a bit of fresh herbs. Tart but fruity, grassy, and just really good.

Taste doesn't disappoint at all, tart and sour apples, lemon juice, astringency from skins of plums, fresh soil, rosemary, wet animal hair. Nice complex mix of sour, sweet, and earthy funk. Lingering sour fruits on the tongue.

Light and crisp with good small bubble carbonation that gently tickles your tongue. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2011 04:32:43 | More by nataku00
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marikoangel

California

4.2/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a small port style glass at Toronado

A: It poured a medium clear golden yellow with a small thin white head that disappears quickly, leaving a light white ring around the sides of the top.

S: This beer has nice sour funky notes, lemon and something musty. The smell is light and makes me excited to try it.

T: Definite intense sour, like biting into a lemon. Yum! It's a wonderful sour that lingers in my mouth and on my lips. I can pick up notes of barnyard funk once the sour subsides a bit. A nice little bit of vinegary acidity. There's just such a nice complex yet simple sour tartness to it.

M: Low, barely there carbonation, a medium mouthfeel with a nice zing

D: It was wonderfully drinkable, but one I really wanted to savor. I got about a 6oz pour of it which was perfect. It's one I would definitely drink again and again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2010 22:39:34 | More by marikoangel
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femALEist

California

3.85/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Toronado during SF Beer week.
Beatification by RR is a wild ale that is 100% spontaneously fermented beer using the oldest barrels that no longer have any wine flavor or oak flavor left in them. 5.5% abv. It poured a cloudy sun yellow. It smelled of sour, oak and Brett. It tasted sour! Lemon, lemon, lemon sour, Brett and super dry. It is one tart beer! Reminiscent of Isabelle Proximus, a one note incredibly sour beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2010 19:23:22 | More by femALEist
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WesWes

New York

4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a 1/2" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding. It has a light, pale and wheat malt scent with a mild sourness; very well done. The taste is awesome as hell. Wow, what a great sour flavor. It's light and easy drinking with a mouth-puckering sourness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a damn fine wild ale. It's no secret why this one is in the top 100.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 23:17:56 | More by WesWes
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this wonderful ale at their pup. Pours a light apricot gold with some suspended particulation.

Great lactic and tart wild brett funk right off the bat. Lemon and grassy citrus.

Oak and some wonderful layers of barnyard and slight bandaid rubber. It's acidic and tart, with the malt barely to be seen. The carbonation is not quite champagne quality, but it's tingly and satisfying. Crisp tart apples in here too. Slight sulphurous match, but other than that quite clean and flawless. Yum! The little snifter half-pint was gone before I knew it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2009 15:40:34 | More by SurlyDuff
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paytoplay

California

3.88/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sour Bomb! Add sour to sour and you get this beer. Newest batch, on tap at O'Briens SD for the 15th annv party. Not much of a nose, funk and brett a bit. Would go killer with food. Also very interested to see how this will age. Should the texture soften and the brett and other funk develope this could turn out to be something very special.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2009 00:19:33 | More by paytoplay
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Halcyondays

California

4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at O'Brien's,

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2009 05:08:35 | More by Halcyondays
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/26/08. On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a clear orange with no head. Aroma is sour and quite funky (barnhouse funk, horseblanket). Flavor of initial tartness, sweet tart candies. The flavor is less funky than the aroma. This is sour but not puckering sour, so it is quite drinkable for its style. Awesome sour that I can't believe I got the chance to try on tap!
8/4/8/4/17 (4.1/5)

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2008 22:58:04 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very slightly fogged gold with basically no head. Nose is citrus and sweet. The funk is there too. Flavor is, well... Flavor is holy ----! Sour to the core with evident citrus. Pretty amazing stuff. Feel has a light and smooth carbonation to it. Liquid is good. Lovers of sours unite! The American lambic lives!

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2008 03:45:09 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheEremite

California

4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 002 at the RR taproom.

A: Very cloudy, yellow/straw color. Small ring of small bubbles. Not much head there.

S: Not much aroma surprisingly. There's some funk/acidity and some apple aromas. Also some funky spicy and "barnyard" brett character.

T: Heavy on the Brettanomyces/wild yeast. It's sour for sure. There is some malt in the background and there seems to be some hop bitterness. Bitterness could also be some slight spicy yeast character. Interesting. I like it.

M: Dry, lively. Great carbonation for the beer.

D: Very drinkable for the style I suppose. I'm not sure I'd have two, but it is refreshing. It's not as clean as many lambics, but it tastes good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2008 21:06:18 | More by TheEremite
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jasonjlewis

Texas

4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm sorry this review will not be detailed. I sampled this at the GABF. You say oh dude, one ounce sample. NOT THE CASE. My gf had a glass too and I got a lot of samples and poured them on top of each other and let them warm. I had to review on my cell phone so I didn't get a whole fuck load of notes.

This beer has a crazy funkiness. Sort of like a belgian sour. Sort of citrusy undertones. I did not get the best notes on this beer, but I have to write these notes so that I am sure to have this beer again. My first wild ale. I love this.

This beer was superb, sorry I don't have more notes on the flavor characteristics, but I have to write what I have down so I don't forget that I must buy this by the case in california when I visit.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2007 23:01:22 | More by jasonjlewis
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My notes were a little messy here, but I'm sure htis is the right beer.

Pours a lovely gold with a lingering white head. Having a hard time picking out this aroma ... cherries? Nice aroma though. Taste is delicious and lingering and a highly drinkable beer.

Not many notes on this, but it was freakin good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2006 23:18:32 | More by objectivemonkey
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PaulyB83

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 01:24:33 | More by PaulyB83
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Utopias sample glass. Acquired in a trade from hwy395.. thank you sir!

A- Pours a slighthly hazy, super carbonated, pineapple coloorred body with a fizzy white 2 finger head that reduces to a white ring. Leaves no lacing.

S- The first thing I notice upon popping the cork is a strong champagne-like aroma, grapes and white wine. After pouring it and letting it sit, strong lactic tartness, leather, lemon juice, citrus zest, and a distinct earthiness.

T- BOOM! The mouth puckering sourness that kept me seeking this beer out hits you the second it touches your tongue. Straight lemon juice, vinegar, sour apple hit you in face, followed by a earthy, leathery notes complimented by oak and subtle Belgian spice.

M- Crisp, refreshing, highly carbonated. Dry finish.

I've been waiting to try this beer for almost 2 years now. What differentiates it from other Wild Ales I've tried is the mouth puckering sourness that it delivers. As with other RR sours, it was very well balanced and complex. This one's a winner.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 01:54:23 | More by gcamparone
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Clarity is off the charts, golden yellow color. Fuzzy white head that reduces to nothing, leaving it looking like a glass of sparkling white wine.

Acidic and vinous aromas, light wood, lemon, sour apple.

Mouth puckering and delightful. It's such a fun beer for those that enjoy sour. Lemon, acidic, wood, tart. Bursts with flavor.

Crisp and extremely sour on the palate. Abusive to the tongue. Sour like I'm going to get those little bumps on my tongue when I eat too many sour patch kids.

Love, love, love this beer. It's in the discussion for my favorite of all time.

Batch 6.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 23:42:25 | More by Vonerichs
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml, 9/11/13
Russian River tulip

A: Pours out very pale yellow color. You can almost see right through it. Thin layer and collar of bright white head. Lots of carbonation streaming from the middle of the bell of the glass.

S: Funk. Brett. Oak. Lemon. Dry. Horse blanket.

T: Up front you get that burst of sour funk. It attacks the tip of the tongue. Middle of the mouth it's more creamy than I was expecting. Getting some of the oak tannic character. Really like a Chardonnay mixed with the carbonation like a champagne. Finish is very dry and leaves you wanting another sip much like other sours.

M: Light bodied. Not as prickly on the tongue as I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 03:35:58 | More by inlimbo77
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BMMillsy

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 21:38:06 | More by BMMillsy
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jjdc

District of Columbia

4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is one of the loveliest beers I have seen in the glass. It looks like champagne. The nose is subtle and slightly funky -- not the strongest part of the beer. Beatification has a deep lemon juiciness that is incredible. It is followed by a well-balanced pucker that doesn't have you reaching for the Tums. The finish is nice and astringent, which is the perfect lead in to the the next sip. Up there with Supplication as the best from Russian River.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 02:54:52 | More by jjdc
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-slightly hazy deep golden color with a decent white head and minimal lacing

S-lemon, yeast funk, hay, oak, slight vinous

T-lemon, grains, funky, tart grapes, oak, grassy, little pineapple

F-medium body with lively, prickly carbonation, crisp, dry and very tart

O-great sour, another in the great line of RR sours

Serving type: bottle

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Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
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