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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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1,979 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,979
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2,726
Gots: 438 | FT: 32
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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5/5  rDev +9.6%

LakerLeith, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of rowew
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

rowew, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of AdamP
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

AdamP, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.65/5  rDev +2%

This beer pours a nice yellow color, not to much haze and a thin white head that dissipates quicly.

the smell is funky, with some good barnyard notes, and hints of hay. there is also a lot of sourness that comes through in the smell.

the taste is punch you in the face sour. way more so than i was expecting. you also get a bit of sour apple and cheese hints but the main thing here is super sour.

the mouthfeel is thin dry and fleeting. the mouth waters not only because i want more, but because it is trying to protect my teeth with a bit of saliva to keep them from melting.

overall this is an excellent beer, I love the sour, but wish i could taste past it. i would definitely trade for it again.

rowingbrewer, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of roadhouse
4.05/5  rDev -11.2%

Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle (Batch 002) into a snifter.

Appears a cloudy golden yellow with a quarter inch white head that sinks down quickly to a skim. Doesn't leave much lacing at all.

Aroma is nice and sour. Fruity, with a dominant granny smith apple tartness, perhaps a bit of tropical fruit is actually present behind the tart.

Taste is very sour, almost to the point that not much else comes through. I'm getting more of the apple tartness but now lots of lemon.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation level is quite low but it is appropriate. Very soft on the palate.

Not as good as Supplication, perhaps a bit too sour almost, but it's still very tasty. I hope I get the chance to try some more RR sours sometime soon.

roadhouse, Oct 30, 2008
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

mjtiernan, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of craytonic
4.1/5  rDev -10.1%

Appearance: Pours orange-gold with a nice head and decent lacing.

Smell: Vinegar, citrus, light fruits and buggy funk

Taste: Tart + funk with gueze characteristics. Sour apples, lemons, etc

Mouthfeel: Dry, tart, and medium-full

Drinkability: Medium, I just couldn't get in to this one. Didn't even bother taking good notes sadly.

*NB: Probably the bottom of the Russian River wild ale's, but still better than most.

craytonic, Sep 10, 2009
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Beertracker, Nov 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

VonZipper, Mar 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Bartos, Apr 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

ObeMaltKinobee, Jul 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

IndyDad, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

dansmcd, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%

Thanks to Murchmac for the trade.

Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a stark white head. Nose is tart brett funk and some light fruitiness. Taste follows with awesome brett funkiness and super tart green apple flavors. underlying wood flavor is good and lingers quite a bit along with the green appley tartness. Nice Geuezy flavor also. very complex. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, good carbonation, and a nice viscosity for the style. Drinkability is unbeatable for the style. This is one of few sour beers I could see myself drinking more than one of. Excited to see how this one cellars. Fantastic concoction by Vinnie and the crew. Great beer.

AKBelgianBeast, May 10, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

sideshowe, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

antoines15, Apr 21, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev -12.7%

B3, thanks to Arbitrator, shared with the MA BA crew in a big sour tasting. Poured into VE tasting glass. Mr. Arbitrator had the courtesy to wax a cork and cage, so 15 minutes after stabbing it with a knife I was able to pour it for the crew.

A- Strong, dynamic yellow, like lemon gatorade. Well, not that intense, but close. Low carbonation settles to a faint outer ring.

S- Earthy, musty, funky. Sour.

T- Strong bitter/sour lemon rind, building to a heavy tartness that is borderline mouth-puckering. Faint wet grass, some mild strawberry sweetness in the finish. Really unique.

M- Very tart- crisp apple and lemon gumdrops.

O- Glad I had some people to share this with. I like it, but it's intense.

ShogoKawada, Jun 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Nolen12, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of BeerThursdays
4.9/5  rDev +7.5%

Bottle of Batch 2

A - Golden color with minimal head, no sediment, a some carbonation. A small head forms, and dissipates quickly to leave nothing behind.

S - All sour and funk. Almost like a white wine, there is a smell of grapes and green apples.

T - Lots of sourness, with a ton of flavors. Lemons, grapefruit, grapes, apples, and oak. Wish this was a bigger bottle, as 4oz was just not enough to really appreciate it.

M - Carbed well, lighter body. Just feels right for the style. Finishes with a dry sourness that lingers for a bit. Well done.

O - Batch 3 was my favorite beer of all time, and now this one has taken that over. This is a beer that could age forever, and just get better. Can't wait to open another.

BeerThursdays, Jun 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Chingringo, Feb 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Evan, Jun 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

ucsbmullet, Jun 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Beerbuddy21, Jan 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Massbmx, Mar 16, 2013
Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
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