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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,194
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 2,910
Gots: 473 | FT: 30
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 01-25-2006

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4. So glad I'm finally getting to try this. Pours a slightly hazy, bright gold color with a medium white head that goes down quickly. Scent is funky with nice lemon aromas. There is also a bit of sweat aroma in the nose as well. Lovely wild yeast scents and citrus with just the right amount of funk. Taste is very oaky at first with intense lemon and sharp, bitter funk from the wild yeast. A bit of cheese as well. Nice blend of lemon, funk, and sour. Mouthfeel is very crisp and refreshing. Puckering. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is the first time I've had this beer, and RR has yet to disappoint. I'm not regretting waiting in line for 3 hours for a few bottles of this.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of peabody
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy hazy wheat/yellow color with lots of bubbles in the drink and not in the head.
I smell cherry and oak and citrus. The yeast burns my nose.
Taste is sour/sweet at the same time. There is a darkness to the aftertaste. It is bitter sweet like a persimmon fruit.
Mouthfeel is so darn clean. Nothing is left in the palate. We had cheese and mushrooms, this cleaned the mouth right up. I wish it would be more redily available. Petrus rates way below this one.

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

Huge thanks to Jon for hooking me up with this loooong time Want (it's been on my Wants list for nearly 2 years). Batch 5.

Beer pours a hazy straw color with a moderate white head and minimal lacing. Aroma is fantastic, sour, oak, funk and citrus all blend fantastically, the oak really stands out and it has the funk smell of a Belgian lambic much more than your average American wild. Flavor is very sour and acidic initially, but is very complex. There's a great amount of oak and funkiness to this as well and it has some qualities that remind me of Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze. It comes off somewhere between a wild and a gueuze. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and coats your mouth very nicely. Overall, this is really a fantastic American wild that may come closest to the Belgian style it's modeled after of any American beer I've had. I'm a big fan and glad to have finally gotten a chance to try this after all this time.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thebroth for hooking me up with a bottle.

Appearance: Slightly hazed bright gold. Head is bright white and drops to a tiny, bubbly collar with a wispy cap. Carbonation is lively but not aggressive.

Smell: Mild powdery funk. Oak barrels add a nice woody earthiness. Some lactic tartness as well. Lemon zest with a mild floral undertone. Some old cheese. Touch of Brett breadiness. All kinds of funk with a budding sour edge. Layers of wild. Touch of yeast.

Taste: Lactic acid snap right up front. Sharp and bright. Touches of Brett funk add some hay and grass. Powdery yeast. Lemon zest with some fresh squeezed lemon juice. Some backing sweetness. Wood helps mellow some of the more aggressive tart flavors. Almost citric level of tartness. The barrel Influence helps pull everything together. Mild floral elements. Musty with some hints of ripe cheese. Sharp.

Mouthfeel: Bright. Light body pushes toward medium. Carbonation is moderate, but effervescent. Flavor spreads and dries on each sip. Lingering powdery tartness.

Overall: Top notch stuff. Incredibly complex blend with nice levels of funk and sour.

I'm glad I got to try this. It's worth all the hype and it would likely age incredibly well. Definitely a top showing from an already top level brewery. Incredible stuff to be had. Too bad I don't have more.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.99/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Slightly hazy golden body and white head which fizzles immediately down into a ring around the glass.

The aroma is heavy on the stone fruit aspect with peach and apricot. Pineapple with slight funk but more bright and fruity with some slight vanillin.

Really quite heavy on the sour and fruit on the flavor. Lemon, peach, apricot, pineapple, musty funk, and wood. Dry and light bodied.

Blew me away.

Photo of Etan
4.17/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7oz bottle, batch 5, generously shared by theredflame. Thanks Jason!

A: Pours a light gold with a decent white head.

S: Fresh lemons, slight apricot, wheat, plenty of acidity.

T: Light honey, puckering lemon, a mild herbal quality (pine?), a bit of vanilla.

M: Light-bodied, moderate carbonation.

O: This is a very bright, lemony blend. I would have liked more funk but this is still good. I like Consecration better, though.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Batch 002

A: Golden orange. Relatively clear. Moderate fizzy head quickly receded with little lacing.

S: Sour lemons. Slight vinegar quality. Funky farmhouse nature. Some hay/wheat.

T: Incredibly sour. Lemons, grapefruit, vinegar, hay, yeast. Not much oak, which isn't surprising considering the age of the barrels used to age this guy.

M: Acidic. Sour. Certainly cleanses the palate of anything that might have been there before. Light bodied, and no sign of alcohol. Effervescent.

T: Sour and tarty as hell, but has a sweet farmhouse funk to it. Hay and vinegar. Very acidic and funky. My mouth waters with every sip. Also has some oak to it.

D: Gotta be in the right mood for this one as the sourness is among the highest I've encountered.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of angrybabboon
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Jimmys
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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

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4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a .375 to a snifter the liquid is gold and has very good carbonation. The head is small white and leave some lace.

The smell is sour and stinky, but invating like so many other stinky things I love.

The taste is just addiction, I first you wonder what the attraction of such a nasty concoction is but then you just keep sipping until it is gone then you want more. It is just odd. Favors of sour stink, and outstanding blend of stinks. I just have no clue, odd fruits and stink.

The mouthfeel is good, a light and airy brew with a light stinky body and good stinky carbonation.

The drinkability is fantastic. That is all I can say, give me more.


Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,194 ratings.