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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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1,856 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,856
Reviews: 502
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 2,657
Gots: 437 | FT: 34
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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4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing Beatification from the Russian River Brewing Company. A big thanks to Matt for hooking me up with this one!

Score: 98

Batch 5. Bottled on 01/10/12, served in a Hill Farmstead stemmed snifter and enjoyed on 010/19/12.

Appearance: Pours a nice mimosa-orange color that is on the opaque side of transparent with a half finger of fizzy white head that settles to a pencil thin ring around the glass that ultimately settles completely. Okay lacing, but not a whole lot of retention. 4/5

Smell: Very tart lemon juice hits upfront. Then there is a nice medley of sweet cole slaw vinegar, white grapes, oranges, granny-smith apples, sour peaches, "lacto-ey yogurt and brett" and a hint of oak. There is a very faint band-aid funkiness, but it's quite subtle. 4.75/5

Taste: Whoa! Tons of pucker-inducing tart lemon juice upfront, with more funkiness on the back half than the nose nose led on -- but it's really well incorporated into a sweet citrusy mix of flavors so it never overwhelms and merely complements the flavors of the beer. Tart white grapes, tangerines and sweet vinegar on the midpalate, with granny-smith apples towards the finish. "Lacto-ey yogurt," lemon and a hint of banana round off the finish and linger well past the swallow. Very gueuze-esque in flavor. Different than, but just as good as, Consecration in my opinion. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation that really accents the zesty tartness of the beer on the center of the tongue. Dry finish, but juicy on the palate. Has a decent amount of pucker. 5/5

Overall: Another outstanding, world class sour from Russian River. This one lives up to its hype, but for its difficulty to acquire, I probably prefer an in-season Consecration.

Recommendation: Seek this one out -- it is truly world class.

Pairings: Monterrey jack cheese wedges and sociables.

Cost: $15 for a 375ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 03:08:27 | More by jegross2
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

10-18-2012 17:07:38 | More by OddNotion
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4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 005. Ginormous thanks to MrKennedy for sharing. Reviewed from notes.

Hazed light orange with a modest white head that falls smartly to a film.

Simply glorious blend of tangy, bright, sherbety and earthy characteristics, manifesting as lemon warheads, oaked white grapes and miscellaneous sour citrus.

Follows the nose, swamping the sense with a rich vein of bright acidity. Brings back childhood memories of Vitamin C tablets, coupled with strong notes of green capsicum. Properly sour.

Medium bodied, with mild but also spritely carbonation leading to a vibrant, puckering, zesty dry finish.

Amazing. "Tangy" has never seemed a more apt adjective. Had high expectations and was not at all disappointed. The sort of beer that renders conventional aroma and flavour nouns largely obsolete as meaningful descriptors of character.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 09:33:21 | More by spicelab
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

10-14-2012 03:22:24 | More by strangebrew321
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4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet. The bottle is dated 011012.

Appearance: Pours a clear light golden/straw color with a thick layer of fluffy white head. The head fades quickly and leaves a small layer and a ring on top of the pour.

Smell: Very light and extremely sour smelling. Definitely getting some funk and some hay/barn type smells. There is just a hint of lemon juice in the sour notes.

Taste: This is an extremely sour beer. The overall flavor is light and crisp. It's full of tart lemon, some white vinegar, and some funk. In the finish I'm getting some slightly herbal flavor that reminds me of aged hops. This one kind of reminds me of a very sour lambic.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the light side of medium with a good amount of fluffy carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This is a really sour, really good beer. It may be slightly one dimensional, but it's really good at what it aims to do. I really enjoyed this and will search out more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 02:57:45 | More by oline73
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

10-13-2012 14:36:58 | More by thebigredone
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-12-2012 23:50:39 | More by danieelol
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

10-08-2012 20:30:23 | More by closisinthehouse
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-07-2012 21:28:55 | More by N3ptune
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-05-2012 22:58:41 | More by standardcherry
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

10-04-2012 17:45:59 | More by hansgruber
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-02-2012 08:12:32 | More by shoyoroll
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-01-2012 01:50:57 | More by MoreBeer215
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

09-26-2012 01:33:45 | More by Andrew_T
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

09-24-2012 16:07:15 | More by muskiesman
Photo of Prospero


4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, mouth puckering sour this one is.

Pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head, but doesn't last long. Aroma is full of tart citrus like lemon zest and grapefruit. Maybe a touch of green apple and oak. Flavor is so full and complex and overwhelmingly sour, somewhat to it's detriment. I think I enjoy a well blended sour like Temptation to unblended. I enjoy the wild fermentation process to get these amazingly complex beers but the sourness somewhat detracts from what it is your drinking. Flavor is like strong lemon mixed with touches of green apple like the nose suggests but extremely sour, not much funk, it's a nice and fresh sour. Mouthfeel is great, low carbonation probably helps with the high acidity in this beer. Overall great beer for being unblended, glad I got to try it, definitely had to rest the tastebuds after this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 17:12:33 | More by Prospero
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South Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375mL bottle into a tulip
bottled on 01/10/12

200th BA review, I picked a good one

A big thanks goes out to RuckusDu for sending this one over in a trade!

A: Pours a hazy wet straw yellow with a thin film of head that dissipates immediately before I can even identify the color.  Leaves no lacing.  

S: Huge citrus acidity, with lemons and limes, sour apple and tart white grapes. Pear, some belgium yeast banana, the slightest degree of musty funk.  

T: Holy hell is this an explosion of sourness.  Like biting into a whole lemon, then chasing it with a slice of lime.  You can taste the sour on your lips literally before it even hits your tongue.  A bit of peppery spice is there along with a touch of banana ice cream on the finish to balance out the overwhelming sour. This is just a pure puckering sourness, sourer than the most sour Warhead candy I have ever had, and it is sublime.  

M/D:  Aggressive carbonation pairs well with a puckering sour acidity to give this one a wonderful mouthfeel.  Thicker than most in the style.  Quick drying finish that leaves you in all too much of a hurray to take the next sip.  Awesome.  

O: Wow, what can I say?  Looks like pee, smell is good but Ive had better, but then you take the first sip and bam!  Just pure, unadulterated, sour bliss.  My favorite of the RR sours, and the most sour beer I have had to date.  I'd write more but I have to get over to the trade forum to post as ISO: Beat ; FT: first born son.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 23:43:46 | More by zac16125
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

09-19-2012 19:51:27 | More by DrinkinViking
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

09-18-2012 01:29:36 | More by jisom123
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4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brewstein77 for this one. Batch 5, about 9 months in the bottle at time of tasting.

Pours a very nice, brilliant gold with just a touch of orange. Thin wisp of head that quickly dissipates.

Smell is very citrusy. Lots of sour lemons, lactic acidity, limes, oranges. A touch of oak behind that and just a bit of funk behind that. As it warms I get a touch of acetic acid and a little bit of nail polish remover.

The taste is overwhelmingly sour, alcoholic, unsweetened lemonade. Nice bracing acidity, with just enough pucker factor.

The mouthfeel is very nice, very drinkable, but not too thin as some american wilds can be.

Overall, this is a very good beer however I think I enjoy the balance of the other RR sours to this one. I still have one for the cellar so I am hoping that the funk comes up a bit and gives it more balance.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 17:36:56 | More by quirkzoo
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

09-17-2012 01:43:13 | More by phingdong
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4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with no head whatsoever. Looks like a very refreshing Chardonnay.

The aroma on this brew is top notch! Tart lemon flesh blended with green apples and white grapes. A very acidic sourness encapsulates the aroma and has a nice earthy vibe as well.

The taste follows the nose...lemon tartness, green apples and white grapes blended with an acidic sourness. Oaky characteristics shine through on the finish.

The mouthfeel is amazing. Light to medium in body with the perfect amount of carbonation with a clean, crisp, dry and sour finish. The sour finish lingers for days and days! So good!

Overall, this beer was worth the hype. Big thanks to my buddy Josh for getting this for me as a wedding gift. Major beer karma comin your way! This beer did it all without trying to do too much. Just amazing

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 22:37:21 | More by dcloeren
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4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml poured into Bruery tulip. Batch 5 bottled 1/10/12. Sent to me from an awesome BA, and good guy RC0032.

A - Golden, clear, very little or no head

S - Lemon, funk, hay. Notes of soured pear, must, and a light sweetness at the end

T - Immediately bombards the tongue with a blast of lactic sourness. Very tart, mouth puckering. Lemon and sour pear dominate, funk creeps in everywhere. Enough acetic acid to add some depth, but not a huge vinegar presence here. Slight hints of oak on the finish.

M - A little heavier than other Russian River brews, but still medium bodied overall. Enough small bubbles to make it crisp and refreshing from pour to finish. Mouthfeel and carbonation accent the intense tart/sourness flavors.

O - Having had all the other RR offerings, I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. I got a beer that had enough complexity to keep a smile on my face, and enough lactic sourness to burn a hole through ones stomach. Not particularly balanced, but intense and a fantastic example of what American wilds can be! Would love to try this with a bit more age on it.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 21:22:19 | More by actone2001
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

09-15-2012 17:43:14 | More by ffOpusx
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

09-13-2012 17:07:28 | More by udubdawg
Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
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