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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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1,828 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,828
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 2,635
Gots: 431 | FT: 33
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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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

07-15-2012 23:10:33 | More by lakersfan16
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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +9.6%

07-13-2012 00:29:10 | More by CliffBrake
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-12-2012 22:09:13 | More by JebediahScooter
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-11-2012 21:29:44 | More by biniek13
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4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Adam for busting this great brew out at an impromptu tasting!

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear golden color with 1/4" of white head. Carbonation is there, but fairly minimal for the style. Head retention is nice, as a nice layer remains throughout the duration of the beer. The clarity and clear, warm color make the appearance of this beer very nice.

Smell: Smells of lemons, tartness, some pale fruitiness (maybe some mango and peach), slight funk and light mustiness. Pretty nicely balanced between the tartness, funk and fruit character.

Taste: Some initial sweetness that is slightly peachy with some mango, followed by lemony tartness, slight funk, and a very sour finish. This beer definitely has more lacto sourness than brett funk, as the taste lacks funk and mustiness for the most part. A very good taste, but wish it had that extra gear. Still, good.

Overall/Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is perfect. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, a damn nice wild that I was excited to try, and would definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 03:00:23 | More by zhanson88
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

07-10-2012 11:44:17 | More by hanlonrn
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

07-08-2012 22:24:57 | More by KMcG
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

07-08-2012 21:56:00 | More by millelacsmark
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3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

07-08-2012 21:01:53 | More by fbc24
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3.55/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 5. Thanks to exitmusic00 for cracking this open prior to our bcbs vertical tasting.

A- Pours a bright gold with a thin white head that leaves minimal lacing.

S- Plenty of lemon juice and peel as well as peach upfront, followed by lacto, horse blanket and vinegar.

T- Damn this is sour, just tons of lemon juice, lemon peel, lacto, horse blanket, vinegar and a hint of peach.

M- Fairly high carbonation and a light body with a long dry finish with the sourness lingering on.

O- This is quite sour, but that's pretty much it. Nothing too complex and am confused why this is considered a top wild from RR. Have had a few others from them and this just seems to lack any depth their other offerings had. Glad I got to finally try it, but wouldn't really seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 20:13:33 | More by iadler
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

07-08-2012 11:48:12 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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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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5/5  rDev +9.6%

07-05-2012 20:41:37 | More by MFauver35
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4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yellow and orange appearance, looks darker than pte, almost appearance wise is more akin to a typical dipa moreso than a wild ale. Real good looking head, this is the best looking wild ale I may have ever seen, just pristine.

Really massive sour notes, dry, earthy and extremely citrusy (and not just lemon).

Taste, wow, immediately reminds me why this is my favorite of the Russian -tion beers. And then it makes me pontificate whether I like this more than framboise for a cure or pty. Yup, that good. Body is light, taste, sour power is heavy. Keeps the brett aspect down, lets the other germs dominate. Never approaches anything that could be considered vinegar-esque. Oak notes are mild. Its all about orange type citrus notes, dry and earthy hyper drive sour.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 16:07:31 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-04-2012 16:02:48 | More by lalaloveyou
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Alberta (Canada)

4.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 Vintage

A: Deep yellow, excellent clarity with beautiful pinpoint carbonation. As appetizing as a beer can look!

S: Damp cotton, lemon candies, wet leaves, lactic twang. Smells very familiar as a Gueuze, but there's something unique about the profile. Perfect.

T: Lemons at first, then a big wave of smooth earthy brett character. Wool. An extremely dry and sour finish even by Lambic standards. Has a slight 'coarseness' in the aftertaste, but flawless aside from that.

M: Torrential carbonation and VERY dry. High drinkability, highly refreshing, I love this beer.

So glad I finally got a chance to try Beatification. This beer blew me away as much as any Cantillon I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 21:46:22 | More by mattsander
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4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 5 had a few times now and finally got around to reviewing it

Look: Pours a translucent yellow orangish color with a 1/4 inch white head and ok retention with some carbonation bubbles

Smell: The nose has quite a bit of funk going on with some crisp citrus notes finishes with a touch of oak

Taste: This one starts out sour with quite a bit of lactic acid and it can become a distraction. Behind the sourness is the some barnyard funk lemon zest and vinegar

Mouthfeel: Light body lots of carbonation very sour and dry and makes you pucker

Overall: For the style this is a good beer but for me I find it hard to drink and could not see myself finishing a whole bottle. Not a fan of the style in general

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 20:13:13 | More by DarthKostrizer
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-03-2012 20:03:00 | More by StarRaptor
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New York

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

Batch 5

A - Pours a clear yellowish orange, with a small head that quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing, but some visible carbonation in the glass.

S - Crisp and slightly tart with a funk. Hint of lemon zest and a sliced green apple.

T - This beer packs a very intense sour bite! There's a nice fruitiness (green apple in particular) too and a perceived sweetness though it's actually pretty dry.

M - the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, slight fruity, acidic, sour, and dry finish.

O - Another great sour from Russian River. I prefer Supplication and Consecration over this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 00:57:14 | More by SkiBum22
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

07-01-2012 15:27:01 | More by pawpaw
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

06-30-2012 14:15:04 | More by larryi86
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

06-30-2012 10:50:39 | More by mdvatab
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4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge huge thanks to dolfan54fl, can't thank you enough. This has been one of my top wants. 375ml bottle Batch #5, poured into wine glass. Tasted about a hour after having supplication. Cork removes with nice loud "pop".

A- Pours a slightly hazy translucent yellowish golden, above average carbonation- a lot of fast rising carbonation bubbles of all diffferent sizes, thin layer of white head (about a half finger) that recedes to leave almost no head.

S- Lots of sour funk. Sour cherries, sour lemons, vinegar, a little bit of hay, barnyard funk, sweaty gym clothes, etc. Very aromatic, could smell when the cork popped and while it is sitting next to me.

T- Sour cherries, sour green apples, a little bit of hay, finishes with a nice sour, tart green apple taste. Leaves a very nice sour green apple aftertaste that lingers for awhile inside the mouth and the lips. A little bit more vinegar/acidic tasting towards bottom of glass. So much flavor packed into this beer that even the last drop cloying to the bottom of the glass + bottle is exploding with a multitude of flavors. Never had a beer that played with the taste buds so much. Only complaint is that at times it was almost too vinegary/acidic and could have been balanced a tiny bit better. Overall though one of the best tasting beers I've had.

M- Light, crisp, refreshing, perfect carbonation to complement the sourness, very easy to drink.

O- This was an awesome beer, probably one of the best I've had. The taste and aroma are right up there with some of the best sours including the Cantillons. I definitely enjoyed this a lot more then the Supplication I had earlier, a lot more funk, more citrusy, and more overall flavor etc.. Definitely a must try if you are into sours. Wish the brewery was on the East Coast.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 02:01:26 | More by jaasen64
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to trxxpaxxs for sharing!

375ml cork and caged bottle, fridge temp, batch 5, bottled on 01 10 12, poured into a snifter.

pours a very nice clear golden color, fairly retentive skim white head, no real lace to speak of.

lots of tart funky brett. tart cherries, sour lemon, a bit floral and lots of nice footy funk.

oh my sour! big tart lemon citrus, sour pie cherry, footy, bretty funk, a bit of green sour apple, and a hint floral. sweet tart like. very sour finish that lingers and definatly makes you pucker.

i love the sourness in this beer, its pretty intense. very tart with a very dry finish. fairly light in body.

this beer (as well as any other RR beer ive had) definatly lives up to all the hype. some very nice funk and intense sour citrus makes this a winner, right up there with cantillion IMO.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 01:40:33 | More by dogfishandi
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New York

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

HUGE thanks to leschkie for this bottle...

Batch 005, split with dogfishandi...

A: Pours a cloudy golden straw with a half finger of pure white head that fades pretty quickly. There is no lacing on my glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is sour grapes, sour cherries, rose hips, brett, green apple, and vinegar. Sour is an understatement for this beer. It's glorious, but it's not for the faint of heart.

T: Damn. It's sweet and tart right up front. From that point on, it's just massive sour. Puckering vinegar, green apple, and artificial sours hit you big time. It's like sipping on a liquefied sour patch kid. It's super drying in the finish, and almost hurts the taste-buds.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's massively sour, super funky, and lingers forever. It almost hurts your mouth, but I'm loving it.

O: Fantastic beer. It's mega sour and super delicious. This is a true standout for wild ale fans. It deserves every bit of praise that it gets. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 22:04:04 | More by trxxpaxxs
Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
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