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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
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2,081 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,081
Reviews: 505
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2,797
Gots: 454 | FT: 30
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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Photo of FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1260th Review on BA
Bottle to 5oz taster
Not sure batch

@Beachwood's BBQ Long Beach- Ode to Lambic

App- A very cloudy light to medium yellow with a good density and particle behind it. Zero head on it. Flat pineapple juice that really looks like Campbells soup to me.

Smell- A fresh field of hay in a glass. A lot of backing lemon and a bit of wheat. Not overly sour smell, more tart.

Taste- A small sour note to say the least and at 5.5%, dangerously drinkable. A good balance is struck between the lemon, wheat, tart, funk wheel of flavors.

Mouth- Punchy lemon flavors abound in this one with a light to medium body and a fairly light crisp carbonation level. A bit damp on the finish.

Drink- It's good, but didnt blow me away. I can see what the fuss was about though and very glad I have another bottle at home.

FosterJM, May 07, 2012
Photo of grittybrews
4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 01/10/12, consumed 5/5/12. Poured a hazy straw gold with a thin slick of head. Bright aroma of sour apple and lemon.

High-ish carbonation and a light mouthfeel. Dry up front with lemon, lime, hints of wheat and pepper, and a puckering sweet tart finish.

Really good -- reminded me a bit of Temptation but much more sour and intense. Had a hard time picking up on any barrel characteristics.

grittybrews, May 07, 2012
Photo of BrewtifulMind
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

BrewtifulMind, May 07, 2012
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

ryan1788a5, May 07, 2012
Photo of KBennall
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

KBennall, May 07, 2012
Photo of sliverX
5/5  rDev +9.6%

sliverX, May 06, 2012
Photo of manjanai
5/5  rDev +9.6%

manjanai, May 06, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a light yellow with tremendous carbonation. It smells like sweet acetone sourness. The taste doesn't disappoint at all with intense sourness. The beer is incredibly drying and has a dank aftertaste that lingers. It definitely lives up to the hype with it's sourness... whoa. Tasty beer and I would compare it to a bottle of cantillon any day.

ThePorterSorter, May 06, 2012
Photo of sukwonee
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5, obtained through a trade. Thanks!

375ml bottle poured into RR Tulip

A: Golden Yellow, half finger head, lots of bubbles. Looks delicious!

S: Very similar to Temptation, imo, but stronger funk and fruit notes.

T: Holy hell! Mouth puckering sourness, sour apple, lemon, funk, I don't get much oak, but damn, this is one of most sour and puckering thing I drank.

M: Sharp carbonation, light body, awesome. Dry finish, as expected.

O: I love this one. The closest thing I can compare this to is Temptation, but this one packs more punch and sourness and a bit more complex as well. My favorite sour to date.

sukwonee, May 06, 2012
Photo of pavpav12
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

pavpav12, May 05, 2012
Photo of GJ40
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 333ml bottle in a chalice. Bottled on 011012.

A - Gold with a slight haze. A small head of large bubbles that dissipates quickly. But a slow steady stream of rising bubbles remains for some time after.

S - A nice mix of funk and sour fruit. Just enough to hint at what's to come.

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 - Moderate consistency with a low to moderate carbonation.

O - A fantastic sour! But then again, I wouldn't expect anything else from Russian River.

GJ40, May 05, 2012
Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Patrickbrusil, May 04, 2012
Photo of Gobzilla
4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a golden yellow in color with orange higlights and a very thin head which left barely and lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lot of lemon citrus and appla were noticeable on the first whiff alongside musty barnyard bretty funk, some acidity, but with twangy character.

T: the lemon citrus accompanied b the apple falvor did help on the sour punch but with bretty musty funk, a touch of pineapple, and acidic accents.

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: definitely one of the most sour beers I've had in a while and was glad to revisit this monster again. Another RR success.

Gobzilla, May 03, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 mL bottle poured into an RR -tion glass. Batch 5, bottled 1/10/2012. A celebration beer. Robotics National (International?) Champs.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden-orange body. No much of a head. Small bit of white foam that settles to a ring of bubbles. Not really lively looking.

Smell - Nice tart fruit aromas. Citrus orange and lemon. Good dose of white peppery funk, but it's not anywhere near as strong as the best Belgian lambics.

Taste - First sip is tart, quite tart. Loads of lemon tang to it. Fades quickly, though. Wheat and hay permeate the flavor as it fades to a peppery funk in the end. Again, it's not moldy cheese funky or nasty sweaty feet sock funky, but it's a touch funky.

Mouthfeel - Finishes crisply and without a puckering sour flavor. It actually retains a bit of a sweetness. Just a hint. Lingering flavors are excellent. This is a well crafted beer. Finishes with just a touch of bitterness.

Overall - Really pleasant sour. Easily the best from RR and definitely one of the best American Wilds out there. Compared to a true Belgian lambic, though, it's not up with the best. Lacks a bit of complexity and definitely missing the funk that I crave. I'm being picky, though. This is delicious and a worthy celebration beer.

Alieniloquium, May 03, 2012
Photo of s1ckboy
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5.

A - Orange/yellow body. Hugh 3-4 finger white head.

S - Oak, lemon, orange, sour.

T - Wow, easily the most sour beer I've tried so far. After the sour blast I can pick up some lemon, orange, green & white grapes, white wine notes. A lot of oak in the finish

M - Light and dry, good amount of carbonation.

Awesome beer, this has actually turned me on to sours.

s1ckboy, May 02, 2012
Photo of Treebs
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

C&C bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. Batch 5. Huge thanks again to Andrew (nasty31).

A: Pours with a light golden haze and frothy, airy white head. It recedes to a similar ring that leaves some splotches here and there.

S: Tartness and mild sourness. A mix of fresh tart fruit, mainly green apple and lemon grass with restrained funk.

T: Gueuze-ish with a slight restrained funk. Tart green apples, lemon grass, mild funk and some oak with a finish of vanilla sweetness that mixes with a little white grape sournes.

M: Zesty and spritzy. The body is light with a refreshing clean finish.

O: Delicious beer that borders on a gueuze IMO. If the funk wasn't so restrained in the backbround I'd say this wasn't a wild ale, but very good none the less.

Treebs, May 02, 2012
Photo of Beezee
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Beezee, May 02, 2012
Photo of WeedKing4
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a bottle at the brewery. Pours a golden, clear yellow. tastes very sour with notes of apples and other fruits. A little lemony as well. This makes your mouth pucker. really good stuff. this brewery's wild ales are rocking my world. I might have to see if try have another bottle before leaving town.

WeedKing4, May 02, 2012
Photo of PerHops
4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright golden orange with a beautiful head, but that quickly dissipates and leaves almost no head. There is, however, plenty of active bubbles.

S- Funky, fruity, oak, wine.

T- This one is REALLY sour. Does have a lot of other flavors going on, as well, but this very well could be the most sour beer they make. The oak is definitely present, along with some fruit (cherries, pineapple, I think) and some funk. Again, VERY sour.

M- Maybe my favorite aspect of this beer. Unbelievably smooth despite the extreme flavors. Carbonation is medium low which works perfectly and give it a creamy mouthfeel.

O- The hype is well deserved. Grab as many as you can, while you can!

PerHops, May 02, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375 ml bottle, batch 5 graciously sent to me by smarcoly. Thank you for the hook-up as always! Served into a Lost Abbey tumbler.

A: Semi-hazy golden orange colored body with a modest finger worth of white head. Not much lacing and only a minor ring of bubbles lined the edges of the glass. For the style, this isn't unexpected at all.

S: Lemon, acidic funk, tart citrus notes, orange, white grapes. The barrel character surprisingly comes through towards the end with plenty of soft oak and sweet vanilla. An absolutely delightful smelling beer.

T: More acidic lemon, orange and peach up front which transitions into a quick oak character. The tartness washes quickly through the palate bringing in some dry white grape flavors and ending with touches of floral spice.

M: Highly carbonated, prickly and spritzy on the palate though never feeling thin at all. Really what you'd want from a Wild Ale. No dryness or linger of anything off-putting. Just really well done in this aspect.

Easily my favorite of all the Russian River sours I've sampled to date. This one has a very bright citrusy profile I love. Hands down one sour I'd drink on a regular basis if I could.

ShanePB, May 01, 2012
Photo of wdarcy77
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

wdarcy77, May 01, 2012
Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

eawolff99, May 01, 2012
Photo of Philousa
4.18/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed from a bottle, as it was Batch 5 (no kegs of this one) at RRBC on 4/22/12.

Pours a clear gold, a little light. Not much head left after what looked like a typical amount of head from a Belgian yeast. Lots of citrus, peach, super sour. Hard to pick out the aromas in this one. Overall, flowery sweet with a heaping dose of tart. Speaking of which, the first thing you taste is a nearly overwhelming sourness, but it mellows fast. Lime is prevalent with a faint taste of sour cherry and strawberry. Winey aftertaste. White wine. Tartness comes after the wine, with very little hop aftertaste as well. Vinous hops. Very watery feel, but after sourness subsides, bitterness gives it some substance. Dry finish.

Beautiful. Complex. This has some flavors I've never had in a sour beer (cherry, strawberry) that I've enjoyed. I want to try it again and again to pick out the other flavors hidden inside.

Philousa, May 01, 2012
Photo of stakem
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5, 375ml corked and caged offering poured into a long stemmed tulip. The brew appears a hazed golden color with a finger of white head. The cap slowly fades but maintains a layering across the top from continuously rising bubbles of carbonation. A light swirl revives the cap and paints some patches of lacing on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is pretty darn fantastic. It smells lemony and lactic with a fruited quality that is almost like white grape juice. More smells bring out a greater focus on the barrel aging with a scent of moist cork and a bit of sweetness mildly reminiscent of vanilla that integrates so well with the previously described white grape juice scent. This brew has me salivating pretty bad even before I take my first sip. As the brew warms up and is swirled, a bit of a funky cheese note evolves.

The flavor of this brew is quite acidic. This ranks up there with some of the most sour offerings I have had. A flavor of lemony tartness blends into a tannic bacterial spike of acidity that rips the moisture right out of your mouth. The lactic edge gives way to some barrel flavor of moist cork mingled with layers of funk that are somewhat barnyard-like and earthen almost like something along the lines of must and cobwebs? The finish is a mixture of earth and acidity that is so sharp yet dry that you have to dive right back in for another sip. When small sips are taken, this brew really drives home flavors of lemon juice. When bigger gulps are taken, more earthen flavors are present with almost a bit of mineral edge.

This is a light bodied brew with a lively amount of carbonation that is not over done. It is light and lively in the feel with a brutal dryness and acidity to it. This is really a fantastic brew that nearly borders on being too much. I have waiting a very long time to try this and it has met my expectations quite well. The nose on this is unreal and while the flavor is deep and complex, it is a harsh bugger that is not for the faint of heart. I guess this goes without saying, wild ale fans, this is a must-try.

stakem, May 01, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Texasfan549, May 01, 2012
Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,081 ratings.