Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.96/5 rDev +8.8%
375 ml bottle consumed on 12/13/2011
A: Light gold and yellow in color and quite clear. Carbonation creates bubbling in the glass, white lacing, and a quickly fading white head.
S: Powerful citrus and funky aroma. Really strong lemon aromas are an indicator of the sourness to come.
T: Delivers really strong tart and sourness tastes. Amazing sour that redefines my definition of a sour bomb. I thought the other RR sours were sour, but this one wins the prize.
M: Very sour and dry finish.
O: One of the toughest RR sours to track down, but definitely worth it. This is the gold standard for tart and sourness, though I would not go as far as saying this is drinkable. It is definitely enjoyable, but should be savored.
12-26-2011 06:01:17 | More by beerfan99
4.63/5 rDev +1.5%
Pours a bright, peachy, warm goldenrod. A nice head forms and immediately dies, leaving absolutely no foam. 4
Reminds me of Lost Abbey sours in the nose. Lots of tropical and stone fruits are apparent, possibly derived from the touch of acetobacter present in the ph1 barrel. Sweet, ripe, sun warmed fresh off the tree peaches, minimal phenolic funk. Beautiful. 5
Fresh ripe peaches, must cellar funk, citrus pith bitterness, tangy acetobacter. Age is detectable but this beer is amazing. Holding up well and just fantastic. 4.5
Nice full carbonation, does just fine here. 4
So lucky to be trying this. Really spectacular and worlds better than batch 001. A different beer than future batches, really something special. 5
Pours clear and bright golden, no head. 4
Smells dank and stanky. Marijuana, enteric funk, dirt, tangy nectarines. Incredibly tart, lactic sourness is ridiculous. Damp, musty wood and cellar-ness. 5
Earth, damp oak, lemons (juice and pith), so funky and so sour. This stuff is ridiculous. 4.5
Nice carbonation, leaves your mouth puckered, bone dry, and tannin'd. 4
Fantastic stuff. Really cool try it next to pH1. Way more sour and funky. One of the best American wilds out there. 5
Batch 003, reviewed 12/15/2008, 3 years before the rest of this vertical.
Appearance: It was simply beautiful. I poured it into an almost completely spherical goblet and it looked like a beautiful glowing orb reminiscent of the sun. The head quickly receded, but lasted long enough for me to get some great aroma. 4.5
Smell: Magnificent! Pure cheesy, barnyard, horse blanket funk. I was hoping the flavor would deliver like the scent did... 5
Taste: This was damn good. Super sour lemons initially, then that barnyard funk hits. It finishes with the flavor of a well aged ripe cheese. 5
Mouthfeel: My saliva glands exploded as it hit my mouth. You know when you drink a really gnarly lambic? Yeah, like that. It was crispy yet smooth. It burnt my chapped lips something fierce. Oh yeah. 4.5
Drinkability: I thought I wouldn't want a whole bottle, so I split it with my friend, but I could have sipped on this all night. It was great how the flavor developed as it warmed, and every sip was an explosion of flavor. It probably takes someone who has really acquired the taste of really wild sours to love this, but if you like this style and you get one of the 750ml bottles, keep it to yourself!
Overall, this was a real treat. I wish it was not so expensive, but I will have to get one or two more bottles. This jumped into my top 5 beers. Easily. 4.5
Batch 004. Thanks, Craig.
Pours clear and bright straw with a nice head which recedes into a thin film. 4.5
Smells lemony, funky, powdery, and citric. Smarties also make a guest appearance. 4.5
Lemony and sour at first sip. Musty, damp oak is prominent and lasts long into the finish. This is beatification alright. 4
Mouthfeel is great. Very full from dense carbonation. Light on the palate but not at all too effervescent. 4.5
Good stuff. Less complex and funky than it's predecessors, but I look forward to seeing what it does with age. 4.5
12-22-2011 03:28:19 | More by MrFootstones
4.4/5 rDev -3.5%
Batch 3, a 750ml shared by tlay10, poured into a tulip. This batch is a blend of a base called Sonambic, which is 100% spontaneously fermented, and is blended with orphan beers to soften the mouthfeel.
Pale, hazy daffodil. Poured directly into the bottom of the glass, not much head is raised, but what I get is a thin, watery, airy white.
Funky nose. Tons of hay and barnyard aromas. Herbal mint and basil mix with dried lemon peel and hints of strawberry. Perfect balance, crazy complex.
In the flavor, the perfect amount of stale hay mixes with vinegary dried lemon peel and soft touches of wheat. The swallow brings an intense blast of tart lemon, vinegar and the perfect amount of fruity sweetness. Kind of like a yellow skittle, but miles more complex, and with hay and soft basil sprinkled throughout. Just. So. Smooth.
Fairly gentle, prickly carbonation excites the medium-light body as it moves across the tongue, but doesn’t display the crazy fizziness usually found in beers like this. If there is any alcohol it’s hard to notice amidst the tartness that’s currently causing me heartburn. I can feel it coating my mouth and eating away at my teeth.
I’m most impressed by the perfect balance of funk in here. It’s heavily tart, but there’s enough sweetness an barnyard to temper it and keep me going back sip after sip.
Batch 2: both funkier and fruitier in the nose than batch 2. Strawberries, wheat, maybe even some pear. Loads of funk, dried lemon peel. Little more sour than batch three, the tartness hits a completely different part of my jowls. Interestingly, as it’s become sweeter and fruitier in the nose, it’s become far more tart in the flavor. Not an improvement, not a step backward. Just different.
Ph1: this is a completely different beer. The nose is sweet and floral, with lots of honey, caramel, pear, lilac and cinnamon. On the palate, it’s a bit overcarbonated, exploding into bubbles that make the brew hard to taste. Same in the flavor, though: lilac, honey, caramel, pear. Compared to later Beatifications, this is lighter, more delicate, sweeter and more floral, with none of the aggressive tartness of the others. I like how different it is. Redemption is the base beer here, which makes sense.
12-21-2011 06:33:01 | More by Phelps
4.43/5 rDev -2.9%
A: Pours with a rich head, and also has a beautiful golden color
S: Rich sour notes with some lemon and grapefruit
T: Lots of grapefruit, lemon, and some sourdough bready notes
M: Nice carbonation with some nice richness
O: This is definitely one amazing beer! It is by far one of the best sours I have had so far.
12-20-2011 03:49:08 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
4.55/5 rDev -0.2%
A - Pours a citrus yellow with a penny thick white head.
S - Lightly hopped, lots of funk and citrus smell.
T - Lots of malt flavor. Tastes the same across my entire tongue. Lots of citrus and funk. Why must you leave my mouth flavor?
M - Amazing. Perfect combination of carbonation and still yet creamy.
O - Wonderful beer. I'm thankful that I was able to get a couple of bottles!
12-20-2011 03:45:17 | More by porkinator
Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
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