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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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100
world-class

2,191 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,191
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 2,909
Gots: 472 | FT: 29
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:
Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 01-25-2006

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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5, courtesy of a business trip to the Bay Area. Sampled on 6-6, reviewed from notes.

A: Lemon rind yellow. 1/4" head and plenty of carbonation bubbles. Looks ripe.

N: Soured oak staves. Some acetone and barnyard funk. Lemon/sour citrus. There is an unpleasant scent wavering through this which knocks off some points.

T: Probably a 9/10 on the sour scale. Plenty of lemon citrus, and plenty of lactic acid. Great wood base to round things out. SOme pine/earthiness, but not in the way you'd get from hops.

M: Light and spritzy

O: This is really brilliant stuff, particularly if you're in the mood for a palate scraping sour. Highly recommended, and I think RR has finally caught up to Belgium. Depends on if you're in the mood for a 'rounded sour' or a bracing one.

Photo of Auracom
4.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No surprise here, another beneficiary of RR's Batch 5 release. 8 oz. poured into a Fantôme tulip on June 15th, 2012.

A - Looks like a hazier Fou Foune. Good edge-clinging white, soapy head, great lacing.

S - I've never come across a brett aroma that I found particularly "refreshing", but this somehow is. Fresh cut haystacks, earthy, a bit herbaceous, touch of horse blanket, lemon vinegar. Great balance across the full spectrum of aromas here.

T - Sour. Bomb. This goes beyond Cantillon Classic Geuze. The level of biting tartness here is a bit stunning. Sharp citrus at mid-palate. Back end is cleaner grass and herbal.

M - The definition of finishing dry. Combined with the intense mouth watering, this is quite a tease to quench. Great carbonation, light body. Right on.

D - Hits the nail on the head while staying refined. Love it.

Photo of vrbulldog22
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of DaveHack
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of kslsc400
5/5  rDev +9.6%

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

Reviewed from notes:

Pours with a great funky, earthy, hay & lemon smell. Rich golden color, somewhat hazy. Very tart on the tongue with earthy, leathery undertones. Not at all astringent, but rather finished crisp and cleanly acidic. Excellent beer.

Photo of RuckusDu
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of xnicknj
4.52/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

330mL bottle poured into taster - batch 5 - thanks rob

Pours a hazy golden straw yellow color with a bubbly white head. Retains for just a moment before dissolving into some cloudy film with a bit of lacing on the glass.

Punchy, intense tartness in the nose driven by an powerful lemony scent. Hints of citrus peel with funky wetness and hay. Light touch of oak with acid.

Zesty lemon and powerful sourness right off the bat. Citrus peel with funky tones and decent acidity. Puckering sourness continues throughout the profile, drying up on the tongue with some yeasty hints. Finishes with lemon and tartness.

Lighter medium body, slightly higher carbonation, dry, bubbly and extremely lingering on the tongue. If you're looking for an intensely sour beer that packs a punch you won't soon forget, this is the one. I've been waiting to try this for a couple years and it's lived up to the expectations.

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

Batch 005. Thanks to Mista for this delicacy.

A: straw colored pour, fairly clear, with a thin head and decent lacing covering half of the top and refreshing from what looks like heavy carbonation.

S: slightly sweet, very tart, fruity - I get lemon and something more tropical I can't identify as well as some white grapes.

T: very tart, good lemon flavor, some sweetness or malt but I can't tell it's so wonderfully sour. There is a slight green apple tartness, but it takes a back seat to the lemon. Can taste some vinous notes too.

M: medium carbonation, medium-light body, and teeth-etching sourness.

O: very delicious beer. Wish it were easier and cheaper for RR to make.

Photo of lnashsig
4.97/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a pretty special one for #BOTG 62. Pretty hard to find, thanks to Kevin Harvest for his generosity here. RR corked and caged bottle, popped bottle, and poured slowly into my JK Farmhouse glass. Pours a really cloudy golden color, some white, tight bubbles in the head. It looks like a sour! It actually resembles a Gueuze in a lot of ways. Smell- sour green apples, citrus, earthy funk! I get some eastern asia tropical fruits (like a star fruit)- very tart aroma. Also, some vinegar aroma. So many things in common with a good gueuze. Taste- oh my god, puckering sour. Its the sour you get from biting right into a green apple (unripened) and gnawing on the skin. There is a sugary tartness on my teeth. Also, I get some sour patch kids sourness too. Definite vinegar present on the end, it works well with the sourness, not a detractor at all. This is an A+ sour. One of the best I've ever had for sure.

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Bottled on 10 January 2012. 6.00%

A: Light, frothy white head fades quickly. Super-clear and quite pale. Almost like white wine.

S: Excellent yeast -- sharp, funky, sweet, and sour. Full of fruit and tartness and all the excellent aspects I've come to associate with wild yeast, and none of the lesser aspects.

T: Interesting! Fiercely puckery...almost too much so to drink. Like Warheads as a child, this beer makes my jaw socket ache. Still, it's perversely delicious. A touch of vinegariness that I don't particularly enjoy, almost like olive brine, but otherwise quite nice...bright fruit, very wine-like, very dry, and rather acidic. Some lemons. Overall, enjoyable.

M: Your mouth will want to collapse in on itself. Your tongue will tingle. And you will like it. What a beer!

O: Acidic, interesting, sour, and perhaps a touch overrated. Still, a well-made beer that deserves your attention. I would have another.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of barnyard funk with sour peach and pear and other light fruits. There is also some lemon peel and other citrus flavors with some oak.

T - Starts off with lots of sourness and funk with some pear and other tart light fruits and lots of farmhouse flavors. Through the middle, some more funky flavors comes through with some Brett and other wild yeast flavors and some oak. The finish is a mix of funky wild yeast flavors with lots of farmhouse flavors, strong sourness, oak, and some lemon peel.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Feels smooth with a sour and funky finish.

D - Very drinkable. The sourness and funky flavors are so strong, but at the same time the beer feels very balanced. I really like the wild yeast flavors.

Photo of TheBeerTruck
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of srandycarter
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Thom for scoring this for me.

A - Cloudy straw, small white head, good cling.

S - Punky, green apple, barn, tart, malt there but in the background.

T - Refreshing. Delicious. Tart, malt in the back but present, crisp.

M - Nice carb, light body, great balance.

D - I see where it gets its high marks.

Photo of ABM
1/5  rDev -78.1%

Photo of tjdemon
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GennyCreamAle
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Kaydogg
4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 5 Bottle

A. vibrant yellow with a fluffy white head. Low retention.

S. Huge Lemon sour nose. maybe sour apples, lemon rinds. A little earthiness.

T: Wow ..crazy sour flavor. Lemon tart like a lemon head or sourpatch kids candy.. not much else very dry. pretty one dimensional

Extremely dry..begs you to take another sour hit..Mouth is light and crisp.

Overall the beer is not very complex but still a excellent beer from Vinny and RR

Photo of Rckmo10
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to JealousChalice for sharing this at DarthKostrizer's tasting.

Bottled on 1/10/12.

Pours a slightly murky yellow with a beige head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, funky, earthy, and woody. Taste is the same with an awesome mouth puckering sourness. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an amazing beer with fantastic aromas and flavors.

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.01/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bright yellow with a short bubbly white head. Low to no retention. 

Big sour nose. A touch of sour apple. Funky. 

Very sour flavor. Lemon juice and rind. That's pretty much it. 

Mouth is light and crisp. High carb. 

Overall not a Lot of complexity IMO. Very one note sour. Sour lemony citrus. 

Photo of kaseydad
4.64/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 5

Finally get to partake of the Beat. Pours a crystal clear pale yellow ale with a awesome frothy head that dissapates to a thing layer.

The aroma is killer. Light vinegar, lemon peel, lemon zest, grassy and earthy. Getting a lot of floral as well.

Definitely let this bad boy warm a tad to get the funk...er..party started. Sour lemons, barnyard funk, white grapefruit peel. This definitely not as sour as I was expecting. While it's tart, it is much too drinkable.

Light carbonation in the glass but an explosion in the mouth.

Overall this is definitely worth the hype. This is a fantastic beer that blends the sourness with a touch nostril-pleasing floral goodness....and keeps it very drinkable.

Great job Vin. Hell, I even drank the sediment.

Photo of rodkin
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5. Thanks, eyebereej.

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

Oh man that's a strong smell. Comes to me easily as I pour the glass. Smells strongly of citrus. Lemon, orange, some peach, a little bit of a hay-like smell. Slightly musty. It smells like it's going to be pretty sour, I can get a bit of that mouth-puckering feeling just from a sniff. Pretty funky.

Yeah, that's pretty sour, but not at all unpleasant. Lots of citrus, some green apple, little bit of funk. Little bit of peppery spice at the finish.

Mouthfeel is just great. I don't know what else to say. I have absolutely no complaints.

The drinkability on this is nuts. I could down these all the time. Perfect summer beer: complex, light, and refreshing. Each sip finishes with this pleasant tartness that just makes me want to keep drinking. More, please!

Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,191 ratings.