Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,113 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,113
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2,838
Gots: 462 | 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:
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(Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 01-25-2006)
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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!

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.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

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.

Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of brotherloco
4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml C&C bottle. Bottled on: 011012. Served in a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazed perfect gold with a finger of off-white foam that dissipates fairly quickly to a small ring. No lacing.

Aroma of apples and apple cider, white grapes and white wine, citrusy lemon and orange. You can already tell this is wonderfully sour and tart. Some funky yeast.

First sip is a *wallop* of sour, wow. Everything from the nose seems present. Sweet apple cider, bright white wine notes, zesty citrus. Extremely tart through the middle with a tiny bit of relief through the finish. Finish is quite dry, with a lot of dry oak notes. Sweet and sour fruit linger on in the aftertaste. Some funkiness emerges in the finish/aftertaste as well. Alcohol is well hidden.

Medium to medium-light in body, medium slightly-sharp carbonation. Dry finish makes it drinkable, but heavy sourness makes it a sipper.

My first experience of the "Sonambic". Awesome.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of CADMixes
3.98/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 5.

Beautiful clear golden pour with minimal carbonation. Metallic nose, huge lemon juice quality on the palate. This is straight-up citrus, not vinegar. Finishes clean with a big-time mineral quality.

Interesting beer, not complex but an impressive showcase of the flavors it does have. I imagine it being served ice cold accompanying some delicious fresh seafood. Out of that context maybe it's more of a curiosity.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,113 ratings.