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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,204 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,204
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 2,945
Gots: 477 | FT: 32
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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Ratings: 2,204 | Reviews: 517
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of yamar68
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bugdoc for this one. '12 vintage poured from bottle to over-sized Mikkeller wine glass:

Pours a beautiful orange/honey gold with carbonation clinging to every corner of the glass. A lively two fingers of starch white head doesn't last as long as I'd expect. Could be the glass though. Still perfect lacing though.

The nose is intense, complex. Obvious funky honey and lemongrass. A deeper kind of sour, not as bright as its brothers and sisters. A great smelling beer.

Wow. Massive on the tongue. Pushing a Warhead level of sour punch. The sour intensity mellows considerably as the beer warms. Grapefruit, rich esters, orange peel/orange juice, syrupy lemonade, truly a gigantic beer. I'm blown away by how much flavor is crammed in here.

The sour side of the beer keeps drinkability rather low but its silky smooth mouthfeel is redeeming.

Overall, very glad to have had the opportunity to try this one. Sour beers are quite foreign to me and gems like these make me excited to try more.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.82/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Nanobrew and FosterJM for this one!

A: Slight pop when the cork came off. Pours a hazy golden orange with a nice white, fizzy head on top. Pretty good retention with sporadic lacing that doesn't last too long.

S: Fantastic tartness. Some peach, lemon, apricot, and white grapes. Nice citrus fruits and some nice barnyard funk that blends nicely with the fruit/tartness.

T: Has a very gueuze like flavor, lots of tart lemon and some apricot. Underneath there is some tart green apple and more white grapes. Very mouth puckering and it is amazing.

M: Medium bodied, great level of carbonation. Very tart/acidic, but I am really liking it.

O: Simply put, amazing. One of the best beers I have ever had hands down. Great flavor and extremely tart.

Photo of Gushue3
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of angrybabboon
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Note: Batch 5

Consumed 6/24/12

Appearance: Pours hazy, bright gold - big, white head to start - retains a little cap, leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Sour, so much sour - truly a bouquet of bacteria - sharp acidity, tart, with some serious wood - funky, but mostly sour, so sour - some pale malts underneath

Taste: Sour - so, so sour - unbelievably sour - a sharp, glorious sour that coats the mouth and sticks around - some lemon - very tart - some wood in the background, with a base of pale malts - acidic with some citrus

Mouthfeel: Light to medium, nicely carbonated, puckering to the extreme

Overall: Glorious

This is like sour concentrate. It's like alchemy, but with sour flavor. In a word, this is masterful. One of the best beers I've had from Russian River, and that is really saying something.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thebroth for hooking me up with a bottle.

Appearance: Slightly hazed bright gold. Head is bright white and drops to a tiny, bubbly collar with a wispy cap. Carbonation is lively but not aggressive.

Smell: Mild powdery funk. Oak barrels add a nice woody earthiness. Some lactic tartness as well. Lemon zest with a mild floral undertone. Some old cheese. Touch of Brett breadiness. All kinds of funk with a budding sour edge. Layers of wild. Touch of yeast.

Taste: Lactic acid snap right up front. Sharp and bright. Touches of Brett funk add some hay and grass. Powdery yeast. Lemon zest with some fresh squeezed lemon juice. Some backing sweetness. Wood helps mellow some of the more aggressive tart flavors. Almost citric level of tartness. The barrel Influence helps pull everything together. Mild floral elements. Musty with some hints of ripe cheese. Sharp.

Mouthfeel: Bright. Light body pushes toward medium. Carbonation is moderate, but effervescent. Flavor spreads and dries on each sip. Lingering powdery tartness.

Overall: Top notch stuff. Incredibly complex blend with nice levels of funk and sour.

I'm glad I got to try this. It's worth all the hype and it would likely age incredibly well. Definitely a top showing from an already top level brewery. Incredible stuff to be had. Too bad I don't have more.

Photo of Cowcakes
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Ami
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Review #2, Batch 5 served cellar temp in tulip

A : Golden yellow crossed with lemon rind, fluffy white 1" head that left spotty lacing throughout

S : Sharp citrus dominated by lemon zest, some clear barnyard funk present as well...as it warmed slight scent of wet hay and a very faint oak smell

T : Slight funk and OMFG sour BOMB, sour continues mid-palate and the lemon zest/citrus comes through in a fairly dry finish

M : Medium carbonation and a pretty light/medium body, funky smooth, yo

O : Such a great sour, really hard to complain about any aspect but still isn't quite on par with some of the big boys...darn close though. Only knock is as it warms it becomes a tad too acidic for my tastes. Love this sour though and cannot wait for the next bottle!

Photo of Hands22
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of alwaysanswerb
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TheRealDBCooper
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 375 ml cork and cage bottle into a Bell's tulip.

A- pours clean, light caramel with a 2" white head. Some bubbles on the glass resides quickly.

S- sweet citrus, lots of Brett funk and sourness.

T- sour and tartness tingles the roof of you mouth right out the gate. Some sweet citrus swoops in with more Brett funk and sourness that builds throughout.

M- medium body, high carbonation. Funk really tingles the mouth and goes up your nose a little.

O- if you like sour and funk this beer is for you. Possibly the second most sour beer I have had next to Riserva 2010.

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.

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Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,204 ratings.