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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,191
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 2,908
Gots: 472 | FT: 29
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 01-25-2006

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4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to eyebereej for the trade. Poured from Batch 5 375 mL bottle into Peg's tulip glass.

A: Golden apricot color, fairly clear. No head to speak of, instead only a ring of bubbles. There is some visible carbonation.

S: Sour, vinegar, fruity (peach/apricot/lemon) with just a bit of barnyard. Really nice aroma here.

T: Fruity again (peach, apricot, lemon, pineapple, strawberry?). There isn't much wood character but it is there in the background. Sour but not overwhelmingly so.

M: Pleasantly light mouthfeel with dry finish and moderate carbonation.

O: Awesome. Given the PITA that this ended up being for me to acquire, my hopes had really been built up. But unlike so many previous experiences with a similar backstory, it lived up to my expectations easily. Bottles of Beat would absolutely be a permanent fixture in my fridge if that was possible!

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4.19/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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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.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

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4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

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4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
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