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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,152 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,152
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 2,868
Gots: 467 | FT: 30
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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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
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%

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3.97/5  rDev -12.9%
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%

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

Huge thanks to Jon for hooking me up with this loooong time Want (it's been on my Wants list for nearly 2 years). Batch 5.

Beer pours a hazy straw color with a moderate white head and minimal lacing. Aroma is fantastic, sour, oak, funk and citrus all blend fantastically, the oak really stands out and it has the funk smell of a Belgian lambic much more than your average American wild. Flavor is very sour and acidic initially, but is very complex. There's a great amount of oak and funkiness to this as well and it has some qualities that remind me of Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze. It comes off somewhere between a wild and a gueuze. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and coats your mouth very nicely. Overall, this is really a fantastic American wild that may come closest to the Belgian style it's modeled after of any American beer I've had. I'm a big fan and glad to have finally gotten a chance to try this after all this time.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From 04/14/12 notes. Thanks to everyone who brought this to our DC Sour Tasting; never had it and have wanted to for a while. Got to sample a near vertical, as we had batched 1, PH1, 2, 3, and 4 side by side. I found batches 1 and PH1 very different fro the rest, as they were much sweeter then the others, and found batch 2 to be the sourest, almost too sour. Batch 3 was amazing and my favorite, so the one I'm reviewing. My order went:

3, Ph1, 1, 2, 4

a - Pours a transparent golden color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of tart cherries, sour fruits, citrus, lemon, oak, fruity malts, very acedic. Awesome nose, with just a ton of sour fruits.

t - Tastes of very sour cherries, sour dark fruits, and fruity malts, lemon, citrus, light funk, acedic, oak, vinegar. More sour dark fruit, especially cherries, in the taste, and a inty bit funky. Awesome, perfect tasting sour for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Acedic mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was an amazing sour; probably my favorite RR beer to date. All batches of this were very good, btu Batch 3 is unreal right now. Highly recommended, definitely looking for more bottles of this one.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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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:

Pours a light golden hue with a slight haze. An immediate effervescent fireworks starts occurring in the glass with the tiny bubbles radiating to the quarter inch frothy head.

Smell is a funkadelic sour and citrus mix. Just a beautiful aroma that reeks of complexity.

So after the first sip you realize the hype is legit. A wonderful marriage of a lemon and sour funk that is smooth but complex just like the aroma. An optimal amount of pucker that is balanced with an almost chardonnay quality that dances in your mouth.

Overall this a phenomenal wild. I would describe the experience as an erection for the taste buds.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a RR -ion glass. Review #900, saved a big one!

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a dense white head that settles to a slight pillowy haze.
S - Complex, gueuze-like aromas of cheesy funk, lemon zest, white wine, oak, and green apples. Becomes much more lactic as it warms up, almost like a creamy lemon yogurt. Beautiful, and so very Russian River in execution.
T - Nicely tart, puckering even, with lemon juice, green apple, and unripe pear leading to a astringent woodiness and more cheesy funk. Amazingly drinkable despite the apparently high levels of lactic and citric acid, this is a lovely balance of tart, musty, earthy, and funky. Certainly blended with a deft hand.
M - Crisp, with a medium body, effervescent carbonation, and a dry finish that leaves your teeth squeaking.
O - Another amazing Russian River Wild Ale, as if there was any doubt. While Supplication remains my favorite, this was the one I was most excited to try, and it certainly met my expectations!

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of b5 poured into -tion glass. The pour is hazy yellow with fizzy appearance. Minimal head present, no lacing. The aroma is heavenly. Notes of lactic acid pair with candied tangerine, tart cherries, waves of oak, and a touch of lemon zest. The taste is quite a journey starting with candied fruits, mainly citrus. A bit of oak and funk comes through next as things quickly head towards the intensely sour side of the spectrum. The finish leaves a lingering tartness on the tongue which leaves you hanging for the next sip. The mouthfeel is effevescent and the body is light. Overall, this is not only a very approachable sour with great balance, but it is damn tastey and well rounded. The hype train surrounds this one for a reason. This is a must try for anyone who enjoys sour beers.

Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
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