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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,187 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,187
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 2,906
Gots: 473 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
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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4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5 poured into a tulip.

A- Golden murky appearance with a thin white head.

S- sour, lemon zest, floral and grassy, and a nice funkiness.

T- fruitiness, bitter lemon, funk, oak, rose pedals, and black pepper.

M- prickly carbonation, sourness lingers on palate and makes my mouth water. Alcohol not present.

O- I drank my second of my six bottles I acquired yesterday at RR. All I have to say is that I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and plan on getting it as often as I can.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of shangwang
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the Russian River brewpub. Awesome timing, as I happend to be in NoCal on the weekend it was released. 375ml bottle poured into a goblet.
Poured with a finger of foamy white head. Cloudy straw-colored body, and the head dissipated quickly with no lacing on the glass. Smelled SOUR! Vinegery brett all throughout the intense aroma. Some citus as well. Tasted as I expected from the smell- citrusy sour and tangy. Excellent flavor that lingers for a while. Lots of zip in the mouthfeel, fairly lightweight, and very fitting for the taste. Overall, an excellent wild ale, but extremely sour, so definitely not for everyone. Gotta grab a few bottles to take home...

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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%

Photo of Agold
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer in a ridiculously generous box from Huadog in the sour BIF. Batch 004. The beer has a short white head with really nice retention and some very nice sheets of lacing. Mildly cloudy golden color. Aroma is very bretty, barnyard, lots of lemon and lemon zest, floral notes, and more horsey notes than I have noticed in pretty much any other beer. Flavor has a nice bitter, funky, horsey, lemon character. There is a bit of sweetness and a lot of clean tartness. Some of the acetic sourness reminds me a bit of consecration in a great way. Quite gueuze like. Mouthfeel is light, dry, great carbonation, very nice beer. I was expecting a ton from russian river and they delivered for me. Great sour.

Thanks again huadog.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MrFootStones for this bottle. Made me happy plus 2 others.

Batch 3

poured into goblet

Color: Golden to blonde with a few orange highlights. A thin white bubbly head appears but quickly reduces to a white ring around the glass. Leaves behind some head retention, but no lace.

Nose: Extreme and complex. Sourness, barnyard textures, funk, lemon scent, and mellow grassy notes.

Palate: Like heaven on the tongue. Extremely drinkable for how sour it is. The carbonation is perfect, no trace of alcohol and its tingles your taste buds. As this beer sits in your mouth waves of sour lemon and oak coat the tongue , later the grassy notes appear in soft gentle way. Truly well crafted.

Finish: Long and dry with plenty of layers. Tart and funky, sour and lightly fruity, and yea very drinkable till the last drop. A masterful sour!

Rating: 97/100

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of woosterbill
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

B2 375 into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Gigantic thanks to Matt for sharing this, a long-time top want of mine. I owe you one.

A: Hazy pale amber body with a handful of coarse white bubbles. Decent, but uninspiring.

S: Funk + acid. Wow. Floral, citrus, and tropical aromas overlaid atop pure sourness. This is AWA perfection: complex, powerful, and simply overwhelming.

T: Soft fruitiness up front, pure lemony sourness thereafter. A bit of floral funk, and just lovely pure sourness. Great. My only complaint is that I would have liked a bit more dirtiness from the funk, but I'll take the enamel-ripping sourness and be happy with it.

M: Creamy, lively medium body. Perfect.

O: This one lived up to its reputation: brutally sour, incredibly delicious, and simply wonderful. Worth seeking out.


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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ehammond1
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2008/Batch 003)

Thanks for opening this with me, schmoopsbeer!

(Aged for 3+ years)

Hazy golden and yellow with orange highlights and a pillowy, finger and a half high, nearly white head, that leaves the glass messy with sheets of lace.

The aroma is far more funky than I would have presumed along with with huge amounts of sour acidity rushing up from the glass as well. The funk comes in waves of barnyard, hay, and leather, while the sourness has strong apple, pear, and lemon accents. Strong, aggressive, and fantastic aroma. The Brett and the sourness combine incredibly well.

The flavor is just as amazing and even more complex, with the Brett, barnyard, horse blanket, hay notes coming through very strongly, right alongside the big, tart lemon sourness making one's jowls quiver. Complete, funky, sour, delicious, drinkable--all words I'd use to describe this bottle.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. A treat to drink.

One of my all-time favorites.

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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%

Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,187 ratings.