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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,153 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,153
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.99%
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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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Photo of billab914
4.37/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 3, poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a yellow gold color with a small white head that settled to a small ring around the glass.

Aroma has some apple and grape fruit flavors with a slight citrusness and sourness. Taste is very good. The sourness hits you first with the fruity apple and grape flavors coming through. The sourness reminds me a lot of sour candies maybe, sweet tarts. It finishes with the funky barnyard flavors that I have read about but not experienced for so long.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, this is a very strong flavor but also very enjoyable.

Overall I am very impressed, I would consider this one of my first real sour beers and definitely my first American sour. I can definitely see why these RR sours are so sought after now. Excellent beer that I would definitely buy again.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML received in a trade with ipa247

Pours a somewhat murky glowing orange/straw color. Lots of effervescent carbonation rising to the top and feeding a finger of head that recedes down to a thin film and nice collar.

Nose is a complex mesh of band aid, tart apples, white grapes, Now & Laters, some earthy must, cobwebs, and orange peel. Very very nice.

OH WOW! This is it! I have tried numerous times to get into sours and had mixed results. But this is it! This is the beer I have been looking for. A mouth puckering blast of sour candy and thankfully not bone dry on the palate. Tart apples and grape skin on the mid-palate. Nice sweet finish of orange peel and a slight bit of must and funk. This is seriously like drinking a liquid Warhead candy. Awesome.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with quite a bit of carbonation but mostly of the soft variety. A tad dry, but not nearly enough to bother me.

This beer is amazing. And I think it is my gateway. Thanks again Jeff...you picked a fantastic beer to send me!

Photo of cptierney
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml RR bottle into my official Russian River 'tion glass.

The pour is a kind of hazy yellow with just a tiny ring of bubbles around the liquid's edge, just enough to remind me that this guy has just enough carbonation. As I drink it down, there is little lacing left behind on the sides of the glass.

The smell is so familiar and heartening. Its that delicious barnyard funk that smells like the underside of a well aged wine bottle cork. There's a touch of lemon peel on the top of the smell hinting at the time this beer spent in a barrel.

This beer's mouthfeel is closest to Temptation, thinner than most of the other 'tion offerings but still thick enough to be there. Its dryness isn't overwhelming but it ends the quaff quickly and doesn't hang around. The carb bite is on point, sharp and present making for a pleasant beverage.

The lemon character of this guy is the most surprising element of the beer. Like concentrated lemon juice, it pervades the drink making a mouth puckering beverage. The barrel funk on the drink is also present, but make no mistake, there is none of the balsamic vinegar aftertaste to the brew, only sweet citrus goodness.

The mild mouthfeel and general feeling of elation makes this a highly drinkable beer. The aftertaste might be off putting for some, but in my opinion it's fantastic, making for my favorite Russian River sour offering thus far

Photo of abecall98
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My roomate shared the bottled I gave him for his Birthday. Poured the 750ml into 2 identical Bruery Tulip Glasses

A - bright hazy orange. A light white thin head grabs the edge of the glass. Dissipates quickly, as I wish the head would retain.

S - Starts funky with the smell of bready brett, and some sour fruit notes hit the nasal area. Smell of citrus pleases me as a beer drinker as the aroma fades....

T - Where to start? The very first taste is a sour bite. It grabs your cheeks and forces them inward. The puckering sourness of this beer is so good. Right after that, the funk kicks in and dies down the pucking sour. Tastes of spices from the funk come in. After the funk, the taste of sour lemon is left behind. It is like eating the peel. A very overpowing combination of citrus and sour.

M - Dry. Hits your mouth and leaves. This is how a sour should behave. It is not sweet and clinging. It hits the mouth, and leaves behind the puckering effects of the sour. Damn good.

D - This beer is drinkable for how sour it is. It is not an unpleasing sour, and allows for the drinker to desire more. I would not have more than 1 glass of this though, but I still love the one I am having!

Photo of bulletrain76
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

75cl bottle shared by photomike. Just another animal entirely from the rest of the Russian River family. The sourest beer that I have ever had, but somehow remained smooth and drinkable. I'm not even sure that I understand. Ever since hearing Vinnie describe how they were brewing this beer while we were at the brewery for RBSG this past summer, I've been dying to try it. This truly is a Sonambic. The funk, the acidity, the wood. So intense from start to finish. The pour is a relatively unassuming hazy yellow with a small fine head that leaves patchy lace behind. The aroma is where things get interesting. It's just the funkiest, sourest, most oaky thing to ever hit my nostrils. Straight oaked lemon juice with brett. The flavor is super dry, super sour, with yoghurt and lemons coming through, and quite oaky, though relatively clean tasting as well, without the the sharper cheesy funk flavors found in some Belgian lambics. Light bodied with acid coasting the tongue. I had burned my tongue the day before on some tea, and Beatification started to bring back the hurt with all that acid. Pain for pleasure. Honestly, this borders on too acidic, and I have a very high threshold for sour. Though it is very well blended and smooth overall for how acidic it is. This might not have been the most pleasurable beer of the tasting, but it was the most heavy of an impact. Lacks the depth of Supplication, but the awesome sourness is unrivaled. Killer shit.

Photo of bret27
4.27/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of photomike

S: Bretty, tart, crisp

A: cloudy yellow

T: Lemon juice, sour all the way from start to finish, very dry in the finish.

M: Thin and extremely dry

D: very good. Dryness keeps you wanting more.

Overall: Maybe the most sour beer I've ever had. Though not super complex, the sour dryness keeps you coming back for more over and over, despite the need for TUMS.

Photo of jrallen34
4.17/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a batch 2 375ml bottle that i drank from Rochefort glass.

This beer pours a dark yellow that has a hint of orange in it, much much darker than tempation. The head and carbonation are both disappointing as I get NO HEAD AT ALL. There is no lacing either.

The aroma is all sour and funk but sadly there isn't much complexity or other aromas. You are just overwhelmed by sour.

The taste makes up for what is lacking in appearance and aroma. It is sweet to start then very tart, definetly a puckerer, the rest of the way but not so overwhelming you can't drink it.

The feel is tart and heavy and just coasts your tongue but crisp to drink and great drinkability for a sour beer.

Overall this wild ale is a good beer, partly just because I love sours. however, compared to other sours it is severly lacking in complexity and originality. Would I drink this beer again? Certainly. Would I go out of my to find it, trade something special to get it, or pay a lot at an auction site no.

Photo of hobojon
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle bought at RRBC. Batch 003. Served in tulip glass.

Aroma- very acidic and sour. Brett. pungent aroma. sweaty, citrus, waxy. House Russian River sour character (not wild). great aroma. mouth watering.

App- golden clear. big white foam dissipates in glass.

Taste- incredible. very tart and sour. mouth puckering. acetic, lactic acids. grainy and husky. resolves clean and dry though. fruity, warming acids. pineapple, lime, lemon, tropical fruit. earthy. clean and refreshing.

Mouth- very dry. very high carb. thin body offset by carb and acid.

Overall- lots of brett and sour character. fairly one dimensional but better than some geueze with more barnyard/wild character.

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

Split a 750mL three ways. Batch 003

Ar: Tropical fruit, light barnyard, bubblegum, floral, citrus, acidic, mouth watering sour.

Ap: clear gold with medium thick white head, good retention.

F: Sour acids, herbal, fruity, refreshing acidity, lemon/lime, not too much acetic acid, tropical fruit, very dry, warming acid at the end, spicy, pineapple, light barnyard.

M: thin and refreshing, medium/high carbonation, warming acid at the end.

O: great, refreshing, a lot of nice brett character, complex but simple.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Monks last month. From notes:

A - Lightly hazed bright yellow in color. Head is rather thin and bright white. Quickly fades to nothing and leaves very little behind on the glass.

S - Hints of oak, sour lemons and a bit grassy. The Brett comes through as it warms with just a hint of barnyard funk.

T - Sour citrus fruit up front with lots of lemon zest. Hints of oak mid-drink, especially as the beer warms. Hints of grape and apple as well. Just a hint of biscuity maltiness underneath. Finishes very tart.

M/D - Crisp, light feel. Very easy drinking. Mine was rather well carboanted which seems to be abnormal after reading other reviews.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 002 375ml bottle.
Received in trade from largadeer, thanks for the opportunity.

I can smell the funk as soon as I pop the cork. Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a good sized white head that sticks around for a while. Smells of barnyard funk, lemon, tart fruits, and leather. Smells very tart, I think I'm in for a treat. The taste is mouth puckering sour and dry with lots of tart fruits especially lemon and sour orange. Hints of horse blanket and tobacco round it out. Leaves a bone dry finish in which you can feel the lactic acid burn down your throat until it splashes into your stomach. Every sip leaves your mouth watering for more. Medium low carbonation, Medium light body. Wow that's a great sour beer! Lots of acid, some funk, very little vinegar. Vinnie you've done it again.

Photo of maximum12
3.28/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to cloudskipper who sent me this bottle via the Secret Santa BIF almost a year ago. I've been saving it for the right time, &, well, that time is now. It's warm in Minnesota in late November, that's reason enough to celebrate!

Batch 3. Only 2/3 of the bottle poured between my wife & I initially to keep the sediment trapped in the big, cool bottle. Pours an almost radioactive yellow with evident carbonation but no head to speak of. Smell is sheer wild. Dry, cirtus, with a tangy undercurrent of champagne, which must be the yeast. Interesting.

Beatification is mouth-puckeringly dry. Even before the taste kicks in, this is the primary impression I come away with from the first sip. After I unpucker, I get the sour lemon, the brett, the wood drying out my mouth even more. I'm going to need to drink some liquid after I finish this. Drinkable? Even for a wild, this is down on the scale for me.

Good beer. Unfairly, I was expecting some kind of heavenly notes to sound when I opened the bottle, but this wasn't as good as some other sours I've had. Good, but simple.

Photo of grub
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks again to fartingdog for helping this one to come my way. you rock dave!

batch 002 (375ml corked and caged) side-by-side with batch 003 (750ml corked and caged). sampled nov 15/09.

appearance on both is about the same as my previous review. batch 2 seems to have a bit more clarity, but that's likely just because it has sat longer.

aroma on #2 matches my last review and is quite similar to #3 except that it has a more pronounced acidity and vinegary component.

taste seems to match what i observed in the aroma - both match my last review except for a more pronounced acidity/vinegary character in #2.

mouthfeel matches in both.

drinkability is pretty good, but the acidity, particularly in batch 002, takes away from it somewhat. it also seems to have lost some its depth with time. overall i think i liked #2 better fresh and #3 is pretty damn good now. i'll leave the scores as-is, but consider them to reflect each batch when fresh.

previous review: 4/4/4.5/4.5/4.5 = 4.3

thanks to fartingdog and DrJay for helping this one to come my way.

375ml bottle, corked and caged. batch 002. sampled aug 24/08, 7 days before i'll be visiting the brewpub. woohoo!

pours pale yellow with a small ring of dense white head. drops almost instantly and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. lemon and a bit of sour orange. leather and horse blanket. alcohol. bit of cider vinegar and acidity. white bread. cracker. bit of grain. touch of caramel. apple. white wine. bit of raw oak.

taste is great. lots of fruit up front. apple. lemon. bit of light citrus. then the funk hits - sour lemon, apple cider vinegar, leather and horse blanket. light caramel. bit of alcohol. bread and cracker. bit of grain. there's a nice floral component to it too that i kind of enjoy. white wine. oak. bit of vanilla.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. medium-light body with a fairly clean dry finish.

drinkability is great. balanced acidity, great depth. interesting and very enjoyable. it'll be neat to see how this one changes with some age.

Photo of Tiklmelmo
3.3/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared a bomber with carps12 at a tasting this summer (2k9)

A - Pale yellow / straw colored, with a hint of orange. Very minimal head that dissipated almost immediatley.

S - Holy horse blanket. That descriptor didn't mean anything to me until I smelled this beer. This is the definition of "barnyard". Hints of lemony citrus as well.

T - SOUR SOUR SOUR. I'm a huge fan of geuze, lambic, flanders red, etc, but this one is puckeringly sour. Pushing the limits here for me, especially at first. Once the palate adjusts, it's not too bad, but up front it's pretty intense. Lots of sweaty lemon with some wood notes.

M - Not a huge amount of carbonation, but not flat. The acidity here overpowers my first impressions, but evens out a bit on the third sip and beyond.

D - Tough to drink at first, but after your palate adjusts it's actually pretty good. Still was tough to finish the bottle between two of us.

Overall, it's an interesting beer, but not terribly balanced, and missing the complexity imparted by the barrels of various other Russian River "sours". Worth trying if you have the chance, but it's not something I would go out of my way to try again.

Photo of rye726
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 002

Pours a hazy golden with a white head that settles to a thin cover.

Nose has tart citrus, tropical fruits, manure, horse blanket, oak and white wine.

Taste has bready caramel malts, sweet fruits, barnyard funk, sour yeast, chardonnay and oak.

Medium boby is delicately carbonated. Nice dry finish. Another very impressive sour from Russian River.

Photo of NoLiberty
3.81/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a glass that sits next to a glass of Boon Geuze. Color is a golden straw and slightly cloudy. Initial head that settles into almost nothing. No lacing and very calm all around.

The aroma is very funky, lots of sweaty horse blanket quality with subtle tartness. Light sweet fruitiness. It's truly a farmhouse smelling beer with some light citrus spike and floral orange. Very nice.

Taste is pretty tart overall, with seemingly strong acetobacter characteristics and possibly vinegary notes way down. The beer has a very tart bite. Alcohol finishes out and gives a soft flavor to the end.

Mouthfeel is quite flat, not too carbonated. Pretty dry without much sweetness. Light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good but a little over the top with tartness so not something you could sip on for too long. Nice flavors and interesting qualities.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.37/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A foggy pale yellow pour with just a squidge of lacing. Looks flat. Quick swirl and not much pops up.
Unripe fruit smell, green. A good sourness dominates, lemon and key lime. Some biscuit. Juicy.

Lemon sourness in the mouth. Tingles a bit and the biscuit comes out. Seems young. At this abv I shouldn't get much alcohol, but I think I get some. Not sure about this.
Good sour beer, would like to see more flavor. Just kinda bland, imho.

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

Batch 002

A-Hazy, golden yellow with a thin white head that reduced to a thin veil and left spotty lace.

S-Strong mustiness up front and then changes over to a sharp, green apple/cider vinegar sourness. Nice.

T-Sharp green apple sourness up front, almost reaches to vinegar levels but reigns back to finish musty and dry.

M-Light bodied, very crisp with long lasting tart flavours.

D-Mmmm, mmm damn good stuff. I love green apples and this is that in fermented form. The "wildness" is fairly subtle and does it's best to accompany the flavours and not overwhelm them.

Photo of jammalamma
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour is a merky golden, little to no laceing.

Nose is sweet little citrus/floral with frut like pineapple, tart apple and bananna- also has a light perfect farmyness.

Taste is sour and tart, strong lemon, with a light airy body that washes clean quickly.

Drinkabiliy is superb, I'm now a big fan! I love sours / wilds and this one is great!!

Photo of rpstevens
4.37/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a dogfish head signature glass.

The beer pours a hazy orange/straw color with a thick soapy white head. As the head fades it leaves behind small traces of oily lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is earthy and citrusy and slightly hoppy, but mostly sour. The citrus is a light orange peel/lemony citrus that moves into a fresh cut grass then to an earthy funky smell.

The taste follows the nose lock-step. Lost of sour-sour citrus notes fade to a fresh cut grassy hop then move to a very sour earthy/funky dry finish. There is some flavors of wood and hay throughout the taste that attempt to counteract the citrusy-lemon juice sourness. The carbonation, citrus and sour notes lend to an almost champagne-like quality.

The carbonation and dry finish combined with the excellent carbonation make this beer very drinkable. The alcohol is barely present and the sour notes are very well highlighted.

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

A - A hazy light gold beer. I'm surprised by the lack of head, as very little white fluff formed upon pouring, and what did form quickly disappeared.

S - Strong earth funkiness that complements some mild wood scent. Underneath is some apple and pear and lemon scent that really work with, but do not overpower, the earth funk, which is clearly the highlight.

T - Up front is the leather/dirt provided by the brett. The sheer strength of funk here makes me pucker a bit. As the first wave of flavor passes through, it opens up to strong notes of citrus and lemon. The sourness of the lemon carries through until the finish, where sour apples come in and transition from citrus sourness to sweet sourness.

M - Light bodied and very light carbonation on this one, which gives the beer a certain smoothness lacking from other examples in the style. It can get away with the light carbonation because the strength of the flavors prevent any risk of wateriness. Sour and dry on the finish.

D - Possibly the most drinkable beer I've ever had. The light body, coupled with the 5.5 % ABV and alluring flavor make this an easy one to enjoy in large quantities...if only I had enough to session with.

Photo of bmanning
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 03 - Thanks Thorpe429 for bringing this to our tasting. Pours a cloudy golden color with a quickly dissipating head. Aromas of citrus, peach, sour apples, and a nice funk with light vinegar. Taste is quite tart with more lemon flavors and horse blanket funkiness. Mouthfeel is good for the style - a bit thin though. This is a very complex sour and one of my favorites. Also, surprisingly it went very well with our supreme pizza.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with bmanning at a tasting on 09.26.09.

A: Bright golden with a little bit of haze and a little bit of fizzininess on the head.

S: A little bit of lemon citrusness paired with some green apple sourness. A little bit of vinegary acidicness in the nose as well, but nothing too overpowering.

T: Nothing too overpowering here, but in a good way. Some oak flavor to go along with the citrus and acidicness. A little bit of funkiness as well.

M: Pretty dry and fairly light-bodied. Very refreshing to have a very nice sour without too much alcohol content.

D: Exceedingly drinkable. This one was fantastic and hopefuly I'll get another try some day.

Photo of portia99
4.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle (batch 3) received in trade from bryanbrick. Thanks Bryan! Poured into a Bruery goblet.

A - Bright, hazy yellow with a one finger cap of dense white foam. Head lasts a minute or two and finally recedes leaving a layer of bubbles and a thick collar. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Fruity, apples and horses. Strong barnyard funk...very interesting.

T - Very tart, lemony, apples, lots of brett character, a slight woodiness, tons of funk.

M - Light to medium body, smooth medium carbonation. Sourness pervades the entire mouth.

D - Not a starter sour, but really good. Lots of funk and fruity sourness. Pretty intense, but excellent sour.

Photo of brentk56
3.94/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a very modest head that fades rather quickly, leaving only the vaguest splash of lace

Smell: After an initial whiff of oak and leather, the tartness is overwhelming, with a vinegar/citrus aspect

Taste: Starts out with a mouth puckering vinegary lemon pith tartness that just builds and builds, with a barely discernable oak undertone; after the swallow, the tartness dials back a notch to let the lemon pith through

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The tartness of this beer is over the edge for me, although I understand that we are in Geuze territory; I would have liked to see a bit more carbonation as well

Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,153 ratings.