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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
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1,626 Ratings
THE BROS
95
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Ratings: 1626
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.99%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 01-25-2006)
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Danismaximus

California

4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I have been getting really into sours the past few years. It's an exciting time to be doing so since there are more and more options popping up and many of them are truly delicious. Beatification is among the very best I have had. It definitely is one of the most intense sours out there. Although the flavor is extreme, this is incredibly well balanced and pleasurable to drink. A true delight.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 17:42:28 | More by Danismaximus
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks to my cousin sonnysideup for sharing. An all-time top want for me. Batch 5.

A- Split from the bottle to a teku and a tulip with a murky, hazy golden appearance. A small pillow of frothy foam builds up upon pouring but falls to all but a tiny ring. A few legs stick but no true lace, looks like a gueuze.

S- Well this is going to be sour... Massive sour lactic and lemony tartness right off the top. Vinous oak barrels although there is no wine here from what I know. Some nice horsey funk as it warms.

T- Sour notes pick up to a vintage Cantillon or Hanssens, acidity just grips the taste buds and the entire mouth making my cheeks sore. Gueuze-like notes of lemons, vinous grapes, oak barrels, apples and even more lactic sourness. Some funk and grassy hay barnyard.

MF- Light bodied and immensely dry. As stated, a battery acid sourness lingers on the palate for many minutes after finishing. Moderate carbonation with a fizzy and somewhat silky texture.

Maybe the closest to a really good Gueuze I can think of coming out of America. I love Supplication and Consecration and this is a refreshing change to straight spontaneous ferment flavors. Sourness dominates but lots of other great flavors beyond that.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 02:25:35 | More by cbutova
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 01-10-12. Approaching 2 years old.

A: Pours a hazy golden. Mid-sized and fizzy white head. Head fizzes out pretty quickly. Moderate streaks of lacing.

S: Heavy on the sour citrus. Lemons mainly I'd say. Maybe some orange peel too. Big and bright and juicy aroma. Very acidic.

T: Oh yeah, this is a sour one. Extremely sour citrus. Very acidic and biting. About half a step away from biting into a lemon. Very crisp and quite dry, especially in the aftertaste. Long, long lingering sour citrus flavors. Brief hint of oak in the finish before the aftertaste.

M: Crisp and dry medium body. Teeth-chatteringly sour and dry. Fine carbonation.

O: A serious contender for the most sour beer I've ever had. Not far from drinking lemon juice. Honestly, surprisingly pleasant. Not a lot of funk to this one, just straight-up bracing sourness. I expected more funkiness due to the brett and the almost 2-year old bottle. I think the sourness just obliterates anything else. I actually prefer this sort of sour. It's quite tasty and refreshing but drinkability does suffer due to the extreme sourness. Not exactly a sesssionable brew - but that's not the point of course.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 06:48:30 | More by Dope
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MarcWP

Arizona

4.95/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Updated. Last vintage I had was 18 months old. This is just 3. Poured into Lost Abbey Teku.

Appearance is a beautiful golden straw color with a small soapy white head that dissipates to little bodies of bubbles atop the liquid. Effervescent carbonation coming up from the bottom. This seems to look a lighter color than the last batch.

Aroma is heavy grass, lemon, lime, light nectarine, pineapple, and subtle earthy mustiness. Smells grassier and less fruity than the last batch. But beautifully balanced nose.

On the palate, ah yes this Beatification! Once again beautiful balance between sweet, tart, oak, and dry finish. This one has less pucker and is due to its young age. Flavors of lemon peel, Granny Smith apple, green pasture, pineapple, under ripe nectarine, lime pulp, oak, and light Chardonnay.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style. Light body, spritzy, even pucker through the palate with a slight incline on the finish as the beer drys out.

Overall this is a prime example of the mastery Vinnie possesses. A work of balance, very puckering but not overly so. Less funky than most traditional gueuzes but where it lacks funk it makes up in other nuances that make the beer just as divine if not more unique. Which I believe is the intention.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 02:45:49 | More by MarcWP
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thank you Stevedore for this awesome bottle share. Poured into a Bells snifter.

Beer pours hazy straw yellow with a fluffy white head that sticks around for a bit. It's just chillin'. Beat is a pretty inconspicuous beer for being such a beast.

Smells sour. It just kind of made me laugh once I took a whiff. Smells a lot like SitR although there is clearly more lactic in this guy. Lemons and vinegar. Green apple? A little bit. I do get that barrel complexity somewhere in the nose. It doesn't come across as clean oak; instead the barrel has a funky damp wood smell--awesome in sours, shitty in stouts.

Flavor is very complex, but that complexity is hidden by the sourness. Yeah. Beat is very sour. What surprised me is how good everything else about this beer is. Dat balance. I don't quite understand how the sourest beer I've ever had was so damn drinkable. Flavors of lemon and vinegar. The signature lactic flavor is huge. I can definitely taste dank oak. there is brett contributing to some funkiness. There is also some spiciness. After each sip your mouth responds with some sweetness. There is a lot going on here, but I can't necessarily detect what. Each sip makes you think, "wtf." Beat is a very tasty and enjoyable beer.

As I mentioned, the balance is top-notch. This is a bit of an anomaly for being so damn sour. Carbonation is medium-high. The whole beer is right where you want it to be. Masterfully crafted stuff.

So yeah... Overall this is pretty phenomenal. One of the few beers that has made my perpetual want list. I might like Consecration a bit more overall, but I would rather be drinking this. It's funny to say, but this is the most entertaining sour I've ever tried. Let's hope I can get more soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 03:39:43 | More by lunarbrew
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sirsteve42

New York

4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5 poured into a Hill Farmstead Goblet

Pours an orange yellow with a big fluffy white head that dissipates leaving no lacing on the glass.
Smells of citrus, lemon, barnyard funk shoot out of the glass at me
Funky oaky lemony goodness all over my mouth with a nice dry finish
Nice prickly carb on this guy . Light dry and tart
Another wonderful wild ale put forth by Russian River Brewery...excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 00:49:11 | More by sirsteve42
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mlaroche for trading this to me, been wanting to try this one for awhile.

Bottled 01/10/12
6% ABV

Pours a golden yellow color with a thin head that quickly disappears, no lacing on the glass.

Wow, I can tell this is going to be a sour kick to the private parts just based on aroma alone, huge lactic citrus notes with a slight touch of funk to change up the scent.

Taste is as anticipated and even strong, really sets my tongue off with a huge sour bite on the sides, instantly makes my mouth water afterward, a bit too strong though with the sour since it covers up most of the complexity, takes several sips before the mouth can adapt and make out the subtle woody character, carbonation is appropriately high and explosive even though it looks flat in the glass.

Definitely a sipper and not something I could enjoy on a daily basis but a treat nevertheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 23:04:53 | More by deltatauhobbit
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jimmy82063

Connecticut

4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting to try this and turning 50 seems to be a good enough reason. Bottled on 1/10/12.

A) Nice golden hue and the fizzy head quickly dissipates.

S) Mostly a nice tangy lemon.

T) I get lemon, grapes, orange peel which are all nicely tied together by the tartness. What a great taste. Can't get enough!

M) Again the tartness is outstanding, just bordering on being overly so but not crossing the line.

O) Outstanding!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 15:32:27 | More by jimmy82063
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brydeen

Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed as part of Blind BIF round 8

A: Pours a hazy golden color, with active bubbly carbonation.

S: Tart, citrusy, white wine. Lemon peel with a light earthy funk.

T: Mouth puckering sour. Sharp acidity, lemon juice, and white grapes. This is incredibly sour, but yet surprisingly drinkable.

M: Light, dry, tart with subtle but fizzy carbonation.

O: This might be the sourest beer I've ever had. It's still quite refreshing though. Another lovely sour brew to get me through these ridiculously 90+ temps.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 01:50:18 | More by brydeen
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justforrazors

Missouri

4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5, poured into HF Goblet 7-17-13 at 45-50 degrees. Reviewed over the course of an hour.

A- Pours a copper orange color with a fluffy white head that appears to be churning from the vigorous carbonation, almost as if it were boiling. Fairly cloudy appearance. The head falls quickly leaving a ring around the edge of the glass, and minimal lacing.

S- I could smell how sour this thing was as soon as I popped the cork. Upon closer inspection, there are orange, lemon and apricot notes blended in with wet dirt, barnyard. and an amazing smelling yeast character that rounds it all out. It smells incredibly inviting.

T- Very sour right up front, dominated by lemon character. As the lemon fades, layers of funky barnyard, yeasty goodness, and a very enjoyable oak presence take over. The oak dries out the finish and leaves you wanting more of the fruit and funk character from the beginning.

M- Nice prickly carbonation is right on for style. This beer certainly has a mouth feel of it's own, that being an insane level of mouth puckering, sweat inducing sourness. The oak dries out everything at the end, yet isn't overpowering to the point where you feel like you need a sip of water to get rid of the cottonmouth. It is getting pretty close to that though...

O- Wow- I knew this would be good, but I didn't expect it to be this good. This beer is the definition of a beautifully crafted wile ale. Do whatever you can to get this beer, it is amazing.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 01:29:27 | More by justforrazors
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Rinkor16

California

4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've been extremely spoiled to have a lot of these when they were released. I finally decided to enjoy one instead of trading it though. Batch 5 opened on 6/19/13 with some friends.

A: Pours a nice golden yellow with a very little head.

S: Mostly lemon going on here. Smells great.

T: Lemon taste right up front with a slight vinegar taste. Extremely tart, but not overpowering.

M: Right amount of carbonation and very dry finish.

O: Damn. Why did I trade so many of these away? This beer is extraordinary. It doesn't need any more explanation than that. TRADE FOR IT.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 18:29:37 | More by Rinkor16
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a Russian River stemmed glass. This was bottled on 01/10/2012.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber and leaves a finger of nice, white head.

Smell: Tart grapes, mild tempting acidity, lemon. Refreshing aroma.

Taste: Very tart lemon, grapes, sour grapefruit, oak, orange. Much different than the mild aroma. Quite sour, but tasty.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium body. Quite sour which makes this not particularly smooth, but is to be expected.

Overall: I was very impressed with this sour. Exceptional smell and really delicious, this is a well-crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 23:48:19 | More by Resuin
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this before, but this review is for a recent tasting. I drank this alongside a Temptation and Supplication, as well as various ratio'd blends of the three with a pluot muddle to christen my vintage Temptation/Supplication/Beatification/Compunction glass.

Batch 5.

Slightly hazy golden-yellow pour, with a finger or so of white head that retained nicely and streaked the glass with thin lacing. Aroma was pretty intense: lactic, acetic, sour, green apple, citrus. More intense sourness/tartness in the taste...I was told this batch gets "sour in a bad way" with age. I didn't really think it was "in a bad way," but it wasn't exactly smooth. Flavors of green apple, crabapple, lemon, oak, brett, hay, vinegar, white grapes; lactic and tannic notes came out more as it warmed. Medium body, moderate carbonation, heartburn-inducing. Overall good, but probably one of the lower beers on the "-ation" totem poll for me.

Cutting this with Temptation and Supplication really took the edge off. And that's kind of scary.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 01:19:59 | More by Rifugium
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.64/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375 ml bottle, bottled 01/10/12 from batch 5, poured into a snifter. Major thanks to Eli for opening this.

A- Pours a clear golden color, topped with a thin white head, nice retention and some spotty lacing.

S- Some fruitiness, mostly lemon and maybe some apple and white grape, huge, huge lactic and acetic tartness, some funkiness and a lot of oak.

T- Massive, massive acidity. Really insanely, over-the-top sourness. This has gotta be one of the sourest beers I've ever had, but its acidity is nicely balanced, so it totally avoids that pure vinegar flavor that a lot of very sour beers fall into. There are also some nice fruity flavors of lemon, white grape and apple, along with some oak and funk.

M- Medium-bodied, nice carbonation, has a very dry, puckering feel.

O- One of my new favorite sours, the tartness dominates everything but is soooo good. Absolutely great beer and amongst the best I've had from Russian River.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 01:03:28 | More by WillCarrera
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle of batch 5

A - Slightly hazy golden yellow with a slight glow to it. Slight carbonation trailing upwards 4

S - Lemon, lactic acid, and white vinegar

T - Lemon and slight vinegar that reminds me of a warhead slightly. Light, slightly bitter lemon zest as well. Rather clean actually as only slight lemon remains in the finish

M - Lots of carbonation and a definite tartness to it that makes you almost pucker your lips. Dry finish

O - A really tart sour that closely resembles a Belgian gueuze. This one definitely goes to the sour side as it has minimal funk to it

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 04:44:40 | More by jeonseh
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Batch 005, big, big thanks to Tim for pulling this one out of the cellar and sharing it. Definitely a nice surprise. Pours a somewhat dull, golden-yellow blend with a mild chill haze, leaving the beer translucent with very mild clarity. The small, eggshell colored head builds up to almost a half-inch before quickly fizzling away into thin air.

Just from the aroma, I can already tell that this is gonna be one tart and sour MF'er. I bring my nose to the glass and my nostrils are immediately assaulted by an army of acidic and tart aromas; pure lactic acid in a glass. I'm kidding... But, seriously. Green apples, grapes, cherries, tart vinegar, mild oak, and a light but noticeable funk in the background. Probably one of the most sour "smelling" beers I've had the pleasure of sniffing, so I can only imagine how this one is going to taste. It's already got my saliva glands bubbling.

The taste is a brilliant collaboration of everything picked up on the nose, only amplified about a hundred times - extremely fruity and zesty. It's super sour and extremely tart, right from the beginning. Definitely one of the biggest lip-smacking, puckering beers I've had. Juicy, sour apples, lemon juice, white grapes. Huge acidity with heaps of vinous and vinegar flavors. Every single nook and cranny of my mouth is coated with this incredibly sour flavor. It's got me salivating like Pavlov's fucking dog over here. Some light wood and oak comes into the beer near the end and into the aftertaste, along with a light bit of funk, yeast, and musk. Thin-medium bodied with a huge bout of carbonation.

Whew! Now that's a sour beer. Huge sour flavors - so incredibly tart and puckering. Suck a lemon or drink pure lactic acid and you're right on par with Beatification. Nice little addition of funky and Brett notes, too. Thanks again to Tim for breaking this one out, it was incredible.

EDIT: 5/12/2013

Had an earlier batch at Jeff's house (thanks, Jeff!) and this stuff was even better than I remembered. So impossibly sour and so incredibly drinkable. I've never been more sad to see an empty glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 18:47:51 | More by tectactoe
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Lakemonster

Oregon

5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My friend in San Francisco broke one of these out as my introduction to sours. I was blown away. This is a sour that is truly sour without any overtones of fruitiness. It finishes leaving you wanting more and more and more. Impossible to drink quickly because after the first sip you know you have come across something special. This is my current favorite beer, if you have a chance to taste any of the Russian River sours try this one first, it will blow your mind.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 21:46:50 | More by Lakemonster
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to DaveHack for opening this one tonight.

This poure out as a hazy golden color with a pretty decent white hea on top. The lacing was thin but the retention held up pretty well. The smell is strong as hell, lots of powerful sour notes on top of some subtle vinegar. Very acidic aromas. The taste follows the nose. I nearly had tears in my eyes from how sour this was. The flavors of violent oak aging with Brett and vinegar all come together in this beer. The mouthfeel is light bodied, nicely carbonated and leaves me with a salavating pucker after each sip. Overall this is probably one of the most sour things I've ever had. It's brutal and not something I would ever drink a lot of. Still it fits the style and is sure to please anyone who seeks these type of beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 03:41:36 | More by Knapp85
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RoninTK3

New Hampshire

4.95/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into a Krombacher glass.

A - Gold with a bit of head and bubbles rising to the top. Champagne like effect

S - Lemon, orange, sour candy

T - Very, very sour. Lots of grapefruit and orange. Incredible sour.

M - Light body with lots of carbonation. The sourness lingers.

O - Great beer. One of the best I've had and every bit as good as Supplication.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 00:02:45 | More by RoninTK3
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Krombacher Pils glass.

Appearance- Cloudy yellow/orange with a beautiful bone white head that lasted a good while.

Smell- Lemon sour patch kid. Light oaky notes. Lot of lemon! Some cider vinegar present.

Taste- Incredibly sour. Mouth puckering sourness. Huge lemon. Some mild grapefruit. Nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Very carbonated. Champagne-like feeling in my mouth. Very tart.

Overall- Incredible! I liked Supplication more, but never the less, this is awesome.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 23:50:12 | More by Seanniek91
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, 6,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Batch 5
Bottled on: 01/10/2012

Thanks to Futura123 for hooking me up with this bottle.

Appearance: Beatification pours a lightly hazed golden orange and is topped by a good sized white head. The head displays good retention for a sour and leaves a few small patches of lace clinging to the glass as it recedes.

Smell: The nose is dominated by fruity notes, including: lemon, orange peel, white grapes, tangerine, under ripe stone fruit (apricots) and even a hint of under ripe granadilla, Beatification is not the funkiest beer around, but it is certainly not forgotten. There is a distinct musty character as well as notes of old dusty sacks, old wood, old dry grass, a good dose of oak and a very light earthy note.

Taste: I have been told that Beatification is one of the more sour beers around, but I am not sure I expected it to be quite this sour - that said, I love sour so this is right up my street! After the big mouth-puckering sourness, flavour notes include: Tart citrus fruits (lemon and a little orange), green apple peel, tart white grapes, a little apricot, cider vinegar, a touch of white wine, oak, musty notes, old wood, some earthiness, a little leather and surprisingly a hint of horse.

Mouthfeel: In almost all the -ation beers I have had from Russian River, Vinnie has nailed the mouthfeel and this is no exception. Medium bodied (high for the style), with a medium-high level of wonderfully smooth carbonation.

Overall: Beatification is a fantastic geuze (yes, I consider this a geuze, not an American wild ale) and is one of the few American sours that I think will stand up well to its Belgian counterparts. I would love to see how this one develops over time.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 08:56:27 | More by Thehuntmaster
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle. Deep hazy golden like the tipical Cantillon. Minimal head though. Aroma is barnyard, brett and leather but also very fruity (mango, oranges and apricot). Very wild and expressive. Taste is citrusy tart, but not very dry. It reminds me of a lemon pie with candied zests. Lemon is puckering but sweetness lingers in the aftertaste. Slight musty feel. It sure ain't a perfect beer but it taste goddamn good. It feels almost like a pure lambic and is definitly one step ahead from the regular american wild. I slightly prefer Temptation to this one, but it deifnitly hit the spot in its category.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 05:29:04 | More by Luk13
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5. Tulip glass. Wedding beer.

A: Pours a pale gold, with a few cms of white head, fizzling quickly to a persistent ring.

S: Sweet and funky stone fruit, lots of toasted oak, orange tangerine, like a delicious sweet and sour candy. Big and enticing aroma.

T: Sweet and sour candy, a moderate mouth-puckering sourness. A little fruit and oak barrel are detectable but the other flavors dominate it.

M: Medium body and medium light carbonation, creamy body.

O: Beautiful aroma, tasty, and good drinkability which is limited mostly by the level of sourness.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 06:16:11 | More by pmarlowe
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thank you to rrryanc and ArchEnemyBrew for both getting me a bottle of this, a huge want. Batch 5.

Appearance. Pours a clear, rich yellow gold with two fingers of bubbly white head that fades pretty quickly.

Smell. Strong woody funk and leather with traces of melons, apples, white wine and a touch of honey.

Taste. Really sour, tart lemon juice and cider vinegar with some leathery funk and musty, dank old wood. There's even a slight saltiness going on. Very, very nice (despite this description).

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium+ lively but smooth carbonation.

Overall. An awesome brew. Very sour and really delicious. Enjoying it immensely!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 02:22:31 | More by Rutager
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stealth

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 5 from a tulip. Holy amazeballs this is an awesome beer.

Beautiful gold brew. Tart, funky, earthy aroma. Sour, sour, sour. Citrus, funk. Dry finish that leaves me salivating for more.

I wish this was easier to acquire, but well worth trading for. Certainly at the top of my list of favorites.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 08:49:51 | More by stealth
Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
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