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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,626 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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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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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks beerzebub, Jonathan, for bringing this beer that I should have tasted long ago. Batch 5.

The beer pours a nice straw yellow colored body with not much head other than a bone white ring.

The smell and taste have a beautiful elegant sourness that has a really nice roundness to it somehow as well. A mix of lighter fruits like white grape, apricot, pear. Really beautiful taste, almost like a fine chapagne with a big wild yeast note, really nice.

Effervescent and bubbly feel, very elegant once again. This is so balanced and great.

Awesome stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 02:25:41 | More by Dreadnaught33
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7oz bottle, batch 5, generously shared by theredflame. Thanks Jason!

A: Pours a light gold with a decent white head.

S: Fresh lemons, slight apricot, wheat, plenty of acidity.

T: Light honey, puckering lemon, a mild herbal quality (pine?), a bit of vanilla.

M: Light-bodied, moderate carbonation.

O: This is a very bright, lemony blend. I would have liked more funk but this is still good. I like Consecration better, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 06:15:11 | More by Etan
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice yellow color, not to much haze and a thin white head that dissipates quicly.

the smell is funky, with some good barnyard notes, and hints of hay. there is also a lot of sourness that comes through in the smell.

the taste is punch you in the face sour. way more so than i was expecting. you also get a bit of sour apple and cheese hints but the main thing here is super sour.

the mouthfeel is thin dry and fleeting. the mouth waters not only because i want more, but because it is trying to protect my teeth with a bit of saliva to keep them from melting.

overall this is an excellent beer, I love the sour, but wish i could taste past it. i would definitely trade for it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 20:37:46 | More by rowingbrewer
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jegross2

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing Beatification from the Russian River Brewing Company. A big thanks to Matt for hooking me up with this one!

Score: 98

Batch 5. Bottled on 01/10/12, served in a Hill Farmstead stemmed snifter and enjoyed on 010/19/12.

Appearance: Pours a nice mimosa-orange color that is on the opaque side of transparent with a half finger of fizzy white head that settles to a pencil thin ring around the glass that ultimately settles completely. Okay lacing, but not a whole lot of retention. 4/5

Smell: Very tart lemon juice hits upfront. Then there is a nice medley of sweet cole slaw vinegar, white grapes, oranges, granny-smith apples, sour peaches, "lacto-ey yogurt and brett" and a hint of oak. There is a very faint band-aid funkiness, but it's quite subtle. 4.75/5

Taste: Whoa! Tons of pucker-inducing tart lemon juice upfront, with more funkiness on the back half than the nose nose led on -- but it's really well incorporated into a sweet citrusy mix of flavors so it never overwhelms and merely complements the flavors of the beer. Tart white grapes, tangerines and sweet vinegar on the midpalate, with granny-smith apples towards the finish. "Lacto-ey yogurt," lemon and a hint of banana round off the finish and linger well past the swallow. Very gueuze-esque in flavor. Different than, but just as good as, Consecration in my opinion. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation that really accents the zesty tartness of the beer on the center of the tongue. Dry finish, but juicy on the palate. Has a decent amount of pucker. 5/5

Overall: Another outstanding, world class sour from Russian River. This one lives up to its hype, but for its difficulty to acquire, I probably prefer an in-season Consecration.

Recommendation: Seek this one out -- it is truly world class.

Pairings: Monterrey jack cheese wedges and sociables.

Cost: $15 for a 375ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 03:08:27 | More by jegross2
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spicelab

Australia

4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 005. Ginormous thanks to MrKennedy for sharing. Reviewed from notes.

Hazed light orange with a modest white head that falls smartly to a film.

Simply glorious blend of tangy, bright, sherbety and earthy characteristics, manifesting as lemon warheads, oaked white grapes and miscellaneous sour citrus.

Follows the nose, swamping the sense with a rich vein of bright acidity. Brings back childhood memories of Vitamin C tablets, coupled with strong notes of green capsicum. Properly sour.

Medium bodied, with mild but also spritely carbonation leading to a vibrant, puckering, zesty dry finish.

Amazing. "Tangy" has never seemed a more apt adjective. Had high expectations and was not at all disappointed. The sort of beer that renders conventional aroma and flavour nouns largely obsolete as meaningful descriptors of character.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 09:33:21 | More by spicelab
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oline73

Maryland

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

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet. The bottle is dated 011012.

Appearance: Pours a clear light golden/straw color with a thick layer of fluffy white head. The head fades quickly and leaves a small layer and a ring on top of the pour.

Smell: Very light and extremely sour smelling. Definitely getting some funk and some hay/barn type smells. There is just a hint of lemon juice in the sour notes.

Taste: This is an extremely sour beer. The overall flavor is light and crisp. It's full of tart lemon, some white vinegar, and some funk. In the finish I'm getting some slightly herbal flavor that reminds me of aged hops. This one kind of reminds me of a very sour lambic.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the light side of medium with a good amount of fluffy carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This is a really sour, really good beer. It may be slightly one dimensional, but it's really good at what it aims to do. I really enjoyed this and will search out more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 02:57:45 | More by oline73
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Prospero

Colorado

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

Wow, mouth puckering sour this one is.

Pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head, but doesn't last long. Aroma is full of tart citrus like lemon zest and grapefruit. Maybe a touch of green apple and oak. Flavor is so full and complex and overwhelmingly sour, somewhat to it's detriment. I think I enjoy a well blended sour like Temptation to unblended. I enjoy the wild fermentation process to get these amazingly complex beers but the sourness somewhat detracts from what it is your drinking. Flavor is like strong lemon mixed with touches of green apple like the nose suggests but extremely sour, not much funk, it's a nice and fresh sour. Mouthfeel is great, low carbonation probably helps with the high acidity in this beer. Overall great beer for being unblended, glad I got to try it, definitely had to rest the tastebuds after this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 17:12:33 | More by Prospero
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375mL bottle into a tulip
bottled on 01/10/12

200th BA review, I picked a good one

A big thanks goes out to RuckusDu for sending this one over in a trade!

A: Pours a hazy wet straw yellow with a thin film of head that dissipates immediately before I can even identify the color.  Leaves no lacing.  

S: Huge citrus acidity, with lemons and limes, sour apple and tart white grapes. Pear, some belgium yeast banana, the slightest degree of musty funk.  

T: Holy hell is this an explosion of sourness.  Like biting into a whole lemon, then chasing it with a slice of lime.  You can taste the sour on your lips literally before it even hits your tongue.  A bit of peppery spice is there along with a touch of banana ice cream on the finish to balance out the overwhelming sour. This is just a pure puckering sourness, sourer than the most sour Warhead candy I have ever had, and it is sublime.  

M/D:  Aggressive carbonation pairs well with a puckering sour acidity to give this one a wonderful mouthfeel.  Thicker than most in the style.  Quick drying finish that leaves you in all too much of a hurray to take the next sip.  Awesome.  

O: Wow, what can I say?  Looks like pee, smell is good but Ive had better, but then you take the first sip and bam!  Just pure, unadulterated, sour bliss.  My favorite of the RR sours, and the most sour beer I have had to date.  I'd write more but I have to get over to the trade forum to post as ISO: Beat ; FT: first born son.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 23:43:46 | More by zac16125
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quirkzoo

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brewstein77 for this one. Batch 5, about 9 months in the bottle at time of tasting.

Pours a very nice, brilliant gold with just a touch of orange. Thin wisp of head that quickly dissipates.

Smell is very citrusy. Lots of sour lemons, lactic acidity, limes, oranges. A touch of oak behind that and just a bit of funk behind that. As it warms I get a touch of acetic acid and a little bit of nail polish remover.

The taste is overwhelmingly sour, alcoholic, unsweetened lemonade. Nice bracing acidity, with just enough pucker factor.

The mouthfeel is very nice, very drinkable, but not too thin as some american wilds can be.

Overall, this is a very good beer however I think I enjoy the balance of the other RR sours to this one. I still have one for the cellar so I am hoping that the funk comes up a bit and gives it more balance.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 17:36:56 | More by quirkzoo
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dcloeren

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with no head whatsoever. Looks like a very refreshing Chardonnay.

The aroma on this brew is top notch! Tart lemon flesh blended with green apples and white grapes. A very acidic sourness encapsulates the aroma and has a nice earthy vibe as well.

The taste follows the nose...lemon tartness, green apples and white grapes blended with an acidic sourness. Oaky characteristics shine through on the finish.

The mouthfeel is amazing. Light to medium in body with the perfect amount of carbonation with a clean, crisp, dry and sour finish. The sour finish lingers for days and days! So good!

Overall, this beer was worth the hype. Big thanks to my buddy Josh for getting this for me as a wedding gift. Major beer karma comin your way! This beer did it all without trying to do too much. Just amazing

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 22:37:21 | More by dcloeren
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actone2001

California

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

375ml poured into Bruery tulip. Batch 5 bottled 1/10/12. Sent to me from an awesome BA, and good guy RC0032.

A - Golden, clear, very little or no head

S - Lemon, funk, hay. Notes of soured pear, must, and a light sweetness at the end

T - Immediately bombards the tongue with a blast of lactic sourness. Very tart, mouth puckering. Lemon and sour pear dominate, funk creeps in everywhere. Enough acetic acid to add some depth, but not a huge vinegar presence here. Slight hints of oak on the finish.

M - A little heavier than other Russian River brews, but still medium bodied overall. Enough small bubbles to make it crisp and refreshing from pour to finish. Mouthfeel and carbonation accent the intense tart/sourness flavors.

O - Having had all the other RR offerings, I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. I got a beer that had enough complexity to keep a smile on my face, and enough lactic sourness to burn a hole through ones stomach. Not particularly balanced, but intense and a fantastic example of what American wilds can be! Would love to try this with a bit more age on it.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 21:22:19 | More by actone2001
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fiver29

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color. Smells like a grapefruit tart. When I tasted this it reminded me when I was kid and I like to buy these atomic sour candies. When you bite into it it bites back with a scourge of sourness throughout. That is the best description for this brew and I like it! Really sour, tart, lemon, and just awesome.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 15:50:36 | More by fiver29
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip. Batch #5, bottled on 01/10/12.

3.0 A: Very faintly hazed concentrated urine color. Two and a half fingers of frothy white head. Retention is average at best and no lacing is left.

4.0 S: Pears, pears, and more pears. This is the peariest beer I've ever smelled. Hay is the next most aggressive note. Moderately tart with more of the wild qualities being of the funk variety. Musty basement, dry-rotten sweatsocks, rotting wood, and dusty old barn. Lemon, vanilla, and oak to round this off. It's complex, but the aromas don't run very deep, if that makes any sense.

4.5 T: Pears dominate the taste as well and it tastes great. Much more tart and acetic than the nose. Plenty of lemon and tart white grape with some lime underneath. The funk mentioned in the nose follows. The taste is both complex and deep. It's potent, yet quite refined. After having a bunch of Bruery sours lately, the quality of this one is that much more apparent. Although this is good and tart, it's still nicely balanced.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Higher, but normal range, carbonation with a dry champagne-like spritziness as opposed to a sweet creaminess. Good here.

5.0 D: A couple categories were borderline with a higher score, so hence a 5.0 here. This is the first RR sour that has truly impressed me since I first had Tempation. Solid all around.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 23:44:33 | More by DavoleBomb
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tarheels86

California

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

750mL b3 courtesy of joeneugs. This beer froze in the mail, nearly exploded and now trying it, somehow it hasn’t lost one bit of its spectacularity. The cork pops with good pressure, pours with good, spritzy carbonation leaving a small, white head that dissipates quickly. Looks cloudy, beautiful grapefruit juice in color like a top notch geuze. Aroma is similar to the best geuzes I’ve tried: lemon sorbet, fresh grapefruit juice, grapefruit rind, white pepper. Taste is bright, fresh grapefruit and lemon with quenching tartness. Not very funky or horsey- more fresh citrus. Some oak, sour peaches, and Granny Smith apples shine through. The definite hit of our tasting. Thanks Joe!

375mL b2 courtesy of MrChopin. I’ve been debating about upping the score from 4.3 to 4.4 seeing that I dream of this beer on an almost constant basis. This, my third time trying the beer, has confirmed that it is time. Beatification b2 is so drying and so wildy complex with spicy cedar, drying oak, lemon/lime/orange, leather, peaches, apricots...it is an all encompassing sour experience that is never acedic, never citric. Just spot on perfection. My notes for this say, "It’s like the world ended and I was resurrected in paradise." Later on into the night my notes will say "HOLY SHIT." 10/26/2010 9/4/9/5/18=4.5

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 20:38:28 | More by tarheels86
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stxSS07

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml C&C into a Teku.

A- Pours a cloudy, semi-radioactive orange-yellow. Active carbonation constantly climbs up the sides of my tulip. Eggshell white head fizzles away quickly leaving a thin ring/wispy cap. 4

S- Bracing acidity, lemon/zest, tart green apple, and earthy/dirt funk. Very geuze-like, but muchhhh more sour. 4.5

T- Not as scathingly sour as the nose suggested, but just about there. Puckering acidic sourness on par with straight lemon-juice. Once that fades away notes of mild/earthy funk creep in. Finishes with some juicy/fruit notes in there as well. Simple, but damn tasty. 4.

M- Carbonation is very fine/high. Very light and refreshing body. I’d love to open another one by the pool. 4.5

O- I can see why people rave about this beer, but for the effort involved I’d rather just drink Boon Mariage Parfait. Although Beat is a better brew, it’s just barely so. 4

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 05:01:49 | More by stxSS07
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Dogfish snifter. Batch 5, bottled on 1/10/12

A- pours a slighty hazy yellowish/orange with a half finger pure white head. The head is completely solid, no bubbles getting through, perfect layer of lacing...gorgeous

S- slight aroma of lemons, with a nice bit of funk in there too. Good, but not overly fragrant

T- intensely sour. As in, I take a sip and I can feel it in my ears. Tons of citrus...grapefruit, lemon, and all-out funk.

M- the body on this sour is actually thicker than I have ever seen in a wild/lambic style. Carbonation level is good

O- this is one of the absolute best beers I've ever had, and completely worth the price tag and cost from shipping from Cali. If you're a fan of sours and you've never had this...well, what the hell are you waiting for?!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 23:37:13 | More by bigfnjoe
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy light orange color and a thin white lacing ring, no carbonation.

S - Pears, white grapes, sour apple, lots of wet earthiness, acidic, and assertively tart.

T - Follows the nose with pears, sour apples, white sour grapes, acidic tartness, light oak tannin, lots of funk.

M - A wet finish with so much sourness that it angrily sucks the spit off your tongue. (Literally!) Medium body with gentle cask-like feel.

O - Probably one of the most pungent and interesting sours that I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 23:30:23 | More by jzeilinger
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch 4

A: Hazy yellow pour with a number of bubbles racing to the top of the beer. About a finger or two of white head sticks around for a good amount of time, and laces nicely.

S: It smells like sour tartness and not much else. Slight oaky and yeasty underneath.

T: Like the smell, I'm having difficulty describing the taste. It's basically just tart and sour with not much complexity. That's not to say I don't like it, I think it tastes very good, it just isn't much different than any American Wild Ale you could pick up off the shelf. The balance between tart and sweet is quite nice.

MF: Light and bubbly, the cork almost popped out of the bottle without any pulling. Very drinkable I would say.

O: For what this took to get I'm a bit disappointed. It just tasted a bit average for me. The aggressive sour is impressive, but the rest of the beer doesn't entirely back it up.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 00:57:50 | More by russwbeck
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.2/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Stupac for this one. Thanks homey. This one pours a clear golden honey color with a quickly dissipating head.

The aroma has a nice crisp tartness to it with hints of sour apples, vinous grapes and lemon. Acidic and woody with a little bit of basement must. Sour and tart with apple sweetness and a nice tart lemon flavor. Woody notes with a nice funky background.

Nice and light on the body with good carbonation. Overall this one is great. Wonderfully drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 04:33:48 | More by Bendurgin
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The label says bottled on 011012. Thanks a bunch to Bendurgin for sharing this tickalicious brew. The color is light golden. There is a small layer of bubbles on top.

The aroma has some nice tartness and lemongrass showing prominently. A hint of sweet-tart like candy could be perceived here.

The taste is full of lemon sourness in the front and the finish. I get a little more sweetness from the beer after several sips. Any oak or barrel notes are subtly placed in the finish. This is a very strong taste, suitable for slow sipping.

This is medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Overall, this is a real treat; one I'd love to have more of.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 04:32:29 | More by andrewinski1
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

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

We decided to do a segmented vertical at ffej of july this year. I brought my Batch #2, Deuane brought his Batch #3, and Jwiss22 brought his Batch #5. This review will be a combination of the three.

A - Pours hazy golden yellow with a small half finger tall white head leaving very small streaks of lace down a small portion of the glass.

S - Smells of lots of acidic sourness, white grape, lemons, green apples, oak and some barnyard funk. Batch #2 is mostly sourness at this point, Batch #3 has all the flavors in near perfect balance and Batch #5 is probably the "fruitiest" of the three.

T - Starts off with an intense sourness that never really goes away. The fruit - the lemons, grapes and apples from the nose - combine with some musty barnyard funk and dry oak to offer some contrast to the sourness but they can only do so much. Finish is quite dry, lingering on the palate long after consumption.

M - All three batches possess a light body with intense flavors and moderate to moderately low carbonation. Very sour, dry finish on all three batches.

O - All three of these were really good. My Batch #2 was definitely the most sour, Batch #3 was probably my favorite since it was the most balanced and Batch #5 just tasted a little raw compared to the other two. This was a seriously delicious test.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 02:15:27 | More by orangesol
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for sending this beer my way! Thanks Hollis!

Batch 5; bottled on 01/10/2012.

A nice loud pop heard when the cork came out of the bottle. 375ml C&C bottle poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: Glowing brilliant yellow bodied beer with one finger of white head that drops to a thin cap that stays around for the entire beer.

Smell: Vinegary; tart lemons jump out at your right away. The oak barrel is really noticable too. Earthy, wheat, hay / straw notes and some citrus is in there too.

Taste: This beer is sour! Gotta say its on the high end of sour or it might even break into the low end of high tart sourness. Sour lemons with a touch of vinegar and a touch of funk. Big oak barrel notes as well. Grapefruit and orange rinds citrusy sourness. Lite earthiness, citrus, and moderate sour finish to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. The mouthfeel on this sour is phenominal. Super dry finish. Very lively carbonation. Huge sour with a perfect mouthfeel.

Overall: My favorite Russian River sour. Its just a seriously delicious sour beer that packs a hardcore sour punch. Its also one of the top American Wild Ales that I have been privilaged to try.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 02:45:35 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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adam42381

Florida

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

Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Bottled on 1/10/12 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a light honey gold with a 1-2 finger sudsy snow white head. There is a fair amount of sludgy buildup inside the bottle where the cork came out, but it doesn't seem to pour into the beer. The head dissipates quickly leaving a small ring around the edges before finally disappearing altogether. Little to no lacing once the head dissipates.

Smell: Tart, but not overpoweringly. There is a hint of barnyard funk to go along with apple cider, sweet white wine, lemon, vinegar and a touch of oak. Extremely complex aroma which balances sweetness with tartness.

Taste: Wow, that's one intensely tart array of flavors! Vinegar and wine grape hulls up front followed by sweet cider and touch of funk in the middle before ending with lemon zest and just a faint hint of oak. Aftertaste is bitter, tart and very dry with notes of earthiness, oak tannins and a little funk.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with an very high amount of prickly carbonation. The mouth is coated by the puckering sourness.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. I could drink a lot of this beer if only I were lucky enough to have multiple bottles.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. Russian River really knocked it out of the park with this one. I can't imagine a sour beer getting much better than this. I can't recommend it enough.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 21:27:43 | More by adam42381
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle from batch 5, opened for review #550. Thanks to afrokaze for the hookup, and this was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Beatification pours a crystal clear golden yellow. There's maybe a finger's worth of white foam crowning the beer, and it disappears quickly and quietly. The nose has a good bit of acidity to it. It's very citric, with some bright lemon poking through. There's also a good bit of funk, some earthiness and also pineapple/tropical fruits. The flavor follows suit, displaying the full potential of wild yeast/bacteria. The tartness is perfect, bold and attention grabbing without turning the beer into vinegar. A brief flash of lemon opens the beer nicely, before a tiny bit of oak and some earthy and fruity funk come in and fill the mid palate. The acidity comes back in for a lingering finish. The body is just a little bit full, and the carbonation a little bit lifeless, and combined they're enough to make mouthfeel just feel... off. Despite one or two minor quibbles, Beatification is a fantastic sour beer. It's managed to not only live up to all the community generated hype, but all the anticipation I had for it personally after getting to try only an ounce or two at a tasting a few years ago. I'm glad I have a couple more bottles tucked away in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 04:43:20 | More by axeman9182
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zhanson88

California

4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Adam for busting this great brew out at an impromptu tasting!

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear golden color with 1/4" of white head. Carbonation is there, but fairly minimal for the style. Head retention is nice, as a nice layer remains throughout the duration of the beer. The clarity and clear, warm color make the appearance of this beer very nice.

Smell: Smells of lemons, tartness, some pale fruitiness (maybe some mango and peach), slight funk and light mustiness. Pretty nicely balanced between the tartness, funk and fruit character.

Taste: Some initial sweetness that is slightly peachy with some mango, followed by lemony tartness, slight funk, and a very sour finish. This beer definitely has more lacto sourness than brett funk, as the taste lacks funk and mustiness for the most part. A very good taste, but wish it had that extra gear. Still, good.

Overall/Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is perfect. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, a damn nice wild that I was excited to try, and would definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 03:00:23 | More by zhanson88
Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 1,626 ratings.