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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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528 Reviews
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Reviews: 528
Hads: 2,401
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 9.17%
Wants: 3,130
Gots: 540 | FT: 38
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

This beer is very unique and inspired by breweries in the Lambic region of Belgium and, especially, our friends at Cantillon. It is 100% spontaneously fermented, meaning yeast is not added. Once the beer is brewed, it is transferred to a cool-ship or “horny” tank located in our barrel room at the pub. There it sits overnight and collects whatever funky wild yeast and bacteria may be living in the room. The next day it is transferred to oak wine barrels where it ferments wildly and ages for a few months. The end result is a wild, spontaneously fermented, sour, and tasty hand-crafted beer!
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Photo of klikger
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #200
375ml Batch 2 served in a tulip glass - thanks again for sharing, CaseyK!

A - Light gold and cloudy, hardly any head or lacing

S - Massive amounts of sour yeasts/bacteria, lot of lemon peel - I can't wait to dive into this!

T - Intensely sour from sip one, this is acidic, yeasty, and pungent --> barnyard funk, lemon juice, and brett --> intensely sour lemon and bacterial flavor on the finish, and this lingers for minutes

M - Good cabonation, acidic, lively, amazing

D - I'd drink all of this that I could - very drinkable for how mouth-puckeringly sour it is.

All in all, I'm amazed - what a beer! I love RR's regular sour offerings, but this takes the cake - only Sanctification comes close to the levels of funkiness in this. I hope to try every batch of this, but I'll always remember #2 fondly...

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I first had this beer on my first trip to CA, and my original review is below this one. It's been about 2 years (to my detriment) since I've had a bottle of this batch, and I'm kicking myself for it. In any case, here goes - happy birthday, me!

Served in the original RR -tion tulip (this glass is no longer made and is now a whale IMO), this beer is crystal clear, straw yellow and has a dense, frothy off-white head with excellent retention and minimal lacing. The nose makes me smile. Beautiful overripe lemons, an insane level of funk with cheese, sweaty feet and just an incredible explosion of fruit (unripe white peaches, ripe honeydew melons). The sourness is beautifully citric in nature with some lactic acid no acetic acid. In fact, I will go as far as say that this is an impeccable gueze, it really does remind me of the better batches of Girardin 1882, and my all time favorite, the 1999 Oude Gueuze. The only thing that sets it apart is a light sweetness that's present, very mildly corn-like, and this is not something I've found in a gueuze worth gushing about. Even a little bit of white grapes? As I let it breathe, I get an intense, salty, cheesey, funky aroma. I'm starting to see the beginnings of a musty, mushroomy, wet wood-like funk to the nose that I'm going to enjoy revisiting in a year or so.

Opening and closing with a palate crushing sourness that is remarkably clean in its blend of citric and lactic qualities, this is a remarkable beer. Again, there's plenty of unripe stone fruits, semi-raw grapes, mellow melons, all topped off with a dollop of soured yogurt, this some seriously intense and good stuff. In particular, the yogurty sourness is of note, as it exemplifies what happens when the citric and lactic sourness play off each other. The sourness does hide some of the funk here, not really allowing the wet hay and grass to come through( unlike batch 3, which is a better balanced beer IMO). Under all the sourness, a bit of cereal sweetness does come through, a little grainy and a little corn like. Sour with lemons and a brilliant lactic sourness (I can't think of too many better showcases for lactic acid), this beer finishes with some tannic character. Light in body, medium-high in carbonation, this beer is wonderfully carbonated and wonderfully executed.

This beer , and this batch in particular, is probably the best lambic-type beer brewed in the US. Yes, batch 3 is a better drinking sour, but this batch has a certain je ne sais quoi to it. Far better than Duck Duck Gooze, on par or slightly better than Isabelle IMO. I traded too many of these away, but at least I got to make some friends in the process. A remarkable beer that I'm going to be sad to see gone.

**Original review 05-24-2008 02:30:10**
Batch 2 4.5/4.5/4/4.5/4

A: Straw yellow with a frothy and lively off-white head. Lots of carbonation. Pretty!

S: Complex with notes of sour, vinegar, spice (black pepper), oak and a mild sweetness. There's an earthy slant to it. This is a great gueuze ! As it warms up, there's a hint of vanilla too, if you swirl hard enough.

T: Massive sourness with a lot of acidity. There's a hint of fruitiness that comes in - apple? The finish is dry and puckering tart. Definitely among the sourest beers i've tasted - it leaves my mouth watering

M: Lively carbonation on the tongue, sour and incredibly so with a dry finish.

D: I'll be honest - this is a new style to me and the acidity is in your face but i know this one's a gem as it keeps me coming back

These sours are growing on me and i'm glad i have a couple of bottles stashed away to come back to when i better appreciate the style

**Edit 12 May 2012**
I got a couple of these from Chebyshev. Thank you, Aaron! Batch 5 (aka 011012)

Pouring lighter than I remember it being, but still with excellent carbonation and head retention. The nose is a beautiful bright citrusy funk, with grass and hay. Combining the pure grassy funk of batch 3 with the bright acidity and melon and fruit notes of batch 2, this is a beautiful blend. A little bit of honey, graham crackers and a whiff of ethyl lactate (fruity, coconutty. No acetic acid is perceived, though the lactic acid esters do contribute a fruity sharpness.

Like batch 2, this is pretty hugely sour, but not as intensely so. Prominently lactic with some lime rind and citrusy acidity as well. Mild tannins and the lactic acid really brings to mind unripened stone fruit (yellow freestone peaches, nectarines). The funk level is tempered by the sourness, but grass, and straw are quite prominent. Mildly cheesy as well. Drying on the finish with lingering lactic acid, some oak tannins (that lend a chewiness), this beer is crisply carbonated. Highly sour, this is pretty excellent 4.5/4.5/4/4.5/4.5

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Photo of Slatetank
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I tried this on tap at Russian river

The color is golden with great clarity and thin white head that collapses. The smell is fainlty citrus with funky lemon lactic yet slight floral aroma with mild wood. The feel has a great balance of sourness with a light sweetness and dry quality in the finish.

The flavor is a mildly sour yet enjoyable lemony tart mixed with a woody tannic flavor and some malt toward the back. This was a great treat I can't wait to have this again.

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Photo of Floydster
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 ml bottle acquired in a trade with brewandbbq, big thanks for letting me try this highly sought after beer

Batch 001-PH1, aged in New Belgium La Folie barrels for 23 months, bottle says it can be aged for up to four additional years, poured into my Duvel tulip glass, bottle review #300

A-Medium orange with a slight red or pink tint when held up to the light, huge 1 1/4 inch head that aggressively bubbly, not much retention though, tons of little bubbles rushing to the top the whole time through, minimal retention

S-Funky sourness, nothing but tarty aromas, brettanomyces was pretty strong, wood chips, different citrus scents, oddly a bit of some kind of nuttiness, raspberries and cherries, balsamic vinegar, and some hints of malt

T-If this does not make you pucker then I do not know what will, amazing tarty taste that manages to stay smooth at the same time, sour cherries and brettanomyces right up front, lemon juice, earthy, grassy at times, seemed like there was some Belgian yeast, tangerines and grapefruit, coriander, orange peel and faint pepper flavors in the finish, not noticeably dry like most other Russian River wild ales, continued to get more complex as it warmed, sourness never got old, crazy how all this balanced out, fantastic flavor

M-Medium body, large amounts of carbonation that was a little much at the beginning, only complaint about this entire beer, taste lingered for a few minutes at a time, tarty sour mouthfeel

D-Could drink a half dozen of these at a sitting, so easy to drink and smooth, light on the stomach, alcohol can barely be tasted, only five percent anyways, one of the only true session wild ales, amazing drinkability

One of the best beers I have ever had, just slightly under Toronado 20th Anniversary Ale from this same brewer, which probably contained a good amount of this stuff in its blend, pretty much flawless in my opinion, will try to get a case of the next batch in a few months but this beer is in very high demand so I might be driving up north on its release date, I cannot recommend this beer enough, true masterpiece

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Photo of shleepy
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from bottle into a snifter glass. The bottle was bought at RR, and I had a bottle while there, but I am currently drinking it at home.

A: A slightly hazy (but not completely opaque) yellow/golden. Light sediment on the bottom.

S: Sharp oakiness, vanilla, sourness. Maybe grapes, as well.

T: Lots of oak and vanilla, and very sour. Apricots and floral notes, definitely grapes. Very delicious. The fruity and floral flavors, especially, come out after the beer warms up above cellar temperature. Very clean finish, with no lingering aftertaste (except maybe a certain subtle and pleasant one).

M: Low on carbonation, but very acidic / sour.

O: An excellent beer. Almost as good as American sour beers get. However, at the price point (even directly from RR, which only offers 375 mL bottles), it's not worth quite the hype that it gets. Just keep in mind that - if you can find them - Cantillon and 3F gueuzes are actually cheaper per volume. Heck, a Cuvee Renee is 1/3 the price and is comparable quality (though some may disagree)! If you get the chance, try this beer. Just don't lose an arm and a leg for it. It is not a spiritual experience.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with 1 finger of bubbly white head into a tulip glass. Head doesn't last very long, and leaves little lacing behind. Smells of Brett, green apples, lemon zest, cantaloupe, and vinegar. Taste starts out good and tart with plenty of green apples, lemon, and vinegar. Brett funk makes itself known as does notes of vanilla, but it never gets the sourness of some of the other RR Wild Ales, remaining tart and funky. Light in body with good fizzy champagne-like carbonation and lots of tartness and funk. Another extraordinary -ication from Russian River that is light, lower in alcohol, and packed with unique flavors.

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Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Photo of drew42e
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours straw gold with little head. Aroma of sparkling wine and white grapes, some citrus. It has good carbonation, taste is champagne, sour apple, slightly tart but not overwhelming. Great sour.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 002. Corked & caged bottle 375 ml bottle into a Russian River Barrel-Aged Beer Tulip glass. A very classy presentation (as always) from Russian River.

Pours a hazy light orange (with almost a golden sheen to it)and a thin head of brite-white foam that left a smattering of lace behind. There is still a good bit of carbonation release well after the pour that keeps the retention firm for a good while, which is a credit to the conditioning of this. As a matter of fact, things don't slow down until about half way through the glass and then it went immediately still. It was a pretty cool to see the contrast in the body between when it was poured and when I finished the glass. The aroma is straight up fresh funky Brett, that gives off a tingling, pleasant pungency. There is also a fairly prominent sensation of sour fruits (like apples) behind all the funk.

The taste profile initially starts out with a fresh tasting crip blast of Brett tartness. What I love about this, is that never gets to the point of being sour. It takes things right to the threshold but brilliantly knows right when to pull back to keep things at a tart bite. And then what I REALLY love about this beer is that as it warms, the tartness melds with the sour fruit notes (that have been lingering in the background)to achieve a flavor not unlike a Sweet Tart of Sour Apple Jolly Ranger. Complete with an almost sugary sweetness that is felt in the finish along with a lingering tartness. The mouthfeel is fantastic, being medium bodied with a crisp feel yet dry finish and is smooth across the palette.

This Wild Ale really is out-freaking-standing and remains a spontaneously fermented work of art. Jammed packed with all the tartness and funk that you would expect from a beer like this but it is never overbearing and retains a fantastic drinkibility. God bless Vinnie and Russian River for beers like this!

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Alex (MastersSki) for finally letting me try my number one want. Cheers! Shared at Zwanze Day 2011. 750ml bottle, B3. Review # 600.

Appearance – Poured into a Cantillon tulip with a hazy golden hay color. About an inch of fizzy head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Unbelievable funk and sour notes up front. Leather, wet hay, oak, citrusy fruit, and acidic aromas.

Taste – Yes. YES. This is what I was hoping for. An utterly intense puckering sourness up front – almost brazenly so. Green apples, lemon, peach, oak, wet hay, slight lactic, and more earthy flavors. Fan-freaking-tastic.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, plentiful carbonation, finishes quite dry.

Overall – The highlight of this crazy day for me. After having so many good beers (read BA Cuir, Zwanze 2011, Lou Pepe Kriek, 007, PvW Eclipse, BA Decedance, and Blåbær) this was the stand out. While 007 was somewhat “similar”, it was more balanced. This was just a in your face mouth puckering sour. I was hoping I would hate this so I didn’t have to try and find more, but alas, that was not the case. One of my favorite beers. I can’t wait to get more of this. Thanks again so much to Alex for sharing this.

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Photo of camil1mj
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Romulux at our recent Holiday tasting.

A: Light yellow with off-white bubbly head. Some lacing present.

S: SOUR FUNKINESS TO THE MAX! Lots of nosehair curling acidity.

T: The most mouth puckering sour I have had. Loved it. Like shocktarts in a glass.

M: Light and bubbly. Very refreshing.

O: So glad to have checked this one off. I will be glad to try this again when the new batch comes out.

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Photo of HumuloneRed
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my friends Dan & Joelle (Dewbrewer) for sharing this one. Batch 001. 375 ml. Bottle.
Pours a murky light orange color with a small white head and slippery lacing.

Floral, citrus/fruit, and sour in the nose.

Great balance between malt, wood, and brettanomyces sour/barn yard flavors. Acidic and creamy at the same time.

A beer that is beer well done.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Thom for scoring this for me.

A - Cloudy straw, small white head, good cling.

S - Punky, green apple, barn, tart, malt there but in the background.

T - Refreshing. Delicious. Tart, malt in the back but present, crisp.

M - Nice carb, light body, great balance.

D - I see where it gets its high marks.

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Photo of GatheringBrews
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 bottle, shared with Shaun at Hill Farmstead. A million thanks, sir.

Pours a light, golden color with a nice white head and moderate carbonation.

Strong, aggressive aroma of brett, barnyard, must and funk. Pure, unadulterated funk, as you'd want in a wild ale.

Taste is astounding, especially in contrast to it's aroma. Reminds me of Sour Patch Kids candy. Tart, super sour and fruity, but surprisingly drinkable.

Wonderful experience.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml, batch 005 (bottled 1/10/2012), poured into a Russian River stemmed snifter today- proper glassware-, 9/2/2013. Thanks to Brian for throwing this in as an extra. Best extra I've ever gotten. Review #179.

This beer pours a beautiful clear golden straw body, same colour as the label, with a 1cm white frothy head that persists for a very long time. Its a very pretty looking beer, typical of Russian River. In fact, this reminds me of Sanctification.

The scent is basically straight up sourness. Lemon acidity. Smelling this beer- its so damn sour that my teeth starts getting eaten away, and I haven't even put this beer in my mouth yet. It is so acidic, vinegary sour that it burns the hell out of my Cranial Nerve 1 (the nerve responsible for our sense of smell). There is a nice woody, brett funky presence underlying this beer too. This is literally the sourest smelling beer I've ever had.. but deliciously so- there is nothing off-putting about this nose at all.

And man, this beer strips the enamel off my teeth. This is so damn sour. Even more sour than sucking on a ripe lemon. So mouthpuckeringly sour, it burns the hell out of my palate. We had Blind Pig, Pliny the Elder, etc. that same night, and you would think our palate is destroyed. But I can still taste the sourness on the back of my palate, like 5 beers later. So sour, its amazing. It's got a good bit of zesty citrus sweetness that somehow balances out the sour so that it's not unpleasant at all. I don't know how Russian River does it, but they somehow made a beer that is way more sour than even highly concentrated vinegar yet is so pleasurable to drink.

The mouthfeel on this is basically a medium bodied blonde with awesome carbonation and the most damn sour aftertaste. Its like my palate got stung the heck out of it, so now its expressing a permanent sour burn here. I get tons of heart burn from this beer... its so damn sour, its perfect. The only note here is that a mere 375ml bottle is going to be pretty tough to take down on your own.

This is the most sour beer I've ever had. I can't imagine it being any more sour. I thought Sanctification and Sour in the Rye were the sourest beers that I've had, but this one far outstrips them. Its such an amazing beer, perfect for sharing with 1 friend. And that friend had better be a good one! Highly recommend. Nice job Russian River, this beer is worth everything anyone would ever give up for it. Thanks again Brian, for extra'ing me an amazing beer.

Re-review: 375ml bottle of batch 006, bottled in 9/13/2013, opened today, 2/13/2014 at Voodoo Brewery. Poured into a Voodoo snifter. 5 months old. In contrast to the 19 month old batch 005, this one is a lot more complex and slightly less sour. More lemon, citrus, oak, white pepper in the nose as well as on the palate. Acidity is still there, at 7/10 while batch 005 was more of a 9/10. Just enough to make this incredibly mouthpuckering but without overcoming all the different complexities in the flavour. Highly recommend drinking fresh within a year for the full bouquet of flavours to enjoy.

Re-re-review, but not quite: 375ml genie bottle of PH1, served in a snifter glass 9/6/2015. Pours a darker, hazy orange body, a slight straw-pink hue, one finger white head with good retention, dropping into a medium collar. No lacing. Smells of orange zest, lemon, a lot of oak, funk, minerals. Gueuze-like in many ways. Significantly restrained acidity compared to fresher batches, more of the citrus. Flavour is very complex; more so than fresh Beat. Oak, funk, cobwebs, lemon, citrus, mild orange peel. Very clean and refined, yet still aggressive enough to provide that "wow" moment. It's done very well with time. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, softer carbonation, reasonably mouthpuckering oaky finish, clean. Overall- this is extremely tasty for such an old bottle. This batch of Beatification has done quite well and has added more complexity with time.

Yet another batch-related review- 375ml bottle of batch 007 bottled 3/25/2015; poured in a Russian River goblet glass on 11/14/2015. Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow body, hues of gold, fluffy one finger white head with nice retention, not much lacing. Eventually goes still as it always does. Smells of oak, an intense cobweb mustiness, a ton of acetic acid, lemon, a bit of earth. It's very acidic smelling fresh. The palate is similarly acetic, with a nice lemony bite, classic Beatification right there. Oak as well, cobwebs. It's not as funky as its Belgian counterparts, but apparently that comes with time (per PH1, anyway). Mouthfeel is there, medium bodied, good carbonation, refreshingly sour but with a slightly astringent orange peel that is a bit more astringent than in batches past. Might need some time to round out the edges; perhaps that's why Vinnie held back this release for so long. That being said, it's now drinking as well as it should be!

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

135th Review
Bottle to snifter
Vintage: Batch 2

From notes. I opened this bottle at bspringer's birthday celebration. An epic night for sure to celebrate his golden day of birth!

A: Bright sunshine. No head on medium pour - just a few bubbles.

S: Burnt hay, green apple, barnyard, funk, oak, lemon zest and hint of spice.

T: Beautiful balance of sour, tart, and sweet. Loads of funk up-front with a soft balance of citrus fruit and hay towards the back. Quite they dry finish, but simply perfect!

M: Light body with zero carbonation.

O: This beer is truly a work of art! So crisp, to-the-point, and just awesome. Definitely worth seeking out and making a point to try. I look forward to trying other batches at some point in the future and am stoked that Vinnie & Co. at Russian River are continuing to produce this beer.

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Photo of jjdc
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is one of the loveliest beers I have seen in the glass. It looks like champagne. The nose is subtle and slightly funky -- not the strongest part of the beer. Beatification has a deep lemon juiciness that is incredible. It is followed by a well-balanced pucker that doesn't have you reaching for the Tums. The finish is nice and astringent, which is the perfect lead in to the the next sip. Up there with Supplication as the best from Russian River.

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Photo of lunarbrew
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 5 - and might I add finally! A huge want for so long. I'm gonna enjoy this.
Opaque and golden, like a hefe, but without the billowing head. Light clings of lace. Nose is full of earthy funk, chedder cheese (yes cheese), damp wood, citrusy lemon.
This truly has sour power, perhaps one of the most sour beers I've had. But wait it has balance too! Right off the bat lactic sourness hits you, then a very grungy earthy quality to the taste, with grass and hay. Citrus and lemon lift, more sour. The finish is puckering. Lots of that russian river pedigree from there great oak barrels. I suppose we could call that terrior. Scrubbing bubbles sourness, DRY, lingering lactic finish, just amazing. One of the few beers I've had that is worth the hype, 'nough said.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Ap - Hazy straw, head quickly dissipates to nothing. No lace.

Ar - Lemon, horse blanket, grape/wine. Almost saison-like.

T - Almost enamel ripping sourness. Lemon, grape.

M - Dry, light bodied, easy, silky.

O - Just want this aged. Maybe a year or two. Can't wait to try it then.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My 200th Review!!!

Batch 002

Pours a cloudy golden color. Hefeweizen-ish. No head, no lacing.

Aroma smells Vinous. Very wine like. Lots of funk and tart aromas.

Taste is awesome. This one is super tart. Very lemony tart with lots of Brett Funk.

Mouthfeel is very dry on the Palate with a nice high carb.

Overall an amazing beer that everyone should seek out. It's gotten pretty tart over the course of a year or so so if you want to age some, be known that this is what it does.

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Photo of RixBeer
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Deepsouth! No seriously, great trade!!!

Hazy orange-straw colored with a cardboard thin head that fades completely.

Farm fresh funk with a oaky nose normally found in cabernets. Smells much like a gueze but more earthy.

OMG->Tart and sour like a sour patch kid but with an underlining sweetness. There is a hint of fruit somewhere in here but I can't place it. Damn this is good!

Sour with a carbonated dry finish that leaves the palate begging for more!

This is one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had! I wish I had a case of this stuff. I'd spend the weekend taunting my friends with it.

Russian River knows how to sour a beer just right! A+

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4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another splendid sour ale wild ale from Russian River. I was expecting this to be similar to Temptation (which I tried last night), but it ended up being quite different.

Pours a brilliant golden color. Thin white crust, no real head. It has the characteristic champagne bubbles, but decidedly less so than Temptation. As a result, the mouthfeel was a bit more flat ... unfortunately less appealing (for me, at least).

The smell indicated that the funk level was going to be raised insanely high. Vinegar, overwhelming tartness, and wood/oak tones abounded in the aroma. The taste was explosively sour. The wood/oak flavoring was gigantic, far more so than La Folie's Wood Aged Beer, which is the closest I can think of in terms of sour woodsy flavoring. Vinegar, tartness, and young sour citrus abound. While the flavor is definitely complex, it can be a bit more one-note than Temptation as the session progresses.

I see that folks mention lighter fruits such as sour cherries, raspberries, etc. I'm not getting much of that. If those were added, I guess the "Brett" character is pummeling them.

Definitely demands a lot of your palate. Delicious.

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4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very light straw color. It is lighter than blonde and just barely lemon-tinted in the glass with a nice bright white head. Plenty of carbonation. The smell is complex. There is some tartness/acid scent but very funky to my nose. I get more funk than anything. Like preserved lemons maybe. The taste is sour on the front end but bright in the tartness. This tastes like a lemon sour patch kid to me. The sour is balanced so well and doesn't finish acetic. You get a bit of the wood and the sourness really smoothes out as this warms. I really enjoy lemons, so this beer really hits the spot. It's just this side of sour to not be completely thirst quenching, which is good because it's not like anybody has a big enough stash to throw back a few of these. Probably as balanced and as well made as any sour I've had. Slightly ahead of Cantillon Gueuze for me in terms of bright lemony lambic.

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4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've hung on to this bottle for some time, and am quite suprised it has lasted this long in my fridge. My first Beatification experience. Batch 002 by the way.

A: Golden, honey-colored pour with champagne-like bubbles. Thin, effervescent head layer faded quickly to a clear orange glassful.
S: A light vineagar aroma. Sharp flora notes. Hints of pineapple and other sweet fruits.
T: Very sweet fruit flavors. Not so much citrus, but more tropical. Although, lighter grapefruitness is noticed.
M: Puckering, but nothing that bucks your head back. Very smooth and almost refreshing. I was shocked and thought I would find this barrel-aged sour a bit more of a mouthful. This was not a terrible suprise, but just unexpected.
D: Delightful. I would love to compare to a draft version and later an aged/cellar version. Very clean and sharp flavors and aroma. Refined recipe and unlike any other.

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Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.