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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,187 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,187
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 2,906
Gots: 473 | FT: 29
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 01-25-2006

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Batch 3. Thanks to readbaron and Dunt for bringing this to our WaLe tasting.

Appearance: This pours a dark, cloudy golden tangerine color with a small eggshell collar and no real lacing.

Smell: The aroma has some lactic and soft funky notes, but it is mostly sour. Lemon, peach, and grapefruit all provide the fruit tartness.

Taste: The flavor has an incredible sour flavor. It starts with lemon and grapefruit, with some peach, white grape, and a bit of cherry later on. Some grass and hay get lost with the light malt; if I really look for it I can get a little bit, but the tartness is overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation and body are standard for the style, with an absolutely incredible tartness. Some light oak tannins dry it out a bit, but the sour is so deep and full that my mouth is constantly watering while I work through my glass.

Overall: This is one of the most puckering and blistering sour wilds I have had - I absolutely love it. It reminds me of an incredibly tart gueuze.

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

From notes taken 4-9-11 for review #100.
2 bottles shared during Adam's "toothed aquatic mammal" tasting.
Batch 002.

A: Pours a hazy, straw yellow with a faint white head which fades quickly.

N: Super funky and horse blanket, pungent musty hay.

T: Throat clenching sour, lemon, peaches, oak notes. Very tart.

M: Lip smacking sour. Bright, clean.

O: Just crazy good. This could be the best american wild. Gueuze-like. So pleased to have tried.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch #2

Can't thank Troy enough for this extremely generous gift.

Between my new job and our wedding anniversary, today seems like the perfect day to pull this one out of the cellar end enjoy it with the wife.

A faint pop as I remove the cork. The white head is fleeting, leaving a cloudy golden body. Looks like a saison, but with a smaller head.

Apple cider vinegar, tropical fruit brett; a sour, funky aroma.

One of the most complex American beers I have ever tasted. Pineapple, lemon juice, brett, lactic acid, no real oak flavor. Deep fruit notes combine with a complex sourness. Up there with the best Belgian Lambics as far as I'm concerned. Can't put it into words, just fantastic.

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

Batch 2

Color is golden and murky with no head. smell is surprisingly clean with vague fruit notes and some minor funk. Taste is intensely sour and puckering with some citrus notes. The taste is one-dimensional in that the sourness is the overwhelming characteristic, though still very pleasant. Body is light. I enjoyed this, though there isn't that much to say. Perhaps the most sour beer I've had.

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

Batch 003
Glowing yellow color, white head.

Lemony, bretty aroma. Signature Russian River wild smell which is usually very clean an anything but offensive. Slight phenolic plastic smell.

Leathery brett tinged witha sharp lemon acidity. Not an overly powering acidity. I think it's fairly well balanced between the sourness and funk for an American wild. Clean flavor profile. Bitter, drying brett aftertaste. Not a lasting sourness. Cleans off the palate fairly quickly.

Photo of aasher
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one was sampled during the South Carolina tasting. This was courtesy of beermex2, thank you immensely Steve! Batch 3 750ml bottle.

This one pours a light to medium bodied melted butter in appearance with a light white lacing. It smells of light Granny Smith apples with some apricot and peaches. This is officially the first beer to make me pucker. Wow! This is mind blowingly sour. It is just so tart and you don't get killed with brett its really astonishing. What a sour! As far as sours go, this is a sipper, an utter palate destroyer. Phenomenal, phenomenal beer.

Photo of MasterSki
4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 003 courtesy of the Nanoslugs - thanks so much guys! Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - A finger of white foam settles to pretty much nothing. Lightly hazed golden orange body.

S - Funk, stone fruits, oak, white wine vinegar, horse blanket, hay, and other farmy notes. Extremely gueuze-like.

T - That is also quite excellent, with plenty of tart and sour grapes, white wine, green apple, brash farmy funk, and a mildly acetic finish.

M - Medium-low carbonation, medium in body, super dry and tannic finish. Crisp and refreshing.

D - A great beer, although I think I prefer the increased acidity of Batch 002. Still, this is the most Belgian of the "easily" available American Wild Ales. When I shared it with a highly regarded brewer his first two guesses were beers from Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen. I'm not sure there's a greater compliment I could give.

Will add in my thoughts on Batch 002 when I get around to opening my last bottle. Highly recommended stuff - I'm anxiously looking forward to Batch 004. Wish this still came in 750mls.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 2. The brew pours a hazy yellow hue and is topped with some wispy bubbles; just enough head to demonstrate liveliness. The nose is, whew, musky and hugely atomized. It is getting into my sinuses like Vernors ginger ale does (strange observation, I know...) Anyhow, the aroma is musky and lemon-zesty and just very pert all-around. The taste is just absolutely fantastic; it is the sourest a thing can be without crossing the line into a flagrant level. Notes of lemon, green apple, wet wood, overripe peaches (or maybe underripe?), wet dog, Warhead candy and a small amount of tart white grape reveal tremendous complexity within the sourness. The feel is pert for the most part, but it has an amazingly clean finish. Having had Batch 2 and 3, I must say I prefer 2. It is far more sour, disparately flavored and heavily nuanced; whereas I recollect 3 to be far more harmonious, juicy and less tart. Overall, one of the better American Wilds I've ever had.

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

Thank you jeff-Alewatcher for splitting a batch 003 750 with Chad quest and myself.

This beer pours out a beautiful hazy blonde with hints of amber. The head is almost nonexistent with a thin ring around the edges. The smell puts off a big oaky character, with hints of funky fruit...hinting toward apricot. The main thing I get out of this is a big dry oaky tingle. The citrus acidity on the backside to this beer is incredible, the back of my tongue and cheeks are pulled so tight. This is what I'll expect from a "sour" from now on. The finish on this beer lasts forever, I can't believe how incredible this beer is. A life goal has been fulfilled...thank you again jeff and Chad for sharing this moment with me!

Photo of rudzud
4.52/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared at a private lil tasting, reviewed from notes.

Batch 002

A - Crystal clear golden hue with some fizzy bubbles creating a head that fades rather quickly to leave a nearly non existant head.

S - Wow, great sour funk notes. Grapefruit, acids, and horse blanket.

T - Wow again. Stuff is tasty. Super sour and tart citrus right up front followed by great funk. The combination makes it mouth watering, which is crazy considering this stuff is War Heads candy sour.

M - Great mouthfeel too. So mouth puckeringly sour. Its super sour and dry, yet nice and refreshing.

O - Holy cow this was delicious. I LOVE sour, and this was hands down the most sour beer I've ever had. Stuff was great. So many great aspects to this beer. Wish I had more.

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

First off, a huge thanks to ArrogantB who threw this in a box he sent me. Long time want, and a real treat to have. Poured from the 375ml into a Russian River tulip, this is a batch 002.

A dizzying golden hue with frothy bubbles after pouring that dissipate after a minute or two to leave no foam on the top of the beer. Sporadic bubbles slowly move their way to the top.

Barnyard aroma with lots of grapefruit and dusty funk. Forward with tingling acidic citrus, and a backbone of funk best described as horse blanket. Lots more airy funk as the beer warms a bit.

Puckering, abrasive citrus notes at first. Raw grapefruit and lemon juices. So strong they dry out the insides of my cheek and surface of my tongue. This stuff is nuclear, and could probably strip paint if it were put to the test. After that fades, a cheesey funk comes in. Like goat cheese, real earthy and gives your mouth a break from the puckering. Leaves a mouth watering tart citrus flavor in your mouth, that keeps your jaw clinched and your mouth salivating.

Easily the most puckering beer I've had. Medium body and wet, but dries your mouth out due to the acidity in the beer. Quenching and mouth watering between sips. Spotty carbonation that can't even be detected due to the tartness of the beer. Truly a work of art in this regard.

An acidic and ultra aggressive yet tasteful citrus flavor with a mild cheesy funk. However, the aroma of citrus and barnyard is definitely understated compared to the flavor of this beer. An absolutely mind numbing sour ale from Russian River. Probably the most sour beer I've ever had. Can't wait to try other batches of this one.

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

Batch 003 750mL bottle split with 5 people.

Poured into my Bruery snifter. Looks really nice, intensely yellow with a present whitish head. The nose is vinegar funk, baby diaper (I think I finally understand what this disgusting sounding descriptor means), wood, and some lemon rind. The taste is like the nose (lemon rind, wood, funky, vinegar, maybe a touch of sweetness from white grape and/or peach?) with an important difference - there's an aggressive sourness that hits the back of the throat. It's not the sourness of a Fou Foune, instead, this was as though someone took unflavored sour candy powder and just dumped it in the brew. An effervescent sourness that elicits gas (via a burp) and tests the strength of my lower esophageal sphincter at containing the contents of my stomach. Overall, this beer is actually pretty hard to drink, physically. Left me with almost immediate heartburn, way more so than other funky beers including C+C LaFolie, Fou Foune, JJ Blauw, etc. The more hardcore sourheads with me liked it a lot. To me, this beer had no subtlety to it. Had an opportunity to try a lot of rarer sours recently, and this one was not near the top.

EDIT: lots can change in 9 months. Had b005 several times recently and it is crazy good. Edited well up to reflect this.

Photo of AgentZero
4.52/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch #2.

A - Hazy, golden amber colored beer with only the slightest bit of white head. Sheets and curtains of lace cascaded down the sides throughout drinking this eventually fading to some finer lace and spots.

S - Brett, as expected. Great tart and funk notes. The aroma turns the slightest bit vinous due to some pleasant vinegar that seems to be there. Slight bit of wood and some fruity sweetness coming through.

T - Nicely sour, with a little bit of a pucker-drawing taste. Some sweet lighter fruit that immediately turns tart. The brett is pretty much present through the whole thing, ending with some barrel notes, mainly in the form of wood.

M - Medium bodied beer with active carbonation and a dry finish.

O - Really great beer, not sure how much this varies batch to batch but this was a big time winner and awesome example of an American Wild. Really no complaints with this one, would love to drink it regularly.

Photo of DaveHS
4.57/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3, poured into a St. Louis gueuze glass.

A-Pours hazy dark gold with no head, just a ring of brilliant white bubbles around the rim of the glass.

S-Bright, fruity. Underripe peaches, pears, a touch of white vinegar, barnyard funk.

T/M-This has changed a lot. The first thing I notice is the tannic dry mouthfeel. The tart acidity up front gives way to this drying, mouth coating characteristic. With each sip, it opens up a little more. Some nice leather and musty flavors. Thin and sharp mouthfeel, with low carbonation and a thinning, lemony finish.

O-More friendly and approachable than fresh bottles. A few years does this beer a world of good, though I am a big fan of it fresh as well.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 and 3 side by side
Thanks bill and Roger.

Review largely from batch 2

Pours crystal clear with no head. A touch of carbonation. Beautiful clear golden yellow.
Smells funky with tons of lemon. Tastes very very tart/sour. The oak is great on the tongue. The sourness burns the throat. Wow this is potent. Overall the aroma is phenomenal but the sourness hurts me ;)

Photo of thagr81us
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one with the group! Batch 003! I have been lucky as of late to knock out quite a few of my brews needed for my Russian River -tion Quest and this one is NO exception! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, sour, tart, funk, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew was nothing short of excellent in all aspects! This one was a standout from the tasting that night for just about all of the participants. The flavor on this one was otherworldly sour and definitely brought the duck-face HARD! Even from the aroma you would get a partial duck-face going. Definitely well rounded in flavor though as the fruit and woodiness added a nice touch to keep your palate guessing rather than just drop-kicking it with sour and tart notes. Really really well done... Hope to try some older batches in the future for comparison (hint hint traders...)

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.96/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

B3, thanks to Arbitrator, shared with the MA BA crew in a big sour tasting. Poured into VE tasting glass. Mr. Arbitrator had the courtesy to wax a cork and cage, so 15 minutes after stabbing it with a knife I was able to pour it for the crew.

A- Strong, dynamic yellow, like lemon gatorade. Well, not that intense, but close. Low carbonation settles to a faint outer ring.

S- Earthy, musty, funky. Sour.

T- Strong bitter/sour lemon rind, building to a heavy tartness that is borderline mouth-puckering. Faint wet grass, some mild strawberry sweetness in the finish. Really unique.

M- Very tart- crisp apple and lemon gumdrops.

O- Glad I had some people to share this with. I like it, but it's intense.

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

Slightly hazy golden color with minimal head that disappears quickly. Funky, sour, bretty aroma. Lemon acidity with a little sour apple.Very pleasant sour taste despite the high acidity. Mild carbonation. In my opinion one of the best american geuze-styles. This one and Duck Duck geuze are in a class of their own.

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

Had at the huge whale-ish tasting at Chris's. Thanks to ShogoKawada for this one, batch 3.

A light fizzy head that barely exists, slight hazy golden wheat color.

Nose has lots of sour tart, some barnyard funk, bready funk, light citrusy as well.

Taste has a weird banana like fruit at first, then tons of acidity, some sour malts, mouth puckering!, light bit of fruit, touch of creamy malts, little bready and a touch of light funk, then some oak rounding, but just long sour and tartness, gland bashing sour.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation and super sour.

Overall very sour and acidic, hard to drink but great flavors and light funk.

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