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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 516
Hads: 2,316
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 3.83%
Wants: 3,080
Gots: 488 | 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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Reviews: 516 | Hads: 2,316
Photo of PHBoiler
4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a tulip. 9/11/13 bottling date.

pours a murky pale yellow with a half inch white head that quickly dissipates. the smell is massively acidic and is just perfect. the taste starts out very sour and tart but then balances out so well with the funkiness and finishes so dry and awesome. an amazing sour beer...just about perfect in every way. carbonation and mouth feel are on point.

had a batch 3 just last week and it turned much sourer than this fresh batch. both versions extremely good. love it (516 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a slight, fizzy eggshell colored head. The head dissipates almost immediately, but looking down into the glass, there's a steady stream of bubbles rising up from the bottom like a geyser.

S: A fantastic blast of citrus, lemon and funk right off the bat. Lemon zest, a touch of tropical fruit, maybe pineapple, dried apricot, vanilla and some spice mixed with earthy notes and good old horse blanket. Smells awesome.

T: Hits with a big tart, slightly acetic lemony twang that carries through all the way to mid-palate. Some underripe red cherry and lemon candy hit in the middle. Barnyard, wet hay, a touch of leather, vanilla and some oak. Sticks the finish. Intensely tart and lemony with a great lingering dryness. Like every RR sour I've had, the mouthfeel is impeccable. This is world class. (842 characters)

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 9-11-13

Poured a bright golden yellow, nice two finger head with a somewhat aggressive pour. Smell is very sour, citrusy, lemon, oak. The taste is very sour, with a lot of lemon. Perhaps some oak, grass and pepper? on the backend, very dry, as well. Creamy mouthfeel with bubbles that coat the tongue and keep the tartness around for a while. If you like really sour beers, this is a great one. (409 characters)

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.66/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 6 Bottled on 9/11/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours a lightly hazed golden yellow with a mere wisp of a white head that immediately dissolves about as quickly as it formed. For a sour beer, this really has some nice clarity, it almost glows.

Aroma: (4.75)
As soon as the beer is poured, a burst of clean, but very juicy citrus-y tartness makes it's presence known. The sourness is very lemon forward and doesn't come close to taking on an acetic, vinegar-y tone. Beneath this acidity are aromas of juicy, ripe apricots, peaches as well as some notes of white pepper. Being 100% spontaneously fermented, there is an earthiness, but it is very soft and supple, really just providing some nice balance to the bright nose. AS soon as the beer warms, some of the vinous barrel tones become apparent; predominately just a soft vanilla undertone.

Taste: (4.75)
As the beer lands on your palate, you're hit by a wave of juicy acidity; mostly lemon juice and pineapple juice. Layered underneath this sourness is a soft bedding of light stone fruits; apricot flesh, ripe peaches. These fruity components are supported by a light coating of barnyard funk; damp earth, wet hay. The beer finishes very dry and tart with long lingering notes of lemon juice and peel, pineapple, apricot, leather and a buttery, vanilla tone from the barrels.

Mouthfeel:(4.5)
Medium bodied, with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: (4.5)
Beatification is Russian River's 100% spontaneously fermented sour that is made in homage to some of the great Lambic producer's of Belgium; Cantillion, Drie Fontenien, etc. The finished product is extremely complex and highly recommended. (1,692 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.86/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Batch 003

Tried at a bottle share. Thank you to the anonymous beer advocate who brought this!

This pours a champagne orange-golden, with an incredibly bright white cap of foam.

The aroma is unmistakably tart, with a lemony-orange hop character. Dry and peppery, with a tart sourness that pops on the palate. Incredible. (323 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden, a bit hazy with a white foamy head that quickly fades to a ring.

S: Earthy, fruity nose, a touch of lemon and grass.

T: Tart lemon, orange, oak and white wine flavors, the overused barrels that they use really help to mellow out the tartness.

M: Medium bodied.

O: The mellowness of this beer makes it the most drinkable sour I've ever had. Is it the best? It's hard to say. They all taste somewhat similar within their respective styles to me. 95 (467 characters)

Photo of rand
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Lost my review from the second batch, at the brewery and it's on tap so I might as well re- review. I'm saving several bottles from the first and second batch and want to compare to a fresh sample.

On tap, poured into Belgian goblet.

A: Light apricot-orange, light opacity with bubbly effervescence. Not a trace of lacing.

S: Tart front, unripe fruit and lemony vinegar. A trace of hop snap cuts the sour bouquet.

T: Again, tart as can be upfront while remaining palatable. Slightly sweet unripe berries play against an oaky dryness, touch of lingering cherry sweetness. Plenty of lemony pucker, and the whole experience is singular on the palate. Notes of white pepper dry toward the short, sour finish.

M: Super-effervescent and light bodied. Bounces off the palate. (778 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5.

Pours a hazy gold color with a small white head which fades quickly, leaving a small disc of foam. The aroma has tart green apples, lemons, barnyard funk, yeast, grapes, and oak.

Tastes very tart, with a mild amount of sweetness at the end. I mean that in a good way. Has the flavors of tart green apples, lemons, yeast, grapes, oak, and pears.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Has a tart green apple aftertaste, and is extremely drinkable. Finishes dry. I went through a lot of trouble to get this beer, and may need to go through the trouble again, as this beer is definitely worth it. (608 characters)

Photo of MalWilkinson
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Golden pour with a white foamy head. Funky lemon aroma. Sour Granny Smith apples, grapefruit, and lemon (more lemon than previous batches). Lively carbonation. Tart, but not unbearable and very drinkable.

As far as a non fruited sour Beatification is about as good as it gets. Not a sour for those who are just venturing into the world of sour ales. (350 characters)

Photo of Danismaximus
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.66/5  rDev +5%
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. (1,230 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (1,174 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
4.94/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (1,259 characters)

Photo of lunarbrew
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (1,736 characters)

Photo of sirsteve42
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of jimmy82063
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
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! (427 characters)

Photo of brydeen
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of justforrazors
4.79/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (1,465 characters)

Photo of Rinkor16
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.89/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (1,030 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (934 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.04/5  rDev -9%
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 (577 characters)

Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.