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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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527 Reviews
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Reviews: 527
Hads: 2,399
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 19.69%
Wants: 3,128
Gots: 538 | 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 aerozeppl
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to swnicholson for this a while back via trade.

A: Hazy blonde color with minimal white head. Not that impressive looking in the glass.

S: Funk and tartness. Tart then funk.

T:This is a sour warhead in beer form. Intense pucker.The tartness just sticks to your lips and will not leave. The tartest beer I have ever had. That is a good thing.

M: Super crisp. Found it refreshing.

D: I really didn't write much for this review but "wonderful pain" was the only note I took. This was batch 002 which was spontaneously fermented. Really just an awesome beer. Would love to always have a bottle or two on hand.

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Photo of Viggo
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a few bottles from the release a while back, big thanks to fartingdog and DrJay for facilitating it!

Pours an almost clear light amber, almost golden, thin bone white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring around my new Bruery glass, drops some nice lace spots on the glass. Smell is badass, tons of oak and vinegar, lots of funky goodness, wine, vanilla, some honey and biscuity malty sweetness underneath the acidic lemons, almost a fresh floral character, kind of like a riesling, pretty awesome. Taste is intense, sweet and sour beginning when it kicks you in the tonge, more of a sweet wine, I get a lot of dry riesling character, fresh floral and honey notes, then the funky acidic character hits, like toasted lemons, vinegar, wood, very nice herbal sour finish, perfectly balance. Mouthfeel is light bodied, silky smooth, low carbonation, goes down insane easy for a sour. Not as much of a palate bruiser as I expected, just perfectly balanced sourness, tons of character, I could drink this stuff all day.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch #2
Pours a hazy yellow color with orange-ish hues, with a small white head. In the aroma, tart like a sweettart, and a small vinegar note. In the taste, small fruitiness and tart, again kind of like a sweettart. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry tartness in the aftertaste. Fantastic, big sourness, small fruitiness, primarily lemon like citrus, and just a hint of oak.

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

Again thanks go out to BrewerB for hooking me up with this beer. 375mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours the slightest bit of hazy bright golden yellow with a quickly disappearing pure white and tightly packed bubbly head that is gone completly in a minute or two. Carbonation is quite noticeable as little chains of it bubble up from the sides of the glass. It looks good but not great just sitting in the glass with a certain kind of quiet dignity.

S: As soon as I popped the cork on this bottle I could get a whiff of the wonderful blend of oak and earthy lemon pepper sourness. Lemon, sour cherry, oak and white pepper all work together quite nicely to create a very appealing aroma.

T/MF: This beer is knock your socks off sour like a handfull of those candy warheads. This is not to say the beer isn't complex as there seems to be quite a lot going on in the taste department. The woodiness of the beer is very noticable as well as unripe pear, sour apple and lemon, white grape skins as well as a good amount of sharp white cheddar. Mouthfeel is quite thick for a beer this size and feels on the heavier side of medium bodied though I imagine this is due to the fact that the beer just leaves the tongue ravaged in a sour wake, that is, though the beer may be gone it certainly still feels as though its sitting on the sides of your tongue.

D: While this beer had some amazing qualities in both the aroma and taste departments it is just too sour to be supremely drinkable. After every sip if was burping and could feel the sourness collecting at the base of my throat, I drank this beer for over and hour and can easily say that one is enough even though it tastes quite good.

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Photo of brdc
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 002, small caorked and caged bottle. Courtesy of someone who I unfortunately lost track after my basement flooded.

It is a bright orange, somewhat hazy brew with a rather small white head that shows modest retention and lacing.
Aroma is dominated by tart, acidic notes; some of that expected leathery funkiness, but faint; oakiness is also subtle, although increases as it warms up.
This is dry, very tart and acidic, with little to no accompanying sweet notes. Fruity, citric notes come in, but the tartness just about overwhelms everything else.
Lacking complexity and balance to some extent, but still a very pleasant beer.

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Photo of elricorico
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 002. Yellow gold in colour and fairly clear. A wisp of white head. Carbonation slowly rising.

Peach aroma, with a fairly strong sourness and a bit of oak. Nice to the nose.

Tastes of peach juice, funk, sourness, orange rind and oak. Quite a nice mix. Sourness strong but not the strongest I've had from this brewery.

Light bodied but not watery, though at moments it has a very wet feel to it. Fairly well carbonated.

A sipper, but not the slowest beer to drink. I must say I wasn't disappointed by the wild ales I've had from Russian River.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 375 ml bottle (marked batch 2) into a Russian River Barrel Aged Beers glass.

A: Pours a clear blonde color with an orangish tint.

S: Light fruits such as pear and green apples, but most of all, a whole lot of sour funk.

T: The first flavors on the palate are that of fruits such as orange, pear, and green apples. Quite a bit of lemon as well. The finish is very tart, acidic, and sour. The aftertaste is very dry. Not near as much funk present in the taste as there is in the aroma.

M: Very, very fine carbonation with a dry, mouth puckering mouthfeel.

D: A very interesting beer that would pair very well with food. I think all of Russian River's wild ales do a lot better when paired with some food that the acid will balance out with. Not something I enjoy sitting around and sipping on it's own.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with a nice clarity. Nice steady carbonation. Smell is quite interesting. White grapes, lemon, citrus. A bubble gum scent lingering underneath. A musty scent comes through. Taste will definitely make you pucker. Hints of vinegar. Funky. Lemon and a big twang to it. Light oak. Very unique, just very sour. Mouthfeel is nice and refreshing. Good carbonation with a very sour finish, drying to say the least, though it's nice. Drinkability is good. Takes a while to get through something like this quickly, while the experience is still enjoyable.

Cheers to abankovich for this brew in the TIF!

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Photo of Crosling
3.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

001, PH1. Light orange color with ample foam. Smells of bugs and critters, cobweb, damp barn, horse blanket, lemon and soaked wood. Flavor is strongly sour, super intense and woody, funky, wild and loaded with lemon and other fruits notes. Obviously a terrific and expertly crafted beer, but not one I'd like to collect. Supplication will always be my favorite Russian River brew.

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Photo of John_M
2.8/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Obviously, I do not understand sour beers (or the people who make them and drink them). I'm trying to learn to appreciate them, but a beer like this, it just defies imagination.

The beer pours a hazy, lemony honey color with decent head retention and lacing. The aroma of this beer is off the charts. I guess I get some lemon zest, but the beer is so tart smelling, and the barnyard funk so pronounced, I'm just amazed by what I smell. As odd as this beer smells, the flavors are just over the top. There is the lemon zest flavor, but I also get apple cider vinegar and just sour, sour, sour. Each sip has me grimacing in pain. The sour flavors aside, I will say the beer is pretty light on the palate with the abv. very well disguised. As for drinkability, the sour flavor is just overpowering and is nearly more then I can handle.

Shared this bottle with 4 other people thank God, including a guy at the table next to me (Belmont Station cafe) drinking some gueuze. He was quite grateful, noting the Beatification was much better then his gueuze. Perhaps. I just wish I had the capacity to appreciate it as much as he did.

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this up at RR about a month ago, finally getting around to drinking it.

Nice hazy golden color. Not much head, I get about one finger in my snifter but it fades quickly. Scent is sour with lemon and vinegar, and plenty of funk. Flavor is fantastic. Awesome sourness, again lemon and vinegar, but hints of other fruit jumped out as well. I noted peach and pear, if you can imagine what those would taste like long before they're ripe. Funk is prominent as well. Feel is medium bodied a somewhat syrupy. Carbonation is good, and a nice dry finish. A sipper but surprisingly easy to drink, really. Alcohol is subdued and doesn't carry much of a punch. Overall drinkability is quite high. I was worried that this would just be a sour bomb, but the flavor was really nice and complex. Maybe I'm just getting used to these sour beers...I dunno. I still liked Temptation more, but this is another fantastic effort from Vinny and the crew.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very slightly fogged gold with basically no head. Nose is citrus and sweet. The funk is there too. Flavor is, well... Flavor is holy ----! Sour to the core with evident citrus. Pretty amazing stuff. Feel has a light and smooth carbonation to it. Liquid is good. Lovers of sours unite! The American lambic lives!

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Photo of d0ggnate
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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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.17/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12.7 oz. caged and corked > Stella glass
batch 002

Looks like clover honey with an orange glow. 1" white frothy foam crowns and falls pretty fast with plenty of stickiness left over.

Whoa, it's a nice, big aroma. I'm sitting at least two feet away from the glass and the breeze from outside is whaffing the aroma my way! Sweet and sour fruits, tangy grapes, mandarin oranges, sweet/tart candy, musty herbs.

First impression: CRINGE!!!! major bitter-face. Unlike Temptation and Supplication the flavor of this wild bad-boy is just too funked-up for me, but only because of it's intense, medicinal and metallic bitter flavor that kills everything else. Tart/metallic/bitter that's about all I'm getting. Dissapointing to say the least, I really enjoyed the Other wild ales from these guys.

The feel is light and crisp at first, then becomes much less lively pretty fast. Perhaps some oxidation has taken effect with this one?

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 002.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with, well, no head.

Smell: A sour-scented aroma smelling of sour ole lemons, white grapes, and grandpa's barnyard, all with a reasonably, understandably funky Brett component.

Taste: A sip of refreshing, oaky white wine and a bite of sharp cheese. Everpresent, underlying Bretty taste. Less a sour lemon taste and more of a taste of thick lemon rinds and a very puckering, almost grimacing wallop of acidity. Then a sip of a salty brine soak. Dry, sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. No real carbonation present.

Drinkability: Quite good, though I'd appreciate just a teensy bit of carbonation. I'd go so far as to say I'd cheerfully drink this each and every damn day. But sadly I don't have easy access to Russian River beers.

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Photo of DIM
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

batch 002

a: This was a very pale, straw colored yellow. It pours with a thin, soapy, white head that quickly fades to a ring around the glass. I was surprised by how still this is.

s: Powerfull aromas of damp earth, very green apples, pungent flowers, and prickly yeasts. Wow.

t: Damn this is acidic! Huge flavors of vinegary, young, green apples. Earthy, peppery yeast flavors as well. There are some faint oak flavors hiding in backround too. The finish is quite dry. This is the most viscous sour I've tried yet; very gueuze like.

m: My only gripe with this beer is a minor one. I wish it was more heavily carbonated.

d: Huge thanks to barleywinebrewer for the chance to try this one! I look forward to the chance to try more RR sours.

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Photo of mentor
4.17/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy pale straw with minimal whitish head. Smells mild. Horseblanket and wheat. Soured from brettanomyces. Sort of acetic, but mild overall. Pineapple, lemon zest, wet lemon oils.

Tastes soured brett. Puckering. Potent in the respect. Lactic and lemony. Like sucking on a fresh lemon wedge. Grapefruit and pineapple. Light crisp dry and clean. Great drinkability. Nice light summer quencher.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6% abv batch 002. Thanks Todd1. This little masterpiece reminds me of a wild and also a geuze. Musty aroma, that at the end smells like a basement not aired. The taste, cradles the tongue, there is a fizz, and it becomes more and more..lemon. Amazing sediment in the last once of the bottle. Custard appearance.

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Photo of akorsak
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 375 mL bottle of Batch 002.

A: The ale has a hazy wheat ale color, more yellow than brown and resembling a still tea. There is little carbonation and no head save for a thin white band at the edge of the glass.

S: Mind-blowingly tart, this ale causes you to pucker up from the aroma only. Bright citrus and flowers emerge from the mix, as does an strong barnyard presence. The draw is so strong that despite the intensity, I can't take my nose out of the glass.

T: This beer is as gueuzey as it gets, thick with tart astringent flavors. Citrus flavors are quick to emerge from the tartness, with orange rind and grapefruit featured prominently. Sour apples run throughout as well. For the strength of the tartness, the body underlying it is quite delicate. The tartness last on the lips and palate for quite a while.

M: Fruit and horseblanket funkiness leave a lasting impression on the palate. This ale is as close to an authentic Belgian gueuze that I've ever come across.

D: At 5.5%, the ale is low key and light but the blast of flavor could impair your tastebuds. The ale is wonderful, great innovation from Russian River.

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Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with carbonation bubbles making their way through the clouds. A thick foamy white head tops this off. Very slight lacing along the glass. This is a good looking blonde.
S: A wonderfully pungent nose on this beer. A smell that first struck me as sour fruits along with a floral background. I could sit here and smell this beer solely for a couple minutes, it's that pleasant. Very invigorating and inviting scent that helps compliment the appearance in making this a beer one can't help but want to taste.
T: The taste does not disappoint from the build-up from the other senses. The blonde ale within this is built up with the sour and combined in a way that works perfectly. Slight hop taste in the back end, but the sourness persists throughout. Fruits and floral make for a great beer.
F: Very very smooth. The sour is just right to compliment the rest of the taste. This beer has plenty of carbonation that will make your mouth come alive.
D: This is a wonderful beer. I could drink this beer at almost any time of the year. It's a very lively beer that goes down smooth and tastes delicious.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.97/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to lagadeer for this one!

This beer pours a lemony gold color in to my tulip. A column of micro-bubbles rise up from the dimple in the bottom. Be careful on the pour. One glass got a little of the dregs in it and it looked a lot more dull.

Smells of raspberries, red grapefruit and a touch of banana with a strong emphasis on the tart aspects of these beers. There's a pleasant wild funk that permeates the entire nose. In the distance there's a clover honey and some wild flowers.

The flavor is predominantly funky tartness that reminds me of eating under-ripe crabapples as a kid. It picks up a flash of black pepper too along with ultra tart cherry and orange. It's hard to really articulate just how funky the funk is, but this one seemed to be a little more "in your face" and unbalanced that other Russian River beers.

Feels dense, but mysteriously vacant with only the slightest hint of tiny carbonation. This really helps the mouth deal with the funk.

A tasty wild ale, but not one of RR's best.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.37/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This brew poured a yellow/golden color with virtually no head.

S: The aroma was sour and wine like.

T: Help! My tastebuds were just ambushed! This is a sour/wine like brew. Sour apples are definitely apparent. I think I'm tasting brett in the finish.

M: Thin and remarkably dry.

D: While this is an interesting beer, I'm not totally in tune with the style yet....but I'm trying (I kept style in mind while rating).

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to crack open a bottle of Beatification, batch 002 for my 900th review. Pours straw colored, slightly hazy, and with no head. The smell is quite funky with lots of lemon sourness and great barnyard aromas. The taste is super tart up front, followed by a splendid funkiness with loads of horseblanket character as well as a dose of minerality. Ripe soft cheese and lemon on the finish. Smooth, tart, refreshing in the mouth. Delicious and the real deal. I shared a bottle of this with brickstoredave, and his comment was "Wow, an American brewer made this beer?". My thoughts exactly. What an accomplishment and one more reason Russian River is my favorite American brewery.

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Photo of alexgash
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. Batch 002.

Hazy pale lemon yellow edges around a golden center. Small, tight, off-white head. Decent lacing. Nose is tart with plenty of acidity. Citrus (grapefruit, lemon), hay, horse blanket, some powdered sugar sweetness, and a bit of wood. Great complexity.

Starts off refreshingly tart. Grapefruit and lemon citrus flavors flesh out the palate. Very acidic and dry. Earthy, musty edge to all the fruity sourness. Hints of hay and oak. Finish is incredibly dry with lingering grapefruit sourness. Moderate body with an almost sticky feel. Deliciously tart and earthy and refreshing!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle obtained via ???? BIF from rsyberg01. Thanks for the opportunity... Corked and caged, Batch 002.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/4" bright white head over the totally cloudy golden brew. Head recedes to an uneven layer of bubbles, with ample small-bubbled lace. Aroma is tart bubblegum. Taste starts with a moderate tartness throughout the mouth, coupled with a light sweetness. Then the real character appears, piercing citric character, which rounds out at the close. Mouthfeel is silky soft and dry, and drinkability is impressive. A refreshing on a warm evening, for sure.

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Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.