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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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527 Reviews
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Reviews: 527
Hads: 2,400
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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Reviews: 527 | Hads: 2,400
Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BrewerB for this one!

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours hazed/clouded golden with a pillowy white head that thins and stays. Uneven rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of lemon, sour/tart with oak and some grassy notes.

The taste is of tart lemon, very funky, acidic and oaky - some vanilla. Bready with fruitiness that becomes peach-like, then orange (with some banana and coconut). Enough malt is there to balance things out. Complex with an underlying funky sourness that works very well!

There's an effervescence to it while maintaining a nice body.

Funky, complex, nicely done!

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Photo of JDV
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle shared at tasting courtesy of Randy. Thanks!
Pours a faintly hazed yellowish color with light whitish head. Smell is bright, lightly funky and sour, yet soft overall. Taste is much of the same mild tartness, oaky dryness and very pleasant funkiness. Very easy to drink, now that I'm more accustomed to sours. This is really nice stuff, and very mild compared to some.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 002

A: Golden orange. Relatively clear. Moderate fizzy head quickly receded with little lacing.

S: Sour lemons. Slight vinegar quality. Funky farmhouse nature. Some hay/wheat.

T: Incredibly sour. Lemons, grapefruit, vinegar, hay, yeast. Not much oak, which isn't surprising considering the age of the barrels used to age this guy.

M: Acidic. Sour. Certainly cleanses the palate of anything that might have been there before. Light bodied, and no sign of alcohol. Effervescent.

T: Sour and tarty as hell, but has a sweet farmhouse funk to it. Hay and vinegar. Very acidic and funky. My mouth waters with every sip. Also has some oak to it.

D: Gotta be in the right mood for this one as the sourness is among the highest I've encountered.

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Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear light golden hue with a big fizzy head. Dies rather quickly but can be brought back by a simple swirl of the glass.

S: Tart lemons, funk, and sweet tarts.

T: Lots of lemon up front with some crushed sweet tarts coming thru. A bit of pungent cheese in the middle and a bit of oak in the finish. Rather bold and sour.

M: Light in body with a great deal of fizz. Stings the mouth and tongue a bit with its sourness. Dry in the finish.

D: Drink the whole bottle myself without problem. A bigger serving would be too much though.

Very nice overall.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 002. Thanks (again) to sonicdescent for a great trade. Pours a beautiful vibrant yellow color, orange highlights, slightly hazed. Real bright. Unripe lemons, barnyard and hay, funky bugs and yeast, grassy very dry aroma. Thinking I'm in for quite the ride here. Ok this beer is a little crazy if you ask me. It is just over the top sour. Pungent brutal sourness. Usually your tastebuds get used to the sour after the first initial sips, but this beer just keeps shocking me everytime I take a sip. With out a doubt the most brazenly sour beer I have ever had. Ballsy. I dig it. Lemon rind, green apple, wheat grass, hay, dust. Remember sour candy like warheads or cry babies? This beer is like an adult version of that. Excellent acidity. It reminds me of the most sour thing I've ever had, which were these little weird fruits called calamondins that grew on a tree in my grandma's backyard in Florida. I used to eat them all the time as a little fellow. They are like tart, acrid little oranges and they taste like this beer. Really an amazing feat in brewing to get so much flavor into one beer. I have to knock the drinkability only a tad because it's so outrageously sour, but it works here. I'm shocked.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle bought online from The Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam... Batch 002...

Poured a hazy golden yellow colour. White head poured pretty loose and frothy then faded quickly to patchy covering with thick edging... no carbonation... some light lacing...

Aroma - Very strong lambic brett yeastiness, sharp spicy fruits (light grapefruits, lemons, sour apples), musty barnyard / wet hay aromas, light vinegary notes, freshly cut wood, very light pale malts, some basil notes... outstanding...

Taste - Severe mouth puckering sour lemons and grapefruits, salty, light vinegar hints, sour (cooking) apples, yeasty, faint sweet after notes, grapes, light vanilla, floral, grassy, talcum powder, some woody notes, musty, strong champagne like hints... again outstanding...

Feel - Very sharp and dry... light body... pretty drinkable considering the tartness... thirst quenchingly good...

Overall - An outstanding wild ale - one of the best i've tried and as good as any Belgian example...

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Photo of Treebs
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

C&C bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. Batch 5. Huge thanks again to Andrew (nasty31).

A: Pours with a light golden haze and frothy, airy white head. It recedes to a similar ring that leaves some splotches here and there.

S: Tartness and mild sourness. A mix of fresh tart fruit, mainly green apple and lemon grass with restrained funk.

T: Gueuze-ish with a slight restrained funk. Tart green apples, lemon grass, mild funk and some oak with a finish of vanilla sweetness that mixes with a little white grape sournes.

M: Zesty and spritzy. The body is light with a refreshing clean finish.

O: Delicious beer that borders on a gueuze IMO. If the funk wasn't so restrained in the backbround I'd say this wasn't a wild ale, but very good none the less.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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Photo of THECPJ
4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes: 2/23/2011

we busted into this one b/c we failed our first attempt at pliny the younger, and well, we just felt beat...seemed the perfect fit for the situation

A: golden yellow, no head, no lacing

S: sour, sweet funk, peaches and/or apples are subtle

T: cheek puckering sour, but fades to a nice palatable sweetness

M: mild carbonation, well balanced, medium body

D: the most sour of the Russian River's we've tried so far, but really well rounded and truly an enjoyable beer


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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with some white hue and a generous pure white bubbly head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of oak with some lactic sourness and some funky barnyard notes. Taste is quite complex with mix of sour lactic notes, some oak notes and some funky barnyard notes as well. I must admit that this is pretty close to some Lambic brewed in Belgium while lacking some complexity. Full body with great carbonation. I would love to have access to this on a regular basis.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a 750mL three ways. Batch 003

Ar: Tropical fruit, light barnyard, bubblegum, floral, citrus, acidic, mouth watering sour.

Ap: clear gold with medium thick white head, good retention.

F: Sour acids, herbal, fruity, refreshing acidity, lemon/lime, not too much acetic acid, tropical fruit, very dry, warming acid at the end, spicy, pineapple, light barnyard.

M: thin and refreshing, medium/high carbonation, warming acid at the end.

O: great, refreshing, a lot of nice brett character, complex but simple.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 375 ml cork and cage bottle into a Bell's tulip.

A- pours clean, light caramel with a 2" white head. Some bubbles on the glass resides quickly.

S- sweet citrus, lots of Brett funk and sourness.

T- sour and tartness tingles the roof of you mouth right out the gate. Some sweet citrus swoops in with more Brett funk and sourness that builds throughout.

M- medium body, high carbonation. Funk really tingles the mouth and goes up your nose a little.

O- if you like sour and funk this beer is for you. Possibly the second most sour beer I have had next to Riserva 2010.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to urwithdave for cracking this one as aprt of our sick night of sours. Poured into a tasting glass.

A: Cloudy burnt yellow. The pour dropped a less than impressive head, buyt what was there stuck around and then left some stickiness behind.

A: White wine, grapes, green apple, and yes the funk! Barnyard and horseblanket abound in this brew. Sour lacto, and notes of grass.

T: Sour funky goodness all the way. I get the same underlying notes as in the nose, but the sourness is seems to overpower them all. I am left scratching my tounge to see if any saliva is left. Nope, if finishes very fruity and dry.

M: Tingley with the aggressive carbonation. Medium body.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is just a touch lower due to the extreme sourness of the brew. Overall, I really liked what RR did here. Out of all the sours we tasted, this one came in at #2. Skal.

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Photo of Prospero
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, mouth puckering sour this one is.

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

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Photo of nkersten
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have wanted to try this one for a long time and Chris busted it out to help ease the pain of the Hawks loss. Thanks! Batch 3 poured into Lost Abbey Tumbler. Slightly hazy straw yellow with a tiny white head fades to a collar. Smells musty and lemony sour. Not sweet at all, some white grapes, very funky. Taste is incredibly sour and lactic. Slightly metallic, citric, very acidic, funky barnyard, how many ways can I say sour. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Overall, this is a great American Wild. Intensely sour, this reminds me more of some of the great Belgians then any American sour I have had.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very hazy golden yellow beer that looks almost like honey. Off white silky head with lots of medium sized bubbles scattered around in it. Weak head retention with little lacing.

S- Light malty aroma with hints of caramel and some citrus hops. Some hints of lemon, lots of earthy and sour notes. Also a light green tee aroma is present after the beer warms. Very interesting smelling beer.

T- Super sour flavors up front. It seriously taste like biting into a lemon. Some light caramel maltiness and herbal earthy notes as well.

M- Medium bodied with a puckering sourness that drys out in the end leaving your palate some what clean.

Overall- This is a very sour and complex bee, I want more like it!

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Photo of Exiled
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle - Batch 003

Pours a golden color with a decent white head. Smell is very funky like cheese, sour lemons, apples, and oak. Taste is sour lemons, pears, apples, funk and oak. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation, with a dry finish. Overall it is another great sour.

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Photo of abecall98
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My roomate shared the bottled I gave him for his Birthday. Poured the 750ml into 2 identical Bruery Tulip Glasses

A - bright hazy orange. A light white thin head grabs the edge of the glass. Dissipates quickly, as I wish the head would retain.

S - Starts funky with the smell of bready brett, and some sour fruit notes hit the nasal area. Smell of citrus pleases me as a beer drinker as the aroma fades....

T - Where to start? The very first taste is a sour bite. It grabs your cheeks and forces them inward. The puckering sourness of this beer is so good. Right after that, the funk kicks in and dies down the pucking sour. Tastes of spices from the funk come in. After the funk, the taste of sour lemon is left behind. It is like eating the peel. A very overpowing combination of citrus and sour.

M - Dry. Hits your mouth and leaves. This is how a sour should behave. It is not sweet and clinging. It hits the mouth, and leaves behind the puckering effects of the sour. Damn good.

D - This beer is drinkable for how sour it is. It is not an unpleasing sour, and allows for the drinker to desire more. I would not have more than 1 glass of this though, but I still love the one I am having!

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a light yellow with tremendous carbonation. It smells like sweet acetone sourness. The taste doesn't disappoint at all with intense sourness. The beer is incredibly drying and has a dank aftertaste that lingers. It definitely lives up to the hype with it's sourness... whoa. Tasty beer and I would compare it to a bottle of cantillon any day.

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Photo of kleffman
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to drinking my bottle of batch #2 tonight. Poured the dregs into a sour beer I'm currently fermenting, maybe it'll add something positive to the mix.

Poured a very clear orange color with zero head and not a ton of carbonation. Enough, but I expected it to be more carbed.

Smell is pure tart grapefruit and funk. Pretty damn funked up.

Taste is basically the same, super funky, sour grapefruit and some tropical fruit flavors mixing into the lactic bite.

Light in body, and incredibly easy to drink for a spontaneously fermented beer. The lambics I've had previously are usually so puckering they take some work. This is clean, delicious sour beer. Did I just say clean? I mean filthy.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001. Pours a hazy peach color, nice and cloudy, with a small white head that recedes quickly. Aroma is strongest of tart apples that is balanced by a soft sweetness and at times smells of homeade applesauce. Aroma also shows some bready spices that blends with a grapey sweetness, also some black pepper and grassiness as well. A hint of the sweetness and spiced breadiness flashes at the front of the tongue before a good sized appley tartness enters and a lemony sourness follows. The taste finishes with a nice drying of the palette. Mouthfeel is fairly light in body, the tartness keeps it very refreshing, a nice dance of peppery carbonation on the tongue does so as well. The aroma was definitely complex and where its at for me with this beer. The taste because of the tartness was not as complex but was still very thirst quenching and very refreshing and easy to sip on. Thanks Mark for the opportunity.

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Photo of brydeen
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the last bottles shared at Hunahpu’s Day 2014, poured into souvenir taster. Hazy yellow with a white head that quickly disappears. No lacing to speak of. Aroma is basement must, citrus, especially lemon, tart sour grapes, vinegar, wood, and leather. Taste is a puckering sourness with citrus and vinegar notes, followed by some mellowing wood bitterness and earthy elements. A touch of citrus sweetness. Light-plus body, surprisingly creamy/thick but not overly so, just enough to coat the tongue, lively carbonation, long sour finish.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split this one with BA Pecorasc. Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a vibrant gold that just seems to illuminate. Definitely has some haze to it. Two fingers width of off-white head was formed.

S- Not as pungent as I expected. Had a mellow, earthy aroma. Also detected musty, oak scents as well.

T- As this beer progressed in warmth, the taste became more complex and enjoyable. In the later stages heavy notes of what seemed like citric rinds produced a sour explosion in the mouth. This was offset by a dominant oak flavor that complimented it rather nicely.

M- This thing was mouth puckering. After an initial sip, I could not keep my mouth from drooling due to the extreme sourness. Quite an experience.

D- This is definitely a slow drinker. Even splitting a 12.7 oz bottles two ways was enough for me.

Overall, quite a very unique and well-made beer. While the sourness was dominant, it was not overpowering and was wonderfully counterbalanced with oak flavors. A must try.

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Photo of mynie
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours exquisitely into a Duvel glass. It looks like Duvel, actually--deep, dark sunshine golden with a wonderfully retentive soapy white head.

Smells potent, very tart. Redolent lemons, yeast, orange tic tacs, and pink starburst. Very intense, very sweet and sour.

Tastes even stronger than it smells. Jesus! The sourness is amazing, so strong it should be synthetic but also smooth enough to drink. Likening it to other flavors is sort of pointless, since it doesn't quite taste like anything I've ever come across before, not even very sour candies. It's just a hugely intense, unique sourness backed up by smooth, lightly spicy yeast.

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