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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,633 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1633
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.99%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 01-25-2006)
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the Batch 001-PH1 version, also held for more than a year.

It pours from 375ml caged and corked bottle a very effervescent clear light gold with a large head of foam that quickly shrinks to about a 1 finger head but doesn't shrink much more than that.

The smell is sour dominated but I also get notes of citrus, yeast, and some malt. Dang. I could smell this one for almost forever but on to the tasting...

The taste, like the nose, is dominated by this wonderful sourness that completely has my palate at attention and craving for more. More sips in and it starts to get more complex. Huge funk to be found here along with a healthy malt presence in the background and some very tasty pepper, coriander, and more spices than I can identify and the fruity flavours of orange, apricot, and peach make my mouth pucker a bit but damn they are tasty. Also, the second pour gives me some sediment to give it a cloudy and more orange appearance(why would I leave the fine sediment in the bottle as the label suggests????) and the foam "talks" to me not unlike a bowl of Rice Krispies.;^)

It has a medium mouthfeel to it and the carbonation is also medium inspite of what I saw in the initial pour. It finishes sour and leaves a nice long tasty aftertaste. Man, am I wild about RR American Wild Ales and to me, this one goes just a bit over the top compared to the non PH1 sample. I'm *really* digging this beer and boy, I get this all in a 5.5%abv brew...The drinkability just shoots through the roof!!

Bottom line: This may be my favourite offering from RR to date and I've had a fair sampling...all were, imho, outstanding. I still say RR may be the best brewery in America. Beatification is another brew that does them proud! Highly highly recommended!!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 19:46:50 | More by Bitterbill
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BillyB

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared this brew with a couple of my non-BA friends at a party. They all said it tasted like champagne. It was a hit and a lot of them were amazed that it was actually a beer.

Poured a clear light amber color with a thick one inch white foamy head.

Aromas were out of this world. Incredible funky, earthy, horseblanket, wood aromas. Musty.

Tastes of lemon and other citrusy characteristics. Also moldy, musty, funky yeast and some light sweet maltiness.

Mouthfeel is incredibly light and has a nice tingly carbonation to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 19:31:06 | More by BillyB
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed March 31, 2007. Pizza Port Belgian Beer Fest. Pour from a 375mL. Fresh Meyer lemon spritz sour tang, with salty honey-ginger crispness. Sweet and bright aroma. Lightly hazed thin, with soapy off-white rim. Flavor a perky, brightly sweetened brettesque. Passionfruit and almond skins, yielding to grapefruit juice tartness. Nice percolation and stunning lightly hoppy finish. A different batch carried a whole world of earthy spice and robustness that took it to another level of excellence. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 20:44:48 | More by CharlesDarwin
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

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

4-17-08: Batch 001-PH1. Finally getting to crack my PH1 bottle on a beautiful sunny day. Pours into my glass a lightly hazy honey amber orange with a thick two finger head of creamy bubbles. Aromas bring a mix of citrus, honey and crisp malts bathed in a Brett laden veil. Musty, sharp vinegar and acidic tones alongside woody aspects. Extremely complex and intriguing. Simply awesome.

First sip brings a crisp, sharp malt upfront along with swirling citrus, lemon zest and honey flavors. Mouth puckering sour midway that brings with it a dense array of Brett nuances. Old wood, acidic vinegar, hay, musty funkiness. I get a slight grape aspect as well. The tart and sour aspects are more pronounced that the regular 001. It flows down quite dry overall. An amazing sensory experience in a glass.

Mouthfeel is crisp with punchy carbonation that carries the beer down with a solid effervescence. A great sipper on my porch at the end of a beautiful spring day. One of my all time favorite beers hands down.

7-13-07: Batch 001. Pours into my tulip glass a clear amber orange with a good inch of bubbly white head and lots of big bubbles rising up to the top. Aromas burst out of the glass with light citrus aromas bathed in brett funkiness. Musty, horse blanket, acetic farmhouse aromas alongside woody and honey scents as well. Has a really bright, vibrant character to it. Wow. This is just wonderful.

First sip brings a rush of tart and sour and a nice base malt. Light citrus flavors, lemon rind and honey mingle in the funkiness of the brew. There's a nice woody dryness with each sip along with a fairly sharp acidic bite. Finishes with a lingering tart funkiness, rather dry. I may be imagining it but I get a bit of a green olive aftertaste with each sip. This is simply an amazing sour, wild ale.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a lively, light carbonation that rushes across the palate with each sip. Really makes drinking this brew enjoyable. I wish this came in a 750ml bottle as I could easily and throughly enjoy the whole bottle myself. Beatification ranks with the best Russian River brews I've had and to be honest the best brews I've had overall. Cheers to Vinnie, Peter at NB and everyone else at RR that made this brew possible. Quite an achievement!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 00:21:27 | More by orbitalr0x
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hoppymeal

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 02:25:59 | More by hoppymeal
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badbeer

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001, not the PH1 though.

Poured out a yellow orange color with a white head that quickly dissipated, but left bits of lacing. Smell was sour and vinegar-like; it had barnyard funk as well, but not as powerful, full of pleasant sour aromas. The taste seems to have a bit of lemon and oak beneath the strong sour flavors. I'm not real experienced with Wild Ales, but this one just tasted awesome. It also had tastes of vinegar and ends up with a dry, sour finish. Lighter side of medium body with a dry finish; carbonation is rather high. This is definately one of the better beers I've had and has changed my mind on what sour beers can be. I would definitely drink this again, unfortunately I'll have to wait until the next batch comes out.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 21:08:53 | More by badbeer
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours out beautiful head that has a good lacing. The color is very nice light yellow. The smell is powerful and full of great smells, the best smell I have had in a long time. The taste is great, smooth, with lots of full flavor. The smell of horse blanket and different sour flavors are very non-offensive and just wonderful. They come together to make a really great flavor. The mouthfeel was sooo smooth and impressive, it was very nice and smooth. Overall I will drink this again sometime, very very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 03:34:24 | More by Erdinger2003
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rowew

Colorado

4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 375 ml corked and caged. Barrel aged 23 months. Batch 001 - PH1. Aged in La Folie barrels.

Appearance: Poured per bottles recommendations without the yeast. Pours orange with just a bit of haze, and a small head with good retention.

Smell: Mmmm.. sour and funky. Lots of brett aroma with fruity undertones.

Taste: Lots of nice tart sour brett flavors. The brett definitely dominates here - and its highly enjoyable. The base beer appears to be a solid blond, but the sour definitely steals the show.

Overall impression: Very nice sour beer - nice to see Russian River and New Belgium teaming up - this is a great example of an American brewer producing belgian styles.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 03:38:11 | More by rowew
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SacoDeToro

California

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

Had a few bottles at RR Brewco.

Poured a nice straw yellow with a tight whipped white head. The lace lasted the entire glass.

The aroma of the beer of sweaty horse hair, citric acid, oak, and wild yeasts.

The flavor of the beer was delicately sour and tangy without going overboard. It was incredibly crisp and refreshing. The hops were reasonably pronounced and had a dull floral flavor, as if they'd been aged.

The beer was highly effervescent and the mouthfeel was light.

I've had many a sour beer and for me, this is easily one of the most pleasing. Right up there with it's cousin, La Folie. Considering Vinnie Cilurzo's been brewing for such a short period of time compared to the Belgian's that have supposedly mastered this style, he gives them a real run for their money. The quality of American brewed Belgians is becoming akin to when Napa started turning out better wines than the French.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2006 03:47:27 | More by SacoDeToro
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OldSock

District of Columbia

4.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch PH1

Appearance - 375 ml bottle of the PH1 graciously traded to me by bennetj17. The bottle opens with the kind of energetic pop normally reserved for champagne. As I pour Beatification into a wine glass it only makes a small effort to inflate a choppy head, but quickly loses interest and lets it fall. The La Folie barrel has contributed some red/amber tones to the pale base beer. The first pour has just a hint of haze whereas the second pour in nearly opaque from the sediment.

Smell - At first there is a rush of lambic-like acidity, but it almost immediately dissipates into lavender and perfume. As the beer warms the vanilla laden oak appears and a hint of vinegar emerges. So good I kept smelling the empty glass even after the beer was gone.

Taste - The acidity is beautiful, soft like fresh squeezed lemons. There are a multitude of flavors ranging from dried flowers to toasted oak to the occasional sour cherry. The sourness strikes a perfect balance with the other components, it complements without being overbearing or lasting.

Alcohol? Hops? Malt? Who needs them! This is just acids, esters and funk.

Mouthfeel - Despite being such a small and dry beer the sharp carbonation and tartness cover up its slender body.

Drinkability & Notes - Its amazing what 2 years in a La Folie barrel have done to Redemption. A beer unlike any other, closest to a gueuze that isn't completely obscured by sourness. Another masterpiece from one of the great brewing artists; God how I wish I had a case of these to nurse for the next 10 years...

Batch 002 (Spontaneous)

Appearance - Perfectly clear golden-yellow. Thin white head with decent retention for a sour beer. The second pour brings some haze from the yeast sediment.

Smell - An amazingly distinct grapefruit aroma, there is some apricot, and pineapple as well. Some acidity, but it is not sharp or acetic.

Taste - Very citrusy (citric acid?), different than any sourness I have tasted in a beer. Vinnie has said that his large Kloeckera apiculata flora is responsible for this character. There is some rougher Brett/Gueuze like funk, but it is mostly hidden behind the fruitiness. Very little oak character due to the used barrels, just a pure expression of the RR house funk.

Mouthfeel - The lingering coating acidity dominates the mouthfeel. The body is not as thin or highly carbonated as a Gueuze, but it is still thin and spritzy.

Drinkability & Notes - It's been awhile since I wrote a review, but figured this one was worth it. It isn't as good as the first batch, it lacks the same drinkability and complexity, but it is still one of the most distinct and interesting American sour ales out there. Thanks to Dyan for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 01:28:15 | More by OldSock
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 001, PH1

Cork disgorges with an resonant pop, loud enough to surprise.
Pours orangy copper and hazy, with an effervescent, beige head that raises and falls quickly.
Placid surface and only a few strands of carbonation with a broken ring of retention around the rim.
Aromatics are complex and tart.
Spritzy lemon zest with marmalade vinegar and wet goat.
Citrus oils with an underlying fresh hay note.
Brett is forefront, but not wincing.
Yeasty and fruity with an acidic twang.
Mouthfeel is lightish and sharp. Mildly puckering and refreshing.
Pallet is extremely fruity and tart, but not sour.
Tangerine, grapefruit, and lemon juices turned to diluted vinegar.
Malt is extremely light, only an afterthought and any remnants of hopping might be a peppery note in the finish.
Alcohol is minimal, but not missed as the stars of the show is the yeast, bugs, and barrel.
Many thanks to Vinnie for such a great brew as well as New Belgium for donating the barrel for this gem.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 00:09:25 | More by brewandbbq
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the PH1 bottling.

Appearance: Golden peachy, when left alone a few cloudy islands dance around the ring of lacy head, but comes to a good head after a swirl or two.

Smell: Whoh nelly, fantastic funk going down on this one! It almost had a waxy, old church candle thing going on. Great yeast presence too.

Taste: A kaleidoscope of funky brett, mandarin oranges, perfect amount of balsamic vinegar bittersweet acidity, and balances with pinpoint accuracy with the dry, tart finish.

I've said this before about a another American wild ale from the east coast funkmasters at The Alchemist, those Geuzestekerijses (don't even know if you can put that in plural) better get off their laurels because in a decade or so their American cousins just might muscle in on their racket...

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 23:04:53 | More by Goldorak
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing, Jim! The PH bottling, apparently.
Hazy gold, a fizzy, active white head forms on the pour, fizzing down to nothing like cola. Kinda like champagne. The aroma hides in the glass, probably due to the lack of head. Sour and tropical, reminiscent as Jim said of those canned Goya juices. Mango, in particular. Milder lactic funk, like swiss cheese. The flavor follows suit, with boisterous carbonation holding things together and keeping it exciting. The fuller body keeps it feeling somewhat mellow. For a sour ale, this is very drinkable. Fuller bodied than I expected, starting off with a juicy sweetness reminiscent of peach of mango juice, the pulpy kind, moving into a modestly sour and lactic finish. Slight cheese presence, big on the fruit juice. Nice and funky in a mellow way. I think it's good. I'd love to see this again with a couple more years on it.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 03:47:54 | More by UnionMade
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bennetj17

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001. Light sunny orange color, with minor haziness. Frothy light head is about half-inch and is well sustained. Nice streaming carbonation visible. Spotty lace remained. Sour apple and pear in the nose, just a really funky tart aroma all around, acidic, vinegar-like. The taste is intensely sour and it immediately begins to dry out through the finish leaving only a touch of bitterness. Light hints of apple, lemon and orange fruit present, with a mild woody taste. Part way through the glass the flavor softens a bit and is very easily drinkable. Sharp carbonation and a light body, there is a superb fluffy/creamy mouthfeel. This and the PH1 are both great offerings. Highly recommended...

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 04:45:01 | More by bennetj17
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meathookjones

Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 001.

Pours out a murky orange with a fizzy tall white head of foam. The head stayed together awhile leaving rings of lace around the glass. Funky brett yeast notes come on pretty strong with a nice mix of fruit sweetness and a balancing light tartness. Some woody notes are in the mix as well. The flavor kicks off with some tart fruit and a light sweetness. Funky yeast and notes of wood add a nice depth of complexity. Lingering tart fruitness lingers at the finish. Well carbonated body and quite refreshing. Really drinkable stuff as well, almost too much so. I wish it was a 750ml bottle or bigger. A very unique and delicious beer that I would love to have available all the time.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 18:16:25 | More by meathookjones
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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

Batch 001-PH1.

Slightly hazed light copper. The big bubbly off white head fizzes away quickly and the remnant collar leaves sparse amounts of lace behind. Carbonation doesn't LOOK to be as jacked up in this one compared to the 001. Aroma is a little more pronounced than the 001. Some barnyard funk and more discernible brett characteristics on the nose. Even a little horse blanket smell. Bone dry feel again in the mouth. Medium bodied. Acidic and tart. Carbonation is not quite as spritzy as the 001, but still nice. Maybe a little bit more of an "airy" feel to it. The acidity and tartness are a little more agressive here compared to 001. Nice bite to it. The funk is more pronounced on the palate and it's pretty damn nice. Fruitiness isn't quite as noticeable compared to 001. I'm not one of those guys that lives and dies for Wild Ales and lambics and sour beers, etc... But this shit is addictive. I'm liking them more and more, but maybe that's 'cuz I'm getting the best of the best here.

Thanks again to Darren for the sample. MUCH appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 04:00:51 | More by Bighuge
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GClarkage

California

4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

08/11/06- Purchased by mail order direct from Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- Batch 001-PH1. 375ml (12.7oz) bottle which was caged and corked. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance- Opens with a loud pop and pours with furious carbonation. The loudest talking beer I have ever heard. The carbonation was just screaming. Poured into a huge ass wine goblet, maybe 22oz capacity. Filled close to the top at pour and settled down at about a 1/4 inch of a spitzy yet slight creamy looking top. Quite lovely cobwebs and small chunks of lace leftover in the aftermath.

Smell- Bits of stinky horse blanket and musty barn and moth balls. You know this one will be a sour one upon the taste. Sour overripe fruits appear after the cork pops.

Taste- Pretty much pure decadence. Combines the flavor of several of my favorite styles of beer. Has a NB Love flavor (which makes sense as it was aged in those barrels). Has a nice Flanders Ale quality....liked to Goudenband and even has that nice barnyard Fantome-esque flavor. Sour, but about the perfect acidic level fruits rush around. Lemon rind, maybe some cherries and raspberries. All combine to make you crave that next sip.

Mouthfeel- A tad bit highly carbonated and gaseous, but not too much as to hinder drinking. Sweet and sour aftertaste that lasts just long enough to tempt you for that next sip.

Drinkability- Well, I timed this one about perfect. Sat here on an early evening night in Broadview, Montana...nothing but vast farmland as far as the eyes can see. A few antelope over here, a few partridges over there and a cow or two mooing in the background...not to mention the bats starting to fly into the barn and the two hoot-owls going at it. Ahhh, all this in the middle of a thunderstorm. Review #999 and taking a 8 month or so beer respite as of bedtime this Sunday....only have a Dreadnaught in waiting for my last beer in my self imposed beer break due to my wife's pregnancy. This was about the perfect beer today. Great taste, incredibly refreshing due to the higher humidity today. Russian River scores again. Vinnie...thanks for making one of my last brews for a while a memorable one. Extreme highest of recommendation!!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 01:42:21 | More by GClarkage
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Skidz

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out pale yellow and sits bright gold in the glass with a waivering white head. Fades to a thin skimming over the surface with some decent lacings.

Smells sour and perky, very dominant Brett and Ped characteristics. Tart and shiny apples, light, puckering grapes. A very clean aroma, void of much mustiness, a delicate appearance.

Tastes powerfully sour at first contact. Under-ripened grapes and crab apples form the fruit body. Mild acidity and a pungent, near citric, soury sweetness pulled over any form of malt flavor, making this most akin to a sparkling sauvignon blanc. But to hell with wine, this blows it all away. A tight, crisp finish with mild bitterness caps it all off.

Crisp, with ever-so-tiny bits of carbonation, moderate overall, and a medium-light body.

This is fantastic. It's nice to find such a high quality sour beer being produced in the States. Too bad it doesn't find it's way out of CA, unless if I have agents working for me while on vacation. Just spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 03:42:54 | More by Skidz
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had previously sampled Beatification at the RR Brewpub in October of 2005, straight from the barrel and again in January of this year at a RR dinner at Monk's Cafe but this is my first review of this fine beer from the bottle.

Batch 001 (PH1) is waiting patiently in my cellar.

The beer poured a nice brilliant hazy straw color with a bit of a white head that didn't last very long and gave way to a good ring around the glass and strong lacing. The aroma of the beer definitely had the characterstics of where it was aged, in an oak barrel, but it was not overpowering. Notes of cherry and other fruit. The taste was very impressive, tart and acidic and a bit of funkiness but not overbearing, just perfectly complimenting each other. The taste lingered in the mouth for awhile and did have a bit of a dry champagne burn to it which I like in a beer. There is a lingering sweetness to this beer that is very pleasant and I just can't get enough of.

It would be interesting to taste this along side Redemption which is where this started and also with the PH1 to test the subtle differences in each. Vinnie and Natalie hit this one out of the park as they do with so many of their beers. A real winner, too bad there is not much of this out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 20:54:46 | More by ggaughan
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hopsaplenty

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml smoked green bottle, batch 001.

The cork releases with a loud pop and the neck starts to fill with slowly building foam.

Hazy peach core with sunlight highlights at the margins. Short, loose packed head of small soft eggshell bubbles that crackles as it slowly settles leaving a tall collar and a thick cap. Intertwined lines of meandering carbonation mix with fine lines of racing bubbles. The aroma is filled with tartness and just a hint of funkiness. There is some blossomy sweetness paired with barrel notes. A wonderful tartness with an acidic edge opens things, filled with plenty of brett essence. There is a delectable sweet element that intermingles with a gently wood note. Bright and sharp with a delicate, sweetly tart underpinning. The finish is pleasingly edgy and with a prolonged dryness which makes this compelling. There is a sense of balance here, but it is still a bit brash. Medium body with ample peppery carbonation, there is a vibrant mouthfeel that is almost light, the dryness leaves the palate clean. In a word: fantastic. I could not put my glass down. This was simply a spectacular beer and I am looking forward to the PH-1 waiting down in the cellar.

A homerun by Vinnie and Natalie and the rest of the RR crew.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 11:58:56 | More by hopsaplenty
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alyankus

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

While I'd normally take obsessive notes to "properly" review this beer few tasting notes would do this brew any justice. This is quite simply the greatest beer I've ever tasted. The lenghth and breadth of flavor are intense ranging from cheesy to yeasty to oaky notes with hints of citrus fruits and spice throughout. Forgive the wine analogy but it's like Salon, Krug Clos de Mesnil, and a Flemish sour ale got freaky together and this is their love child. It displays all of the strengths of their parents without any of the detractions. It has the cleansing sourness of the Flemish ale, the cheesiness of Salon and the nuttyness of Krug all harmoiniusly balanced within its beery goodness. The only problem is that the bottle at 375ml is too small for a second serving. For a first batch (was there a test?) this is a resounding success. Bravo Russian River for an extremely amazing brew.
edit:This was batch 001 (can't wait for more!!)

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 04:05:40 | More by alyankus
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch PH1...
Appears a hazy, light gold with a fizzy white head that fades out.
Smell is of sour tartness, citrus, apples, oak, light cherries.
Taste is of the same aforementioned aromas.
Mouthfeel is fizzy, a bit overly carbonated, with a dry, tart, champagne like medium body.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 21:41:05 | More by weeare138
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Westsidethreat

California

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

Batch 001

A: Fizzy carbonation that I'll let chill a bit before taking a sip. The blue tinted white head has reduced to a healthy ring and wispy top. The color of the body is truly breathtaking...A vibrant dark golden hue. No visible sediment but damned if you are going to see thru this beer. Walking the line between raw and hand crafted.

S: Lemon, oak, yeast, wet hay, sourdough bread and a quite a few other aromas that most brewers try to avoid.

T: Oh my...oh my goodness. The pungent sourness is immediate and apparent. This much I expected. The exotic yeasts then lend their buttery goodness and transform the beer from a standard sour to so much more. I expected this as well but not too the level at which its achieved. An ameretto flavor pops up and displays a nutty personality that took me by surprise. From there the beer moves towards a dryer tone with the sourness and sweetness balancing then waining and the buttery brett holding strong across the palate.

M: Full bodied but a smooth but somewhat prickly carbonation.

D: These friggin guys, I swear. Where do they get off making beer like this? Who the hell do they think they are?

I think they are the best brewers in the world, but thats just me. Simply staggering.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 04:21:05 | More by Westsidethreat
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 001, Sampled July 2006
Pours with an orangish, hazy (got a bit more sediment than I thought on that pour), gold color. It is topped by a frothy, pale tan colored head that disappears fairly quickly. It is pretty well carbonated, but seems to be a bit more subdued than the PH1. As soon as I pour this beer it is apparent to my nose that this is a sour beer; tart acidic notes reach my nostrils. A lactic sourness seems to dominate, almost has that fresh grapefruit aroma that some straight Lambics pick up. Does not have much in the way of Brettanomyces character; there does seem to be a touch of musty Brett funk and perhaps a hint of urea, but that is fairly subdued. When digging around in the nose there is a dry, malty, toasted grain note almost like crackers. This does not have the funk in the aroma, or the woody notes that the batch-001 PH1 had, it is still quite nice though and reminds me of the aromatics on a batch of Girardin straight Lambic I once had in Beersel Belgium.

Dry, tart and lactic from the get go, this is actually a bit harder in its perceived acidity than the PH1. I say perceived because this beer does not have as many of the balancing notes (wood and funk come to mind), that the other batch did, so it may just seem more tart. It does remind me some of a very tart grapefruit, sour yet with a bit of fruity complexity that a lemon does not have. Hints of green apples (in fact even something that reminds of a green apple jolly rancher) and a touch of unripe pear. The finish is at first dominated by the sourness (like the rest of the beer), but picks up a touch of astringency, perhaps some tannins, a dry sort of lingering, biscuit like maltiness and even a note that reminds me of Curacao orange peel. Wonderfully easy drinking, and light on the palate, while at the same time having a sort of creamy mouthfeel to it.

While it is not as challenging or complex, I really like it for its aggressive straight forward tartness. The dominant tartness is joined by a touch of malt character, some austere fruit notes and perhaps a wisp of funk. Another characterful brew from what is fast becoming one of my absolute favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 01:26:59 | More by Gueuzedude
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kmcnair

California

4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001 - PH1, 375ml bottle, caged & corked.

Pours a hazy copper color and makes a fizzy sizzling white head. Head is rather short and fades quickly into a thin ring of medium sized bubbles.

Aroma is tart with some big sour citrus, earthy barnyard funk and vinegar.

Flavor is moderately sour with a lemony citric bite, barnyard qualities carry well into the flavor, very earthy. All hop characteristics are hidden by sour/funk. Very nicely balanced, strong acidic intensity but not overbearing.

Crisp, light bodied, very carbonated, some astringency and a very dry finish.

Quite good!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 05:08:25 | More by kmcnair
Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 1,633 ratings.