Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,287
Reviews: 523
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.99%
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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

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Photo of axeman9182
4.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle from batch 5, opened for review #550. Thanks to afrokaze for the hookup, and this was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Beatification pours a crystal clear golden yellow. There's maybe a finger's worth of white foam crowning the beer, and it disappears quickly and quietly. The nose has a good bit of acidity to it. It's very citric, with some bright lemon poking through. There's also a good bit of funk, some earthiness and also pineapple/tropical fruits. The flavor follows suit, displaying the full potential of wild yeast/bacteria. The tartness is perfect, bold and attention grabbing without turning the beer into vinegar. A brief flash of lemon opens the beer nicely, before a tiny bit of oak and some earthy and fruity funk come in and fill the mid palate. The acidity comes back in for a lingering finish. The body is just a little bit full, and the carbonation a little bit lifeless, and combined they're enough to make mouthfeel just feel... off. Despite one or two minor quibbles, Beatification is a fantastic sour beer. It's managed to not only live up to all the community generated hype, but all the anticipation I had for it personally after getting to try only an ounce or two at a tasting a few years ago. I'm glad I have a couple more bottles tucked away in the cellar.

Photo of zhanson88
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Adam for busting this great brew out at an impromptu tasting!

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear golden color with 1/4" of white head. Carbonation is there, but fairly minimal for the style. Head retention is nice, as a nice layer remains throughout the duration of the beer. The clarity and clear, warm color make the appearance of this beer very nice.

Smell: Smells of lemons, tartness, some pale fruitiness (maybe some mango and peach), slight funk and light mustiness. Pretty nicely balanced between the tartness, funk and fruit character.

Taste: Some initial sweetness that is slightly peachy with some mango, followed by lemony tartness, slight funk, and a very sour finish. This beer definitely has more lacto sourness than brett funk, as the taste lacks funk and mustiness for the most part. A very good taste, but wish it had that extra gear. Still, good.

Overall/Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is perfect. Light bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, a damn nice wild that I was excited to try, and would definitely have again.

Photo of iadler
3.56/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 5. Thanks to exitmusic00 for cracking this open prior to our bcbs vertical tasting.

A- Pours a bright gold with a thin white head that leaves minimal lacing.

S- Plenty of lemon juice and peel as well as peach upfront, followed by lacto, horse blanket and vinegar.

T- Damn this is sour, just tons of lemon juice, lemon peel, lacto, horse blanket, vinegar and a hint of peach.

M- Fairly high carbonation and a light body with a long dry finish with the sourness lingering on.

O- This is quite sour, but that's pretty much it. Nothing too complex and am confused why this is considered a top wild from RR. Have had a few others from them and this just seems to lack any depth their other offerings had. Glad I got to finally try it, but wouldn't really seek it out.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap

A. Golden pale straw with a 1.5 finger khaki head with good retention and nice bubbly lacing.

S. lemon candies, earthy peaty, Brett funk, bread

T. Closely follows the nose starting with lemon and bready sweetness but accompanied with very funky earth and a quite dry and sour finish.

M. Full body moderate to high carbonation. Crisp

O. Their wild ales are just ridiculous. Amazing spring beer.

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

Yellow and orange appearance, looks darker than pte, almost appearance wise is more akin to a typical dipa moreso than a wild ale. Real good looking head, this is the best looking wild ale I may have ever seen, just pristine.

Really massive sour notes, dry, earthy and extremely citrusy (and not just lemon).

Taste, wow, immediately reminds me why this is my favorite of the Russian -tion beers. And then it makes me pontificate whether I like this more than framboise for a cure or pty. Yup, that good. Body is light, taste, sour power is heavy. Keeps the brett aspect down, lets the other germs dominate. Never approaches anything that could be considered vinegar-esque. Oak notes are mild. Its all about orange type citrus notes, dry and earthy hyper drive sour.

Photo of mattsander
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 Vintage

A: Deep yellow, excellent clarity with beautiful pinpoint carbonation. As appetizing as a beer can look!

S: Damp cotton, lemon candies, wet leaves, lactic twang. Smells very familiar as a Gueuze, but there's something unique about the profile. Perfect.

T: Lemons at first, then a big wave of smooth earthy brett character. Wool. An extremely dry and sour finish even by Lambic standards. Has a slight 'coarseness' in the aftertaste, but flawless aside from that.

M: Torrential carbonation and VERY dry. High drinkability, highly refreshing, I love this beer.

So glad I finally got a chance to try Beatification. This beer blew me away as much as any Cantillon I've ever had.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 5 had a few times now and finally got around to reviewing it

Look: Pours a translucent yellow orangish color with a 1/4 inch white head and ok retention with some carbonation bubbles

Smell: The nose has quite a bit of funk going on with some crisp citrus notes finishes with a touch of oak

Taste: This one starts out sour with quite a bit of lactic acid and it can become a distraction. Behind the sourness is the some barnyard funk lemon zest and vinegar

Mouthfeel: Light body lots of carbonation very sour and dry and makes you pucker

Overall: For the style this is a good beer but for me I find it hard to drink and could not see myself finishing a whole bottle. Not a fan of the style in general

Photo of SkiBum22
4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 5

A - Pours a clear yellowish orange, with a small head that quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing, but some visible carbonation in the glass.

S - Crisp and slightly tart with a funk. Hint of lemon zest and a sliced green apple.

T - This beer packs a very intense sour bite! There's a nice fruitiness (green apple in particular) too and a perceived sweetness though it's actually pretty dry.

M - the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, slight fruity, acidic, sour, and dry finish.

O - Another great sour from Russian River. I prefer Supplication and Consecration over this one.

Photo of jaasen64
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge huge thanks to dolfan54fl, can't thank you enough. This has been one of my top wants. 375ml bottle Batch #5, poured into wine glass. Tasted about a hour after having supplication. Cork removes with nice loud "pop".

A- Pours a slightly hazy translucent yellowish golden, above average carbonation- a lot of fast rising carbonation bubbles of all diffferent sizes, thin layer of white head (about a half finger) that recedes to leave almost no head.

S- Lots of sour funk. Sour cherries, sour lemons, vinegar, a little bit of hay, barnyard funk, sweaty gym clothes, etc. Very aromatic, could smell when the cork popped and while it is sitting next to me.

T- Sour cherries, sour green apples, a little bit of hay, finishes with a nice sour, tart green apple taste. Leaves a very nice sour green apple aftertaste that lingers for awhile inside the mouth and the lips. A little bit more vinegar/acidic tasting towards bottom of glass. So much flavor packed into this beer that even the last drop cloying to the bottom of the glass + bottle is exploding with a multitude of flavors. Never had a beer that played with the taste buds so much. Only complaint is that at times it was almost too vinegary/acidic and could have been balanced a tiny bit better. Overall though one of the best tasting beers I've had.

M- Light, crisp, refreshing, perfect carbonation to complement the sourness, very easy to drink.

O- This was an awesome beer, probably one of the best I've had. The taste and aroma are right up there with some of the best sours including the Cantillons. I definitely enjoyed this a lot more then the Supplication I had earlier, a lot more funk, more citrusy, and more overall flavor etc.. Definitely a must try if you are into sours. Wish the brewery was on the East Coast.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to trxxpaxxs for sharing!

375ml cork and caged bottle, fridge temp, batch 5, bottled on 01 10 12, poured into a snifter.

pours a very nice clear golden color, fairly retentive skim white head, no real lace to speak of.

lots of tart funky brett. tart cherries, sour lemon, a bit floral and lots of nice footy funk.

oh my sour! big tart lemon citrus, sour pie cherry, footy, bretty funk, a bit of green sour apple, and a hint floral. sweet tart like. very sour finish that lingers and definatly makes you pucker.

i love the sourness in this beer, its pretty intense. very tart with a very dry finish. fairly light in body.

this beer (as well as any other RR beer ive had) definatly lives up to all the hype. some very nice funk and intense sour citrus makes this a winner, right up there with cantillion IMO.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to leschkie for this bottle...

Batch 005, split with dogfishandi...

A: Pours a cloudy golden straw with a half finger of pure white head that fades pretty quickly. There is no lacing on my glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is sour grapes, sour cherries, rose hips, brett, green apple, and vinegar. Sour is an understatement for this beer. It's glorious, but it's not for the faint of heart.

T: Damn. It's sweet and tart right up front. From that point on, it's just massive sour. Puckering vinegar, green apple, and artificial sours hit you big time. It's like sipping on a liquefied sour patch kid. It's super drying in the finish, and almost hurts the taste-buds.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's massively sour, super funky, and lingers forever. It almost hurts your mouth, but I'm loving it.

O: Fantastic beer. It's mega sour and super delicious. This is a true standout for wild ale fans. It deserves every bit of praise that it gets. Fantastic.

Photo of yamar68
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bugdoc for this one. '12 vintage poured from bottle to over-sized Mikkeller wine glass:

Pours a beautiful orange/honey gold with carbonation clinging to every corner of the glass. A lively two fingers of starch white head doesn't last as long as I'd expect. Could be the glass though. Still perfect lacing though.

The nose is intense, complex. Obvious funky honey and lemongrass. A deeper kind of sour, not as bright as its brothers and sisters. A great smelling beer.

Wow. Massive on the tongue. Pushing a Warhead level of sour punch. The sour intensity mellows considerably as the beer warms. Grapefruit, rich esters, orange peel/orange juice, syrupy lemonade, truly a gigantic beer. I'm blown away by how much flavor is crammed in here.

The sour side of the beer keeps drinkability rather low but its silky smooth mouthfeel is redeeming.

Overall, very glad to have had the opportunity to try this one. Sour beers are quite foreign to me and gems like these make me excited to try more.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.82/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Nanobrew and FosterJM for this one!

A: Slight pop when the cork came off. Pours a hazy golden orange with a nice white, fizzy head on top. Pretty good retention with sporadic lacing that doesn't last too long.

S: Fantastic tartness. Some peach, lemon, apricot, and white grapes. Nice citrus fruits and some nice barnyard funk that blends nicely with the fruit/tartness.

T: Has a very gueuze like flavor, lots of tart lemon and some apricot. Underneath there is some tart green apple and more white grapes. Very mouth puckering and it is amazing.

M: Medium bodied, great level of carbonation. Very tart/acidic, but I am really liking it.

O: Simply put, amazing. One of the best beers I have ever had hands down. Great flavor and extremely tart.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Note: Batch 5

Consumed 6/24/12

Appearance: Pours hazy, bright gold - big, white head to start - retains a little cap, leaves a few spots of lacing

Smell: Sour, so much sour - truly a bouquet of bacteria - sharp acidity, tart, with some serious wood - funky, but mostly sour, so sour - some pale malts underneath

Taste: Sour - so, so sour - unbelievably sour - a sharp, glorious sour that coats the mouth and sticks around - some lemon - very tart - some wood in the background, with a base of pale malts - acidic with some citrus

Mouthfeel: Light to medium, nicely carbonated, puckering to the extreme

Overall: Glorious

This is like sour concentrate. It's like alchemy, but with sour flavor. In a word, this is masterful. One of the best beers I've had from Russian River, and that is really saying something.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thebroth for hooking me up with a bottle.

Appearance: Slightly hazed bright gold. Head is bright white and drops to a tiny, bubbly collar with a wispy cap. Carbonation is lively but not aggressive.

Smell: Mild powdery funk. Oak barrels add a nice woody earthiness. Some lactic tartness as well. Lemon zest with a mild floral undertone. Some old cheese. Touch of Brett breadiness. All kinds of funk with a budding sour edge. Layers of wild. Touch of yeast.

Taste: Lactic acid snap right up front. Sharp and bright. Touches of Brett funk add some hay and grass. Powdery yeast. Lemon zest with some fresh squeezed lemon juice. Some backing sweetness. Wood helps mellow some of the more aggressive tart flavors. Almost citric level of tartness. The barrel Influence helps pull everything together. Mild floral elements. Musty with some hints of ripe cheese. Sharp.

Mouthfeel: Bright. Light body pushes toward medium. Carbonation is moderate, but effervescent. Flavor spreads and dries on each sip. Lingering powdery tartness.

Overall: Top notch stuff. Incredibly complex blend with nice levels of funk and sour.

I'm glad I got to try this. It's worth all the hype and it would likely age incredibly well. Definitely a top showing from an already top level brewery. Incredible stuff to be had. Too bad I don't have more.

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

Review #2, Batch 5 served cellar temp in tulip

A : Golden yellow crossed with lemon rind, fluffy white 1" head that left spotty lacing throughout

S : Sharp citrus dominated by lemon zest, some clear barnyard funk present as well...as it warmed slight scent of wet hay and a very faint oak smell

T : Slight funk and OMFG sour BOMB, sour continues mid-palate and the lemon zest/citrus comes through in a fairly dry finish

M : Medium carbonation and a pretty light/medium body, funky smooth, yo

O : Such a great sour, really hard to complain about any aspect but still isn't quite on par with some of the big boys...darn close though. Only knock is as it warms it becomes a tad too acidic for my tastes. Love this sour though and cannot wait for the next bottle!

Photo of kawilliams81
4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5, courtesy of a business trip to the Bay Area. Sampled on 6-6, reviewed from notes.

A: Lemon rind yellow. 1/4" head and plenty of carbonation bubbles. Looks ripe.

N: Soured oak staves. Some acetone and barnyard funk. Lemon/sour citrus. There is an unpleasant scent wavering through this which knocks off some points.

T: Probably a 9/10 on the sour scale. Plenty of lemon citrus, and plenty of lactic acid. Great wood base to round things out. SOme pine/earthiness, but not in the way you'd get from hops.

M: Light and spritzy

O: This is really brilliant stuff, particularly if you're in the mood for a palate scraping sour. Highly recommended, and I think RR has finally caught up to Belgium. Depends on if you're in the mood for a 'rounded sour' or a bracing one.

Photo of Auracom
4.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No surprise here, another beneficiary of RR's Batch 5 release. 8 oz. poured into a Fantôme tulip on June 15th, 2012.

A - Looks like a hazier Fou Foune. Good edge-clinging white, soapy head, great lacing.

S - I've never come across a brett aroma that I found particularly "refreshing", but this somehow is. Fresh cut haystacks, earthy, a bit herbaceous, touch of horse blanket, lemon vinegar. Great balance across the full spectrum of aromas here.

T - Sour. Bomb. This goes beyond Cantillon Classic Geuze. The level of biting tartness here is a bit stunning. Sharp citrus at mid-palate. Back end is cleaner grass and herbal.

M - The definition of finishing dry. Combined with the intense mouth watering, this is quite a tease to quench. Great carbonation, light body. Right on.

D - Hits the nail on the head while staying refined. Love it.

Photo of kscaldef
4.67/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

Pours with a great funky, earthy, hay & lemon smell. Rich golden color, somewhat hazy. Very tart on the tongue with earthy, leathery undertones. Not at all astringent, but rather finished crisp and cleanly acidic. Excellent beer.

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

330mL bottle poured into taster - batch 5 - thanks rob

Pours a hazy golden straw yellow color with a bubbly white head. Retains for just a moment before dissolving into some cloudy film with a bit of lacing on the glass.

Punchy, intense tartness in the nose driven by an powerful lemony scent. Hints of citrus peel with funky wetness and hay. Light touch of oak with acid.

Zesty lemon and powerful sourness right off the bat. Citrus peel with funky tones and decent acidity. Puckering sourness continues throughout the profile, drying up on the tongue with some yeasty hints. Finishes with lemon and tartness.

Lighter medium body, slightly higher carbonation, dry, bubbly and extremely lingering on the tongue. If you're looking for an intensely sour beer that packs a punch you won't soon forget, this is the one. I've been waiting to try this for a couple years and it's lived up to the expectations.

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

Batch 005. Thanks to Mista for this delicacy.

A: straw colored pour, fairly clear, with a thin head and decent lacing covering half of the top and refreshing from what looks like heavy carbonation.

S: slightly sweet, very tart, fruity - I get lemon and something more tropical I can't identify as well as some white grapes.

T: very tart, good lemon flavor, some sweetness or malt but I can't tell it's so wonderfully sour. There is a slight green apple tartness, but it takes a back seat to the lemon. Can taste some vinous notes too.

M: medium carbonation, medium-light body, and teeth-etching sourness.

O: very delicious beer. Wish it were easier and cheaper for RR to make.

Photo of lnashsig
4.97/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a pretty special one for #BOTG 62. Pretty hard to find, thanks to Kevin Harvest for his generosity here. RR corked and caged bottle, popped bottle, and poured slowly into my JK Farmhouse glass. Pours a really cloudy golden color, some white, tight bubbles in the head. It looks like a sour! It actually resembles a Gueuze in a lot of ways. Smell- sour green apples, citrus, earthy funk! I get some eastern asia tropical fruits (like a star fruit)- very tart aroma. Also, some vinegar aroma. So many things in common with a good gueuze. Taste- oh my god, puckering sour. Its the sour you get from biting right into a green apple (unripened) and gnawing on the skin. There is a sugary tartness on my teeth. Also, I get some sour patch kids sourness too. Definite vinegar present on the end, it works well with the sourness, not a detractor at all. This is an A+ sour. One of the best I've ever had for sure.

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

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Bottled on 10 January 2012. 6.00%

A: Light, frothy white head fades quickly. Super-clear and quite pale. Almost like white wine.

S: Excellent yeast -- sharp, funky, sweet, and sour. Full of fruit and tartness and all the excellent aspects I've come to associate with wild yeast, and none of the lesser aspects.

T: Interesting! Fiercely puckery...almost too much so to drink. Like Warheads as a child, this beer makes my jaw socket ache. Still, it's perversely delicious. A touch of vinegariness that I don't particularly enjoy, almost like olive brine, but otherwise quite nice...bright fruit, very wine-like, very dry, and rather acidic. Some lemons. Overall, enjoyable.

M: Your mouth will want to collapse in on itself. Your tongue will tingle. And you will like it. What a beer!

O: Acidic, interesting, sour, and perhaps a touch overrated. Still, a well-made beer that deserves your attention. I would have another.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of barnyard funk with sour peach and pear and other light fruits. There is also some lemon peel and other citrus flavors with some oak.

T - Starts off with lots of sourness and funk with some pear and other tart light fruits and lots of farmhouse flavors. Through the middle, some more funky flavors comes through with some Brett and other wild yeast flavors and some oak. The finish is a mix of funky wild yeast flavors with lots of farmhouse flavors, strong sourness, oak, and some lemon peel.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Feels smooth with a sour and funky finish.

D - Very drinkable. The sourness and funky flavors are so strong, but at the same time the beer feels very balanced. I really like the wild yeast flavors.

Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 2,287 ratings.