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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 538
Hads: 2,456
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 19.46%
Wants: 3,162
Gots: 544 | FT: 40
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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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 BMMillsy
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch #6 (I think) bottle from trade, dated 9/11/13. Pours to my tulip a light yellow golden color with a small fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Aroma is nice tart lemon, yeast funk, some pleasant citrus-like sweetness, light vinegar (very light on that note), apricots, lots of lacto acidity. Flavor is a nicely balanced sweet and sour lemon, lots of lactic tartness, dry oak, dry dusty Geuze-like qualities yet a nice sweet citrus character to balance. Some wine like qualities with Sauvignon blanc type of acidity. Light bodied with high carbonation and a crisp finish. This is really nice, but I can’t ever see paying $18 for a small bottle myself. Differentiating sour beers is tough I guess. With that said no doubt I would drink this again. Yum.

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Photo of illidurit
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 2. Pours a completely opaque goldenrod color into a tulip glass. Half a finger of head forms but dissolves into a ring quickly due to the acidity.

Aroma is so sour I almost shudder after whiffing. Acetic but with a faint candied sweetness just barely detectable. Maybe that's all I can smell anymore after having my nose hairs singed off with tart funk.

First sip aaaand... WOW that is sour. My eye literally twitched after swallowing. The sourness tastes like grapefruit rind soaked in lemon juice. Easily sourer than any gueuze I've had. Also a lot of wood here for added complexity. Wood and rind linger on the palate and lips for what seems like hours.

Same perfect mouthfeel I've come to expect from RR. Carbonation is exceptional, finish is long yet dry, and drinkability is through the roof for a sour beer lover, like me.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy yellow, well carbonated, one finger light head that doesn't last long.

S-Lemon, grass, acidic vinegar funk, oaky notes as well.

T-Lemon goodness, grassy notes, nice persistent sour. Great all around balance.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, very smooth

O-A wonderful beer, spot on with the sour and it meshes excellently with the lemon and grassy notes.

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Photo of francisweizen
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer quite a few times now in various different stages of it's development. At first from a wooden cask via a wine thief at the brewery. Than a test batch flowing at some god-forsaken beer festival. And finally in it's bottled form, in both the PH1, and 'regular' 001 editions. This beer pours a slightly hazy light golden colour with a large, tight, and compact head of foam that slowly loosend up, expands, and releases the aromas of this magnificent 'neo lambic' creation. This beer has the classic sharp, acidic, traditional lambic aromas that I adore. Balsamic vinegar, cheese, fresh white winter truffles, morbier dipped in lemon juice, etc. A very vinous and lactic sourness is also detectable, moreso in the darker tinged PH1 batch, than the straight 001, I should add. The taste is pungent and acidic with a wonderful fruity wine-like middle that smooths out the 'in-your-face-nature' of this brew and leaves you with a lovely aftertaste on the front and back of your tongue. The mouthfeel is creamy, super smooth, and reminiscent of the Cantillon St. Lamvinus. The drinkability is perfect and this super sour funky american neo lambic is definately one of the most coercive and notion challening brews to ever have passed this BAS' lips. Bravo to Vinnie and Co. For making something truly magical on all levels.

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Photo of Resuin
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a Russian River stemmed glass. This was bottled on 01/10/2012.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber and leaves a finger of nice, white head.

Smell: Tart grapes, mild tempting acidity, lemon. Refreshing aroma.

Taste: Very tart lemon, grapes, sour grapefruit, oak, orange. Much different than the mild aroma. Quite sour, but tasty.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium body. Quite sour which makes this not particularly smooth, but is to be expected.

Overall: I was very impressed with this sour. Exceptional smell and really delicious, this is a well-crafted beer.

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

375ml bottle into Delirium Noël glass. Batch 002 bottled 2/29/08.

A: Pours a bright clear orangeish-golden with thin bubbly white head that vanished into a faint collar. No lacing.
S: Crazy funky and tart smelling with notes of sour cherries, lemon zest and musty attic.
T: There is an initial blast of tartness as the acid hits your tongue, but it is not harsh or vinegary. The fruits in this beer are very vinous similar to that of a sweet white wine. I get flavors of white grapes, pears, dark cherries, oak tannins, faint vanilla and tobacco. Aftertaste has incredible notes of blackberries and blueberries with a light cheesy funk. Not as dry as I would have expected but there is still a fair amount of gritty tannins in the finish. The beer coats your mouth after each swallow and leaves a sweet sticky fruit flavor that is just wonderful.
M: Carbonation is a bit low but who cares. Body is medium and the mouthfeel is so very smooth despite the light tartness.
D: The best barrel-aged Russian River beer I've ever had. One of the best wild ales I've ever had. One of the best beers I've ever had! Oh man was this tasty. I wish I had more.

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

Batch 001-PH1.
(Brewed on 4-May-04 and Bottled on 6-Feb-06)
Primary: R.R. Belgian 2
Conditioning: White Labs White Wine

5.5%ABV

The Batch 001-PH1 is the “sister brew” to the Batch 001, which I also tried. The principal difference is that the used La Folie barrel known as PH1 was, according to Lauren Salazar the La Folie QA & Sensory Analyst, the best of the two barrels used to age the Beatification.

The Batch 001-PH1 was sampled alongside the Batch 001 in a simple straight forward good old fashioned ‘side-by-side’ comparison.

Presentation: Exactly the same bottle as the Batch 001, like for like, the only difference, easily missed, is the fact that it is labeled as Batch 001-PH1, a reference to the above.

Appearance: Like last time, I used my Cantillon Gueuze tumbler again. For a start, the Batch 001-PH1 has a darker body, a coppery golden torso with a little more turbidity than the Batch 001. A starker contrast between the two was immediately evident before the first sip though, the head retention is dramatically reduced in the Batch 001-PH1. The head dies down quickly and leaves only a broken covering which very quickly rescinds to nothing, the surface only punctuated with an explosion of rising bubbles like farts in the bath. Whilst the Batch 001 looks Gueuze like, the Batch 001-PH1 is more like a 1 year old straight lambic.

Nose: Harder to quantify but it has a distinctly sharper aroma, cutting acidic character with a drier tartness in the finish.

Taste: The nose provides plenty of insight into the differences. The Batch 001-PH1 has a more aggressive feel, the softness in the Batch 001 is gone and replaced with a scorched middle, acerbic finish scrapes a little. Ending is shorter lived too I found.

Mouthfeel: Lower carbonation and a harsher feel on the palate, the woody nature adds more texture but it feels a rougher than the Batch 001. Big feel though and a solid presence.

Drinkability: Not much difference the two, they are not exactly alike in the drinkabilty stakes but they are both *very* appealing brews. I found the Bacth 001-PH1 incredibly drinkable despite the small differences with the Batch 001.

Overall: Differences between Batch 001 and Batch 001-PH1 are easily noted in appearance, but the changes in the nose and taste comparison are a little bit more subtle, but they are there. Batch 001-PH1 is the harsher of the two variants, higher in acidity and sharpness, it will be interesting to follow the aging of both versions, and I suspect the PH1 will flag first.

A great beer nonetheless, but Batch 001 takes it over the slightly more expensive ($1 more per 375cl bottle) Batch 001-PH1 for my money.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

B2 375 into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Gigantic thanks to Matt for sharing this, a long-time top want of mine. I owe you one.

A: Hazy pale amber body with a handful of coarse white bubbles. Decent, but uninspiring.

S: Funk + acid. Wow. Floral, citrus, and tropical aromas overlaid atop pure sourness. This is AWA perfection: complex, powerful, and simply overwhelming.

T: Soft fruitiness up front, pure lemony sourness thereafter. A bit of floral funk, and just lovely pure sourness. Great. My only complaint is that I would have liked a bit more dirtiness from the funk, but I'll take the enamel-ripping sourness and be happy with it.

M: Creamy, lively medium body. Perfect.

O: This one lived up to its reputation: brutally sour, incredibly delicious, and simply wonderful. Worth seeking out.

Cheers!

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to an awesome BA who poured me the last few oz of his bottle. Review from notes on 4/24/10

A - Poured a nicely hazy lemon yellow/tangerine with a frothy white head. Not much retention, as expected with most wild ales. Sparkles in the sun. Wow. 4.5

S - This is simply fantastic. So much going on here, yet I feel I'll be doing this beer injustice by attempting to describe it. But here goes. A crisp tart aroma similar to extremely tart lemons, a touch of that "barnyard" funkiness like a bit of earthy mushrooms, a very small bit of grass and a bit of oak. This is simply excellent. 5.0

T - Extraordinary tartness explodes with citrusy and a faint kiwi-like flavor. Followed closely with that distinct "barnyard" earthiness and a long, sour finish. I wish my vocabulary for wild and sour beers was better. 5.0

M - Light, crisp, well carbonated. So incredibly smooth. There is no "bite", nor is it lacking carbonation in any way. So well balanced. 5.0

D - What do you think?! This is phenomenal. Truly an enlightening experience in my beer ventures. 5.0

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip. Batch #5, bottled on 01/10/12.

3.0 A: Very faintly hazed concentrated urine color. Two and a half fingers of frothy white head. Retention is average at best and no lacing is left.

4.0 S: Pears, pears, and more pears. This is the peariest beer I've ever smelled. Hay is the next most aggressive note. Moderately tart with more of the wild qualities being of the funk variety. Musty basement, dry-rotten sweatsocks, rotting wood, and dusty old barn. Lemon, vanilla, and oak to round this off. It's complex, but the aromas don't run very deep, if that makes any sense.

4.5 T: Pears dominate the taste as well and it tastes great. Much more tart and acetic than the nose. Plenty of lemon and tart white grape with some lime underneath. The funk mentioned in the nose follows. The taste is both complex and deep. It's potent, yet quite refined. After having a bunch of Bruery sours lately, the quality of this one is that much more apparent. Although this is good and tart, it's still nicely balanced.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Higher, but normal range, carbonation with a dry champagne-like spritziness as opposed to a sweet creaminess. Good here.

5.0 D: A couple categories were borderline with a higher score, so hence a 5.0 here. This is the first RR sour that has truly impressed me since I first had Tempation. Solid all around.

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Photo of Holland
4.47/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1260th Review on BA
Bottle to 5oz taster
Not sure batch

@Beachwood's BBQ Long Beach- Ode to Lambic

App- A very cloudy light to medium yellow with a good density and particle behind it. Zero head on it. Flat pineapple juice that really looks like Campbells soup to me.

Smell- A fresh field of hay in a glass. A lot of backing lemon and a bit of wheat. Not overly sour smell, more tart.

Taste- A small sour note to say the least and at 5.5%, dangerously drinkable. A good balance is struck between the lemon, wheat, tart, funk wheel of flavors.

Mouth- Punchy lemon flavors abound in this one with a light to medium body and a fairly light crisp carbonation level. A bit damp on the finish.

Drink- It's good, but didnt blow me away. I can see what the fuss was about though and very glad I have another bottle at home.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bdige for providing this special treat in a recent trade. I’ve had this as two beer fests, but am excited to sit with a bottle.

Batch 002

Only a small amount of white head forms and immediately fades to a cap on about ½ of the surface. The beer is a bright brass color with the absolute slightest haze . No lacing to speak of.

Pungent with lactic notes, lots of earthy notes and some sharp funk. Very complex aroma. A sense of lemon.

Woow, sour to say the least. Some white wine notes, lemon peel, tart vinegar, A touch of granny smith apple and then some oak at the finish. Drinks a bit like a gueuze to be honest. The tart notes mingle with the oak at the end to produce an interesting finish. The real funky notes continue to emerge as it warms.

Very light and refreshing. A sense of delicateness here.

While this is very good, I still think Supplication is my favorite of their line-up.

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Photo of Dope
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 01-10-12. Approaching 2 years old.

A: Pours a hazy golden. Mid-sized and fizzy white head. Head fizzes out pretty quickly. Moderate streaks of lacing.

S: Heavy on the sour citrus. Lemons mainly I'd say. Maybe some orange peel too. Big and bright and juicy aroma. Very acidic.

T: Oh yeah, this is a sour one. Extremely sour citrus. Very acidic and biting. About half a step away from biting into a lemon. Very crisp and quite dry, especially in the aftertaste. Long, long lingering sour citrus flavors. Brief hint of oak in the finish before the aftertaste.

M: Crisp and dry medium body. Teeth-chatteringly sour and dry. Fine carbonation.

O: A serious contender for the most sour beer I've ever had. Not far from drinking lemon juice. Honestly, surprisingly pleasant. Not a lot of funk to this one, just straight-up bracing sourness. I expected more funkiness due to the brett and the almost 2-year old bottle. I think the sourness just obliterates anything else. I actually prefer this sort of sour. It's quite tasty and refreshing but drinkability does suffer due to the extreme sourness. Not exactly a sesssionable brew - but that's not the point of course.

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Photo of anteater
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 375ml bottle

A: Slightly hazy yellow, some thin white bubbles on the surface

S: Very reminiscent of actual lambic - a very upfront brett funk, hay, wheat, I think I'm getting some of that infamous horse blanket. There's something in the funkiness aroma that you wouldn't expect to like but it is so intriguing and undeniably complex and enjoyable

T: Wow, a little more sour than your average sour. The mouth puckering aspect in the taste of this beer alone is a wild ride. Huge sour flavor with a big intensity at the very beginning that is felt by my tongue, cheeks and roof of my mouth. The intensity dies down but lingers in the background while you notice the sweet floral, hay like qualities of the malt balancing perfectly with the funk.

M: Just slightly dry, works with the flavors perfectly

O: I was not the least bit disapointed by this beer with the high hopes that I had for it. The sour aspect of this beer is very unique for an American beer.

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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 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 LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/26/08. On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a clear orange with no head. Aroma is sour and quite funky (barnhouse funk, horseblanket). Flavor of initial tartness, sweet tart candies. The flavor is less funky than the aroma. This is sour but not puckering sour, so it is quite drinkable for its style. Awesome sour that I can't believe I got the chance to try on tap!
8/4/8/4/17 (4.1/5)

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

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

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Photo of ADZA
4.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very big thanks to Mulder1010 for this and it pours a beautiful golden hazy hue with a one finger wispy head and a touch of lacing,the smell is so inviting its oak,green apples,musty funk and white grapes,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation and on taste it's just like a fine lambic you would find in Belgium with sour Granny Smith apples,oak,white grapes and finished with a nice sour tartness and overall it's a nice wild ale but Temptation is still my favourite cheers.

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Photo of prototypic
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 002

Appearance: It's hazy and a very light straw color. Maybe a touch of orange to it. Minute amount of sediment can be seen lurking around. Head is foamy white and a modest one finger. It receded quicly and left a very light lacing on the glass.

Smell: No doubt this is a very tart smelling beer. I can almost taste the sourness already. Due to the use of Brett, it certainly has a bit of barnyard funkiness going on. But, it's a little subdued and nicely done. There's a very light fruity aroma that smells mostly of grape. It's a little earthy and grainy. Nice and complex.

Taste: The flavor really delivers when comes to being tart and sour. The nose was a spot-on representation of the taste. It's not so aggressive that it's mouth puckering, but it's very tart and sour. It certainly has a citrusy aspect. Lemon and grapefruit flavors are sweet and really contribute to the strong tart taste. There's a nice grainy flavor and a wood-like taste that appear toward the finish. I can only surmise the wood flavor is attributable to the barrel aging. Finishes sour and very, very dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and very dry. It's really drying out my palate. Carbonation is lighter than expected, but well done. It's got an incredibly smooth feel and is very drinkable. At 5.5%, abv is very modest and if you're into sours, this could be consumed in mass quantities.

I've been waiting to try Beatification for a while and it truly delivers. I don't really know how to characterize this beer. It's art in a bottle. Everything about it is just so artfully crafted. I can't constructively criticize any aspect of this beer. I'm not convinced it can be any more well done than this. Coming from one who's not the biggest of sour fans, that's a huge compliment. Highly recommended.

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Photo of sirsteve42
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5 poured into a Hill Farmstead Goblet

Pours an orange yellow with a big fluffy white head that dissipates leaving no lacing on the glass.
Smells of citrus, lemon, barnyard funk shoot out of the glass at me
Funky oaky lemony goodness all over my mouth with a nice dry finish
Nice prickly carb on this guy . Light dry and tart
Another wonderful wild ale put forth by Russian River Brewery...excellent beer.

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Photo of Deuane
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 002

A-Hazy, golden yellow with a thin white head that reduced to a thin veil and left spotty lace.

S-Strong mustiness up front and then changes over to a sharp, green apple/cider vinegar sourness. Nice.

T-Sharp green apple sourness up front, almost reaches to vinegar levels but reigns back to finish musty and dry.

M-Light bodied, very crisp with long lasting tart flavours.

D-Mmmm, mmm damn good stuff. I love green apples and this is that in fermented form. The "wildness" is fairly subtle and does it's best to accompany the flavours and not overwhelm them.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml batch 002 poured into mini chalice.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a very slight fizzy white head which quickly vanishes. No head retention or lacing left behind. Not a whole lot to look at, really.

S - Fruity tart/sour notes up front. Sour apple quicky comes to mind. This has a medium funk compared to the other RR wilds I've had, which is nice for a change.

T - Sour apples, medium funk, tart citrus finish.

M - Very light with minimal carbonation. Not as dry of a finish as I was expecting.

D - Not my favorite wild from RR, but damn good anyway.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whew, glad I found these notes...

Poured to a slender Argyle wine taster in the earliest hours of April 6th. I brought this (a 375ml caged/corked bottle, Batch 002) with me to Louisiana, where I had hoped to share a few sips with my mom. A little too late, though, as she slipped away into a semi-coma earlier in the evening... a grateful 'cheers' for the time we shared that weekend.

A: Uncorked with a soft pop and poured like liquid bread, a hazy golden-orange, 'apricot' colored. A brief fizz and roil, followed by a thin swirling veil and pencil-thin white ring. Behind that dense cloudiness, there seem to be a several decent streams of carbonation.

S: Brazen 'sweet-tart' greeting; it tingles in the nose with citrus pith, rotting hay ('barn' aroma) and a fleeting clover/mint sweetness. Finishing 'oak barrel' woodsy tannins, white grape.

T: Biting tartness and, later, a chalky dryness. Unripened berries and crisp green apples, both sour and introduce some sweetness. A pithy lemonade, an earthy tang that hints at stronger goat cheeses (???, but the bacterial/mineral base makes sense...). Complex (no surprise) and intense, pretty outstanding.

M: An upfront lip-pucker and tongue-curl. Cellaring seems to have reduced crispness/carbonation; the resulting milder feel is surprisingly smoothed, the body medium/light. Some medicinal dryness in a lasting finish.

D: A 'wow' American Wild, vibrant and refined over time...I'd love to have this again (and have since picked up later versions of Beatification for similar aging), but it's a style that is best in small quantities and/or shared with someone special.

Thanks to jgaston for sending this bottle back in mid-2008...glad I cellared it for a couple years.

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Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.