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Beatification - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,830 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,830
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 2,639
Gots: 431 | FT: 34
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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:
No notes at this time.

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

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

02-22-2014 22:50:47 | More by Rhettroactive
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 mL bottle poured into an RR -tion glass. Batch 5, bottled 1/10/2012. A celebration beer. Robotics National (International?) Champs.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden-orange body. No much of a head. Small bit of white foam that settles to a ring of bubbles. Not really lively looking.

Smell - Nice tart fruit aromas. Citrus orange and lemon. Good dose of white peppery funk, but it's not anywhere near as strong as the best Belgian lambics.

Taste - First sip is tart, quite tart. Loads of lemon tang to it. Fades quickly, though. Wheat and hay permeate the flavor as it fades to a peppery funk in the end. Again, it's not moldy cheese funky or nasty sweaty feet sock funky, but it's a touch funky.

Mouthfeel - Finishes crisply and without a puckering sour flavor. It actually retains a bit of a sweetness. Just a hint. Lingering flavors are excellent. This is a well crafted beer. Finishes with just a touch of bitterness.

Overall - Really pleasant sour. Easily the best from RR and definitely one of the best American Wilds out there. Compared to a true Belgian lambic, though, it's not up with the best. Lacks a bit of complexity and definitely missing the funk that I crave. I'm being picky, though. This is delicious and a worthy celebration beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 01:04:48 | More by Alieniloquium
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 17:53:26 | More by OWSLEY069
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

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

375 ml bottle, batch 5 graciously sent to me by smarcoly. Thank you for the hook-up as always! Served into a Lost Abbey tumbler.

A: Semi-hazy golden orange colored body with a modest finger worth of white head. Not much lacing and only a minor ring of bubbles lined the edges of the glass. For the style, this isn't unexpected at all.

S: Lemon, acidic funk, tart citrus notes, orange, white grapes. The barrel character surprisingly comes through towards the end with plenty of soft oak and sweet vanilla. An absolutely delightful smelling beer.

T: More acidic lemon, orange and peach up front which transitions into a quick oak character. The tartness washes quickly through the palate bringing in some dry white grape flavors and ending with touches of floral spice.

M: Highly carbonated, prickly and spritzy on the palate though never feeling thin at all. Really what you'd want from a Wild Ale. No dryness or linger of anything off-putting. Just really well done in this aspect.

Easily my favorite of all the Russian River sours I've sampled to date. This one has a very bright citrusy profile I love. Hands down one sour I'd drink on a regular basis if I could.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 18:11:28 | More by ShanePB
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch #2.

A - Hazy, golden amber colored beer with only the slightest bit of white head. Sheets and curtains of lace cascaded down the sides throughout drinking this eventually fading to some finer lace and spots.

S - Brett, as expected. Great tart and funk notes. The aroma turns the slightest bit vinous due to some pleasant vinegar that seems to be there. Slight bit of wood and some fruity sweetness coming through.

T - Nicely sour, with a little bit of a pucker-drawing taste. Some sweet lighter fruit that immediately turns tart. The brett is pretty much present through the whole thing, ending with some barrel notes, mainly in the form of wood.

M - Medium bodied beer with active carbonation and a dry finish.

O - Really great beer, not sure how much this varies batch to batch but this was a big time winner and awesome example of an American Wild. Really no complaints with this one, would love to drink it regularly.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 21:23:09 | More by AgentZero
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

01-19-2014 16:43:29 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.6%

06-27-2013 19:30:39 | More by WOLFGANG
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I first had this beer on my first trip to CA, and my original review is below this one. It's been about 2 years (to my detriment) since I've had a bottle of this batch, and I'm kicking myself for it. In any case, here goes - happy birthday, me!

Served in the original RR -tion tulip (this glass is no longer made and is now a whale IMO), this beer is crystal clear, straw yellow and has a dense, frothy off-white head with excellent retention and minimal lacing. The nose makes me smile. Beautiful overripe lemons, an insane level of funk with cheese, sweaty feet and just an incredible explosion of fruit (unripe white peaches, ripe honeydew melons). The sourness is beautifully citric in nature with some lactic acid no acetic acid. In fact, I will go as far as say that this is an impeccable gueze, it really does remind me of the better batches of Girardin 1882, and my all time favorite, the 1999 Oude Gueuze. The only thing that sets it apart is a light sweetness that's present, very mildly corn-like, and this is not something I've found in a gueuze worth gushing about. Even a little bit of white grapes? As I let it breathe, I get an intense, salty, cheesey, funky aroma. I'm starting to see the beginnings of a musty, mushroomy, wet wood-like funk to the nose that I'm going to enjoy revisiting in a year or so.

Opening and closing with a palate crushing sourness that is remarkably clean in its blend of citric and lactic qualities, this is a remarkable beer. Again, there's plenty of unripe stone fruits, semi-raw grapes, mellow melons, all topped off with a dollop of soured yogurt, this some seriously intense and good stuff. In particular, the yogurty sourness is of note, as it exemplifies what happens when the citric and lactic sourness play off each other. The sourness does hide some of the funk here, not really allowing the wet hay and grass to come through( unlike batch 3, which is a better balanced beer IMO). Under all the sourness, a bit of cereal sweetness does come through, a little grainy and a little corn like. Sour with lemons and a brilliant lactic sourness (I can't think of too many better showcases for lactic acid), this beer finishes with some tannic character. Light in body, medium-high in carbonation, this beer is wonderfully carbonated and wonderfully executed.

This beer , and this batch in particular, is probably the best lambic-type beer brewed in the US. Yes, batch 3 is a better drinking sour, but this batch has a certain je ne sais quoi to it. Far better than Duck Duck Gooze, on par or slightly better than Isabelle IMO. I traded too many of these away, but at least I got to make some friends in the process. A remarkable beer that I'm going to be sad to see gone.

**Original review 05-24-2008 02:30:10**
Batch 2 4.5/4.5/4/4.5/4

A: Straw yellow with a frothy and lively off-white head. Lots of carbonation. Pretty!

S: Complex with notes of sour, vinegar, spice (black pepper), oak and a mild sweetness. There's an earthy slant to it. This is a great gueuze ! As it warms up, there's a hint of vanilla too, if you swirl hard enough.

T: Massive sourness with a lot of acidity. There's a hint of fruitiness that comes in - apple? The finish is dry and puckering tart. Definitely among the sourest beers i've tasted - it leaves my mouth watering

M: Lively carbonation on the tongue, sour and incredibly so with a dry finish.

D: I'll be honest - this is a new style to me and the acidity is in your face but i know this one's a gem as it keeps me coming back

These sours are growing on me and i'm glad i have a couple of bottles stashed away to come back to when i better appreciate the style

**Edit 12 May 2012**
I got a couple of these from Chebyshev. Thank you, Aaron! Batch 5 (aka 011012)

Pouring lighter than I remember it being, but still with excellent carbonation and head retention. The nose is a beautiful bright citrusy funk, with grass and hay. Combining the pure grassy funk of batch 3 with the bright acidity and melon and fruit notes of batch 2, this is a beautiful blend. A little bit of honey, graham crackers and a whiff of ethyl lactate (fruity, coconutty. No acetic acid is perceived, though the lactic acid esters do contribute a fruity sharpness.

Like batch 2, this is pretty hugely sour, but not as intensely so. Prominently lactic with some lime rind and citrusy acidity as well. Mild tannins and the lactic acid really brings to mind unripened stone fruit (yellow freestone peaches, nectarines). The funk level is tempered by the sourness, but grass, and straw are quite prominent. Mildly cheesy as well. Drying on the finish with lingering lactic acid, some oak tannins (that lend a chewiness), this beer is crisply carbonated. Highly sour, this is pretty excellent 4.5/4.5/4/4.5/4.5

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 04:20:25 | More by DefenCorps
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claspada

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

07-11-2013 17:11:05 | More by claspada
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chippo33

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

11-02-2012 00:28:35 | More by chippo33
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gford217

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375mL bottle, batch 2, poured into a tulip.

Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy golden orange with a creamy white head that settles in as a small cap fed by the bubbles continually streaming up from the bottom. Lacing is good.

The aroma is a great mixture of tart and sweet fruits with a hint of funk. The tartness comes from lemons up front before the sweetness of pears and maybe apples come in as well as a hint of light malts. The funk is present but very, very faint.

The taste turns the tartness and funk up a notch over the aroma. The initial blast on the tongue is a combination of tart lemons and vinegar acidity. The sweet fruits are there but it takes the beer warming up a bit before I can pick out the sweeter aspects with pears again coming through. The finish brings back the acidity and funk and leaves a puckering aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation and extremely crisp, clean and dry in the finish. Very white wine-like on the palate.

This is another great sour from Russian River and while I probably don't like it quite as much as some of their others, it's still a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 19:34:54 | More by gford217
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +9.6%

04-19-2013 16:42:25 | More by iL0VEbeer
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illidurit

California

4.88/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 22:17:06 | More by illidurit
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francisweizen

Alaska

5/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2007 00:07:32 | More by francisweizen
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

02-11-2014 00:44:24 | More by Cynic-ale
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Duff27

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

08-20-2013 20:22:58 | More by Duff27
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Gobzilla

California

4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a golden yellow in color with orange higlights and a very thin head which left barely and lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lot of lemon citrus and appla were noticeable on the first whiff alongside musty barnyard bretty funk, some acidity, but with twangy character.

T: the lemon citrus accompanied b the apple falvor did help on the sour punch but with bretty musty funk, a touch of pineapple, and acidic accents.

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: definitely one of the most sour beers I've had in a while and was glad to revisit this monster again. Another RR success.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 07:46:31 | More by Gobzilla
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bsuedekum

Missouri

5/5  rDev +9.6%

04-28-2012 03:50:41 | More by bsuedekum
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 22:12:04 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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popery

California

5/5  rDev +9.6%

04-27-2012 22:24:02 | More by popery
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DmanGTR

New York

4.97/5  rDev +9%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 15:05:05 | More by DmanGTR
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whartontallboy

New York

5/5  rDev +9.6%

11-14-2011 17:39:13 | More by whartontallboy
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jedwards for sharing. 375ml corked and caged bottle, batch #2. Poured a hazy, golden-orange, with no head. Nose reveals some citrus (perhaps tangerines), cork and a hint of funk. Taste reveals muted grapefruit seeds and a salty quality. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to light), with an easy carbonation and some light astringency that stimulates the salivary glands. What an incredible sour - light, flavorful and extremely drinkable. Wish I could get more of this.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 23:25:31 | More by Jwale73
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 01:26:30 | More by woosterbill
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aasher

Indiana

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

This one was sampled during the South Carolina tasting. This was courtesy of beermex2, thank you immensely Steve! Batch 3 750ml bottle.

This one pours a light to medium bodied melted butter in appearance with a light white lacing. It smells of light Granny Smith apples with some apricot and peaches. This is officially the first beer to make me pucker. Wow! This is mind blowingly sour. It is just so tart and you don't get killed with brett its really astonishing. What a sour! As far as sours go, this is a sipper, an utter palate destroyer. Phenomenal, phenomenal beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 01:16:38 | More by aasher
Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 1,830 ratings.