Beatification | Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by hopsaplenty on 01-25-2006

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Pours a light golden hue with a slight haze. An immediate effervescent fireworks starts occurring in the glass with the tiny bubbles radiating to the quarter inch frothy head.

Smell is a funkadelic sour and citrus mix. Just a beautiful aroma that reeks of complexity.

So after the first sip you realize the hype is legit. A wonderful marriage of a lemon and sour funk that is smooth but complex just like the aroma. An optimal amount of pucker that is balanced with an almost chardonnay quality that dances in your mouth.

Overall this a phenomenal wild. I would describe the experience as an erection for the taste buds.

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Poured from a 750ml RR bottle into my official Russian River 'tion glass.

The pour is a kind of hazy yellow with just a tiny ring of bubbles around the liquid's edge, just enough to remind me that this guy has just enough carbonation. As I drink it down, there is little lacing left behind on the sides of the glass.

The smell is so familiar and heartening. Its that delicious barnyard funk that smells like the underside of a well aged wine bottle cork. There's a touch of lemon peel on the top of the smell hinting at the time this beer spent in a barrel.

This beer's mouthfeel is closest to Temptation, thinner than most of the other 'tion offerings but still thick enough to be there. Its dryness isn't overwhelming but it ends the quaff quickly and doesn't hang around. The carb bite is on point, sharp and present making for a pleasant beverage.

The lemon character of this guy is the most surprising element of the beer. Like concentrated lemon juice, it pervades the drink making a mouth puckering beverage. The barrel funk on the drink is also present, but make no mistake, there is none of the balsamic vinegar aftertaste to the brew, only sweet citrus goodness.

The mild mouthfeel and general feeling of elation makes this a highly drinkable beer. The aftertaste might be off putting for some, but in my opinion it's fantastic, making for my favorite Russian River sour offering thus far

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Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.55 out of 5 with 2,726 ratings