Beatification | Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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!

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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage poured into a snifter:

Cloudy pour, no head
Smells sour, some cherry
Tart but not overpowering, slight complexity with some of the wood and brett flavors poking through
A bit flat
Overall okay, but not my favorite RR wild

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Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Notes from a ways back...
clear golden liquid, lemon, funk, hay, lots of wood, socks, sour but doesn't turn your mouth inside out, wish I had a bigger sample of the stuff...

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Photo of oldsailor
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid Russian River sour. I still feel that Supplication is top dog in this category from RR, but Beatification is a close second. Good taste and feel like the rest of them.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised at how balanced this was. Not "really sour" like others have described, but sour nonetheless. The taste is a perfect combo of white grapes, chardonnay, light oak, sour apple, slightest touch of malt. Really darn refreshing and very tasty. I could drink this all. the. time. The liquid almost glows in the glass. Excellent!

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Photo of brewmeister1984
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad I had the chance to have this on zwanze day celebration at my friends house. Nice tartness with a bitter finish. Wish I had another bottle to have.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a taster. Extremely well-balanced sour - lemon zest, oak, a bit of citrus with moderate but not overwhelming sourness. Well done!

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Photo of edthehead
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright straw yellow with foamy low retention head and no lacing. Smell is fruity and woody, palate is exceptionally dry like a natural champagne, with definate oak barrel notes. Moderate to light mouth feel. Overall wonderful Sour!

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Photo of M-Fox24
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A contrast of transparency and haze from the yellow, and gold pour. Head retention, and lacing are marginal

S: Funk, acidity, wild, and earthy. Lots to seek out in the brett and oak notes, including some fruit undertones (apple, pineapple, citrus, lemon)

T: Earth(y) wildness; pleasurably tart and funky: apples, lemon, grass, a subtle vinous. Flavors/profiles are extremely well balanced

M: Light fizzy body and carbonation

O: Exquisitely funky and earthy for the palates canvas

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Photo of fireazzi
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. One of the first sours I ever had that made me want to try all sour beers. The funk on this beer is perfect. It looks amazing. The smell makes me smile. Such good funky notes to this, and the sour hits your tongue perfectly curling but wanting more. Try this beer!

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Photo of AMCimpi
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A: A straw color. What head was there dissipated quickly. S: Funky, some lemon zest and tartness. Smells similar to Cuvée d' Industrial. T: same as the nose, some musty cellar, lemon zest, a nice tartness that isn't too sour. Everything you want. M: This is where it lacks a little. If it had a little more carb, I think it'd balance out better. O: This was a treat. This is why I love RR and Allagash, just a solid brew

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2

Pretty glowing orange, no head or lacing.

Funk, apricot, sweetness.

Oak, lemon peel, orange, apricot, dry tannin notes. Amazing how there is so much fruit in the smell and taste and yet there is none. There are sours that are brewed with fruit that taste less fruity than this.

Medium carbonation, great balance between the sweet and sour, and perfect amounts of each. Dry tart finish. Session worthy. The fact that this is almost ten years old and tastes this phenomenal is really exciting for the ageablity of RR wilds.


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Photo of pagriley
4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 year in the bottle

Pours pale straw gold, clear with half inch head that dissipates to nothing
Vinuous, with the chardonnay barrel prominent. Not a ton of funk
Acid up front, with some lemon peel, and white grape the dominant flavors. Lacto dominant. Bright clean and fresh flavors, not overly complex
Light and refreshing feel with a light spritz of carb

overall tasty. Way better than its american peers, and moving toward the classic lambics. Not as good as the Belgians, but one of the best american wilds I have had

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Photo of jhavs
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Look: Straw colored, slight haze, more in the second glass, I assume from a bit of the sediment sneaking out. A bit fizzy with a foamy head. The bubbles pop fast and settles into a small ring around the glass.

Smell: Citrus zest, tartness, earthy oak, a bit of dank funk.

Taste: Quite tart, hint of crisp white wine, sour lemon juice, sour but not puckering or unpleasant. The earthiness from the oak cleans everything up and balances the flavors nicely.

Feel: Light bodied, active carbonation, effervescent.

Overall: Blissful, clean flavors for something that should be hard to taste clean. Dry, tart, earthy and inviting all at the same time.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite Russian River sour of all time. This and Compunction are very close 1 and 2. This pours a beautiful peach color and smells super tart like their other sours. very little head with quick retention and carbonation. Really nice and fruity with perfect balance.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured into a Russian River Belgian stemmed glass

A: Pours a hazy orange with no head, not seeing much carbonation, no lacing, no head retention, looks like hazy orange juice.

A: Sour vinegar, hints of lemon zest, tart, oak tannins, no alcohol on the nose, smells pretty solid.

T: Punch of vinegar sour and tartness up front, hint of lemon peel zest, oak from the barrel, finish is dry with more lemon and citrus notes reemerging, very balanced, ver drinkable.

M: Light bodied with a crisp dry finish, good amount of carbonation.

O: Very impressed, very balanced, not overly tart or sour, has a nice touch of lemon and citrus zest, some oak in the finish, a world class beer.

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Photo of MLDucky
3.03/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Probably the only person here that doesn't care for it. Look is very still, gueuze like in appearance. Smell is very traditional, leather, some oak tannins, lemon zest, funk and tons of vinegar. Taste for me was overpoweringly vinegar and acidity and I couldn't get the other flavors to marry with the heavy vinegar. I'll revisit after 6 months to see how things are going.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Tried right after a 4 year old bottle of 3F Gueuze. Bar was set high...but met! Great fizzy, pale, gueuze-like appearance. But this one ended up more funky and interesting than the 3F. Loved the aroma and flavor of this - perfectly tart, funky, earthy, fruity, tannic and bitter. An amazing beer.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pour at O'Briens -iton RR event. 2013 vintage. Pours a hazy straw color. Strong pucker really hits you... nice sour citrus notes, oaky barrel character, and medium mouthfeel. Layer after layer of funk, really fantastic brew!

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Photo of Dactrius
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank batch 5,6,7 side by side. 7 was rather cloudy, the other two were very nice and clean with one of them being quite a bit more amber colored than the others (can't remember which one). As far as taste goes batch 6 was far and away the best and is what my ratings represent. Batch 7 in the beginning was a bit too yeasty but as it warmed the yeast got unpleasantly overpowering. Batch 5 was very good but quit a bit drier and more astringent than the others. Batch 6 was outstanding with just enough sweetness to offset the brilliant sour flavors. All in all the beer didn't live up to my overly high expectations and memory of the last time I drank batch 6 but it's still an outstanding beer.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle poured into a teku.

Appearance - Lemonade

Smell - Sour, citrus, very strong!

Taste - Tart yet smooth, sour citrus notes, delicious!

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation, very nice!

Overall - Worth the tick.

Grade (A)

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark yellow, maybe a little bit of light orange running through it. A phenomenal looking wild ale. Full inch of white head. That's how you do it.

Lots of wooden, earthy, sour lemon, almost white wine and citrus notes.

Light body carries an immense puckering sour experience, wood in the background, later batches seem to up the citric mouthfeel a little more. Mostly lemon though. Similar to Temptation, this seems to be like a little less white wine than that but a little more concentrated in terms of its viscosity and sour factor.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow golden color with white head. Tartness, oak, brett, some citrus fruit, other light fruits, sour apple, and some pineapple too on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes tart and dry with some citrus fruit.

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

Head to head with Cantillon Bio Lambic & Girardin Black Label. All are great. Beat is a bit sweeter, a bit more acetic and a bit less funky than the other two. Beat tastes as if some balsamic vinegar was added. Not a bad thing, tho. Overall, get any of the 3 when you can. Black Label wins on ease of access.

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Photo of W_Des
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright yellow from the bottle. The nose has a nice funk to it. The body has a champagne taste/feel to it with enough dryness to keep you going back for more. Well balanced and delicious!

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Photo of Tele
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Draft
Consumed: 10.2.15

A: 4.5 Pale golden-yellow. Slightly hazy. Minimal off-white head.

S: 4.25 Pretty mild. Lemon, funk, oak, and mild pepper. Almost like a gueuze with the volume turned down. Spontaneous fermentation still results in a classic Russian River quality, like temptation.

T: 4.5 Really nice balance of slightly sweet at the beginning to pleasantly tart in the middle and finish. More lemon, funk, oak and grass. Finish is slightly dry with little bitterness.

M: 4.5 Almost feels undercarbonated at first, but feels just right after a few sips. The beer is quite substantial for 6%, but the carb is just lively enough that it works.

O: 4.5 Pretty great sour from Russian river. Not quite as different from something like temptation as I was expecting, but that's definitely not a bad thing.

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