Beatification | Russian River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#65
Reviews:
568
Ratings:
2,710
pDev:
8.57%
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Photo of Madbum101214
4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of eppie82
4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 021517. Clear yellow appearance with a good bit of foam upon pour. Foam and bubbles are similar to that of sparkling wine. Lemony, with a bit of a barnyard funk aroma and flavor. Not overly acidic/aggressive as some of the other RR sours. Oakiness does come out as it warms. Smooth and crisp at the end.

A delightful sour that I'm happy to try, but there are a couple of other RR sours I would rather have.

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Photo of jacobdunne
3.87/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MFMB
4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2-17 consumed 3-18. Pours a hazy medium yellow color with notes of peach. Thin white head that is short lasting. Nose is of apple and grape skin, light funk and wet oak. Taste of apple skin, grape must with hints of damp wood and a light mellow yogurt smoothness. Pasture grass after a rain storm and a ever so slight clove like flair that leaves as fast as it appeared. Medium body with ample carbonation given the bc. Dry semi smooth oak finish.

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Photo of Tomesco
3.62/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of al2913
4.83/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ead73
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of c-rum
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chitownfanatic21
4.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cj8311
4.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sirnickatnite
4.72/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a 2015 Beatification on New Years .. Gotta love the cork pop you get. Poured a hazy yellow with a tinge of orange. Smell is that of what I imagine a great sour should smell. The tart, the oak, the nice funk really shines on this beer. Reminds me a lot of some of the best Jester King has to offer. Wow overall this a fantastic beer and if you are lucky enough to acquire one of these great beers, know that you have a good turn of luck. Cheers !

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of penguinBOMB
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rtaps
3.88/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beardown08
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwswigs
4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of amano_h
4.24/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Back when I first started trading and was still knee deep in my "ticking phase" of craft beer tutelage, Beatification was probably one of the biggest white whales on the planet, second only to the magnum version of itself.

It's perhaps fitting that I didn't get to try it prior to visiting Belgium and really appreciating what a traditional spontaneously fermented ale is supposed to taste like as well as its potential, else this might not have been an experience I'd wanted to seek out twice, or surely an experience I'd regret initiating as "FT: b2 BEAT" was almost impossible to fill an ISO out for.

Although there are some striking parallels one could draw from this beer to its Anderlecht-based inspiration, like many previous attempts to nail down the Bruxellois style in an American setting (e.g. Cable Car, Elements of Composition, Oak Theory) it comes convincing close but isn't quite worthy of rubbing shoulders with their counterparts from Pajottenland.

The aroma actually doesn't stray too far from what you'd expect from a lambic aged in wine barrels. Bright lemon zest, green apple skin, cork, and wet oak comprise the main olfactory component of the ale. The gueuze-resemblant main notes are accentuated by hints of hay, sweaty gym sock-like funk, and some light tannins toward the back end. The oak gently recedes as the brew warms up, letting some of the more sour notes take center stage.

The sensation on the palate mirrors the nose admirably, as acetic notes in the form of bright citrus and sour apples take center stage. The sour characteristic lose their age quickly, however, giving way to a nice cleansing wave of barnyard funk, oak, and some vinous/tannic flavors.
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Like most "American Wild Ale" interpretations of lambic, however, the finish is rather crisp and clean, instead of some of the sour or the oak-like funky notes lingering in your mouth like that drunk uncle that always sticks around far after the party's finished.
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Some of the more drying oak notes makes a brief reappearance after a few sips, but fail to leave a lasting impression.
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Medium-light bodied with carbonation more resemblant of sparkling wine than beer. The brew finishes crisp and clean as aforementioned; I'd say the overall mouthfeel is more table beer than a lambic or a gueuze. Considering that a bottle of Gueuze 100% Lambic is barely half the price of what RRBC charges for Beatification, I'd rank it closer to the likes of Geuze Boon Vat no. XX or Oud Beersel Oude Geuze Vielle.

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4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mock_in
4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jonbonfondle
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pooles26
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Steban
4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sk8sean86
4.02/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WRXSTV
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.55 out of 5 with 2,710 ratings