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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Reviews: 555 | Ratings: 2,609
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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Photo of ddugan
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried a pour at RRBC. Pours a bright yellow color. Little to no carbonation. Smells awesome. Funky sour smell with white wine and apple. Taste can be descibed like the smell. Sour and tart with heavy presence of white wine/grapes. Very smooth mouthfeel and not overly sweet. Very good experience.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bit of funkiness on the nose. Picking up some fruit, citrus like flavors, lemonade. Almost tastes like it's aged on apricots. Very balanced white wine with sour tart flavors. Big sour punch up front that mellows out to a medium, dry finish. Level of sweetness is perfect. Pretty delicious.

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Photo of tregan_20
4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Recent batch obtained in a trade and poured into a snifter. It pours a goldish color with small amount of head (fades quickly too). The smell definitely has barnyard funk, yeast, apples, grapes, pears, oak, etc. The taste is pretty tart with a small amount of sweetness on the back end. Has medium body with decent carbonation. Overall, this is a superb offering from RR and worth seeking out for sure; you will not be disappointed! Cheers!

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

An incredible beer! I wish I could get a hold of this in my neck of the woods! I will be back to Russian River Brewpub to enjoy it again in the future!

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Photo of drew42e
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours straw gold with little head. Aroma of sparkling wine and white grapes, some citrus. It has good carbonation, taste is champagne, sour apple, slightly tart but not overwhelming. Great sour.

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

My own personal white whale that I finally was able to come across from the latest release. Bought 6 and plan on opening up a bottle every year to see the change it goes through.

A - Golden, head sort of quickly disappates which I was surprised with but fine by me.
S - Major funk going on and really can smell a barrel presence. Smells immensely citrusy and earthy.
T - Follows the nose and man, this is DAMN delicious. My mouth was watering the entire time and the only thing to quench was more of this beauty.
M - Quite carbonated even though the head disappeared quickly. Lasting carbonation that I would imagine will fade in time but will allow other flavor aspects to come through moreso.
Overall was extremely happy to pop this open via Facetime with my buddy who waited in line for me to acquire them. Is it the best Lambic I've ever had? Absofriekenlutely.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage.

My introduction to Beatification, though I can see why this used to be such a highly sought-after release.

Heavy Brett flavor with nice carbonation, modest sourness, some funk and cheesiness on the palate, all quite nicely balanced with a lemon finish.

A very nice beer that delivers on all fronts without overdoing any one thing.

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

Was able to finally try this on tap at Russian River as I missed the bottle release. Hands down best Brett Wild I've had! Perfectly executed and refeshing as hell! Perfect tartness! Would love to try some earlier batches to compare!

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Photo of taospowder
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My Rating/Review No. 1000. Bottle date of 9/11/2013. L: Straight up yellow, like the label. Minimal carbonation. (3.75) S: Now we're talking! Straight up funk, lemons, grass, a little vinegar (4.50) T: Just like it smells, but better (4.75) F: Pretty average w a slight linger effect (4.25) O: another Russian River masterpiece. The only negative is that I wish I could sense a little more of the oak barrel aging (4.50).

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Photo of craftcraver
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had it at RRBC on tap.

L: Golden Yellow, only slightly hazy, minimal head that goes away almost immediately.

S: Pungent. A sweet fruity nose upfront with pears and citrus accompanied by a generous amount of sour funk.

T: Tangy stone fruit, lemon (quite tart), then the brett kicks in and bring the funk, slightly yeasty. Overall a nice balance of flavor.

F: Long tart finish that goes through waves of lemon and wheat for a few minutes.

O: A world class beer, phenomenal balance and unlike some of the heavier more robust sours that Russian River offers like consecration, beatification can easily be followed by another beatification.

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Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
4.47 out of 5 based on 2,609 ratings.
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