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Beatification | Russian River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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!

Added by hopsaplenty on 01-25-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
547
Ratings:
2,535
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
9.17%
 
 
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Reviews: 547 | Ratings: 2,535
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 Sintech
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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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The last RR sour that i have been seeking out! Finally had it at gabf and it did not disappoint. I prefer the red wine barrel sours from RR but still this one was very smooth and you could tell that it had been sitting in the barrels for a very long time.

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Photo of aleigator
3.05/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beatification batch 5

Pours a filtered, light yellow color and a fizzy, bubbly head, immediately dissapearing into small sheets of lacing.

Lower carbonated, with a very refreshing mouthfeel to it, due to fresh lemons and a balancing, wooden oak infusion.

The aromas unfold just after popping open the bottle, filling the air in my room with a lovely, citrussy funkiness. Reveals even more ripe, juicy citrus when smelling at the actual beer, together with an immense tartness, bedded on glue, yogurt and old leather. Creates an interesting interplay between dough, soft old malts and prickly, crisp lemon, without becoming intriguingly complex.

The taste offers a good amount of lemon right from the very beginning, accompanied by easing, bready, musty malts and fermented wheat. Lemons get increasingly more body added, resulting in a very sour, funky tartness, almost numbing the front of my tongue during its peak. Finishes fruity, with fresh pressed lemons, revealing even lemon stones, as for how pronounced the fruit acidity gets, offering an acceptable dryness.

The balancing oaky barrel vanishes completely during the beers finish, opening the palate up to pure, sour fruit lemonade. Hammers a bit too hard on the palate, regarding its acidic sourness, preventing the beer from showcasing its other, more subdued flavors.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was really looking forward to trying this one at wild friendship day and it did not disappoint and more than held its own versus some of the best Belgium has to offer. Smell is divine- funk dominates with some tropical notes. Taste wise it's pretty close to a gueuze, very lightly carbonated with the aforementioned fruit notes. Really great, hopefully I can score myself a bottle sometime soon!

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Photo of AndyEdgar
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Check in/ Review #1000, figured I would pull this baby out for the occasion.

Batch #006, bottle date of 9/11/2013, poured into Perennial Societe Du Chene stem.

L: Pours semi-translucent yellow...about the same color as the label. No foam, no lacing, close to zero carbonation. (3.00)

S: Straight up funk, lemongrass, slight vinegar, tropical fruits, stone fruits. Wonderful (4.75)

T: As with the smell, acidy, vinegary, unripe peaches, lemon zest, a bit of gueuze-esqe barnyardyness. Pretty damn good, but I wish the bottle had some carbonation to liven up the flavor on my taste buds. Also could use just a touch more (4.5)

F: Pretty good, but again its almost flat and doesn't really have much going on here.(4.0)

O: While extremely tasty, and without a doubt the best RR wild ale I have had to date, this one did not live up to my expectations. I feel like years ago, this might have been the pinnacle of American sours, but now a days it takes much more than this to be mentioned in the best of the best. (4.25)

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Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cracked a long time want for Easter. Bottle date 09/11/13. Into a wine glass.

L: Had a great pop on opening nice initial carbonation fades fast. Nice opaque straw yellow. Little to no lacing.

S: Impressive. Heavy fruity peach notes with a lot of geueze character. Funky and lightly acidic. Doesn't get any better.

T: Strong but balanced sour. Good amount of peach character. Lemon acid character and horse blanket. Oakey but overall could be more complex.

F: Nice tart and dry. Very clean but not too puckering. Could be more full.

O: This met my expectations. I have to put ddg ahead of this just on complexity but this is a solid beer worth seeking out. I'd like to try this fresh but a little age has been solid. Russian River delivers again.

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Photo of dboon
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, batch 002. Clear piss yellow pour with a hint of white head. Enticing lemon zest and funk aromas. Tart, crisp, and clean with all kinds of lemon zest, sour vinous & grapefruit, barnyard, and funk notes. Absolutely freakin’ delicious...

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the last bottles shared at Hunahpu’s Day 2014, poured into souvenir taster. Hazy yellow with a white head that quickly disappears. No lacing to speak of. Aroma is basement must, citrus, especially lemon, tart sour grapes, vinegar, wood, and leather. Taste is a puckering sourness with citrus and vinegar notes, followed by some mellowing wood bitterness and earthy elements. A touch of citrus sweetness. Light-plus body, surprisingly creamy/thick but not overly so, just enough to coat the tongue, lively carbonation, long sour finish.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

091113

Slightly hazy golden body and white head which fizzles immediately down into a ring around the glass.

The aroma is heavy on the stone fruit aspect with peach and apricot. Pineapple with slight funk but more bright and fruity with some slight vanillin.

Really quite heavy on the sour and fruit on the flavor. Lemon, peach, apricot, pineapple, musty funk, and wood. Dry and light bodied.

Blew me away.

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Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.
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