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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Review #450.

Batch 2, 375ml split with my girl. This has been calling from the cellar for a while.

Into our fantastic Cantillon tasting glasses, we both remarked how fantastic the beer looks. Little touch of cloudiness, yellow-orange with no real head or activity. But that's OK, this beer doesn't need lace to be badass.

Smell is sour and remarkable. Huge lemon, grape skin and green apple. Oakiness is buried but just makes its presence known. Lacto and Pedio funk are apparent, and this is bracingly sour. Reminds me of a nice Belgian Gueze without the dirtiness.

This beer tastes like heaven. Sharp lacto sourness makes me think of sucking on a lemon, then a touch of spices and oak. Citrus and some vanilla, slight malt. A touch of vinegar and some brett. Amazingly balanced, it's got that traditional gueze without the skunky, dirty diaper element. Instead, an intense, sour, but dry and clean beer emerges. Awesome, probably the best Russian River beer I've had.

Mouthfeel is nice, not too carbonated like some American wilds. Sticky and dry finish because of the oak and sourness. Really nice but nothing world class like the taste. This beer is super sour, not Cantillon Kriek razors down the throat sour, but really puckering. This beer rocks, plain and simple. I have a batch 3 750ml bottle to open sometime down the line and I can't wait. Highly, highly recommended for the sour connoisseur or any beer lover. This stuff is amazing and may be a permanent ISO for me.

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Batch 003 750mL bottle split with 5 people.

Poured into my Bruery snifter. Looks really nice, intensely yellow with a present whitish head. The nose is vinegar funk, baby diaper (I think I finally understand what this disgusting sounding descriptor means), wood, and some lemon rind. The taste is like the nose (lemon rind, wood, funky, vinegar, maybe a touch of sweetness from white grape and/or peach?) with an important difference - there's an aggressive sourness that hits the back of the throat. It's not the sourness of a Fou Foune, instead, this was as though someone took unflavored sour candy powder and just dumped it in the brew. An effervescent sourness that elicits gas (via a burp) and tests the strength of my lower esophageal sphincter at containing the contents of my stomach. Overall, this beer is actually pretty hard to drink, physically. Left me with almost immediate heartburn, way more so than other funky beers including C+C LaFolie, Fou Foune, JJ Blauw, etc. The more hardcore sourheads with me liked it a lot. To me, this beer had no subtlety to it. Had an opportunity to try a lot of rarer sours recently, and this one was not near the top.

EDIT: lots can change in 9 months. Had b005 several times recently and it is crazy good. Edited well up to reflect this.

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Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.55 out of 5 with 2,722 ratings