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Beatification | Russian River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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:
#63
Reviews:
565
Ratings:
2,695
pDev:
8.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3,174
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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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Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.55 out of 5 with 2,695 ratings
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