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): 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
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2,641
Reviews:
561
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
9.17%
 
 
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375ml, batch 005 (bottled 1/10/2012), poured into a Russian River stemmed snifter today- proper glassware-, 9/2/2013. Thanks to Brian for throwing this in as an extra. Best extra I've ever gotten. Review #179.

This beer pours a beautiful clear golden straw body, same colour as the label, with a 1cm white frothy head that persists for a very long time. Its a very pretty looking beer, typical of Russian River. In fact, this reminds me of Sanctification.

The scent is basically straight up sourness. Lemon acidity. Smelling this beer- its so damn sour that my teeth starts getting eaten away, and I haven't even put this beer in my mouth yet. It is so acidic, vinegary sour that it burns the hell out of my Cranial Nerve 1 (the nerve responsible for our sense of smell). There is a nice woody, brett funky presence underlying this beer too. This is literally the sourest smelling beer I've ever had.. but deliciously so- there is nothing off-putting about this nose at all.

And man, this beer strips the enamel off my teeth. This is so damn sour. Even more sour than sucking on a ripe lemon. So mouthpuckeringly sour, it burns the hell out of my palate. We had Blind Pig, Pliny the Elder, etc. that same night, and you would think our palate is destroyed. But I can still taste the sourness on the back of my palate, like 5 beers later. So sour, its amazing. It's got a good bit of zesty citrus sweetness that somehow balances out the sour so that it's not unpleasant at all. I don't know how Russian River does it, but they somehow made a beer that is way more sour than even highly concentrated vinegar yet is so pleasurable to drink.

The mouthfeel on this is basically a medium bodied blonde with awesome carbonation and the most damn sour aftertaste. Its like my palate got stung the heck out of it, so now its expressing a permanent sour burn here. I get tons of heart burn from this beer... its so damn sour, its perfect. The only note here is that a mere 375ml bottle is going to be pretty tough to take down on your own.

This is the most sour beer I've ever had. I can't imagine it being any more sour. I thought Sanctification and Sour in the Rye were the sourest beers that I've had, but this one far outstrips them. Its such an amazing beer, perfect for sharing with 1 friend. And that friend had better be a good one! Highly recommend. Nice job Russian River, this beer is worth everything anyone would ever give up for it. Thanks again Brian, for extra'ing me an amazing beer.

Re-review: 375ml bottle of batch 006, bottled in 9/13/2013, opened today, 2/13/2014 at Voodoo Brewery. Poured into a Voodoo snifter. 5 months old. In contrast to the 19 month old batch 005, this one is a lot more complex and slightly less sour. More lemon, citrus, oak, white pepper in the nose as well as on the palate. Acidity is still there, at 7/10 while batch 005 was more of a 9/10. Just enough to make this incredibly mouthpuckering but without overcoming all the different complexities in the flavour. Highly recommend drinking fresh within a year for the full bouquet of flavours to enjoy.

Re-re-review, but not quite: 375ml genie bottle of PH1, served in a snifter glass 9/6/2015. Pours a darker, hazy orange body, a slight straw-pink hue, one finger white head with good retention, dropping into a medium collar. No lacing. Smells of orange zest, lemon, a lot of oak, funk, minerals. Gueuze-like in many ways. Significantly restrained acidity compared to fresher batches, more of the citrus. Flavour is very complex; more so than fresh Beat. Oak, funk, cobwebs, lemon, citrus, mild orange peel. Very clean and refined, yet still aggressive enough to provide that "wow" moment. It's done very well with time. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, softer carbonation, reasonably mouthpuckering oaky finish, clean. Overall- this is extremely tasty for such an old bottle. This batch of Beatification has done quite well and has added more complexity with time.

Yet another batch-related review- 375ml bottle of batch 007 bottled 3/25/2015; poured in a Russian River goblet glass on 11/14/2015. Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow body, hues of gold, fluffy one finger white head with nice retention, not much lacing. Eventually goes still as it always does. Smells of oak, an intense cobweb mustiness, a ton of acetic acid, lemon, a bit of earth. It's very acidic smelling fresh. The palate is similarly acetic, with a nice lemony bite, classic Beatification right there. Oak as well, cobwebs. It's not as funky as its Belgian counterparts, but apparently that comes with time (per PH1, anyway). Mouthfeel is there, medium bodied, good carbonation, refreshingly sour but with a slightly astringent orange peel that is a bit more astringent than in batches past. Might need some time to round out the edges; perhaps that's why Vinnie held back this release for so long. That being said, it's now drinking as well as it should be!

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Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
4.47 out of 5 based on 2,641 ratings.
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