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!

Added by hopsaplenty on 01-25-2006

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this before, but this review is for a recent tasting. I drank this alongside a Temptation and Supplication, as well as various ratio'd blends of the three with a pluot muddle to christen my vintage Temptation/Supplication/Beatification/Compunction glass.

Batch 5.

Slightly hazy golden-yellow pour, with a finger or so of white head that retained nicely and streaked the glass with thin lacing. Aroma was pretty intense: lactic, acetic, sour, green apple, citrus. More intense sourness/tartness in the taste...I was told this batch gets "sour in a bad way" with age. I didn't really think it was "in a bad way," but it wasn't exactly smooth. Flavors of green apple, crabapple, lemon, oak, brett, hay, vinegar, white grapes; lactic and tannic notes came out more as it warmed. Medium body, moderate carbonation, heartburn-inducing. Overall good, but probably one of the lower beers on the "-ation" totem poll for me.

Cutting this with Temptation and Supplication really took the edge off. And that's kind of scary.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375 ml bottle, bottled 01/10/12 from batch 5, poured into a snifter. Major thanks to Eli for opening this.

A- Pours a clear golden color, topped with a thin white head, nice retention and some spotty lacing.

S- Some fruitiness, mostly lemon and maybe some apple and white grape, huge, huge lactic and acetic tartness, some funkiness and a lot of oak.

T- Massive, massive acidity. Really insanely, over-the-top sourness. This has gotta be one of the sourest beers I've ever had, but its acidity is nicely balanced, so it totally avoids that pure vinegar flavor that a lot of very sour beers fall into. There are also some nice fruity flavors of lemon, white grape and apple, along with some oak and funk.

M- Medium-bodied, nice carbonation, has a very dry, puckering feel.

O- One of my new favorite sours, the tartness dominates everything but is soooo good. Absolutely great beer and amongst the best I've had from Russian River.

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Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
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