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!

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4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Stupac for this one. Thanks homey. This one pours a clear golden honey color with a quickly dissipating head.

The aroma has a nice crisp tartness to it with hints of sour apples, vinous grapes and lemon. Acidic and woody with a little bit of basement must. Sour and tart with apple sweetness and a nice tart lemon flavor. Woody notes with a nice funky background.

Nice and light on the body with good carbonation. Overall this one is great. Wonderfully drinkable.

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4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The label says bottled on 011012. Thanks a bunch to Bendurgin for sharing this tickalicious brew. The color is light golden. There is a small layer of bubbles on top.

The aroma has some nice tartness and lemongrass showing prominently. A hint of sweet-tart like candy could be perceived here.

The taste is full of lemon sourness in the front and the finish. I get a little more sweetness from the beer after several sips. Any oak or barrel notes are subtly placed in the finish. This is a very strong taste, suitable for slow sipping.

This is medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Overall, this is a real treat; one I'd love to have more of.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

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4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

We decided to do a segmented vertical at ffej of july this year. I brought my Batch #2, Deuane brought his Batch #3, and Jwiss22 brought his Batch #5. This review will be a combination of the three.

A - Pours hazy golden yellow with a small half finger tall white head leaving very small streaks of lace down a small portion of the glass.

S - Smells of lots of acidic sourness, white grape, lemons, green apples, oak and some barnyard funk. Batch #2 is mostly sourness at this point, Batch #3 has all the flavors in near perfect balance and Batch #5 is probably the "fruitiest" of the three.

T - Starts off with an intense sourness that never really goes away. The fruit - the lemons, grapes and apples from the nose - combine with some musty barnyard funk and dry oak to offer some contrast to the sourness but they can only do so much. Finish is quite dry, lingering on the palate long after consumption.

M - All three batches possess a light body with intense flavors and moderate to moderately low carbonation. Very sour, dry finish on all three batches.

O - All three of these were really good. My Batch #2 was definitely the most sour, Batch #3 was probably my favorite since it was the most balanced and Batch #5 just tasted a little raw compared to the other two. This was a seriously delicious test.

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4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for sending this beer my way! Thanks Hollis!

Batch 5; bottled on 01/10/2012.

A nice loud pop heard when the cork came out of the bottle. 375ml C&C bottle poured into duvel tulip.

Appearance: Glowing brilliant yellow bodied beer with one finger of white head that drops to a thin cap that stays around for the entire beer.

Smell: Vinegary; tart lemons jump out at your right away. The oak barrel is really noticable too. Earthy, wheat, hay / straw notes and some citrus is in there too.

Taste: This beer is sour! Gotta say its on the high end of sour or it might even break into the low end of high tart sourness. Sour lemons with a touch of vinegar and a touch of funk. Big oak barrel notes as well. Grapefruit and orange rinds citrusy sourness. Lite earthiness, citrus, and moderate sour finish to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. The mouthfeel on this sour is phenominal. Super dry finish. Very lively carbonation. Huge sour with a perfect mouthfeel.

Overall: My favorite Russian River sour. Its just a seriously delicious sour beer that packs a hardcore sour punch. Its also one of the top American Wild Ales that I have been privilaged to try.

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Bottled on 1/10/12 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a light honey gold with a 1-2 finger sudsy snow white head. There is a fair amount of sludgy buildup inside the bottle where the cork came out, but it doesn't seem to pour into the beer. The head dissipates quickly leaving a small ring around the edges before finally disappearing altogether. Little to no lacing once the head dissipates.

Smell: Tart, but not overpoweringly. There is a hint of barnyard funk to go along with apple cider, sweet white wine, lemon, vinegar and a touch of oak. Extremely complex aroma which balances sweetness with tartness.

Taste: Wow, that's one intensely tart array of flavors! Vinegar and wine grape hulls up front followed by sweet cider and touch of funk in the middle before ending with lemon zest and just a faint hint of oak. Aftertaste is bitter, tart and very dry with notes of earthiness, oak tannins and a little funk.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with an very high amount of prickly carbonation. The mouth is coated by the puckering sourness.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. I could drink a lot of this beer if only I were lucky enough to have multiple bottles.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. Russian River really knocked it out of the park with this one. I can't imagine a sour beer getting much better than this. I can't recommend it enough.

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4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle from batch 5, opened for review #550. Thanks to afrokaze for the hookup, and this was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Beatification pours a crystal clear golden yellow. There's maybe a finger's worth of white foam crowning the beer, and it disappears quickly and quietly. The nose has a good bit of acidity to it. It's very citric, with some bright lemon poking through. There's also a good bit of funk, some earthiness and also pineapple/tropical fruits. The flavor follows suit, displaying the full potential of wild yeast/bacteria. The tartness is perfect, bold and attention grabbing without turning the beer into vinegar. A brief flash of lemon opens the beer nicely, before a tiny bit of oak and some earthy and fruity funk come in and fill the mid palate. The acidity comes back in for a lingering finish. The body is just a little bit full, and the carbonation a little bit lifeless, and combined they're enough to make mouthfeel just feel... off. Despite one or two minor quibbles, Beatification is a fantastic sour beer. It's managed to not only live up to all the community generated hype, but all the anticipation I had for it personally after getting to try only an ounce or two at a tasting a few years ago. I'm glad I have a couple more bottles tucked away in the cellar.

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Beatification from Russian River Brewing Company
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