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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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Photo of airohead2001
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Part III of epic RR tasting including Tempt, Sancti, Beati, Suppl, and Consec. Thanks to glazeman for contributing this one, as well as the other two rarities in the bunch. Since I first signed up for BeerAdvocate, Beatification has been on my radar. I've been waiting for this one for a long time.

The appearance is a thick, murky, orange with no head. It doesn't look pretty, but in all honesty it reminds me of Raspberry Eisbock - flat, thick, and old looking. The smell is about as interesting as it gets for any beer - the most complex and outright strange beer I've ever smelled - I get musty basement, barn, horse, smelly feet, aged white cheddar, energy drink (such as Monster or Red Bull), with a touch of lemon and white grapes in the finish. Wow. The taste is SOUR. The most sour beer I've ever had - the sourness hurts my epiglottis, puckers my posterior pharynx, makes my face warm, and causes me to tear up. The drinkability on this beer is almost zero, but the taste and smell of it is so unique that this beer truly does live up to the hype. This is the best beer I've had tonight thus far. As someone who loves midwestern stouts and IPAs, I've always been a big basher of west coat sours. However, Beatification is as good as it gets. Touche.

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Photo of younger35
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought these on-line from Russian River and was generously sent to me by 0110x011. I love Russian River and I especially love these sour wild ales. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale tulip. Batch 002.

Appearance- Pours a light golden yellow with excellent clarity and a small bright white half finger head that quickly dissipates. The cap and collar are almost non-existent after a few minutes and not a trace of lacing is left.
Smell- Sour and tart with that delicious funk that I've come to love. The Brett has done its job on this one, the sharpest nose I've smelled other than Compunction. Lightly sour green apple, light melon and even some lemon zest are more than present. The oak hasn't seemed to affect the nose much although it is fairly pungent and might be hiding somewhere in the background.
Taste- Very tart and vinegary with a very puckering green apple bite right from the start. Plenty of citrus and lemon are the dominating tastes along with the Brett (obviously). The oak is very light and subtle but it is indeed present leaving a light vanilla that is noticeable after the sour fades. The funk is as subtle as the oak but still present. Musty and quenching through the finish with a lingering dirtiness that I don't enjoy as much as the rest of the beer.
Mouthfeel- Light and puckering with a very crisp bite and aggressive, champagne like carbonation.
Drinkability- Considering the sourness of this beer it's still amazing to me that something could be so tasty and drinkable. Although this one is (IMHO) "the least best" of the "new 3" batches of the aged Russian River brews, it's still really good. It's not as drinkable and nice as Temptation and not as unique and complex as Supplication but I suppose that's not the point. Big thanks to Matt for the help on these!

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Photo of craftcraver
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had it at RRBC on tap.

L: Golden Yellow, only slightly hazy, minimal head that goes away almost immediately.

S: Pungent. A sweet fruity nose upfront with pears and citrus accompanied by a generous amount of sour funk.

T: Tangy stone fruit, lemon (quite tart), then the brett kicks in and bring the funk, slightly yeasty. Overall a nice balance of flavor.

F: Long tart finish that goes through waves of lemon and wheat for a few minutes.

O: A world class beer, phenomenal balance and unlike some of the heavier more robust sours that Russian River offers like consecration, beatification can easily be followed by another beatification.

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Photo of weeare138
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch PH1...
Appears a hazy, light gold with a fizzy white head that fades out.
Smell is of sour tartness, citrus, apples, oak, light cherries.
Taste is of the same aforementioned aromas.
Mouthfeel is fizzy, a bit overly carbonated, with a dry, tart, champagne like medium body.

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Photo of marksto
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tasted towards the end of the Tampa BA gathering 5/3/08 - what a wonderful way to cleanse the palate from an afternoon of good beer...

Pours a cloudly yellow with a small head that drops quickly. Aroma is of sourness, sour fruit, dirty diaper, even light ammonia. Flavor offers a very sour but complex profile - hard to seperate it from mouthfeel. Elements of grapefuit and lemon show among the funk. Tart, acidic, cleansing, but flavorful.

Overall, an excellent sour ale, a must-try for those who really like this style. Not something I'd want to drink everyday but it offers a textbook example of the unique complexity to be had form these barrel-aged sour beers.

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Photo of HiAIPA
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 003 poured from a 750ml bottle. Thanks Chris, you da man for opening this beauty from the cellar!

I have been wanting to try this wild ale for some time. Nice fine bubbled head, nice gold color. Smells of citrus and the best thing I can describe it as is TANG, before you add water and dilute it. Sour funk on the nose but moreso on the palate. There's a sweet/sour component where the brett/saccaros mingle that is very unique. Feels light on the mouth, but very complex. Excellent sour.

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Photo of Dope
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 01-10-12. Approaching 2 years old.

A: Pours a hazy golden. Mid-sized and fizzy white head. Head fizzes out pretty quickly. Moderate streaks of lacing.

S: Heavy on the sour citrus. Lemons mainly I'd say. Maybe some orange peel too. Big and bright and juicy aroma. Very acidic.

T: Oh yeah, this is a sour one. Extremely sour citrus. Very acidic and biting. About half a step away from biting into a lemon. Very crisp and quite dry, especially in the aftertaste. Long, long lingering sour citrus flavors. Brief hint of oak in the finish before the aftertaste.

M: Crisp and dry medium body. Teeth-chatteringly sour and dry. Fine carbonation.

O: A serious contender for the most sour beer I've ever had. Not far from drinking lemon juice. Honestly, surprisingly pleasant. Not a lot of funk to this one, just straight-up bracing sourness. I expected more funkiness due to the brett and the almost 2-year old bottle. I think the sourness just obliterates anything else. I actually prefer this sort of sour. It's quite tasty and refreshing but drinkability does suffer due to the extreme sourness. Not exactly a sesssionable brew - but that's not the point of course.

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Photo of bmanning
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 03 - Thanks Thorpe429 for bringing this to our tasting. Pours a cloudy golden color with a quickly dissipating head. Aromas of citrus, peach, sour apples, and a nice funk with light vinegar. Taste is quite tart with more lemon flavors and horse blanket funkiness. Mouthfeel is good for the style - a bit thin though. This is a very complex sour and one of my favorites. Also, surprisingly it went very well with our supreme pizza.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Monks last month. From notes:

A - Lightly hazed bright yellow in color. Head is rather thin and bright white. Quickly fades to nothing and leaves very little behind on the glass.

S - Hints of oak, sour lemons and a bit grassy. The Brett comes through as it warms with just a hint of barnyard funk.

T - Sour citrus fruit up front with lots of lemon zest. Hints of oak mid-drink, especially as the beer warms. Hints of grape and apple as well. Just a hint of biscuity maltiness underneath. Finishes very tart.

M/D - Crisp, light feel. Very easy drinking. Mine was rather well carboanted which seems to be abnormal after reading other reviews.

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Photo of ricke
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2.

Hazy pale orange color with a minimal off-white head that fizzes away.

The aroma is acidic and fruity. Very intense. Notes of cheese and dust, with a sharp lemon character. Very nice.

The flavor is intensely sour with crystal clear lemon notes. Not as funky as the smell. Notes of grass and dust. Obvious cellar character with lovely barrel notes. The finish is bone dry and almost harshly sour.

Medium body, fairly lively carbonation.

This might be the most genuine American sour ale I've come across. Very lambic-like in terms of sourness and overall character.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 002.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin white head. Not too much retention and no lacing.

S- Smells of sour and tart fruits, citrus, lemons, pears and maybe green apples.

T- Taste is super sour flavors up front. Lemons seems to be the most dominant fruity flavor. Some light caramel maltiness and herbal earthy notes as well.

M- Light to medium in body and in carbonation. After the initial pucker factor a very enjoyable brew.

D- Easy to drink just not one that I could drink on a regular basis. A very solid change of pace.

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Photo of juhl31
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

-golden color, on the yellow side of gold, with a white head that yields some lacing and head retention

-not a ton going on in the nose. there is a bit of a lemon rind smell to it, but that was about it

-this beer stabs your tongue with the sourness right off the bat. but then the sourness melts in a bit and then grows back at the end for a final pucker. there is a big straight up lemon taste to the sourness as well, but not much else for tasting notes

-cant really say anything bad as far as the mouthfeel is concerned. it coats the mouth a bit...which is fine

-this beer is crazy sour, but not in a way that is over the top. it is really hard to explain. all i can say is that for how sour it is...it is extremely drinkable

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 and 3 side by side
Thanks bill and Roger.

Review largely from batch 2

Pours crystal clear with no head. A touch of carbonation. Beautiful clear golden yellow.
Smells funky with tons of lemon. Tastes very very tart/sour. The oak is great on the tongue. The sourness burns the throat. Wow this is potent. Overall the aroma is phenomenal but the sourness hurts me ;)

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Photo of ddugan
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried a pour at RRBC. Pours a bright yellow color. Little to no carbonation. Smells awesome. Funky sour smell with white wine and apple. Taste can be descibed like the smell. Sour and tart with heavy presence of white wine/grapes. Very smooth mouthfeel and not overly sweet. Very good experience.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Again thanks go out to BrewerB for hooking me up with this beer. 375mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours the slightest bit of hazy bright golden yellow with a quickly disappearing pure white and tightly packed bubbly head that is gone completly in a minute or two. Carbonation is quite noticeable as little chains of it bubble up from the sides of the glass. It looks good but not great just sitting in the glass with a certain kind of quiet dignity.

S: As soon as I popped the cork on this bottle I could get a whiff of the wonderful blend of oak and earthy lemon pepper sourness. Lemon, sour cherry, oak and white pepper all work together quite nicely to create a very appealing aroma.

T/MF: This beer is knock your socks off sour like a handfull of those candy warheads. This is not to say the beer isn't complex as there seems to be quite a lot going on in the taste department. The woodiness of the beer is very noticable as well as unripe pear, sour apple and lemon, white grape skins as well as a good amount of sharp white cheddar. Mouthfeel is quite thick for a beer this size and feels on the heavier side of medium bodied though I imagine this is due to the fact that the beer just leaves the tongue ravaged in a sour wake, that is, though the beer may be gone it certainly still feels as though its sitting on the sides of your tongue.

D: While this beer had some amazing qualities in both the aroma and taste departments it is just too sour to be supremely drinkable. After every sip if was burping and could feel the sourness collecting at the base of my throat, I drank this beer for over and hour and can easily say that one is enough even though it tastes quite good.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at the huge whale-ish tasting at Chris's. Thanks to ShogoKawada for this one, batch 3.

A light fizzy head that barely exists, slight hazy golden wheat color.

Nose has lots of sour tart, some barnyard funk, bready funk, light citrusy as well.

Taste has a weird banana like fruit at first, then tons of acidity, some sour malts, mouth puckering!, light bit of fruit, touch of creamy malts, little bready and a touch of light funk, then some oak rounding, but just long sour and tartness, gland bashing sour.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation and super sour.

Overall very sour and acidic, hard to drink but great flavors and light funk.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bit of funkiness on the nose. Picking up some fruit, citrus like flavors, lemonade. Almost tastes like it's aged on apricots. Very balanced white wine with sour tart flavors. Big sour punch up front that mellows out to a medium, dry finish. Level of sweetness is perfect. Pretty delicious.

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Photo of rayjay
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 002, 375 mL corked bottle. Thanks go to Taynor in some sort of BIF.

These Russian River barrel aged wild ales are usually pretty dull looking and this fits right in. Tiny head that dissipates right away and no lace at all. Pilsner colored with chill haze.

Gueuze-like aroma, very grainy and earthy. Not crazy funky, but definite funk-ification.

Flavor is complex and fruity. Lots of fresh strawberry flavor. Brett is a no-brainer. Fresh squeezed white grapefruit juice with a tart punch. Puckering, but by no means brutally sour. The flavors all work in perfect harmony. A very complex and drinkable beer.

No much carbonation, so the mouthfeel is a step above mineral water. No stickyness.

Quite delicious and refreshing, making for a very drinkable beer. Big brownie points for designing a hard-to-make beer, especially consistently. Cheers!

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Photo of Devman171
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle batch 5. Pours a hazy orange yellow with fizzy white head. Aroma is funky barn and grassy hops. Flavor is light tart and funky hay, dry finish, well done.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to translucent for busting this bad boy out at our tasting. Poured into my tasting glass.

A: Golden yellow hue. Small white head. Soapy lace.

S: Nice brett filled funkiness. Lemons, straw, wet books. A modest bit of sweetness.

T: Lots of brett in the flavor. Funky lactic sourness. Mouth puckering good time.

M: medium to light body. Solid carbonation.

D: Overall a nice wild. Glad I got the chance to tick this bad boy.

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Photo of bret27
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of photomike

S: Bretty, tart, crisp

A: cloudy yellow

T: Lemon juice, sour all the way from start to finish, very dry in the finish.

M: Thin and extremely dry

D: very good. Dryness keeps you wanting more.

Overall: Maybe the most sour beer I've ever had. Though not super complex, the sour dryness keeps you coming back for more over and over, despite the need for TUMS.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jedwards for sharing. 375ml corked and caged bottle, batch #2. Poured a hazy, golden-orange, with no head. Nose reveals some citrus (perhaps tangerines), cork and a hint of funk. Taste reveals muted grapefruit seeds and a salty quality. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to light), with an easy carbonation and some light astringency that stimulates the salivary glands. What an incredible sour - light, flavorful and extremely drinkable. Wish I could get more of this.

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Photo of brydeen
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed as part of Blind BIF round 8

A: Pours a hazy golden color, with active bubbly carbonation.

S: Tart, citrusy, white wine. Lemon peel with a light earthy funk.

T: Mouth puckering sour. Sharp acidity, lemon juice, and white grapes. This is incredibly sour, but yet surprisingly drinkable.

M: Light, dry, tart with subtle but fizzy carbonation.

O: This might be the sourest beer I've ever had. It's still quite refreshing though. Another lovely sour brew to get me through these ridiculously 90+ temps.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the last bottles shared at Hunahpu’s Day 2014, poured into souvenir taster. Hazy yellow with a white head that quickly disappears. No lacing to speak of. Aroma is basement must, citrus, especially lemon, tart sour grapes, vinegar, wood, and leather. Taste is a puckering sourness with citrus and vinegar notes, followed by some mellowing wood bitterness and earthy elements. A touch of citrus sweetness. Light-plus body, surprisingly creamy/thick but not overly so, just enough to coat the tongue, lively carbonation, long sour finish.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split this one with BA Pecorasc. Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a vibrant gold that just seems to illuminate. Definitely has some haze to it. Two fingers width of off-white head was formed.

S- Not as pungent as I expected. Had a mellow, earthy aroma. Also detected musty, oak scents as well.

T- As this beer progressed in warmth, the taste became more complex and enjoyable. In the later stages heavy notes of what seemed like citric rinds produced a sour explosion in the mouth. This was offset by a dominant oak flavor that complimented it rather nicely.

M- This thing was mouth puckering. After an initial sip, I could not keep my mouth from drooling due to the extreme sourness. Quite an experience.

D- This is definitely a slow drinker. Even splitting a 12.7 oz bottles two ways was enough for me.

Overall, quite a very unique and well-made beer. While the sourness was dominant, it was not overpowering and was wonderfully counterbalanced with oak flavors. A must try.

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