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Beatification by Russian River Brewing Company
Sour Ale
5.50 % ABV

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Review by thickfreakness on 01/02/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2008
Batch 3 750ml bottle thanks to lb4lb.

Pours hazy straw yellow with a short lived fizzy, white head and a lot of small bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass like champagne.

Aroma of wet hay, sour cherry, bleu cheese, stinky feet, lactic acid, and tart.

Taste is lemon, grapefruit zest, wet hay, musty grain, tart and sour lactic acid. Not as funky as the nose and more citrus.

Extremely prickly mouthfeel, extremely dry and high carbonation. Total mouth puckering.

Not as sour as the second batch when fresh this summer, but a little more funky. Still an awesome beer!

Price: $23.50 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 01/01/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 18 5 9 2008
This was a flight tried on NYE 2008. Batches 001, 001PH1 and 002. All three were different, as expected. The rating above is for the batch 002.

Batch 001 had changed even more than last time I tried it a while ago. More muted sour notes. But still had plenty to like. Not the same bottle it was even a year ago, much less when it was fresh. You still get the crisp feel and carbonation.

Batch 001-PH1 actually stood out from batch 001 more than I recalled. You got decent oak notes in the 001 batch, but in this one it was even more pronounced. The tartness also was more muted, but somehow was a bit more "there" than in batch 001.

Batch 002 was all you expected from Beatification. Sour, tart, whatever you call it. It was far more pronounced than the other two bottles, for obvious reasons. Smell and taste were great too. Lemon, sour, grassy, etc.

Still like this bottles from RRBC. Always will.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tangfoot on 07/30/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
52 3 10 6 4 3 2008
I'm going to be as fair as I possibly can about this, but I REALLY disliked this beer.

Batch 002, provided by K3n.

The pour was nice, and highly carbonated. Good sour fizziness happening here.

The smell was very nice, but immediately it was apparent that this is not your typical sour, but an over-the-top Imperial Sour. My wife commented that it was practically burning her nose.

Holy fucking sour! I attended a Beer U event at Stone last week and thought that I had learned to appreciate the finer points of sour beers. I absolutely loved what was served (Petrus Aged Pale, Isabelle Proximus, Eric's Ale, etc), but this Beatification is WAY above and beyond these examples.

Once you get beyond the mouth-puckering, stomach-curdling sourness*, there is a good amount of funk and that was pretty good. I didn't notice too much spiciness, but fruit flavors were prevalent.

Since I've been drinking craft beers, I've never gotten heartburn from a beer. This one gave me pretty serious heartburn about 2 ounces into it. Molson is the only other beer that has done this to me -while I was drinking it-.

Once you get beyond the mouth-puckering, stomach-curdling sourness*, the mouthfeel is prickly, effervescent, and pretty good.

I tried, I REALLY tried to like this. I struggled through about 2/3 of the bottle, but it was just horrendous. :drainpour:

*It is physically impossible to "get over the sourness", it punches you in the stomach and then hits you over the head, and then fills up your mouth with bitter, horrible sourness that just won't go away. My mouth is watering just thinking about it two days later.

Served In: Other

Review by seaoflament on 03/24/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 3 12 19 4 10 2008
A big thanks to tangfoot for trading me this bottle.

This is from Batch 001.

Big pop once I was able to take the cork out. I’m glad this one is not a gusher like the Temptation I had not too long ago.

Pours a bright golden color with a touch of apple juice color. About an inch of foam quickly forms as this beer seems to be very effervescent, but it settles rather fast and leaves a white ring behind.

Wow, the aroma is incredible. Tart cherries, apples, vinegar, pears, acidic strawberry, just a great combination of sour and tart fruits. It also has some vinous and faint oak aromas in the background. This beer made my mouth water. The funkiness is still there but it blends really well with the fruity aromas. Later on I pick up some orange, tangerine, and I believe the cherry becomes more pronounced. The pale malt is trying to peek through with some sweetness and hints of toast and caramel but it’s easily overpowered by the vibrant and tart fruitiness.

First taste is of some tart fruits and vinegar with a funky/brett finish and the pale malt also comes through in the finish. I’m starting to pick up the apples/apple skins, pears, strawberry, cherries and raspberries. The beer has a wonderful acidity level and at times I feel like I’m biting into a really sour green apple…yum! As it warms up the wood notes become more apparent and linger for a little bit in the finish.

The mouth-feel is light since it’s only a 5.5% blond ale but it’s still madly carbonated and goes well with the acidity. The carbonation is still aggressive on the tongue but surprisingly it finishes rather clean and almost velvety in the end. Sadly, this beer drinks rather fast since it’s flavorful, refreshing and light…oh how I crave more beers like this!
The finish is also dry but not an excessive dryness, just enough to make you want to take another sip soon.

And now I’m sad cause it’s gone. Looking forward to the next batch coming in soon!

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 3 11 20 4 10 2008
Originally reviewed 08/11/06

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Uncorked with a huge, champagne-like pop.

A - Pours crystal golden, but in the glass is actually more of a light orange and slightly hazed. Copius amount of fine bubble racing to the surface. Head started big and bubbly, but now is only a whisp around the edge of the glass.

S - Smells sweet, tart, and sour. Some lemon and wood, even a hint of sweet tarts candy. Very interesting.

T - Super sweet and tart up front. Almost makes you pucker. It is all done in a fantastic way that is very pleasing. Sour lemon, bretts are apparent. Superbly crafted beer.

M - Full bodied. Aggressive carbonation that attacks your tongue. Finishes dry.

D - Wow, this beer was able to live up to all the great things I have read about it. Another superb brew from Russian River.

Served In: Bottle

Review by James Kitchens on 12/01/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 10 19 4 10 2006
Dark golden color, with a quarter-inch white-ish head. Cloudy with good carbonation. Can not see through this beer. Smell is lemon, wood, some flower smell. But mostly citrus.

Wow. Sour taste comes on very fast. And I like that. Very well rounded taste despite the obvious sour after-taste that lingers. If anyone disagrees about this being a seriously good beer, I can see that after-taste as being the reason. Almost a mouth-puckering sour. But wow. Just wow.

Feel is full. Carbonation is obvious. Crisp and light, and a great hot weather choice.

In the words of TT, "simply staggering". An outstanding beer, and I wish I could have ordered a hell of a lot more than the 6 I did from the brewer. This beer is flat-out outstanding.

I had the Batch 001 for this review.


Batch 001-PH1 reviewed on March 14, 2008

This bottle is well over a year old, and maybe almost two years. You still get the big pop when you uncork it. The biggest surprise to me was the overwhelming carbonation. The bubbles were flying up the sides of the glass and there was a ton of them. Don't recall that in any of the bottles I've had before.

You still get the same sour smell, but it's different. Maybe muted. The citrus is less pronounced too. Sour taste is still there, but not even close to as much Pucker Power (tm).

The feel seems to suffer from the carbonation. Maybe that's the difference between these two batches. I don't know really. You still get that sour coating though. Helps it stick around a while.

Still a great bottle, but different with some age. The Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze also has changed some in the last couple years, and this one is similar. Still a stellar bottle from RRBC but definitely has changed in terms of sour and feel over time.

Served In: Tulip

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