Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Russian River Brewing Company Beatification

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Russian River Brewing Company Beatification. I was very happy to have been gifted this bottle – thanks go out again to the supplier.

From the Russian River Brewing Company website: “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!”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head and very little lacing.
Aroma: Citrus, tart and tropical fruits, yeast funk and oak.
Taste: Tart upfront with a laundry list of detectable flavors including – lemon, pineapple, grape, green apples, pear, apricot and peach.  White wine, oak, yeast funk and vanilla are also noticeable.
Overall: Very drinkable and complex, Russian River Brewing Company Beatification is fantastic.  I cannot recommend this 6% ABV (bottled on 03-11-13) offering enough.  Amazing!


Mark Harvey

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