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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1663
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%


Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-27-2004)
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 4.25 - nice golden amber color with a white head that dissipates down pretty quickly. Hazy but probably because I poured the entire thing aggressively into the glass.
S - 4.5 - Green apple, sour lemon, barnyard flavors from the brett. Hay, bread, wheat.
T - 4.75 - Great sour beer. Sour green apple, lemon, white wine, bready yeast, barnyard flavors lingering in the background. White grape.
M - 4.5 - Sour, but not as sour as some other beers. It still allows you to taste some of the citrus and barnyard flavors. light-medium mouthfeel. alc covered. Aftertaste is bready/wheaty and still a little tart.
O - 4.5 - Good beer. Not that much alcohol flavor. Sessionable. Expensive and not available in most places though.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 19:08:43 | More by ISmith87
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More_betterness

California

4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden body with 1 finger white head that sticks around forever. High levels of carbonation.

S: Very vinous. Tart green apple, lemon, and a bit of tropical fruit. Brett funk in the background. Could almost pass as a fruit forward white wine.

T: Tart peach and juicy pear initially, followed by more white wine. Meyer lemons and mango. Only minor funk from the Brett, as expected in a 100% Brett fermentation. Beautifully tart and fruit forward, could literally drink this all day.

M: Thin bodied and effervescent. Finishes dry and slightly tannic, further emphasizing the white wine characteristics.

O: Just a beautiful beer. Refreshingly tart and drinkable, yet provides a solid array of flavors and aromas. Not as complex as its bacteria inoculated cousins for obvious reasons, but is a fantastically balanced example of a 100% Brett beer. Right on Vinnie!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 00:40:43 | More by More_betterness
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SHODriver

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Nov 2012

A: poured into a snifter to a clear light orange with a half finger of soapy white head that is slow to fade
S: smells of funk and lemony tartness
T: Taste is surprisingly tart with citric acidity, funk, and a bit of barnyard. Swallow is more tartness and some more funk
M: light body with effervescent carbonation and a drying finish
O: This is a phenomenal beer fresh and on tap. After a year it gets a lot more tartness going on but it still drinks fantastically.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 04:12:09 | More by SHODriver
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: served on tap into a goblet, hazy golden yellow with a short white head that lingers leaving some lacing, very cloudy

S: salty and sour, heavy on brett smells, funky

T: very sour up front, tart and tangy fruits, persimmon, nice hop bitterness on finish

M: light and fluffy, higher carbonation

O: fantastic sour wild ale, the yeast melds well with the flavors persent in this beer, reviewed from notes taken on 3/7/14

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2014 01:15:08 | More by M_C_Hampton
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on draft at the brewery. chalk board noted this was the 2013 batch, poured March 4, 2014. pours hazy yellow with white head. Sour apple aroma, vinegar, lots of Brett. Nice Brett on the flavor with sweet citrus fruits and lemon peel, some pears and green apples. Tart and lactic but not mouth puckering sour to deal with here. Very light and goes down easy with near spritzy carbonation. Really nice Brett beer that I would definitely have again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2014 05:29:38 | More by BMMillsy
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BierJager89

California

4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Light golden yellow color, a bit hazy, with a white head.

S: Orange, mango, and a touch of lemon.

T: Sour lemon, chardonnay, and a general citrus flavor.

M: Medium bodied, a bit astringent as most sours are.

O: A great sour from Russian River, but not nearly the best. Worth a try, as are all their sours.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 18:20:01 | More by BierJager89
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Sampled on 6/10/13.

375 mL bottle poured into a DFH signature glass. Bottled 11/28/12.

A - Good pop when I pull the cork. Bright golden in color with one finger of bright white, dense foam. Great retention.

S - Tropical, Lemon juice, funky barnyard, coriander

T - Tart lemon-lime, straw, granny smith apple

M - Effervescent, light bodied, dry finish, flattened with time

O - The best sour I have ever had. Tart and clean.

*I wish I had made more notes, but that is all I have. I will seek this one out in the future*

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 01:34:35 | More by NoLeafClover44
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review #500.
Bottled on 11/28/12
Poured into a RR snifter
Cork exploded out of the bottle and bounced off the ceiling

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a huge fluffy, pillowy and creamy white head that seems to retain forever. Huge patches of lace stick to the glass as it slowly settles. Pretty sure you could float a bottle cap 5 minutes after the pour

S- a little bit of yeasty barnyard funk brings some nice fruity esters of green apple, pear, peach, grape skin and lemon peel. Very similar to chardonnay aromas

T- tart and juicy ripe fruit flavors of lemon, candied grapefruit peel, and pear. A bit of barnyard funk kicks in mid-palate with light cheesy/sourdough notes, tart finish with some woodsy notes and more fruit

M- light and crisp, foamy mouthfeel with biting carbonation, leading to a puckering dry finish

O- So many fruity notes throughout with white-wine-like aromas, with just enough funk snuck in there, sour but not completely puckering, this one is way to easy to drink, very nice

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 02:32:56 | More by Treyliff
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #005.

Pours a beautiful golden yellow color with unreal clarity from the first-half pour. Fluffy head owes the lacing that it produces. Looks marvelous.

Lemon peel, old lemon peel, white wine, oak, tart peach, maybe apricot, and bright tartness. Balanced and fruity, all the while, a tart Russian River sour.

White wine, tart peach, sour orange, flooded basement, lemon pulp, oaky woodiness, tropical fruit, Brett mushroom funk, and parmesan. The mushroom and cheese really answers in the finish. Bottom of the bottle is offering up some serious funk and cheese. This is effing delicious.

Nicely effervescent with a peppery carbonation. Wet-bodied with some chewiness, whilst medium. Great feel.

Awesome wild ale from Russian River. Better than this is definitely hard to come by.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 23:23:38 | More by thecheapies
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kylegillick

California

4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated 11/28/12.

A: clouldy yellow orange with small fizzy head.

S: funk and fruit. a bit like chardonnay

T: Very light and crisp.beautifully balanced and fulfilling. fruits and citrus with a bit of a bite, but not overbearing.

M: Higher carbonation. Decent medium body. pretty dry

O: Great sour, i could drink it forever. Does not overpower you. just delightful.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 09:42:18 | More by kylegillick
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dated 11/28/12.

A: A very, very cloudy pale orange. Lots of fine sediment. Tall frothy and fizzy white head. Head sticks around for quite a long time. Big fluffy rings of lacing.

S: Lightly tart and fruity aroma. Citrusy with some pear perhaps? Citrus rind and funk when swirled.

T: Tart citrus and lots of it. Not quite full-on sour but close. Very lemony but maybe some orange peel in there too. A bit funky in the middle. Very light and crisp bready/cracker malt in the finish. Mild, drying citrus peel aftertaste.

M: Higher carbonation. Decent medium body.

O: Ahh, one of the best sours I've had. Had temptation last night but this is way better. Not as sour, not as wine-y. Very crisp and refreshing. Not as complex but it works well. Nice refreshing tartness. Really ups the drinkability. Not overpowering either; well-balanced. Really well made.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 05:17:50 | More by Dope
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Auraan

Arizona

4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice cloudy gold with a one finger white head that grew to a two finger white head and stayed around as a ring of white as the glass was emptied, leaving some thin lacing. Abundant bubbles flowed up the side of the glass. Quite beautiful. Scents of brett, barnyard funk, white grape skin, white wine, overripe fruit, green apple, slight pineapple, and the slightest hints of vanilla and candi sugar. A very good aroma, complex with the usually sour, fruity, white wine notes and some more common Belgian notes beneath. Flavor is sour upfront, with that musky brett funk, white grapes, tart green apple, lemon juice, sourdough bread undertones, some oak, some slight medicinal bitterness, finishes bitter with a bit of a citrus rind flavor and aftertaste as well as a dry finish. A very sour flavor, with all sorts of sour fruit and sour funk flavors. Very nice with some complexity brought in by the sourdough bread and oak. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation and a nice refreshing feel with a drying finish. Nice and drinkable, on point for a sour, very good. Overall this is a very good sour. The 100% brett gives it that incredibly sour flavor but it manages a bit of complexity in spite of it, that gives it a fine flavor profile. Very good, and I wish I could get it easier.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 05:19:37 | More by Auraan
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pkalix

California

4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

hmm, follow a Temptation with a Sanctification.... in what universe is that a good day? where can you FIND two kinds of Russian River in one store on any given day? especially down here in orange county?
pours hazy golden, some sediment sitting heavily embedded as if in jello (just like the Temptation had!). too hazy to see, but an ear to the top of the tulip glass provides the 'popping' you can hear from the carbonation....
smells kind of 'neutral. bretts(?) are here, but not as fruity as the temptation I just had.
taste is way more rounder, much more sour-er, less fruity than the Temptation. more of a kind of 'champagne' kind of brew but very good indeed! definitely less fruit, but wholesome and obviously takes you in the direction they want you to go in. you KNOW it's meant to be a bit tart. definitely more of a 'sour' than the Temptation, and definitely another great brew from Russian River!!!
I think my next one HAS to be The Bruery's Tart of Darkness, just to keep the trend going....

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 23:18:30 | More by pkalix
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Benish

Wisconsin

3.66/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter glass. A couple inches of thick white head built up and it just remained there for quite a while. It's a good presentation. The beer had that bright hay color. Very, very opaque, yet it's not cloudy with yeast sediment.

Did not pick up much with aroma. There's definitely something funky and plenty of tartness but nothing too unique.

Taste-wise this is quite sour. It's really hard to expand from that. It does finish bitter like citrus zest. Eventually as the beer warmed up, there was definitely a ton of flavors of a grapefruit rind.

It has a light bodied mouthfeel. Quite acidic, gives that gritty feeling, likes after you brush your teeth.

This is only the 2nd of the sour beers I have tried from RR. The first was Supplication. Supplication was way better as there were more flavors coming from the fruits. However this is a good beer and I'm glad to try it. RR makes so many sours that I have to try others before trying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 03:39:38 | More by Benish
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mobius387

Florida

3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into snifter, batch 112812

appearance: bright and light sunny yellow with a HUGE white foamy head with the pour that sticks around. its like whip cream on top of my beer. its awesome

aroma: stale wet woody/oaky nose, not much else. not very enjoyable

palate: light bodied, softly tart, not very acidic, not a big boozy presence. very well done

taste: lemon-grass, grapes, oak, some hops, brett, very robust

overall: not as tart as the other RR sours, not as powerful or as big bodied, but very nice, lots of unique flavors, scary drinkable, and overall a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 23:42:54 | More by mobius387
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shared the bottle with my wife.

The beer pours a light yellow, golden straw with a light carbonation at the edge of my tulip glass.

The nose is sweet but mostly a Brett tart, apples hints of oak and a little vanilla.

The carbonation is upfront and reveals more tart apples, and Brett funk. The soundness lingers as the beer dries. There are also white wine note

Good beer but not russian rivers best

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 00:21:27 | More by bishopdc0
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dalahodson

California

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A classic sour from RR. A lazy straw yellow small cream head with lots of lace on the glass. Mouth feel is sour and dry. Flavors of tart apples with a slight sweet aftertaste. Some slight herb bitterness but not from the hops. Kind of like an apple sour candy on drugs.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2013 22:42:09 | More by dalahodson
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Russian River
Sanctification

Pours a hazed straw yellow with a fizzy, champagne like decanting and modest retention. There's a lot of active, minute carbonation and I can already see this is going to be a drier beer.

The aroma on this is very funky. Big time Brettsnomyces notes that range from pineapple, sap, musty basement. Quite perfumy and ends up smelling straigh up sour. Has a sour, yet candy like smell.

In the taste, white grapes, Chardonnay, oak, but most of all a souring Brett note of apple cider and apple cider vinegar. Has that sweet and sour componant but this is finer and more complex than simply that. Juicy, slightly drying and oaky on the back end along with a hefty sourness.

The mouthfeel is light and airy, yet dry and sour. Tart Brett notes just ride out the finish in a vinegary, almost puckering haze.

What a beer this is. Patience is a virtue, and I believe this beer is over a year in the making from mash to bottling. A perfect example of craft beer being art, and brewers becoming legends.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 02:49:32 | More by Stinkypuss
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 005 (I think) of a 12.68oz. bottle poured into an over sized wine glass. Nice and golden in color. Color a bit like a pinnaple/mango juice mix. Not much of a head, but during the pour there were small bubbles. Goes away fairly quickly, but leaves a ring around the edges. Not much in the way of lacing.

Smell is good, a little funky and a natural tartness that tickles your nose. There's a bit of the classic Belgian sugar and yeast and a nice fruitiness. The fruit is of pineapple, pears and probably crisp (fresh) apples, and a hint of white grapes. Good, but could be a bit stronger.

Taste is really good, better than the smell. Same pinapple, mango, pear, apple, and white grape flavors as well as a not quite ripe tangerine. There's a natural tart and funk as well (my guess would be from the brett. Some natural sweetness, Belgian style candied sugar and a bit bready as well. Very good overall all together, not experienced with sour styles, but I like this and can see why people enjoy them.

Mouthfeel is good, starts off pretty medium. Overall very smooth and perfectly carbonated. Consistent most of the way with a nice dry and tart finish, almost makes you pucker, pretty much have to force yourself not to smile. Really drinkable, a nice sipper for my taste, I like it a lot. I'm starting to understand all the hype around Russian River.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 23:41:51 | More by AndyAvalanche
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 112812. Poured from a 375 ml cork n cage bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy dark lemon with a 2" white head. Random trails and blotches of lacing.

Tart lemons, oranges, oak, some funk

Light sweet malts, lemon ans citrus, some tart and sourness with light spices.

Nices sour, tart citrus and some sweetness. 6/10 sourness, medium high carb with semi dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 02:17:01 | More by kawilliams81
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Rish907

California

4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bubbly, champagne colored, pours a significant amount of head

S: Citrus, champagne, white wine, green grapes

T: Sour, fruity, green grapes

M: Dry, arid, similar to champagne

O: Being my first sour, I found this quite enjoyable. At first the sourness hits your palate pretty hard, but eases after it swooshed around a couple times. It is very carbonated and poured a thick head with lots of bubbles. The fruity and citrus taste is prevalent throughout. Overall, a very tasty quality sour.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 03:33:09 | More by Rish907
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 375 mL C&C bottle with a bottling date of 11/28/12. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack edition tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a cloudy yellow the color of egg yolk with darker orangish highlights as well. Foam is about a finger-and-a-half of ivory microbubbles that is so fine it appears like a layer of thick fog atop the body. After dissipating to a half finger of head pretty quickly (30 secs), it remains throughout leaving silky slick light lacing.

Smell - The Brett really dominates the lighter blonde base beer, pushing the other flavors to the side. Funky and tart with some hints of starfruit and lemonade.

Taste - Wonderfully tart at first, but fades back quickly to reveal sourdough complexity and citrus rind and fruity spice. Again the Brett provides a barnyard element that balances well with this otherwise delicate beer.

Mouthfeel - Effervescent and yet creamy at the same time. Light bodied with high levels of carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall a fantastically balanced sour and one I could see being a gateway for people looking to get into sour ales. Tart but not overpowering and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 03:59:43 | More by LambicPentameter
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch 006
A - Brilliant gold, mostly clear with suspended yeast sediments. White cap has good retention and lace.

S/T - Sour notes with green grapes, wood, hay, grass, with an earthy yeast funk underlying throughout the profile. Fruity, almost cherry-like sweetness, finishes sour.

M - Light body, excessively high carbonation. Mostly smooth though, finishes crisp with lasting sourness.

O - Great smell, good flavor; however, compared to the rest of the field of American Wilds, doesn't have quite the depth and complexity of others.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 01:41:17 | More by garuda
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bcm75

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - pale yellow. Fairly opaque.

S - quite a bit of barnyard funk and some sour fruit. Apples and a touch of cherry.

T - similar to the aroma, but getting some mild tropical notes. More funk than sourness.

M - pleasant and moderately light. Nicely carbonated.

O - a more complex and subdued sour than I expected. Still wonderful, but not my favorite of RR sours.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 22:11:27 | More by bcm75
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cvm4

Mississippi

4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a golden honey blonde in color with an eggshell head. Slightly opaque.

S - Pears and green apple. Light touches of leather, oak and malt.

T - Starts off with a lemon sour quality that flows into white grapes. Secondary flavors are oak and light malts. Brett is doing wonders to this beer.

M - Light and drinks like a dry wine. Very effervescent but not over carbed by any means.

O - Not a funky beer per the "fermented with 100% Brett" on the bottle. But, it's a sour fruity beer lovers dream!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 19:18:00 | More by cvm4
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Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,663 ratings.