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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,984
Reviews: 571
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,060
Gots: 618 | FT: 39
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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eclipse54

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%

A corked and caged 375 mL bottle from leschkie; thanks! Reviewed from notes taken 09/30/2011.

Opens with a loud pop, and pours a straw/yellow colored body with about an inch of white, foamy head. Body has a constant stream of bubbles from the base of the glass. Aroma is of tart pear, apple, and some peach. Wood, some funk, straw, and hay are also noticeable. It tastes of tart fruits (grape, peach, pear, and some apple), straw, hay, and faint oak and wine. Mouthfeel is crisp and light. It finishes clean and has plenty of carbonation. Overall, a great sour that is also very flavorful.

01-16-2012 02:11:47 | More by eclipse54
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

Appearance – This one is light orange in color with a beautiful white, puffy head that was just enchanting. I just couldn’t stop staring at this ale.

Smell – The wonderful Belgian yeast was dynamic. I can’t tell you how excited I get when I find a true, authentic yeast smell in an American effort at this style. There’s a rich sourness there too that’s way off from a Flanders Ale but big nevertheless.

Taste – The yeast is terrific at the taste, and the sourness is similar to what you’d find in an Unblended Lambic. It’s not overpowering and comes on more complimentary. The hops give a light tartness to the ale. The flavors work together in perfect harmony.

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-bodied with a light tartness and very pleasant sourness that is mixed with some lively carbonation.

Drinkability – If there’s such a thing as a session Belgian Ale than this is it. I could have drank this one all night.

Comments – I was in town one week early for the release of the next batch (last batch was out) but Vinnie the brewmaster was nice enough to bring some out from the back room. What a treat it was drinking this incredible ale with the brewer, my wife, and rapopoda who was also in town for barrel tasting weekend.

Vinnie described it as a “sour blonde Belgian ale”. It is primarily fermented with 100% Brettanomyces and bottle conditioned to create lush carbonation. It may not fall perfectly into a BJCP Guideline (other than Belgian specialty, of course) but this is one of the most drinkable ales on the planet. I kind of see it as an American made Belgian equivalent to a German Berliner Weisse, but that’s just my own take on it. Whatever you call it, this ale is good good good.

03-08-2005 03:44:36 | More by RoyalT
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.88/5  rDev +12.7%

I believe this was batch 003.

Pretty much perfect. Sanctification could have been be an unblended lambic from one of the Belgian grandmasters. It was so wonderful that I drank four or five glasses and bought half a case on the spot. It’s simply that good. Appearance wise we are talking about a very pale, almost white golden ale body with a healthy white lacing. The aroma is powerful, previewing sourness, and boasting of perfectly created and utilized yeast strains and lots of funky, living organisms. Barnyard funk, rotten lemon peals, and apple vinegar are huge. The nose also plays at tobacco and citrus. The first taste is pure heaven. It’s tart in a lemony way, sour in a bret/funky yeast sort of way, slightly bitter in a hoppy way, light and spritsy. Sweet, very ripened grapefruit that has been eaten away at just a touch by bacteria, hay, damp corn husks, rotten melons, wood roundedness, dashes of lemon and orange zest, etc… Bone dry and fairly light body. Musty and astringent. Sourness is not over the top and although this doesn’t enter the battery acid or sweaty donkey hair area, this is at times very geuze like. Sessionable indeed. Pretty much perfect.

07-31-2007 20:05:17 | More by DaPeculierDane
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DanGeo

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

07-13-2013 21:41:46 | More by DanGeo
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%

Thanks again to Jeff for splitting his RR sours with me. Sanctification pours a hazy, golden-apple color, appearing translucent as light shines through it, although it's impossible to see through to the other side. A soapy and foamy white head leaves some light dredging along the glass as it falls.

The aroma contains a ton of funk - wow! Musty cellar, cork... just huge amounts of Brett left and right. Makes sense, since as this is brewed with 100% Brett. Some mild sour fruits back up the aroma, but the more and more I sniff, the more and more Brett becomes the only thing I smell. Mild oak and wood on the tail end, still wet and funky smelling, with a touch of tart and sweet apple skins. Certainly a funk-head's dream, but I can't accurately judge how sour this one's gonna be. It smells more funky than tart, but RR sours have been known to play that trick on me. I guess we'll see.

Up front, the taste is extremely sour, even more so than the aroma would lead you to believe, so I guess there's the answer to that question. This bad boy is puckering right from the start - green apples, white grapes, super-ripe and sour pears. The assertive tartness is not alone, however, as the funk is very nearly as strong. Wet wood, cork, damp cellar, and huge barnyard notes, left and right. The sourness seems to tone down a bit as the beers warms, and the finish is pretty dry overall. Medium bodied, medium-high amount of carbonation with a slick mouth feel.

Another damn good Russian River wild ale. I don't think it's possible for them to put out a bad one. This is probably one of the more funky ones that I've had, but it still had an intense sour element right off the bat, so nothing was lost in that department. Thanks again to Jeff for breaking this one out.

03-10-2013 01:47:13 | More by tectactoe
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DavyJones

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-10-2012 15:49:23 | More by DavyJones
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Schlais

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.6%

07-26-2014 04:19:52 | More by Schlais
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SkiBum22

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-19-2013 16:34:35 | More by SkiBum22
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readicculus

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.5%

12-14-2011 18:03:02 | More by readicculus
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

4/5  rDev -7.6%

07-29-2014 06:42:35 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%

750ml bottle. Batch 002. 100% Brettanomyces fermented.

Pours into my tulip glass a beautifully vibrant clear golden orange that reminds me of a fall harvest. Two fingers of creamy white foam sits atop the brew and the plentiful active carbonation makes it linger on. Can't ask for much more looks wise, downright enticing. Aromas start with fresh pale malts showing a bit of sweet grain scents. Fruit, lemon and honey come through with a bit of a floral accent. Tartness and a barnyard hay backbone emerge with the Brett. Lovely.

First sip brings wonderful sweet and tart malt upfront with a mix of fruit flavors including peach and lemon. Barnyard funk, honey and hay flavors roll through with a bracing tartness that engulfs the mouth. Woody oak tones along with a bit of dryness. The flavor lingers on after each sip of this tasty Brett enhanced golden ale.

Mouthfeel is smooth, velvety and effortless with an effervescent carbonation throughout. This beer is simply amazingly crafted and downright delicious. I would drink this constantly if it was more available. A tart, funky, beauty in a bottle. Russian River knocks it way out of the park once again.

08-02-2009 22:36:30 | More by orbitalr0x
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NWer

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

02-10-2013 16:59:53 | More by NWer
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andyfrancis

California

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%

cloudy straw with a pretty white head, nice clumping and lacing. A little lighter in color than I expected.

Smells yummy. Some fruity esters, with a hint of the sour funk.

Sour/fruity eruption blossoming on my tongue. Tart all the way through.

Carbonation starts with a low rumble, peaking in a sharp bite on the tip of your tongue. Crisp, fairly clean finishing.

Almost sessionable. I like it a lot. Not quite as much character as some of the other 'tions but very good and highly recommended.

02-13-2011 21:31:42 | More by andyfrancis
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-07-2014 23:11:39 | More by heddar33
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Callmecoon

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

04-18-2013 05:00:19 | More by Callmecoon
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.91/5  rDev -9.7%

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

07-27-2013 00:21:27 | More by bishopdc0
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77apm

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

05-26-2014 12:57:08 | More by 77apm
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Pooles26

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

08-20-2014 18:02:21 | More by Pooles26
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Dbrulet

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-10-2013 17:21:56 | More by Dbrulet
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Namarsha82

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-21-2011 21:29:37 | More by Namarsha82
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Snikwad1020

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

03-07-2013 20:39:10 | More by Snikwad1020
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BillKuhnel

New York

5/5  rDev +15.5%

06-23-2014 17:19:50 | More by BillKuhnel
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tjthresh

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -9.9%

Batch 002. 750ml bottle provided by csbosox. Pours a murky (gusher) straw yellow with a big white head. Funky, hourse blanket, sweet socks, yadda yadda yadda, with some citrus also. frizzzzle's SweetTarts analogy was pretty good. Really fruity and tart. Dry finish with high CO2. Really love these Russian River beers.

02-11-2009 13:28:56 | More by tjthresh
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mctizzz

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

02-09-2014 20:48:37 | More by mctizzz
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aquazr1

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%

07-15-2014 04:18:00 | More by aquazr1
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Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,984 ratings.