1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

Not Rated.
SanctificationSanctification

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,896 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,896
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,038
Gots: 599 | FT: 35
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 1,896 | Reviews: 569 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by tectactoe:
Photo of tectactoe
tectactoe

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 01:47:13 | More by tectactoe
More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnG190
JohnG190

New York

4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 003. Pours a hazy straw with a thick white head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing. Bread and Brett on the nose, with hints of lemon and fresh-cut grass. Sour on the palate with green apple and lemon notes. Dry finish. Light bodied with effervescent carbonation. Overall, a well crafted sour.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2014 01:28:35 | More by JohnG190
Photo of Furley80
Furley80

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -36.5%

07-23-2014 23:22:38 | More by Furley80
Photo of satisfied1013
satisfied1013

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

07-22-2014 22:13:11 | More by satisfied1013
Photo of scjolson
scjolson

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

07-22-2014 20:53:49 | More by scjolson
Photo of tetu
tetu

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

07-22-2014 18:10:17 | More by tetu
Photo of jeisemann26
jeisemann26

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

07-22-2014 05:48:26 | More by jeisemann26
Photo of terraism
terraism

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

07-22-2014 01:28:04 | More by terraism
Photo of tywhite
tywhite

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

07-21-2014 20:37:38 | More by tywhite
Photo of Zimm
Zimm

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

07-21-2014 01:56:11 | More by Zimm
Photo of dsigmon
dsigmon

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.6%

07-21-2014 01:40:59 | More by dsigmon
Photo of lorenwhite7
lorenwhite7

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.6%

07-20-2014 16:18:53 | More by lorenwhite7
Photo of Patlee3324
Patlee3324

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.6%

07-20-2014 09:13:55 | More by Patlee3324
Photo of Beernoobie
Beernoobie

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

07-20-2014 03:53:56 | More by Beernoobie
Photo of CosmoHopHead
CosmoHopHead

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

07-19-2014 02:43:25 | More by CosmoHopHead
Photo of halo3one
halo3one

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

07-18-2014 05:16:32 | More by halo3one
Photo of hambone
hambone

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

07-18-2014 03:07:57 | More by hambone
Photo of BIll_Currie
BIll_Currie

Wyoming

2.5/5  rDev -42.3%

07-17-2014 03:13:05 | More by BIll_Currie
Photo of Idrankitall
Idrankitall

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

07-16-2014 19:35:13 | More by Idrankitall
Photo of danwho
danwho

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

07-15-2014 21:25:45 | More by danwho
Photo of jkrug5
jkrug5

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

07-15-2014 20:22:23 | More by jkrug5
Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
ItsYourBoyBlue

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

07-15-2014 06:13:27 | More by ItsYourBoyBlue
Photo of aquazr1
aquazr1

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%

07-15-2014 04:18:00 | More by aquazr1
Photo of mikefuski17
mikefuski17

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.5%

07-15-2014 00:46:14 | More by mikefuski17
Photo of leaversuch
leaversuch

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

07-14-2014 23:24:24 | More by leaversuch
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,896 ratings.