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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,067
Reviews: 571
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,076
Gots: 630 | 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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1/5  rDev -76.9%

jdougherty, Apr 19, 2012
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1/5  rDev -76.9%

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1.75/5  rDev -59.6%

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2/5  rDev -53.8%

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2/5  rDev -53.8%

lowflite, Jul 06, 2012
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2.4/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Batch 005 375ml bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip,
Sanctification is a murky piss yellow with a few big bubbles on the collar, a smattering of it sticking to the sides of the tulip as I drink it down.

Smell is musty, smells like vegetables that have gone bad. I love sours, all strains, single and combos, and this is the worst smelling in a hard to be able to even take another whiff way.

Taste is similar, a big vegetable taste that is rather unappealing. There some chalkiness, a little malt sweetness, but very little sourness, no horsehair,

Mouthfeel is watery, thin, a bit like a lambic, with a little acidic pucker.

Drinkability isn't that good, not digging this one at all. Russian River is pretty hit or miss with their sours, depending on where you drink them in their evolution, and judging by the high scores, I obviously should have given this brand new batch more time. The problem is, it's so bad, I'm not sure I want to buy another one just to see if it improves. Regardless, it's pretty bad right now, I want my $10 back!

ccrida, Mar 17, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -42.3%

BIll_Currie, Jul 17, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -42.3%

Raziel313, Saturday at 05:39 AM
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2.5/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Imbibed on tap at Harry's Hofbrau on 3/31/2012.

Looks like a wit. Cloudy, tawny, but with very little head. Lots of light malts in aroma, some whit bread characteristics, no sourness to speak of. Horse blanket comes as it warms (was served too cold imho). Taste starts out with light malt, coriander, follwed by tart, slightly sour taste. Bitter after flavor lingers in the back of the throat and mingles with tartness. Lots of brett, but not any of the other critters I enjoy so much. Pretty grainy mouthfeel, indicative of the cloudy look.

I was looking for something complex and this one just didn't deliver. Looking back, I know i had my expectations all wrong, but at the same time, you can make the base malt a little more interesting. There really wasn't much to this beer that I could isolate as interesting. I love the idea of just fermenting with a bacteria though. Gotta give it to them for doing something that no other brewery has tried (to my knowledge). I think a real problem with this was that I had it too cold and in the wrong glassware. The small serving glasses that Harry's serves is more like a tiny Pilsener glass, when something like this would be much better in a globe or tulip glass with something to keep head retention. In my opinion, most beer is served too cold, and I feel it really hurt this beer in particular. Would try it again if someone had it in a bottle or served it properly, but I'm not going out of my way to find it.

Philousa, Apr 09, 2012
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2.7/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle. Not counting a couple of collaboration beers, this is my first R. River - too bad it has to be a Brett beer. I have a very limited tolerance for Brett and even less for vinegar. With that in mind:

Pours light amber, hazy, with a small head. The aroma bodes poorly: Brett/wild ale with some vinegar. Intimidating. Given that, the taste was a bit better but still too funky. Nicely sour with a hint of old bread. Fine medium-light feel.

chinchill, May 11, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -36.5%

nosavingsaccount, Jun 06, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -36.5%

IPAFan521, May 21, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -36.5%

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3/5  rDev -30.7%

huskermike12, Sep 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -30.7%

spakman, Feb 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.7%

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3/5  rDev -30.7%

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3/5  rDev -30.7%

jriggins6, Apr 01, 2013
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3.1/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a sampler at Russian River's taproom in Santa Rosa during the Pliny the Younger release. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high because I love this brewery.

A: Pours a half finger head of fair cream and thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a cloudy lemon yellow. Murky.

Sm: Lemon and wheat. Quite lactic. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Pleasant.

T: Lactic, with sourness, lemon tart, and maybe yeast. Decently balanced, but a bit strange. Simple but enjoyable for the style. The simplicity does bother me; there's not a whole lot to say about it as a result.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Maybe a bit thin.

Dr: Drinkable for the style, but too simple and a bit too thin. I might have it again, but Russian River has far better brews.

kojevergas, Feb 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Basoos1, Sep 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

1424IpA, Aug 10, 2013
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Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,067 ratings.