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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,343
Reviews: 583
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,105
Gots: 733 | FT: 57
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-27-2004

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3/5  rDev -30.7%

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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.

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of mtwentz
3.38/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured from a half liter growler into a goose island wine glass.

smells juicy, somewhat like white grape juice, but heavier. very slight must. poured high to revitalize carbonation. looks like pale and dirty blond and clouded gold. a nice glow to it. The taste is juicy and tangy, revealing a medium pucker of tartness. can't name the fruit, but there's this grape I keep leaning on....
Anyway, Thanks Parkway!

Photo of Arbitrator
3.4/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at RRBC. Batch 4, released around June 2010.

A: Pours a hazy straw body with a finger of off-white foam. Great retention, and it leaves thick washes of lace down the snifter as I drink. Can't fault anything here; it's great to look at.

S: Lemon zest, with a tartness suggesting sourness. The brett imparts a nice horse blanket aroma, hay, a touch of spice, and something else fruity (I am labeling this apricot).

T: Tart lemon zest, but as I implied in the nose, no actual sourness. It's just a bretty funk that delivers flavors of horse blanket, hay, apricot. The finish is... well, the closest approximation I can make is earthy and metallic. It's bitter, but not quite in a hoppy way, and it's not exactly a standard brett flavor (at least, one that I recognize). It reminds me more of aspirin. I detected this in the bottle and it was off-putting. I taste it here again on tap, so it wasn't just the one bottle. If others are tasting the same thing, they're certainly not noting it. In any case, I consider it a distinct flaw.

M: It's dry, with a lingering aspirin-like finish (see above). Effervescent and properly carbed.

D: I've avoided reviewing Batch 4 because I'm just not a big fan of it. When it warms, the metallic taste fades and it becomes better, but it's never quite right to me. I don't care to drink this too much.

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3.48/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber/ golden color with no head or lacing apparent at all. Aroma is slightly tart but still a little to sweet it seems. Fruity with mild acidic character. Fruity and acidic but nothing to write home about. Finshes very clean. Within 30 seconds you don't remember what it tastes like. Hints of white wine but not tart it sour enough for me. Mouthfeel is nearly flat with minimal carbonation. I could drink a bunch of these but I wouldn't necessarily want to.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #5

Poured from the caged and corked small bottle into my usual tulip. A couple inches of foamy white head sits atop a very attractive golden yellow brew. Beer was decanted off the yeast, so it's hazy but not cloudy.

The smell of brett bursts out of the bottle when the cork is popped. In addition to all the brett there's a solid amount of sour/tart lemon. There's a nice malty smell underlying everything.

The flavor doesn't have quite the same impact as the smell which is a little disappointing. Plenty of funk with the sour lemon coming in as well. Taste is nice on the palate just a little boring.

Mouthfeel is nice. Perfect body and carbonation. Overall a good beer, just not too exciting.

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Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,343 ratings.