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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 607
Hads: 2,598
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 18.6%
Wants: 1,180
Gots: 840 | FT: 59
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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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Photo of frasergrove
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

7 month old bottle, slowly started to bubble up over the lip of the bottle. Pours a mild golden pale, with little to no head. Smells of white wine barrels, light tart grape must, a hint of underlying under ripe stone fruit and sweet pineapple. Nice up front bite of funk and tartness, followed by a medium full body and a tangy finish. Definitely an underrated RR beer...absolutely delicious.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden honey color. Has a tart aroma of Brett. Flavor is light a fresh. You get the Brett but it does not overpower the flavor. This is very enjoyable. It's a touch sour and a touch sweet but overall delicious.

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Photo of jtwhicker
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle aged for 4 months after purchase. May 2015

Shared with a friend for notes. Aroma is citrus, pour to small snifter. Slight carbonation thin head. Hint of lime and tartness is subtle and complements the carbonation. Sour is tapered since aging.
Have another in cellar as well check back in a couple of months.

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Photo of Myotus
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured gently at 46°F from a 375ml bottle (bottled on 30May14) into a tulip. Consumed on 16Dec15.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of white foam that dissipates into a quarters worth within 40 seconds. Straw yellow in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are both small and medium in size and large in quantity. Lacing is thin and subtle.
SMELL: Mild aromas of sour green apples, peaches, hay, earthy yeast, white grapes, and pears entangle with subtle aromas of tobacco, oak, and hints of spicy hops.
TASTE: Strong sour green apple flavors and mild hay flavors first set foot upon the palate. Mild tobacco, peach, white grape, and pear flavors follow right after. Strong earthy yeast and subtle spicy hop flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors maitain.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough due to the high amount of carbonation. Finishes with a mild dryness. Sourness playfully agitates the tongue.
NOTE: A very scrumptious beer. My dislike of high carbonation in beers significantly brought down the rating.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sanctification is a beer that is certainly worth trying, though revisiting this beer at its current price point is probably not necessary.

Brett and funk on the palate with a pepper finish.

Overall, good but not on the same level as other Russian River sours.

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Photo of adam42381
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Bottled on 5/30/14 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a clear medium gold with a 1 1/2 finger snow white head of fine bubbles. Small sediment particles floating around. Solid head retention with minimal lacing.

Smell: Tons of barnyard funk from the Brett. Mild fruit notes in the background.

Taste: Typical brett funkiness along with a bit of pear up front followed by a nice amount of tart apple cider in the middle before ending with bitter citrus and a little bit of grassy hops. Aftertaste is funky with a touch of bitterness. After pouring in the sediment (review completed before drinking sediment), this thing is off the charts funky - in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could put back a couple of these without any issue.

Overall: Very good beer overall. As with most Russian River offerings, this is definitely worth trying. Highly recommended.

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Photo of macher0
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured light straw with a coarse bubble head that retreats to a fine bubble head and film. A decent film remains. Spotty laces. The nose was mostly funk, biscuits, and yeast. The nose follows nicely with a mild tart level and big time biscuit and funk flavor. Very yeasty, with a minor bubblegum note. The yeast gives the body a fullness that contradicts the color. High carbonation.

I like my sours super sour, and while this is mildly sour, it was very well crafted and certainly fits the bill. This was very good. A great mild, sour, funky-ass beer.

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Photo of Dynobolt
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it on draft at a Napa spot (downtown joes) man o man it's good, another gem from Russian river. Love the sourness! Will try it again if I run into it...

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Photo of papat444
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy, light orange body. 3 fingers worth of head that recedes. Aroma and flavor are tart fruits, particularly apricots and assorted dried fruits. Very good stuff indeed.

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Photo of tigg924
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful funky beer. Appearance is hazy caution light yellow with 1/4 inch head and high carbonation. Taste is funky with white wine, oak, and funk in the taste. Body is light and bubbly. I prefer other Russian River beers better, but would not hesitate to pick this up again. Great beer.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a very exceptionally balanced sour blonde ale which could serve as an excellent introduction to those acquainting themselves with this style. Once you have tasted, it will be hard to turn back! :-)

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color. a finger and a half of a white head. strong retention and a strong streaky lacing left behind. hazy and opaque but lets some brightness through.

Smell: white wine, peppery, and bready aromas. funky, fruity aromas. some oak. underlying citrus throughout.

Taste: opens with white wine notes, quickly making way to peppery and bready tastes. a funkiness arises with notes of melon and earthiness, moderately strong acidity. citrus flavor pervades this one with lemon bread sweetness, lemon juice acidity and some citrus fruit.

Mouthfeel: moderately full body. funky and dry. moderately strong acidity. could use a bit more carbonation. sticky and lingering funkiness.

Overall: a very nice blonde sour. the earthiness comes through a bit strong for me. It just seems to be missing a little something, not sure if its more fruitiness or more funkiness.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Label says Bottled On: 053014.

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small strip of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Bright aroma of tartness with some solid Brett character.

T- Nice soily flavor with some medium tartness and tropical fruit notes. The Brett funk is mild but apparent. Just well-rounded overall with lots of character and oh so drinkable.

M- Somewhat dry with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- A fantastic blonde sour that rides that perfect middle ground between tart and funky.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My good buddy Jon Passow, who as of a few months ago became the Manager of Barrel Room Operations at Anderson Valley, sent me this in a package from northern, CA recently. Bottled on 5/30/14. Poured out of a 12.68 oz bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a somewhat cloudy/hazy, fairly pale golden color with several streams of little bubbles continuously rising to the top of the glass and a nice white head that is about an inch thick when first poured before settling to a solid 1/6 of an inch thick pretty quickly after being poured, so the head retention here does leave a bit to be desired. Head settles even further to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with some cluster swirls of surface foam film. Not much lacing though until the beer is pretty close to being done. Has a bready, yeasty funk aroma up front, followed by a definite lemony, citrusy zestyness and some white grape sour must. The taste is pretty much the same, with a bready yeasty funkyness that immediately gives way to a solid lemon zest. This is followed by hints of spiciness and is rounded out with some white grape sour tartness and some woodyness. Even a slight hint of saltyness at the end tastewise. An excellent mix of flavors and they all balance out nicely. Has a crisp and slightly prickly, yet also smooth and frothy, medium bodied mouthful with moderate carbonation. A very enjoyable beer all around here! Worth a try for sure if you can get your hands on it!


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Photo of LittleDon
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly clear and golden. Fruit and grain aroma. Starts mildly sour with a mild bitter finish. Finesse. A bit on the soft side for the style, but still a nice amount of carbonation. Lots of head and lace. Not sure how this could be made better or more interesting.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's the end of Holy Week, so what better beer to pull out of the cellar than Sanctification!

Bottle from 11/28/2012. I had this beer on tap at Russian River in early 2013, but can't really remember to compare. I've been sitting on the bottles I bought there for a couple of years.

Sanctification is a great mild sour ale. It's got some fruit, a little sweetness, a little tart, and a little funk. It's crisp and refreshing and extremely drinkable (if you like a little tartness). Lovely stuff.

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Photo of dar482
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The aroma offers white grape, white wine, lemon.

The flavor hits of a touch of Warhead tartness along with the fruitiness of tart peach, apricot, candy peach rings and a drying finish.

An underrated one of the Russian River sours.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Monk's charity event on 3-2-15 in Philly. Tasty 8 oz. pour was very crisp and tart. One of the better "tion" ales I've had....now back to the Younger.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle from Whole Foods San Jose CA for $12 or so

Appearance - Gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Breads/grains, lemons, peppery spice mix, citric, funk

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains and some tart lemons. There is also some white grape juice and some woody notes.

Overall - A simply fantastic beer. My bottle is from 2011 and it is holding up very well. Actually reminds me a bit of a Lost abbey cable car in some ways. World class stuff.

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Photo of thebarnesbomb
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Straw yellow in color, brilliant clarity, and a foamy white head that will leave little lacing in my Spieglau tulip glass.

N: Some brett funk up front, with a pronounced lemon zest and fruity white grape must

T: White wine sweetness with a flash of citrus tartness, followed by a lingering barnyard funk

M: Very effervescent

F: Crisp and dry with a lip-smacking tartness. Goes well with an aged sharp white cheddar.

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Photo of Buttermilk
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a ISO tasting glass from the "Vinnie" bottle - Aroma is funky. I let it warm and got some major barnyard and hay with some lemon in there. The flavor is crisp and lightly tart. It's just enough to make your mouth water a bit. I got light fruit notes at first, light apple, similar to a cider or white wine. This beer is so drinkable and shares similarities to a much lesser alcohol wild beer or geuze, it's surprising this is a nearly 7% beer.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours Crystal clear golden blonde in color witha frothy white head that retains nicely. Smell has nice tart brett funk and semi sweet grainy malt with notes of white grape, lemon peel, hay and barnyard. Taste follows the nose with tart lemon crisp sour funk forward with a chalky sour citrus flavor. Barnyard straw and a sharp cheesy funky finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body with sticky sour acidic finish.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fills the glass with a bright clear golden body and a bright white head. Notes of green apple and citrus upfront with a bit of musty funk to round it out.

Tart and fruity on the palate but not overly sour. Notes of lemon and grapefruit are balanced out by the Brett funk, but it's not in-your-face. A more subtle sour beer that can be enjoyed by anyone.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 5/30/14:

Hazy golden pour with fluffy white head.

Aroma of lemon, citrus peel and white wine along with notes of hay, barnyard funk and light pepper.

Taste is of pale crackery malt, moderately tart lemon and sweet green apple with a bright citrus peel finish. The long finish is characterized by typical byproducts of brettanomyces fermentation - fruit, earth and barnyard notes followed by some moderate bitterness.

The mouthfeel is lively and effervescent with a creamy texture.

Overall, this is an outstanding beer. Russian River takes a brett fermented saison style beer to the next level with a delicious citrus zing and near perfect mouthfeel.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a light clear golden color with a very nice head and medium lacing.

Smell – A very nice brett scent, without being overly sour or over ‘flavored’.

Taste – A very, very nice bretty taste. Perhaps an overly simple description, but it’s really good!

Mouthfeel – Nice carbonation, crisp, dry, and just slightly sour. Well done!

Drinkability – Although sours aren’t my favorite style, this is one of my favorite sours.

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Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 607 ratings.