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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1674
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%


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:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-27-2004)
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

batch 003

a: This was a mostly clear, pale, golden yellow color. It poured with a large frothy white head that lasted a long time and stuck nicely to the side of the glass.

s: This has a surprisingly gentle, yet still enticing nose. Sour is of course the dominant characteristic. Apple cider vinegar comes to mind. I also detected some funky, semi-rotten grains, honey suckle, and just a touch of alcohol. I feel like there is more here beyond my ability to describe.

t: As with the smell, there are layers here that I just do not have words for. Adjectives like sour and funky come to mind of course, but there is more. Musty, grainy, apple cider flavors with some vinegar dominate. The finish is dry, peppery, and a bit floral. Upon further consideration, there are some apricot and peach flavors as well.

m: Most sour beers I've tried have had very lively, aggressive carbonation. This one though is gentle and almost creamy. So with this one, the sour assault on the tongue is blunted somewhat by the lack of peppery carbonation. The sour dryness lingers for quite a while after the last sip.

t: I've wanted to try a RR wild ale since I first logged on to BA. Big, big thanks to JohnGalt1 for the chance. The gentle carbonation makes 750ml relativley easy to drink. I hope I get the chance to try more from RR, as this was outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 10:51:35 | More by DIM
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dirtylou

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch 002 - thanks to whoever sent me this

appearance: poured from the corked/caged 750ml bottle into a bells tulip...active and lively bubbles, huge foamy crest, bright golden body, very clear but full of distortion

smell: if an aroma can be bright, this would meet that characteristic...sour and tart lemon and citrus, explosions of active yeast, cider vinegar

taste: funky brett yeast all over the place, apple vinegar, tart-sour cherry/lemon/orange citrus, refreshing hop presence, bready, high complexity. its a belgian pale with tart/yeasty interminglings throughout - quite enjoyable

mouthfeel: light and full of life

drinkability: easy street

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 23:33:18 | More by dirtylou
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seaoflament

California

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tip Top for this one.

Batch 002.

Pours a slightly dull apricot gold color with a rocky head which leaves some lacing as it settles.

A big yeasty aroma is the first thing I detect with a mixture of peaches, apricots, orange and cherries right behind the malt. There's are a spicy aroma and hints of wheat that remind me of a Belgian wit. Some sweet lemon is hiding in the back with the spices.
Sweet bread and honey make up the malt in this beer.

Tart fruit and sea salt is what I get at first contact. Not as fruity as I though it would be but there is some bitter nectarine, lemon, and un-sweetened peach. There's a good dose of funk and tartness which makes this a sipper. The mouth-feel is also a thin enough to make this a good candidate for the summer days.

My least favorite wild ale from Russian River so far but that isn't necessarily a bad thing to say, this is a very well done funky beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 02:12:05 | More by seaoflament
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sessycuban

California

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at City Beer Store in San Francisco.

A - The beer pours a misty yellow with a foamy head.

S - The smell is a bit sour, but not overpowering. Lot's of sweet fruits, honey to be specific. Lots of spices as well.

T - To echo the sentiments of another reviewer, this beer, to me, tastes very much like a braggot. It could be the yeast strain, as I doubt Vinnie used honey in this brew, but it tastes like a braggot, a very good one at that.

M - Thin to medium body, well carbonated.

D - If it wasn't so hard to find, I could drink this beer very often. Again, I think it tastes like a braggot. For those interested, you might want to compare this brew with Rabbit's Foot Meadery Biere de Miele.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 18:31:45 | More by sessycuban
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 002, acquired via trade with Vancer. Thanks Vance!

A cloudy yellow with a big white head and lots of rentention.

Smells very sour. Lots of fruit notes hit the nose, especially grapes. A strange almost midly spicy tone comes through too, I assume these are the Bretts.

Very sour. I guess that's the point, but I thought it still deserved mention. In the middle is what I thought was spicy in the aroma, but spicy is the wrong word. I assume this is the Bretts, but I could be wrong. It reminds me of a Braggot (if that is helpful to anymore, not sure it will be). Also lots of fruits are on the palate here, espcially grape. Other fruits come through, I seem to pick up a peachy flavor.

Fairly light body, very well carbonated.

The drinkability here is pretty good. Shared this bottle with a friend and he hated it, so I'm drinking the entire 750ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 22:34:00 | More by Hojaminbag
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So here it is, Review #900. Been a long road to here, but just keep on truckin'! I decided to go with something a little special. Had a bottle of Sanctification batch #03 sitting in the fridge and figured this would fit the bill just about right.

The pour was very nice, a rich hazy and cloudy bright golden yellow with a ton of carbonation riddled throughout it. Very nice three finger high head of white foam appeared over the top and stayed around for a good few minutes before settling down to a one finger high pillow that lasted throughout the entire session. Very nice thick side glass lace throughout the entire session and there was a good little bit of sedimentation present on the bottom of the glass. Very nice look and I was morethen excited to dive into this one.

The aroma was strong, pungent and very sour. Ahh the lovely aroma of Brett in full force here. Pungent aromas of grapes just all over this one. A nice fruity vibe as it warms, with hints of peaches, and apples, light fruit in general were all lying deep underneath, however the real story was the gorgeous amounts of sour notes that were all over this one. Really quite beautiful. The flavor followed along perfectly. With a light airy body, this was an ideal beer for the evening. Lots of carbonation and an increasingly complex profile just really lit it up. There was the undeniable taste of Bret rippling through it, providing me with the great sour taste, but below that lots of peach and pear flavors were increasingly poking their heads around, letting you know there were there as well. A nice light grain flavor made up the base and kept things from getting out of control. There was an nicel ong drawn out finish that really tightened things up nicely and left a good fresh grass and sour grape flavor in your mouth for a good long time. The drinkability on this one was superb, with a deep flavor profile, that was just light enough to be enjoyed all night.

Overall I thought this one was excellent and more then deserving of the rep that it has. Really a tight ale here that I would love to try again any day. Absolutly superb in everyway, this was just pure quality. Great job!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 01:19:56 | More by mikesgroove
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JDV

Texas

3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle shared at tasting. Thanks!
Pours a semi cloudy yellowish orange color with a very short lived head. Smell is tame, lightly bretty, oaky and well rounded. Taste is oaky, dry, tart, and a light but sharp and pleasant funkiness to the malt. Very drinkable and remarkable smooth, I thought. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 19:02:16 | More by JDV
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tpd975

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Don't remember who sent it but got this one for winning one of the BA Fantasy Football Leagues. This beer alone made winning soooo awesome.

A: Pours a beautiful clear pale yellow hue with a nice thick white foamy head. A nice head is left sitting atop the brew right down to the last gulp. Nice lacing was noted all the way down the glass.

S: God I am in love. Tons of Brett in this one. This is gonna be one funky brew. Below the funk lies beautiful aromas of green apple and lemon zest. Tinges of banana and wet hay finish it out.

T: Lots of funk right up front. This baby has tons of Brett and it really comes thru. Nice touches of sour apple cut thru the yeast as does touches of banana. Citrus comes in the middle, more bitter and bitter with very little sweetness. Touches of pepper can be noted in the finish along with the lingering funk. I really like it.

M: Nice light and bubbly. The finish is fairly dry.

D: Good, I enjoyed this one thoroughly.

Overall: This is one nicely balanced funky brew. It is not over the top like some wild ales I have tried. There is a perfect amount of funk, sourness, and fruit in this one. The carbonation is perfect and oh the Brett. I loved it. If I could have only one wild ale I believe this just may be the one.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 02:33:53 | More by tpd975
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BillyB

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one at the bar at the Spinnerstown Hotel in PA.

Poured a burnt golden with a thick, rocky white head. Some sediment settles at the bottom after floating a bit.

Aroma was overwhelmingly tart and sour. Smelled sour apples, lemon, wood and hay as well.

Tastes were similar to aroma. Strong sourness, apples, maybe a hint of citrus fruit. Lemon, wood, wet hay and a hint of grass.

Mouthfeel was very crisp and refreshing. Light bodied and highly carbonated with an acidic, dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 15:50:12 | More by BillyB
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Floydster

California

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle acquired in a trade with tevering99, thanks for giving me the chance to try this brew

Batch 003, bottle says it can be aged for up to four years, poured into my Chimay goblet, split with my roommate two nights ago

A-Golden orange with a yellow tint when held to the light, tons of little bubbles rushing to the top, soft 3/4 inch white creamy head, nice retention, impressive lacing

S-Lots of citrus including lemons, oranges, and tangerines, some funkiness, lots of white wine, some pepper, and apricot

T-Lemon right from the beginning, then fades to some orange peel and pepper, finishes with a mellow tart fruity flavor, not as sour as I thought it would be but very nice, also tasted some bananas and granny smith apples later on, as it warmed it became more sweet and even more enjoyable, balanced nicely with the pepper and spices, sweet malt, and tartiness

M-Tarty mouthfeel but not too much of a vinegar-like feel, tons of carbonation, taste lingered for a long time, body was fairly thick for a sour ale

D-Could drink a couple bottles of this by myself, quenches your thirst, light on the stomach, only six percent alcohol, complex taste keeps you coming back for more

Great beer overall, drank this a couple hours after Redemption and it blew it away, hope I see this more after Russian River is done with their expansion, highly recommonded for anybody who enjoys wild ales

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 18:16:59 | More by Floydster
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dave (BuckeyeSox) for this bottle, which he brought back from San Francisco. The bottle was 750 mL (bigger than the other RR wild ale bottles I had in 2006), cork topped and labelled as batch 003.

The beer looks like most others, clear golden color with a thick but finely celled foam. There was a thin layer of yeasty sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The aroma and taste are sour, very nice and puckering. There is a hint of sweet maltiness in the smell but mostly this disappears from the flavor as the Brettanomyce takes over. Another excellent Russian River brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 19:05:56 | More by TurdFurgison
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The chalkboard described this as a 100% brett fermented Belgian pale.

Appearance - Perfectly clear gold, a shade or two darker than a lager. A gentle pour produces about 2 inches of white froth. Retention is very solid, especially coming from a growler.

Smell - Incredibly aromatic and complex. Lemon juice, barnyard funk, horseblanket and leather. Sweeter aromas of banana and honey reveal themselves as the beer approaches room temperature.

Taste & mouthfeel - Initially quite sour, with pronounced flavors of lemons, bananas and granny smith apples. A subtle malty sweetness slowly reveals itself, mixing with the puckering sourness to create a surprisingly balanced flavor. Light bodied, perhaps a bit thin on the palate. The sweeter flavors come out more and more in the finish, ultimately leaving a faint honey-like flavor on the palate. Acidity and bitterness are fairly low. Exceptional stuff.

Serving type: growler

01-31-2008 00:46:13 | More by largadeer
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the label...Sanctification [sanc.ti.fi.ca.tion], n. 1. to set apart for sacred use; consecrate. 2. to make holy; purity. 3. to give religious sanction to, as with an oath or vow.

Sanctification pours up effervescent with a cascading white head which dissipates rather quickly revealing a slightly hazy straw golden body. The moderately acidic aroma is surprisingly complex with a nice intermingling of Brett character (earthy barnyard, horse blanket, etc...) & citrus fruits (grapefruit, lemon, tangerine) with some mild toasted oak & warm vanilla wafer notes. The flavor starts off slightly grainy with some earthy hop spiciness that carries into a tart, yeasty, zesty finish. This light to medium-light bodied sour blonde ale is refreshing and surprisingly complex. Russian River's Sanctification is truly a wild ale that will have the sour beer fans rejoicing at its wonderous pucker power. "Who's afraid of the "Big Bad BRETT?" Certainly not me!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 07:42:04 | More by Beertracker
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale, lightly hazed golden yellowish pour with a puffy white head that reaches high and sinks quickly to a sustained ring fed by a never-ending stream of active carbonation.

Aroma is light, golden fruit simmered with white pepper and apricot. Light, fruity yet dry, tart and funky.

Flavor starts with a lemony zing and fresh green apples that fade into white pepper and decaying hay. It is sour, but indirectly so. Complex and leaved your mouth bone dry.

Body is fluffy and expansive with carbonation. Highly drinkable and uniquely thirst-quenching.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 20:32:04 | More by AlexJ
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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle bought at City Beer, SF. Shared at a tasting with oakbluff and fisherman34. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a yellow-peach colour, lots of lively carbonation, pretty lacing, and 1 inch of head that subsides fairly quickly. Aroma is funky and fruity with a bit of peach and some spice. Subtle yet full of life.

Taste is very fruity and and sour and peppery, and it all melds together to an almost mellowness. Peaches, unripened apples, herbal, spicy, and cheesy. Wow, complex with so many subtleties. Mouth is dry, dry, dry, sticky, medium body, feisty carbonation. This is an outstanding beer, and one that I could honestly drink over and over again. It may never pass my lips again, but at least it did, once.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 03:14:06 | More by trevorwideman
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TexIndy

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle in my DT tulip. It was a bright golden color with a slight haze from little bits of yeast. It had a small bubbly head that quickly went away. A little carb but no lacing. The smell was Brett and barnyard as others have mentioned. Love the Brett aroma but I like the smell on Temptation better. Same on the taste - very Brett with an awesome sour bite but Temptation was a little better. Mouthfeel was great with the sour tearing up the tongue - in a good way. Overall, another great beer from RR and highly recommend. Wish I could get a steady supply of this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 02:15:33 | More by TexIndy
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pick this one up myself at the brewery this past summer, I think it's time to give this one a try.

Batch 003, 750 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a super clear burnt golden hue with a full fluffy two finger pillowy white head that slowly dies down. Stickiness remains all over the sides of the glass. Crazy bubbles race to the top. Smell is sour all the way. Tart cherries, sour apples, fresh cranberries, and faint lemongrass. Just a good ol' typical RR brew. Strong yeast presence and hints of wood in the nose as well. Taste starts off with a light lemon zest followed by tart Granny Smith apple flavors. Taste is sour, but not too sour. Yeast is present throughout, but is just one of the many flavors in this unique brew. Aftertaste is a bit oaky with hints of vanilla. Such a drinkable complex brew, not many breweries can accoplish this. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Everything about this beer is in check. No flavor stands out or overpowers the others. I haven't had a beer like this in a while, glad I still have more than half a bottle left on this blizzard like night. Pick this one up for sure.

Who's afraid of the "big bad BRET?"

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 00:42:02 | More by BeerTruth
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bradford

California

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle purchased from Monument Wine and Liquor for $9.99
Looks fairly below average. Very golden in color with a huge cascading head that dissipates quickly
Smell is very intoxicating. Sour, barnyard-y type that comes with the territory with Brett inoculated beers. This is described as a 100% brettanomyces beer with no sacchoramyces. And you can smell it. Very sour nose
Taste was good. Not as great as The Temptation or Supplication, but a very different beer as well. Sour, tart, lip puckering, but quite quaffable
Mouthfeel was ggod. The tart Brett doesn't make it undrinkable and it is quite balanced and under control
Drinkability is very good. I want another...oh yeah, I have 2 more sitting in my cupboard.
Another winner from Russian River

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 01:27:43 | More by bradford
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to phnphilly for opening this at Phatz's sour beer tasting...
Batch # 3.
Appears a cloudy pale gold with a white head that fades into a thick cap with tons of lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of pils malt, brett abound, lemony zest, and oaky vanilla.
Taste is of the same but slightly weaker with soapy lemon and mild hints of coriander pulling through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet-tart, soapy, oaky, and fizzy.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 21:06:14 | More by weeare138
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franksnbeans

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pure blonde with a frothy white head that laces sheets as it dies slow. Smells of a sour, wheat and almost a little clove and some spice. Tartness hits the tongue first thing followed by a fruity finish with I swear some clove and spice. Medium in the mouth with a tickle of carbonation. Sip her in delight.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 23:14:54 | More by franksnbeans
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mynie

Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Goodness me does RR make some fine sour beers.

Pours like a pretty run of the mill blonde. Not all that much of a head, even in a Duvel glass. Still, nice and hazy and it's pretty like sunshine.

Smells of near perfect sourness. Tons of lemonade, white cranberries, green grapes, and very tiny light spice.

Tastes like the best kind of soda pop you ever did let past your mouth. Very firm limejuice sourness mixed with an incredibly light (but somehow still firm) burn of the yeast. The balance is so amazing that even though it's not hugely complex it still deserves a perfect score. And--well, Geez I can't even get my head around what it takes to craft a beer as wonderfully unique as this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 04:16:31 | More by mynie
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared by Phphilly at Phatz' sour beer tasting • This is my soft spot

This beer was brewed with 100% Brettanomyces yeast!

Appearance: Very blond in color with plenty of haze and lots of apparent activity. A white heads forms and leaves plenty of lacing behind in its wake.

Smell: Brettanomyces yeast, lemon peel, white grapes and barnyard funk. Sour apples are there with a dank, earthy aroma.

Taste: Tart lemon and apple, asian lemongrass with nice malt undertones. Funkiness and citrus flavors bring the depth chart to another level. This taste is a lot to handle, which I love.

Mouthfeel; Sharp and tart with nice, earthy brett tones. Low alcohol content makes this beer shine, IMHO. Nicely carbonated and refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Awesome brett content with plenty of twang and earthy flavors. Very highly drinkable like many other beers from this brewery. They certainly have carved out a big niche that many of us have figured out and have become festidious followers. Seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 13:07:13 | More by Risser09
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Sanctification is one of the most unique beers you will ever taste! It was fermented with 100% Brettanomyces, rather than the traditional Saccharomyces."

All Brett and no regular Ale yeast, makes Phatz a happy lush. mmm. This was very graciously shared by phnphilly. You are a saint, sir! A true gem. I am not sure that is has quite as much going on as Supplication but the Brettanomyces is right there in you face and coating your palate and I love every second of it.

Appearance: Pours a yellow gold that is translucent and extremely active. The carbonation is really putting on a show in my snifter glass and fueling a solid white head that fades very slowly.

Smell: Sharp acidity, grapefruit lemons balsamic vinegar and plenty of sour apples. Wood and must and earthy funky yeast. Spectacular!

Taste: Nicely sour but not without depth and character. It has a funky leather wood cinnamon lemon grassy sour apple Brett taste with a bready malt element underneath that is washed over with citric acidic and sour fruits. The flavors play paddle ball with the palate and leave you kissy faced.

Mouthfeel: It is a medium body beer with a malt backbone and a fluffy feel with the big carbonation. Sour and refreshing.

Drinkability: This is the type of beer I love. I could drink this sour stuff day and night and Russian River really has this figured out.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 01:27:49 | More by Phatz
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Onibubba

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blonde with a short lived white head. Moderate lacing. Wonderfuly aroma of funk and peppery spice hits the nose immediately. Taste follows suite - Black pepper, funky tart green apples and under-ripe pears. Quite tart, but not overwhelming. Other tastes are allowed to exert themselves. Mouthfeel is nice, especially as the beer is allowed to warm. Carbonation is not too prickly, a problem my other favorite sour brewer JP often presents. Drinkability is super high for me. Alcohol is not noticable, and the level of tartness is perfect. I'll have to make more trips out West for this baby.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 18:53:40 | More by Onibubba
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drseamus

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It starts off good with a slightly cloudy blond body topped with a thinish white head. The aroma is good and sour and have some apple fairly prominently. The apple caries over into the flavor and the sour is good but not too intense. Towards the back of the palate there is a slightly heavier almost dusty sourness that reminds me of Orval. The body is still nice and light and I would love this to be my standard hot weather drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 01:23:21 | More by drseamus
Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,674 ratings.