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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1660
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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mtwentz

Washington

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!

Serving type: growler

02-26-2011 06:45:52 | More by mtwentz
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heliosphann

Indiana

3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

64oz Growler. Shared and provided by my main man Infestaxion. Thanks Daive. Served in my Ithaca Tulip.

A: Bright golden pour with almost a two finger fluffy white head. Disappeared fairly quickly, but lacing is very nice. Looks as good as many other RR offerings I've had.

S: Slightly acidic sourness, with some sweet lemon. Small amount of barnyard funk and Brett. Kind of muted however.

T: Surprisingly almost no sourness whatsoever. There's some citrus and lemon paired with bready yeast. Bitter hops, Brett, and some barnyard funk provide a little tartness. Finally some spices and pepper kick in towards the finish.

M: Light to medium body. Very nice carbonation. Nice and dry on the end.

D: Not bad, but I'm still waiting for the sour and tartness that I felt should be there. It feels a little unbalanced to me.

I was to say the least, confused after drinking this. I was under the impression this was going to be a sour offering like many of the other -tion brews. It was very much more like a funky saison/farmhouse ale with Brett. A few days later trying this, I even had a friend sample it who's had Sanctification in a bottle. He thought it was very different and lacking the big sourness that's mentioned in many reviews. I wanted to get to the bottom of this, so I e-mailed Vinnie at RR. He awesomely responded within a few hours in response to my inquiry. Here is his response:

"Regarding the Sanctification, I am taking this beer in a different direction now days. What you tasted was the first or second batch where I switched strains of Brett and am using less Lacto and Pedio in the beer. This is what I always intended this beer to be, but, over the years it always went
to the sour side. The new strain of Brett is more to my liking and it worked better with less bacteria as well."

Thanks Vinnie. Still a very solid offering from Russian River. I actually enjoyed it more the 2nd time I had it when polishing off the Growler.

Serving type: growler

09-21-2009 00:01:33 | More by heliosphann
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I'm not one to go for the tick, but this is Vinnie's recently reformulated recipe that I was lucky to get a growler of thanks to Chris. Split this with a few friends as a precursor to a gueuze tasting.

The pour is hazy yellow-orange with good retention and mild lacing. On the nose, this reminds me of my friend Mike's homebrews in a good way. Plenty of clean citrus aromas, with mild lactic character. When revisited after a real gueuze, it reminds me of a hoppy beer, that's how bright the citrus/pineapple character is. Pretty awesome, it's radically different from past incarnations, but still very,very good. On the palate, the gamut of citrus fruit flavors with orange and pineapple are replicated with a moderate, spicy funk with lemon pepper. The finish is dry with more citrus. The mouthfeel is rather surprising, with a definite "ropiness" leading to a slick palate that's out of touch with the bright citrus and light body. Carbonation is solid, but all told, the finish is a little disappointing. That said, I did not have a problem revisiting this beer 5 separate occasions tonight, each time being a different experience. Highly recommended


**Edit 16 Mar 2014**
Bottle, batch 003 that I received in separate trades from Faro and largadeer. Thanks, guys. This particular batch got a 4.95 from me back in 2008. Let's see how it's coming along.

A clear golden amber with a thin, wispy head that falls off to a ring leaving little lacing, this looks solid. The nose has a beautiful melony funk, mildly earthy, a little dusty, nutty ( almonds) , honeydew melon, a tartness reminiscent of Meyer lemons. The palate is similarly delightful. A light yogurty lactic tartness, a clean citrus note, a brightness that has flavors of white peach, cantaloupe and honeydew melon. A mild Brett note- a touch of clove, a wisp of bandaid, are also present. Drying on the finish with a soft, buttermilk-like lactic tartness, along with a touch of honey, this is exquisite. Carbonation is moderate, lending a mild carbonic mineral bite, beautifully so. Still spectacular. 4.5/4.75/4.75

Serving type: growler

09-01-2009 03:55:50 | More by DefenCorps
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rhinos00

Colorado

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

So I was going through my old notebook and realized that for some reason I never recorded this. Had at DLD 09. Poured out of a growler from a very generous gentleman.

A- Golden yellow with a decent amount of clarity. Two fingers width of white head. Some lacing as the beer was consumed.

S- Tart and sour. Getting lots of citrus in the nose. Not as potent as I was hoping for.

T- Very much like the aroma. Lots of citrus. Getting some lemon zest and sour grapes. Not as sour as I had hoped for. The flavors were there, but a little more of the lacto flavor would have added a lot to this beer.

M- Light bodied and well carbonated.

D- While it was not as sour as I had hoped, that factor really added to its drinkability.

Overall, another solid sour from Russian River. I wish I had access to this beer on a daily basis.

Serving type: growler

06-24-2009 05:14:44 | More by rhinos00
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sykdoc for sharing this one. Poured from a growler into a tulip.

Golden color, no haziness to be mentioned, small white head that goes away quickly, with little lacing.
Aroma is delicate but pleasant, sour and tart, acidic, with fruity notes.
Medium bodied, holding carbonation nicely for a growler, quite refreshing. Again delicate, but has fruity notes, white grapes and lemon, sour and acidic components, but not very tart. I prefer added punch with more acidity and/or tartness, but this is still a very refreshing beer.
Cannot argue with the high drinkability having downed a growler.
Another solid Russian River.

Serving type: growler

05-27-2009 13:06:54 | More by brdc
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SykDoc

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this originally from the tap at the brewery and then purchased a growler and brought it back to Wisconsin, fortunately getting to share it with brdc.

Poured from the growler into a tulip and a goblet. It pours a nice golden color and is clear with a <1/4 inch white head that reduces to minimal lacing. Carbonation is noticeable.

The aroma is primarily a sour/tart cocktail that includes some notes of lemon and a spicey/herbal component. Minimal acidity.

The taste is quite sour and tart. This is remniscent of lemon rind. There is a mildly sweet/fruity component and almost like a good white wine.

The mouthfeel sealed it for me because it combined with the taste very well. Light/medium bodied with a mouth puckering sour. A significant dryness lingers and the carbonation highlights the flavor.

I was not expecting to be floored by this beer. The initial drink sent me for a loop but as I drank a little bit more, the complexities and pleasantness of the taste definitely came out. This is a very easy beer to drink once you get started and will continue throughout.

Serving type: growler

05-27-2009 01:03:40 | More by SykDoc
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Adam (Nanoslug) for sending this directly from the source. Growler filled on the 4th of January and consumed exactly two weeks later while watching the Cardinals(!) make it to the Super Bowl with Dave & Randall.

A - I had a few glasses of this, and it looks way better in a flute or tulip - not so interesting in the oversized wine glass. Big foam that sticks around forever and leaves great lacing. Semi-transparent apricot color with a nice golden shimmer to it. A few bubbles lazily rise to the top.

S - Funk AND sour AND sweet - Brett (obviously), horse blanket, must, touch of vinegar, white wine, and a mix of fruits in the background (sour apple & cherry, sweet pears & citrus). One of the most complex bouquets I've gotten from a Wild Ale.

T - Starts out really tart, with some bite to it. It's hard to get a handle as every time I take a sip an different one of those aforementioned flavors pops out. The funkiness of the Brett is the main "flavor", but it never overpowers and always complements one of the secondary flavors. Kind of like a kaleidoscope - the elements remain the same but they always combine for different overall pictures.

M - Dry finish, doesn't leave too much candy aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing, albeit a little thin. Carbonation is well done - not overwhelming.

D - I think the funkiness and carbonation would prevent consumption of mass quantities. Each of us had two glasses, and no one was running to the fridge for more after that point. Otherwise it's easy drinking with its well hidden ABV and great taste.

I was really curious to see the results of 100% Brett, and in the hands of Russian River this is definitely impressive. Highly recommended to all lovers of sours.

Serving type: growler

01-19-2009 14:08:05 | More by MasterSki
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RodBurg

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two of my good friends came down from Santa Rosa to celebrate New Years and were gracious enough to bring me a growler. Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a small white head and Spotty lacing.

Nose is all funk. Lots of bretty barnyard with lighter notes of sour lemon and citrus.

Lemony funk dominates the taste. Less carbonation than I expected. Ends with a dry and crisp citrus flavor. Not too sour, but still a tad puckering.

Another great wild/sour from RR. Flavorful, crisp and refreshing. Supposedly this one is all brett and it really shows.

Serving type: growler

01-03-2009 06:55:02 | More by RodBurg
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LilMatrix

Washington

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

I'm fortunate and lucky enough to have visited Santa Rosa and picked up a growler to bring home. I must also add that the RRBC growler is one sexy beast.

A - Pours semi-cloudy, a beautiful golden color with a orange tint. Little head and lacing, this could be due to having this from a growler however. Looks like apple juice.

S - DA FUNK BOYEEE! Brett hits the nose hard along with some barnyard, fruit, and vinegar.

T - Lemons, grapes, apples, grassy. Pleasing tart crisp finish. Love da funk. A bit lip puckering (>,<)

M -Light, crisp, and goes down smooth and easy. Medium to light carbonation, this again could be attributed to the growler.

D - Big surprise huh? Another wonderfully delicious beer from Russian River? I love the sours from Russian River and this one is very drinkable. I'll be sad when the growler is empty =(

Serving type: growler

01-02-2009 04:30:22 | More by LilMatrix
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OStrungT

California

4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a slightly cloudy golden color, with a fluffy, white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a nice sized lacing.

This beer has a very mild tart aroma. It has an earthy yeast aroma as well. It has some grainy notes to it. Also, is has some citrusy lemon aroma. This is one of the more complex wild ales I have sampled.

This beer tastes like it smells. Complex. Sour, tart, fruity, grainy, and yeasty all at the same time. Very nice.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a tart citrusy aftertaste. Carbonation is good after 24 hours in my unopened growler.

This beer would make a good session beer. It tastes great, and it is not overly high in alcohol.

Overall: I had this one on tap after the Consecration yesterday, and that was a mistake. The Consecration affected my pallette, and I couldnt fully appreciate this one. My wife insisted on a growler, and now I have come to see this beers subtle charm. This one is a winner. Not as sour as I expected, but very complex.

Serving type: growler

12-23-2008 23:24:46 | More by OStrungT
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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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ISmith87

Arizona

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 4.25 - nice golden amber color with a white head that dissipates down pretty quickly. Hazy but probably because I poured the entire thing aggressively into the glass.
S - 4.5 - Green apple, sour lemon, barnyard flavors from the brett. Hay, bread, wheat.
T - 4.75 - Great sour beer. Sour green apple, lemon, white wine, bready yeast, barnyard flavors lingering in the background. White grape.
M - 4.5 - Sour, but not as sour as some other beers. It still allows you to taste some of the citrus and barnyard flavors. light-medium mouthfeel. alc covered. Aftertaste is bready/wheaty and still a little tart.
O - 4.5 - Good beer. Not that much alcohol flavor. Sessionable. Expensive and not available in most places though.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 19:08:43 | More by ISmith87
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More_betterness

California

4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden body with 1 finger white head that sticks around forever. High levels of carbonation.

S: Very vinous. Tart green apple, lemon, and a bit of tropical fruit. Brett funk in the background. Could almost pass as a fruit forward white wine.

T: Tart peach and juicy pear initially, followed by more white wine. Meyer lemons and mango. Only minor funk from the Brett, as expected in a 100% Brett fermentation. Beautifully tart and fruit forward, could literally drink this all day.

M: Thin bodied and effervescent. Finishes dry and slightly tannic, further emphasizing the white wine characteristics.

O: Just a beautiful beer. Refreshingly tart and drinkable, yet provides a solid array of flavors and aromas. Not as complex as its bacteria inoculated cousins for obvious reasons, but is a fantastically balanced example of a 100% Brett beer. Right on Vinnie!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 00:40:43 | More by More_betterness
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SHODriver

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Nov 2012

A: poured into a snifter to a clear light orange with a half finger of soapy white head that is slow to fade
S: smells of funk and lemony tartness
T: Taste is surprisingly tart with citric acidity, funk, and a bit of barnyard. Swallow is more tartness and some more funk
M: light body with effervescent carbonation and a drying finish
O: This is a phenomenal beer fresh and on tap. After a year it gets a lot more tartness going on but it still drinks fantastically.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 04:12:09 | More by SHODriver
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: served on tap into a goblet, hazy golden yellow with a short white head that lingers leaving some lacing, very cloudy

S: salty and sour, heavy on brett smells, funky

T: very sour up front, tart and tangy fruits, persimmon, nice hop bitterness on finish

M: light and fluffy, higher carbonation

O: fantastic sour wild ale, the yeast melds well with the flavors persent in this beer, reviewed from notes taken on 3/7/14

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2014 01:15:08 | More by M_C_Hampton
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BMMillsy

Florida

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

Poured on draft at the brewery. chalk board noted this was the 2013 batch, poured March 4, 2014. pours hazy yellow with white head. Sour apple aroma, vinegar, lots of Brett. Nice Brett on the flavor with sweet citrus fruits and lemon peel, some pears and green apples. Tart and lactic but not mouth puckering sour to deal with here. Very light and goes down easy with near spritzy carbonation. Really nice Brett beer that I would definitely have again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2014 05:29:38 | More by BMMillsy
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BierJager89

California

4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Light golden yellow color, a bit hazy, with a white head.

S: Orange, mango, and a touch of lemon.

T: Sour lemon, chardonnay, and a general citrus flavor.

M: Medium bodied, a bit astringent as most sours are.

O: A great sour from Russian River, but not nearly the best. Worth a try, as are all their sours.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 18:20:01 | More by BierJager89
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Sampled on 6/10/13.

375 mL bottle poured into a DFH signature glass. Bottled 11/28/12.

A - Good pop when I pull the cork. Bright golden in color with one finger of bright white, dense foam. Great retention.

S - Tropical, Lemon juice, funky barnyard, coriander

T - Tart lemon-lime, straw, granny smith apple

M - Effervescent, light bodied, dry finish, flattened with time

O - The best sour I have ever had. Tart and clean.

*I wish I had made more notes, but that is all I have. I will seek this one out in the future*

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 01:34:35 | More by NoLeafClover44
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review #500.
Bottled on 11/28/12
Poured into a RR snifter
Cork exploded out of the bottle and bounced off the ceiling

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a huge fluffy, pillowy and creamy white head that seems to retain forever. Huge patches of lace stick to the glass as it slowly settles. Pretty sure you could float a bottle cap 5 minutes after the pour

S- a little bit of yeasty barnyard funk brings some nice fruity esters of green apple, pear, peach, grape skin and lemon peel. Very similar to chardonnay aromas

T- tart and juicy ripe fruit flavors of lemon, candied grapefruit peel, and pear. A bit of barnyard funk kicks in mid-palate with light cheesy/sourdough notes, tart finish with some woodsy notes and more fruit

M- light and crisp, foamy mouthfeel with biting carbonation, leading to a puckering dry finish

O- So many fruity notes throughout with white-wine-like aromas, with just enough funk snuck in there, sour but not completely puckering, this one is way to easy to drink, very nice

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 02:32:56 | More by Treyliff
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #005.

Pours a beautiful golden yellow color with unreal clarity from the first-half pour. Fluffy head owes the lacing that it produces. Looks marvelous.

Lemon peel, old lemon peel, white wine, oak, tart peach, maybe apricot, and bright tartness. Balanced and fruity, all the while, a tart Russian River sour.

White wine, tart peach, sour orange, flooded basement, lemon pulp, oaky woodiness, tropical fruit, Brett mushroom funk, and parmesan. The mushroom and cheese really answers in the finish. Bottom of the bottle is offering up some serious funk and cheese. This is effing delicious.

Nicely effervescent with a peppery carbonation. Wet-bodied with some chewiness, whilst medium. Great feel.

Awesome wild ale from Russian River. Better than this is definitely hard to come by.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 23:23:38 | More by thecheapies
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kylegillick

California

4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated 11/28/12.

A: clouldy yellow orange with small fizzy head.

S: funk and fruit. a bit like chardonnay

T: Very light and crisp.beautifully balanced and fulfilling. fruits and citrus with a bit of a bite, but not overbearing.

M: Higher carbonation. Decent medium body. pretty dry

O: Great sour, i could drink it forever. Does not overpower you. just delightful.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 09:42:18 | More by kylegillick
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dated 11/28/12.

A: A very, very cloudy pale orange. Lots of fine sediment. Tall frothy and fizzy white head. Head sticks around for quite a long time. Big fluffy rings of lacing.

S: Lightly tart and fruity aroma. Citrusy with some pear perhaps? Citrus rind and funk when swirled.

T: Tart citrus and lots of it. Not quite full-on sour but close. Very lemony but maybe some orange peel in there too. A bit funky in the middle. Very light and crisp bready/cracker malt in the finish. Mild, drying citrus peel aftertaste.

M: Higher carbonation. Decent medium body.

O: Ahh, one of the best sours I've had. Had temptation last night but this is way better. Not as sour, not as wine-y. Very crisp and refreshing. Not as complex but it works well. Nice refreshing tartness. Really ups the drinkability. Not overpowering either; well-balanced. Really well made.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 05:17:50 | More by Dope
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Auraan

Arizona

4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice cloudy gold with a one finger white head that grew to a two finger white head and stayed around as a ring of white as the glass was emptied, leaving some thin lacing. Abundant bubbles flowed up the side of the glass. Quite beautiful. Scents of brett, barnyard funk, white grape skin, white wine, overripe fruit, green apple, slight pineapple, and the slightest hints of vanilla and candi sugar. A very good aroma, complex with the usually sour, fruity, white wine notes and some more common Belgian notes beneath. Flavor is sour upfront, with that musky brett funk, white grapes, tart green apple, lemon juice, sourdough bread undertones, some oak, some slight medicinal bitterness, finishes bitter with a bit of a citrus rind flavor and aftertaste as well as a dry finish. A very sour flavor, with all sorts of sour fruit and sour funk flavors. Very nice with some complexity brought in by the sourdough bread and oak. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation and a nice refreshing feel with a drying finish. Nice and drinkable, on point for a sour, very good. Overall this is a very good sour. The 100% brett gives it that incredibly sour flavor but it manages a bit of complexity in spite of it, that gives it a fine flavor profile. Very good, and I wish I could get it easier.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 05:19:37 | More by Auraan
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pkalix

California

4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

hmm, follow a Temptation with a Sanctification.... in what universe is that a good day? where can you FIND two kinds of Russian River in one store on any given day? especially down here in orange county?
pours hazy golden, some sediment sitting heavily embedded as if in jello (just like the Temptation had!). too hazy to see, but an ear to the top of the tulip glass provides the 'popping' you can hear from the carbonation....
smells kind of 'neutral. bretts(?) are here, but not as fruity as the temptation I just had.
taste is way more rounder, much more sour-er, less fruity than the Temptation. more of a kind of 'champagne' kind of brew but very good indeed! definitely less fruit, but wholesome and obviously takes you in the direction they want you to go in. you KNOW it's meant to be a bit tart. definitely more of a 'sour' than the Temptation, and definitely another great brew from Russian River!!!
I think my next one HAS to be The Bruery's Tart of Darkness, just to keep the trend going....

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 23:18:30 | More by pkalix
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Benish

Wisconsin

3.66/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter glass. A couple inches of thick white head built up and it just remained there for quite a while. It's a good presentation. The beer had that bright hay color. Very, very opaque, yet it's not cloudy with yeast sediment.

Did not pick up much with aroma. There's definitely something funky and plenty of tartness but nothing too unique.

Taste-wise this is quite sour. It's really hard to expand from that. It does finish bitter like citrus zest. Eventually as the beer warmed up, there was definitely a ton of flavors of a grapefruit rind.

It has a light bodied mouthfeel. Quite acidic, gives that gritty feeling, likes after you brush your teeth.

This is only the 2nd of the sour beers I have tried from RR. The first was Supplication. Supplication was way better as there were more flavors coming from the fruits. However this is a good beer and I'm glad to try it. RR makes so many sours that I have to try others before trying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 03:39:38 | More by Benish
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Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,660 ratings.