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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1659
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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mobius387

Florida

3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into snifter, batch 112812

appearance: bright and light sunny yellow with a HUGE white foamy head with the pour that sticks around. its like whip cream on top of my beer. its awesome

aroma: stale wet woody/oaky nose, not much else. not very enjoyable

palate: light bodied, softly tart, not very acidic, not a big boozy presence. very well done

taste: lemon-grass, grapes, oak, some hops, brett, very robust

overall: not as tart as the other RR sours, not as powerful or as big bodied, but very nice, lots of unique flavors, scary drinkable, and overall a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 23:42:54 | More by mobius387
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shared the bottle with my wife.

The beer pours a light yellow, golden straw with a light carbonation at the edge of my tulip glass.

The nose is sweet but mostly a Brett tart, apples hints of oak and a little vanilla.

The carbonation is upfront and reveals more tart apples, and Brett funk. The soundness lingers as the beer dries. There are also white wine note

Good beer but not russian rivers best

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 00:21:27 | More by bishopdc0
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dalahodson

California

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A classic sour from RR. A lazy straw yellow small cream head with lots of lace on the glass. Mouth feel is sour and dry. Flavors of tart apples with a slight sweet aftertaste. Some slight herb bitterness but not from the hops. Kind of like an apple sour candy on drugs.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2013 22:42:09 | More by dalahodson
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Russian River
Sanctification

Pours a hazed straw yellow with a fizzy, champagne like decanting and modest retention. There's a lot of active, minute carbonation and I can already see this is going to be a drier beer.

The aroma on this is very funky. Big time Brettsnomyces notes that range from pineapple, sap, musty basement. Quite perfumy and ends up smelling straigh up sour. Has a sour, yet candy like smell.

In the taste, white grapes, Chardonnay, oak, but most of all a souring Brett note of apple cider and apple cider vinegar. Has that sweet and sour componant but this is finer and more complex than simply that. Juicy, slightly drying and oaky on the back end along with a hefty sourness.

The mouthfeel is light and airy, yet dry and sour. Tart Brett notes just ride out the finish in a vinegary, almost puckering haze.

What a beer this is. Patience is a virtue, and I believe this beer is over a year in the making from mash to bottling. A perfect example of craft beer being art, and brewers becoming legends.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 02:49:32 | More by Stinkypuss
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 005 (I think) of a 12.68oz. bottle poured into an over sized wine glass. Nice and golden in color. Color a bit like a pinnaple/mango juice mix. Not much of a head, but during the pour there were small bubbles. Goes away fairly quickly, but leaves a ring around the edges. Not much in the way of lacing.

Smell is good, a little funky and a natural tartness that tickles your nose. There's a bit of the classic Belgian sugar and yeast and a nice fruitiness. The fruit is of pineapple, pears and probably crisp (fresh) apples, and a hint of white grapes. Good, but could be a bit stronger.

Taste is really good, better than the smell. Same pinapple, mango, pear, apple, and white grape flavors as well as a not quite ripe tangerine. There's a natural tart and funk as well (my guess would be from the brett. Some natural sweetness, Belgian style candied sugar and a bit bready as well. Very good overall all together, not experienced with sour styles, but I like this and can see why people enjoy them.

Mouthfeel is good, starts off pretty medium. Overall very smooth and perfectly carbonated. Consistent most of the way with a nice dry and tart finish, almost makes you pucker, pretty much have to force yourself not to smile. Really drinkable, a nice sipper for my taste, I like it a lot. I'm starting to understand all the hype around Russian River.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 23:41:51 | More by AndyAvalanche
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 112812. Poured from a 375 ml cork n cage bottle into a tulip.

Pours a hazy dark lemon with a 2" white head. Random trails and blotches of lacing.

Tart lemons, oranges, oak, some funk

Light sweet malts, lemon ans citrus, some tart and sourness with light spices.

Nices sour, tart citrus and some sweetness. 6/10 sourness, medium high carb with semi dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 02:17:01 | More by kawilliams81
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Rish907

California

4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bubbly, champagne colored, pours a significant amount of head

S: Citrus, champagne, white wine, green grapes

T: Sour, fruity, green grapes

M: Dry, arid, similar to champagne

O: Being my first sour, I found this quite enjoyable. At first the sourness hits your palate pretty hard, but eases after it swooshed around a couple times. It is very carbonated and poured a thick head with lots of bubbles. The fruity and citrus taste is prevalent throughout. Overall, a very tasty quality sour.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 03:33:09 | More by Rish907
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

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

Enjoyed out of a brown 375 mL C&C bottle with a bottling date of 11/28/12. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack edition tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a cloudy yellow the color of egg yolk with darker orangish highlights as well. Foam is about a finger-and-a-half of ivory microbubbles that is so fine it appears like a layer of thick fog atop the body. After dissipating to a half finger of head pretty quickly (30 secs), it remains throughout leaving silky slick light lacing.

Smell - The Brett really dominates the lighter blonde base beer, pushing the other flavors to the side. Funky and tart with some hints of starfruit and lemonade.

Taste - Wonderfully tart at first, but fades back quickly to reveal sourdough complexity and citrus rind and fruity spice. Again the Brett provides a barnyard element that balances well with this otherwise delicate beer.

Mouthfeel - Effervescent and yet creamy at the same time. Light bodied with high levels of carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall a fantastically balanced sour and one I could see being a gateway for people looking to get into sour ales. Tart but not overpowering and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 03:59:43 | More by LambicPentameter
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch 006
A - Brilliant gold, mostly clear with suspended yeast sediments. White cap has good retention and lace.

S/T - Sour notes with green grapes, wood, hay, grass, with an earthy yeast funk underlying throughout the profile. Fruity, almost cherry-like sweetness, finishes sour.

M - Light body, excessively high carbonation. Mostly smooth though, finishes crisp with lasting sourness.

O - Great smell, good flavor; however, compared to the rest of the field of American Wilds, doesn't have quite the depth and complexity of others.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 01:41:17 | More by garuda
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bcm75

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - pale yellow. Fairly opaque.

S - quite a bit of barnyard funk and some sour fruit. Apples and a touch of cherry.

T - similar to the aroma, but getting some mild tropical notes. More funk than sourness.

M - pleasant and moderately light. Nicely carbonated.

O - a more complex and subdued sour than I expected. Still wonderful, but not my favorite of RR sours.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 22:11:27 | More by bcm75
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cvm4

Mississippi

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

A - Pours a golden honey blonde in color with an eggshell head. Slightly opaque.

S - Pears and green apple. Light touches of leather, oak and malt.

T - Starts off with a lemon sour quality that flows into white grapes. Secondary flavors are oak and light malts. Brett is doing wonders to this beer.

M - Light and drinks like a dry wine. Very effervescent but not over carbed by any means.

O - Not a funky beer per the "fermented with 100% Brett" on the bottle. But, it's a sour fruity beer lovers dream!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 19:18:00 | More by cvm4
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: honey-blonde... big off-white head, no last or lace, though it keeps a pad of misty foam and collar.... looked like it was pouring clean and clear out of the bottle yet it's heavily cloudy and a few specks did end up sneaking in

S: beauteous, lambic-like aroma (dare I say similar to something like Cantillon?)... little-to-no booze, but some nice mild pale malt comes out... not discernibly fruity (estery), perhaps champagne-like... later though I could say I'm getting almost banana pudding and grapefruit skin elements

T: initially, it seems like a sour peach/pear sparkling wine.... a lemon-citrus pith bitter-/tartness lingers long on the tongue.... not terribly tart, but a bit salty?!.... no depth, but that's part of its design.... some band-aid phenolics?.... little-to-no malt flavor

M: pretty dang light and dry, aside from a brief flash of body up front.... really, dry as hell.... bitter/tart buzz up front.... tiny bit of a mucky/slimy coating left in the mouth

O: pretty interesting.... can't remember ever having a domestic 100% Brett beer before.... one of if not the driest beer I've ever had.... when it warms, it's pretty damn drinkable

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 04:56:09 | More by Bouleboubier
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joefuzz

New York

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

Thanks dagsy for the awesome hookup

Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Like fresh cut grass, a little funk and some belgian malts with a little bit of lemon. Taste starts off with a tart bite that's almost like sucking on a lemon, then moves onto a horseblanket funkyness. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is high. Overall pretty dam good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 02:51:15 | More by joefuzz
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kevanb

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, dated 11/28/12, poured into a Russian River Stemmed "-tion" glass.

The beer pours a golden straw color, slight hazy, although quite clear for the style, many bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A nice 2 fingers of soft, white, fizzy head rises from the glass that dissipates quickly, leaving a nice layer of soapy film atop the beer but yields no lace. The aroma is of bright citrus, lemongrass, green apple, white grape with some musty straw and light funk with some pale grain at the tail end. Lots of fruit on the tongue, white grape, lemon, crisp granny smith apple with some nice bretty funk, pale grain and light musty character. The body is very lively, lots of crisp carbonation without being harsh or overly abrasive that finishes with a nice creamy texture.

Verdict: A wonderful Wile Ale from Russian River, not that it's a surprise. Despite the lack of wood aging and bugs, this beer is still quite balanced and amply complex. A definite must try for anyone who likes sours.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 22:51:41 | More by kevanb
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cooler4life

Quebec (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 01/13

A: Poured a bright but cloudy golden wheat yellow with a one finger fluffy off-white head. Lacing and glass retention are slight. No floaties can be seen (I was expecting some!).

S: Fresh white grapes, golden fruits, green apple with a strong melon backbone. The smell does not have much of a barnyard funk, very straightforward.

T: Begins with VERY strong tartness then evolves to multiple layers or flavor. Oak, lemon, white wine, dry crackers, and honeydew. The Brett provides a wonderful level of funk that ends with a touch of rum soaked banana.

M: Leaves an oily dry finish with a great level of carbonation given the age of the bottle. Crisp and refreshing, I couldn't ask for more.

O: I had the pleasure of picking this up at RR earlier this year, and let's just say the trip was definitely worth it!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 02:09:22 | More by cooler4life
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

This poured out as a nice looking golden color with a bubbly white head on top. The lacing and retention was both very thin. The smell of the beer gives off a sour note as well as a nice subtle malt essence in there also. The taste of the beer is really well balanced between the sour elements and the beer itself. It's got a very good 1 - 2 punch going from sour to malty. The mouthfeel is light bodied and very drinkable, this is also on the refreshing side. Overall this Russian River brew hits many of the high notes it should and it worth checking out. Glad I finally got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 19:26:49 | More by Knapp85
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GuzzLah

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy blonde with a standard head that disappears and forms a ring. No lace. A few bubbles.

S - relatively mild aroma. Leather, white grape, pineapple, green apple and oak.

T - is similar to the aroma. White grape, green apple with a lemony and soft oaky finish.

M - light-medium body. Creamy. Nicely tart and somewhat astringent, but not quite sour.

O - despite being fermented with 100% Brett, I wouldn't call this a funky ale. It's more fruity and tart than funky. That's fine. It's a tasty beer, but it's my least favorite RR sour.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 20:28:42 | More by GuzzLah
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml c&c dated 11/27/2012, poured into a Russian River stemmed snifter and quaffed today on a 80 degree afternoon in Wisconsin, 5/18/2013. Cork popped hard, forboding great things for this beer.

Aroma: I get tons of Brett funk along with very tart cherry and vinegar. Tons and tons of it all. It reminds me of a funky chardonnay- its got that sweet tartness along with that earthy funk. A bit one-dimensional but definitely brings its game. (4)

Colour: Pours a hazy straw blonde colour with a ton of head- even as I pour slowly it throws up a massive >3cm head that slowly recedes into a supremely thick white film that is about half a cm. And stays that way. The lacing is spectacular on this Russian River glass. Absolutely amazing and appetizing blonde. (5)

Flavour: Woo! Lots of sour funk up front that makes me pucker up a bit, followed by a more subdued tartness reminding me of cherry and grapes along with a sweet breadiness ending in a vinegary and lemony funk. Very unique flavour profile that I cannot help but savor. Delicious combination of Brett funk, tart vinegar and malt backbone. I've never tasted anything quite like this and I'm very impressed. If this kind of beer was its own category rather than an AWA, I can't imagine anything being much better. I actually would like a bit more tartness on top of the funkiness, but honestly it's world class. (4.75)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied ale with incredible carbonation that isn't too over the top. A bit dry but stings the palate everywhere it comes into contact with a nice tart funkiness that lingers as the aftertaste briefly. It's very quaffable and refreshing- perfect for a 80 degree day in May. (4.25)

Overall: Russian River does it again. I feel they pretty much own the AWA category at this point in my young sour appreciating life. Very quaffable, full of complex flavours that satisfy my palate without overloading it while not being too heavy on any one particular characteristic. I am a big fan and will continue to seek out the Russian River offerings whenever I can get them. And you should too. (4.25)

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 00:03:37 | More by Stevedore
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chinchill

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 03:09:23 | More by chinchill
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hopoilcrazy

Tennessee

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JustXBeer for setting me up with this bottle. From notes.

A - Billowing head and carbonation. Retention is perfect. Hazy gold. Spotty, but voluminous lacing.

S - The aroma is perceptible from feet away. Preserved lemons, saline, acrid, coriander.

T - The best way for me to describe the taste is flouride-y funk. Zesty tang. Great brett profile. Rummy bananas in the finish with a very faint boozy trace.

M - Chewy body akin to a Weihenstephaner. Slight tingle

Awesome, I want to drink these all summer but I can't because I live in TN...occasionally I must though.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 01:09:41 | More by hopoilcrazy
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JimTeal

Nevada

4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I do love a good unique beer and Russian River has certainly come up with one with this. What the heck is a sour blond? Well, unless you find one of these you may never know, it is that unique. It is really sour, almost as if they dosed it with lemon zest, and the result is a treasure. It is not the most beautiful beer I've ever seen, the head is average, the ABV is average but when this brew hits your palate you'll know what a sour blond is, it only takes a moment. WOW! OK, I admit that a trip to the RR Brewery helped, so I waited to review a bottle. The small taster at the home pub at RR was not enough to judge, but now that I have opened a bottle I am convinced that this is a world class "occasional" beer. Unlike those great IPAs, drinkable by the gallon, this one requires a bit of time to enjoy and savor in it's uniqueness. Lest it be confused, this is not a hop beer, it is a blond that happens to pucker, have I mentioned unique, yes try and you'll be aware that a real style can deliver. I have no idea, but I guess the brewmaster had a demonic possession and he just broke out of hell with Santification. Try it but be prepared to pucker and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 20:27:20 | More by JimTeal
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lordofstarside

Nevada

4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz to a Russian River goblet, bottled 11/28/12
Let the bottle sit on my desk about thirty seconds after uncaging and the cork shot out on its own. This is some serious stuff

Pours a very vibrant golden blond with a finger of foam sporting an impressive retention rate. Very cloudy, absolutely no transparency with high carbonation around the sides of the glass. Pretty good lacing, not much to dislike about the look

Smells of tart cherry, grape, vinegar, oak, funk, a bready malt and some alcohol. Has all the things a sour should in the right amounts

Taste of sour fruit- cheery, apple, some grape, and a touch of lemony citrus. A touch of yeasty malt on the finish

The feel is where this beer falls a bit short. The front is strong but the finish changes quickly to bland. Body is a medium light, with a mild/teetering medium sourness

Overall this bottle was a bit of a disappointment. It was good, but not as good as I remember it on tap last month. I bought the bottle from the taproom and am assuming they're from the same years batch, maybe the keg had some age though. In either event, I stocked up and have four more in the cellar. I'll be back in a few years

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 07:18:53 | More by lordofstarside
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle into tulip.

A: slight haze on a bright blonde body. carb is ripping to the surface. head is bright white. made up of big bubbles. great retention, spotted lacing.

S: gentle. a little bit of chamomile. toasted, vanilla oak notes. smells dry.

T: starts a bit tart. lemon drops. a barny flavor is in there, but not that strong. finish is actually a bit grainy and then dries out almost completely except for a lemon rind flavor. mostly dry.

M: almost effervescent. light/medium body.

D: not overly complex, but still highly drinkable. the tartness is pretty mellow and this is definitely more on the barnyard side of Brett. a good beginner brew for people looking to get into sours.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 05:43:58 | More by Jimmys
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Jonada

New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged bottle. Batch 11/28/2012

Appearance: Pours a dark yellow, almost golden color. Slightly hazy in the glass. A moderate pour yielded almost 4 fingers of an off white soapy head that dissipated reasonably quickly.

Smell: Lemon zest, citrus, apricot, white grape, bretty funk.

Taste: Sour grape, vinegar, tart green apples, some breadiness, Belgian yeast spiciness. Sourness is medium.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. The carbonation gives it a bit of a rough mouthfeel

Overall: Probably my least favorite of the RR sours I've tried, but still an excellent beer. Refreshing and pretty easy to drink. It tastes kind of like a sour saison. Definitely worth picking up a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 03:00:05 | More by Jonada
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MarioM

California

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured into RR Steamed Glass

A; Dark yellow, golden with a white head composted of large, high carbonation bubbles that dissipated within a few seconds of pouring. Beer continues to create a lot of bubbles from that rise from the bottom of the glass in a very straight column starting from the bottom of the glass.

S: A dry smell, yet fruity and quite aromatic even from a distance. Almost slightly wine like but just very characteristic of the Brett used in fermentation (fermented with 100% Brettanomyces).

T: Very light and refreshing. A slight fruitiness comes through but is very subtle. Hints of white wine, although not a wine drinker so this could be inaccurate, but light bodied with a very crisp finish.

M: Feel is gentle for a 100% Brett beer. Dry through-out but finishes with a slight bitterness and slight fruity character.

O: Very refreshing beer to have during a hot summer day or late at night when your craving something out of the ordinary or even when treating yourself to something special for no real occasion like my self at the moment. But regardless, really enjoying this RR brew. Very unique brew with a light and subtle character yet complex and unique. I guess that's what you get when you have a brewery in the heart of California Wine country, a brewery and beer that speaks for itself and stands out naturally.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 02:50:23 | More by MarioM
Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
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