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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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1,895 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,895
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,038
Gots: 600 | FT: 36
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:
No notes at this time.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit barnyard and yeast aroma. A Good wild ale, it's so great sourness in your face initially,I detect the wild yeast, then you get used to it, in a lemon yeasty haze. Good lacing and head. Satisfying aftertaste.Great with supper. Thanks Solomon420.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 02:02:16 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-26-2012 23:30:05 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

Pours a crystal clear light yellow color with a huge 4 inch white head that fades into a chunky small cap. Very distinct rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells funky/musty from the Brett with some sour fruit notes as well. Taste is somewhat fruity all around with green apples and sour citrus fruits in harmony with the funk from the Brett. A good level of carbonation but I was expecting much more after the 4 inch head on the initial pour. Beer is pretty crisp with each sip but leaves a stickiness in the mouth as well. Overall, this is a solid wild ale from RR but not as good as some of their others in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 03:41:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-20-2011 22:03:33 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery in August 2009.

Pours a bright pale yellow with a nice pure-white head and good lacing. The smell brings out some funkiness and sweetness to alongside the abundant sourness. I picked up quite a bit of lemon in the nose, and it faded nicely into the taste. Not at all as sour as some of the other stuff we had at Russian River this night, but it helped to enhance the drinkability. The body was fairly light, and this combined with the less-than-total-mouth-sourness contributed to this brew's high enjoyability.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2009 20:45:54 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Batch 003. Brightly buffed lemon with light showers of yeast and near Champagnesque carbonation. The upper third of the glass is occupied by a thick slice of alabaster colored foam that has good (not great) texture. More rockiness while melting would have helped. Small sheets of sudsy lace don't affect the appearance score in either direction.

From a Brettanomyces standpoint, the nose is neither subtle nor bombastic. Proportions of Belgian blonde and barnyard funk are juuust right. Each sniffs delivers lightly spiced golden fruit and the pungent horse blanket muskiness that lovers of this type of yeast... well... love. Mixed microorganisms (bacteria presumably) were used as well.

Sanctification is beautiful, beautiful beer. That's no surprise at all, considering the brewery and the brewer. Blonde ale is probably technically correct (I'll take Vinnie's word for it), but it tastes like more like a lemony, summertime saison. This American wild ale may not be the most complex ale on the planet, but it's as delicious as they come and is insanely drinkable.

Pale and/or pilsner malt provides no flavor and no appreciable sweetness. Contributors include yeast (and other assorted bugs) and hops. Specifics: lots o' lemon zest, snappy pears, white grapes, a wee splash of apple cider vinegar and bitter grasses. Maybe it's pretty complex beer after all.

The finish is downright Saharan and is pleasingly puckery. After each mouthful, it feels as though my mucous membranes are being drawn toward the center of my mouth as a screw in the center of my tongue is being tightened. Tart, tangy and terrific. Sauvignon Blanc is an apt comparison if you're an oenophile.

The mouthfeel doesn't quite have the expansive creaminess of a world-class Belgian ale. Even though that wouldn't necessarily match its flavor profile, the next highest score can't be granted without it. Kudos to Mr. Cilurzo for creating beer that is perfectly carbonated after having spent 2 years, 4 months and 28 days in the bottle.

Sanctify (verb): to entitle to reverence or respect. Sanctification and Russian River are worthy of both. This is a tremendous American wild ale that deserve to be brewed again and again. If you're cellaring a bottle, it's drinking great right now.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 20:58:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a thin off white head that consistently left a very thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: Very strong sour flavors are present in the taste—this is quite pungent—almost like an aromatic cheese plate. There is also some acidity in the taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Even though this beer has a ton of sour flavors (like a gueuze), it isn’t that difficult to drink.

Note: Batch #6

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 20:35:22 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Batch 003

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a frothy head that retains fairly well and leaves shards of lace

Smell: Immediate whiff of Brett, with undertones of funk, lemon and pepper

Taste: Initial light fruit flavor becomes increasingly tart by mid-palate, with plenty of sour elements; interesting undertones of other fruit such as green apple, banana and melon appear underneath; after the swallow, the sourness abates but leaves a lingering tartness that allows the other fruit flavors to play a more significant role

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly and effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: Sour beers are always a challenge for me and I like this one better than most as it has a lot going on in addition to the sourness

Thanks, BeerTruth for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 00:54:13 | More by brentk56
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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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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

06-04-2012 13:59:53 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly dirty bright yellow color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of Brett is quite intense and dominates with light tart and dry notes also being noticeable. Taste is mostly dominated by dry and tart notes with some malt also perceptible. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed though maybe a tad too one-dimensional with the Brett notes and not my favourite RR beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 14:21:06 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

A delicious and savory Sour Ale that puts on a tart and fruity display without challenging the palate too much.

The beer pours a glowing and cloudy light gold color. A dainty but creamy head forms on the beer, retains well, and laces remarkably. A fantastic appearance overall.

Sharp tartness of under-rippened fruits of peaches and berries accompany green apples, lemons, and a light spicy/grassy note, presumably from hops. Lightly must and dusty, stopping just shy of horse-y or barnyard aromas.

Medium lemon flavors take precidence early on in flavor, but flavors of peach, crab apple, berries, and white grapes rise to give complexity and roundness to the initial tartness. Cracker-like maltiness provides just enough of a buffer to protect the palate from the onslaught of the sourness, still a far cry from an attempt to balance. Hop flavor gives an earthy, spicy, and maybe even citrus flavor that rides just behind the wild yeast tartness.

Modestly creamy early, the beer makes a quick transition to crispness, cleaness, and ultimate refreshing nature. The sourness strips the thirst from the palate with ease, making this beer much more drinkable than it should be. Bitterness weaves in and out of a mild astringent character and blurs the lines between the two.

Delicious and with very high drinkability, this Sour Blonde seems to have a softer base beer than many others and makes it effortless to taste. The Brett character is young, yet to allow the more complex aromas and flavors of deep must, decaying oak, and even horse blanked notes to develop- but they will given proper cellaring. Regardless, this beer is an absolute joy to drink- consistent from the pour to finish.

Thanks Auroracrisis!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 17:08:19 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

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

A: The pour is a slightly hazy golden yellow color and a fluffy white head.

S: The nose was not quite as funky as I was expecting. That said, there was some nice lemony acidity and notes of green apples and perhaps grapes.

T: Again, not nearly as funky as I would have thought. Lots of fruit, but primarily green apples and maybe some green melon.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied, good carbonation with a dry finish.

D: A very good beer and one that I wish was more readily available. I'm new to the world of sours at this point, but I like where things are going.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2009 05:22:54 | More by womencantsail
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

04-08-2012 01:48:29 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-18-2012 14:30:48 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

11-15-2011 04:05:11 | More by ygtbsm94
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

10-21-2013 00:20:07 | More by jaydoc
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-18-2012 15:50:29 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

01-12-2013 00:01:36 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 5; Feb. 2011 release;

Pours a hazy orange with a nice white head that fades a bit quickly.

Nose is light orange fruit with a pleasant brett character. Not your typical brett funkiness but a bright pleasant "citrus-funk" character.

Mouthfeel is bold and bright, rich and filling, tart with good carbonation.

Flavors are orange/tangerine citrus front to a nice citric herb mid palate with hints of bret that goes to a brett/wild ale funk herb/spice orange finish. Lightly sour all around with layers of orange/tangerine and herb flavors.

This could be a "go to" beer if available year round. Really nice effort.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 07:47:35 | More by GRG1313
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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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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a flared pokal.

Thanks to the Central PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

Batch 005. As Bob Hope would say, "That's wild!" Ahem. This stuff pours a hazy pale gold topped by a finger of relatively short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, ginger, sweet lemonade, and light coconut. The taste holds notes of light tart lemon zest, ginger, light nutmeg, Brett funk, and light lettuce. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry, lightly sticky finish. Overall, a very nice wild, one that certainly lives up to its reputation.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 00:45:52 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you Chris for sharing!

Deep saturated orange, soft haze. Drippy asymmetrical lacing, finely textured foam on the surface. Nice retention, long lasting head.

Minerally upfront with an odd musty note of wet dishrag at first, then stonefruit as it warms. Wet hay Brett nuance floats in also.

Apricot, tart apple, clean and dry finish. Effervescent, ethereal, well developed and complex. Woody, clean, traces of white wine. Soft aftertaste of clover honey and mild oak. Lightly puckering. A refined Brett focused wild ale... delicious stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 02:10:49 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

11-25-2011 23:46:24 | More by JAHMUR
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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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Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,895 ratings.