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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,896
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
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Gots: 599 | FT: 35
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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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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

11-14-2011 17:52:09 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with just over one finger of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. The foam dissipates fairly quickly but leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - Soft, bready malt with notes of pear and pineapple as well as lighly funky brett and herbal hops in the background.

T - Rich malt with light, lemony sourness up front. Some more lemon peel and black pepper notes come out in the middle with more bread-like malt. The beer finishes with notes of pithy lemon, moderately bitter herbal hops and black pepper. Some light, herbal funk lingers on the palate.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very nicely done, as expected. This is quite reminiscent of Orval, with a lighter malt body and more citrus character. The aroma has quite a bit of earthy funk, the element that brings Orval to mind, while the wild character comes out more as a lemony tartness in the flavor profile. Well balanced, relatively simple and absolutely brilliant. It certainly wasn't a cheap bottle, but this is one of those rare beers that is genuinely a bargain at any price.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 03:35:29 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

This is a pretty even and smooth wild ale. Nothing really showy, but it's consistent and smooth. The brett is in no way obnoxious or outlandish. I have to say that this beer is in no way blowing me away. It's good, yeah. But there is no real outstanding character. Consistent, sure. Amazing? Not so much so.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 13:45:05 | More by RblWthACoz
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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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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

Batch 001.
Cast in a hazed, ripe golden hue, topped with lush, white head, copious carbonation.
Deep, musty aroma, a touch sour, a little spice, hints of fruit below, overall appealing.
Bracingly sour attack at first sip, huge puckeration, a grip on the lips...oooo!
Light citric. lemon flavor lays a bit behind and can be appreciated after getting past the tartness. "A sour Belgian blonde ale"? Sounds about right.
Quite tasty, light bodied, with a lean, citric/sour finish. Tidy spice dances delicately on the palate.
More flavor would help push this one into higher hights, it's a bit tame in that regard.
Only my third beer from Russian River, can't wait to try more!

(much thanks to axisjones!)

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2005 09:18:48 | More by feloniousmonk
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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

On tap at O'Briens (San Diego, CA) on 3/20/09. Part of a full day of Russian River beers here. Served in a Chimay glass.

Pours a hazy orange gold with a thin brite-white head. Retains at just about the same level, leaving back a nice foamy cascade of lace. The aroma is quite refreshing and crisp smelling, with a fruity citric tartness to it, as well as a touch of funk and spice and some lightly sweet backing character.

The taste is fruity with lemon and green apple character which imparts a nice firm crisp tartness to the profile. What I really like about this, is that it starts tart and stays that way during the duration of the glass, never once coming off as souring at any time. Spiciness and some sugary sweet character punch up the background, nicely complimenting the fruit and Brett and giving the overall profile some nice polish. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied with a lower feeling carbonation at times. While this has a touch of a viscous feel (almost like it was barrel aged), it's definitely on the lighter side, enabling all of those crisp flavors to go down very easily.

What a great beer! The balance between the tartness of the citrus and Brett was fantastic, with both taking equal control of the profile, giving this an exquisitely fresh and crisp feel. Great drinkibility on this as well, I killed this glass in no time flat! Another really great tasting Wild Ale from Russian River!

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2009 12:06:12 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

Batch 3, served in a snifter. Beer is yellow and hazy, forms a thin head of small white bubbles that breaks and leaves very little lacing on the glass. Beer is moderately carbonated but doesn't seem to do much for the head. It looks fine.

Straight Brett b aroma, totally funky and oaky with mostly lactic acid in the nose followed by no acetic or hint of citric acid. Smells good though. 100% brett beers almost always smell good to me though.

Beer is medium to light in body and quite funky. Again leads with a minimal sweetness followed immediately by a lactic acid almost creaminess and a moderate leather flavor in the mid to late palate. Beer is not especially dry only moderately. I wish I could have tasted the other batches that were not 100% brett beers but as far as an "American Wild" goes, this one was quite good.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 22:51:36 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

Batch 003. The beer pours a clear golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is tart lemons with some malt notes. The flavor is tart lemons with some yeast and brett character. The beer is not too acidic and is very dry and drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 04:15:15 | More by Mora2000
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Poured a hazy golden yellow with a nice finger of frothy head that retained well. Yeasty aroma, with lots of light fruits and some underlying spice. Yeasty and grassy to the taste, a sweet malty base, with sour notes of lemon zest, pear, apples, and white wine, and a tad of peppery spice in there somewhere. Crisp hop bitterness and general sourness gives a nice dry finish. Light-medium mouthfeel, and very nice to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 18:48:15 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

02-27-2013 05:58:25 | More by SocalKicks
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

have been keen to try this one for a long time, 100% brett fermentation. finally splurged for 18 bucks at cheeky monk on colfax. pours an almost perfectly clear radiant gold nugget color with huge bubbles. looks lind of like apple juice. the last little bit i poured in has some serious sediment, i think i poured out just a tiny bit more than i was supposed to, but no harm done. small but lasting white head. smells fruity and sour, but not nearly as intense as the flavor, which is really puckery from the brettanomyces. some notes of dank oak come in, as does a white wine like dryness in the finish. this is a love it or hate it kind of beer, and i absolutely love it. the mouthfeel is amazing, majorly effervescent carbonation and a rather light body make it supremely drinkable. this is a very interesting and unique brew that has no equal in my mind. i cant wait to drink another one of these!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 17:57:11 | More by StonedTrippin
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oline73

Maryland

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

Poured from a bottle into a Unibroue tulip glass. This bottle is from batch 6.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden with an orange hue. There is a finger of bubbly, off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Very tart and lemony with some funk in there as well. There is also a mild herbal smell that works well with everything else.

Taste: Starts out very tart and funky. The herbal notes are more in the background than they were in the smell. The further you get into the sip, the more tart this beer gets.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation and an extremely dry finish.

Overall: This is a very good beer. I would have liked the herbal notes to be a little bit more pronounced in the taste, but that's just nitpicking.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 02:20:38 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

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

From 02/20/11 notes. Batch 4, 750ml bottle.

a - Pours a murky orange yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of barnyard funk, sour fruits, grapes, brett, grass, earthy notes. Brett jumps out and smells great.

t - Tastes sour fruits, spice, brett, funk, grapes, citrus, grass.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I really liked this one and felt like I could drink a lot of it. Lots of funk and brett in the nose and taste; I loved it. Would love to get another bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 17:00:52 | More by mdfb79
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 002; Sampled October 2008
A reasonable pour produces a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer is quite clear and has an orange tinged, pale amber color that shows a perfectly, brilliantly clear, rich gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is absolutely delightful, bone dry and has a complex mix of aromas that remind me of tart pear, sour apple, but with some aromatic Macintosh like floral notes, lactic acid, ripening cheddar that is taking a turn towards funky, musty wood, even some spicy oak (despite this never having seen wood) and some touches of musky, dried-sweat like character that I wouldn't quite characterize as barnyard, but close. The funky, farmhouse cheese note is actually quite prominent here and is quite appetizing and there is also a fair amount of fruitiness, despite the fact that the aroma seems devoid of sweetness.

Shockingly tart to my palate, though I wouldn't say this is particularly because this is overly tart; it is more a statement of where my palate was upon my first sip. Lots of lactic acid mixes with fruity esters to produce flavors of grapefruit, a touch of Meyer Lemon, and even some sour orange. Extremely quaffable, there is a persistent, prickly carbonation that adds some texture and the body is very light, the acidity almost adds a touch of viscousness to this brew that at times can develop a sort of creamy softness. There is a light ripe cheese note to the flavor, though the expressive sourness seems to mute this quite a bit (though it becomes more and more noticeable as the beer warms up from its initially cool temperature). Other fruit flavors are found here, all without having any sweetness in this beer, of musk melon, cantaloupe and some Macintosh flavors.

A second pour of this brew sees a touch of yeast sediment that lightly clouds up this beer and adds a touch of yeast-like roundness to the flavor. I really am enjoying the aggressive sourness in this beer, it is not as much as a "hard" Lambic, but is quite significant. Suffice it to say that my 750ml bottle of this disappeared way to fast. Fantastically drinkable, with an amazingly complex aroma, simply a great beer.

Batch 1, Sampled April 2005
4.5/4.5/4.5/4/4, Total 4.4
This beer is madly carbonated, intense streams of cascading bubbles rise through this lightly hazy straw-gold colored brew. It holds up a frothy pale head that is quite thick and becomes quite rocky after a short bit. The aroma is spritzy and funky at the same time. I get notes of lime peel, coriander, grains of paradise, a hint of cinnamon, as well as funky notes of musty-moldy leather, clay, a hint of sharp vegetal notes, and damp cellars. The aroma is quite complex and quite interesting, it is definitely worth smelling and appreciating for a couple of minutes before tasting.

The taste is light and spritzy up front with a sharp lemony acidity that has a nice sweetness to it that almost tastes artificial in nature. This beer foams quite a bit on the tongue as it goes down. The finish is slightly funky, though not nearly as much as the aroma would suggest. The finish is slightly earthy with a musty cellar note. This beer really is quite light and refreshing, it is almost as if a lemon has been added to my Duvel glass. While I really am enjoying this beer, I am starting to think that Brettanomyces is better employed as a supporting cast member in beer. Granted I have only had two of these 100% Brett beers, but as the beer gets older than a couple of months the beer needs some more complexity that would be supplied by a funky Belgian yeast.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2005 04:09:55 | More by Gueuzedude
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-18-2011 18:46:11 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at O'Brien's,

A: Pours a hazy yellow, with a fizzy, hissing acidic head.

S: Light fruit notes, orange perhaps, acidity is prevalent.

T: Fermented and sour citrus fruit, with a lighter acidity than Beatification which I had before. Apricot for sure. A hard beer to get a hold of, has a lot of things going on. A beer I would like to try again.

M: Medium acidity for an RR sour, the acidity is quite smooth and makes for a damn drinkable sour brew. Closest thing to a session sour I've found.

D: A top 100 beer and I was anxious to try it. Didn't quite live up to the hype, but very tasty and worth the purchase. I hope to get a bottle someday and delve into it more.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2009 05:21:42 | More by Halcyondays
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-11-2012 19:47:33 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

11-18-2013 14:26:15 | More by beernads
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kojevergas

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a sampler at Russian River's taproom in Santa Rosa during the Pliny the Younger release. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high because I love this brewery.

A: Pours a half finger head of fair cream and thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a cloudy lemon yellow. Murky.

Sm: Lemon and wheat. Quite lactic. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Pleasant.

T: Lactic, with sourness, lemon tart, and maybe yeast. Decently balanced, but a bit strange. Simple but enjoyable for the style. The simplicity does bother me; there's not a whole lot to say about it as a result.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Maybe a bit thin.

Dr: Drinkable for the style, but too simple and a bit too thin. I might have it again, but Russian River has far better brews.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 22:29:01 | More by kojevergas
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GClarkage

California

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

5/28/05- Purchased at Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa, CA

Presentation- 24oz bottle with batch #001. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden color, a bit cloudy. Frothy and creamy looking white head. Fair lacing throughout.

Smell- Heavy yeast and a nice hefty sour note. Saison?

Taste- Kinda like a saison and flanders mixed together. There is however a nice powdered sugar taste in the finish. A bit hoppy as well. Damn refreshing.

Mouthfeel- Higher carbonation here.

Drinkability- Summer brew all the way. Put this in six packs and I'm there. Teriffic poolside brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2005 23:25:33 | More by GClarkage
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-11-2013 03:37:17 | More by XmnwildX12
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks again to Mihir for bringing this to our sour tasting.

Ours a cloudy golden yellowish orange color and cometely opaque with a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of soapy lacing.

Dry musty barnyard funky brett aroma with lots of earthy horseblanlet notes and crisp light fruit. Bready yeast along with citrus peel and crisp apple and pear notes.

Slightly creamy lactic medium body with a lot of dry bretty funk. Tart and puckering without being acidic at all. Very dry with a champagne like efervescence in the finish. Very well balanced with a sweet crisp light fruit balancing out the dry tart funk. Lots of apple and pear. Slight vinous sweet aftertaste that lingers long into the finish, making me want to take another sip immediately. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 22:12:38 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-21-2012 01:27:17 | More by imperialking
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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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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev -7.6%

09-03-2012 03:57:33 | More by MarkyMOD
Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
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