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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,869
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 1,029
Gots: 595 | FT: 35
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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4/5  rDev -7.6%

02-18-2013 17:21:08 | More by Danielr26
Photo of snaotheus


4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle split up into three sample glasses

Smell is sour, a little winey, very exciting. Taste is extremely sour, with a surprising bitterness to it. I get a tiny amount of grape, some grapefruit sourness.

Mouthfeel is dry and clean, very nice. Overall, good tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 23:10:08 | More by snaotheus
Photo of pokesbeerdude


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

375ml bottle into a NB Globe, purchased at Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins, CO. $11. Batch 005

A: Pours a clear gold with an enormous white head, a good two inches worth. Violent carbonation is moving through the glass. Excellent clarity. Awesome lacing is left behind as the head slowly fades away.

S: Incredibly funky, tons of barnyard and staank. Some definite sour lemons, and an interesting lemon/lime characteristic has started to emerge. Smells funky and sour and awesome.

T: This beer has gotten to be much more sour than I originally remember it. Huge barnyard funk and sour cherries and lemons find their way in there. Again this cool lemon/lime flavor is starting to show up in the beer, this is aging nicely. Nice oak barrel flavors.

M: Light, crisp, prickly carbonation and a dry finish. Puckering and a nice amount of lacto spit thickening going on too. Spot on.

O: My favorite sour from Russian River, really great stuff and it is aging wonderfully. Not much else to say other than this is killer stuff!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 00:15:06 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of CityofBals


3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

09-12-2013 01:56:43 | More by CityofBals
Photo of MaseFace


4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

04-05-2013 00:52:20 | More by MaseFace
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

10-18-2013 20:49:51 | More by CGMLS3
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

11-15-2011 13:57:39 | More by sideshowe
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

06-22-2013 22:01:19 | More by scott2269
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-10-2014 00:00:21 | More by jkball01
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-14-2011 16:43:32 | More by freduardo
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

07-21-2013 02:50:45 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

04-05-2013 13:48:29 | More by MastaShonuf
Photo of drtth


4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This bottle is from batch 006.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a hazed dark lemon yellow with a 1/2” white creamy head that soon begins to recede to a ring and a 1/16” layer. Sipping creates sheets of foam that slide back down to the liquid on one side but on the other leave arches, legs and speckles of foam to show where the sip was taken. While the layer of foam thins over time the effects of taking a sip persist for most of the beer.

Smell: The pleasant gentle aroma is immediately detectable during the pour and it is clear that Brettanomyces yeast has been at work here. There is some musty funk mingled with lemon zest and traces of green apple. In the background there is a bit of malt but in a very muted supporting role.

Taste: The flavor is crisp, clean and refreshing with a nice dose of tartness from the lemon zest and the green apple. The malt and funk remain in the background, noticeable but in a supporting role. I can easily imagine that the funk will become more pronounced with more bottle age.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied, soft, slightly creamy with persistent gentle carbonation. The finish is on the long side o medium with the tartness and a touch of sweetness fading out into a nicely dry, slightly bitter finish.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I’ve quite enjoyed this beer and am looking forward to aging a couple of these to see how it changes over the next year or so. This is a well made version of the style and its very interesting to be able to explore the complexity contributed by the Brettanomyces as the primary ferementation yeast. My overall impression is that this is a very well made beer that can be summed up in two words, “complex” and “subtle.”

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 01:04:36 | More by drtth
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4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to millerbuffoon for this awesome hook-up. 375mL brown glass cork and caged bottle. Batch 005. All Brett baby!

Pours a golden yellow, somewhat hazy/cloudy with thin bright white head that stays despite being thin. Nose is lovely and fruity. Like lemons and clover and honeysuckle and cotton and lavender and lemongrass and bee balm. Could go on and on about this nose! Just perfect.

Palate is bitingly sour for being all brett. Lemon balm and lemon grass are the forerunners for taste. Mouthfeel is medium-light-bodied, but there's this almost waxy texture (not in a bad way). Ethereal after a sip or two, the aromas mentioned above come out on the palate, but it's still dominate by lemongrass. Excellent balance provides for a very pleasant drinking experience. Long, spritely finish.

Notes: Amazing. Simply perfect.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 04:45:57 | More by SFLpunk
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4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 5....375 ml bottle generously provided by Alex. Thanks buddy!

Pours the color of pineapple juice and just as murky/cloudy. Some clumpy lacing grabs at the edges and holds tight.

Smells of a funky lemon wearing his best Brett laden cloak. A man around town he'd be.

Mildly puckering and sour. Opens lime and green apple peel and then transitions to a dusty middle with a touch of rubber. It doesn't necessarily detract, but it is slightly distracting. Finish is cracker and funk with a tart dryness.

Mouthfeel is snappy and carries the flavors quite well.

Overall, it's not the Brettiest, tartest, our sourest beer on the block, but it's comfortable in it's own skin and ain't that what's it's all about?

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 23:38:45 | More by BarrytheBear
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

01-20-2013 06:07:37 | More by derkfromwi
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-20-2013 14:09:06 | More by BeerThursdays
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North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Tuilp glass]

The pour was a murky golden yellow with an average sized (1-2 finger) white frothy head that dissipated down to a thin film and had some fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was a bit musty with a light grain malt, some citrus hops and a funky scented yeast with notes of citrus (lemon), green apple and apricot.

The taste was a little sweet and acidic with notes of lemon and apricot in the beginning but became sour very quickly with a big note of green apple and being a bit acetic towards the end. The flavor lasted a good long time after the swallow with a strong sour fruity ending.

Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a nice prickly carbonation.

Overall a great sour Blonde Ale with a nice apple peel bite at the end...

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 18:48:41 | More by KajII
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-27-2011 15:15:18 | More by SPRichard
Photo of BeerTruth


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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 00:42:02 | More by BeerTruth
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Andy for sharing this one. Poured into a chalice. Pours a slightly hazy golden color a finger of fluffy white head that settles leavin some sticky lace. Lots of visible carbonation.

Lots of brett in the aroma, Hints of garden vegatable in the aroma with a good funky aroma. Slight hints of berries in the aroma. Funky brett on the pallet. A little bit of a band-aid (or adhesive strip) flavor with a touch of sourness on the finish.

The body is nice a light but the carbonation is a little bit high. I kind of just expands in your mouth. Overall this one is nice and funky. Pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 05:19:41 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of lovindahops

New York

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

Ahhhh yes. The rarity of a Russian River beer for me. So thankful whenever I get a chance to try

A- sanctification pours a golden yellow body with consistent carbonation racing to the top. Thin white ring of foam lifts itself on the edges while lacing runs pretty rampant on the glass

S- delicious Brett and lemony scents are crossed by the tart and sour scent of the brew. Very zesty and fresh for the scent

T- massive sour flavors blast the mouth and palate. The lemon and citrus properties really help sanctification make a puckered finish. Delicious

M- stinging waves of sour flavor which is really a tasteful after thought

O- RR is amazing. Sanctification is an excellent sour that I highly recommend seeking out. The usage of Brett in the brew is excellent

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 23:48:42 | More by lovindahops
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

02-14-2014 22:14:02 | More by dansmcd
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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Straw yellow. Real hazy. One finger bright white head. Very creamy head. Good retention, awesome lacing.

S: Very tart and lemony. A funkiness that is very pleasant. Slight wet straw aroma.

T: Very tart upfront with a nice sourness in the middle. Lemon, green apple, white grapes. Slightly grainy. Finishing with some sweet notes.

M: Light bodied, with a medium to high carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing.

O: A great sour. Not overpowering with any of it's qualities. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 02:14:36 | More by doughanson78
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4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at Plumpjack Wine Store in San Francisco. Batch 004.

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Lightly hazed, golden body with a very thin, white, sticky head. A sparse column of carbonation stems from the etched bottom. Good retention. Impressive lacing.

Smell: Whoa! I can't help but smile when smelling this. Brett, overripe banana, lemon, flowers, and leafy vegetation. Pungent, complex, balanced, and gorgeous. Can't get enough of this.

Taste: Brett, lemon peel, candy-like tartness (think Warheads), and lighter flowery and/or herbal flavors - awesome!

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium in body, moderate-to-high in carbonation, and very tart. There's a bit of creaminess to this one, and I dig it. Very nicely done.

Drinkability: Very sour, very complex, and very enjoyable. Get some!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 04:39:44 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,869 ratings.