Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 594
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rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 7.48%
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-27-2004

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Photo of sommersb
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 08-19-2012
Freshness: Batch 006
Packaging: 375ml brown bottle, corked and caged
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Colorado Liquor Mart, Denver

The first pour yields a clear, golden color, with the 2nd pour adding some haziness. Head is white and a couple of fingers. Very nice lacing and good head retention.

Aromas are strong and wine-like, with grapes and a sour quality. Other aromas are fruity, with lemon/citrus notes.

The taste is dry, sour and tart, plus a lemon fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is prickly from the high carbonation, with a medium body. The finish is very dry, with sour/tart flavors.

Overall a very good blonde sour beer. I don't have much experience with wild ales, but this one is approachable and enjoyable. (746 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short lived white head on a murky golden orange body. Leaves a collar throughout.

Slight tartness on the nose.

Very tame sourness, I'd give it a 2.5 on the sour scale. Pick up the Chardonnay barrel notes. Barely any alcohol hint.

Nicely carbonated. Medium mouthfeel.

A solid brew although I've had better from RR. Very tame, could be a beginner sour. Thanks stupac2! (370 characters)

Photo of rfbenavi80
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle picked up at the Brewery.
Batch 006. Poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with 3 fingers of bright white frothy head that receded moderately slow to a cap on top leaving almost no lacing.

S- Smells of tart green apples and sour pears. Yeasty, Bretty, funky smells of wet hay on top of a biscuity malt follow the fruitiness.

T- Refreshing green apple tartness, followed by hints of sour lemon and earthy straw/grassy flavors. Finishes like a dry white wine.

M- Carbonation feels tingly and adds another refreshing quality to this beer. Flavors feel like they coat the palate, making you want another drink.

O- This is my last offering that was brought home from Russian River. I'm sad to see them all drank, but happy that I got to try them. Russian River truly brews wonderful, flavorful, and creative beers. (849 characters)

Photo of wd40
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is straw yellow with a very slight haze. Fair amount of lace on the glass. Smell very much reminds me of belgian pale ales and strong ales. A nice yeasty aroma. Hints of banana and bread. Lots of lemon in the taste. Mild/moderately sour. Bit of bitterness as the beer warms up. Soft carbonation provides a nice mouthfeel. Overall a very good, drinkable beer. (369 characters)

Photo of matttttYCE
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 006, poured into a Russian River stemmed glass. The head is slightly off white, about a finger high, and between foamy and creamy. Fades to a light cap and subtle ring. Decent lace. The beer itself is a clear and brilliant straw yellow/gold.

The aroma is lovely and inviting on a warm day like today. Brett and some funk, straw, a light tart sweetness, green apple, lemon zest, light biscuit malt notes, hints of strawberry, hints of yeast, spice, banana and clove almost like it's hinting at a hefe.

The taste is nice as well. Lighter acidic sourness, moderate tartness, sweet but dry, brett, green apple, lemon zest, white wine notes, strawberry or apricot maybe, bready biscuity malts, a bit of belgian yeast, some spice, a bit salty and again hints of clove and banana like it's a bit hefe. Really a pleasant taste.

Carbonation is medium round, with a light and dry consistency, medium (maybe low-medium) body, and a moderate length finish.

This is probably my favorite American Wild Ale yet. I like that it's lighter sour with a decent amount of tartness and it's basically just not too over the top of an Am. Wild Ale. Though I am sometimes in the mood for a mouthpuckeringly sour beer, this beer is nothing like that and I could probably have one of these just about any time. This could actually be a pretty good intro beer to those who haven't yet ventured into the world of sours/wild ales. Really good and quite drinkable. (1,443 characters)

Photo of ediaz
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into oversized wine glass. GO JAGS

A: cloudy orange with light fluffy white head. Leaves a thin bit of delicate white lace.

S: sweet tart nose with the signature Brett present. Perhaps a little apricot.

T: wow this is tasty. Bright tartness at first and finishes with bitter light apricot.

M: medium with high carbonation. The carbonation pairs extremely well with the taste, but it could be a little less.

O: a fantastic beer and I'm extremely happy with it. I would trade for it again, shutout to DovaliHops for the bottle! (538 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in sample glass at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed 14 April 2012.

A: Pale straw milky gold. Translucent. Light head with some lacing.

S: Banana and spice...it smells like a hefeweizen. Funky.

T: Light and pleasant...sort of sour...then BAM! the Brett hits after several seconds in a wave of funky weirdness. Yeasty-spicy, acidic, but rather light in flavour.

M: Bright, interesting, and moreish.

O: Super-light, very drinkable, and quite tasty. Highly recommended. Will have again. (495 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sanctification pours a cloudy, straw yellow with a small, white creamy head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind some lines of lace.

The aroma is tart with notes of lemon, straw and green apple. A fair amount of funk.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is soft on the palate with moderate carbonation. The flavor is tart with a touch of salt. Lemon citrus and green apple are blended with white wine and a touch of salt. It finishes dry. Once gone the lemon, salt and green apple linger on the palate.

This is a tasty beer that's not too funky and rather dry. (584 characters)

Photo of mrandypandy
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged and corked bottle brought back to me by a co-worker.

A - Pours a nice hazy straw/yellow, with a small white head.
S - Light funk and mild tartness. A citric fruitiness lingers on the nose.
T - Tart citrus fruits, but it's hard to put my finger on exactly which ones. Apricot, strawberry perhaps. Some funk. Tasty though.
M - Zesty, well carbonated and prickly on the tongue. A bit light in the body.
O - Well done. Not quite a good as some of the other RR offerings, but still very good. I would certainly get more given the chance. (544 characters)

Photo of EnemyWithin
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Russian River Sanctification Batch 006 in 375ml bottle into Duvel tulip on July 22, 2012.

Appearance: 4
Golden yellow with slight hazy. Pours with ½ white head that fades to thin covering. Good lacing.

Smell: 4
Soft yeasty and spiciness with notes of lemon and mild biscuit malt, which offers slight sweetness. Reminiscence of both Duvel and Saison Dupoint. But then on top of all of this is a notable sour funk with notes of lemon and slight candy tart. Very close to taste and overall, nice profile.

Taste: 5
Initially get a sour, slightly lemon flavor that is sharp across the palate; with notes of slight spicy and Belgian yeast faintly in the background. A mild hops presence is increasingly detectable midway through offering a mild bitterness and light spicy hops flavor. Then after the initial sourness, the underlying base of the Belgian-style blonde comes through, with soft malt presence (slight notes of biscuit, bready, and a very small touch of honey) that gives a nice balancing sweetness. This malt presence peaks in that late-taste and lingers, but with decreased intensity in the finish. Overall, the beer has great flavor profile that is both clean and refreshing, yet still manages to have depth.

Mouthfeel: 4.5
Nice sourness that is moderate, with good coating of the palate. Semi-sweet profile with a drier finish. Moderate carbonation that is enjoyable and accents refreshing aspect of beer.

Overall: 4.5
An above-average beer that shows you that beer doesn’t have to be overly blold or complex to be great. The use of Brett takes the beer to a whole another level. There is the juxtaposition of simple elements that combine for great balance and depth. Nice element of refreshing, and appropriate alcohol content. Definitely would have again.
Recommend. (1,786 characters)

Photo of herman77
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 006

A: Golden straw color that is fairly hazy. Tight, small white head. Decent lacing.

S: Lots of tart green apples and green grapes. Decent amount of sweet sourness as well as some funkiness.

T: Not nearly as funky or sour on the palate. Pear juice, more tart apples and a white wine like characteristics. More tart than sour for sure.

M: Lighter body. Soft and lower carbonation. Lots of little carbonation bubbles.

O: Fairly good drinkability. Something I could have fairly often. Very well crafted. (513 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (568 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #6

A: Pours a lightly cloudy straw to pale golden yellow in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall bright white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate amounts of funkiness - like an aromatic cheese or almost feet - along with a lighter amount of sourness. To me, this is a very inviting aroma.

T: Similar to the smell but the sourness (an acidic sourness) is much stronger in the taste than the smell. Light amounts of lemon citrus and just a hint of vinegar.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Prickly.

O: Delicious and complex, an amazing sipping beer and something I would be happy to have multiple times again in the future. Very easy to drink and very enjoyable.

Thanks to my amazing wife for bringing this one home from a business trip to LA. (976 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6/27/12:

Many thanks to schwartzoid for this beer. Batch 006 poured into a tulip glass:

The body looks like a fresh apple cider, topped with a soft finger of white head supported with steady lines of beading. Great laces.

Lovely nose... sour grain, fresh apple bits, loads of Brett character, gracefully balanced.

Oh, goddamn - THAT is funky. Yum. Sour apple and grape, barnyard goodness, exceedingly tart... like a big punch of the tongue of rotten apples, in a very good way.

Many thanks for this beer. It definitely fits the bill!

2/27/12:

Batch 006 thanks to brew33:

Pours nice and clean. Good amount of clarity and a healthy paper white head that laces very well.

Grassy hops, definite green apple qualities, rather dry, nice mellow funk.

Fruity tartness with pear and pineapple. The palate gets cleaned up with a smack of apple skins... not the same intense funk that I associated with this one 8 months ago.

Still delicious! (942 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 375 ml bottle. Batch 006.

Pours a beautiful golden yellow with lemony edges. Tall, frothy, billowy, beige-white head with incredible lacing up the edge of the glass. Funky, wild nose. Horse blanket, very sharp cheese, lemon zest, grapefruit, and some old hay.

Very lively carbonation, tart acidity, and dryness combine to make this beer very quick on the palate! However, as it sits and settles, slower, more nuanced tasting can be achieved. Tart lemon acidity up front. Some grassy flavors and a hint of grainy malt as well. Overall, the tart, acidic citrus dominates. Musty, yeasty funk comes in mid-palate. Very dry finish, with some almost-pucker-inducing grapefruit. Lingering horse blanket. Delicious and quite drinkable for how "wild" it is. Another great RR sour! (791 characters)

Photo of MordorMongo
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 006, served cellar temp in FFF Teku

My first official review, figured it was about time!

A : Hazy yellow, bright like soft sunshine, nice 1 1/2 finger fluffy powder white head with constant lacing throughout.

S : Definitely smells like Brett as it should, some soft light lemon in there as well.

T : Brett, brett & more brett, touched with a kiss of soft lemon & citrus. Some slight wet hay mid-palate with a crisp, dry brett-y finish.

M : Lightish for style, airy & crisp

O : Defines Brett nicely, refreshingly tart and not overly sour. I could session this forever on nice warm summer days. Well done American Wild Ale by Russian River who never lets me down. While there COULD be more to it I suppose, this is what it was designed to be I think - an homage to Brett. (781 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml, Batch 006
Lost Abbey tulip

***Review #450***

A: Pours out a cloudy golden yellow color. Very bright color. Two fingers of fluffy bright white head. Lots of carbonation. Leaving lacing bits already.

S: Smelling through a thick head, but definitely getting that Brett character. Funky, wet hay, notes. Crisp white grape aroma too, as well as some lemon-zesty citrus. Not crazy sour hints like I was expecting.

T: I was expecting much more sourness from this one. I get a touch of tart white grape in the tip of the tongue and that lemon that I smelled. You then get those funky Beglian like spicy flavors in the mid palate from the Brett. The finish is white wine dry. Not as mouth puckering as Belgian sours, by any means.

M: Light leading to medium. Very drinkable

O: Heard some Orval comparisons, but again the Euro makers do it better. Orval blows this out of the water. Good though. A- (901 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sour and tart light fruits, with some white grape and peach, with some funk, Brett, and citrus.

T - Starts off with lemon peel and some tart and sour apple and other light fruits and Brett. Through the middle some more funk and Brett comes through with some farmhouse flavors. The finish is a mix of tart grape and other light fruits with some more Brett and funk.

M - Medium bodied with fairly heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart and funky finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced wild ale. The tartness is really nice and the finish is crisp and refreshing. (732 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 006. thanks WesM63!

Looks like a gueuze, plain and simple (except this thing has a massive sticky head). Normally a gueuze has a head that vanishes quickly, this thing has a massive head that lingers. Looks like meringue.

The air is filled with those smells I love. Tart lemon, loads and loads of Belgian funk, and a bit of lemongrass. slightly sweet.

Oh the Brett (Glad im not "scared of the Big Bad Brett" as the label says). Taste is very tart and lactic (trademark of the beloved Brett). Lemongrass and sweet lemons come to mind. The lemons are tart and sour (like biting into a damn lemon!). Dry gueuze like funk really pronounces itself. Light body where all of the joyous Gueuze flavors work their magic. All the funk, tart lemon, and lemongrass just explode straight away. Theres a slight underlying sweetness.

The light body is a bit light for the style. It makes all of the flavors pop, but I wish it was a bit heavier, making you sip it just a bit more. I will say that this is a testament to how to make a sour wild light and drinkable.

Very well done RR! Just have Beatification left! (1,110 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Morgan for sending this one my way!

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a slight orange hue to it. Solid 2 finger head on top with great retention, slowly dissolving to a nice white cap on top. Streaky lacing all around.

S: Rather bretty with a very faint tartness. There is some citrus fruit that comes forward, mostly lemon with a little bit of orange rind/zest.

T: For a change, this RR beer is tart but not really sour. Definitely a sweet flavor profile with some more citrus and grass flavors. Tart lemon and oranges for the most part.

O: Pretty good, but probably my least favorite RR wild thus far. Almost more like a slightly tart Belgian Ale. Still very tasty though and would certainly never pass on it. (731 characters)

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one of the first few "wild ales" I have enjoyed. I think this beer completely changed my interest and like of wild ales to a love of wild ales. Bottom line, this beer is awesome. Can't wait to try some of the other RR wilds.

A: Pours a nice golden yellow with a big foamy head. Some yeast and other floaters enjoying the ride in the beer...

S: Spectrum of orange fruits and citrus..nice and fruity with bitter and sour notes intertwined...

T: Crisp, sour (but not overpowering) and nice and clean!

O: This beer really good...borderline heavenly! I wish I lived on the west coast so I could have regular access to it! (625 characters)

Photo of phishsihq
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

We enjoyed the Batch 006 release.... Sanctification pours a hazy straw color, with a light rim of white head that provides lots of lacing. Brettanomyces funk is easily detectable in the nose, with hints of lemon grass, wheat, green apple and a slight lactic twinge. Light fruit notes including lemon fade mid-pallet as the funk and tartness take over and leave you puckering up for another sip. The brew is medium-light in body with tongue-prickling carbonation. Sweet yet tart, Sanctification is quenches your thirst and leaves you wanting more.

Cheers! (555 characters)

Photo of afksports
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

super sour, better than the latest batch, thitas was from a750. super sour and gokden and ezcellent balanced super sour. the latest baych is just too sweef not enoyhth sour

much more a betyer beer okder than new, a thermd I'm not surthe newer will age as well. might beer a different yeast (290 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much head, straw blonde body.

Belgian fruit esters, some tartness. Kinda sweet.

A bit tart but more like a slightly sour blonde, which is what it is. Quite accessible, slightly sweet but balanced.

Bright, fine feel.

One of the most drinkable and to me, enjoyable beers in the Russian River lineup. (305 characters)

Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 594 ratings.