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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,181
Reviews: 572
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,082
Gots: 664 | FT: 42
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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3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: hazy golden with a nice thick fluffy head

S: sour, slight funk, some fruit like peaches

T: about the same as the smell, slight tartness on the forefront and a slight funk on the end

M: medium bodied, with some lingering qualities

O: A decent Russian river beer. Nowhere near as bad as New Belgiam's Brett Beer. Very nice balance between funk and tart.

steeb, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of Samuel906
3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very cool, unique beer here. This brew pours hazy, light amber with some sediment and a very thin head. Smell is mostly of yeast and bretts, with some grapefruit, pear and apple. You can smell just how tart this beer is, and the taste is there to match. Tons of citrus (predominantly lemon and lime), tart and crisp, very refreshing served very cold. Fairly dry, and not overly acidic. Very light with tons of carbonation. Stimulates every taste receptor in your mouth and makes you salivate. Super clean finish, just leaves you wanting more. A little pricey, but super drinkable... this is a new favorite.

Samuel906, Feb 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.7%

spakman, Feb 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

muskiesman, Feb 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

danedelman, Feb 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

sliverX, Feb 21, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We crack the cage and cork on a bottle of Batch 005, and pour a brew the color of raw honey. It holds a two and a half finger tall head of creamy, off-white bubbles. These billow and fluff, leaving sheets of soapy lacing down the glass as the head eventually disappears into a hearty film. A thick haze permeates the clarity, with chunks of yeasty sediment bouncing around the base of the glass. Carbonation appears active. The nose sings with massive Bretty glory. This is sour, juicy, extremely tart, and metallic. The malts are soft, wheaty, and Belgian, with fruity esters and crisp citrus. This inherent spiciness is enhanced by sage, mold, and light piney earthiness. Finally, with warmth, comes a far off burnt rubber quality, adding a bittered, even tarter tail. Our first impression is that the flavoring is wildly tart, but kept nicely in check by sweetness at the back of the sip. As we sip, the juiciest Brett crashes the palate. This puckers, along with raw lemon flesh and rind, metallics, musk and mold, and crisp malty paleness. The malts actually maintain a nice backbone throughout, helping in their own right to cool the funk. The peak hits with more acidic qualities of vinegar, vinyl plastics, more chalk and bite to the yeast, fermented chokecherry bitterness, mineral, and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Washing through the finish are sweetened floral notes, honeysuckle sugars, herbal bitterness, big muskiness, barley grassiness, coin, faint banana esters, and more of that big bad Brett. The aftertaste breathes with fermented vegetable rottenness (in a funky, good way), citrus, wet flour, cooked plastics, coating metallics, and watered down tropical fruitiness. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is light to medium. There is nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop to each sip, as afforded by the ever present head. The mouth is left wet, salivating, and coated, with only slight pucker and astringency when it’s all said and done. The abv is easy, and the beer sips the night away.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the heavy tartness to the nose and flavoring, and the broad sweeping complexity of it. From the time you pop the bottle your nose fills with this juicy, insanely funky beast of an aroma, with crisp paler malts, and an accompaniment of yeast, fruits, and musky components. These translate well through the taste buds, with a massive bittering tartness from the first drop to the last. The nicely retained head affords soft creaminess to every sip, and helps Sanctification hold up proudly amongst its brothers and sisters in the series.

TheBrewo, Feb 21, 2013
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Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,181 ratings.