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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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96
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2,390 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,390
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 1,125
Gots: 751 | FT: 56
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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-27-2004

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2.69/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle. Not counting a couple of collaboration beers, this is my first R. River - too bad it has to be a Brett beer. I have a very limited tolerance for Brett and even less for vinegar. With that in mind:

Pours light amber, hazy, with a small head. The aroma bodes poorly: Brett/wild ale with some vinegar. Intimidating. Given that, the taste was a bit better but still too funky. Nicely sour with a hint of old bread. Fine medium-light feel.

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4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JustXBeer for setting me up with this bottle. From notes.

A - Billowing head and carbonation. Retention is perfect. Hazy gold. Spotty, but voluminous lacing.

S - The aroma is perceptible from feet away. Preserved lemons, saline, acrid, coriander.

T - The best way for me to describe the taste is flouride-y funk. Zesty tang. Great brett profile. Rummy bananas in the finish with a very faint boozy trace.

M - Chewy body akin to a Weihenstephaner. Slight tingle

Awesome, I want to drink these all summer but I can't because I live in TN...occasionally I must though.

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4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I do love a good unique beer and Russian River has certainly come up with one with this. What the heck is a sour blond? Well, unless you find one of these you may never know, it is that unique. It is really sour, almost as if they dosed it with lemon zest, and the result is a treasure. It is not the most beautiful beer I've ever seen, the head is average, the ABV is average but when this brew hits your palate you'll know what a sour blond is, it only takes a moment. WOW! OK, I admit that a trip to the RR Brewery helped, so I waited to review a bottle. The small taster at the home pub at RR was not enough to judge, but now that I have opened a bottle I am convinced that this is a world class "occasional" beer. Unlike those great IPAs, drinkable by the gallon, this one requires a bit of time to enjoy and savor in it's uniqueness. Lest it be confused, this is not a hop beer, it is a blond that happens to pucker, have I mentioned unique, yes try and you'll be aware that a real style can deliver. I have no idea, but I guess the brewmaster had a demonic possession and he just broke out of hell with Santification. Try it but be prepared to pucker and enjoy.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz to a Russian River goblet, bottled 11/28/12
Let the bottle sit on my desk about thirty seconds after uncaging and the cork shot out on its own. This is some serious stuff

Pours a very vibrant golden blond with a finger of foam sporting an impressive retention rate. Very cloudy, absolutely no transparency with high carbonation around the sides of the glass. Pretty good lacing, not much to dislike about the look

Smells of tart cherry, grape, vinegar, oak, funk, a bready malt and some alcohol. Has all the things a sour should in the right amounts

Taste of sour fruit- cheery, apple, some grape, and a touch of lemony citrus. A touch of yeasty malt on the finish

The feel is where this beer falls a bit short. The front is strong but the finish changes quickly to bland. Body is a medium light, with a mild/teetering medium sourness

Overall this bottle was a bit of a disappointment. It was good, but not as good as I remember it on tap last month. I bought the bottle from the taproom and am assuming they're from the same years batch, maybe the keg had some age though. In either event, I stocked up and have four more in the cellar. I'll be back in a few years

Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,390 ratings.