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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,895
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,038
Gots: 600 | FT: 36
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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Photo of Philousa


2.5/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Imbibed on tap at Harry's Hofbrau on 3/31/2012.

Looks like a wit. Cloudy, tawny, but with very little head. Lots of light malts in aroma, some whit bread characteristics, no sourness to speak of. Horse blanket comes as it warms (was served too cold imho). Taste starts out with light malt, coriander, follwed by tart, slightly sour taste. Bitter after flavor lingers in the back of the throat and mingles with tartness. Lots of brett, but not any of the other critters I enjoy so much. Pretty grainy mouthfeel, indicative of the cloudy look.

I was looking for something complex and this one just didn't deliver. Looking back, I know i had my expectations all wrong, but at the same time, you can make the base malt a little more interesting. There really wasn't much to this beer that I could isolate as interesting. I love the idea of just fermenting with a bacteria though. Gotta give it to them for doing something that no other brewery has tried (to my knowledge). I think a real problem with this was that I had it too cold and in the wrong glassware. The small serving glasses that Harry's serves is more like a tiny Pilsener glass, when something like this would be much better in a globe or tulip glass with something to keep head retention. In my opinion, most beer is served too cold, and I feel it really hurt this beer in particular. Would try it again if someone had it in a bottle or served it properly, but I'm not going out of my way to find it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2012 18:27:38 | More by Philousa
Photo of vicsju1991


4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass
A - nice golden amber colour, small white head that dissipates quickly, lots of carbonation
S - sour apples and cherries
T - very delicious, tart and sour,
M - crisp and carbonated and very easy to drink
O - my new favourite sour
additional info Batch 006

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 17:24:14 | More by vicsju1991
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
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

04-08-2012 01:48:29 | More by acurtis
Photo of tfidler


4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-07-2012 23:28:12 | More by tfidler
Photo of BDeibs


4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

04-07-2012 00:19:12 | More by BDeibs
Photo of TGS


4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

04-07-2012 00:04:24 | More by TGS
Photo of Zaphog


4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-06-2012 22:50:15 | More by Zaphog
Photo of RespetoCerveza101


4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

04-06-2012 04:09:45 | More by RespetoCerveza101
Photo of bhir


4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-05-2012 12:36:02 | More by bhir
Photo of yorktronic

5/5  rDev +15.5%

04-05-2012 00:16:22 | More by yorktronic
Photo of UnknownKoger


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

It's been a while since I've had Sanctification. Time to give it a proper review. Batch 6 poured into Bruery tulip. Appearance is golden yellow. Good carbonation. Slightly vigorous pour yields a nice head which dies down to a nice ring with an island in the middle.

Smell is fantastic. The crisp, tart Brett is there. Smells of lemon zest and other citrus fruits. Some grapefruit. Taste is excellent. It's got a nice bit of sour funk to it. Very crisp and refreshing. This is outstanding. I forgot how good this beer is.

Mouthfeel is great due to the carbonation. Overall, you should expect nothing less from Russian River. It's outstanding. Buy as much as you can (afford)

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 19:23:46 | More by UnknownKoger
Photo of quirkzoo


4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

batch - 005

Pours a deep gold with 2 fingers of fizzy white head that quickly recede to a thin layer. The aroma is very tart up front, lots of sour green apples, slightly vinuous behind the tartness. As it opens up I get some wet hay funk. The taste is slightly puckering but not overwhelming. This is extremely well balanced between tart and funky.It is so well balanced that it is extremely drinkable, no problem finishing off the small bottle myself. A top notch American Wild, Russian River deserves their reputation and I will definitely pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 15:32:47 | More by quirkzoo
Photo of Bobheed


4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice hazy, pale yellow. Lots of carbonation with about a 1 and a half finger soapy white head that dissipates fairly quickly

S: Lots of funk and sourness immediately. Taking a closer smell, I get the scent of fresh picked flowers, sour yogurt, green apples

T: Quite tart, a bit venegar-y. Overall, probably the least "sour" of all of RR's sour ales, but balanced really well. Some of the funk I got on the nose, I feel, was lost here, but that may pick up more with more age on it

M: Very highly carbonated and dry. Drank, literally, like a champagne.

Overall, this was very nice. Have a few more bottles from this same batch to age and see the changes.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 02:22:33 | More by Bobheed
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog


4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-03-2012 23:31:05 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
Photo of 01001111


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

A: Pale, clear, almost fluorescent yellow.

S: Vinegar, green apples, dandelions.

T: Sublimely tart with a slight wash of caramel and a Pilsner-like floral quality.

M: Dry, crisp, and refreshing.

O: While not my favorite of Russian River's sour ales, this is absolutely a world class brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 03:11:58 | More by 01001111
Photo of mkotsayfan


4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle (batch 006) into a snifter. Pours a hazy light copper color with a nice foamy and inviting head. The aroma has nice brett funkiness along with some fruity tart flavors. The taste is dominated by the brett, but there are some fruit notes (apple/lemon) and hops mixed in. The mouthfeel is light bodied with good carbonation, with nice smoothness rounding out to a dry finish.

Overall, a nice sour from RR, but it's a notch below the likes of Supplication, Temptation, etc.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 01:18:37 | More by mkotsayfan
Photo of kiki3drt292


4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-02-2012 17:24:05 | More by kiki3drt292
Photo of CP20


5/5  rDev +15.5%

04-02-2012 00:30:50 | More by CP20
Photo of leodarko


3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

04-01-2012 23:34:04 | More by leodarko
Photo of zacheney


4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

04-01-2012 22:21:50 | More by zacheney
Photo of OlieIPA


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

Served from a 375 ml bottle into a Bruery tulip glass.

A: A murky yellow body that supported a fruitful rocky white head. Anticipated more lacing and head retention throughout the beer, but settled out to normal level after few minutes.

S: A very "Barn-like" and farmhouse upfront with perhaps some sort of oak backing. A also detect a decent amount of tart-sweetness off the top as well. Extremely complex and delicate at the same time!

T: My first impression is combination of intrigue and WOW! 50% of the flavor profile really brings in that dirty blonde characteristic, while the other 50% really draws on that tart experience you tend to expect from something that has 100% Brett. Very impressed and quite possibly the most drinkable and well balanced flavor profile I've had within this style.

M: Light to medium body with just the right amount of carbonation; A bit dry at the tail end.

D: There really isn't enough to say about this beer. Russian River again showed why it dominates this style along with the guys from Lost Abbey. A must try beer. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 04:18:56 | More by OlieIPA
Photo of pigc


4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light dirty blonde with three finger pure white head. Some lacing clings to side of glass.

S - Sour apple, pear, oak.

T - Tart apples, brett, oak.

M - Medium body with abundant carbonation.

O - Another great sour from RR. Not my favorite of the bunch but well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 04:02:21 | More by pigc
Photo of baybassboy


4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

04-01-2012 00:53:05 | More by baybassboy
Photo of uvm2003


3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

03-29-2012 23:49:36 | More by uvm2003
Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,895 ratings.