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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,976
Reviews: 571
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,060
Gots: 618 | FT: 39
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

05-11-2012 21:21:10 | More by TheMadStork
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

05-11-2012 07:18:52 | More by AbeFroman
Photo of jmarsh123


3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Pours a cloudy gold with a 2 finger creamy white head retaining 1 finger and leaving excellent lacing down the glass.

Not much to the aroma. Tart green apples, brett and some wheat malt, but pretty subdued.

A mild tartness starts out the palate. Some funky pilsner or wheat with some brett in the middle. Very misty with hay tones. Finishes fairly dry.

Creamy mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

Not a bad beer, but my least favorite of the -tions. There is a pleasant tartness, but I could use more lacto and a little less brett as the mustiness got overpowering at times. Still will go back, but not as often as the others.

05-09-2012 21:02:32 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of kyager2000


4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

05-09-2012 04:34:33 | More by kyager2000
Photo of falloutsnow


3.78/5  rDev -12.7%

Bottle from Whole Foods in Berkeley, CA
Batch 006 (though not clear when this was bottled)
Poured into a standard US pint glass

The general impression I had of this beer was of a blonde ale blended with a mildly sour gueuze. While the sourness was balanced well, the pairing resulted in a beer that featured characters (noticeable malt, floral hops, some sourness) from both of these styles, but failed to stand out in any particular character or way. At times, I thought I was drinking a rather weak gueuze. At the price point of RR beers, I could have bought a similarly-sized bottle of Girardin and enjoyed its bacterial complexity much more. Given its limited distribution, not one I feel the need to necessarily revisit or seek out.

Pours a ~2cm head of off-white, medium-sized bubbles, that dissipates somewhat quickly to a thick ring around the glass and some islands of foam atop the body. Minimal to no lacing. The body itself is a pale yellow color, slightly hazy, with visible carbonation along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is a mixture of mild floral hops reminiscent of those in a pilsener, noticeable Brettanomyces/Lactobacillus (slightly musty, slight acetic acid sharpness), and slight biscuit malts. Not a bad aroma by any means, but not particularly distinctive or prominent.

Taste opens with some malt flavors and vaguely floral hop(?) presence. Sourness appears alongside these by late in the front palate. While sourness/tartness is there, and palatable, this isn't particularly sour/tart, compared to other wild ales, at least for me. Sourness proceeds through back of the palate through the finish, alongside lingering, mild malt and floral tastes. The blend is tasty, and certainly not off, but I'm not impressed by the resulting characters; neither of the two types of ale really seem to enhance or demonstrate characters of the other that weren't present individually.

Body is medium in heft, with prickly carbonation and a dry finish from some residual sugars. Carbonation feels right for the beer, avoiding having a somewhat acidic beer linger on the palate too long.

05-09-2012 00:08:18 | More by falloutsnow
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

05-07-2012 16:14:33 | More by ryan1788a5
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

05-07-2012 07:21:04 | More by strongaf
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

05-07-2012 02:25:36 | More by jstewart1130
Photo of Florida9


4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

Batch 5

A: Clear pale yellow in color. Forms about a finger's worth of thick, creamy, white head that slowly reduces to a bubbly ring around the edges and a thin surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Aroma is crisp and tart with notes of green apple, green grapes, grass and some very faint spice. Somewhat vinous.

T & M: First thing you notice is how crisp, tart, and stimulating to the tastebuds this beer is. Then lots of green flavors, mostly tart green apples, but green grapes and lemon as well. Finishes with a mild, yet tart, sweetness, much like a Granny Smith apple before fading away every so gently. Light bodied. Crisp. Virtually no bitterness and just a hint of yeasty funk in the background.

O: I'm admittedly not a huge fan of the sour beers and I was a bit intimidated before I opened this one. However, I ended up thoroughly enjoying it. The "sourness" is not at all aggressive and while it is present, it presents more like a "tart" than "sour," and even then it is balanced by a mild sweetness. A very nice beer.

05-06-2012 22:07:05 | More by Florida9
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -7.6%

05-06-2012 17:52:24 | More by markasparov
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

05-06-2012 17:27:01 | More by Mebuzzard
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

05-05-2012 21:02:49 | More by pavpav12
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Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%

Had this at the brewpub. Pours a light, slightly hazy yellow. Tastes slightly sour, tart with some lemon and grass notes. Makes your mouth pucker in a nice way. very impressed with their wild ales. This brewery blows my mind, and attacks my taste buds beautifully.

05-03-2012 15:13:48 | More by WeedKing4
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

05-02-2012 08:29:34 | More by AvgWhiteGuy
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

05-02-2012 07:41:15 | More by sjrosen
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

have been keen to try this one for a long time, 100% brett fermentation. finally splurged for 18 bucks at cheeky monk on colfax. pours an almost perfectly clear radiant gold nugget color with huge bubbles. looks lind of like apple juice. the last little bit i poured in has some serious sediment, i think i poured out just a tiny bit more than i was supposed to, but no harm done. small but lasting white head. smells fruity and sour, but not nearly as intense as the flavor, which is really puckery from the brettanomyces. some notes of dank oak come in, as does a white wine like dryness in the finish. this is a love it or hate it kind of beer, and i absolutely love it. the mouthfeel is amazing, majorly effervescent carbonation and a rather light body make it supremely drinkable. this is a very interesting and unique brew that has no equal in my mind. i cant wait to drink another one of these!

04-30-2012 17:57:11 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-30-2012 05:18:32 | More by stxSS07
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-29-2012 23:55:51 | More by mozim
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4.13/5  rDev -4.6%

375ml bottle (Batch 006) poured into RR ""TION" glass

A: Pours an amazing opaque blonde with a small 1finger near white head. Minor lacing and retention.

S: Funk! Tart and yeasty some lemons maybe a hint of clove.

T: Huge sour tart bite up front with more sourness and a slight lemon citrus dry finish.

M: Light body and carbonation.

O: My first sour. A interesting delicious brew!

04-29-2012 19:51:31 | More by WesM63
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-29-2012 08:11:59 | More by BeerForHokie
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

04-28-2012 23:53:12 | More by Miamilice
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-28-2012 21:00:19 | More by dsuedbeck
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South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%

375mL bottle poured into a tulip
Batch 006

A: A gentle pour yields a hazy dark straw body with 1.5 fingers width of snow white colored head, which hangs around for a while then dissipates down to a thick film.  A good amount of lacing clings to the glass throughout the drink.  

S: Very aromatic with a big tart character of sour white grapes, sour apple, and some funky Brett.  Belgium influences noted as well with banana and some clove.  A hint of citrus too. I could smell this all day.

T: The initial sip is loaded with a great sour tart kick. Like the nose there are significant sour grape and sour apples notes, with banana on the back end.  Not much funk is present just a hint, but the big sour presence makes up for that.   A bit of spice is noted at one point.  Not as complex as some of the other RR sours, but very good nonetheless.  

M/D: Crisp bubbly mouth feel, on the light side of medium bodied, pretty refreshing with a high drinkability.  

O: Overall a really good beer.  It seems that RR hits a home run with every wild ale they produce.  This is probably my least favorite of the 4 I have tried (Supplication, Consecration, and Temptation being the others), but being the least favorite RR sour is like being the ugliest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model.  You just can't go wrong.  Another job well done RR.  

04-28-2012 19:30:00 | More by zac16125
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-28-2012 16:38:21 | More by hayesjw
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-27-2012 22:27:06 | More by popery
Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
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