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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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1,865 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,865
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 1,028
Gots: 595 | FT: 35
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-27-2004)
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largefarva

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-13-2012 16:58:03 | More by largefarva
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jayhawk73

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by Huhzubendah.... Thanks Matt!

Pours a golden yellow color, with an amazing two finger white head. Great lacing on my tulip glass. Very hazy in appearance. The nose is brett, apple, pear. Not overwhelming, just really nice and balanced Wild Ale. The taste is definitely a step up from the nose. Apple, pear, Brett... Really fantastic balance and flavor on this beer. It's not too overwhelmingly sour, just about perfect. None of the 6.75% abv is evident at all. Feel is medium full, with sourness, not tartness, and very smooth going down. Very refined and easy to drink. Overall, another World class beer from one of my favorite breweries. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 03:38:03 | More by jayhawk73
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trxxpaxxs

New York

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

Got this from 2beerornot2beer in the Blind Beer Round 6 BIF.
375ml. bottle poured into my Bruery snifter:

A: Pours a wonderful cloudy gold with very little head. There is only a thin ring of pure white bubbles that lines the top of the beer, hugging the glass.

S: The smell is huge brett, some grape skin, lemon zest, and earthiness. It’s really crisp smelling.

T: The taste follows the nose, spot on. There are essences of light grape, citrus, grass, and grains. There is also a perfect amount of bretty funk. It’s fantastic.

M: Light bodied beer. The mouthfeel starts off a bit wet, and it finishes crisp and dry.

O: This is a great sour, and a great beer all the way around. I’m loving all of the big funk and puckering sour.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 12:50:49 | More by trxxpaxxs
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Arbitrator for the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy straw. Head is bright-white. Thin cap at edges. Lively carbonation.

Smell: Brett funk. Hay and horse blanket. Citric, lemon flesh. Some zest and fruity sweetness. Some tropical aromas in the back, but it's a nice brett profile. Lots of depth. Slight funk layered over a solid tart note. Nice depth.

Taste: Mildly tart with a solid brett profile (duh). Funky with a nice compliment of grass, hay, and a touch of musty basement. Oak adds a nice woodiness that helps mute some of the citric tartness and some of the funkier brett flavors. A nice balance between tart, sour, and earthy funkiness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp slightly dry, and bubbly. Carbonation is lively and keep things interesting. Dryness on the sip keeps you coming back for more.

Overall: Russian River gets this whole sour/wild ale thing. Lots of depth without any overbearing flavor profiles. Easy to drink and sip at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 03:42:28 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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ThirstyHerf

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-10-2012 06:40:22 | More by ThirstyHerf
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a finger of light white head. Appears very carbonated and the retention is great.

S: Lots of tart white wine aroma with light brett funk in the way of wet hay. Obviously a very dry beer with quite a bit of citrus smells reminding me of a Berliner Weisse.

T: More sour than I would have guessed from the smell, but equally as dry. I get quite a bit of white wine, but again in a dry, tart way. Very clean flavor - pleasant but not particularly complex. I get a slight plastic flavor, particularly in the aftertaste.

M: Very light and highly carbonated.

O: A very clean American Wild Ale. Dry, tart, light to moderate sourness, with a mild white wine aroma. Good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 01:09:46 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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kevfujii

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-08-2012 09:10:55 | More by kevfujii
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towlea25

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-07-2012 23:28:47 | More by towlea25
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jhighlandbrewing

Illinois

5/5  rDev +15.5%

01-07-2012 21:08:14 | More by jhighlandbrewing
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MrHirschybar

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-05-2012 23:04:02 | More by MrHirschybar
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crosamich

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-05-2012 13:43:48 | More by crosamich
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

01-04-2012 22:44:50 | More by IdrinkGas
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johnhenryconway


4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-02-2012 09:36:56 | More by johnhenryconway
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5 Poured into Lost Abbey wine-style glass.

Pours a hazy, electric yellow with a fluffy white head that settles to a clean white ring with nice lacing.

Smells crisp and funky. Slight citrus aroma.

Taste is right on par with what I expect from the smell. Mild upfront funky taste, an earthy, dry white wineish taste. Then the back end hits....a solid sour funk on the swallow. Leaves a dry streak down my throat as it goes down. I'm loving this!!

It feels great in the mouth. As dry as I like without being ridiculous. Each sip leaves you begging for another.

This is another out of the park hit for Russian River....

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 01:54:03 | More by DaveHack
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schwaeh

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-01-2012 19:26:09 | More by schwaeh
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hawkmage

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

12-31-2011 17:04:14 | More by hawkmage
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, sour and a small, sweet yeast presence. In the taste, a small dryness, and sweet tarts, a nice lemon like citrus in there too. A sour bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a lightly dry lemon and tartness in the aftertaste. A small dryness, small yeast, small lemon like citrus, and a nice good sour all day long.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 16:41:27 | More by OWSLEY069
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PuFtonLyfe

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-31-2011 11:15:05 | More by PuFtonLyfe
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle from batch 005, thanks to nataku00. This one was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Sanctification pours a crystal clear goldenrod, with nice lemon highlights shining through. There's about a finger and a half of of white head that lingers around for a minute or two before fading way. Not much is left in the way of lacing. The nose has a bit of light spiciness to it, but is largely dominated by earthy, wet hay brett funk. There's just a touch of cracker maltiness at the front of the flavor profile. Some definite lemon zestiness places off the spice notes from the nose, and the second half of the beer is 100% wild. It's mostly funky like the nose, but there is a slight tart edge to it. The body is dry, but not as bone dry as I might have expected. The carbonation is brisk and bubbly, lending some more excitement to the beer. Another great brew from the best wild ale producer in the country, and I look forward to having this beer again, maybe with a little more age to see what the brett can really do.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 06:18:56 | More by axeman9182
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-29-2011 03:13:46 | More by whartontallboy
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Lantern


4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-27-2011 15:58:38 | More by Lantern
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-27-2011 15:15:18 | More by SPRichard
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.5%

12-26-2011 11:58:17 | More by brez8791
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DangerDawg

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7.6%

12-25-2011 17:28:09 | More by DangerDawg
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GradyS1

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

12-23-2011 14:47:06 | More by GradyS1
Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
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