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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,981
Reviews: 571
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,060
Gots: 619 | 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  rDev -7.6%

01-30-2012 04:34:38 | More by slimntubbs
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-28-2012 19:35:38 | More by tbeq00
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-27-2012 15:01:56 | More by beef13
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3.9/5  rDev -9.9%

A: fizzy yellow appearance, nice clarity, white foamy head, great retention and heavy lace

S: white grapes are prominent with mild hints of funk, notes of cork and white oak come into play

T: lemon zest up front with citric notes, a quick dash of tartness on the palate, spicy finish

MF:high carbonation, light body

O: nice wild ale with moderate funk that pairs with a bit of acidity

01-27-2012 09:13:23 | More by homebrew311
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-27-2012 04:25:19 | More by Mrpickles
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-27-2012 01:28:53 | More by grownfool
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-26-2012 22:09:00 | More by KAF
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-25-2012 21:35:59 | More by DSlim71
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-23-2012 12:31:49 | More by MalReever
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4.53/5  rDev +4.6%

375 ml bottle into tulip, batch 005. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Some soapy lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of huge lemon, grass, sour apple, pepper, hay, bread, yeast spices, and nice funkiness. Great aromas here with fantastic balance. Not overly funky or sour with a great mix of all aromas. Taste of big sour apple, tart lemon, grass, hay, pepper, spices, bread, yeast spices, and funkiness. Lingering notes of tart apple, lemon, pepper, bread, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Light acidity present on the finish as well, but is nicely balanced and not overpowering. Medium carbonation and body. Incredibly drinkable and smooth; great balance with the acidity. Incredibly crisp and clean body with a perfect amount of carbonation for the style. Alcohol is not noticed at all for 6.75% as expected. Overall this is a smooth and incredible wild ale. So much great complexity and balance.

01-22-2012 07:42:13 | More by superspak
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-21-2012 01:27:17 | More by imperialking
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-19-2012 18:06:11 | More by seasmokiee
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-16-2012 15:30:18 | More by Sparger
Photo of eclipse54


4.3/5  rDev -0.7%

A corked and caged 375 mL bottle from leschkie; thanks! Reviewed from notes taken 09/30/2011.

Opens with a loud pop, and pours a straw/yellow colored body with about an inch of white, foamy head. Body has a constant stream of bubbles from the base of the glass. Aroma is of tart pear, apple, and some peach. Wood, some funk, straw, and hay are also noticeable. It tastes of tart fruits (grape, peach, pear, and some apple), straw, hay, and faint oak and wine. Mouthfeel is crisp and light. It finishes clean and has plenty of carbonation. Overall, a great sour that is also very flavorful.

01-16-2012 02:11:47 | More by eclipse54
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-15-2012 23:32:36 | More by gafferjohn
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-15-2012 16:07:39 | More by tripledbrew
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-13-2012 16:58:03 | More by largefarva
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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

01-12-2012 03:38:03 | More by jayhawk73
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New York

4.7/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

01-11-2012 12:50:49 | More by trxxpaxxs
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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

01-11-2012 03:42:28 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

01-10-2012 06:40:22 | More by ThirstyHerf
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3.9/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

01-10-2012 01:09:46 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-08-2012 09:10:55 | More by kevfujii
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-07-2012 23:28:47 | More by towlea25
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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