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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,152 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,152
Reviews: 572
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 1,079
Gots: 657 | FT: 42
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

sammo, Jun 28, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Many thanks to schwartzoid for this beer. Batch 006 poured into a tulip glass:

The body looks like a fresh apple cider, topped with a soft finger of white head supported with steady lines of beading. Great laces.

Lovely nose... sour grain, fresh apple bits, loads of Brett character, gracefully balanced.

Oh, goddamn - THAT is funky. Yum. Sour apple and grape, barnyard goodness, exceedingly tart... like a big punch of the tongue of rotten apples, in a very good way.

Many thanks for this beer. It definitely fits the bill!


Batch 006 thanks to brew33:

Pours nice and clean. Good amount of clarity and a healthy paper white head that laces very well.

Grassy hops, definite green apple qualities, rather dry, nice mellow funk.

Fruity tartness with pear and pineapple. The palate gets cleaned up with a smack of apple skins... not the same intense funk that I associated with this one 8 months ago.

Still delicious!

yamar68, Jun 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

cunninsa, Jun 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

apocalypsezombie, Jun 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Cowcakes, Jun 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Quik4life3, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of alexgash
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 375 ml bottle. Batch 006.

Pours a beautiful golden yellow with lemony edges. Tall, frothy, billowy, beige-white head with incredible lacing up the edge of the glass. Funky, wild nose. Horse blanket, very sharp cheese, lemon zest, grapefruit, and some old hay.

Very lively carbonation, tart acidity, and dryness combine to make this beer very quick on the palate! However, as it sits and settles, slower, more nuanced tasting can be achieved. Tart lemon acidity up front. Some grassy flavors and a hint of grainy malt as well. Overall, the tart, acidic citrus dominates. Musty, yeasty funk comes in mid-palate. Very dry finish, with some almost-pucker-inducing grapefruit. Lingering horse blanket. Delicious and quite drinkable for how "wild" it is. Another great RR sour!

alexgash, Jun 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

manjanai, Jun 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

CliffBrake, Jun 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Lima, Jun 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

s1ckboy, Jun 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

HarmonMW, Jun 16, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 006, served cellar temp in FFF Teku

My first official review, figured it was about time!

A : Hazy yellow, bright like soft sunshine, nice 1 1/2 finger fluffy powder white head with constant lacing throughout.

S : Definitely smells like Brett as it should, some soft light lemon in there as well.

T : Brett, brett & more brett, touched with a kiss of soft lemon & citrus. Some slight wet hay mid-palate with a crisp, dry brett-y finish.

M : Lightish for style, airy & crisp

O : Defines Brett nicely, refreshingly tart and not overly sour. I could session this forever on nice warm summer days. Well done American Wild Ale by Russian River who never lets me down. While there COULD be more to it I suppose, this is what it was designed to be I think - an homage to Brett.

MordorMongo, Jun 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

carteravebrew, Jun 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

USChuy, Jun 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

vrbulldog22, Jun 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Auror, Jun 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

BdubleEdubleRUN, Jun 12, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml, Batch 006
Lost Abbey tulip

***Review #450***

A: Pours out a cloudy golden yellow color. Very bright color. Two fingers of fluffy bright white head. Lots of carbonation. Leaving lacing bits already.

S: Smelling through a thick head, but definitely getting that Brett character. Funky, wet hay, notes. Crisp white grape aroma too, as well as some lemon-zesty citrus. Not crazy sour hints like I was expecting.

T: I was expecting much more sourness from this one. I get a touch of tart white grape in the tip of the tongue and that lemon that I smelled. You then get those funky Beglian like spicy flavors in the mid palate from the Brett. The finish is white wine dry. Not as mouth puckering as Belgian sours, by any means.

M: Light leading to medium. Very drinkable

O: Heard some Orval comparisons, but again the Euro makers do it better. Orval blows this out of the water. Good though. A-

inlimbo77, Jun 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

DrunkenMonk, Jun 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

TheBeerTruck, Jun 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sour and tart light fruits, with some white grape and peach, with some funk, Brett, and citrus.

T - Starts off with lemon peel and some tart and sour apple and other light fruits and Brett. Through the middle some more funk and Brett comes through with some farmhouse flavors. The finish is a mix of tart grape and other light fruits with some more Brett and funk.

M - Medium bodied with fairly heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart and funky finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced wild ale. The tartness is really nice and the finish is crisp and refreshing.

ngeunit1, Jun 07, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 006. thanks WesM63!

Looks like a gueuze, plain and simple (except this thing has a massive sticky head). Normally a gueuze has a head that vanishes quickly, this thing has a massive head that lingers. Looks like meringue.

The air is filled with those smells I love. Tart lemon, loads and loads of Belgian funk, and a bit of lemongrass. slightly sweet.

Oh the Brett (Glad im not "scared of the Big Bad Brett" as the label says). Taste is very tart and lactic (trademark of the beloved Brett). Lemongrass and sweet lemons come to mind. The lemons are tart and sour (like biting into a damn lemon!). Dry gueuze like funk really pronounces itself. Light body where all of the joyous Gueuze flavors work their magic. All the funk, tart lemon, and lemongrass just explode straight away. Theres a slight underlying sweetness.

The light body is a bit light for the style. It makes all of the flavors pop, but I wish it was a bit heavier, making you sip it just a bit more. I will say that this is a testament to how to make a sour wild light and drinkable.

Very well done RR! Just have Beatification left!

VncentLIFE, Jun 06, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -36.3%

nosavingsaccount, Jun 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Holland, Jun 06, 2012
Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,152 ratings.