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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,390
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 1,124
Gots: 751 | FT: 56
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-27-2004

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4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 11/28/12
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours an extremely opaque, pale straw yellow, with a 2 fingers tall, pure white head which lasts a surprisingly long time for it's style. Leaves no lacing, as expected with barrel aged sour beers.

Aroma: Huge aromatics of funky, musty hay, pineapple juice, green pear skin, light granny smith apple, lemon juice and grape fruit rind. Hints of vanilla(from the oak barrel, I presume) and a very faint presence of cracker from the malt. Everything you'd expect and more from a 100% brett fermented beer.

Taste: The taste certainly follows the nose pretty well; starts off with suggestions of tart pineapple right away with a refreshing spritz of tangy lemon juice soon to follow. The beer closes with an assertive bitterness and a whisper of a soft cracker-malt base. Some lingering impressions of pear and grapefruit pith on the very dry, tart finish. There are some accompanying notes of vanilla, barnyard funk and some light tannins in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall: Definitely one of my favorite beers of all time. Complex, yet very thirst quenching and refreshing. The Brettanomyces really takes on a hugely tropical tone in this beer and makes the beer only slightly tart. This is a great beer for the both the sour novice and the seasoned "sour head" Highly recommended.

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4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours cloudy and is the color of hay. Head is tall and fluffy. Head pops away and leaves plenty of lacing. I see some light clouds of yeast-dust swirl around my glass.

S-The all-Brett yeast is surprisingly not as startling as I expected. There is plenty of tartness; but its clean. I really pick up some strong notes of wet hay. Tart pale-fleshed fruits. The Brett has been trained quite well; many a beer have I had where the Brett kinda gets a bit too zany.

T-Sour and tart and zesty. I find it to offer a bit less complexity than some of the other "-tion" brews by Russian River. There is the tart fruit, hay and even some lemon meringue, so there is clearly still a bunch going on it this one's defense.

M-Light and drinkable. The carbonation isn't too volatile. Tartness begins to permeate the skin on my lips and the enamel on my teeth.

O/D-Another well-trained stud from Russian River. Not my favorite "-tion" but its better than 80% of anything sour I have tried. Next time I have a chance I will gladly lay lip to this wacky, Bretty beast.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes. Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a tulip.

The pour is a light hazy straw color with a tight, but small creamy head.

The aroma has a nice lemon tartness to it, but the focus is on the funky Brett and hay notes. There is a bit of apricot behind it.

The flavor starts with a light pale malt sweetness, with a tartness that builds over the course of the sip. Lemon zest, hay, a bit of apricot, and a little vinegar. As the sip winds down, the lemon zest really takes over and steps up the sour flavor.

The body starts a little bit fuller than medium for the style, with a medium and slightly creamy carbonation. Toward the end it dries out a little bit.

This is very nice. Russian River has a good portfolio of great sours.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle consumed 1-25-13. Batch 006

A: Pilsner type clear gold. Foam vanishes. Bubbles lift and push the liquid.

N: drying brettanomyces. Lemon and biscuit. Clementine orange. Some sourness is evident. Bleu cheese for sure.

T: Very dry and musty. Lemon juice, horse blanket, and tons of brett. Sour vinous chardonnay grapes. Very floral; hints of standing in a field. Oats and granola. This is extremely complex at this age - hits all parts of the tongue. Sulfuric acid/fatali peppers.

M: Crisp, dry and light, but it's not refreshing. No, no, definitely not the last part.

O: This is crazy infected and it adds brilliant character to the beer. Almost becomes too much, but I finished the entire bottle and wanted more. Get some.

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Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,390 ratings.