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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,047
Reviews: 571
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,067
Gots: 628 | FT: 38
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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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

sukwonee, Mar 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

bthomas, Mar 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

ajschutz, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

Batch 005, 375

Appearance. Pours a nice yellow gold with a little haze and a finger+ of fluffy white head.

Smell. Light, funky-funk and a little sweet belgian yeast funk with a bit of sour green apple.

Taste. Nice dry sourness, some wood and pear. Clean finish.

Overall. Lovely, clean and sour.

Much too expensive at $12...

Rutager, Feb 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

jacewg, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of deebo
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%

On tap at RR.

A-Cloudy and golden with a clinging white foam.

S-Not very aromatic, barley malt with a hint of hops with a faint Brettomyces funk.

T-Upfront is barley malt and taste typical of a flavorful golden ale. End note is hoppy then the Brett takes over.

M-Medium/light bodied with a slight puckering astringent end note.

O-This combo of golden ale + Brett gives a finished beer somewhat remniscent of a Belgian wit with lemon. Very unique and fun to try.

deebo, Feb 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

millerbuffoon, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of GJ40
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%

Sampled from a 375ml bottle labeled with Batch 005.

A - A light golden (almost deep yellow) with a slight haze and a minimal white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Funk and tart with some fruit.

T - Firmly tart and sour without being overwhelming. Dry yet has a hint of perceived sweetness. Some fruits. The flavor lingers forever. Fantastic!

M - Lots of very fine bubbles that release upon impact.

O - A great beer with very interesting flavors. RR sure knows their stuff.

GJ40, Feb 16, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -6.9%

Batch 005. 375ML bottle. Big thanks to ipa247 for the trade.

Unyielding cork. Once finally opened, pours a clear to ever-so-slightly cloudy haze of a beer into my trusty lil snifter... bright white 1.5 finger head. Definitely a Belgian blonde ale look to it. Ton of carbonation.

Smells very clean; some tart notes, not a lot of funk surprisingly. w/all that brett, I was expecting some Black Eyed Katy-like funk (that goes out to ASUGeog who popped my phish cherry a few years ago), but not so much. Light white wine smell almost. some apple cidery odors. Fruity, grassy, sweet.

this is a very refreshing beer – probably better for a hot summer day, not so much a middle of winter beer. Not super tart like a typical sour either. Really clean and crisp. Lemongrass components, pears, white grapes. Drinks pretty easy. A lot like drinking white wine.

Soft mouthfeel. Tart, but nice dry clean finish. Lots of carbonation.

I like it – not nearly as much as I like RR Supplication, but it’s still really solid. Jeff – thanks again buddy, really appreciate it.

heelsn02, Feb 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

CheapBeerBuzz, Feb 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

John11486, Feb 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

hays99, Feb 08, 2012
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3.1/5  rDev -28.4%

Served on-draught into a sampler at Russian River's taproom in Santa Rosa during the Pliny the Younger release. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high because I love this brewery.

A: Pours a half finger head of fair cream and thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a cloudy lemon yellow. Murky.

Sm: Lemon and wheat. Quite lactic. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Pleasant.

T: Lactic, with sourness, lemon tart, and maybe yeast. Decently balanced, but a bit strange. Simple but enjoyable for the style. The simplicity does bother me; there's not a whole lot to say about it as a result.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Maybe a bit thin.

Dr: Drinkable for the style, but too simple and a bit too thin. I might have it again, but Russian River has far better brews.

kojevergas, Feb 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

avaldivia, Feb 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

chalkfullof, Feb 02, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -4.6%

Batch 5. Kicking off our "week of the sours" the right way -- thanks Nate!

Pour is golden & cloudy with a finger of white head. Extremely active body, decent lace. Sharp aroma grabs me from across the room. Tons of citrus and yeast. Reminds me of an aggressive gueuze.

Sanctification is much more focused than its peers Consecration or Supplication. The base beer of each combined with its barrel-aged character really shines through, forming an extremely complex flavor profile. Sanctification is much more "simple" in comparison, focusing more on acidic, citrusy fruits. Nice tartness, not overpowering, though there's Bretty yeast at every turn.

My one gripe with this brew is its excessive carbonation. This is more of a personal preference, but it's hard for me to enjoy more than a few ounces of any highly carbonated beverage. And Sanctification is up there with the most active of champagnes. Would love a more mildly carbonated version.

All in all, another excellent sour from Vinnie & co. Remind me again why they don't distribute to NYC?

brystmar, Feb 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

tbeq00, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

beef13, Jan 27, 2012
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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

homebrew311, Jan 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Mrpickles, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

grownfool, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

KAF, Jan 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

DSlim71, Jan 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

MalReever, Jan 23, 2012
Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,047 ratings.