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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,299
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,096
Gots: 698 | FT: 49
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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4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Russian River Sanctification Batch 006 in 375ml bottle into Duvel tulip on July 22, 2012.

Appearance: 4
Golden yellow with slight hazy. Pours with ½ white head that fades to thin covering. Good lacing.

Smell: 4
Soft yeasty and spiciness with notes of lemon and mild biscuit malt, which offers slight sweetness. Reminiscence of both Duvel and Saison Dupoint. But then on top of all of this is a notable sour funk with notes of lemon and slight candy tart. Very close to taste and overall, nice profile.

Taste: 5
Initially get a sour, slightly lemon flavor that is sharp across the palate; with notes of slight spicy and Belgian yeast faintly in the background. A mild hops presence is increasingly detectable midway through offering a mild bitterness and light spicy hops flavor. Then after the initial sourness, the underlying base of the Belgian-style blonde comes through, with soft malt presence (slight notes of biscuit, bready, and a very small touch of honey) that gives a nice balancing sweetness. This malt presence peaks in that late-taste and lingers, but with decreased intensity in the finish. Overall, the beer has great flavor profile that is both clean and refreshing, yet still manages to have depth.

Mouthfeel: 4.5
Nice sourness that is moderate, with good coating of the palate. Semi-sweet profile with a drier finish. Moderate carbonation that is enjoyable and accents refreshing aspect of beer.

Overall: 4.5
An above-average beer that shows you that beer doesn’t have to be overly blold or complex to be great. The use of Brett takes the beer to a whole another level. There is the juxtaposition of simple elements that combine for great balance and depth. Nice element of refreshing, and appropriate alcohol content. Definitely would have again.
Recommend.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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

Batch 006

A: Golden straw color that is fairly hazy. Tight, small white head. Decent lacing.

S: Lots of tart green apples and green grapes. Decent amount of sweet sourness as well as some funkiness.

T: Not nearly as funky or sour on the palate. Pear juice, more tart apples and a white wine like characteristics. More tart than sour for sure.

M: Lighter body. Soft and lower carbonation. Lots of little carbonation bubbles.

O: Fairly good drinkability. Something I could have fairly often. Very well crafted.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly dirty bright yellow color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of Brett is quite intense and dominates with light tart and dry notes also being noticeable. Taste is mostly dominated by dry and tart notes with some malt also perceptible. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed though maybe a tad too one-dimensional with the Brett notes and not my favourite RR beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a thin off white head that consistently left a very thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: Very strong sour flavors are present in the taste—this is quite pungent—almost like an aromatic cheese plate. There is also some acidity in the taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Even though this beer has a ton of sour flavors (like a gueuze), it isn’t that difficult to drink.

Note: Batch #6

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

Batch #6

A: Pours a lightly cloudy straw to pale golden yellow in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall bright white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate amounts of funkiness - like an aromatic cheese or almost feet - along with a lighter amount of sourness. To me, this is a very inviting aroma.

T: Similar to the smell but the sourness (an acidic sourness) is much stronger in the taste than the smell. Light amounts of lemon citrus and just a hint of vinegar.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Prickly.

O: Delicious and complex, an amazing sipping beer and something I would be happy to have multiple times again in the future. Very easy to drink and very enjoyable.

Thanks to my amazing wife for bringing this one home from a business trip to LA.

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4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6/27/12:

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!

2/27/12:

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!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,299 ratings.