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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,343
Reviews: 583
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,105
Gots: 733 | FT: 57
Brewed by:
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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4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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-

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
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!

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4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Morgan for sending this one my way!

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a slight orange hue to it. Solid 2 finger head on top with great retention, slowly dissolving to a nice white cap on top. Streaky lacing all around.

S: Rather bretty with a very faint tartness. There is some citrus fruit that comes forward, mostly lemon with a little bit of orange rind/zest.

T: For a change, this RR beer is tart but not really sour. Definitely a sweet flavor profile with some more citrus and grass flavors. Tart lemon and oranges for the most part.

O: Pretty good, but probably my least favorite RR wild thus far. Almost more like a slightly tart Belgian Ale. Still very tasty though and would certainly never pass on it.

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4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one of the first few "wild ales" I have enjoyed. I think this beer completely changed my interest and like of wild ales to a love of wild ales. Bottom line, this beer is awesome. Can't wait to try some of the other RR wilds.

A: Pours a nice golden yellow with a big foamy head. Some yeast and other floaters enjoying the ride in the beer...

S: Spectrum of orange fruits and citrus..nice and fruity with bitter and sour notes intertwined...

T: Crisp, sour (but not overpowering) and nice and clean!

O: This beer really good...borderline heavenly! I wish I lived on the west coast so I could have regular access to it!

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4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

We enjoyed the Batch 006 release.... Sanctification pours a hazy straw color, with a light rim of white head that provides lots of lacing. Brettanomyces funk is easily detectable in the nose, with hints of lemon grass, wheat, green apple and a slight lactic twinge. Light fruit notes including lemon fade mid-pallet as the funk and tartness take over and leave you puckering up for another sip. The brew is medium-light in body with tongue-prickling carbonation. Sweet yet tart, Sanctification is quenches your thirst and leaves you wanting more.


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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,343 ratings.