1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

Not Rated.
SanctificationSanctification

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,299 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,299 | Reviews: 576 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an Orval chalice (thought it was fitting). Batch 006.

A: Pours with good carbonation, not great head retention but a beautiful glowing straw body.

S: Extremely fruity and somewhat sour. Hints of bubble gum.

T: More bubble gum in the flavor up front, mixed with other fruit flavors. Sourness is spot on.

M: High carbonation, fits the style. Light and refreshing.

O: A great beer, and very interesting considering it is brett only.

Photo of djcira
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of leinie13
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of GreyGhost4
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, batch 005 opened on 4.15.12

A - Pours a light cloudy, pale orange with a small white head that fades to a few small white bubbles on the edges.

S - Lots of funk, lemons, wheat, and some oranges.

T - Sour oranges and lemons.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - Wonderful tartness and flavor. Making me wonder if I should fly to RR or not?!

Photo of airbag11
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of UptheKriek
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at about 4 ounces batch 006 at Churchkey, much thanks to Ed!

Golden yellow appearance, with shades and hues throughout the glass looking at it in a tulip. Spider lacing crawls all over, with slow white carbonation on inspection. Great looking love this body color.

Nose hits with a wonderful mix of bret and sense of spice. In control, and tolerable without a huge funk. Faint light pepper, with a mild sense of juicy lemon. Really nice.

Palate hits with a nice rounding sense of acidity. Lambic like quality, another patron felt it tasted like a real good gueze, there is no sense of heat on this. Feel hits with a mellow yet tight carbonation.

Overall real solid as to be expected, I think I still might prefer consecration but nobody is complaining here.

Photo of csano
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SageO
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of jdougherty
1/5  rDev -76.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of natemort13
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 006

Pours a murky pale gold with orange highlights. White fizzy head that fades into a puddly cap with a solid ring.

Nose is a citrusy sour with a hint of vinegar. Chalky and slightly medicinal. Tiny bit of barnyard funk.

Taste is very chalky and the sourness takes a back seat to that. Some smarties just before the clean chalky finish. Aspirin, sour green apple.

Mouthfeel has a smooth base offset by the effervescence of the carbonation. Medium bodied.

Overall I enjoyed this sour. Great sour presence that isn't overwhelming.

Photo of wordemupg
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 15/4/12 batch 005

A a little cloudy in bright golden yellow body, no carbonation issues that's for sure lots of pinprick bubbles popping up from everywhere and feeding a nice two finger bone white head that retains very well ending up as a little island leaving a few rings of lace as it falls

S pear and apple cider notes, heavy funk, and some vinous notes with a little vinegar, I'm liking this one, I want to say its simple and straightforward but that's not quite the case

T what I smell with more sour cider notes, not as funky as the nose but still very nice just not as strong as the smell,

M lots of pinprick bubbles leaves a tingle, quite alive in the mouth with a nice sour bite, a little funky lemon on the finish, somewhat clean actually aftertaste is faint

O well made beer for sure, smells and feels great and I'd use .25 if I could for taste, a nice sour blonde that I wish I could find in my part of the world

I could drink quite a bit of this stuff without getting board, my first RR sour and I'm very pleased I'm going to get to try 3 more in the near future thanks to the most awesome Rutager

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

Finally? Not sure if I've had this before, definitely never had a bottle of it, and apparently my first review. Oddly after 3 years in LA I had to pick this up in Philly. Of course.

Appearance- Stark white head, over an inch on a steady pour. Golden body. Great lacing. A really nice looking beer.

Smell- Funky, bretty, a little horseblanket, but not too strong. Only a hint of cheese. Apple cidery?

Taste- Lovely, funky, brett. Definitely a little sour. I don't care what anyone says, this Brett beer has some sourness to it. Some fresh green apple for sure. The sour lingers. Very nice, tart and refreshing. A great beer.

Mouthfeel- Nice and crisp. Want just a touch more bubbly.

Overall- An excellent beer. One of my favorites from RR. It's sort of surprising because it's more "simple" than some of their others, but it's just fantastic. Wish I had more! I do miss Cali sometimes...

Photo of savagepm
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of antoines15
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Devi0us
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of punkhim
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of oaktree42
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a NB Globe, purchased at Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins, CO. $11. Batch 005

A: Pours a clear gold with an enormous white head, a good two inches worth. Violent carbonation is moving through the glass. Excellent clarity. Awesome lacing is left behind as the head slowly fades away.

S: Incredibly funky, tons of barnyard and staank. Some definite sour lemons, and an interesting lemon/lime characteristic has started to emerge. Smells funky and sour and awesome.

T: This beer has gotten to be much more sour than I originally remember it. Huge barnyard funk and sour cherries and lemons find their way in there. Again this cool lemon/lime flavor is starting to show up in the beer, this is aging nicely. Nice oak barrel flavors.

M: Light, crisp, prickly carbonation and a dry finish. Puckering and a nice amount of lacto spit thickening going on too. Spot on.

O: My favorite sour from Russian River, really great stuff and it is aging wonderfully. Not much else to say other than this is killer stuff!

Photo of sludgegnome
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of raynmoon
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first brett beer and wow! I'm buying this again. It's taste and sweet like a nice White Wine up front but goes down smooth on the finish. It's almost like a nice sparkling wine, but more full bodied.

I'm excited to try the Damnation 23 and the Rejection in my fridge.

Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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