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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,918
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,047
Gots: 602 | FT: 37
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-27-2004)
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed ppale straw color, as expected a rush of bubbles forms a pillowy head, diminishes quickly but leaves sticky rings around the glass. Scent is all about the sour and funk... while being 100% brett, I would expect the funk to dominate, but it is there in perfect amounts while letting other components come through, the tart and sourness is welcome considering the yeast used. Hints of musty grain complete the profile. First sip is whats expected from the scent, great blend of tart and sour flavors with barnyard funk, musty wet straw and a kiss of riper watery fruit. Medium bodied, bubbly carbonation, dry and slightly puckering. A nice simply constructed beer that shows the quality of ingredients and crafstmenship are what makes a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 13:19:43 | More by rfgetz
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adman08

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours with a small amount of head that stays in the glass to the end. Very pale, cloudy straw color.
S-Not as strong a smell as most sours. Still has the sour aroma but also a little hint of fruit.
T-True sour brett flavor. Very tart and dry with almost no fruit flavor. I also get a bit of a dry white wine flavor. A hint of vinegar or sherry as well.
M-Lots of bubbles, very dry.
Overall, another good sour ale from Russian River. If your a fan of the true sours, those without added fruit, this is a good beer to sample.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 23:01:41 | More by adman08
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ewright

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 corked/caged bottle, batch 005, poured into a Brasserie d'Achouffe tulip glass. A fat finger of white foam sits on top of a bright yellow gold base. A lot of champagne-like effervescence rises from the bottom of the glass. Nice lacing as the head dissipates.

A lot of funk on the nose, very reminiscent of Orval. Faint lemon zest notes and a hint of pepper. First sip is surprisingly sour given the low level of citrus in the aroma. Lemon and unripe grapefruit dominate up front. By law, there are some hops in this brew, but they are not readily apparent anywhere in the flavor profile.

Finish is remarkably dry and crisp. High carbonation gives a mouthfeel very similar to dry champagnes. I'm really enjoying this for now, but I'm glad it is a small format bottle. 750 ml would be too much for me by myself, sour newbie that I am.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 01:57:28 | More by ewright
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a slightly hazy golden with a smallish, yet fluffy pure white head that settles at a good couple of cms, and sticks to the glass well.

very yeasty, and slightly funky aroma not too far from a saison with lemon pepper, herbs, and must.

much more tart, up front, than the aroma. with some funk and spice and acidic citrus. finishes tart again on the swallow, with a bit more lemony acidic citrus.

effervescent and dryingly tart on a light/medium bodied brew.

overall, its decent, but not what id be seeking out from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 01:18:19 | More by silentjay
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

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

Batch 005 375 ml bottled poured into a Cantillon tumbler.

A: It pours an astonishingly golden yellow color with perfect clarity. There is a two finger white head that hangs on for awhile and leaves behind some sticky lacing.

S: Musty barnyard, freshly baled hay, and leather boots rise to the foreground, brett at its best. There are some fruit notes behind that, white grapes, lemon peel, apples, and pears. Along with the fruit there is a bunch of sour goodness wafting from the glass. It smells incredibly inviting.

T: The first sip yields a leathery, musty, sour twang that I detected on the nose, not overly sour though. The sourness is pithy like a lemon peel with a dash of salt. The fruit shines mid palate and really brings to mind white grapes and apples, almost like a chardonnay. The oak barrels are creeping in at the edges, very subtle. It finishes quite dry and the toasty grain makes an appearance.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

O: Overall this is an excellent example of an American Wild Ale, not to mention an all Brettanomyces version. It is extremely well balanced with an array of nuances. Great beer. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 01:05:12 | More by Neffbeer
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jminsc76

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Well, it definitively exhibits a golden body, with a white, thick foamy head forming upon the initial pour. Reemerges decently upon agitation, with the legs sliding down thick as I tilt. Very nice.

Aromas exhibit a mellow intensity of citrus (lemon and orange) and slight barnyard/horse blanket funk, the latter being mildly sharp. It’s pleasant, though I am wishing it would lift the nostrils just a bit higher.

Flavors threw me off at first, primarily because I found it fairly one-dimensional. As I continue sipping, however, a balanced blend of lemon and funk washes across the palate, signifying Sanctification’s rightful place as an unmistakable Russian River beer.

Mouthfeel is thinner, but the effervescence is perfect in creating a kind of snap, crackle, and pop on the palate. I like the dryness this exhibits as well.

Overall, I like it, though not amongst my favorites due to the fact that I have nary a preference for lemons. Sorry. If there were just a tab bit of sweetness, the taste preference would steer this in the A category. Plus it’s undoubtedly funky and smooth, though not necessarily complex. I would knock back a couple per serving, but should Supplication or Consecration or Temptation or Beautification be offered in its stead, this would be left to someone else.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 20:35:39 | More by jminsc76
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Pencible

Virginia

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

A: This poured a hazy light gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like super tart green apple and white grapes, with a little grassy hops and lemon zest.
T: It tasted dry and tart and funky. Green apple was the dominant flavor, along with super tart white grapes and persimmons. It had a dry and very tart aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with lots of carbonation. Nice and bubbly.
D: This was a great wild ale with lots of dry tartness and and sourness. Not much funk, bitterness, or sweetness. The body was fitting and made it easier to drink. (Any flatter and the sourness would have lasted too long in the finish). This really pushes the tart envelope. Very enjoyable if you're into wild ales. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 20:04:08 | More by Pencible
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birchstick

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 005 by way of KevSal...thanks man!

A - pours a nice straw color with a creamy whit head that retains quite well

S - smell opens up with huge hits of Brett that give a musty, earthy funkiness with a bit of mushroom underneath it. Second to the Brett character is some lemon, pear, and tart green apple.

T - opens up with with sour pear and apple...the malt underbase isn't detectable. In the middle of the palate is some funky must but is quickly overwhelmed by lemon and sour, tart green apple. Hanging over all of this is a delicate touch of mushroom and some earth and must tones. Really Nice stuff!

M - A little thin but pretty smooth with moderate carbonation. A little above average

D - This is a pretty solid wild ale here. Not as in your face sour as others I have tried, but this makes Sanctification that much easier and enjoyable to drink. Pretty solid stuff and has me very intrigued to try more RR barrel beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 02:46:52 | More by birchstick
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snaotheus

Washington

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle split up into three sample glasses

Smell is sour, a little winey, very exciting. Taste is extremely sour, with a surprising bitterness to it. I get a tiny amount of grape, some grapefruit sourness.

Mouthfeel is dry and clean, very nice. Overall, good tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 23:10:08 | More by snaotheus
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of batch 5 via trade with nickd717 thanks again nick!

A - Pours hazy golden yellow with a nice bubbly one finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving light webs of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of lemon, tangerine, bretty earth, and some light funk. I really liked how much fruit came thru in this one. It still had plenty of funk to go around but it really played second fiddle to the fruit. Nice and subtle.

T - Starts off with a big dose of bretty funk giving way quickly to a nice mix of bright citrus fruit and strong puckering sourness. Finish is a mix of lingering sourness and light citric acidity. Nice light sour that was very easy to drink. It wore me down quick tho. Overall it was pretty good but it got to me over the course of the bottle. Much stronger than it feels.

M - Medium-Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The funky feel is quite soft with plenty of it lingering for some time. It was quite easy to drink.

O - Very nice. I think I still prefer temptation overall but I really liked this one. Just a bit too strong on the funk at the moment. I could see this developing beautifully over the next year or so.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 03:37:48 | More by orangesol
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AleWatcher

Illinois

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

Another bottle from Sideswipe. Thanks John!

375 ML, batch 5, served in my Captain Lawrence tulip.

A bright clear yellowy gold with a billowing white head. Nice retention. Minimal lacing, but that's ok.
Smells of light fruits like pears, green apples, white grapes, apricots... Some big funky notes of hay and horses.

Taste is very very dry. No malts even noticed. The flavor has light fruit notes I found in the nose plus the funk plus a great tasty tartness at the backend. Very very very dry. Incredibly drinkable. This is head and shoulders above temptation, and only just behind Brute in my opinion.
Very nice light body reminds me of a good white wine.

This is spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 22:38:08 | More by AleWatcher
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victory4me

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Paired with Danish bleu cheese.

Pours a very clear pale-golden almost pilsner-like. The look is saved by a nice effervescent head that dissipates to a lovely coating of bubbles hovering over the liquid. I smell tons and tons of brett. Aroma is just fantastic and on par with many world-class gueuze. Lots of funkiness, just as you feel the aroma will knock you over, it comes up just short enough to allow you to compose and ready yourself to drink.

Lots flavor going on here. Brett, lemon, and an underlying spiciness. The flavors are coming though in layers upon layers of depth and character. A wonderfully dry finish keeps you reaching for the glass. Tongue is overwhelmed by the prickly carbonation coupled with the aggressive tartness.

Another exceptional sour by Russian River. An extremely well-crafted beer that I would put in the same league as Consecration.

Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 03:25:52 | More by victory4me
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larryi86

Delaware

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you atxdelivery for this one
375 mL bottle batch 5 poured into a tulip

A- A hazy pale yellow with a small white head

S- Some funk, some citrus, some earthy notes, beardy malts.

T- Sour and tart lemons up, beardy malts in the middle, and a funky finish.

M- Light, crisp, smooth, a ton of carbonation.

O- Overall this is a nice sour, but not at the same level of the other Russian River sours I have had. Reminded me of a solid Gueuze. I would get this again if I had the chance, but would not actively seek it out. I am very happy that I got a chance to try this.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 02:29:59 | More by larryi86
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ibbjamin

California

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

Paid around $12 for this 375ml corked and caged bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA. I poured into my Lost Abbey tulip to review, but I've had and loved this many times before. This is a bottle which could be aged, but I am drinking fresh. Batch 5.

The cork pops with a pleasant welcoming of carbonation. Light, loosely packed white head of about a 1/3" that dissipates slowly leaving a nice layer of retention. Very cloudy yet the carbonation is still visually evident. The beer is a faded corn yellow color. Nice sheets of lacing line the inside of the tulip.

The brett funk aroma fills the area before I even begin to pour. Tons of wild and funky brett giving it a very musky character of barnyard and horseblanket. Lemon, lime, white grape and citrusy hops as well in the mix.

Certainly a sour, but not as ass puckeringly sour as others I've had from them or other breweries such as Cantillon. This one seems more subtle and balanced, a nice change of pace.

Quite dry and somewhat astringent. Vinious qualities, but the carbonation and crisp mouthfeel certainly separate this one from being in the "wine-esque beer" category for me.

All in all, a great beer that I will buy everytime I see it on the shelves. These Russian River sours really have grown on me over the years; I need to go back and re-review all of them as their gradings surely will have improved.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 02:06:58 | More by ibbjamin
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OakedCanuck

Washington

3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml into tulip. Batch 005.

A - A golden yellow. Bubbly one finger head. Slight haze and some yeast floaties (probably due to the pour though, my bad)

S - Tart, funky, musty, bready malts

T - Sour lemons, tart granny smith apples, some pepper. The Brettanomyces gives it a funky zing. Bready malts flavour is in there but is mainly overshadowed by the sourness.

M - Crisp, light, puckering! Well carbonated.

D - Good wild offering. Quite tart so it took me a while to get through, which I didn't mind.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 16:51:41 | More by OakedCanuck
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trappistlover

Arizona

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(375ml bottle courtesy of zestar!!). Pours cloudy bright yellow with white head. Realy beautiful. Aroma is funky, lemony, and maybe a little grassy. Taste is tart. Thin to medium bodied with a dry finish. This is just a solid offering from Russian River.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 05:52:19 | More by trappistlover
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an edit of a previous review that was low due to a lack of carbonation. I sent a note to RR about that then a day or two later got a response from Vinnie who then proceeded to send me 4 bottles as a replacement. This is a man who takes pride in his beer. These have been a totally different story.

Batch 005

Pours a hazy, golden/yellow without a large, white head that has decent retention and leaves large dabs of lace.

The smell is sour citrus, lemon zest, a bit of yeasty bread and some funk.

The taste is a lot like the aroma but there is more delicious funkiness in the end. It's very refreshing, much in the way a Berliner Weisse is for me.

Mouthfeel is medium tending to thin, nicely carbonated and

Overall: All four of the replacement beers have been deliciously tasty and refreshing. This is what Vinnie wanted me to get from one of his beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 00:25:29 | More by meatyard
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

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

Batch 004, 750 ml
Pours a clear bright nearly neon yellow with a strong white head.

Smell of strong brett, sour and barnyard together in a smaller sour that is very pungent. Russian River always delivers in my experience when they say it is sour. This is not an exception.

Taste of a strong lemon sour blonde ale. The sourness is nice and dry but sweet at the same time, leaving your mouth nearly puckering. Light mouthfeel and a high level of carbonation. Was really glad to have batch 004 as it is still in the 750ml format. I am also sure that the time in the bottle was well spent as I received a great pop from the cork when removed. Plenty of oak flavors going throughout the body. Slight vanilla flavors and a decent noble hop character hanging out in the background.

Overall this beer is crisp and refreshing. Easily drinkable for me which cannot be said about most sours. I had a hard time putting the glass down even though this is a rare treat.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 22:53:36 | More by alpinebryant
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Docer

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml poured into a tulip.. batch 005 6.75% alc.

- Appearance: (4.5)
Pours an ever so slightly cloudy straw pale yellow, big fluffy white head.. sticks around a bit, leaves a steady 1/4" in the glass with lacing all about.

- Smell: (4.0)
Much like the Redemption in the background, but with a Brett twist. Grainy wet biscuit malt bad with a zest, twist of lemon, slight clove, and tart Brett character. Thinking this one would get much more crazy over time. Slight white grape character.

- Taste: (4.0)
Super zesty bright citrus tart sour goodness. Rather spicy in the finish. Light golden bready malts sit quietly in the background while a zesty and spicy lemon tart punch hits the palate with a surprise. Quite good, and quite different.

- Mouth Feel: (4.0)
Rather bubbly, and light. Leaves the mouth watering for more while leaving its dry character behind as a reminder. Very fine tuned.

- Overall: (4.0)
Very good, and full of zesty Brett goodness as this is a 100% Brett sour. Spicy and tongue grabbing it is. I would love to see what a bottle of this would turn out like in a 55 deg. F cooler after about 8 years. Super good, and a very unique sour.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 03:24:00 | More by Docer
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

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

Batch 005. I received one bottle from Boatshoes and another was purchased for me by Ryan011235.

Hopefully its not too ironic to pour this into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Appearance
Very bright yellow with a pure white head. Big dimensional chunks of lace are torn off as it fades to a thick cap of long lived retention. The beer is fully hazed and when held to the light it glows a bright lemon yellow.

Aroma
Lots of Bretty funk right off the bat. Lemon backs it up with a tart and lively citrus bent. Certainly yeast aromas are strong, there is even a touch of estery fruitiness but a strong horsey funk covers most of it. There is an unmistakable aroma of melon, namely cantaloupe, its light, juicy and refreshing.

Taste
Sourness is kept in check by a sturdy funkiness. Theres really only a light tartness that develops into the slightest grand twinging sourness by the finish. Flavors of fresh lemon are strong along with a lot of crab apple. Sanctification seems amply hopped, there is some citrus bitterness left behind after the swallow which becomes a long, grapefruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel
A light body matched with active carbonation and a cleansingly dry finish makes for a crisp, clean beer. Very refreshing. The carbonation is just right, theres not a lot of it and its not too sharp. Its comprised of very fine little bubbles.

Overall
Decent stuff but not Russian River's most memorable. Just a solid, crisp sour that doesn't try to show off. I'll be saving my other bottle for a nice outside summer drinking day.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 19:02:54 | More by MbpBugeye
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jnn4v

Virginia

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

A: Somewhere between Miller Light and champagne. Pale yellow color with lots of tiny bubbles. Minor to moderate white head.

S: Like a very dry apple cider. Almost gueze-like. Not much of a fruit scent to go off. Mild sweetness underlies it.

T: Also very dry. Tart. Sour. Not much fruit, although a hint of apple. Similar to a non-ripe granny smith apple. Somewhat bitter herbal.

M: Very nice mouthfeel. Completely appropriate levels of carbonation for the style.

O: Very nice overall beer. One of the better wild ales I've ever had and I'd rank it up there with supplication in overall quality.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 20:28:35 | More by jnn4v
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a corked & cage bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a very cloudy shade of dark yellow with an INSANE four finger pure white head. The head is very puffy, and while lacing is minimal, the sheer size of the head is enough to negate that factor. As for the beer itself, it looks a lot like your standard witbier...maybe a little darker.

S- getting a lot of lemon out of this one. Honestly? It smells like a top of the line witbier. Of course, I know it's NOT a wit, but that's what I'm reminded of so far

T- sour, sour lemons. It tastes like one of those awesomely fresh Italian gelatos made with lemons off the tree. The pucker is definitely there, and it's a much lighter one than you'd get with a Sanctification or a Supplication. I love it

M- the texture is perfect. Again, I come back to the witbier analogy...it has the feel of a witbier, but with a little more thickness. Can't get much better

O- dear Russian River, thank you for making this beer again. It is absolutely amazing. I want as much of it as I can get. Fantastic stuff

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 22:41:04 | More by bigfnjoe
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CruisaC

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Urbancaver for saving a couple bottles of this for me.

pours a pretty golden color with 1 inch of white head which settles nicely along the sides of my New Belgium glass as the head fades.

Smell is a perfect balance of funk and lemony tart, very refreshing.

Wow. I am fairly new to the world of sours. I have had several that I was pleased with so far: 3F Oude Gueuze, Cantillon classic, Consecration, but this was the best of the lot. Tart, just enough funk to let you know what you're dealing with, with a nice slightly sweet ending that adds to the overall drinkability

Nicely carbonated, just dry enough to make you raise your glass all the sooner for another sip

Truly exceptional; I'm glad I've got another which I may have to save for a warm evening...hopefully those are coming soon

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 00:58:02 | More by CruisaC
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riored4v

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a tulip. Thin, egg-white like head. Straw colored, golden body that had a slight haze to it.

Smell had a cherry aroma with some musty presence. Slight grainy aroma with an acidic tartness.

Taste had hints of cherry. Nice acidic sourness that hits you in the cheeks. Good funky yeast presence with some estery flavor and maltiness. Light bittering effect.

Mouthfeel had a medium/light body, with a medium/high carbonation. Very nice dry finish that effects the tongue and cheeks.

Overall the drinkability was good. Tartness will it for some but its very good. No signs of ABV. Nicely balanced. Very crisp and dry.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 22:54:16 | More by riored4v
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notyourdadsbeer

Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 375ml bottle at Euclid Hall into a white wine glass.

A: Perfect clear bright straw light color. Head starts thin and bubbly, but quickly fades. Great lacing and and it just rests on top of the beer. A good swirl brings the head back to life for just a bit.

S: Big sour and tartness from the yeast and brett. Hints of apple and tropical fruit balance the barnyard funk and earthiness of the beer.

T: Bright crisp tart sour notes. Sour apples muted only the earthy brett that dances with the flavors. Tart on the back of tongue causes salivation after every sip. Tangy citrus notes linger on the finish.

M: Full bodied like a chardonnay but with the clean crisp tropical fruit of a sauv blanc. Amazing how similar to wine this beer comes across. Cotes the palate evenly and is extremely balanced. Beautiful carbonation brings a zestiness to the beer.

D: Amazing beer. The balance between wild yeast and earthy brett flavors with tropical ripe apples and perfect carbonation is a treat. Perfect with white meat, hot days, cold nights, and just to try something different.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 05:02:51 | More by notyourdadsbeer
Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,918 ratings.