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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,349
Reviews: 583
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 1,104
Gots: 738 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

Photo of phishsihq
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
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%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of afksports
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

super sour, better than the latest batch, thitas was from a750. super sour and gokden and ezcellent balanced super sour. the latest baych is just too sweef not enoyhth sour

much more a betyer beer okder than new, a thermd I'm not surthe newer will age as well. might beer a different yeast

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of zaphodchak
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much head, straw blonde body.

Belgian fruit esters, some tartness. Kinda sweet.

A bit tart but more like a slightly sour blonde, which is what it is. Quite accessible, slightly sweet but balanced.

Bright, fine feel.

One of the most drinkable and to me, enjoyable beers in the Russian River lineup.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Ryan011235
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 4/23/12

Batch 005

Many thanks to jlb502

The color is a pretty golden yellow; it's quite clear. A fizzy head of white foam takes up about an inch and a half of space before dissipating to a much thinner film. Some dollops of lace remain up top and collect, shaping up to cover a large swath of glass.

The aroma doesn't strike me as being overloaded with brett, which seems to impart primarily a grassy dampness. Couple said dampness with tangy white grape notes and a hint or two of something floral, and it makes for an overall smell that makes me think of rain soaked vineyards.

I don't actually know what rain soaked vineyards smell like. Full disclosure and all.

Hmm. The palate is the primary focus of the brett, despite being so mild mannered in the aroma. A moderate tartness sets in immediately, bolstered by bright vinous tones. The latter half is where the brett takes hold, awash in mustiness and cobwebs. Very dry, snappy finish.

The feel is rather light and crisp. I seem to recall folks mentioning this batch was low on the carbonation (but I don't remember for certain); not so with this bottle. A rolling fizziness is well-match to the feel and tartness of the beer.

Overall impression - I enjoy the simplicity of Sanctification; it's an easy-sipping wild ale. I'm glad I have another bottle.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here we go...another RR beer to review...very excited about this one. Poured from the bottle - Batch 006 - into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow color. To call this a super bubbly beer would be an understatement...looks straight up like champagne in the glass. Fluffy bright white head that sticks around a bit which I would expect with the amount of bubbles streaming through it.

S: Brett. I get Brett funk up and down the nose on this. Mixes with some citrusy notes - lemon, orange juice...a bit of grassiness.

T/M: Tart, not sour...but wonderfully flavored. I hate to use this description, but it tastes like a sweettart candy to me. Hits you tart up front, then ends with a pleasant candy sweetness. Not as much Brett funk in the taste. Fizzy on the tongue and finishes dry.

O: Really pleasant beer. Not necessarily puckering sour, but a good amount of tartness. I prefer the Supplication for sure, but this is a nice light warm weather beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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

Pours a light golden blonde. Almost no head, but some visible carbonation rising up.

Smells of not quite ripe green apple, yeast, some barn-like smells. Initially seems pretty tart, but it becomes pretty balanced and surprisingly not very sour in the nose.

Taste follows the nose. It's pretty nice and well balanced, some musty kind of flavors mixed with the green apple. I'm getting a strange aftertaste, I don't really know how to describe it... metallic, maybe? It's not very pleasant. It's not overpowering and I wouldn't say it ruins the beer, but it diminishes an otherwise very tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is great. Nice swisher, pretty full and well carbonated.

My first experience with a RR sour. It's good, but the aftertaste is a bit of a bummer. Didn't quite live up to what I was hoping. Hopefully beatification will be more rewarding!

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,349 ratings.