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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1663
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%


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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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: honey-blonde... big off-white head, no last or lace, though it keeps a pad of misty foam and collar.... looked like it was pouring clean and clear out of the bottle yet it's heavily cloudy and a few specks did end up sneaking in

S: beauteous, lambic-like aroma (dare I say similar to something like Cantillon?)... little-to-no booze, but some nice mild pale malt comes out... not discernibly fruity (estery), perhaps champagne-like... later though I could say I'm getting almost banana pudding and grapefruit skin elements

T: initially, it seems like a sour peach/pear sparkling wine.... a lemon-citrus pith bitter-/tartness lingers long on the tongue.... not terribly tart, but a bit salty?!.... no depth, but that's part of its design.... some band-aid phenolics?.... little-to-no malt flavor

M: pretty dang light and dry, aside from a brief flash of body up front.... really, dry as hell.... bitter/tart buzz up front.... tiny bit of a mucky/slimy coating left in the mouth

O: pretty interesting.... can't remember ever having a domestic 100% Brett beer before.... one of if not the driest beer I've ever had.... when it warms, it's pretty damn drinkable

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 04:56:09 | More by Bouleboubier
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joefuzz

New York

4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks dagsy for the awesome hookup

Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Like fresh cut grass, a little funk and some belgian malts with a little bit of lemon. Taste starts off with a tart bite that's almost like sucking on a lemon, then moves onto a horseblanket funkyness. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is high. Overall pretty dam good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 02:51:15 | More by joefuzz
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kevanb

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, dated 11/28/12, poured into a Russian River Stemmed "-tion" glass.

The beer pours a golden straw color, slight hazy, although quite clear for the style, many bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A nice 2 fingers of soft, white, fizzy head rises from the glass that dissipates quickly, leaving a nice layer of soapy film atop the beer but yields no lace. The aroma is of bright citrus, lemongrass, green apple, white grape with some musty straw and light funk with some pale grain at the tail end. Lots of fruit on the tongue, white grape, lemon, crisp granny smith apple with some nice bretty funk, pale grain and light musty character. The body is very lively, lots of crisp carbonation without being harsh or overly abrasive that finishes with a nice creamy texture.

Verdict: A wonderful Wile Ale from Russian River, not that it's a surprise. Despite the lack of wood aging and bugs, this beer is still quite balanced and amply complex. A definite must try for anyone who likes sours.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 22:51:41 | More by kevanb
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cooler4life

Quebec (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 01/13

A: Poured a bright but cloudy golden wheat yellow with a one finger fluffy off-white head. Lacing and glass retention are slight. No floaties can be seen (I was expecting some!).

S: Fresh white grapes, golden fruits, green apple with a strong melon backbone. The smell does not have much of a barnyard funk, very straightforward.

T: Begins with VERY strong tartness then evolves to multiple layers or flavor. Oak, lemon, white wine, dry crackers, and honeydew. The Brett provides a wonderful level of funk that ends with a touch of rum soaked banana.

M: Leaves an oily dry finish with a great level of carbonation given the age of the bottle. Crisp and refreshing, I couldn't ask for more.

O: I had the pleasure of picking this up at RR earlier this year, and let's just say the trip was definitely worth it!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 02:09:22 | More by cooler4life
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a nice looking golden color with a bubbly white head on top. The lacing and retention was both very thin. The smell of the beer gives off a sour note as well as a nice subtle malt essence in there also. The taste of the beer is really well balanced between the sour elements and the beer itself. It's got a very good 1 - 2 punch going from sour to malty. The mouthfeel is light bodied and very drinkable, this is also on the refreshing side. Overall this Russian River brew hits many of the high notes it should and it worth checking out. Glad I finally got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 19:26:49 | More by Knapp85
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GuzzLah

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy blonde with a standard head that disappears and forms a ring. No lace. A few bubbles.

S - relatively mild aroma. Leather, white grape, pineapple, green apple and oak.

T - is similar to the aroma. White grape, green apple with a lemony and soft oaky finish.

M - light-medium body. Creamy. Nicely tart and somewhat astringent, but not quite sour.

O - despite being fermented with 100% Brett, I wouldn't call this a funky ale. It's more fruity and tart than funky. That's fine. It's a tasty beer, but it's my least favorite RR sour.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 20:28:42 | More by GuzzLah
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml c&c dated 11/27/2012, poured into a Russian River stemmed snifter and quaffed today on a 80 degree afternoon in Wisconsin, 5/18/2013. Cork popped hard, forboding great things for this beer.

Aroma: I get tons of Brett funk along with very tart cherry and vinegar. Tons and tons of it all. It reminds me of a funky chardonnay- its got that sweet tartness along with that earthy funk. A bit one-dimensional but definitely brings its game. (4)

Colour: Pours a hazy straw blonde colour with a ton of head- even as I pour slowly it throws up a massive >3cm head that slowly recedes into a supremely thick white film that is about half a cm. And stays that way. The lacing is spectacular on this Russian River glass. Absolutely amazing and appetizing blonde. (5)

Flavour: Woo! Lots of sour funk up front that makes me pucker up a bit, followed by a more subdued tartness reminding me of cherry and grapes along with a sweet breadiness ending in a vinegary and lemony funk. Very unique flavour profile that I cannot help but savor. Delicious combination of Brett funk, tart vinegar and malt backbone. I've never tasted anything quite like this and I'm very impressed. If this kind of beer was its own category rather than an AWA, I can't imagine anything being much better. I actually would like a bit more tartness on top of the funkiness, but honestly it's world class. (4.75)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied ale with incredible carbonation that isn't too over the top. A bit dry but stings the palate everywhere it comes into contact with a nice tart funkiness that lingers as the aftertaste briefly. It's very quaffable and refreshing- perfect for a 80 degree day in May. (4.25)

Overall: Russian River does it again. I feel they pretty much own the AWA category at this point in my young sour appreciating life. Very quaffable, full of complex flavours that satisfy my palate without overloading it while not being too heavy on any one particular characteristic. I am a big fan and will continue to seek out the Russian River offerings whenever I can get them. And you should too. (4.25)

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 00:03:37 | More by Stevedore
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.7/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle. Not counting a couple of collaboration beers, this is my first R. River - too bad it has to be a Brett beer. I have a very limited tolerance for Brett and even less for vinegar. With that in mind:

Pours light amber, hazy, with a small head. The aroma bodes poorly: Brett/wild ale with some vinegar. Intimidating. Given that, the taste was a bit better but still too funky. Nicely sour with a hint of old bread. Fine medium-light feel.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 03:09:23 | More by chinchill
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hopoilcrazy

Tennessee

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JustXBeer for setting me up with this bottle. From notes.

A - Billowing head and carbonation. Retention is perfect. Hazy gold. Spotty, but voluminous lacing.

S - The aroma is perceptible from feet away. Preserved lemons, saline, acrid, coriander.

T - The best way for me to describe the taste is flouride-y funk. Zesty tang. Great brett profile. Rummy bananas in the finish with a very faint boozy trace.

M - Chewy body akin to a Weihenstephaner. Slight tingle

Awesome, I want to drink these all summer but I can't because I live in TN...occasionally I must though.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 01:09:41 | More by hopoilcrazy
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JimTeal

Nevada

4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I do love a good unique beer and Russian River has certainly come up with one with this. What the heck is a sour blond? Well, unless you find one of these you may never know, it is that unique. It is really sour, almost as if they dosed it with lemon zest, and the result is a treasure. It is not the most beautiful beer I've ever seen, the head is average, the ABV is average but when this brew hits your palate you'll know what a sour blond is, it only takes a moment. WOW! OK, I admit that a trip to the RR Brewery helped, so I waited to review a bottle. The small taster at the home pub at RR was not enough to judge, but now that I have opened a bottle I am convinced that this is a world class "occasional" beer. Unlike those great IPAs, drinkable by the gallon, this one requires a bit of time to enjoy and savor in it's uniqueness. Lest it be confused, this is not a hop beer, it is a blond that happens to pucker, have I mentioned unique, yes try and you'll be aware that a real style can deliver. I have no idea, but I guess the brewmaster had a demonic possession and he just broke out of hell with Santification. Try it but be prepared to pucker and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 20:27:20 | More by JimTeal
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lordofstarside

Nevada

4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz to a Russian River goblet, bottled 11/28/12
Let the bottle sit on my desk about thirty seconds after uncaging and the cork shot out on its own. This is some serious stuff

Pours a very vibrant golden blond with a finger of foam sporting an impressive retention rate. Very cloudy, absolutely no transparency with high carbonation around the sides of the glass. Pretty good lacing, not much to dislike about the look

Smells of tart cherry, grape, vinegar, oak, funk, a bready malt and some alcohol. Has all the things a sour should in the right amounts

Taste of sour fruit- cheery, apple, some grape, and a touch of lemony citrus. A touch of yeasty malt on the finish

The feel is where this beer falls a bit short. The front is strong but the finish changes quickly to bland. Body is a medium light, with a mild/teetering medium sourness

Overall this bottle was a bit of a disappointment. It was good, but not as good as I remember it on tap last month. I bought the bottle from the taproom and am assuming they're from the same years batch, maybe the keg had some age though. In either event, I stocked up and have four more in the cellar. I'll be back in a few years

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 07:18:53 | More by lordofstarside
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle into tulip.

A: slight haze on a bright blonde body. carb is ripping to the surface. head is bright white. made up of big bubbles. great retention, spotted lacing.

S: gentle. a little bit of chamomile. toasted, vanilla oak notes. smells dry.

T: starts a bit tart. lemon drops. a barny flavor is in there, but not that strong. finish is actually a bit grainy and then dries out almost completely except for a lemon rind flavor. mostly dry.

M: almost effervescent. light/medium body.

D: not overly complex, but still highly drinkable. the tartness is pretty mellow and this is definitely more on the barnyard side of Brett. a good beginner brew for people looking to get into sours.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 05:43:58 | More by Jimmys
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Jonada

New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

375ml corked and caged bottle. Batch 11/28/2012

Appearance: Pours a dark yellow, almost golden color. Slightly hazy in the glass. A moderate pour yielded almost 4 fingers of an off white soapy head that dissipated reasonably quickly.

Smell: Lemon zest, citrus, apricot, white grape, bretty funk.

Taste: Sour grape, vinegar, tart green apples, some breadiness, Belgian yeast spiciness. Sourness is medium.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. The carbonation gives it a bit of a rough mouthfeel

Overall: Probably my least favorite of the RR sours I've tried, but still an excellent beer. Refreshing and pretty easy to drink. It tastes kind of like a sour saison. Definitely worth picking up a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 03:00:05 | More by Jonada
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MarioM

California

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured into RR Steamed Glass

A; Dark yellow, golden with a white head composted of large, high carbonation bubbles that dissipated within a few seconds of pouring. Beer continues to create a lot of bubbles from that rise from the bottom of the glass in a very straight column starting from the bottom of the glass.

S: A dry smell, yet fruity and quite aromatic even from a distance. Almost slightly wine like but just very characteristic of the Brett used in fermentation (fermented with 100% Brettanomyces).

T: Very light and refreshing. A slight fruitiness comes through but is very subtle. Hints of white wine, although not a wine drinker so this could be inaccurate, but light bodied with a very crisp finish.

M: Feel is gentle for a 100% Brett beer. Dry through-out but finishes with a slight bitterness and slight fruity character.

O: Very refreshing beer to have during a hot summer day or late at night when your craving something out of the ordinary or even when treating yourself to something special for no real occasion like my self at the moment. But regardless, really enjoying this RR brew. Very unique brew with a light and subtle character yet complex and unique. I guess that's what you get when you have a brewery in the heart of California Wine country, a brewery and beer that speaks for itself and stands out naturally.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 02:50:23 | More by MarioM
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle.

Appearance: Murky gold, big fluffy head.

Nose: Tons of big zesty sour lemon and bitter cherry. There's barnyard funk in the background and even a hint of bready malts.

Taste: More and more lemon zest. Funk comes through in the middle with a good bit of muddy hay and horse. Finishes with that typical American candied tartness.

Mouthfeel: Dry and crisp. Nice but not exciting.

Overall: A really interesting display of Brettanomyces. Displays the full capabilities of the yeast from start to finish. The cleanest expression of this bug that I've come across.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 20:23:22 | More by fdig23
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spoony

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 375 ml bottle (dated November 28, 2012) into a tulip.

A-This brew produces a healthy, three-finger head of shiny, soapy, off-white foam. The head hangs around for quite a while, which isn't surprising since carbonation is very visible in the beer. The brew is yellowish, gold in color and a touch murky.

S-The smell is a big dose of funk. There is a lot of brett here giving off that earthy, musty note that plays quite well against the slightly tart lemon, mandarin orange, and straw characters of the beer. The smell is complex and pleasing; I keep sticking my nose in to get another whiff.

T-The taste is also quite heavy on the brett. I taste a lactic, earthy tartness that combines nicely with lemon, mandarin orange, straw, candy sugar, and a touch of oaky vinegar. Again, pleasing and drinkable. The sour factor is low to medium, and fits well with rest of the brew.

M-The brew starts out with a wave of noticeable carbonation and finishes on the slick side. The heft is moderate and pairs nicely with the flavors.

O-This is another great Russian River wild/sour ale. Brewers can sometimes overplay their hand when it comes to brett beers, but this one manages to keep the smell and flavors that brett imparts without making brett the only thing going on. I'm not sure if this was the right beer to drink on a snowy March evening, but I will certainly search this out again in warmer seasons.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 03:06:04 | More by spoony
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks again to Jeff for splitting his RR sours with me. Sanctification pours a hazy, golden-apple color, appearing translucent as light shines through it, although it's impossible to see through to the other side. A soapy and foamy white head leaves some light dredging along the glass as it falls.

The aroma contains a ton of funk - wow! Musty cellar, cork... just huge amounts of Brett left and right. Makes sense, since as this is brewed with 100% Brett. Some mild sour fruits back up the aroma, but the more and more I sniff, the more and more Brett becomes the only thing I smell. Mild oak and wood on the tail end, still wet and funky smelling, with a touch of tart and sweet apple skins. Certainly a funk-head's dream, but I can't accurately judge how sour this one's gonna be. It smells more funky than tart, but RR sours have been known to play that trick on me. I guess we'll see.

Up front, the taste is extremely sour, even more so than the aroma would lead you to believe, so I guess there's the answer to that question. This bad boy is puckering right from the start - green apples, white grapes, super-ripe and sour pears. The assertive tartness is not alone, however, as the funk is very nearly as strong. Wet wood, cork, damp cellar, and huge barnyard notes, left and right. The sourness seems to tone down a bit as the beers warms, and the finish is pretty dry overall. Medium bodied, medium-high amount of carbonation with a slick mouth feel.

Another damn good Russian River wild ale. I don't think it's possible for them to put out a bad one. This is probably one of the more funky ones that I've had, but it still had an intense sour element right off the bat, so nothing was lost in that department. Thanks again to Jeff for breaking this one out.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 01:47:13 | More by tectactoe
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cork and cage 375ml bottle

A - translucent golden color. Apricot in color is the best I can do to describe it. Very nice color. Any sort of aggressive pour produces a large amount of thick white head, retains for a very long time.

S - mild vinegar, sour grapes, apple cider, some warmer almost floral type notes.

T - best sour I've had to date. Pronounced sourness without any pucker, a champagne like dry grape flavor, funky earthy type notes going on in the background. Finishes super quick super dry. It's an interplay between beer, champagne and white wine in the best way possible. Very very good.

M - super high carbonation, really plays well with the flavor. Nice presentation.

O - like I said above, my favorite sour to date. Ultra balanced between the flavor profile, level of sourness and mouthfeel. Just an excellent beer, would buy this again and again.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 04:53:45 | More by Beerandboards
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hawks10

Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Batch 005 - Bottled December 1st, 2010 - Poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

Pours a mostly clear dark straw yellow with one finger of bright white soapy head.

Nice light tart aromas up front mixed in with a more prominent spicy wet hay like funk. Smells light and inviting, like it's waiting for you, wanting to quench your thirst.

Taste closely matches the nose. Tart but not overwhelmingly so with a drying and slightly spiced finish. The funk is there but it is balanced very well with the tartness.

Medium bodied, a bit heavier than expected with a lively feel. A bit of a dry and spicy taste lingers.

Overall a very good beer. Easy to drink but not boring, nice layers of complex flavors make this one a top notch American Wild Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 00:43:26 | More by hawks10
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steeb

California

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

A: hazy golden with a nice thick fluffy head

S: sour, slight funk, some fruit like peaches

T: about the same as the smell, slight tartness on the forefront and a slight funk on the end

M: medium bodied, with some lingering qualities

O: A decent Russian river beer. Nowhere near as bad as New Belgiam's Brett Beer. Very nice balance between funk and tart.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 06:34:07 | More by steeb
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Samuel906

California

3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very cool, unique beer here. This brew pours hazy, light amber with some sediment and a very thin head. Smell is mostly of yeast and bretts, with some grapefruit, pear and apple. You can smell just how tart this beer is, and the taste is there to match. Tons of citrus (predominantly lemon and lime), tart and crisp, very refreshing served very cold. Fairly dry, and not overly acidic. Very light with tons of carbonation. Stimulates every taste receptor in your mouth and makes you salivate. Super clean finish, just leaves you wanting more. A little pricey, but super drinkable... this is a new favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 04:47:10 | More by Samuel906
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We crack the cage and cork on a bottle of Batch 005, and pour a brew the color of raw honey. It holds a two and a half finger tall head of creamy, off-white bubbles. These billow and fluff, leaving sheets of soapy lacing down the glass as the head eventually disappears into a hearty film. A thick haze permeates the clarity, with chunks of yeasty sediment bouncing around the base of the glass. Carbonation appears active. The nose sings with massive Bretty glory. This is sour, juicy, extremely tart, and metallic. The malts are soft, wheaty, and Belgian, with fruity esters and crisp citrus. This inherent spiciness is enhanced by sage, mold, and light piney earthiness. Finally, with warmth, comes a far off burnt rubber quality, adding a bittered, even tarter tail. Our first impression is that the flavoring is wildly tart, but kept nicely in check by sweetness at the back of the sip. As we sip, the juiciest Brett crashes the palate. This puckers, along with raw lemon flesh and rind, metallics, musk and mold, and crisp malty paleness. The malts actually maintain a nice backbone throughout, helping in their own right to cool the funk. The peak hits with more acidic qualities of vinegar, vinyl plastics, more chalk and bite to the yeast, fermented chokecherry bitterness, mineral, and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Washing through the finish are sweetened floral notes, honeysuckle sugars, herbal bitterness, big muskiness, barley grassiness, coin, faint banana esters, and more of that big bad Brett. The aftertaste breathes with fermented vegetable rottenness (in a funky, good way), citrus, wet flour, cooked plastics, coating metallics, and watered down tropical fruitiness. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is light to medium. There is nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop to each sip, as afforded by the ever present head. The mouth is left wet, salivating, and coated, with only slight pucker and astringency when it’s all said and done. The abv is easy, and the beer sips the night away.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the heavy tartness to the nose and flavoring, and the broad sweeping complexity of it. From the time you pop the bottle your nose fills with this juicy, insanely funky beast of an aroma, with crisp paler malts, and an accompaniment of yeast, fruits, and musky components. These translate well through the taste buds, with a massive bittering tartness from the first drop to the last. The nicely retained head affords soft creaminess to every sip, and helps Sanctification hold up proudly amongst its brothers and sisters in the series.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 01:32:34 | More by TheBrewo
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jvillefan

California

4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The body is a pale hazy yellow with a pure white lacy one finger head that dissipates quickly.

S: Very mild, especially for a sour. I wish it was a little stronger. Estery with a hint of sour apple.

T: Sour apple is in the front. There is estery and oaky flavors running throughout.

M: Nice body and very sharp carbonation.

O: Great sour. Not the best at Russian River but worth trying none the less.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2013 18:14:12 | More by jvillefan
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle to Ommegang flute

A:light golden yellow in color with a small white head. It is kind of cloudy but looks pretty clean despite that it is almost completely opaque which is what i expect from a blond.

S: well you can definitely smell that brett funk it smells like a barn, i am getting some of the "wet horse blanket" for sure but it is not overly pungent at all which i regard as a good thing. There isn't that much else there.

T: it has a nice sour flavor that is slightly tart with a little bit of sweetness to it in the finish. There is definitely some citrus in there especially lemon that goes along with the sourness and blond flavor. I can taste some of the hop and other flavors from a blond mixed in with the brett so it is definitely successful and to style.

M: The brett gives the beer a nice champagne crispness. It is also smooth, oily and goes down really easily which is helped by the carbonation. The great feel of wine champagne and beer blend together well here.

O: This beer is a great marriage of sour and blond the brett plays a great key role I throughly enjoyed this beer especially the taste and feel. It is not mind-blowing but it is a really solid sour and another impressive offering from RR i would recommend it if you can get your hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 04:51:26 | More by Pinknuggets
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flayedandskinned

California

4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 11/28/12
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours an extremely opaque, pale straw yellow, with a 2 fingers tall, pure white head which lasts a surprisingly long time for it's style. Leaves no lacing, as expected with barrel aged sour beers.

Aroma: Huge aromatics of funky, musty hay, pineapple juice, green pear skin, light granny smith apple, lemon juice and grape fruit rind. Hints of vanilla(from the oak barrel, I presume) and a very faint presence of cracker from the malt. Everything you'd expect and more from a 100% brett fermented beer.

Taste: The taste certainly follows the nose pretty well; starts off with suggestions of tart pineapple right away with a refreshing spritz of tangy lemon juice soon to follow. The beer closes with an assertive bitterness and a whisper of a soft cracker-malt base. Some lingering impressions of pear and grapefruit pith on the very dry, tart finish. There are some accompanying notes of vanilla, barnyard funk and some light tannins in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall: Definitely one of my favorite beers of all time. Complex, yet very thirst quenching and refreshing. The Brettanomyces really takes on a hugely tropical tone in this beer and makes the beer only slightly tart. This is a great beer for the both the sour novice and the seasoned "sour head" Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

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