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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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2,391 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,391
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 1,125
Gots: 752 | FT: 56
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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-27-2004

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Ratings: 2,391 | Reviews: 589 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Beer21
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cherche
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aleigator
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to Michael for the bottle.

Has a slightly clouded, sunny yellow-orange color, with a foamy head.

The nose is utmost tart, supported by leather and a huge load of lemon. Has an almost biting glue note to it, among slightly spiced yogurt. The aromas also provide a pleasant fruitiness, by revealing lots of sour lemons.

Begins with soft, slightly musty, earthy malts and a recognizable, lively carbonation. The carbonation unravels an acidic brett sourness, joined by a whole bunch of zingy lemons, while some barnyard funk and leather adding to the malts, providing an enjoyable balance. The sourness of this beer is incredibly citraic, with a metallic, fermented hint towards the finish, creating an unbelievable refreshing, complex beer. Creates a feeling, as if I am biting on a lemon stone, followed up by chewing on a chunk of its white peel, wrapped up by a pleasant earthiness. The supportive malts are recognizable at every stage, while it comes along with subtle spiciness, very soft on the palate.

The beer finishes with a distinct, acidic sourness, while a sweet malt note provides an impression of adding ripe lemons.

Photo of lateralundertow
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbenfer
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First experience with a Russian River and love it. Crisp and clean beyond compare.

Photo of Eheander
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BabaBeer
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Banana, melon, lemon, that signature bretty character. Hints of citrus and some cracker. Nice tartness with a touch of funk.

Photo of master_platypus
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Tony_D
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ONUMello
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle dated 1/28/14 poured into a Teku glass
A: Hazy light orange with a one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Lemon, green apple, hints of malt and sour yeast
T: An initial hit of sour green apple is followed by lemon, lemongrass, some herbs/earth, a bit of brett funk then followed by a lengthy green apple finish
M: Fairly light bodied overall but a sour kick and long finish make for nice complexity
O: Complex and delicious, couldn't ask for much more

Photo of Ironstutz
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of douginromeo
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of jooler
2.86/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This is really interesting. This is my first sour ale ever. This smells like a sour shock top. The taste is like a really fermented and watered down shock top. Sours are not my thing

Photo of CJNAPS
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draft at the brewery and thought it was great . I have a bottle doing a little shelf time, I hope I can let it sit for awhile to see how it taste after some time. But changes are I drink that bad boy lol

Photo of TheKmac
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wulfie85
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Danimal25
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thecasehead
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of evanfox81
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of evil
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of majorlance
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,391 ratings.