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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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1,913 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,913
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,045
Gots: 602 | FT: 37
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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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

03-18-2013 17:08:24 | More by JeffTheJuice
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danoeltico

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

03-18-2013 14:50:57 | More by danoeltico
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

03-18-2013 13:52:17 | More by gatornation
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

03-18-2013 10:35:08 | More by RedneckBeerz
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mscudder

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

03-18-2013 02:51:10 | More by mscudder
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Quackus

New York

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

03-16-2013 18:19:39 | More by Quackus
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dbc5

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

03-16-2013 02:13:01 | More by dbc5
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beans923

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

03-16-2013 01:17:50 | More by beans923
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whatname

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

03-15-2013 22:06:56 | More by whatname
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xgothmogx

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

03-14-2013 23:03:46 | More by xgothmogx
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PriorDoubleDark

Maine

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

03-14-2013 22:40:37 | More by PriorDoubleDark
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StubFaceJoe

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

03-14-2013 03:34:45 | More by StubFaceJoe
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Ogre

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

03-13-2013 15:07:24 | More by Ogre
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Cvescalante

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.6%

03-12-2013 22:37:35 | More by Cvescalante
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CypherEnigma

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

03-12-2013 22:13:09 | More by CypherEnigma
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Abnrml

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

03-12-2013 19:24:35 | More by Abnrml
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hopjake

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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musicman575

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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jsanford

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

03-12-2013 01:46:54 | More by jsanford
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

03-11-2013 23:18:56 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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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

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Lurkerson

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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Shankopotamus

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

03-10-2013 21:07:34 | More by Shankopotamus
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

03-10-2013 02:54:31 | More by AnitaBrewski
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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
Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,913 ratings.