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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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world-class

1,893 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,893
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,038
Gots: 600 | FT: 36
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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GimmeGumballHead

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4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

got a couple of these bottles out of a recent trade, love russian river sours. so much.

A - hazy, pretty pale, but very pretty. minimal head.

S - kind of intense, but not really for a sour, very sweet, the bret is present and AWESOME.

T - can't even think of a reason to complain about the taste of this beer. such quality.

M - AMAZING. PERIOD.

O - get some of this beer as soon as you can, I generally use sours for pallet cleansers, but this beer as well as many other russian river sours might slip into my regular rotations.

Serving type: bottle

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Bubba83

California

4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Handling this bad boy on my own tonight, my first sampling of this beer in the bottle and my first taste of it in over 3 years. Batch 004.

Poured at 45 degrees into a tulip. The appearance is mind blowingly beautiful. A standard half at 45 degree, rest at normal height pour provided a big 3 finger width bright white pillowy looking head. Retention is incredible, and eventually mellows out into about a 1/2 inch head that sticks all over the glass in bubble bath fashion. Most bubbles are small, creating a fine head texture. Wow, all that writing just for the head? Yes.

Onto the body... An awe-inspiring slightly hazy yellow that reminds me of a hay-bail, but there's orange highlights too, and every color in between as my eyes dart around the glass. Rising bubbles from the depths keep the head afloat seemingly forever.

The smell is a crazy promotion for what brettanomyces can add to a beer. Incredibly complex aromas, if I listed them all I would go over the 5,000 character limit. A few prominent aromas I can pick out are: Lemon, Apple, Lime, Straw/Hay, Pineapple, Peach, Earthy, Musty Funk, Black Pepper, and Spicy Clove.

Again, quite impressive, I can't fault it at all. It's hard to imagine Vinnie was holding this beer back because it was "sick", well I never thought I'd say this but, the doctor that cured it deserves a raise! Everything I mentioned in the smell can also be perceived by taste, but additionally there's a bunch of tartness in that lemony flavor and a good deal of zing. On top of that, in that tropical fruit range I am able to pick out coconut too, along with other stone fruits like apricot, and pear. The funk goes on for days and has so much depth that interacts so perfectly with the straw/hay/grassy character to make it seem "rustic".

The mouthfeel is relatively light and spritzy, and I think it's about where it should be for a beer deriving from a blonde ale. Pops in the mouth, has a great head texture, it's the whole package. It is BONE DRY. There's something intangible here that's preventing a perfect score in this category, but I can't describe it with words.

Overall the beer is fantastic. I don't know what it is about this beer, but it just suits me. When I had read Vinnie changed the recipe a lot with Batch 004, I was extremely worried in what I would think about the changes. It is different than it was, it's less sour, no longer mouth puckering. I would argue that it's basically the same beer underneath the covers, but the complexity has gone off the charts. The downplayed sourness has allowed this beer to speak the rest of its mind. Vinnie was leaning more towards Orval with this batch, and he nailed it with the funk, but added the tartness and more tropical flavors underneath. An absolute masterpiece. I can't imagine ever coming across a beer that rivals this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 06:45:48 | More by Bubba83
Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
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