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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1674
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:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-27-2004)
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TheSupremeAJ

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Blue Dog of Lansdale, taken to go and poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. Refrigerated and set to warm until about 55 degrees F. Batch 5 (Not yet described on the RR website.)

Appearance- Very bright yellow color... just a tad darker than the bright yellow label. Opaque and cloudy. Thick layer of Brettanomyces on the bottom of the bottle. Little head. Presented in very nice Russian River corked + caged bottle.

Smell- Sweet, yeasty, citrus. Nice and sour with a little funk!

Taste- Very nice and sour. Malts shine through a little bread. Very bright and almost "lemony."

Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation and little/no negative aftertaste other than the beautiful sour notes.

Drinkability- My wife who does not like beer tried this and felt as if it was a general exception to her usual rules. I would drink this every day if it were an option!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 17:59:49 | More by TheSupremeAJ
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josiahschlender

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had very few sour beers, so it's exciting for me to try one out. Picked this batch 005 bottle up at the local Trader Joe's of all places.

Definitely a fan of the cork and hefty bottle, very classy. This beer lives up to its blonde moniker on the label. It's pale golden in color with an ample head in my wine glass. The foam settles fairly soon and leaves just a little bit of lace.

I definitely smell bananas, along with a little bit of mustiness that I've heard about with brett beers. Maybe some faint spices like cloves. Not as intense as I expected, but pleasant.

Flavors pack much more wallop. Only a little of the light, fruity bananas, and intense puckery sour. Not quite the citric sourness of a lemon, but more like sour candy. Lots of complexity with this beer being very sour yet having balancing sweetness in the front and middle of my mouth, while finishing long and dry with sourness fading to something more herbal.

I'm a sucker for big, flavorful beers, and this one satisfies that in a new dimension differently than the big IPAs and stouts. Thanks Russian River for delivering us beers to expand our minds and tastes!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 03:39:35 | More by josiahschlender
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 005

A cloudy, pale-gold colored brew with a small, fast-falling head and slippery lace. A steady stream of tiny bubbles makes their way to the top of the glass as I drink. Aroma is lovely, tart, slightly funky with brett, lightly sweet, a hint of lemon.

Flavor is quite delicious, mildy funky from the brett but only just-so; tart, acidic, citric, lemony and quenching. A little grassy, traces of green apple, no hops to speak of. Very low bitterness overall.

Carbonation is quite lively. This is a super-refreshing, champagne-like beer I’d drink all the time if I could afford it. Medium light body with a crisp, clean, slightly puckering finish. Made for a great Thanksgiving morning treat while others enjoyed Prosecco with strawberries.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 17:42:49 | More by tobelerone
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OlieIPA

California

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a 375 ml bottle into a Bruery tulip glass.

A: A murky yellow body that supported a fruitful rocky white head. Anticipated more lacing and head retention throughout the beer, but settled out to normal level after few minutes.

S: A very "Barn-like" and farmhouse upfront with perhaps some sort of oak backing. A also detect a decent amount of tart-sweetness off the top as well. Extremely complex and delicate at the same time!

T: My first impression is combination of intrigue and WOW! 50% of the flavor profile really brings in that dirty blonde characteristic, while the other 50% really draws on that tart experience you tend to expect from something that has 100% Brett. Very impressed and quite possibly the most drinkable and well balanced flavor profile I've had within this style.

M: Light to medium body with just the right amount of carbonation; A bit dry at the tail end.

D: There really isn't enough to say about this beer. Russian River again showed why it dominates this style along with the guys from Lost Abbey. A must try beer. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 04:18:56 | More by OlieIPA
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EnemyWithin

Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Russian River Sanctification Batch 006 in 375ml bottle into Duvel tulip on July 22, 2012.

Appearance: 4
Golden yellow with slight hazy. Pours with ½ white head that fades to thin covering. Good lacing.

Smell: 4
Soft yeasty and spiciness with notes of lemon and mild biscuit malt, which offers slight sweetness. Reminiscence of both Duvel and Saison Dupoint. But then on top of all of this is a notable sour funk with notes of lemon and slight candy tart. Very close to taste and overall, nice profile.

Taste: 5
Initially get a sour, slightly lemon flavor that is sharp across the palate; with notes of slight spicy and Belgian yeast faintly in the background. A mild hops presence is increasingly detectable midway through offering a mild bitterness and light spicy hops flavor. Then after the initial sourness, the underlying base of the Belgian-style blonde comes through, with soft malt presence (slight notes of biscuit, bready, and a very small touch of honey) that gives a nice balancing sweetness. This malt presence peaks in that late-taste and lingers, but with decreased intensity in the finish. Overall, the beer has great flavor profile that is both clean and refreshing, yet still manages to have depth.

Mouthfeel: 4.5
Nice sourness that is moderate, with good coating of the palate. Semi-sweet profile with a drier finish. Moderate carbonation that is enjoyable and accents refreshing aspect of beer.

Overall: 4.5
An above-average beer that shows you that beer doesn’t have to be overly blold or complex to be great. The use of Brett takes the beer to a whole another level. There is the juxtaposition of simple elements that combine for great balance and depth. Nice element of refreshing, and appropriate alcohol content. Definitely would have again.
Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 22:17:43 | More by EnemyWithin
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 4.25 - nice golden amber color with a white head that dissipates down pretty quickly. Hazy but probably because I poured the entire thing aggressively into the glass.
S - 4.5 - Green apple, sour lemon, barnyard flavors from the brett. Hay, bread, wheat.
T - 4.75 - Great sour beer. Sour green apple, lemon, white wine, bready yeast, barnyard flavors lingering in the background. White grape.
M - 4.5 - Sour, but not as sour as some other beers. It still allows you to taste some of the citrus and barnyard flavors. light-medium mouthfeel. alc covered. Aftertaste is bready/wheaty and still a little tart.
O - 4.5 - Good beer. Not that much alcohol flavor. Sessionable. Expensive and not available in most places though.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 19:08:43 | More by ISmith87
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the label...Sanctification [sanc.ti.fi.ca.tion], n. 1. to set apart for sacred use; consecrate. 2. to make holy; purity. 3. to give religious sanction to, as with an oath or vow.

Sanctification pours up effervescent with a cascading white head which dissipates rather quickly revealing a slightly hazy straw golden body. The moderately acidic aroma is surprisingly complex with a nice intermingling of Brett character (earthy barnyard, horse blanket, etc...) & citrus fruits (grapefruit, lemon, tangerine) with some mild toasted oak & warm vanilla wafer notes. The flavor starts off slightly grainy with some earthy hop spiciness that carries into a tart, yeasty, zesty finish. This light to medium-light bodied sour blonde ale is refreshing and surprisingly complex. Russian River's Sanctification is truly a wild ale that will have the sour beer fans rejoicing at its wonderous pucker power. "Who's afraid of the "Big Bad BRETT?" Certainly not me!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 07:42:04 | More by Beertracker
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So here it is, Review #900. Been a long road to here, but just keep on truckin'! I decided to go with something a little special. Had a bottle of Sanctification batch #03 sitting in the fridge and figured this would fit the bill just about right.

The pour was very nice, a rich hazy and cloudy bright golden yellow with a ton of carbonation riddled throughout it. Very nice three finger high head of white foam appeared over the top and stayed around for a good few minutes before settling down to a one finger high pillow that lasted throughout the entire session. Very nice thick side glass lace throughout the entire session and there was a good little bit of sedimentation present on the bottom of the glass. Very nice look and I was morethen excited to dive into this one.

The aroma was strong, pungent and very sour. Ahh the lovely aroma of Brett in full force here. Pungent aromas of grapes just all over this one. A nice fruity vibe as it warms, with hints of peaches, and apples, light fruit in general were all lying deep underneath, however the real story was the gorgeous amounts of sour notes that were all over this one. Really quite beautiful. The flavor followed along perfectly. With a light airy body, this was an ideal beer for the evening. Lots of carbonation and an increasingly complex profile just really lit it up. There was the undeniable taste of Bret rippling through it, providing me with the great sour taste, but below that lots of peach and pear flavors were increasingly poking their heads around, letting you know there were there as well. A nice light grain flavor made up the base and kept things from getting out of control. There was an nicel ong drawn out finish that really tightened things up nicely and left a good fresh grass and sour grape flavor in your mouth for a good long time. The drinkability on this one was superb, with a deep flavor profile, that was just light enough to be enjoyed all night.

Overall I thought this one was excellent and more then deserving of the rep that it has. Really a tight ale here that I would love to try again any day. Absolutly superb in everyway, this was just pure quality. Great job!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 01:19:56 | More by mikesgroove
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Batch 002. 100% Brettanomyces fermented.

Pours into my tulip glass a beautifully vibrant clear golden orange that reminds me of a fall harvest. Two fingers of creamy white foam sits atop the brew and the plentiful active carbonation makes it linger on. Can't ask for much more looks wise, downright enticing. Aromas start with fresh pale malts showing a bit of sweet grain scents. Fruit, lemon and honey come through with a bit of a floral accent. Tartness and a barnyard hay backbone emerge with the Brett. Lovely.

First sip brings wonderful sweet and tart malt upfront with a mix of fruit flavors including peach and lemon. Barnyard funk, honey and hay flavors roll through with a bracing tartness that engulfs the mouth. Woody oak tones along with a bit of dryness. The flavor lingers on after each sip of this tasty Brett enhanced golden ale.

Mouthfeel is smooth, velvety and effortless with an effervescent carbonation throughout. This beer is simply amazingly crafted and downright delicious. I would drink this constantly if it was more available. A tart, funky, beauty in a bottle. Russian River knocks it way out of the park once again.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 22:36:30 | More by orbitalr0x
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Xul

California

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to mjl21 for hooking this up in a trade.

A: Pours a hazy golden with amber highlights, capped by two fingers of fluffy white head. Retention is good and some light lacing is left down the glass.

S: Juicy, slightly sweet lemon is strong up front, followed by some lacto character mingling with pears, green apples, and a light white wine character. Funk comes in at a moderate level mid-sniff, with barnyard and musty notes.

T: Strong, slightly tart lemon with a very minor sweetness up front, which gives way to a small burst of lactic acid. Fruit comes on strong mid-palate with green apples, white grapes, pear, and some very light peach. Funk comes in late and produced a horse blanket finish, although some lemon juice comes back up to prevent the funk from being too dominant.

M: Medium body with high carbonation, excellent mix of smoothness with some light prickly feel.

D: I had to keep forcing myself to put the glass down, the combination of refreshing feel and great enjoyment is a dangerous one. Glad I've got another bottle, I'm very interested to see where this is in six months to a year.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 04:30:25 | More by Xul
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imblane

California

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Earthy sour Brett Funk with just a hint of grainy sweetness that is quickly overwhelmed by the lactic character.

Appearance - Pale straw and extremely hazy, big white puffy head with low retention due to high acidity.

Flavor - Tart cherries and an earthy umami like character that somehow mellows and begs for another sip. Brett character is medium and adds complexity, not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is high and very effervescent. Finish is bone dry and very pleasing, no astringency or other unpleasant sensations.

Drinkability/Overall - A complex, pleasantly sour example of a fairly rare style. A moderate strength(6.75%) soured Blond that finishes bone dry and begs for another sip.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 06:53:58 | More by imblane
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GRG1313

California

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 5; Feb. 2011 release;

Pours a hazy orange with a nice white head that fades a bit quickly.

Nose is light orange fruit with a pleasant brett character. Not your typical brett funkiness but a bright pleasant "citrus-funk" character.

Mouthfeel is bold and bright, rich and filling, tart with good carbonation.

Flavors are orange/tangerine citrus front to a nice citric herb mid palate with hints of bret that goes to a brett/wild ale funk herb/spice orange finish. Lightly sour all around with layers of orange/tangerine and herb flavors.

This could be a "go to" beer if available year round. Really nice effort.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 07:47:35 | More by GRG1313
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a fuzzy and inviting yellow haze. Aroma is salivation inducing, tart, slightly lemony, just perfect.

Taste is great, straightforward sour, similar to temptation in many ways, although a little less complex. Gets the salivary glands working overtime, small amount of white wine residual to it. Very easy to drink. Seems to go good before or after any beer. Light in body, relatively high in sourness. No real discernable fruit feel to it, other than maybe the aforementioned lemon.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 00:16:35 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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BetterWatching

California

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden with a quickly disappearing white head.

S- Funky evervescence with hints of pear and other sweets.

T- Before it hits your tongue the funkiness in the smell tells your senses this beer is sour, but the first thing you notice is a the blond ale characteristics. Different fruits; citrus, pear and others with a mild sweetness. They give way to the tart sourness my nose was expecting.

M- Crisp with medium to high carbonation.

O- Very excellent beer. When compared to the rest of the RR catalog I would consider this by far the most sessionable of all the sours. I could sip on this beer everyday after work.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 06:09:48 | More by BetterWatching
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 375ml bottle labeled with Batch 005.

A - A light golden (almost deep yellow) with a slight haze and a minimal white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Funk and tart with some fruit.

T - Firmly tart and sour without being overwhelming. Dry yet has a hint of perceived sweetness. Some fruits. The flavor lingers forever. Fantastic!

M - Lots of very fine bubbles that release upon impact.

O - A great beer with very interesting flavors. RR sure knows their stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 22:18:18 | More by GJ40
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ediaz

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into oversized wine glass. GO JAGS

A: cloudy orange with light fluffy white head. Leaves a thin bit of delicate white lace.

S: sweet tart nose with the signature Brett present. Perhaps a little apricot.

T: wow this is tasty. Bright tartness at first and finishes with bitter light apricot.

M: medium with high carbonation. The carbonation pairs extremely well with the taste, but it could be a little less.

O: a fantastic beer and I'm extremely happy with it. I would trade for it again, shutout to DovaliHops for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 02:14:13 | More by ediaz
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Sampled on 6/10/13.

375 mL bottle poured into a DFH signature glass. Bottled 11/28/12.

A - Good pop when I pull the cork. Bright golden in color with one finger of bright white, dense foam. Great retention.

S - Tropical, Lemon juice, funky barnyard, coriander

T - Tart lemon-lime, straw, granny smith apple

M - Effervescent, light bodied, dry finish, flattened with time

O - The best sour I have ever had. Tart and clean.

*I wish I had made more notes, but that is all I have. I will seek this one out in the future*

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 01:34:35 | More by NoLeafClover44
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml( room temp-Batch 002) a cloudy lightish gold with a huge head of foam that shrank slowly leaving lots of lacing and a solid layer for the entire session.

The smell is *all* spicy with notes of yeast, orange, corriander, and a whole lot of funk!

The taste is *hugely* sour up front. Almost to the point of knocking my socks off but there's also the yeast, orange, and corriander I mentioned in the smell and there's some peppery notes, hoppy bitterness, and even some malt sweetness .. man.. this one sure is complex as all hell and a literal delight to sip on. I'm glad I have another bottle and plan on cellaring it for a spell.

Bottom line: A superb American Wild Ale, in my book. My hat's off to Russian River for, once again, travelling down the off the beaten track!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 20:02:33 | More by Bitterbill
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #3.... I've been sitting on these for too long.. shared with the best beer buddies on Friday... mine was poured into MNFG.

perfectly clear.. straw gold.. big white head .... nice lace and fantastic carbonation.

Nose is so much better than my last bottle a long while ago... very funky and plenty of lemon and horsey notes.

Big and bretty.. of course.. funk with dry leather.. reminds me of a super funky saison.. sour remnants are more from the lemon elements.. no where nearly as sour as any other RR American Wild.. as it warms.. so does the funk.. some "cheese" develops.. sorta moldy.. vineous without any wood.. grape skins..

I needed to keep grounded on this one and remember that no wood touched this beer.. purely stainless. It is a science experiment that I am damn glad that I had numerous opportunities to enjoy.

The brett funk is going to continue to develop long after Vinnie says on the label... I may try and trade my last bottle, but seriously.. I doubt it .. I will be happy to do a tasting with my homies in another coupla years...

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 08:42:30 | More by JohnGalt1
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hayesez

Indiana

4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to dabecassis for sending me a couple of these. Been waiting for this to be released to give it a shot. I sure appreciate the generosity, Dave!

Pours a vibrant laser lemon that is very murky and cloudy. A fluffy white head just sits there. As I tip my glass from side to side the head does everything it can to hold onto the side of the glass, stretching as the froth tries to pull away. In time, this leaves impressively sticky blotchy lacing - so far so good!

The nose on this one has a faint funky Belgiany spice that I wasn't expecting (I guess I should have). That "this-is-going-to-be-tart" smell is definitely in there as well. The tartness appears to come from lemons and perhaps unripe green apples. It is a bit tamer than I anticipated, but still quite impressive.

Ah, a very subtle flavor...this is good stuff. Tart, but very smooth and clean. A good kind of tart as well - gets the glands going, but isn't overpowering. Tart apples, pears, and lemon. One of our friends stopped by and took a smell and thought it smelled like wine. Not a horrible assessment, frankly, as there is that white wine taste in there too. Finishes with the slightest tart-bitterness, but also leaves you a tad puckered. A fairly light-beer; I was hoping it would be just a bit thicker and slightly toned down on the carbonation. Minor gripes, mind you...I'm very impressed with the Sanctification.

Easily drinkable...we split this one up three ways and all had trouble slowing down enough to fully appreciate everything going on in there. Sanctification is yet another in a long line of Russian River beers that never disappoint me. I've gotta get up there and visit the brewery one of these days. Great stuff!

Consumed; 8/12/2010

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 09:16:27 | More by hayesez
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

cloudy and straw colored with a pure white, foamy head. little lacing. typical RR "wild" smell but tropical fruits are more prominent in this one. very puckering upfront in the taste as expected, but goes down smoother that the others. great mouthfeel, very lively like a nice champagne. Very drinkable, particularly for the style. This almost seems like a "beginner" version, but still has the punch that a more experience drinker would appreciate.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 01:46:50 | More by Blanco
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 006

Slightly hazy lemon yellow pour. Thin fizzy snow white head. Lacing covers the glass in sheets.

Lemons, hay, slight grass and barnyard funk. There is a little sweetness of sugar and a little vanilla. Oak is there in the back. Slightly tart, my mouth is watering.

Tart lemon, fresh grass and a little barnyard. The sweetness didn't translate into the taste but the oak definitely did. Slightly dry and has a slight white wine quality.

Light body, good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 02:13:22 | More by korguy123
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WetCoaster

California

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Slighty deeper-than-straw gold with a small, level white head. Not good, not bad, just correct. It's fine.

Smell: Crisp and tight at first, but as it unwinds, really quite remarkable. Brett off the bat and all that entails; sour milk, barnyard, cedar chips, moss... you get the idea. But beneath that, there is a definite fruit sweetness and a wave of tangy, ripe cheese funk breaks over this reef -- this is something else.

Taste: Whoa -- the palette version of being hit in the side of the head with a frying pan. Remember Pixie Stix? Here you go again. Bitter lemon, dry wood, sticky citric acid, just... if tang! were a flavor, this would be it. Meters-level funk. But at the base, the wonderful pineapple/apricot/peach fruit of the best Belgians fights to the surface. Wow. Mouthfeel is light and "spritzy," which I came up with from left field, but I see others have used as well, so it must bring the spritz.

Drinkability: An experience, really something that will take your palette to a new level. If you're ready to move into the double black diamond territory, this is epic, genius, just one step beyond. Best sour ale ever?

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 06:35:50 | More by WetCoaster
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Vancer

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok – first wild ale, what a funk-a-ramma! You can really get a whiff of musty funk (none of that horse blanket crap, that’s just too nasty). Pour was lacking any head, but donno if that’s normal or not. Still had some sheet lacing.

What can you say? Sour, and tasty, like a lemon/orange that’s been sitting in the brew. Sharp and tangy, this is not for the faint of heart. Like a Lambic, it takes a bit to get used to. BUT, I recommend this one, IF you like Lambic. Don’t get it and say it’s drain pour ‘cause you’re not accustomed to it.

Thumbs up to this unique brew! Savoring this 750 bomber, got another for cellering.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 21:47:14 | More by Vancer
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 003 obtained at the brewpub.

Golden beer top with a cream-like head that sticks around for awhile. Beautiful lacing.

Lemon zest, clove, horse and soured aromas . Smelling it makes my mouth water.

Pucker up this is quite sour. As soon as this hits your mouth a ton of tart lemon pulp flavors dominate. Musty barnyard flavors follow (sounds bad but is oh so tasty). The sourness makes this beer very thirst quenching. Bone dry finish.

Thin mouthfeel is expected from the high levels of attenuation that wild yeast bring to the table. Lots of carbonation. Very nice beer I would recommend this to any beer enthusiast.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2007 04:35:20 | More by bosco7
Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,674 ratings.