1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

Not Rated.
SanctificationSanctification

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,157 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 2,157
Reviews: 572
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.26%
Wants: 1,079
Gots: 660 | FT: 42
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,157 | Reviews: 572 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Mar02x
3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

Mar02x, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of Basoos1
3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

Basoos1, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of 1424IpA
3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

1424IpA, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of bsm80x
3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

bsm80x, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of beans923
3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

beans923, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

Dave_Treat, May 27, 2013
Photo of wrightst
3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

wrightst, May 24, 2014
Photo of leodarko
3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

leodarko, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of browniewithnuts
3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

browniewithnuts, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of joesc230
3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

joesc230, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of mtwentz
3.38/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured from a half liter growler into a goose island wine glass.

smells juicy, somewhat like white grape juice, but heavier. very slight must. poured high to revitalize carbonation. looks like pale and dirty blond and clouded gold. a nice glow to it. The taste is juicy and tangy, revealing a medium pucker of tartness. can't name the fruit, but there's this grape I keep leaning on....
Anyway, Thanks Parkway!

mtwentz, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Arbitrator
3.4/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at RRBC. Batch 4, released around June 2010.

A: Pours a hazy straw body with a finger of off-white foam. Great retention, and it leaves thick washes of lace down the snifter as I drink. Can't fault anything here; it's great to look at.

S: Lemon zest, with a tartness suggesting sourness. The brett imparts a nice horse blanket aroma, hay, a touch of spice, and something else fruity (I am labeling this apricot).

T: Tart lemon zest, but as I implied in the nose, no actual sourness. It's just a bretty funk that delivers flavors of horse blanket, hay, apricot. The finish is... well, the closest approximation I can make is earthy and metallic. It's bitter, but not quite in a hoppy way, and it's not exactly a standard brett flavor (at least, one that I recognize). It reminds me more of aspirin. I detected this in the bottle and it was off-putting. I taste it here again on tap, so it wasn't just the one bottle. If others are tasting the same thing, they're certainly not noting it. In any case, I consider it a distinct flaw.

M: It's dry, with a lingering aspirin-like finish (see above). Effervescent and properly carbed.

D: I've avoided reviewing Batch 4 because I'm just not a big fan of it. When it warms, the metallic taste fades and it becomes better, but it's never quite right to me. I don't care to drink this too much.

Arbitrator, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of Brewbro000
3.48/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber/ golden color with no head or lacing apparent at all. Aroma is slightly tart but still a little to sweet it seems. Fruity with mild acidic character. Fruity and acidic but nothing to write home about. Finshes very clean. Within 30 seconds you don't remember what it tastes like. Hints of white wine but not tart it sour enough for me. Mouthfeel is nearly flat with minimal carbonation. I could drink a bunch of these but I wouldn't necessarily want to.

Brewbro000, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of tywhite
3.5/5  rDev -19%

tywhite, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of tetu
3.5/5  rDev -19%

tetu, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of JT99125
3.5/5  rDev -19%

JT99125, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -19%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of webmouth247
3.5/5  rDev -19%

webmouth247, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of JackNip
3.5/5  rDev -19%

JackNip, Today at 04:47 AM
Photo of dciBA
3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #5

Poured from the caged and corked small bottle into my usual tulip. A couple inches of foamy white head sits atop a very attractive golden yellow brew. Beer was decanted off the yeast, so it's hazy but not cloudy.

The smell of brett bursts out of the bottle when the cork is popped. In addition to all the brett there's a solid amount of sour/tart lemon. There's a nice malty smell underlying everything.

The flavor doesn't have quite the same impact as the smell which is a little disappointing. Plenty of funk with the sour lemon coming in as well. Taste is nice on the palate just a little boring.

Mouthfeel is nice. Perfect body and carbonation. Overall a good beer, just not too exciting.

dciBA, May 08, 2011
Photo of sean_paul
3.5/5  rDev -19%

sean_paul, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -19%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of jwswigs
3.5/5  rDev -19%

jwswigs, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle (batch #005) into a snifter glass. Pours nice golden orange color with small chunks of sediment noticeable, and a nice, sustaining thin white head and minimal lacing throughout the session. Aroma is sour but not as much as some of the other RR sours, and is more nuanced. Nose is also picking up a delicate blend of raw, funky brett, burlap, and barnyard hay with sour, acidic fruit notes of lemon peel, apricot, and peach with subtle notes of vanilla, white pepper, nutmeg, and belgian yeast. Flavor is some sour citrusy fruit tones that evolve as the beer warms, plenty of funk, woody, grassy, and somewhat cheesy. Medium bodied with a very dry finish. Sour, but not mouth puckeringly so like Supplication or Consecration. Flavor essentially mimics aroma with alot of sour fruit tones, but with a somewhat floral aspect after, to the dry finish. I am still not a big fan of sours, but this is obviously well-made from RR.

CuriousMonk, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft pour into a goblet at the Russian River pub in Santa Rosa.

A: Bright, rich golden color seems to shine with inner light, despite obvious haziness. Thin white foam head diminishes quickly to a residue around the edge. Minimal lacing remains.

S: Moderate lactic and acetic acidity blend together with faint bright fruit (green apple, lemon). These elements promise a dry and mouth-puckering taste to come.

T: Begins sour with brett complexity soon joining on the palate. The flavor profile is completed with the late emergence of snappy bitter hops, although this is not an unbounded bitterness by any means. The overall dryness of this beer prevents any flavor from lingering too long, save for the surprisingly dominant acidity.

M: Light/medium viscosity and a moderate amount satisfying carbonation enhance this beer.

D: This is wild ale without restraint; drinkable but challenging. After tasting the previous batch of this beer in 2009, it is apparent that the 2010 product is notably changed--it is far more sour than its predecessor. As I have had the opportunity to experience other American wild ales, those produced by Russian River are being pushed more to the fringe of what makes the style appealing--exactly the opposite of what has happened to their pale ales, in my estimation.

beagle75, Aug 14, 2010
Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,157 ratings.