Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,306
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,094
Gots: 705 | FT: 51
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.75% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-27-2004)
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of kraken6100
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL Batch 005 into a LaChouffe Tulip, slow pour, yeast left behind

A- Golden, strawlike hue. Good amount of egg-white colored head, dissipating a little hastily from the top of the glass.

S- I'm not quite yet the sour connoisseur, but I imagine this what has been pointed out to me as the Brettanomyces. Nice sour aromas there with some citrus, green apples, and peach.

T- Sour, but not as acute like the Drie Fonteinen or Brouwerij beers I've had. Pronounced lemon and lime citrus, indiscernible dry spice-like taste, and just a nice meld of those flavors. Some orange or red grapefruit kind of lingers in the dryness.

M- Effervescent, but not too much, actually very refreshing. Has a dry finish, and now I'm curious to try a few of the others I have that are aged in the wine barrels.

O- This was pretty solid, and perhaps a nice gateway beer to sours if you can get your hands on some of it. As I alluded to above, now I want to see what happens with the Supplication, Consecration, and Temptation as they sit in some wine barrels. Interesting stuff!

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Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,306 ratings.