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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,912
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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Ratings: 1,912 | Reviews: 570 | Display Reviews Only:
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GradyS1

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

12-23-2011 14:47:06 | More by GradyS1
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

09-12-2013 01:56:43 | More by CityofBals
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phishbone23

New York

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

01-22-2013 21:12:16 | More by phishbone23
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ajschutz

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

02-21-2012 17:51:14 | More by ajschutz
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D-18V

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

04-22-2014 14:09:01 | More by D-18V
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

09-01-2013 01:30:39 | More by dfhhead25
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Beerme5

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

10-08-2013 17:36:53 | More by Beerme5
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CoryR

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

11-19-2011 05:11:31 | More by CoryR
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xhuang61

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

07-25-2014 21:56:54 | More by xhuang61
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hawkmage

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

12-31-2011 17:04:14 | More by hawkmage
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darkmoon66

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

12-16-2011 11:04:37 | More by darkmoon66
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Centennial

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

07-29-2013 19:12:09 | More by Centennial
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topdown

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

08-06-2013 20:44:00 | More by topdown
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kevrice88

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

02-04-2014 21:06:04 | More by kevrice88
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eulerthegrape

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

06-25-2013 23:50:43 | More by eulerthegrape
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mogburn1317

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

05-03-2014 05:34:24 | More by mogburn1317
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AbeFroman

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

05-11-2012 07:18:52 | More by AbeFroman
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meathookjones

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I sampled this at the wet-hop tasting at RFD’s in Washington, D.C. This came out a slightly cloudy golden orange with a decent bit of head to it that left some lace. Aroma was fruity and had a little spice and sweetness to it. Taste was similar with various fruity flavors over a layer of sweetness and spiciness. There was a nice tartness to it as well. Mouthfeel was a bit light and drinkability was ok. Interesting take on the style that I would try again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2004 20:03:22 | More by meathookjones
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 005

A: Active, bubbly, yellow pour with a nice white head. Retention is great. The cork was really difficult to get out.

S: Smells a lot like a blonde ale, yeasty, light, fruits, with some Brett mixed in.

T: The taste is very sour, without much flavor to curb it. The typical hefeweizen-like flavors are there: yeast, banana, clove. But they are complimented with the sourness. Sort of an odd taste. A bit too sweet for my liking.

MF: Really carbonated, perhaps too much so. Light, but it has a strange aftertaste.

O: I was disappointed by this one. Just not enough flavor to hold it together. This was one odd sour.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 02:42:22 | More by russwbeck
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n2185

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy yellow with half a finger of fizzy white head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Surprisingly not sour aroma. Some clean biscuit aromas at first along with some notes of bubblegum and bananas. Light acidic flavors bring up the finish with notes of sour apples and lemons.

T: Hints of sweet light fruits at first before slightly funky flavors kick in. Lemony sourness with some sour apple flavors show up, but aren't extremely strong. The finish is clean with a lightly sweet bready flavor. A musty funky flavor peeks through on the aftertaste

M: Medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a bit watery and could use some more carbonation to accent the sour characters better.

O: A pretty decent wild ale. It's nice and clean without being overwhelmingly sour. I would like a bit more carbonation and more pronounced sour characters, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 00:10:07 | More by n2185
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heliosphann

Indiana

3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

64oz Growler. Shared and provided by my main man Infestaxion. Thanks Daive. Served in my Ithaca Tulip.

A: Bright golden pour with almost a two finger fluffy white head. Disappeared fairly quickly, but lacing is very nice. Looks as good as many other RR offerings I've had.

S: Slightly acidic sourness, with some sweet lemon. Small amount of barnyard funk and Brett. Kind of muted however.

T: Surprisingly almost no sourness whatsoever. There's some citrus and lemon paired with bready yeast. Bitter hops, Brett, and some barnyard funk provide a little tartness. Finally some spices and pepper kick in towards the finish.

M: Light to medium body. Very nice carbonation. Nice and dry on the end.

D: Not bad, but I'm still waiting for the sour and tartness that I felt should be there. It feels a little unbalanced to me.

I was to say the least, confused after drinking this. I was under the impression this was going to be a sour offering like many of the other -tion brews. It was very much more like a funky saison/farmhouse ale with Brett. A few days later trying this, I even had a friend sample it who's had Sanctification in a bottle. He thought it was very different and lacking the big sourness that's mentioned in many reviews. I wanted to get to the bottom of this, so I e-mailed Vinnie at RR. He awesomely responded within a few hours in response to my inquiry. Here is his response:

"Regarding the Sanctification, I am taking this beer in a different direction now days. What you tasted was the first or second batch where I switched strains of Brett and am using less Lacto and Pedio in the beer. This is what I always intended this beer to be, but, over the years it always went
to the sour side. The new strain of Brett is more to my liking and it worked better with less bacteria as well."

Thanks Vinnie. Still a very solid offering from Russian River. I actually enjoyed it more the 2nd time I had it when polishing off the Growler.

Serving type: growler

09-21-2009 00:01:33 | More by heliosphann
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mentor

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin layer of pinkish-white head over a cloudy dead straw liquid. Smells dank horseblanket with light bright cherry. Lemon, pineapple, and green grape.

Tastes woody drieness with cherry sweet pucker. Lemon, oranges, green apple, and dash of clovey phenol. Md-light mouthfeel with some silkiness. Medium carbonation and moderate drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 05:27:30 | More by mentor
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juhl31

California

3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-started off great, yellowy, gold in color with some nice fogginess. not much head or any of the other good head characteristics

-it started off mostly bananas with me. as i progressed through it, some lemon came through. a bit, but not too much of the brett or sour smell

-definitely the least sour of the RR sours which is okay, just don't expect it to be when you try it. some lime/grapefruit style bitterness in the end. semi-closely resembles a corona with some salt and lime in it which is not necessarily a good thing as far as i'm concerned

-dry for the most part, but some oiliness tries to sneak in. tart in the mouth too for sure

-was an okay beer, but i don't think i would ever order again (considering all the other amazing things i can order at RR)

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2010 23:12:38 | More by juhl31
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ChadQuest

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazy lemon yellow with a bone white head, this one looks lemony tart, well see what comes next.
The aroma has moderate funk, nothing overpowering or super wild, along with a juicy belgian like yeasty quality, and some lemony fruits.
The flavors hit a soft tart lemon bite right up front but fades out quickly, doesn't finish super dry or at least as dry as the tart front makes you think it would, the funk comes through with the lemon in a damp straw manner. Enjoyable and very approachable.

Good beer i'd drink any single day,but i'm still in love with Suplication & Concecration though, those are RRs gems im my eyes.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 02:08:06 | More by ChadQuest
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 004

Look: Golden yellow in color and a bit hazy with a fair head but little retention

Smell: Typical citrus lemony notes I associate with sours and quite a bit of Brett mixed in

Taste: Upfront the beer has quite a bit of sourness and then you get copious amounts of lemon zest

Mouthfeel: Medium to low body with ample carbonation

Overall: Glad I got the chance to try this one since I would never buy it for myself. Highly recommended if sours is your thing

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 21:26:36 | More by DarthKostrizer
Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,912 ratings.