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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company


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Ratings: 1664
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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Photo of illidurit


4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The lucky receptacle for this brew is my trusty Duvel tulip, which cradles a honey colored translucent beer with 3 fingers of french vanilla head.

Lemon zest, honey, green apple, barnyard funk in the nose.

Tastes a lot like gueuze, maybe a little sweeter. Tart but not sharp, sour lemon and sweet orange, hay, yeast. Lots of complexity but blended very subtlely.

A great puckering finish leaves you wanting more. Perfectly carbonated as per usual with RR wild ales. At 6.5% abv (this is batch 3, I guess the BA value of 7.5% abv is for previous batches) this is very drinkable. RR's wild selection has yet to falter, every single one has been excellent and this is definitely no exception.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 04:41:50 | More by illidurit
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the brewpub in Santa Rosa. Batch 003.

a - bright golden/amber color, one-finger head with slight retention but great lacing, fairly transparent

s - sour, funky smell from the big bad brett, heavy on the green apple, not much alcohol in the nose, aroma is slightly subdued

t - much like the nose, very funky/sour smelling, lots of green apple with a little pear in there as well, slight lemon, no alcohol detected, the only real knock I have is that the finish does not last long...this is where the Temptation is slightly better

m - lots of carbonation, light-bodied, fairly dry finish from the sourness

d - this style is not super-conducive to being highly drinkable, but I could sip on Sanctification all night, the dry finish is not palate-destroying at all, very interesting taste and smell as well

It's been a few months since I last had Temptation, but I think Sanctification is fairly similar. A great wild ale and another fine example of RR's mastery of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2007 19:06:57 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of flexabull


4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch #3 acquired from a very nice person in Santa Rosa.

Pours a very bright slightly hazy light gold color with a huge billowy white head. Pretty looking beer.

First sniff... ahhhh! This is one of the most wonderful brews I have smelled. I love hops, but this odd brett induced aroma is great. Sour, funky, creamy, and with a very lemon zest like smell. Quite citrus like, and while the funk is there, it's not overpowering.

Flavor is great, incredibly smooth and well balanced. Beer has a very full crisp and clean up front flavor. Dominated by creamy, yet light crisp and bright malt flavors. Finish has a funky wild yeast quality, that is lemon zest like, tart, while at the same time very soft. Wow!

Mouthfeel is top notch. Follows along the lines of other Russian River brews. They always seem to have the perfect balance and a full thick mouthfeel. Carbonation in particular is so well done. Prickly up front from the bubbles, but the finish is long crisp and very smooth.

Drinkability? Do I need to say more? I think I have found my favorite Wild Ale. I love the other Russian River Wild Ale offerings... (Temptation, Supplication, Depuration, Compunction...) But this one seems so perfectly balanced, and so easy and pleasant to sip, that I think it wins. Not too over the top on any level, the funk and the Blonde Ale flavors meld perfectly.

Russian River does it yet again...

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 06:30:51 | More by flexabull
Photo of bosco7


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
Photo of Wasatch


4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill

750ml Caged/Corked
Batch 002

Poured into a chalice a nice cloudy light golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger white creamy head which lasts a little while, then leaves some nice slicks and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is of malts, beligium yeast, grapes, pears, and some spices. The taste is very nice, tangy/slightly sour, yeasty, slightly spicy. Medium body, highly carbonated. Very drinkable, really enjoying this one, another awesome brew from RR. Thanks again buddy.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 23:00:38 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Bierguy5


4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml, 6.25 % ABV. Hazy golden in color, with a nice white foamy head. Aroma of lemon zest, and pepper. Funky aroma is present, not quite leathery.Fruity, very tart and full of lemon zest. Great patches of lace are left coating the glass. Great body, almost a creamy mouthfeel. Very soft carbonation. This is very tasty, and full of flavors. The tartness is almost puckering, but stops just shoty. What a great beer. Thanks to mcallister for sharing.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 13:01:06 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of ppoitras


4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with fartingdog. Corked and caged, Batch 002. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a cratery 1" bright white head over the cloudy golden brew. Head stand pat for quite some time, and lacing is prevalent and sticky. Aroma indicates sharp tartness and wood notes. Taste is funky sourness upfront, in the middle, pretty much everywhere, with malt backbone and barrel notes becoming apparent at the end. Mouthfeel for the wild style is very nice, with the maltiness smoothing the tart somewhat, making drinkability quite nice as well. Maybe a Cantillon warm-up?

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2006 02:03:30 | More by ppoitras
Photo of Vancer


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
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit barnyard and yeast aroma. A Good wild ale, it's so great sourness in your face initially,I detect the wild yeast, then you get used to it, in a lemon yeasty haze. Good lacing and head. Satisfying aftertaste.Great with supper. Thanks Solomon420.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 02:02:16 | More by Sammy
Photo of mcallister


4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An opaque yellow in color with mucho carbonation and yeast particles floating throughout. Pure white carbonated head leaves little lace and has good head retention.

Overwhelmed with brett of course. Hints of lemon, lime, apple, some other cirtusy hints.

Very good sour and balanced. Nice carbonation lends greatly to the citrusy fruit forward flavors. Lemon/lime, granny smith apple, huge amounts of brett, some wood notes as well. Finish is slightly short.

Easily drinkable thanks to the balance of carbonation. Nice smooth refreshing mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 16:58:59 | More by mcallister
Photo of Westsidethreat


4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 002

A: Cloudy, light copper...sort of the color of apple juice. Slow motion bubbles work their way to the top. Snowy white finger thick head rests gracefully on the body. So far so good.

S: Hello brett. Some light citrus action, spicy cloves.

T: Whoooeee thats sour. Familiar lemon juice twang, bitter grapefruit peel and some serious gueze like qualities. Loads of vitamin C. Got some undercover vitamin B notes, wet hay and lingering mellow pineapple. Some graininess towards the end, mixture of wheat and more hay.

M: Medium body, good carbonation.

D: This beer really grows on you. Citric acid sits on the lips after each sip, reminding the drinker of fresh lemon juice. I'm really digging this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 04:19:12 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of Cresant


4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 002, mail-ordered from brewer. 750 mL, corked/caged bottle. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Semi-opaque butterscotch disk color. Two fingers of bright white head. Half an inch of several active beads of carbonation form near the cap of foam. Bright and cloudy.

Smelled tart, of oranges and lemons. Sour hard candy. Yeast. Hints of pineapple. Alcohol mildly presented as it warmed, but it was never overwhelming or a distraction.

Tasted pleasantly sour. Mimosa-like. Refreshing. Yeasty, yet neither hoppy, nor malty. A bit like a nice party punch. I'm looking forward to trying this one again after some aging.

Mouthfeel was champagne-like. Fine carbonation, but not too bubbly.

Very nice overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 00:30:17 | More by Cresant
Photo of ggaughan


4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Batch 002. This beer poured a pale golden color with a thick, foamy white head and good lacing. The head stuck around for awhile. The aroma of this beer was lemony and a bit sour. Trademark RR brett but not overly sour and not to the extent of Beatification. The taste is very sour as I was hoping for and has a nice touch of citrus that leads to a dry finish. The body is sort of light but has active carbonation in the body so it feels bigger. Overall a very strong and tasty beer that ranks up near my impression of Beatification but just slightly lower.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 22:39:00 | More by ggaughan
Photo of Bitterbill


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
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 002 - 6.25% ABV on bottle.

The beer poured into the chalice hazy pale golden with a white and frothy head which churned and fell to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity, strongly so with a peppery spice and a citrus presence. The aroma was bready and contained a sizeable fragrance of Brett. The aroma was only lightly earthy but had a floral character and a bit of grapefruit in the background.

The flavor was acidic and tart with a strong bready character. The tartness was unexpected after the aroma, but gave way to some magnifiscent fruit complexities in the flavor after the intial rush of citric and acetic characters subsided. The flavor contained a bit of citrus, very light grapefruit with limes.

The finish was fruity and tart with a lasting grapefruit citric bite into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium with a nice carbonation level. The beer was immediately interesting and kept my attention the entire time from first pour to last drop. The tartness was unexpected, but added interest and the Brett character emerged in the aroma and flavor. The beer was decidedly bready and with the citrus presence of limes and grapefruit made for an experience that I will repeat with the other bottle.

750 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 22:57:03 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 002
(Brewed on 29-Dec-05 and Bottled on 4-May-06)
Primary: 100% Brettanomyces (2 strains) + Lactobacillus
Conditioning: Brettanomyces
6.25% Al. by Vol.

Bottled at a lower gravity than Batch 001 so the bottles should not become over carbonated. Bottle conditioned with Brett this time to make it truly 100% Brettanomyces fermented, and 100% Saccharomyces free!

Presentation: I have a soft spot for the pastel orange label on the 750ml bottle. Sealed with a thumbed cork and restrained with a white steel cap which proudly sports a “Russian River” moniker in red text, as well as a wire cage for extra security. Listed as Batch 002 on the label with 4 egg-timers, all of which indicates that this beverage may well be enjoyed until 2010. Ha!! Like you have the patience to keep it that long!!

Appearance: Ruddy turbid straw colored golden light peach with a fused array of solid white head rings that track the upper portion of the fluid, slowly lacing as the volume decreases and works its way down the glass. Infinitesimally dissolved conditioning is powerful and forceful, yet it exhibits a controlled expulsion with each drink. A balanced partial pressure release maintains the head and offers good looks to the Sanctification start to finish. It’s a hot babe for sure.

Nose: Astringently dry with a light Gueuze tease. Aged real-World Saison meets the acidity of an unhappy Sour Ale. Perhaps the weak link in all of this - at least if you consider weak to mean a chink in the perfect suit of armor - for the strength seems like it is jaded. It is up there but it does match the rest of the brews audacious tenacity. Grapefruit sharpness promises a tart brew and does not disappoint. Finish is of scorched lambic with a funky Golden ale to add youth.

Taste: The legacy of the all mighty Brettanomyces is plain to taste, the dry and acerbic finish resides firmly in this offering. The Brett slowly secretes and laces the wheat body with a seductive, and indeed sedative, neuro-toxin that envelops the brain. I’ve been here before, but usually when sat at a Café in Belgium. By now my senses are impregnated with a funky sly residue that is filling all the gaps. Grapefruit paper cuts line the cheeks and pull contractions from the dehydrated mouth walls which reflectively pull in with an audacious impudence. Finish is dry but not astringent or harsh; moreover a soft respectful ending greets the imbiber. A very respectable Harum–Sacrum Wild Ale that drinks responsibly.

Mouthfeel: Batch 001 offered a lovely dry finish, the Batch 002 picks up where its younger Brother left off. Not quite the bone dry offering from many of Belgians extreme finest, but this does exhibit a rather attractive anhydric dry finish that has a loveable rogue ending. Soft and desert dry with a crushed velvet texture.

Drinkability: The conditioning is super smooth and reprimands the scorching desert like palate. It also offers a resolute aspect to the feel on the tongue and cheeks. The swallow is big, it makes me want more. I always want more Russian River though, so nothing new there. Could I drink this all night?? Yep, I could drink it all week in fact.

Overall: Another major step forward by the master of all that is “Wild” to American Ales. A Classic. Haughty but very well Educated.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 04:50:51 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of WetCoaster


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
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bizatch 002, about 1% lower alcohol also. 750ml

hazy almond color with orange highlights, this beer looks like a fruit-infused old lambic. it sits still with wispy flecks of white fluff here and there, disappearing quickly. looks like it belongs comfortably in the realm of sour beers and wild ales.

smells like a milder, even version of what you're used to expecting from a cantillon-strength wild ale. take that melange of acidity and even it out with some hints of baby power, violet, and grapefruit rind.. and you've got the brilliantly alive yet tame eau de sanctification.

first thing i notice on the first sip is the delicate mouthfeel. the carbonation, the mid-level gravity.. this beer feels perfect in my mouth. amazing. next comes the sourness.. still green, not at its cheek-puckering apex yet. the sourness present here is akin to diluted lemon juice. even and mild, yet perky, and definitely stimulating salivation. ends up with a bitter mouth resin that blends with a bit of buttery breadiness. in there, there are some notes of unripe berry that play very nicely with the sourness. the beer has a refreshing quality that is a badge of honor among beers in this category. i just can't stop imbibing.

other reviewers found this beer to be dry, i don't get that. its very juicy with very little dryness for what it is.

warmth changes this beer a bit.. it brings out a more complex element of sourness and adds some body odor funk to the aroma. perhaps those elements bring it closer to traditional. either way, this beer is really nice and a great summer release.

i plan to cellar a bottle also, hoping for the breadiness to even out and allow the brettanomyces to evolve to the next level. excellent work.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 00:56:52 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of pjwilson


4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch two purchased yesterday at the Ledgar's Liqours in Berkeley for 8.39. Apparently it had just arrived an hour before on the truck. Lucky for me, but I must have been high because I only purchased one bottle. i should have bought a case.

appearance: gueze like golden clear yellow color with a very un lambic like huge head. and the head last's. very nice looking.

smell: barnyard funk, hay, with some sweet tang in that mix. nice ans sharp.

taste: so good, so smooth. an american take on the gueze style? holy cow. bitterly dry, barnyard funk, more dryness, more funk and more dryness. Bring on the big bad BRETT! tasting this makes me want to give the middle finger to Saccharomyces. I wish this where a beer I could find at ampm in six packs, not have to find in some obsure store once a blue moon. I digress. More barnyard, so very tart, like those warheads you had in Fourth Grade.(you know what I'm talking about). there is some noticable hop bitterness in the game as well which is super nice. sour apple. in the end super good, yet just different enough to let you know it's not actually Belgian.

mouthfeel: my favorite, thin without being watery. cripsy.

drinkability: so drinkable. to me, this is the kind of beer that drinks itself. good for any ocasion and weather. a all around anytime, anyplace spirit lifer.

Notes: this is lambic. is it authentic? is the word gueze or lambic anywhere on the bottle? no. yet it fits squarely within the style. I just started drinking true gueze a few months ago and this is within the style. No, it's not better than true Belgian gueze but it holds it's own. Worth getting for the price alone, as if considered lambic this is the greatest bargin i've seen for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 03:27:08 | More by pjwilson
Photo of Crosling


4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange. Fairly aromatic, not very funky, but full of papaya and lemon scents. Light doughy malt followed by an overwhelming sour assault. Notes of horseblanket, snake skin and sour lemons. Light and bubbly feel on the palate. It’s really funny that this beer is made in the middle of Sonoma County. I like it, a lot.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 04:26:17 | More by Crosling
Photo of BeerBuilder


4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 001

Pours to a grapefruit juice color with a thich white head. It leaves behind a nice amount of lacing and it has quite a bit of carbonation.

The arom is definetly brett, with the lambic-like qualities. It is citrusy and tart in the nose....lemons.

The flavor is a bit tart with the citrus--lemon flavors and the yeasty--horse blanket characteristics.

It is smooth and easy drinking, with a semi-sourness throughout.

A very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 00:35:08 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #1

Pours clear, pale, gold with a dense, lively, white head.
Finely packed bubbles receed to thin coverage in the body of the surface, with bulging edges below the dotted, stringy lacework.
Aromatics blast off Orval style.
Funky, dry, and dusty in the nose, with a husky malt profile underneath.
Dried flowers, fresh cut hay, lemon zests, and white peppercorns.
Nose finishes crisp and snappy, with lingering citrus spritz and lemon pith.
Lightish body, creamy and smacking, a bit puckering.
Pallet starts off tart and juicy, with a well balanced bitterness.
Lemon zest is forefront, followed by crushed orange seeds, and spent white grapes.
Finishes long and drying, with puckering warmth and a final yeast bite.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 22:26:47 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful light golden appearance. The light white head fades a bit, letting the beer have your attention. Aromatic and fruity nose. Sawdust-like dry yeast helps to bring out the vinous character from the barrels, feels almost cidery with those apples undertones. Fruits are plentiful in there, grapey, pineapple.. Very classy nose. Pretty accessible palate as well. Sandy dryness all around is enhanced toward the finish. White wine flashes are a constant. Wildish, dusty and woody, tannins are held at a minimum, so is the tartness, mild and diplomatic. Medium-full bodied, very active carbonation, expansive and biting. It feels like scene master’s crowning achievement in having everything well displayed. As unique as it is, it makes for a nice play, but one that will never contend being the best of your life.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2005 15:25:43 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of ithacabaron


4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001! How special do I feel?

Shimmers as it pours into my glass, a golden vision with carefully designed bubbles lacing the sides of the brew.

Aroma is pure Brett, brett, brett. Funk, sweet pure, clean malt washes and weaves through too. The beer is able to improvise and funkify out there, but such things are kept in respectable check. Think a jazz festival sponsored by your local savings bank. Will the musicians show off some chops? Sure. Will they blow your mind with "out-there" variations, recollections of past snippets of great works, and cliff-drop modulations? Probably not. This brew's aroma is the bank festival. Orval is that unmarked door downtown, where they keep the music cookin' till the sun comes up. Ya dig what I'm saying?

Taste evens up the same, lemony hops covered in powdered sugar and a little quinine. Noble hops all the way, this is a pure tribute brew. Laces out, through the uprights, this knows the path and follows it handsomely. Nice work.

Mouthfeel is bubbly, bright, and keeps things ever effervescent, without ever being sharp.

Drinkability is fantastic. I could easily see a summer night with a few bottles of this being passed around the table.

A nice brew -- classic, sparkling, summer in a bottle, with enough funk and farmhouse to let you know it's there...but not enough to scare away the casual belgie fan. Solid stuff. Thanks to the fellas who know who they are that treated me to this at UJs. Glad I had it.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2005 04:16:00 | More by ithacabaron
Photo of lou91


4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fantastic beer from the pop of the cork, the beautiful golden hazy pour and the pure white rich head to the wonderful smells of that funky lambic smells. The taste was so good with a long lasting aftertaste of limes honey and kiwi. This would be great with some spicy curry or pad thai.

This is a review of batch 2:
Very excited to try this after hearing about the recipe change. Poured an opaque orange yellow with an unmistakable funk. The taste is oh so good- the funk grabs you initially then allows the pleasant and subtle honey, green apples and dry crackers. This is a good intro to the wild ales or iambics since you get a good sense of the flavor but nothing overpowering.

The abv is now 6.25.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2005 04:24:55 | More by lou91
Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,664 ratings.