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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,250
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 1,086
Gots: 677 | FT: 47
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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Photo of Jimmys
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle into tulip.

A: slight haze on a bright blonde body. carb is ripping to the surface. head is bright white. made up of big bubbles. great retention, spotted lacing.

S: gentle. a little bit of chamomile. toasted, vanilla oak notes. smells dry.

T: starts a bit tart. lemon drops. a barny flavor is in there, but not that strong. finish is actually a bit grainy and then dries out almost completely except for a lemon rind flavor. mostly dry.

M: almost effervescent. light/medium body.

D: not overly complex, but still highly drinkable. the tartness is pretty mellow and this is definitely more on the barnyard side of Brett. a good beginner brew for people looking to get into sours.

Jimmys, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of thebouch01
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

thebouch01, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of Danielr26
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Danielr26, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of AlexJ
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale, lightly hazed golden yellowish pour with a puffy white head that reaches high and sinks quickly to a sustained ring fed by a never-ending stream of active carbonation.

Aroma is light, golden fruit simmered with white pepper and apricot. Light, fruity yet dry, tart and funky.

Flavor starts with a lemony zing and fresh green apples that fade into white pepper and decaying hay. It is sour, but indirectly so. Complex and leaved your mouth bone dry.

Body is fluffy and expansive with carbonation. Highly drinkable and uniquely thirst-quenching.

AlexJ, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of Beejay
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 005

A: A hazy yellow pear color, the head is a nice white color. Looks good!

S: Strong acidic aroma, vinegar is pretty strong in there as well. There is almost a light citrus thing going on that is nice.

T: A tart punch hits right away, after the sour fades, there is a slight touch of some funkiness, the finish has a very nice floral note with hints of lemon. Very nice.

M: Light on the tongue, tons of carbonation which is mostly comprised of small bubbles.

O: Overall quite lovely, not so burn you tongue sour that you can't taste the base beer. There is something so simple, so brilliant about this. It is a quite complex beer, but seems to be so without really trying.

Beejay, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of kmanjohnson
4/5  rDev -7.6%

kmanjohnson, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Basoos1
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Basoos1, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of scott2269
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

scott2269, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of TexIndy
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle in my DT tulip. It was a bright golden color with a slight haze from little bits of yeast. It had a small bubbly head that quickly went away. A little carb but no lacing. The smell was Brett and barnyard as others have mentioned. Love the Brett aroma but I like the smell on Temptation better. Same on the taste - very Brett with an awesome sour bite but Temptation was a little better. Mouthfeel was great with the sour tearing up the tongue - in a good way. Overall, another great beer from RR and highly recommend. Wish I could get a steady supply of this one.

TexIndy, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of angrybabboon
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this 375mL

Review adapted from notes taken 11/13/11

Appearance: Pretty - a golden color with a nice white head to start, keeps a fizzy ring, nice carbonation

Smell: Sour, tart, but remarkably mellow - not a ton of funk, not a ton of barnyard, but there is some there - pretty clean, some lemon, pale malts, definitely complex

Taste: Really interesting - some hints of white wine, definitely a lot of brett, light fruits - nicely dry - decent pale malt backbone to hold things together - nicely tart, nicely sour, so good

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated, nice and dry, nearly perfect for the style

Overall: Yet another great Russian River sour

The only problem I have with this beer is that it reminds me a lot of (Russian River) Temptation; just more mellow, and less woody. I'm sure someone will want to smack me for typing that, but it is my overall impression. If I had to choose between this and Temptation, I would just take both and run.

angrybabboon, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft last week at Russian River Brewing Co. listed on their board as "100% Brettanomyces, 6.25%ABV" for $4 -poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a fairly clean straw-like hue, with a constant light effervescence, and basically no head and not much lacing either.

S: Very mellow woodiness and light Brett funk, green apples and grain.

T: Very mellow and similar to the nose, light funk, mild sourness with a grainy/bready finish. This is an extremely friendly Wild Ale and would be a good starting point for someone who wants to get into these types of wild/sour ales.

M: Light-bodied and similar feel to a dry champagne - smooth, crisp and clean, mellow carbonation and a bit of lactic bitterness that lingers a while, but is not overaggressive by any means.

D: All day drinker, especially in the hot summer months.

DeanMoriarty, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of kbrown
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

kbrown, May 17, 2014
Photo of MastaShonuf
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

MastaShonuf, Apr 05, 2013
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.

Westsidethreat, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of HRamz3
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

HRamz3, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

fthegiants, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of Zimm
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Zimm, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of DCLAguy11
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

DCLAguy11, May 05, 2014
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by PWoods.
Pours a light gold in color that is see thru. Nice bubbly white head forming on top.
Smell is all glorious brett. Some nice spice and some light fruit.
Taste is even more of the light fruit. Nice. Some nice white grape like characteristics. This is a very good beer. Perfect carbonation and too easy drinking.
Excellent beer. It's too bad it's very hard to come by.

FtownThrowDown, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of AdamP
4.2/5  rDev -3%

AdamP, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of spoony
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 375 ml bottle (dated November 28, 2012) into a tulip.

A-This brew produces a healthy, three-finger head of shiny, soapy, off-white foam. The head hangs around for quite a while, which isn't surprising since carbonation is very visible in the beer. The brew is yellowish, gold in color and a touch murky.

S-The smell is a big dose of funk. There is a lot of brett here giving off that earthy, musty note that plays quite well against the slightly tart lemon, mandarin orange, and straw characters of the beer. The smell is complex and pleasing; I keep sticking my nose in to get another whiff.

T-The taste is also quite heavy on the brett. I taste a lactic, earthy tartness that combines nicely with lemon, mandarin orange, straw, candy sugar, and a touch of oaky vinegar. Again, pleasing and drinkable. The sour factor is low to medium, and fits well with rest of the brew.

M-The brew starts out with a wave of noticeable carbonation and finishes on the slick side. The heft is moderate and pairs nicely with the flavors.

O-This is another great Russian River wild/sour ale. Brewers can sometimes overplay their hand when it comes to brett beers, but this one manages to keep the smell and flavors that brett imparts without making brett the only thing going on. I'm not sure if this was the right beer to drink on a snowy March evening, but I will certainly search this out again in warmer seasons.

spoony, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Treebs
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375 ml C&C bottle served in a Lost Abbey Teku. Batch 006.

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a pure white head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a think ring. Minimal splotchy lace.

S: Nice funk with some light lemon peel and white grape. Very light malt body with some grassy undertones.

T: Outlying funk, some oaky tannins with a little puckering. Not sour, but slightly acidic with some green apple and lemon peel. A little hay and some barnyard on the finish.

M: Spritzy, medium high carbonation with a slightly drying finish. Light bodied.

O: Very light on the acidity and sourness, but still very tasty with the funk and base blonde.

Treebs, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

GonzoHomebrewer, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of sliverX
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

sliverX, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Kramerbarthomer, Oct 13, 2014
Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,250 ratings.