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Sanctification - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,863
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 1,028
Gots: 593 | FT: 34
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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 cfrances33


4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 6 bottle thanks to Gosox8787, poured into a HF stem.

Pour: Hazy yellow orange, with two fingers of fluffy, sticky white head. Leaves really awesome lacing, and the head hangs around for a while too. I love when beer looks like this.

Smell: Acetic pears and apples, with a nice honey/biscuit sweetness. Some oakiness flows through. Brett is there a little bit in the breadyness, but not much.

Taste: Clean tart peaches and granny smith apples. A light funk, but not a ton. A light white pepper, and a biscuity sweetness. Finishes with more acetic pears.

Mouthfeel: Pretty tart, but not quite sour. Definitely puckers the lips though. Really nice and drinkable at the same time.

Overall: My favorite sour from RR (haven't had Beat yet). Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 17:52:30 | More by cfrances33
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee


4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

03-23-2012 10:27:19 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
Photo of sbricker


4/5  rDev -7.6%

11-14-2011 15:31:30 | More by sbricker
Photo of LambicPentameter


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

Enjoyed out of a brown 375 mL C&C bottle with a bottling date of 11/28/12. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack edition tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a cloudy yellow the color of egg yolk with darker orangish highlights as well. Foam is about a finger-and-a-half of ivory microbubbles that is so fine it appears like a layer of thick fog atop the body. After dissipating to a half finger of head pretty quickly (30 secs), it remains throughout leaving silky slick light lacing.

Smell - The Brett really dominates the lighter blonde base beer, pushing the other flavors to the side. Funky and tart with some hints of starfruit and lemonade.

Taste - Wonderfully tart at first, but fades back quickly to reveal sourdough complexity and citrus rind and fruity spice. Again the Brett provides a barnyard element that balances well with this otherwise delicate beer.

Mouthfeel - Effervescent and yet creamy at the same time. Light bodied with high levels of carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall a fantastically balanced sour and one I could see being a gateway for people looking to get into sour ales. Tart but not overpowering and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 03:59:43 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of silentjay


3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a slightly hazy golden with a smallish, yet fluffy pure white head that settles at a good couple of cms, and sticks to the glass well.

very yeasty, and slightly funky aroma not too far from a saison with lemon pepper, herbs, and must.

much more tart, up front, than the aroma. with some funk and spice and acidic citrus. finishes tart again on the swallow, with a bit more lemony acidic citrus.

effervescent and dryingly tart on a light/medium bodied brew.

overall, its decent, but not what id be seeking out from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 01:18:19 | More by silentjay
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-15-2012 22:56:30 | More by antoines15
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2010 19:06:01 | More by DeanMoriarty
Photo of HRamz3


4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

10-10-2013 12:42:39 | More by HRamz3
Photo of rrski198


4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

04-05-2014 16:38:35 | More by rrski198
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

05-31-2014 08:02:15 | More by dertyd
Photo of alpinebryant


4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 004, 750 ml
Pours a clear bright nearly neon yellow with a strong white head.

Smell of strong brett, sour and barnyard together in a smaller sour that is very pungent. Russian River always delivers in my experience when they say it is sour. This is not an exception.

Taste of a strong lemon sour blonde ale. The sourness is nice and dry but sweet at the same time, leaving your mouth nearly puckering. Light mouthfeel and a high level of carbonation. Was really glad to have batch 004 as it is still in the 750ml format. I am also sure that the time in the bottle was well spent as I received a great pop from the cork when removed. Plenty of oak flavors going throughout the body. Slight vanilla flavors and a decent noble hop character hanging out in the background.

Overall this beer is crisp and refreshing. Easily drinkable for me which cannot be said about most sours. I had a hard time putting the glass down even though this is a rare treat.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 22:53:36 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of zrab11


4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #005

A- Pours a nice hazy golden yellow with nice 1 finger white head, dissapates quickly

S-Smells of tangerine and lemon and also some nice earthy tones, A nice refreshing aroma

T- Starts off with a little funk taste ten moves on to that nice citrus flavors. In the middle comes the sourness and then finishes with a walk through the cirtus garden. SUper refreshing

M- Medium to light bodied. Has nice carbonation and really has a good feel in the mouth

D- Overall this is an amazing sour. Think i might have ruined the next few sours i try by trying such a top notch one first. But seriously i want to buy like a whole case so i can enjoy 1 of these a week! a great beer

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 02:10:57 | More by zrab11
Photo of leinie13


4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

04-22-2012 04:13:17 | More by leinie13
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

05-17-2014 14:58:16 | More by kbrown
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-01-2013 03:57:28 | More by dwagner003
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle from batch 005, thanks to nataku00. This one was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Sanctification pours a crystal clear goldenrod, with nice lemon highlights shining through. There's about a finger and a half of of white head that lingers around for a minute or two before fading way. Not much is left in the way of lacing. The nose has a bit of light spiciness to it, but is largely dominated by earthy, wet hay brett funk. There's just a touch of cracker maltiness at the front of the flavor profile. Some definite lemon zestiness places off the spice notes from the nose, and the second half of the beer is 100% wild. It's mostly funky like the nose, but there is a slight tart edge to it. The body is dry, but not as bone dry as I might have expected. The carbonation is brisk and bubbly, lending some more excitement to the beer. Another great brew from the best wild ale producer in the country, and I look forward to having this beer again, maybe with a little more age to see what the brett can really do.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 06:18:56 | More by axeman9182
Photo of Ajlvt


4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

05-23-2014 05:38:14 | More by Ajlvt
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

06-06-2014 19:34:04 | More by ldhughes3
Photo of meathookjones


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
Photo of spark3148857


4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

05-28-2013 01:37:25 | More by spark3148857
Photo of carteravebrew


3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

06-15-2012 23:23:31 | More by carteravebrew
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

02-09-2013 04:15:00 | More by TXhomebrewer
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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

06-05-2013 02:19:35 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 03:06:04 | More by spoony
Photo of connecticutpoet


4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle, corked and caged. Thanks to GClarkage for another great trade. One thing I noticed... Batch 001... but on the label it says 6.25% ABV, not 7.50 % as listed at the time of this posting.

This poured out into my chalice a nice clear yellow... although I can see the sediment in the bottle. It had a one-finger white foamy head, which over time died down to a thin layer. Second pour from the bottle into the chalice was hazy.

The aroma was sour, yeasty, a little vinegary, and overall funky, with some Granny Smith apples in the background.

Taste was initially sour and funky, followed by soft golden malts and dry fruits. It was a little tart and vinous. A bit of hop tang was present as well, but it didn't stand out. DAMN, this was well balanced and nice!

Mouthfeel was quite good, but a little astringent.

Drinkability was most excellent. I would gladly have this again were it available here.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 02:42:52 | More by connecticutpoet
Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,863 ratings.