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Sanctification | Russian River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Who’s afraid of the "big bad BRETT?" We’ll tell you who: winemakers! Because of our close proximity to several hundred wineries, we often get winemakers visiting our brewery. (After all, it takes a lot of great beer to make great wine!) Because we use 100% Brettanomyces yeast to ferment Sanctification, most winemakers will only smell the glass, and only a very few will venture to taste the beer. They think the Brettanomyces will attach to their clothing and end up in their winery. A simple solution was offered: keep a smudge pot burning at the door of our brewery so they can burn their clothes when exiting, but even that was not enough. After giving it more thought, we concluded that winemakers think Brettanomyces might scar their taste buds and possible even permeate their skin? Either way, Sanctification is one of the most unique beers you will ever taste! It was fermented with 100% Brettanomyces, rather than the traditional Saccharomyces.

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Poured from bottle (batch #005) into a snifter glass. Pours nice golden orange color with small chunks of sediment noticeable, and a nice, sustaining thin white head and minimal lacing throughout the session. Aroma is sour but not as much as some of the other RR sours, and is more nuanced. Nose is also picking up a delicate blend of raw, funky brett, burlap, and barnyard hay with sour, acidic fruit notes of lemon peel, apricot, and peach with subtle notes of vanilla, white pepper, nutmeg, and belgian yeast. Flavor is some sour citrusy fruit tones that evolve as the beer warms, plenty of funk, woody, grassy, and somewhat cheesy. Medium bodied with a very dry finish. Sour, but not mouth puckeringly so like Supplication or Consecration. Flavor essentially mimics aroma with alot of sour fruit tones, but with a somewhat floral aspect after, to the dry finish. I am still not a big fan of sours, but this is obviously well-made from RR.

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Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 2,749 ratings
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