Sanctification | Russian River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

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.

Added by Bierman9 on 10-27-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,731
Reviews:
626
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
8.84%
 
 
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Photo of Biggtriksta
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. A hazy golden straw color with a delicate white head. The foam lasted for several minutes and settled into a firm cap. Lemon on the nose, with straw, funk, hay, bread, and lavender. The taste was tart with lemon, straw and grassy notes, a filmy funk presence, and floral notes. Dry on the finish. Great Brett character.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous beer - sunshine-gold hue with a soft cap of foam; bubbles swirl and twist atop the beer throughout the session. Aroma of fruit, yeast, floral hops, lemon, funk. That complex Belgian yeast is unmissable and unmistakable and the brett builds off it not overpowers it. Taste is fruit esters, yeast, lemon, green apple, tart citrus, biscuity malt and pear. The brett-funk is a consistent presence throughout but comes to the fore at the end of the sip. Finishes dry. Outstanding.

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Photo of drone
3.54/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of richdeneault
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Blond sour beer - full of citrus taste. Pours very nicely. First few tastes seem overly sour but then it "calms" down and is quite refreshing for a sour beer.

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Photo of The_Epopt
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevinpd58
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bum4ever
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of matthewrdale
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warmbier804
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TboneRN
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jonnydrinker
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SaulFox
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DamienI
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of locoformavs
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CPAles
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of patre_tim
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden with huge barrage of really tiny bubbles, a hint of haze and a finger of off white head.

Smells of Brett right off the bat. Apple cider, apple sauce, hints of pear and Belgian pale ale qualities, and even perhaps a hint of candy sugar.

Wow, I am loving this brew. It has this amazing balance of sweet and sour, Brett as the main star, then light, fruity pear and apples, and hints of orchard flowers all dancing the finale. Jam and jello in there too.

Light and and spritz like carbonation, light body, and a balance of buoyancy.

Got at Russian River in Santa Rosa a couple months ago, drinking in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Dec 3rd, 2016. Amazing brew. Really, really is, and must be tried if you ever have a chance.

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Photo of schimschim
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 2,731 ratings.
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