Sanctification | Russian River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
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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

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4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 7-26-16. Pours a deep golden yellow almost copper. Slightly hazy with a fuzzy white head that sticks around longer than most beers of this genre. Nose is bright. Grape skin, grapefruit, lemon and sour apple. First taste surprised me. I thought this one would be a tad bit in your face sour for whatever reason but this was a really mellow brett beer IMO. Aging quite nicely at 2 years I suppose. Nice subdued tartness of sour grapes and sour apple. A lingering citrus notes throughout the beer, grapefruit and predominantly lemon zest. There is a dry grassy quality to it with the ever so slight funk. Medium to light with a dry grassy finish that is accompanied by that shot of citrus. This beer was light and delicate. Very easy to drink given how smooth it was. Definitely impressed by this one. Have a 4 on look simply because I was expecting a bright blonde beer but I had a hard time finding much to complain about Sanctification. Cheers!

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4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
3.49/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

**
06/05/18

Clear yellow....until the sediment got in and clouded it up. Minimal head.

Lemon, grapefruit,

Paste, grape, sour apple.

Medium body.

Not my thing, but this is tasty and smooth and another well crafted beverage from Russian River.

**

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Photo of beergoot
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, cloudy, light yellow body; thin head. Well-balanced scents of brett and citrus; lemony and spicy; cardamom. Lemon and lime flavors dominate; tart and mildly sour. Medium bodied; bright and bubbly on the palate; tart notes all around; finishes with a combination of juiciness and dryness.

My palate and tastes may not be so nuanced that I can wax poetic about 100% Brettanomyces vs. Saccharomyces, but I do know what tastes and drinks well for me. Like many a wild ale, this one has the tartness but also little (if any) of the barnyard funk one might attribute to such beers. In any case, a fine, enjoyable offering from Russian River Brewing Company...

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4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle dated 9/5/17. Golden color with a ring of bubbles. Smells of lemon and yeast, distinctly sour. Medium weight with small bubbles. Taste is lemon sourness followed by funk and a slightly dry floral finish. Interesting & definitely worth a try.

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4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DavidR_9
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

Beautiful yellow slightly cloudy glow. Thin soft white bubbly heady floating on top. Tons of lemon zest, hint of banana, some spice. Taste follows the nose with a really pronounced lemon and belgian yeast character with a nice bready/crackery support. Soight banana on the finish with some spice and then a soft a mellow brett character that dries and lingers for only a brief moment.

Remarkably similar to their damnation belgian golden ale with the lemon, banana, spice, and breadiness but an amazing kick of brett character. Imparts a balanced sourness that most craft beer drinker can enjoy.

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

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4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.74/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Minimal head that dissipates quickly. Off-yellow color, that is more orange towards the top. Murky with big bubbles.

S - Citrus; orange; grapefruits; grass

T - Carbonated grapefruit juice; sour

M - lots of carbonation; medium weight

O - Not really my favorite type of beer, but very good for what it is. Great for sour beer lovers, maybe not for others.

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4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really nice rounded Brett profile balanced with the base Belgian beer. Enjoyed the added level of hay, citrus, and grassy notes from the Brett on top of the traditional Belgian base. I enjoy this more than the fruited sour offerings.

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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

If an apple a day keeps the Doctor away, then Raul is going to chug a few Sanctification’s during flu season. Green Apple goodness all over the place for days, which is met by a beautiful and familiar brett mustiness. And we aren’t talking jock strap musty, we’re talking about Martha Hunt after a game of couples badminton, musty

This beer makes Raul’s shuttlecock go boing!

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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 Bottle, taster flight at Wades Wines in Westlake, CA.

Pours a hazy gold, some settling sediment, nice lace on the glass.

Lemony citrus aromas, hints of vinegar, and a yeast mustiness to round it out. Mild but really nice.

Again getting that yeasty funk and citrus dominating the flavor profile. Tart and awesome.

Slightly heavier body than expected. Crisp, refreshing, tart.

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Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 2,771 ratings