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Sanctification | Russian River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#409
Reviews:
629
Ratings:
2,749
pDev:
8.78%
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Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit barnyard and yeast aroma. A Good wild ale, it's so great sourness in your face initially,I detect the wild yeast, then you get used to it, in a lemon yeasty haze. Good lacing and head. Satisfying aftertaste.Great with supper. Thanks Solomon420.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light yellow color with a huge 4 inch white head that fades into a chunky small cap. Very distinct rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells funky/musty from the Brett with some sour fruit notes as well. Taste is somewhat fruity all around with green apples and sour citrus fruits in harmony with the funk from the Brett. A good level of carbonation but I was expecting much more after the 4 inch head on the initial pour. Beer is pretty crisp with each sip but leaves a stickiness in the mouth as well. Overall, this is a solid wild ale from RR but not as good as some of their others in my opinion.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 5; Feb. 2011 release;

Pours a hazy orange with a nice white head that fades a bit quickly.

Nose is light orange fruit with a pleasant brett character. Not your typical brett funkiness but a bright pleasant "citrus-funk" character.

Mouthfeel is bold and bright, rich and filling, tart with good carbonation.

Flavors are orange/tangerine citrus front to a nice citric herb mid palate with hints of bret that goes to a brett/wild ale funk herb/spice orange finish. Lightly sour all around with layers of orange/tangerine and herb flavors.

This could be a "go to" beer if available year round. Really nice effort.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

have been keen to try this one for a long time, 100% brett fermentation. finally splurged for 18 bucks at cheeky monk on colfax. pours an almost perfectly clear radiant gold nugget color with huge bubbles. looks lind of like apple juice. the last little bit i poured in has some serious sediment, i think i poured out just a tiny bit more than i was supposed to, but no harm done. small but lasting white head. smells fruity and sour, but not nearly as intense as the flavor, which is really puckery from the brettanomyces. some notes of dank oak come in, as does a white wine like dryness in the finish. this is a love it or hate it kind of beer, and i absolutely love it. the mouthfeel is amazing, majorly effervescent carbonation and a rather light body make it supremely drinkable. this is a very interesting and unique brew that has no equal in my mind. i cant wait to drink another one of these!

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Knapp85
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a nice looking golden color with a bubbly white head on top. The lacing and retention was both very thin. The smell of the beer gives off a sour note as well as a nice subtle malt essence in there also. The taste of the beer is really well balanced between the sour elements and the beer itself. It's got a very good 1 - 2 punch going from sour to malty. The mouthfeel is light bodied and very drinkable, this is also on the refreshing side. Overall this Russian River brew hits many of the high notes it should and it worth checking out. Glad I finally got to try it.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of t0rin0
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a thin off white head that consistently left a very thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: Very strong sour flavors are present in the taste—this is quite pungent—almost like an aromatic cheese plate. There is also some acidity in the taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Even though this beer has a ton of sour flavors (like a gueuze), it isn’t that difficult to drink.

Note: Batch #6

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

A delicious and savory Sour Ale that puts on a tart and fruity display without challenging the palate too much.

The beer pours a glowing and cloudy light gold color. A dainty but creamy head forms on the beer, retains well, and laces remarkably. A fantastic appearance overall.

Sharp tartness of under-rippened fruits of peaches and berries accompany green apples, lemons, and a light spicy/grassy note, presumably from hops. Lightly must and dusty, stopping just shy of horse-y or barnyard aromas.

Medium lemon flavors take precidence early on in flavor, but flavors of peach, crab apple, berries, and white grapes rise to give complexity and roundness to the initial tartness. Cracker-like maltiness provides just enough of a buffer to protect the palate from the onslaught of the sourness, still a far cry from an attempt to balance. Hop flavor gives an earthy, spicy, and maybe even citrus flavor that rides just behind the wild yeast tartness.

Modestly creamy early, the beer makes a quick transition to crispness, cleaness, and ultimate refreshing nature. The sourness strips the thirst from the palate with ease, making this beer much more drinkable than it should be. Bitterness weaves in and out of a mild astringent character and blurs the lines between the two.

Delicious and with very high drinkability, this Sour Blonde seems to have a softer base beer than many others and makes it effortless to taste. The Brett character is young, yet to allow the more complex aromas and flavors of deep must, decaying oak, and even horse blanked notes to develop- but they will given proper cellaring. Regardless, this beer is an absolute joy to drink- consistent from the pour to finish.

Thanks Auroracrisis!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a sampler at Russian River's taproom in Santa Rosa during the Pliny the Younger release. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high because I love this brewery.

A: Pours a half finger head of fair cream and thickness, and pretty good retention. Colour is a cloudy lemon yellow. Murky.

Sm: Lemon and wheat. Quite lactic. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Pleasant.

T: Lactic, with sourness, lemon tart, and maybe yeast. Decently balanced, but a bit strange. Simple but enjoyable for the style. The simplicity does bother me; there's not a whole lot to say about it as a result.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Maybe a bit thin.

Dr: Drinkable for the style, but too simple and a bit too thin. I might have it again, but Russian River has far better brews.

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Photo of emerge077
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you Chris for sharing!

Deep saturated orange, soft haze. Drippy asymmetrical lacing, finely textured foam on the surface.
Nice retention, long lasting head.

Minerally upfront with an odd musty note of wet dishrag at first, then stonefruit as it warms.
Wet hay Brett nuance floats in also.

Apricot, tart apple, clean and dry finish. Effervescent, ethereal, well developed and complex.
Woody, clean, traces of white wine. Soft aftertaste of clover honey and mild oak.
Lightly puckering. A refined Brett focused wild ale... delicious stuff.

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Photo of brentk56
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 003

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a frothy head that retains fairly well and leaves shards of lace

Smell: Immediate whiff of Brett, with undertones of funk, lemon and pepper

Taste: Initial light fruit flavor becomes increasingly tart by mid-palate, with plenty of sour elements; interesting undertones of other fruit such as green apple, banana and melon appear underneath; after the swallow, the sourness abates but leaves a lingering tartness that allows the other fruit flavors to play a more significant role

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly and effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: Sour beers are always a challenge for me and I like this one better than most as it has a lot going on in addition to the sourness

Thanks, BeerTruth for the opportunity

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Photo of oline73
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Unibroue tulip glass. This bottle is from batch 6.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden with an orange hue. There is a finger of bubbly, off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Very tart and lemony with some funk in there as well. There is also a mild herbal smell that works well with everything else.

Taste: Starts out very tart and funky. The herbal notes are more in the background than they were in the smell. The further you get into the sip, the more tart this beer gets.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation and an extremely dry finish.

Overall: This is a very good beer. I would have liked the herbal notes to be a little bit more pronounced in the taste, but that's just nitpicking.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly dirty bright yellow color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of Brett is quite intense and dominates with light tart and dry notes also being noticeable. Taste is mostly dominated by dry and tart notes with some malt also perceptible. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed though maybe a tad too one-dimensional with the Brett notes and not my favourite RR beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of LXIXME
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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