Sanctification | Russian River Brewing Company

2,743 Ratings

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.

Added by Bierman9 on 10-27-2004

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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of needMIbeer
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of taospowder
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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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Crosling
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange. Fairly aromatic, not very funky, but full of papaya and lemon scents. Light doughy malt followed by an overwhelming sour assault. Notes of horseblanket, snake skin and sour lemons. Light and bubbly feel on the palate. It’s really funny that this beer is made in the middle of Sonoma County. I like it, a lot.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mdillon86
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DamienI
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of apasternak
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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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of larryi86
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you atxdelivery for this one
375 mL bottle batch 5 poured into a tulip

A- A hazy pale yellow with a small white head

S- Some funk, some citrus, some earthy notes, beardy malts.

T- Sour and tart lemons up, beardy malts in the middle, and a funky finish.

M- Light, crisp, smooth, a ton of carbonation.

O- Overall this is a nice sour, but not at the same level of the other Russian River sours I have had. Reminded me of a solid Gueuze. I would get this again if I had the chance, but would not actively seek it out. I am very happy that I got a chance to try this.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thankyou to Trenton Road Takeout in Fallsington for this one.
Poured into my Lindeman's glass. Hazy yellow color with tiny bubbles slowly drifitng upward as well as big ones rushing to the top. Some lacing not much but just enough to let you know it's a beer.

Smell is very basic. A blonde ale with a dose of wild yeasts and a beautiful lemon blast.

Taste makes the lips smack a few times. Sour but not an all out blast.Citrus fruits with some softer grain notes in the finish that leave a lingering. Nice spicey tingle as well left on the tongue.

Mouth is very alive with tremendous carbonation, an almost numbing tingliness is left on the palate.Perfect balance and goes down way too smooth.

What can I say another score for Russian River.

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4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bright, deep gold, very big off-white head slowly shrinks to thin foamy top, and some nice lace.

Aroma is wonderful funky/barnyard rustic yeastiness with hint of vinegar, light fruits, herbs, wildflowers, some grain, hint of wine, bread, and sweetness. It is very nice.

Taste is crisp, light character, sour but not overly so, tart with hint of sweetness. It has sour lemon and tart fruits up front, with some peppery spice and herb, then biscuit and bread in the finish. It has a good, well-rounded but very light, somewhat thin character, a bit bland and “dry.” It’s very good and very drinkable, but lacks character.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy luminescent yellow-orange liquid with a thick and craggy white head that has astounding retention. As good as it gets.

S- Sour fruits and bread. Complex, aromatic, and inviting.

T- Sour fruits with some bready malt. A tad simple but very tasty and refreshing.

M- Smooth and creamy with light carbonation. The finish is clean and acidic.

O- A simple but well done take on the style. Drinks fantastically on a rainy summer night.

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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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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ONUMello
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle dated 1/28/14 poured into a Teku glass
A: Hazy light orange with a one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Lemon, green apple, hints of malt and sour yeast
T: An initial hit of sour green apple is followed by lemon, lemongrass, some herbs/earth, a bit of brett funk then followed by a lengthy green apple finish
M: Fairly light bodied overall but a sour kick and long finish make for nice complexity
O: Complex and delicious, couldn't ask for much more

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 2,743 ratings
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