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

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Added by Bierman9 on 10-27-2004

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4.3
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Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at about 4 ounces batch 006 at Churchkey, much thanks to Ed!

Golden yellow appearance, with shades and hues throughout the glass looking at it in a tulip. Spider lacing crawls all over, with slow white carbonation on inspection. Great looking love this body color.

Nose hits with a wonderful mix of bret and sense of spice. In control, and tolerable without a huge funk. Faint light pepper, with a mild sense of juicy lemon. Really nice.

Palate hits with a nice rounding sense of acidity. Lambic like quality, another patron felt it tasted like a real good gueze, there is no sense of heat on this. Feel hits with a mellow yet tight carbonation.

Overall real solid as to be expected, I think I still might prefer consecration but nobody is complaining here.

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Photo of jgunther71
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mklisz
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Lare453
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of malfunxion
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SadMachine
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes from 4/14

A- Pours a slightly less than clear pale hay color. It is capped with a finger of white bubbles that dissipates quickly to a collar that maintains well thanks to lots of lively carbonation. A little lacing is left on the glass.

S- The Primary Aroma is bubble gum and Belgian candi-sugar. Mild tartness, grapes, some dry white wine, and some tannins.

T- The flavor is bright and much more tart than expected from the nose. This actually reminds me a lot of an oak aged saison like Surette. White wine grapes, Belgian yeast, and a good bit of oakiness.

M- The mouth feel is a bit thin, but has great carbonation. It finishes extremely dry.

O- Overall this is a very good sour blonde, but nothing incredible. This would be a good intro to sour beers, especially for converting wine drinkers.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001.
Cast in a hazed, ripe golden hue, topped with lush, white head, copious carbonation.
Deep, musty aroma, a touch sour, a little spice, hints of fruit below, overall appealing.
Bracingly sour attack at first sip, huge puckeration, a grip on the lips...oooo!
Light citric. lemon flavor lays a bit behind and can be appreciated after getting past the tartness. "A sour Belgian blonde ale"? Sounds about right.
Quite tasty, light bodied, with a lean, citric/sour finish. Tidy spice dances delicately on the palate.
More flavor would help push this one into higher hights, it's a bit tame in that regard.
Only my third beer from Russian River, can't wait to try more!

(much thanks to axisjones!)

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

Photo of Duff27
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short lived white head on a murky golden orange body. Leaves a collar throughout.

Slight tartness on the nose.

Very tame sourness, I'd give it a 2.5 on the sour scale. Pick up the Chardonnay barrel notes. Barely any alcohol hint.

Nicely carbonated. Medium mouthfeel.

A solid brew although I've had better from RR. Very tame, could be a beginner sour. Thanks stupac2!

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Photo of Dicers
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Adam (Nanoslug) for sending this directly from the source. Growler filled on the 4th of January and consumed exactly two weeks later while watching the Cardinals(!) make it to the Super Bowl with Dave & Randall.

A - I had a few glasses of this, and it looks way better in a flute or tulip - not so interesting in the oversized wine glass. Big foam that sticks around forever and leaves great lacing. Semi-transparent apricot color with a nice golden shimmer to it. A few bubbles lazily rise to the top.

S - Funk AND sour AND sweet - Brett (obviously), horse blanket, must, touch of vinegar, white wine, and a mix of fruits in the background (sour apple & cherry, sweet pears & citrus). One of the most complex bouquets I've gotten from a Wild Ale.

T - Starts out really tart, with some bite to it. It's hard to get a handle as every time I take a sip an different one of those aforementioned flavors pops out. The funkiness of the Brett is the main "flavor", but it never overpowers and always complements one of the secondary flavors. Kind of like a kaleidoscope - the elements remain the same but they always combine for different overall pictures.

M - Dry finish, doesn't leave too much candy aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing, albeit a little thin. Carbonation is well done - not overwhelming.

D - I think the funkiness and carbonation would prevent consumption of mass quantities. Each of us had two glasses, and no one was running to the fridge for more after that point. Otherwise it's easy drinking with its well hidden ABV and great taste.

I was really curious to see the results of 100% Brett, and in the hands of Russian River this is definitely impressive. Highly recommended to all lovers of sours.

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

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of IPAchris
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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 t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/28/05- Purchased at Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa, CA

Presentation- 24oz bottle with batch #001. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden color, a bit cloudy. Frothy and creamy looking white head. Fair lacing throughout.

Smell- Heavy yeast and a nice hefty sour note. Saison?

Taste- Kinda like a saison and flanders mixed together. There is however a nice powdered sugar taste in the finish. A bit hoppy as well. Damn refreshing.

Mouthfeel- Higher carbonation here.

Drinkability- Summer brew all the way. Put this in six packs and I'm there. Teriffic poolside brew.

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Photo of sendbeer
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of aasher
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, Batch 005 courtesy of the immortal nickd717 awhile back. Thanks again Nick!

This one had a nice pop when I pulled the cork. It poured a nice moderately cloudy gold in color with a one and a half finger bright white head that just sits atop the beer for minutes on end. It resembles a quality berliner weiss. It smells of light citrus, light yeast, some hay, light grapefruit, is lighty acidic and has what I'd describe as tartness, not so much sour. The flavors consist of sour grapefruit, sour apples, brett, lemons, and it has a nice tart and dry finish. It drinks light and only moderately dry. I find it the most drinkable of the Russian River sours that I've tried thus far. It just has really nice balance. Overall I really like this one and prefer it to their other rotating sours.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill

750ml Caged/Corked
Batch 002

Poured into a chalice a nice cloudy light golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger white creamy head which lasts a little while, then leaves some nice slicks and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is of malts, beligium yeast, grapes, pears, and some spices. The taste is very nice, tangy/slightly sour, yeasty, slightly spicy. Medium body, highly carbonated. Very drinkable, really enjoying this one, another awesome brew from RR. Thanks again buddy.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 3, served in a snifter. Beer is yellow and hazy, forms a thin head of small white bubbles that breaks and leaves very little lacing on the glass. Beer is moderately carbonated but doesn't seem to do much for the head. It looks fine.

Straight Brett b aroma, totally funky and oaky with mostly lactic acid in the nose followed by no acetic or hint of citric acid. Smells good though. 100% brett beers almost always smell good to me though.

Beer is medium to light in body and quite funky. Again leads with a minimal sweetness followed immediately by a lactic acid almost creaminess and a moderate leather flavor in the mid to late palate. Beer is not especially dry only moderately. I wish I could have tasted the other batches that were not 100% brett beers but as far as an "American Wild" goes, this one was quite good.

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Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 2,724 ratings.
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