Sanctification | Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Rotating

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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 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 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 Hop_God
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: clear pale yellow. Thin white head

S: funk. Citrus pith. Wine Grapes.

T: citrus peel. Funk. Yeasty bread. Sourdough.

F: super dry and crisp bite

O: overall very solid. Good nuances and flavor.

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

Bottle Date: 6/19/15
Palate Contaminants: other beer

The appearance is a clear, light golden color with a little bit of fine head.

The smell is about tops that a dominantly brett beer can be. There's candied corn and a soapy pineapple scent – trust me, it's nice. It's floral and candied at the same time. I haven't run across anything quite like this.

The thing is, what's awesome on the nose isn't necessarily awesome for the taste, although the taste is plenty good. It absolutely has the sweetness and floral character, along with some general herbs. And it has that mycocine heartiness that's great for those of us who love savoriness. I think I might have compared something else to cottage cheese with pineapple, and this is going down that path. I'm re-reading what I've typed, and... this is a beer? (Yes.)

The feel is about par for the quality that the brewery is known for. Good weight, but the carbonation has a bit of prickliness. The aftertaste is enjoyable, though.

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Photo of Derek
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice head, not much retention. Wonderful aroma of leather and tropical fruit. Similar flav, a bit of straw, modest bitterness, with a light tartness and a crisp finish.

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Photo of FBarber
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy opaque golden straw color. Thin but fluffy white head. Decent head retention.

Smell is a gloriously funky mix of brett (old used barnyard straw) and pineapple! with more subtle aromas of apple, lemon flesh, and white wine.

Taste follows the nose with that nice mixture of pineapple, tart green apples, lemon flesh, (bad) white wine and brett. No vinegar notes here, just more of a poor quality white wine, sorta tangy and sour.

Feel had mild carbonation with a nice smooth feel. Nice dry tangy finish with some wine like tannins present.

Overall - Its amazing how good brett can taste in a beer when its well done. I doubt I will get my hands on this beer again any time soon, but if given the opportunity I'd jump all over it.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - pours a lazy clear golden straw. Robust, fluffy head.

S - Brett right off the bat. Some lemon lime twang and a white vinous character. Green apple.

T - white grapes and the yellow sweet tarts. Lemon zest and barnyard funk. Finishes with apple juice.

F - low carb. Feels natural! Slight controlled tingles.

O - loving the white wine in this. An elegantly crafted brew.

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Photo of gandres
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tap to glass @ Russian River Brewing tap room@ Santa Rosa,CA
A: pale, cloudy, hazy, minimal head, white foam, lacing
A: Fruity
T: heavily sour,
MF: fizzy
OA: Excellent beer for the style, not to repeat, look for- not my preferred style
Drank: April 14, 2016

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Photo of dd43
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful Brett blond ale. Tart fruit notes throughout the drinking experience. Funky yeast aromas are not quite on the level of an Orval but damn I'm not kicking this one out of bed for making crumbs. Finishes really smooth despite the sharply acidic front end. This beer leans towards the tart end of the tart-->sour spectrum. This one poured a beautiful bright gold that sparkled when held up to the light. I wish I could get another bottle to let it age some more. I want that Brett to keep working its magic in the bottle for a year or more.

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Photo of TH28
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle. 6/19/15 bottle date. Appearance: Hazy light golden, with a thick white frothy head and nice lacing. Aroma: A strong, distinct funky brett aroma, with a noticeable citrus lemon and grapefruit component. Taste: Light, bready malt sweetness, a sharp acidic lemony citrus, and an earthy, funky brett component that is much stronger than what’s picked up on the aroma. Mouthfeel: Light to moderate body with a high carbonation. Finish: Lingering citrus tartness, but heavier on earthy funkiness Overall: Great beer and a showcase of a 100% brett beer. Not only does the brett provide the typical funkiness, but it also has a pleasant citrus peel flavor and acidity to add complexity. The fermentation of this beer produces an amazing amount of varying flavors. World class

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden and yellow pour, some good haze to it, soft white 1/2" head on it. Aroma was bad ass, makes you salivate, lemon, gueuzy like aroma, oak. Just phenomenal brett and sour character to it.

Taste is light bodied, but powerfully lemony sour. Like Temptation without the white wine barrel notes. Brettier too.

I really can't think of an inappropriate time for this beer. Wish it was still $8 a bottle. . . sigh.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a snifter. Thank you Shawn for the hookup!

Pours a lightly hazy to hazy bright orange body with a decent 1 finger head that reduces slowly to leave spotty lacing and a layer of retention.

Aromas are tart and citrusy, lactic, tart sour apple, a little grassy and funky.

On the tongue is a light tartness upfront, green apple, lemony citrus, wheaty with some spiciness, a slight barnyard funk with a light bitterness and dry finish. Medium carbonation with light easy going body.

Solid.. more of a farmhouse than a wild but enjoyable.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one had some nice qualities, the sourness was refreshing and tart, with a good lively feel. However, i personally was not a fan of the brettanomyces treatment in this. It had an aftertaste of rotten cheese. No bueno.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured into a Russian River Belgian stemmed glass

A: Pours a golden orange with a bright white head, no head retention, lots of carbonation streaming off the bottom, beer is hazy and cloudy, looks really good.

A: Sour, tart, vinegar, white grapes, pear, green apples, picking some oak from the barrels, smells really good.

T: Hit of tart funkiness up front, fruit like notes, pineapple, green apples, hay, Brett comes through as well, some oak from the barrel, no alcohol at all, very balanced and drinkable.

M: Lightbodied with a crisp dry finish, good amount of carbonation adds to the mouthfeel.

O: Very impressed, a well balanced flavorful sour ale, lots of notes and characteristics going on, Brett is not overwhelming the beer's other characteristics but adds another dimension of flavor, another world class sour from Russian River.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

7 month old bottle, slowly started to bubble up over the lip of the bottle. Pours a mild golden pale, with little to no head. Smells of white wine barrels, light tart grape must, a hint of underlying under ripe stone fruit and sweet pineapple. Nice up front bite of funk and tartness, followed by a medium full body and a tangy finish. Definitely an underrated RR beer...absolutely delicious.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden honey color. Has a tart aroma of Brett. Flavor is light a fresh. You get the Brett but it does not overpower the flavor. This is very enjoyable. It's a touch sour and a touch sweet but overall delicious.

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Photo of jtwhicker
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle aged for 4 months after purchase. May 2015

Shared with a friend for notes. Aroma is citrus, pour to small snifter. Slight carbonation thin head. Hint of lime and tartness is subtle and complements the carbonation. Sour is tapered since aging.
Have another in cellar as well check back in a couple of months.

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Photo of Myotus
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured gently at 46°F from a 375ml bottle (bottled on 30May14) into a tulip. Consumed on 16Dec15.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of white foam that dissipates into a quarters worth within 40 seconds. Straw yellow in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are both small and medium in size and large in quantity. Lacing is thin and subtle.
SMELL: Mild aromas of sour green apples, peaches, hay, earthy yeast, white grapes, and pears entangle with subtle aromas of tobacco, oak, and hints of spicy hops.
TASTE: Strong sour green apple flavors and mild hay flavors first set foot upon the palate. Mild tobacco, peach, white grape, and pear flavors follow right after. Strong earthy yeast and subtle spicy hop flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors maitain.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough due to the high amount of carbonation. Finishes with a mild dryness. Sourness playfully agitates the tongue.
NOTE: A very scrumptious beer. My dislike of high carbonation in beers significantly brought down the rating.

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

A truly fantastic beer! I wish I could get a hold of this in my neck of the woods! I will be back to Russian River Brewpub to enjoy it again in the future!

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sanctification is a beer that is certainly worth trying, though revisiting this beer at its current price point is probably not necessary.

Brett and funk on the palate with a pepper finish.

Overall, good but not on the same level as other Russian River sours.

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Photo of adam42381
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Bottled on 5/30/14 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a clear medium gold with a 1 1/2 finger snow white head of fine bubbles. Small sediment particles floating around. Solid head retention with minimal lacing.

Smell: Tons of barnyard funk from the Brett. Mild fruit notes in the background.

Taste: Typical brett funkiness along with a bit of pear up front followed by a nice amount of tart apple cider in the middle before ending with bitter citrus and a little bit of grassy hops. Aftertaste is funky with a touch of bitterness. After pouring in the sediment (review completed before drinking sediment), this thing is off the charts funky - in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could put back a couple of these without any issue.

Overall: Very good beer overall. As with most Russian River offerings, this is definitely worth trying. Highly recommended.

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Photo of macher0
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured light straw with a coarse bubble head that retreats to a fine bubble head and film. A decent film remains. Spotty laces. The nose was mostly funk, biscuits, and yeast. The nose follows nicely with a mild tart level and big time biscuit and funk flavor. Very yeasty, with a minor bubblegum note. The yeast gives the body a fullness that contradicts the color. High carbonation.

I like my sours super sour, and while this is mildly sour, it was very well crafted and certainly fits the bill. This was very good. A great mild, sour, funky-ass beer.

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Photo of Dynobolt
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it on draft at a Napa spot (downtown joes) man o man it's good, another gem from Russian river. Love the sourness! Will try it again if I run into it...

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