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

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

Please note that this review is being done on 9-23-18 and the bottle date is 6-19-15.
Not sure if this is intended to sit around this long or not. A bit hesitant about the first few sips. Nothing smelled 'off'.
Also note that I have not had a 'fresh' bottle to know haw to compare.

Poured a hazy dark yellow like many of the 'hazy IPA's' I'm drinking lately. Nice tight slight off white head.

Aroma is a nice almost 'Champagne' and slight floral. Not as heavy on the sour/funk side.

Taste is more clean than sour, I'm sure due to the age. Almost a Biere de Garde in taste. Some white wine notes, bright citrus and a tinge of soap. The malt hits big on the finish though.
Carbonation is bright but not heavy.

Really nice and drinkable so know that it will sit for awhile if you want to soften the 'sour' side.

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Photo of Luckydog91
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tony210
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden straw color, minimal head. Big funky aroma. Flavor is also very funky; sour yet sweet, some citrus, bright and refreshing. Carbonation is efervescent. Overall a really nice beer.

9/12/18
Bottle dated 9/5/17 - thanks Adam!
4.25 rating

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Photo of zachary80
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One year old bottle picked up from the cooler at the brewery.

Pale straw with slight orange tint. Minimal head as expected.
Strong on brett funk, straw, not much else.
Flavor has a lot going on - mellow malts, citrus.
Light carbonation. Astringent. Thin.

Overall a good beer, one of my favorites from the RR belgian flight.

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Photo of grantlar
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Abe_Froman
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerMe8
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle dated 9/17 poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Soapy 2F head with OK retention, but eventually it all disappears leaving just a very thin ring. Partly hazy pale gold.

S: All Brett, very yeasty, with some white wine and oaky notes.

T: As you would expect, Sour yeasty Chardonnay, oaky, a splash of citrus, but as always RR makes sure the sourness doesn't run wild. It's well-controlled.

F: Lightish bodied, moderate carbonation for good drying. Very solid construction and excellent balance.

O: A superior sour, as RR always delivers.

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Photo of Rammed96
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EdFed
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MFMB
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

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

Photo of GreenMind
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | 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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Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
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