Sanctification | Russian River Brewing Company

SanctificationSanctification
BA SCORE
96%
Liked This Beer
4.33 w/ 2,742 ratings
SanctificationSanctification
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:
#418
Reviews:
626
Ratings:
2,742
Liked:
2,632
Avg:
4.33/5
pDev:
8.78%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,186
Gots:
855
Trade:
54
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,742 |  Reviews: 626
Photo of BrownBottle
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of evanwoertz
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of btravers13
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brown120
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tregan_20
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Nice and funky. Citric acid plays a big role with a solid amount of Brett. Nice and lemony with a rather dry finish.

It gets a 87/100.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
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 NapaValleyBeerMe
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dbsrs
3.67/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not there best

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Photo of TPiwaron
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JVan
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of gandres
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tap to glass @ Russian River Brewing tap [email protected] 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 Spoda1983
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kristinc
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jason_cs
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CAcker
4.91/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rbreslin
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dd43
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +0.9%
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 +4.6%
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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4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96% out of 100 with 2,742 ratings
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