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

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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours gold with a one finger head, but not for long. Smell is very mellow. Slightly tart, with some fruity qualities, and a Brett smell, as well. Picking up some green apple and grapes. Getting a lot of these flavors in the taste. Not too sour, slightly tart with some apple, peach, grape flavors up front and some nice carbonation to make it tingle on the tongue. A little bit of Brett and funk but mostly dominated by fruit flavors. An amazing balance, really. Also some hay/grass flavor mixed in around all the other flavors. My second RR sour and, once again, I've very impressed.

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Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 2,731 ratings.
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