Sanctification | Russian River Brewing Company

SanctificationSanctification
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96%
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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:
#417
Reviews:
626
Ratings:
2,742
Liked:
2,632
Avg:
4.33/5
pDev:
8.78%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,186
Gots:
855
Trade:
54
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Photo of edhizdeid
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TrilliumFan
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Jofroi
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emptyglassagain
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of djbrown13
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gcamparone
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
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 durlta
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chcshammonde
3.68/5  rDev -15%
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 Brolo75
4.46/5  rDev +3%
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 Hootie159
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BrewmasterHatchdaddy
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ross84
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of BSanch8
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of vidisad
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of windowside
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of AMarkle6524
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PVMT
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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