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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,731
Reviews:
626
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
8.84%
 
 
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review #500.
Bottled on 11/28/12
Poured into a RR snifter
Cork exploded out of the bottle and bounced off the ceiling

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a huge fluffy, pillowy and creamy white head that seems to retain forever. Huge patches of lace stick to the glass as it slowly settles. Pretty sure you could float a bottle cap 5 minutes after the pour

S- a little bit of yeasty barnyard funk brings some nice fruity esters of green apple, pear, peach, grape skin and lemon peel. Very similar to chardonnay aromas

T- tart and juicy ripe fruit flavors of lemon, candied grapefruit peel, and pear. A bit of barnyard funk kicks in mid-palate with light cheesy/sourdough notes, tart finish with some woodsy notes and more fruit

M- light and crisp, foamy mouthfeel with biting carbonation, leading to a puckering dry finish

O- So many fruity notes throughout with white-wine-like aromas, with just enough funk snuck in there, sour but not completely puckering, this one is way to easy to drink, very nice

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #005.

Pours a beautiful golden yellow color with unreal clarity from the first-half pour. Fluffy head owes the lacing that it produces. Looks marvelous.

Lemon peel, old lemon peel, white wine, oak, tart peach, maybe apricot, and bright tartness. Balanced and fruity, all the while, a tart Russian River sour.

White wine, tart peach, sour orange, flooded basement, lemon pulp, oaky woodiness, tropical fruit, Brett mushroom funk, and parmesan. The mushroom and cheese really answers in the finish. Bottom of the bottle is offering up some serious funk and cheese. This is effing delicious.

Nicely effervescent with a peppery carbonation. Wet-bodied with some chewiness, whilst medium. Great feel.

Awesome wild ale from Russian River. Better than this is definitely hard to come by.

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