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: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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A - Brilliant gold, mostly clear with suspended yeast sediments. White cap has good retention and lace.

S/T - Sour notes with green grapes, wood, hay, grass, with an earthy yeast funk underlying throughout the profile. Fruity, almost cherry-like sweetness, finishes sour.

M - Light body, excessively high carbonation. Mostly smooth though, finishes crisp with lasting sourness.

O - Great smell, good flavor; however, compared to the rest of the field of American Wilds, doesn't have quite the depth and complexity of others.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - pale yellow. Fairly opaque.

S - quite a bit of barnyard funk and some sour fruit. Apples and a touch of cherry.

T - similar to the aroma, but getting some mild tropical notes. More funk than sourness.

M - pleasant and moderately light. Nicely carbonated.

O - a more complex and subdued sour than I expected. Still wonderful, but not my favorite of RR sours.

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Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 2,739 ratings.
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