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

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626
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
8.84%
 
 
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a golden honey blonde in color with an eggshell head. Slightly opaque.

S - Pears and green apple. Light touches of leather, oak and malt.

T - Starts off with a lemon sour quality that flows into white grapes. Secondary flavors are oak and light malts. Brett is doing wonders to this beer.

M - Light and drinks like a dry wine. Very effervescent but not over carbed by any means.

O - Not a funky beer per the "fermented with 100% Brett" on the bottle. But, it's a sour fruity beer lovers dream!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: honey-blonde... big off-white head, no last or lace, though it keeps a pad of misty foam and collar.... looked like it was pouring clean and clear out of the bottle yet it's heavily cloudy and a few specks did end up sneaking in

S: beauteous, lambic-like aroma (dare I say similar to something like Cantillon?)... little-to-no booze, but some nice mild pale malt comes out... not discernibly fruity (estery), perhaps champagne-like... later though I could say I'm getting almost banana pudding and grapefruit skin elements

T: initially, it seems like a sour peach/pear sparkling wine.... a lemon-citrus pith bitter-/tartness lingers long on the tongue.... not terribly tart, but a bit salty?!.... no depth, but that's part of its design.... some band-aid phenolics?.... little-to-no malt flavor

M: pretty dang light and dry, aside from a brief flash of body up front.... really, dry as hell.... bitter/tart buzz up front.... tiny bit of a mucky/slimy coating left in the mouth

O: pretty interesting.... can't remember ever having a domestic 100% Brett beer before.... one of if not the driest beer I've ever had.... when it warms, it's pretty damn drinkable

13 Dec 2014 snifter tasting notes: sweat, earthy citrus peel, hop- and flower stem-like bitterness, granola malt tones... jade/goldenrod color... 'seashell' overtones?... aromas of ornamental flowers (potpourri?) and drying, overripe orange skin... grapefruit in the finish, but not really fruity or acidic...

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

Thanks dagsy for the awesome hookup

Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Like fresh cut grass, a little funk and some belgian malts with a little bit of lemon. Taste starts off with a tart bite that's almost like sucking on a lemon, then moves onto a horseblanket funkyness. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is high. Overall pretty dam good beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle, dated 11/28/12, poured into a Russian River Stemmed "-tion" glass.

The beer pours a golden straw color, slight hazy, although quite clear for the style, many bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A nice 2 fingers of soft, white, fizzy head rises from the glass that dissipates quickly, leaving a nice layer of soapy film atop the beer but yields no lace. The aroma is of bright citrus, lemongrass, green apple, white grape with some musty straw and light funk with some pale grain at the tail end. Lots of fruit on the tongue, white grape, lemon, crisp granny smith apple with some nice bretty funk, pale grain and light musty character. The body is very lively, lots of crisp carbonation without being harsh or overly abrasive that finishes with a nice creamy texture.

Verdict: A wonderful Wile Ale from Russian River, not that it's a surprise. Despite the lack of wood aging and bugs, this beer is still quite balanced and amply complex. A definite must try for anyone who likes sours.

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