Sanctification | Russian River Brewing Company

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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:
#415
Reviews:
632
Ratings:
2,756
pDev:
8.78%
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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JustXBeer for setting me up with this bottle. From notes.

A - Billowing head and carbonation. Retention is perfect. Hazy gold. Spotty, but voluminous lacing.

S - The aroma is perceptible from feet away. Preserved lemons, saline, acrid, coriander.

T - The best way for me to describe the taste is flouride-y funk. Zesty tang. Great brett profile. Rummy bananas in the finish with a very faint boozy trace.

M - Chewy body akin to a Weihenstephaner. Slight tingle

Awesome, I want to drink these all summer but I can't because I live in TN...occasionally I must though.

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

I do love a good unique beer and Russian River has certainly come up with one with this. What the heck is a sour blond? Well, unless you find one of these you may never know, it is that unique. It is really sour, almost as if they dosed it with lemon zest, and the result is a treasure. It is not the most beautiful beer I've ever seen, the head is average, the ABV is average but when this brew hits your palate you'll know what a sour blond is, it only takes a moment. WOW! OK, I admit that a trip to the RR Brewery helped, so I waited to review a bottle. The small taster at the home pub at RR was not enough to judge, but now that I have opened a bottle I am convinced that this is a world class "occasional" beer. Unlike those great IPAs, drinkable by the gallon, this one requires a bit of time to enjoy and savor in it's uniqueness. Lest it be confused, this is not a hop beer, it is a blond that happens to pucker, have I mentioned unique, yes try and you'll be aware that a real style can deliver. I have no idea, but I guess the brewmaster had a demonic possession and he just broke out of hell with Santification. Try it but be prepared to pucker and enjoy.

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

12oz to a Russian River goblet, bottled 11/28/12
Let the bottle sit on my desk about thirty seconds after uncaging and the cork shot out on its own. This is some serious stuff

Pours a very vibrant golden blond with a finger of foam sporting an impressive retention rate. Very cloudy, absolutely no transparency with high carbonation around the sides of the glass. Pretty good lacing, not much to dislike about the look

Smells of tart cherry, grape, vinegar, oak, funk, a bready malt and some alcohol. Has all the things a sour should in the right amounts

Taste of sour fruit- cheery, apple, some grape, and a touch of lemony citrus. A touch of yeasty malt on the finish

The feel is where this beer falls a bit short. The front is strong but the finish changes quickly to bland. Body is a medium light, with a mild/teetering medium sourness

Overall this bottle was a bit of a disappointment. It was good, but not as good as I remember it on tap last month. I bought the bottle from the taproom and am assuming they're from the same years batch, maybe the keg had some age though. In either event, I stocked up and have four more in the cellar. I'll be back in a few years

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Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 2,756 ratings
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