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

6/27/12:

Many thanks to schwartzoid for this beer. Batch 006 poured into a tulip glass:

The body looks like a fresh apple cider, topped with a soft finger of white head supported with steady lines of beading. Great laces.

Lovely nose... sour grain, fresh apple bits, loads of Brett character, gracefully balanced.

Oh, goddamn - THAT is funky. Yum. Sour apple and grape, barnyard goodness, exceedingly tart... like a big punch of the tongue of rotten apples, in a very good way.

Many thanks for this beer. It definitely fits the bill!

2/27/12:

Batch 006 thanks to brew33:

Pours nice and clean. Good amount of clarity and a healthy paper white head that laces very well.

Grassy hops, definite green apple qualities, rather dry, nice mellow funk.

Fruity tartness with pear and pineapple. The palate gets cleaned up with a smack of apple skins... not the same intense funk that I associated with this one 8 months ago.

Still delicious!

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 375 ml bottle. Batch 006.

Pours a beautiful golden yellow with lemony edges. Tall, frothy, billowy, beige-white head with incredible lacing up the edge of the glass. Funky, wild nose. Horse blanket, very sharp cheese, lemon zest, grapefruit, and some old hay.

Very lively carbonation, tart acidity, and dryness combine to make this beer very quick on the palate! However, as it sits and settles, slower, more nuanced tasting can be achieved. Tart lemon acidity up front. Some grassy flavors and a hint of grainy malt as well. Overall, the tart, acidic citrus dominates. Musty, yeasty funk comes in mid-palate. Very dry finish, with some almost-pucker-inducing grapefruit. Lingering horse blanket. Delicious and quite drinkable for how "wild" it is. Another great RR sour!

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Batch 006, served cellar temp in FFF Teku

My first official review, figured it was about time!

A : Hazy yellow, bright like soft sunshine, nice 1 1/2 finger fluffy powder white head with constant lacing throughout.

S : Definitely smells like Brett as it should, some soft light lemon in there as well.

T : Brett, brett & more brett, touched with a kiss of soft lemon & citrus. Some slight wet hay mid-palate with a crisp, dry brett-y finish.

M : Lightish for style, airy & crisp

O : Defines Brett nicely, refreshingly tart and not overly sour. I could session this forever on nice warm summer days. Well done American Wild Ale by Russian River who never lets me down. While there COULD be more to it I suppose, this is what it was designed to be I think - an homage to Brett.

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