Sanctification | Russian River Brewing Company

SanctificationSanctification
BA SCORE
4.33/5
2,743 Ratings
SanctificationSanctification
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:
627
Ratings:
2,743
pDev:
8.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,187
Gots:
856
Trade:
54
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 006

A: Golden straw color that is fairly hazy. Tight, small white head. Decent lacing.

S: Lots of tart green apples and green grapes. Decent amount of sweet sourness as well as some funkiness.

T: Not nearly as funky or sour on the palate. Pear juice, more tart apples and a white wine like characteristics. More tart than sour for sure.

M: Lighter body. Soft and lower carbonation. Lots of little carbonation bubbles.

O: Fairly good drinkability. Something I could have fairly often. Very well crafted.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly dirty bright yellow color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of Brett is quite intense and dominates with light tart and dry notes also being noticeable. Taste is mostly dominated by dry and tart notes with some malt also perceptible. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed though maybe a tad too one-dimensional with the Brett notes and not my favourite RR beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

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4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a thin off white head that consistently left a very thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: Very strong sour flavors are present in the taste—this is quite pungent—almost like an aromatic cheese plate. There is also some acidity in the taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Even though this beer has a ton of sour flavors (like a gueuze), it isn’t that difficult to drink.

Note: Batch #6

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4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #6

A: Pours a lightly cloudy straw to pale golden yellow in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall bright white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate amounts of funkiness - like an aromatic cheese or almost feet - along with a lighter amount of sourness. To me, this is a very inviting aroma.

T: Similar to the smell but the sourness (an acidic sourness) is much stronger in the taste than the smell. Light amounts of lemon citrus and just a hint of vinegar.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Prickly.

O: Delicious and complex, an amazing sipping beer and something I would be happy to have multiple times again in the future. Very easy to drink and very enjoyable.

Thanks to my amazing wife for bringing this one home from a business trip to LA.

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2/5  rDev -53.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.33/5  rDev 0%
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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Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 2,743 ratings
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