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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633
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Russian River Brewing Co. "Sactification"

Look: Hazy yellow-gold body beneath a bright white head that displays good retention and average lacing.

Smell: Wet wood (cedar?) and straw, some mud, grass, slightly metallic, dried pine needles, and dried spice (coriander seed) that hints at barnyard.

Taste: Tart with citrus and other fruits. It's kind of non-descript but it suggests lemon and orange/tangerine with some cherry and pear and apple. It's dry and mineralish with some light chalkiness, similar to citrus pith in a way. It's also grassy and subtly herbal. It's only moderately bitter but the Brettanomyces character leads it to a dry finish.

Feel: Light-medium in body and gently zesty.

Overall: Refreshing, interesting, and quite pleasant. one of the original 100% Brettanomyces beers! Well worth seeking out.

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Bottle.

A: Fragrant with citrus, slightly floral and candied pineapple.

A: Bright golden color, almost totally clear, with a moderate white uniform head that has adequate retention.

T: Flavors of pineapple, funk, light citrus, mildly tart with a dry finish.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Awesome; the beer has a super fragrant and inviting aroma. The beer also has a great balance of flavors and doesnt finish ridiculously bone dry like some brett beers. Very enjoyable to drink!

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Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 2,765 ratings