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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:
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Added by Bierman9 on 10-27-2004

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pDev:
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Photo of stakem
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4, 750ml corked and caged bottle care of CaptinRedBeard. Thanks Corey for sharing this brew.

Poured into a 6oz snifter, Sanctification appears a light hazed yellow color with a white cap of foam that fades quickly leaving faint spots of lace along the glass.

The nose of this brew is bretty with some light fruit flavors minorly reminescent of lemon zest. The primary characteristic of this brew's aroma is the funky goodness imparted by the brett and a minor almost lactic quality.

The taste of this brew is just like the aroma led on, primarily influenced by brett with some wet leathery character that clings to the tongue. A slight lemony rind flavor is evident just like the nose suggested. Throughout the body are funky notes, earthy, lactic and a light suggestion of something I keep coming across that seems to me to be quite plastic-like. It isn't offputting in any way but just adds a unique character to the brew.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is super drinkable and has a minor puckering quality to the tongue that made me salivate in ancitipation of the next sip.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Russian River. Nice medium golden color with about a finger of head. Smells lightly of citrus, heavy Brett, some tree fruit like apple and pear. Nice fruity flavors, dry. Great sour bite without ripping my face off. Nice mouthfilling small bubbles. Dangerously drinkable. One of my favorite sours ever.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a murky apricot orange with pineapple yellow highlights that had a finger of white head that dissipated quite fast but it did leave some bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: a very nice bouquet of cirtus and oaky barrel funk from the brett pop out first on the nose with slight apples, vinegar, and acidic character which makes me think its gonna be nice and sour. It also has some vinous notes as well.

T: very tasty acidic citrus, vine grapes, and apple fruit mesh very well with corky barrel musty funk. You can definitely tell that it had brett but I also seemed to pick up apricot flavor and a touch of underlying spice.

M: the brew was medium in body with a perfect amount of prickly carbonation which had an acidic, fruity, bretty, slight spice, and tart finish.

D: it was drinking amazing and after every sip it I was fiending for more. Russian river really knows how to brew these wild ales and this one is definitely no exception. I'm really glad I was able to get my hands on one.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a Weyerbacher tulip; shared at a tasting.

A: Vibrant gold body with a 1/2" head of miniscule, fleeting white foam. Exciting, but not fantastic.

S: Pure, straightforward, intense and lovely lactic sourness. Tart lemons, and some slightly more balanced funk. Excellent.

T: Starts out purely sour, and soon opens into a more nuanced, cheesy, dry funk. Clean, dry finish. Very sour, very crisp, very good.

M: Fairly light bodied with a big burst of lively, prickly carbonation. Great with the tartness.

D: It's super sour, but I say bring it on. I could kill a 750 easy. I hope I can someday.

Notes: Huge thanks to Tony for sharing this gem. I'd actually been trying (unsuccessfully) to trade for a bottle, so it was awesome to see this make an appearance. It definitely lived up to my high expectations for RR - Sanctification is simply a delicious sour, and earns bonus points for truly earning the title. Great stuff.

Cheers!

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Photo of Chaney
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There are a lot of "wants" and not many "gots" for this one, so thank you Matt (aka. Huhzubenbuh) for bringing this brew to a recent tasting. What a treat!

A: Pours a semi-dark yellow, with milky type cloudiness, and a generous foamy white head that was obviously the product of bottle refermenting.

S: Wow, the bottle says that this was "Fermented with 100% Brettanomyces" and really, that trademark sourness is all I'm getting on the nose.

T: Not a sour as I was expecting. The intense yeast in the beer washes away a lot of the "Sour Patch Kid" quality, actually making the brew a bit more refreshing. The finish is somewhat dry.

M: The sour hits, but doesn't linger and the beer is not on the sweet side of the spectrum at all.

D: I wonder if I'll ever get to try this brew again? I'll sure I will at some point and I sure hope so. Look out winemakers....there's a new enemy in town - "Sanctification."

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Photo of MrFootstones
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 004

Opens with a formidable pop. Pours brilliant gold with a finger of head which settles to a thin foam cap.

Aroma is hops and funk, pineapple, and huge amounts of tangy citrus

Taste is tart, citrusy, hoppy, very light funk, with that classic RR musty cellar Brett aftertaste. Lemony, grassy hay. Delicate malt comes forward as it warms, with a dry, crackery finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly slick with moderate carbonation.

This is an easy to drink beer, not wildly complex (yet, hopefully!), very delicious. Here's hoping it can develop in the bottle from a good beer to a great beer.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank at our Epic Chicago Tasting (I'm like 200 reviews behind).

A - Light golden color with a bit of off-white head. Not much retention with a slight bit of random lacing that didn't look all that great.

S - Reminds me of a toned down version of Temptation with some brett funk in it. Solid.

T - It tastes pretty good actually, really does taste like Temptation with some brett funk. Decent amount of sourness, with a little bit of oak, brett kind of detracts in my opinion. Nice sour bite on the end.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, appropriate carbonation.

D - I think this is getting the RR sour benefit here, it's good, but not nearly as good as some of their other offerings. I like Temptation much better.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Delirium Noël glass. Batch 004.

A: Pours a bright, slightly hazy golden color with a thin forthy bright white head that reduced into a thick self-regenerating film that left streaks of wispy lace down the glass.
S: Nose is full of lightly tart fruits and loads of funky brett. Notes of white grapes and white peaches.
T: Flavors are musty and fruity. I can still taste the Belgian blond base of this beer, but the brett has pretty much completely taken over. There is a light acidic tartness with a fair amount of sweet and bitter. Hints of apricot, pear, peach, and lemon come through as well. Aftertaste is sour rather than tart, and fairly dry.
M: Sourness intensifies near the end of the bottle. Not nearly as sour as some of RR other offering, but this one is definitely balanced very well. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
D: Another refreshing and well-made wild ale from RR. Extremely drinkable and smooth. I'm looking forward to see what a couple years of aging does to this one.

EDIT: Batch 3 consumed 7/16/2011 (thanks Mike!)
Much more funky and dry than batch 4 or batch 5. The dryness was especially noticeable. This is definitely the best batch I've had, and it's almost a completely different beer from the other two.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 4 poured into a Stone Levitation flute. Review from notes.

4.0 A: Cloudy yellow medium-dark yellow color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Good retention and some lacing.

4.5 S: Apple cider. Loads of funkiness with lots of fruitiness as well. Barnyard, dank hay, wild apple, pear, and peach. Lots of spiciness too with clove and something similar to corriander.

4.0 T: Mildly acidic for just a touch of sourness. Fairly dry, but fruity with peach, pear, and wild apple again. Funky with horse blanket and muskiness. This didn't have a whole lot of flavor, especially for being all Brett. Good, not great.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Sour and dry finish. Good carbonation. Could be creamier.

3.5 D: Somewhat boring for a RR wild, but still solid.

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Photo of Stigs
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle, batch 4 - split and served in Stone Levitation flutes with a BA buddy

A - pours with two fingers of fluffy, sudsy white foam...clinging to the glass already as it falls, leaving random spots behind. the beer is quite cloudy, bright gold in color.

S - balanced funk, hay, fields, Brett with sour apples, grapes, and lemon. oaky vanilla sweetness more noticeable as it warms.

T - begins slightly sour, powdery candy, good bit of sweet fruits right away with white grapes and green apple. funky yeast slides in next with a bit of live fields and barnyard. oak and vanilla sweetness rounds out the end. warmed, a bit of metallic battery taste and vinegar slowly creep in.

M - insanely dry, leaves your mouth thirsty for something to wash it down. gets worse with each sip. airy carbonation fizzles in the mouth.

D - well, only a slight disappointment. good beer but imho not quite as good as the other RR sours. mouthfeel really starts to wear and tear about halfway through a glass.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious and savory Sour Ale that puts on a tart and fruity display without challenging the palate too much.

The beer pours a glowing and cloudy light gold color. A dainty but creamy head forms on the beer, retains well, and laces remarkably. A fantastic appearance overall.

Sharp tartness of under-rippened fruits of peaches and berries accompany green apples, lemons, and a light spicy/grassy note, presumably from hops. Lightly must and dusty, stopping just shy of horse-y or barnyard aromas.

Medium lemon flavors take precidence early on in flavor, but flavors of peach, crab apple, berries, and white grapes rise to give complexity and roundness to the initial tartness. Cracker-like maltiness provides just enough of a buffer to protect the palate from the onslaught of the sourness, still a far cry from an attempt to balance. Hop flavor gives an earthy, spicy, and maybe even citrus flavor that rides just behind the wild yeast tartness.

Modestly creamy early, the beer makes a quick transition to crispness, cleaness, and ultimate refreshing nature. The sourness strips the thirst from the palate with ease, making this beer much more drinkable than it should be. Bitterness weaves in and out of a mild astringent character and blurs the lines between the two.

Delicious and with very high drinkability, this Sour Blonde seems to have a softer base beer than many others and makes it effortless to taste. The Brett character is young, yet to allow the more complex aromas and flavors of deep must, decaying oak, and even horse blanked notes to develop- but they will given proper cellaring. Regardless, this beer is an absolute joy to drink- consistent from the pour to finish.

Thanks Auroracrisis!

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Photo of berkey
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle of batch four split with a friend. From a tulip glass 09/04/10.

Bright and clear blonde beer is topped by a surprisingly large white head. Head settles quickly to a smallish crown. Lacing is nice.

Aroma is more bretty than probably any American beer I've tried. The extra time in the bottle this spent conditioning would seem to have really allowed the brett to develop. Some sour lactic aromas are also there but not near as dominant.

Nice fruity flavor on the entry leads to a dry finish and a delayed but strong, earthy, brett-funk aftertaste. There's a nice lemon rind sourness in here but nowhere near as sour or tart as some of Vinnie's other barrel aged beers. Alcohol is well hidden, wouldn't have guessed it at 6.75. Light mouthfeel similar to Temptation.

Not quite as complex in flavor as some of my favorite Russian River beers but a great vehicle to showcase what brett can do for a beer.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From a 750ml shared by a generous BA. Thanks, Zack.

Pours a hazy golden with a dense white head. Aroma is sharply tart. Funky sour fruits present up front, with hints of Belgian style yeast throughout.

Taste is pleasingly sour. Not overbearing, not too simple. Just right. A good balance of sour and funk, with a crisp finish. This is a great beer for sipping on a warm summer evening. Mouth is superb, very well carbonated. Would love to have these readily available.

This has to be some of the best stuff going in the American Wild category. Glad to have had the change to try it.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 004. Pours an almost clear, very bubbly golden color with a nice frothy white head (clear become cloudy when I get lower in the bottle). Scent immediately once corked was lemons. When putting my nose to the glass I get light funk and some belgian yeasts. Then I get a bit of spice along with some grassy lemon scents. As the beer warms a bit, I get more funky/sour notes. The taste is VERY lemony with a definite Belgian yeast backbone. The brett is very noticeable in the taste. I get some very sour/tart flavors that are mouth-puckeringly tasty. The aftertaste leaves a bit of a pear with a hint of oak and leather taste. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is very crisp and refreshing. Not too full, and not to light either. The drinkability is fairly high, especially on these warm summer nights.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh at my tasting on August 7, 2010. Thanks Matt! Served alongside six other Russian River wild ales.

Batch 003

A: Sanctification appears a really hazy yellow color. There is a white bubbly head that fades after a few moments, leaving very little lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is very prominent brettanomyces scents with some hints of oak. Very nice.

T: The beer tastes great. It is definitely sour, but not nearly as much as I was hoping or expecting. Perhaps a byproduct of this is that Sanctification isn't as bold and/or aggressive as the other sours in the lineup. Nonetheless, it is quite tasty. Again, brettanomyces is really present throughout. No surprise, since this is a 100% brett beer.

M: Really smooth and easy. No pucker factor from the wild yeast, just easy drinking.

D: Extremely drinkable, chuggable even. I'm glad I have more of this in the cellar.

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Photo of urwithdave
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting to try this for a hot minute. Thanks to colonelforbin for the hook up. Reviewing from notes taken at our sour tasting.

A- pours hazy golden yellow in color. A thick sudsy head that retains nicely. Lots of nice lacing left.

A- tart green apples with lemon zest and the funk that I love to smell.

T- The nose is spot on with the lemon and sour apples. The funk isn't as pronounced in the taste as it was in the nose. Still a nice sour taste. Not the sourest of sour but I was glad it wasn't just the sweet tartness that we ran across tonight with other offerings. I'm kicking myself in the azz for not securing a few more bottles of this.

M- medium in body. Nicely carbonated. Finishes dry and sour with some lingering tastes of the lemon.

D- I loved it. I would drink it everyday and not get tired of it. The only brews at the tasting that I liked better were beatification and DDG.

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Photo of hayesez
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to dabecassis for sending me a couple of these. Been waiting for this to be released to give it a shot. I sure appreciate the generosity, Dave!

Pours a vibrant laser lemon that is very murky and cloudy. A fluffy white head just sits there. As I tip my glass from side to side the head does everything it can to hold onto the side of the glass, stretching as the froth tries to pull away. In time, this leaves impressively sticky blotchy lacing - so far so good!

The nose on this one has a faint funky Belgiany spice that I wasn't expecting (I guess I should have). That "this-is-going-to-be-tart" smell is definitely in there as well. The tartness appears to come from lemons and perhaps unripe green apples. It is a bit tamer than I anticipated, but still quite impressive.

Ah, a very subtle flavor...this is good stuff. Tart, but very smooth and clean. A good kind of tart as well - gets the glands going, but isn't overpowering. Tart apples, pears, and lemon. One of our friends stopped by and took a smell and thought it smelled like wine. Not a horrible assessment, frankly, as there is that white wine taste in there too. Finishes with the slightest tart-bitterness, but also leaves you a tad puckered. A fairly light-beer; I was hoping it would be just a bit thicker and slightly toned down on the carbonation. Minor gripes, mind you...I'm very impressed with the Sanctification.

Easily drinkable...we split this one up three ways and all had trouble slowing down enough to fully appreciate everything going on in there. Sanctification is yet another in a long line of Russian River beers that never disappoint me. I've gotta get up there and visit the brewery one of these days. Great stuff!

Consumed; 8/12/2010

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Photo of harpus
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a lightly cloudy straw-golden body with orange highlights. I didn't get any sediment in mine, so it's crystal clear, with a moderate off-white head that settles slowly.

S: Strong lactic sourness in the nose. Mild brett funk (hay, horse blanket) and earth. A buttery, sweet white wine presence with light, bready cracker. As it warms, it develops a tropical fruit flavor too (mango in particular).

T: Starts off quite sour with crisp fruit, specifically apple, pear, lemon peel, and vinous white grapes. Dry cracker in the mid-taste that progresses into a melange of restrained bretty flavors, namely earthy hay and horse blanket. The dominant characteristic here is lactic sourness, by far; it's puckering, but not acetic.

M: This is semi-dry, with a light body. Great bubbly finish, almost like a champagne but not as crisp. A fantastically vinous aftertaste.

D: was impressed with how balanced it is. It's not puckeringly sour

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Photo of beagle75
3.49/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft pour into a goblet at the Russian River pub in Santa Rosa.

A: Bright, rich golden color seems to shine with inner light, despite obvious haziness. Thin white foam head diminishes quickly to a residue around the edge. Minimal lacing remains.

S: Moderate lactic and acetic acidity blend together with faint bright fruit (green apple, lemon). These elements promise a dry and mouth-puckering taste to come.

T: Begins sour with brett complexity soon joining on the palate. The flavor profile is completed with the late emergence of snappy bitter hops, although this is not an unbounded bitterness by any means. The overall dryness of this beer prevents any flavor from lingering too long, save for the surprisingly dominant acidity.

M: Light/medium viscosity and a moderate amount satisfying carbonation enhance this beer.

D: This is wild ale without restraint; drinkable but challenging. After tasting the previous batch of this beer in 2009, it is apparent that the 2010 product is notably changed--it is far more sour than its predecessor. As I have had the opportunity to experience other American wild ales, those produced by Russian River are being pushed more to the fringe of what makes the style appealing--exactly the opposite of what has happened to their pale ales, in my estimation.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 3, served in a snifter. Beer is yellow and hazy, forms a thin head of small white bubbles that breaks and leaves very little lacing on the glass. Beer is moderately carbonated but doesn't seem to do much for the head. It looks fine.

Straight Brett b aroma, totally funky and oaky with mostly lactic acid in the nose followed by no acetic or hint of citric acid. Smells good though. 100% brett beers almost always smell good to me though.

Beer is medium to light in body and quite funky. Again leads with a minimal sweetness followed immediately by a lactic acid almost creaminess and a moderate leather flavor in the mid to late palate. Beer is not especially dry only moderately. I wish I could have tasted the other batches that were not 100% brett beers but as far as an "American Wild" goes, this one was quite good.

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Photo of champ103
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Dajtai007 for sharing this with me and several other BA's.

A: Pours a beautiful hazy straw yellow color. A bubbly white head forms and recedes after a minute. A white color sticks around, with some light lace.
S: Just awesome. Funky Brett, spice, and flowery aromas. Tons of tart fruits. Lemon, pears, apples. I can just plant my nose in the snifter all day.
T: Follows the nose with funky yeast and tart fruity esters. Tart lemon and pears again. Very nice.
M/D: A medium body that is creamy and smooth. Not watery at all, I just wish it was a bit more crisp. Very easy to drink. There is plenty of tartness, but it is not overbearing. Which makes for an exceptionally easy to drink beer.

I really enjoy this. Not over the top sourness or alcohol, and just all around enjoyable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of psiweaver
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on top and out of a bottle. This review is out of a bottle.

The bottle is a little less sour with not quite the same smoothness. It does happen to be much more funky though.

The appearence is hazy blonde like the color of hay on a bright summer's day.

the smells is somewhat funky and sour while still being restrained in a way. it doesn't have the full funk/sour characteristics that something like a consecration etc would have

Taste is complex, it kind of reminds me of a full flavored Berliner Weisse, with that sharp bite on the front and a complex refreshing taste. It obviously has more alcohol than that though.

great mouthfeel very easy and tasty for me to drink. the bottle was actually gone before I was ready for it to be.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yes, this beer is good. No, its not their best. I actually cannot believe that this beer is as good as it is without even touching a barrel. Shared with some friends during a tasting.

The beer has a great golden color with amazing clarity. It pours with a strong carbonation and produces a very white fluffy head. A beautiful beer that leaves a nice lacing on the sides of my Unibroue tulip.

The smell is of sweet lemon and grapefruit rind. It also has a great Brettanomyces dry must smell that reminds me of an oak barrel or wet wood.

Flavors in this include lemon rind, sweet apple, strong hints of Brett, grapefruit and nectarine, and all very tart. It has a sweet characteristic that I can only describe as 'fruit like', and is tart like a pre-mature green apple. I still cannot believe that this did not touch a barrel for I can taste an oak or earthy wood flavor in the end. A great finish in a beer with so much going on.

The mouthfeel reminds me of lemonade. It is sweet and sour, and after you are done with that taste you just want more. It was perfect drinking it on a nice warm Summer night, for it was almost refreshing. The bottle that we opened was gone too fast, and the other bottles that we had were calling out. It is a delicious beer that should be seeked out.

J

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Photo of Xul
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to mjl21 for hooking this up in a trade.

A: Pours a hazy golden with amber highlights, capped by two fingers of fluffy white head. Retention is good and some light lacing is left down the glass.

S: Juicy, slightly sweet lemon is strong up front, followed by some lacto character mingling with pears, green apples, and a light white wine character. Funk comes in at a moderate level mid-sniff, with barnyard and musty notes.

T: Strong, slightly tart lemon with a very minor sweetness up front, which gives way to a small burst of lactic acid. Fruit comes on strong mid-palate with green apples, white grapes, pear, and some very light peach. Funk comes in late and produced a horse blanket finish, although some lemon juice comes back up to prevent the funk from being too dominant.

M: Medium body with high carbonation, excellent mix of smoothness with some light prickly feel.

D: I had to keep forcing myself to put the glass down, the combination of refreshing feel and great enjoyment is a dangerous one. Glad I've got another bottle, I'm very interested to see where this is in six months to a year.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank at our Epic Chicago tasing, thanks to AgentZero. 750 ml bottle into my Narke glass...I was super excited to tick off the last Russian River top 100, but boy was I disappointed in this one...Pours light honey gold, white head, ok retention but pout lacing...The aroma is plain as day light sourness but that is it, no complexity here at all. The taste is the same, just lightly sour, a boring goldren bret is all this beer is. It might be a good representation of a plain bret, but that's not what you drink these beers for.

A totally overrated wild and with so many other Russian wilds to drink, this is not one worth pursuing.

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Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 2,685 ratings.
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