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Sanctification | Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Bierman9 on 10-27-2004

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

A - Hazy golden yellow with minimal head that left no lacing.

S - Citrus, mainly oranges and lemons. A mild wheat smell followed.

T - Sour and tart. Lemons and oranges are the fruits of note in this one. Much less sour than expected, but still very enjoyable.

M - Dry and medium bodied.

D - Sours really aren't my thing so I'll usually call it a day at one, but could drink more if choices are limited.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4/5  rDev -7%

Poured from 375ml bottle
Color is a pale straw yellow, slightly hazy
Nose is a fizzy lemon scent, with some funky brett and ginger
Taste is lemon, white grape, ginger, and doughy bread
Mouthfeel is oily, a lot of carbonation, sour, and dry
Overall, really refreshing and satisfying. Well-made.
Just figured out the aftertaste--pancetta!

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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 depechemode1983
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour out medium yellow/orange with a slight haze. Head is white and like a dense foam. Retention is substantial and lacing is abundant. In the nose you get peaches, sweet clove spice, floral undertones, and a lemon zest also picking up some vinegar in the background. Taste reminds me of straight up lemon juice with grass and tart peach. There something there that I can't describe that I think most people refer to as funk. Very unique. The mouth feel is so damn soft and smooth. Carbonation is great with lots of fine bubbles. This beer is just plain awesome. My first America wild ale and my first Russian River beer. So glad I got to try this one. I wasn't disappointed. Once again thanks to gkunkle.

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Photo of muchloveforhops3
4/5  rDev -7%

On tap @ Russian River; draft into chalice

P- gold w/ a 1f white head; a moderate amount of lacing left behind
N- medium; mainly fruity notes (apple, pear, and banana)
T- follows the nose, w/ moderate brett tartness; dry finish; delicious and well-balanced
MF- light-bodied, w/ medium-high carbonation; crisp/spritzy
O- another great wild from Russian River; medium-high drinkability; no complaints here

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

Batch 005, 375ml bottle poured into a NB globe.

A gentle pour yields a golden yellow body with three fingers of white peaked froth which tapers off very slowly to a quarter inch leaving behind fairly course lacing.

Aroma is peachy-peary with some stable straw, sour grapes, lemon tart, and sir brett-funkadelic.

More sour than I expected. Slightly puckering as I am not well-versed in sour ales. Very tart with lemon/grape twist and funk of brettanomyces along with a wet straw and grain in a leaky hayloft type of thing that is off when too cold, but as it warms, turns enjoyable. There is also a metallic tinge if it's too cold. Let this warm for several minutes.

Feel is light to medium with ample carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. It didn't knock my socks off by any means, but I am also not the specialist on sour ales either.

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

Had this on draft last week at Russian River Brewing Co. listed on their board as "100% Brettanomyces, 6.25%ABV" for $4 -poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a fairly clean straw-like hue, with a constant light effervescence, and basically no head and not much lacing either.

S: Very mellow woodiness and light Brett funk, green apples and grain.

T: Very mellow and similar to the nose, light funk, mild sourness with a grainy/bready finish. This is an extremely friendly Wild Ale and would be a good starting point for someone who wants to get into these types of wild/sour ales.

M: Light-bodied and similar feel to a dry champagne - smooth, crisp and clean, mellow carbonation and a bit of lactic bitterness that lingers a while, but is not overaggressive by any means.

D: All day drinker, especially in the hot summer months.

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

750ml bottle of batch 003 courtesy of Asymon13. Nice orange-yellow color and a funky smell. there was a hint of the perennial favorite barnyard, brett, brett, brett. The taste was a little sour with a bretty pineapple flavor that reminded me of DeProef La Deux Brasseur. Good beer, not as sour as I expected but easy drinking and delicious.

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

12oz bottle split up into three sample glasses

Smell is sour, a little winey, very exciting. Taste is extremely sour, with a surprising bitterness to it. I get a tiny amount of grape, some grapefruit sourness.

Mouthfeel is dry and clean, very nice. Overall, good tasty beer.

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Photo of doughanson78
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Straw yellow. Real hazy. One finger bright white head. Very creamy head. Good retention, awesome lacing.

S: Very tart and lemony. A funkiness that is very pleasant. Slight wet straw aroma.

T: Very tart upfront with a nice sourness in the middle. Lemon, green apple, white grapes. Slightly grainy. Finishing with some sweet notes.

M: Light bodied, with a medium to high carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing.

O: A great sour. Not overpowering with any of it's qualities. Very drinkable.

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

Cloudy, pale straw colour with a small white head. Decent head retention for a sour. Nice lacing.

Light lactic and acetic tartness. A touch of crisp apple and pear aroma.

Nice lemony character with plenty of tartness. Hard apple and some berries. Well built.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A crisp, balanced and fruity sour ale which is nicely built and has a good mouthfeel.

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Photo of OddNotion
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle recently received in a trade. Batch 5. This cork was a bitch to get out. Nice big pop once it does come out. Poured into my Russian River Belgian glass, actually kept all of the dregs in the bottle this time.

Appearance: Pours a nice light golden color with a two finger white head which keeps growing and growing, looks like starsan being pushed out of the neck of my carboy. Very active bubbling in the body of the beer. Very frothy head.

Smell: Hello Brettanomyces! Very funky, some sourness, good amount of fruitiness.

Taste: Gotta wait a long time before I get to this as the head refuses to recede. Sublte sourness, lemony, a little bit of funk. I catch some oxidized flavors, possibly because the beer is still on the colder side, let's hope that goes away. A little watery actually. While there are a bunch of flavors going on, I wish it was a little stronger, more depth. Metallic taste stays a tiny bit on the end of the sip but is much less noticable than earlier. As it warms, the sourness becomes more pronounced, and the bolder flavors I was looking for seem to come out.

Mouthfeel: On the thinner side and very carbonated.

Overall: I now have had three of the four current RR sours. Will have the last of them tomorrow. This is my lowest ranked out of them thusfar. I am not one to eat food while drinking a beer in general, but I think this would be a great one to pair with a nice seafood dinner. Much much more subdued than the other sours, yet still very enjoyable.

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Photo of IKR
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw-yellow color with 1+finger white head.

S: Belgian Funk with citrus fruit overtones.

T: Not so much sour to me as much as a nice level of tartness. Grapefruit taste presents itself with the Brett showing up as a restrained funk. Finishes dry without any sweetness.

M: Medium body with a lively carbonation.

D: Tart grapefruit taste with a lively carbonation. No alcohol presence as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of alenonbeeradv
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - hay blond yellow with a slight orange glow. hazy with a bubbly champagne like head half a finger thick with surprising retention.

s - funky.. slightly metallic. sour barnyard. very musky.

t - sour citrus peel. grape fruit. green apple.

m - again very champagne like. very zesty and alive. nice and crisp as well. very clean aftertaste for a sour.

o - great. love it. want it. age it. spread it. great go to sour as long as i got 10 bucks to throw down on a glass.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Monk's Cafe for their 4th annual RR day.

Sanctification came in the glass looking like juice of sorts. A light gold with some yellow/orange resembling lemon juice. A nice whisp of foamy white head on top, some patches of stick on the upper reaches of the glass. Smell is pretty tame considering it's RR were dealing with. Pretty much a base blond beer with some brett scent and light fruits. Simple yet so nice. A very light sour, tastes of some Begian yeast (I believe Westmalle), earth, light biscuit, banana, semi tropics, sour brett which is more funky than all out sour at this point. Some nice lemon taste on the backend. I remember this being a bit more complex out of a batch 2 bottle so maybe Vinnie tweaked this some. Feel is light bodied and very refreshing. This is very drinkable beer but expensive for what it is so not one to have two or three of. This is something I would bring to a picnic with a girl on a nice sunny day.

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

Poured a very cloudy almost white yellow color with a quickly disappearing fluffy white head.

Has a nice sour smell, lightly fruity and spicy with almost a touch of balsamic.

A very mild sour, just a touch of sour up front that is quickly taken over by a nice strong lemongrass and citrus quality. There is just enough bitterness in the finish from the hops to make it very balanced rounding off the beer nicely. The tartness intensifies a bit as it warms up, especially in the finish.

The mouthfeel is fairly crisp with the tartness with a nice light and carbonated body.

A pretty nice sour.

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

enjoyed this at a barrel aged tasting on 2011-08-06 alongside a temptation, supplication, and consecration.

batch 006

straw yellow, head is thin and bubbly and gone quickly. not the prettiest, but not bad looking. nose is sweet tart, apple, pear, not much of the funk but nice smelling. only a touch of funky mustiness. very tart taste. sweet. candy-like. again, the brett is not too present, but tehre is a hint of mustiness. tart is not mouth puckering, good feel. overall, it is good, but not great. certainly as advertised, a blonde sour...but i was a bit bummed that the brett was so in the background.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to sweemzander and his never ending supply of rare beers. Poured from a bottle into my tulip.

A: Golden orange, small white head, tiny lace ring fades quickly.

S: A huge steaming pile of brett starts things off. Wet moldy band aids and a solid amount of tart citrus. Mild hints of barrel, old library books and wet hay. So funky and fruity.

T: Much like the nose, brett is the main man in the flavor. Once past that there's plenty of sour citrus and funky goodness to keep things interesting. Grape skins, lemons, wet barrel wood. The usual wild suspects.

M: Medium body with light to moderate carbonation.

D: Overall not my favorite wild but it will do. RR has much better offerings than this.

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

A - Light golden, hazy, remind me of a hefe. Stark white but thin head, leaves fast. Some cling.

S - Tart green apple, a tannin like sharpness to the nose. Lusher malt promise underneath.

T - Cycle of initial sweet malt caught up almost immediately by tart fruit finished with bitter, tannic, dry medicinal quality.

M - Almost too carbonated, medium body. Finish pretty clean, balance good.

D - Nice one. Could have a few.

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

375ml into tulip. Batch 005.

A - A golden yellow. Bubbly one finger head. Slight haze and some yeast floaties (probably due to the pour though, my bad)

S - Tart, funky, musty, bready malts

T - Sour lemons, tart granny smith apples, some pepper. The Brettanomyces gives it a funky zing. Bready malts flavour is in there but is mainly overshadowed by the sourness.

M - Crisp, light, puckering! Well carbonated.

D - Good wild offering. Quite tart so it took me a while to get through, which I didn't mind.

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

Batch 005. RR 'tion glass.

Pours a clear pale gold, a finger of pure white foam, so-so retention and minimal lacing. Smells like sour lemon (in a non-harsh way), brett, nice floral and freshly cut grass notes. Long finish. Taste is brett, crisp lemon and floral, slight sweetness. A nice, moderate level of acidity gives this a very good level of bite. Medium carbonation and body, no alcohol at all here. Overall, although I tend to enjoy the barrel aged sours from RR best because of the complexity, this is very tasty and refreshing. Great for warm weather days. This had enough sweetness and body to pair quite well with Indian food.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 01/28/14.

Pours translucent honey gold. The 1/4 inch white head quickly fades to a thin ring on top and leaves faint spots of lace. There are traces of floating sediment.

The smell is of apple cider, mild vinegar and saltine crackers.

The taste is of tart apple cider, vinegar and white grape skins.

The texture is light bodied with low carbonation.

Boldly tart up front, as your tastebuds adjust, the fruity elements begin to dominate the flavor. Light and refreshing, this is a solid sour offering.

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

375 mL bottle poured into an RR -tion glass. Batch 005.

Appearance - Crystal clear yellow gold body with a small white head. The bubbles are big and the head isn't so pillowy. It was a bitch getting the cork out of this, too.

Smell - Bretty and a bit funky. Not overly tart or funky, though. Lemon smells and a very musty smell in the back.

Taste - A little funky at first and then some tartness. Hardly a lot; it's more of a must like I got in the smell. It finishes with a strange wet sock flavor (I may have just made that up, but it seems to fit what I'm tasting) and a hint of sweetness, which is unpleasant.

Mouthfeel - Mostly light and effervescent, except for that finish. The sweetness kills it for me. It reminds me of a not-so-good Oud Bruin.

Overall - Tasty, but not really complex or outstanding in any way. My first of the RR wilds. We'll see how the others go.

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Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
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