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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Photo of Derek
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice head, not much retention. Wonderful aroma of leather and tropical fruit. Similar flav, a bit of straw, modest bitterness, with a light tartness and a crisp finish.

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Photo of FBarber
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy opaque golden straw color. Thin but fluffy white head. Decent head retention.

Smell is a gloriously funky mix of brett (old used barnyard straw) and pineapple! with more subtle aromas of apple, lemon flesh, and white wine.

Taste follows the nose with that nice mixture of pineapple, tart green apples, lemon flesh, (bad) white wine and brett. No vinegar notes here, just more of a poor quality white wine, sorta tangy and sour.

Feel had mild carbonation with a nice smooth feel. Nice dry tangy finish with some wine like tannins present.

Overall - Its amazing how good brett can taste in a beer when its well done. I doubt I will get my hands on this beer again any time soon, but if given the opportunity I'd jump all over it.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - pours a lazy clear golden straw. Robust, fluffy head.

S - Brett right off the bat. Some lemon lime twang and a white vinous character. Green apple.

T - white grapes and the yellow sweet tarts. Lemon zest and barnyard funk. Finishes with apple juice.

F - low carb. Feels natural! Slight controlled tingles.

O - loving the white wine in this. An elegantly crafted brew.

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Photo of gandres
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tap to glass @ Russian River Brewing tap room@ Santa Rosa,CA
A: pale, cloudy, hazy, minimal head, white foam, lacing
A: Fruity
T: heavily sour,
MF: fizzy
OA: Excellent beer for the style, not to repeat, look for- not my preferred style
Drank: April 14, 2016

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Photo of dd43
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful Brett blond ale. Tart fruit notes throughout the drinking experience. Funky yeast aromas are not quite on the level of an Orval but damn I'm not kicking this one out of bed for making crumbs. Finishes really smooth despite the sharply acidic front end. This beer leans towards the tart end of the tart-->sour spectrum. This one poured a beautiful bright gold that sparkled when held up to the light. I wish I could get another bottle to let it age some more. I want that Brett to keep working its magic in the bottle for a year or more.

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Photo of TH28
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle. 6/19/15 bottle date. Appearance: Hazy light golden, with a thick white frothy head and nice lacing. Aroma: A strong, distinct funky brett aroma, with a noticeable citrus lemon and grapefruit component. Taste: Light, bready malt sweetness, a sharp acidic lemony citrus, and an earthy, funky brett component that is much stronger than what’s picked up on the aroma. Mouthfeel: Light to moderate body with a high carbonation. Finish: Lingering citrus tartness, but heavier on earthy funkiness Overall: Great beer and a showcase of a 100% brett beer. Not only does the brett provide the typical funkiness, but it also has a pleasant citrus peel flavor and acidity to add complexity. The fermentation of this beer produces an amazing amount of varying flavors. World class

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden and yellow pour, some good haze to it, soft white 1/2" head on it. Aroma was bad ass, makes you salivate, lemon, gueuzy like aroma, oak. Just phenomenal brett and sour character to it.

Taste is light bodied, but powerfully lemony sour. Like Temptation without the white wine barrel notes. Brettier too.

I really can't think of an inappropriate time for this beer. Wish it was still $8 a bottle. . . sigh.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a snifter. Thank you Shawn for the hookup!

Pours a lightly hazy to hazy bright orange body with a decent 1 finger head that reduces slowly to leave spotty lacing and a layer of retention.

Aromas are tart and citrusy, lactic, tart sour apple, a little grassy and funky.

On the tongue is a light tartness upfront, green apple, lemony citrus, wheaty with some spiciness, a slight barnyard funk with a light bitterness and dry finish. Medium carbonation with light easy going body.

Solid.. more of a farmhouse than a wild but enjoyable.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one had some nice qualities, the sourness was refreshing and tart, with a good lively feel. However, i personally was not a fan of the brettanomyces treatment in this. It had an aftertaste of rotten cheese. No bueno.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured into a Russian River Belgian stemmed glass

A: Pours a golden orange with a bright white head, no head retention, lots of carbonation streaming off the bottom, beer is hazy and cloudy, looks really good.

A: Sour, tart, vinegar, white grapes, pear, green apples, picking some oak from the barrels, smells really good.

T: Hit of tart funkiness up front, fruit like notes, pineapple, green apples, hay, Brett comes through as well, some oak from the barrel, no alcohol at all, very balanced and drinkable.

M: Lightbodied with a crisp dry finish, good amount of carbonation adds to the mouthfeel.

O: Very impressed, a well balanced flavorful sour ale, lots of notes and characteristics going on, Brett is not overwhelming the beer's other characteristics but adds another dimension of flavor, another world class sour from Russian River.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

7 month old bottle, slowly started to bubble up over the lip of the bottle. Pours a mild golden pale, with little to no head. Smells of white wine barrels, light tart grape must, a hint of underlying under ripe stone fruit and sweet pineapple. Nice up front bite of funk and tartness, followed by a medium full body and a tangy finish. Definitely an underrated RR beer...absolutely delicious.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden honey color. Has a tart aroma of Brett. Flavor is light a fresh. You get the Brett but it does not overpower the flavor. This is very enjoyable. It's a touch sour and a touch sweet but overall delicious.

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Photo of jtwhicker
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle aged for 4 months after purchase. May 2015

Shared with a friend for notes. Aroma is citrus, pour to small snifter. Slight carbonation thin head. Hint of lime and tartness is subtle and complements the carbonation. Sour is tapered since aging.
Have another in cellar as well check back in a couple of months.

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Photo of Myotus
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured gently at 46°F from a 375ml bottle (bottled on 30May14) into a tulip. Consumed on 16Dec15.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of white foam that dissipates into a quarters worth within 40 seconds. Straw yellow in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are both small and medium in size and large in quantity. Lacing is thin and subtle.
SMELL: Mild aromas of sour green apples, peaches, hay, earthy yeast, white grapes, and pears entangle with subtle aromas of tobacco, oak, and hints of spicy hops.
TASTE: Strong sour green apple flavors and mild hay flavors first set foot upon the palate. Mild tobacco, peach, white grape, and pear flavors follow right after. Strong earthy yeast and subtle spicy hop flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors maitain.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough due to the high amount of carbonation. Finishes with a mild dryness. Sourness playfully agitates the tongue.
NOTE: A very scrumptious beer. My dislike of high carbonation in beers significantly brought down the rating.

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Photo of Barracudas
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A truly fantastic beer! I wish I could get a hold of this in my neck of the woods! I will be back to Russian River Brewpub to enjoy it again in the future!

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sanctification is a beer that is certainly worth trying, though revisiting this beer at its current price point is probably not necessary.

Brett and funk on the palate with a pepper finish.

Overall, good but not on the same level as other Russian River sours.

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Photo of adam42381
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Bottled on 5/30/14 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a clear medium gold with a 1 1/2 finger snow white head of fine bubbles. Small sediment particles floating around. Solid head retention with minimal lacing.

Smell: Tons of barnyard funk from the Brett. Mild fruit notes in the background.

Taste: Typical brett funkiness along with a bit of pear up front followed by a nice amount of tart apple cider in the middle before ending with bitter citrus and a little bit of grassy hops. Aftertaste is funky with a touch of bitterness. After pouring in the sediment (review completed before drinking sediment), this thing is off the charts funky - in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could put back a couple of these without any issue.

Overall: Very good beer overall. As with most Russian River offerings, this is definitely worth trying. Highly recommended.

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Photo of macher0
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured light straw with a coarse bubble head that retreats to a fine bubble head and film. A decent film remains. Spotty laces. The nose was mostly funk, biscuits, and yeast. The nose follows nicely with a mild tart level and big time biscuit and funk flavor. Very yeasty, with a minor bubblegum note. The yeast gives the body a fullness that contradicts the color. High carbonation.

I like my sours super sour, and while this is mildly sour, it was very well crafted and certainly fits the bill. This was very good. A great mild, sour, funky-ass beer.

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Photo of Dynobolt
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it on draft at a Napa spot (downtown joes) man o man it's good, another gem from Russian river. Love the sourness! Will try it again if I run into it...

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Photo of papat444
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy, light orange body. 3 fingers worth of head that recedes. Aroma and flavor are tart fruits, particularly apricots and assorted dried fruits. Very good stuff indeed.

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Photo of tigg924
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful funky beer. Appearance is hazy caution light yellow with 1/4 inch head and high carbonation. Taste is funky with white wine, oak, and funk in the taste. Body is light and bubbly. I prefer other Russian River beers better, but would not hesitate to pick this up again. Great beer.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a very exceptionally balanced sour blonde ale which could serve as an excellent introduction to those acquainting themselves with this style. Once you have tasted, it will be hard to turn back! :-)

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color. a finger and a half of a white head. strong retention and a strong streaky lacing left behind. hazy and opaque but lets some brightness through.

Smell: white wine, peppery, and bready aromas. funky, fruity aromas. some oak. underlying citrus throughout.

Taste: opens with white wine notes, quickly making way to peppery and bready tastes. a funkiness arises with notes of melon and earthiness, moderately strong acidity. citrus flavor pervades this one with lemon bread sweetness, lemon juice acidity and some citrus fruit.

Mouthfeel: moderately full body. funky and dry. moderately strong acidity. could use a bit more carbonation. sticky and lingering funkiness.

Overall: a very nice blonde sour. the earthiness comes through a bit strong for me. It just seems to be missing a little something, not sure if its more fruitiness or more funkiness.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Label says Bottled On: 053014.

A- Pours a medium golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small strip of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Bright aroma of tartness with some solid Brett character.

T- Nice soily flavor with some medium tartness and tropical fruit notes. The Brett funk is mild but apparent. Just well-rounded overall with lots of character and oh so drinkable.

M- Somewhat dry with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- A fantastic blonde sour that rides that perfect middle ground between tart and funky.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My good buddy Jon Passow, who as of a few months ago became the Manager of Barrel Room Operations at Anderson Valley, sent me this in a package from northern, CA recently. Bottled on 5/30/14. Poured out of a 12.68 oz bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a somewhat cloudy/hazy, fairly pale golden color with several streams of little bubbles continuously rising to the top of the glass and a nice white head that is about an inch thick when first poured before settling to a solid 1/6 of an inch thick pretty quickly after being poured, so the head retention here does leave a bit to be desired. Head settles even further to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with some cluster swirls of surface foam film. Not much lacing though until the beer is pretty close to being done. Has a bready, yeasty funk aroma up front, followed by a definite lemony, citrusy zestyness and some white grape sour must. The taste is pretty much the same, with a bready yeasty funkyness that immediately gives way to a solid lemon zest. This is followed by hints of spiciness and is rounded out with some white grape sour tartness and some woodyness. Even a slight hint of saltyness at the end tastewise. An excellent mix of flavors and they all balance out nicely. Has a crisp and slightly prickly, yet also smooth and frothy, medium bodied mouthful with moderate carbonation. A very enjoyable beer all around here! Worth a try for sure if you can get your hands on it!


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