Sanctification | Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bright, deep gold, very big off-white head slowly shrinks to thin foamy top, and some nice lace.

Aroma is wonderful funky/barnyard rustic yeastiness with hint of vinegar, light fruits, herbs, wildflowers, some grain, hint of wine, bread, and sweetness. It is very nice.

Taste is crisp, light character, sour but not overly so, tart with hint of sweetness. It has sour lemon and tart fruits up front, with some peppery spice and herb, then biscuit and bread in the finish. It has a good, well-rounded but very light, somewhat thin character, a bit bland and “dry.” It’s very good and very drinkable, but lacks character.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thankyou to Trenton Road Takeout in Fallsington for this one.
Poured into my Lindeman's glass. Hazy yellow color with tiny bubbles slowly drifitng upward as well as big ones rushing to the top. Some lacing not much but just enough to let you know it's a beer.

Smell is very basic. A blonde ale with a dose of wild yeasts and a beautiful lemon blast.

Taste makes the lips smack a few times. Sour but not an all out blast.Citrus fruits with some softer grain notes in the finish that leave a lingering. Nice spicey tingle as well left on the tongue.

Mouth is very alive with tremendous carbonation, an almost numbing tingliness is left on the palate.Perfect balance and goes down way too smooth.

What can I say another score for Russian River.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at resurrection ale house on younger morning. Big ups to Brendan and leigh for making this happen.

A- comes to me with a big finger of bright white head that settles rather quickly and leaves just a faint ring around the glass. Hazy straw yellow in color like the sun on a perfect spring day.

S- lemon zest and funky brett with a musty wet hay kick to it. Malts come off light and barely sweet.

T- tart and fruity up front with lots of lemons and a touch of other citrus then rolls slowly into the bretty funk that give a bit of barnyard twang and a vegetative hit. Powdery and dry malts provide a great platform for the rest of the flavor profile.

M- less then medium in body with a nice bright small bubbled carb that works just right. Great pucker for this one but not a monster butt hole ripper.

D- I've had this a few times in the last couple weeks and it just keeps getting better. One of the more quafable american wild ales out there. No surprise when its a rr brew.

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Sanctification from Russian River Brewing Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 2,740 ratings.
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