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RATINGS: 838   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 202   ABV: 6.75%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
TH28 (364) - - APR 1, 2016
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
koleminer20 (2400) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2016
375 mL bottle shared with ebone1988. The pour is a golden orange color with a thicker white head that falls down to a thick collar and a light film leaving some good lacing behind. The aroma is pretty good. There is a big sour right up front that is nice. It's got a juiciness to it, and a strong funkiness. It's pretty basic. I'm not complaining, but it's just a touch disappointing. The flavor is also a bit disappointing. There is a little bretty funk and a light sour to it. It's got none of the fruitiness in the flavor. The mouth feel is a little heavier. It's got a good crispness and a weird carbonation. The aftertaste is lingeringly funky with a hint of sour. I'm not sure how I feel about this...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ebone1988 (1313) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2016 Bottle shared with koleminer20, Gus, and others. Aroma is funk, skins, tart, sour, really really good. Appearance is golden, hazy, white head. Taste is funky, tart, barnyard, wheat. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, Brett aftertaste. Overall, hard to go wrong with Russian River.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
commonmac (1028) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2016
Bottle smuggled into Mpls by associates of commonshawn. Consumed as part of March Madness planning meeting. Unfiltered light golden color with an ambitious head initially, minimal head as it rests. Aroma has a healthy dose of funk with a little saison feel. Taste has the sour qualities as expected when Brett is involved. Citrus is present with an effervescent characteristic. The finish and mouthfeel lean on the sour notes like you just sucked on a lemon. Very interesting beer that’s not really my wheelhouse but will go down in my books as a pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
commonshawn (1024) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2016
12oz bottle with commonmac. Hazy yellow orange with medium white head. Tart and funky nose. Sour, yeast, very tart, spicy. Effervescent. Very aggressive, but you get used to it. Fresh feel. Fuzzy, winey. I liked it more as I continued to drink it, although not quite my favorite style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnGalt1 (1538) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 9, 2016
perfectly clear.. straw gold.. big white head .... nice lace and fantastic carbonation. Nose is so much better than my last bottle a long while ago... very funky and plenty of lemon and horsey notes. Big and bretty.. of course.. funk with dry leather.. reminds me of a super funky saison.. sour remnants are more from the lemon elements.. no where nearly as sour as any other RR American Wild.. as it warms.. so does the funk.. some "cheese" develops.. sorta moldy.. vineous without any wood.. grape skins.. I needed to keep grounded on this one and remember that no wood touched this beer.. purely stainless. It is a science experiment that I am damn glad that I had numerous opportunities to enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SirLimpsalot (3680) - SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2016
@ Russian River 16-3-7: En mycket torr öl med härliga syrliga toner och en massor brett. Underbar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (5578) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2016
Full pour at the brewpub. Cloudy gold pour with thin bubbly white head. Aroma is bretty, fruity, peachy, light white wine notes. Taste is tart, oaky, winey. Palate is light bodied with soft carbonation. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (8933) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2016
Draft sample at the brewpub, Santa Rosa. Pale yellow straw coloured pour with fine sticky white head. Aroma is nice sharp citrus lemon, pineapple Brett funk. Flavour is complex tangy citrus and lemon, bretty funk, hint of pineapple. Tangy citrus, hint of sharp lemon rind. Palate is light and frothy, moderate carbonation, spicy dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jinroh (1103) - ESTONIA - JAN 31, 2016
Pours light pale yellow, cloudy, thin film of foam. Aroma is yeasty, feels saisony but also soft and fruity-creamy. Taste is sour with barnyard and berries. Bit of bitterness and that is left also later and keeps lingering. Dry and tingling the roof of my mouth. Combined with fruitiness and subtle sour, this one is really multy-layered and actually keeps growing on me. Solid.

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