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RATINGS: 716   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 202   ABV: 6.75%
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Whoís afraid of the "big bad BRETT?" Weíll 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (2883) - montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 18, 2013
375ml bottle, batch 005, cloudy honey gold hue, with a small white head, with a mild yeasty, bretty, funky, horse blanket, faint wet must hay nose, with some light lemon acidic peel, faint white wine woody tannin notes, and with some light sour earthy rhubarb, green apple accents in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a mild nice juicy lemon acidic, tart, green apple, citric apple cider sourness character, with a light white wine barrel tannin, zesty grapefruit rind, musty white grape, yeasty bretty, funky, dusty flavours, with a leathery, mould lactic cheese, yogurt milkyish sourness undertone, leading towards yeasty, doughy, acidic wheat maltiness, mild acidic lemon juiciness, sour green apple, tart, musty white grape, wood barrel winey tannin finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Hazy amber with a creamy white lacemaker. Aroma is mildly sour and prickly with grapes, tannins and mild cherry. Taste is sour with varnish, tannins, cherry and a tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (679) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Bottle, bottled on 11/28/12. Pours the color of Apple juice, crystal clear with a steady stream of bubbles and giant, frothy white head. Aroma: citrus, tropical fruits, sweet, floral. Very inviting. Remarkably little "funk" in aroma. Taste: a lot of vinegar tartness. Light sweetness, just the tiniest bit of funk, dry finish. Palate: very slick, oily texture, light body feels a little thin, nice carbonation. Overall: fresh sanctification was one of the highlights from my trip to RR last march. This doesn't excite me the way it did then, but I guess that's the magic/horror of brett. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ontape (150) - Valley Village, California, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Batch 006 bottle, 2011 I believe. Great example of a sour brett blonde. Carbonation hardly shows but comes through perfectly. Plenty sour but dry enough to drink easily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brouwerij (884) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very murky yellow orange with fine white head. Settles quickly with some stringy lacing. Aroma is tart, lactic acid, vinous, spicy, citrus. Flavor is moderately tart up front with an oaky, vinous finish. Lively carbonation, medium-light body, and a dry finish. A very tasty sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (808) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Voodoo barrelroom release. Pour hazy yellow with light white head. Fruity aroma. Quite sour taste. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tleaver33 (62) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Bottle poured into a tulip. Golden yellow with a pretty minimal head. Nose is Bret/funk, lemon and grapes. Tart lemon, grass and white wine. Not quite as balanced as other RR sours. Finish is also a tad dry. Overall very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
toxichop (284) - South Gate, California, USA - SEP 3, 2013
S: Lemons, pears, green apples and a ton of oak. P: A nice inch head, very hazy yellow straw, nothing can penatrate through this beer. T: Pineapple tartness with lemon sournes a nice oak presence, candi sugar, with some sourdough. M: Medium carbonation with high sourness too it. O: A great brew but not my favoriet RR sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ClubGonzo (3509) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours a crystal clear pale golden body with a medium creamy white head. Nose is gooseberries, pale malts, grape peel, light horsey brett tones (unexpectedly light) and hints of dusty citric peel and candi sugars far in the back. Taste is delightfully tart bretty notes of citric peel, lemon juice and harsh, almost stomach-acid-like acidity, along with grapes, straw, pale malts and hints of Belgian candi sugar-like fruitiness in the back. Dry, near-parching finish and crisp mouthfeel. The residual sweetness in this one must be next to nothing! As elegant as it is original, this must be the best 100 % brett-fermented beer Iíve ever had. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1081) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2013
I poured a 375ml bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date, though it was Batch 006. I got this bottle from a friend who picked it up in Philadelphia for $18 ($1.42 per ounce)!

Appearance: Bright, almost glowing, banana-skin yellow hue. Very cloudy, but translucent. Forms a small, bright white, soapy head which doesnít completely evaporate and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Strong sour aroma with farmhouse notes and tropical fruit.

Taste: Sour beers are all the rage these days, though I havenít quite jumped onto the bandwagon yet. While I enjoy the candy-like taste, many sours tend to be one-dimensional and donít have a well-brewed beer at the core. Russian River Sanctification is a major exception to this rule as it has strong (and delicious) sour character, but still has a solid beer base.

The first thing I notice about the palette is, not surprisingly, the sourness. Itís sharp, almost piercing, and yet in no way annoying. Thereís a fantastic candy-like tartness, not unlike confections made with malic acid. Thereís a grapefruit-like taste as well, probably from the use of West Coast hops (the description doesnít say which are used). The bitterness is there, but is hard to distinguish because the sourness is so strong. It finishes with a taste of lemon flesh coupled with honey or, strangely enough, maple syrup. Itís the base pale malt showing through and itís quite impressive. Some tartness lingers on the tongue momentarily, but it quickly fades away. Overall, this is [one of] the best American sours Iíve ever had.

Drinkability: While Russian River Sanctification may indeed be intense, the actual drinking process is not challenging at all. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin with fine micro carbonation - nothing spastic like champagne. It can be sipped or gulped, though I took my time with this as I really wanted to get my $18ís worth. It seems a little lighter in body than its 6.75% ABV would otherwise indicate, but I would not describe this beer as being "light" in any way.

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