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RATINGS: 787   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 202   ABV: 6.75%
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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 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JHeath99 (1257) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle shared. Pours a hazy golden with off white head. Sour tart aroma. Taste same with funk. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (2051) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Chris. Delighted to try this one RR missing from my ratebeer history.

Aroma of lemon and apricot, brett leather and sour funk. Sweet champagne grapes. A heartening sweetness as well, unexpected in the nose. Aggressively carbonated, exploding on the tongue. The flavor brings lemon juice and leather, along with a characteristic Russian River neutrality. Brett dominates the sourness; this is not an exceptionally sour beer. A touch of butter. Little of the sweetness that comes forward in the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tide (2008) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 8, 2014
Draught at Russian River. Hazy orange color, white head. Sour taste with citrus, earthy notes, ripe fruits, yeast, acidic notes, apple and grass. Sour finish with citrus, yeast, earthy notes and apple. Excellent sour ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3372) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2014 Bottle thanks to Edge and Margy for opening this. Pours cloudy yellow with a tight white cap on top. Nose is very lemon forward with plenty of shortbread and a very prominent sourdough note which works very nicely. Quite light sourness but very much comes across as a sour farmhouse type. Taste is dominated by lemon biscuit and that familiar sourdough note. As Elliot pointed out it’s almost like a pizza base. Sounds odd but it goes really well with the mild bretty notes and bright citric in it. Finish is dry. A straight down the line beer with no rough edges. Solid as hell

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
troyc (2862) - Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2014
[Tap] Finally got to try this at City Beer in SF. Yellow pour with a fizzy and quickly receding soapy head. Tart and acidic nose. Green apple, pear, Brett, champagne and mild funk in the aroma. Brett, lemon, vinegar, yogurt, lactic notes and sour fruit zest in the taste. Lively carbonation keeps this beer from getting too heavy or acidic. Dry. I liked it a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Defreni (2735) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2014
Fad: Taster på brewpub og taster på Whole Foods i Santa Rosa. Lysegul diset øl med et fint skumhoved Meget brettet duft der lover rigtig god for øllen. Selve smagen er surere end jeg havde forventet kum med brett, men er ekstem drikbar. Har to flasker med hjem, så det er bestemt muligt at den bliver reratet op ad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rdixon77 (1192) - Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Old Rating - Golden hazy pour. Funk and lemon in the nose. Taste had beautiful sour balance, brett funk, cherry, lemon. Crisp, dry finish, and light.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle. Unsure of age. Pours hazy yellow/gold with creamy white head. Aroma is funk, more funk, basement, gym mat, hay, lemon. Taste combines those aromas. Lemon/funk coming through loud and clear. Some cab qualities. Not as tart on the finish as expected. I dig it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (2438) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Draft at brewery. Nose is lemon and a bit of hay with a tartness. Not quite in the gills tho. Pour is a hazy light gold with small white head that laces amazingly. Taste is nothing short of an amazingly well balanced sour. A light chest burn after a few sips but not overpowering. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Batch number 5. Hazy blonde pour with a white head. Aromas is slightly acidic with just the right amount of brett funk in it. I was expecting this one to be over the top funky but it is just fine. Flavor is brett, white wine, notes of peach. Slightly sweet at first but then a nice sourness. Very complex, and very tasty.

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