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RATINGS: 778   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 On tap at Russian River - This is one special brew. Light yellow-gold with a medium white head. Aroma is nice and sour with lots of Brett, sweet and sour fruits along with some spice. Flavor is pure Bretty goodness. Lots of acidic sourness with some light softer fruits, tasty malts, and some nice woody/earth/funky stuff going on. Nice brew that shows how good Vinny really is!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2007
It starts off good with a slightly cloudy blond body topped with a thinish white head. The aroma is good and sour and have some apple fairly prominently. The apple caries over into the flavor and the sour is good but not too intense. Towards the back of the palate there is a slightly heavier almost dusty sourness that reminds me of Orval. The body is still nice and light and I would love this to be my standard hot weather drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours a hazy pure blonde with a frothy white head that laces sheets as it dies slow. Smells of a sour, wheat and almost a little clove and some spice. Tartness hits the tongue first thing followed by a fruity finish with I swear some clove and spice. Medium in the mouth with a tickle of carbonation. Sip her in delight.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
csbosox (1225) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Batch #2 One of my contributions to a KC gathering. Gusher. Cloudy/hazy orange gold. Aroma is HUGE brett (leather, saddle, wool blanket), vanilla, lemon, citrus, tart. Taste is tart, lemon, wet wool blanket, leather, typical brett. Very tasty. Tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Xmas in Oshawa. Thanks! Beer of the night for me. Gold, lots of carbonation, thin white head. Nose is funky as hell, peach, lots of berries, wheaty goodness. Flavor is gart! Lemon, funk, fruit (berries), wood. Dry and wonderful finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2007
750, batch 2. Awesome beer, going right back on my wants list. With the year old bottle, the brett has really taken over, turning this into a sour, farmhouse-y delight. Flavor is brimming with a smooth, buttery hay and passionfruit finesse, absolutely delicious and oh so easy to put down. I just wish the bottle wasn’t finished.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolankowal (933) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Cbus 8. Yellow pour with a bwhite head. Aroma of light funk, tart fruits, sourness. Flavor of sour light fruits, oak, a bit of funk and pale malt. Light body, highly carbonated tart/sour with a sour/dry finish. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (958) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2007 On tap at the Russian River brewery, one of my favorites of the evening of tastings. Clean pale color with a nice hazy golden-saffron hue in the middle of the glass. Plenty of lace and carbonation, the aroma rocks your nostrils with a great blend of light citrus, apple, white grape perfume; plus its got that musty old barnyard smell from the brettanomyces yeast that I love. Sweet flavors at each sip that slide nicely into slight peppery spice, chardonnay notes, wood, and an assertive sour finish. Use of the brett here was impressive. A bit over-puckering for my taste, but balanced enough in all other aspects for me to want it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2005) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 12, 2007
Bottled sample via my friend Trevor. Hazy honeycomb yellow in colour, with strong carbonation. Aromas of peach, lemon, honey, herbs, and a bit of funk. Flavor wise, there’s a touch of sweet malt before plunging into sour, wood, and lightly herbal territory. Soft carbonation and light bodied. Dry, but less dry than expected. Easy drinkin stuff. Very nice indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11978) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2007
(750ml Bottle) Pours a lightly hazy golden body with a small white head and nice lacing. Aroma of barrel, brett sourness, floral, apple, and barnyard. Flavor of floral, lemon/grapefruit sourness, and some wheat with a dry finish.

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