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RATINGS: 771   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (950) - 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 (1980) - 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 (11971) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 26, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2007 another simple review from me. more russian river sour deliciousness. why cant we get this in so cal all the time???

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2009 Bottle via trade with IrishBoy. Wonderfully tart and sour aroma. Sour yeast, a hint of baking bread and faint (lemon and lime) citrus zest. Cilantro. Granny Smith apple peeling. Pours a hazy light honey with a big white head. Flavor was full of of balanced brett tartness. Quite lively and refreshing. Lemon and lime. Sour yeast. Apple. Almost cider-like. Quite complex. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant sour bite. Nice stuff! Thanks Richard!

Re-Rate 8/20/2009 out of a growler filled August 2009. I’m not going to change my score, because I was absolutely enamored with this beer the first couple of times that I had it. But the ages seems to have tempered this one some. Gone is the fantastic tart apple skin and sour citrus flavors. The brett is still there, but is now much mellower and shows notes more along the lines of leather. Still quite tasty, but more along the lines of a brett-spiked Belgian ale than an American Sour Ale. New rating: 8/4/7/4 - 3.8 Thanks Randall!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1418) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Draft. What a beer! The brettanomyoces lends a sour taste, not unpleasant. Despite the danger of this tasting like spoiled wine, the brett is actually tasty. It is aggressive, but lends a unique character to the beer that accompanies the fine carbonation and rye aromas and flavors to create a very Belgian blonde ale. Somewhat sweet. Very unique and very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2007
On tap at Jose Pistola’s in Philly. Hazy yellow color. Aroma and taste is bretty brett. Also a distinct sweetness with a little lemony citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bp (805) - Queens, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Draft: This is the first ever Russian River product that I have sampled and it was damn good. Golden color with a thin head, tart aroma, sour taste and a dry finish. I think I had too many of these as my head hurts today.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2007
Courtesy The_Epeeist. Hazy gold topped by 1.5cm of frothy white foam. Aroma is musty, tart, sweet light colored fruit (apple), citrus (lemon), urea (not in an offensive manner), and hints of butter. Flavor is similar, adding some earthiness and losing the urea. Medium/full body is just smoother than balanced. Very nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (2569) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 14, 2007
On tap at the BrewPub Slightly hazy pale yellow. Very fine whit head and silky lacing Sour friut aroma due to the Brett. Flavor eas sour but still felt like it ha sme sweetness and flavor. Not near as dry as I expected.

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