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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Sample at "An evening with Pantanap #3", thanks Andrew! 5/04/06 vintage. Apple juice like color with medium white head with lace. Sweet light lemon aroma with brett. Nice dirty lemon flavor with good amount of sourness, some cherry, nice sweetness. Medium body and tart. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Tasted at PP bottle shop. I think Ryan brought a bottle of this. I’ve been eager to try this for a long time now. An all-Brett beer. A little bit of sour. Light amber yellow color. White small bubble head. Lots of phenolics in the aroma. Normally I don’t like the plastic phenolic aroma, but it works OK here with the sour flavor. Highly drinkable. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Pizza Port tasting. Pours cloudy yellow with small head. Tart and sour, yet easy and refreshing at the same time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2008
Trade from Matthew, 750ML. Pours a very hazy golden yellow/light orange, aroma of lemon, green apple. First sip - jebus, lots of tartness. I like how someone else put it from another review: Overheard: "There is some tart motherfuxking sh:t going on in this beer." Good bit of tartness, tastes the way I’d expect from the aroma with a bit of sour zing on the finish. This would be a great beer in the Spring/Summer. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2008 bottle (batch 2)....evening w/ pantanap #3. bottle shared by andrew....poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a milky white head.....nose was an appealing mixture of lemon citrus along with some funky tartness. very nice....flavors continued on a similar note. lemon citrus with a decent amount of tartness. carbonation level went well with everything and the finish was crisp and refreshing.....wish i had more access to this sour ale. extremely solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2085) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Batch 2, bottled 5/4/06 sampled on "An Evening with Pantanap #3" Thanks to andrew for bringing this one. Pours a clear orange yellow with a soapy white head. This is a beer I could sit with all night and enjoy. Abundant nose. Yeasty brett, sour, lactic, and cheese. Yeasty flavors. Sour lemons, oranges, earthy, supple grapefruit resin, pepper, with a tart crisp finish. This is a great brewery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
illidurit (2224) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
The lucky receptacle for this brew is my trusty Duvel tulip, which cradles a honey colored translucent beer with 3 fingers of french vanilla head. Lemon zest, honey, green apple, barnyard funk in the nose. Tastes a lot like gueuze, maybe a little sweeter. Tart but not sharp, sour lemon and sweet orange, hay, yeast. Lots of complexity but blended very subtlely. A great puckering finish leaves you wanting more. Perfectly carbonated as per usual with RR wild ales. At 6.5% abv this is very drinkable. RR’s wild selection has yet to falter, every single one has been excellent and this is definitely no exception.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2013 [895-20071201] 750mL (Xmas Party 2007, beerhugger & guests; Batch 003). Aroma is a little tart and lemon sour. Hazy, light yellow orange body with a medium-lasting foamy white head and some lacing. Slightly sour citrus wheat flavour. Medium body is sour tart. Interesting. (7/4/7/4/15) 3.7
Overheard: "There is some tart motherfuxking sh:t going on in this beer."

[5099C-20130202] Bottle. Pencil lead floral aroma. Slightly hazy, light yellow brown body with a quick foamy white head. Light sour lemon pips and grainy yeast flavour. Medium body. Delicious if a little muted. (7/3/8/4/16) 3.8
(@ Sourfest 2013, Buffalo, NY)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2007
11/7 From the bottle. Aroma is slightly sour, earthy, sweet-yeasty, but still mild and well balanced, particularly for this level of complexity. Appearance is very light gold, clear, with a moderate white head and good lacing. Flavor is lightly black peppery (phenolic), followed by sweet/sour malt and a candy sugar finish. Mouthfeel is low bodied and spritzy. Overall, good complexity, and very interesting, still be aware a brett beer is never going to be that easy drinking.

   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!

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