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RATINGS: 814   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 202   ABV: 6.75%
Whos afraid of the "big bad BRETT?" Well 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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Tap at RR. Pours a mostly translucent golden with a medium creamy white head that laced nicely. Aroma of tropical fruits, wonderful brett aroma, candy notes, pineapple, so hard to put into words but its exactly what Brett does to a well craft ale that is treated properly and allowed to age and do its magic. Flavor of the same bretty goodness, bready, citrus, light tartness, tropical fruits and citrus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2009
At the brewpub. Hazy golden with a small white head that leaves some nice lacing. Slightly cheesy, slight funk(cobweb horse blanket) but mostly lemon and earthiness with a slight tartness. Tart but not sour. Lemon, slight funk, cobweb, dirt. Really similar to the aroma but very clean. Extremely dry and tart. Effervescent, but very drying. No residual sweetness whatsoever. Sort of similar to beatification to me but different haha.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3440) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 7, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Color was clear gold with a white head. Aroma of yeast, sour fruit, funk and must. Flavor had a nice balance to it. Not extremely sour as well. Yeast, sour fruit, must and wheat. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Hazy golden yellow, fruity, tart, citrus, funky, spicey, little hoppy, dryfinish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2008
I was super excited to try this beer. I spotted this on the chalkboard at the brewpub, to my surprise as this was not listed on the website. Probably the beer Id wanted to try most of theirs. Anways, the beer pours a very cloudy, glowing light golden color with a soft, Belgiany white head. Aroma is pleasing funk. Lactic acid notes meld with substantial Brettanomyces influence. This smells an awful lot like Temptation, the two are very similar. Taste is tart, about as tart as you can get without crossing over to sourness, though it is borderline. Highly acidic and lactic, dry. Underneath the acid and funk there is a noticeable malt background and usual fruity esters. This is very thirst quenching and super easy to drink. I dont think its quite as good as the other sours from this brewery but its definitely up there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Draft at Bistro BA fest. Hazy yellow gold pour. Aroma is funky and leathery. Flavor is light citrus, light sweetness, good amount of sour funk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shigadeyo (3388) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2008
<b><i>Batch 002</i></b>

<b>7/28/2007</b>: Russian River Sanctification pours a cloudy gold color with a white head. The aroma is musty and acidic. The flavor is bright and funky along with lots of Brett. It is also very sour and acidic. Very, very good.

<i>Sample from 750 mL bottle (6.25% Alc by Vol) shared at the "Columbus Tasting: Ate, now with gramatical errors" event. Thanks! Rating #218 for this beer...</i>

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3197) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 A 750mL Bottle (Batch 003) cracked in honor of the last true summer Friday of the year. A quick snap of the cork, a pop and a fair rise of carbonation. Not gushing. Pours a brilliant, shining clear gold, with an uneven merangue-like white head of fine bubbles. The nose comes as the pure, pure essence of Brett. Dry, tart coconut. Cobwebs, cotton and silk. A bit of tropical fruit. Lambic dryness. Mmm. The flavor is so rich and snappy. A bright and delicate dance of pine needles, holly boughs, and pineapple cores settles in with a bit of fermented bread dough, curt plum-like tartness, and the dryness of tart cherries. Soft. Palate is dry, puckery and tart. All the things I want from the backend of this kind of beer. Very little residual sweetness, but some faint yeasty bitterness. The flavor profile of this beer isnt overwhelming, but its really nice to have amped up Brett character, to the point that it gets uniquely tart in the corners of the mouth and that the cotton dryness of brett becomes almost bitter. Great stuff. Thanks Andy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2008
750 ml bottle (batch 3) via trade - Well it’s homebrew day and I need a bottle of beer that will last an hour or so. Since this is a Sour, it will probably last me all day. Pours a clear light golden color with a one and a half finger thick white head. Light lacing. Lively carbonation. The aroma is yeast and big time esters. The flavor is TART esters. Palate is bitter and tart. Light body. I don’t know how people can drink this stuff. I’m sure it’s a good beer, just not in my book.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5210) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Thanks for sharing, iowaherkeye. Hazy dark gold body with a bright white head. The aroma is rich with the brett. There is a grassy note with some peaches. The taste has some rich tartness and peaches. There is a decent note of cinnamon. Wow, this is an interesting beer and gets more sour as you drink.

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