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RATINGS: 798   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 202   ABV: 6.75%
Whoís afraid of the "big bad BRETT?" Weíll 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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lothore (595) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
Batch 003 A- Pours a nice deep golden color with a frothy white 2 finger head that leaves tons of lacing. The beer looks extremely carbonated. S- Smell is a bit sour, almost sparkling apple cideresque. Some other sweet fruit notes behind the predominately strong apple. T- Taste is very sour. Yeasty and earthy with a taste unlike any beer iíve ever had. At first I sort of cringed but I found myself unable to stop taking sips. M- Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. It seems to work perfectly well with the taste, absolutely amazing. D- This beer is sublimely drinkable. I could drink glass after glass. The sour taste really does it for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2008
3-21-08 bottle shared at tasting
Semi cloudy yellow orange with a thin white head. Sweet sour mild smell that is slightly citris and tart in the nose. Amazing flavor with a subtle greatness that just feels perfectly balanced. Mouthfeel is smooth and ideal. This is just a very well balanced beer and is quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - APR 17, 2008
Courtesy of Irishboy, thanks Richard! 750ml bottle, batch 003. Pours a golden straw color with a large, aggressive foamy white head. Nose is beautifully tart, sour, salty, barnyard funk and decent representation of brett yest with pineapple. Initial taste touch of salt, lemon rhine and tart. Mid palate light funk and pear. Finishing tart and chalky dry. Medium body. Great head retention and thicks sheets of lacing. Comparing to the Lafolie drank recently this is definitely on the lighter side of the acidity, I dont know mind both. This brew you is easy drinking, very refreshing sour ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2008 750ml bottle. WOW! This beer is awesome! Pours cloudy, brilliant yellow color. Fizzy white head, no retention, specks of lace. Smells sour, lemony and a bit funky, some yeastiness as well. Tastes sour and citrusy, lemony and yeasty. I taste hints of the red wine and wood. Awesome. Medium body, very dry with active, vibrant carbonation. Awesome, awesome, awesome...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2008
Aroma is lemon and yeast, cloudy yellow, small off-white head. Flavour is exceptionally lemon, like alcoholic lemonade. Dry, tart, yet satisfying. Quite good. Thanks mds?.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2008
bottle shared at tasting. Thanks!
Pours a semi cloudy yellowish orange color with a very short lived head. Smell is tame, lightly bretty, oaky and well rounded. Taste is oaky, dry, tart, and a light but sharp and pleasant funkiness to the malt. Very drinkable and remarkable smooth, I thought. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 15, 2008
20080315 750, batch 003, thanks to mwsf. Second time, maybe third that Iíve sampled this beer but i think first from this batch, and this is the best I remember. Simple and yet gorgeous display of what an all brett beer can be. Solid underpinnings of medium bodied malts, lightly citrus, distant hints of green tea. Long sourness, lots of lemony citrus, sour and tart , and not at all dominated by the funk. Just lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (4679) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2008
750 ml bottle shared with willblake. Wow this in only my 3rd Russian River? Well it pours a great looking orangey/goelden color with a fluffy white head. Sour funky aroma, I always have trouble descirbing funkiness so lets just say itís an 8 out of 10 for the funk factor. Flavor is funky also, tart, possibly citrus but definitely near pucker inducing if your not ready. Really good stuff, especiallly if you like sour funky nice beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2008
75cL, no idea where I got it from. Pours a very sexy cloudy yellow with solid white foam, incredible lacing. Huge aroma, first time Iíve gotten the much talked about pineapple from Brett, Iíve seen the light now. Flavor borders on being bone dry, just enough sweetness left to just make you say wow. Iíve been saving this since September, hoping it would be good, it has met and exceeded my expectations, now Iím sad that itís gone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3rd Annual Woodshop Tasting, 3/1/08. Thanks Chris! The goods just keep on coming... crisp, light lemon zest, sour, refreshing, barnyardy, with a bit of white wine notes. Yummy.

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