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RATINGS: 758   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 202   ABV: 6.75%
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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2007
750ml Corked bottle form Whole Foods, Berkely. Poured into my Stone SourFest glass a haxy yellow with a big bubly white dead. Musty bret aroma with a hint of citrus. Flavor was super sour when it hit my tounge, but it mellowed a bit as a good used to it. Beer is very light, but has a lot of complexity. Sour with some nice citrus notes, spiciness, with a dry vinolus finish. a very good beer and oh so drinkable!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2009
Date: May 20, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Noog II
Appearance: hazy yellow, whispy white head
Aroma: light musty tart aroma
Body: light creamy body
Flavor: light mallt flavor with plenty of complex funk, nice musky character, a great all night session beer

Date: September 10, 2006
Mode: bottle
Vintage: batch 002
Appearance: opaque light orange, creamy white head, lots of lace
Flavor: good tart lemon flavor plus a bit of fresh funk, hints of spicyness, the new batch is either tarter or maybe just fresher - time will tell

Date: May 19, 2007
Mode: bottle
Vintage: batch 001
funk has mellowed a bit allowing more sweet malt to come through,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 10/10
Score: **4

Date: July 08, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Vintage: 2009
Appearance: opaque light orange, fine whte head
Aroma: tart lemon aroma, grassy hops
Flavor: dry malt flavor, grassy hops, tart citrus, light bitterness

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2007
thanks cmubeerman. drinking this that late into the night was probably a waste. clear light blond color. jolly pumpkin aroma. great taste. pretty light all around. rocks.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zeswaft (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Obviously smothered in bret. i hate bret. very light body and i guess somewhat easy to drink but i canít get into the vinegar taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2359) - California, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Hazy yellow. Aroma is strong wine barrel with some funk notes, pale malt, maybe some spicing. Lighter bodied, quite tart. The barrel flavor is big, the the bret is bigger! Really interesting stuff going on here, especially for such a light beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 26, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2008 Original Rating: 6/4/6/3-14 Draft at the brewpub. Poured a clear straw color. Head was bubbly, white, and left some decent lace behind. Pleasant fruity aroma reminiscent of apple cider accented by occasional whiffs of pineapple and vinegar. Tart acidity on the tongue with apple, citrus, vinegar, and grape candy flavors. This beer definitely fits into the "itís-an-acquired-taste" category. Iím not quite there yet, but look forward to trying it again. Re-rate: 750ml bottle about a year and a half old. Smelled of cider vinegar, flower blossom, Pez candy, and funk. Plenty of funk. Light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Moderate acidity up front with some delicate sweetness coming out at the end. Tasted predominantly of apple cider vinegar, flower blossom, and funk. Very tasty. Definitely improved over time.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3309) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 19, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2014 750 mL bottle purchased from Monument Wine and Liquors. Batch 003. (can someone explain the 23 on the front of the label?) Acetic, sour, vinegary aroma. There are some mildly sour notes with some corn silage aromas. I donít really detect anything in the nose other than Brett. Very mildly hazy honey-colored body with a nice, creamy, white head and spectacular lacing. Sour, acetic, bitter, fruity, funky start. A little sweet, cheesy flavoring is present in the middle. Finishes tart and a little dry. This is not overly sour or palate-killing, but I find it kind of straight forward and boring. I would not buy this again.(6/4/5/3/11)~~~~~~~RERATE~~~~~~~375m bottle purchased from Monument in Concord. I believe this is a January 2014 batch. This beer is much much different than the first sample I had. While this has a fair amount of Brett aroma and flavor, it also has a nice acidic and acetic tart flavor. Dry, and quite drinkable. The Brett is there, but not over the top. The tartness on this is really nice, and I donít recall that tartness with the first bottle I had back in 2007 with Grant up in Tahoe.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Bottle. Lemon yellow in color. Clear. Yeasty, sour apple. Tart and bready in flavoring, a little too much so for my tastes. Rest of rating smudged by beer spill. Will have to re-rate again. Sampled @ BCTC

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4610) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 12, 2007
Cloudy. Hazy yellow. Friendly lightly spiced aroma and Bret. Foamy body. Like sipping Orval with a sour lemon drop candy in your mouth. Leaves behind a thick flavour film on the teeth and gums.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4903) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2007
25 oz bottle, via odeed, possibly. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold body under a carefully managed one finger fizzy white head. Moderate visible carbonation. The nose is just full-on bretty goodness. Soft maltiness, and some fruity notes. Quite beautiful in its simplicity. Unique slightly biting acidity over a very soft doughy light malt. Finishes with some lemon zest, pineapple, and lots of cellar funk. A little bit of lingering pixie stick. Mouthfeel is light and airy with engaging pinpiont bursts of carbonation. A really great beer, and a nice showcase for all that is great about Brettanomyces.


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