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RATINGS: 804   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2008
[bottle, shared with DarkMagus] Pours a hazy orange/yellow color, with a thick layer of dense foam. Aroma is loads of bacteria and funk. Musty brett flavors really dominate, but also provide some really nice, strong pineapple/mango fruit esters. Finishes extremely dry, making you crave another sip. Overall, this beer is wonderful. Definitely a memorable experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2008
750ml generously shared by Turdferguson - thanks, Sam! Dont remember which batch this is - Ill say its batch awesome! Its just wild how well RR does these sours, each distinctive and subtle in its own way. A pale cloudy pour with a trace of orange, the beer is from the get go crisp, hoppy, and sour but wonderfully well balanced. Super dry finish, full mouthfeel. An awesome brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Growler. Pours a hazy gold with a frothy white. Light body and carbonation. A bit of apple and spice, and s touch of funk, but the main player here is the lemony sourness in the aroma and the taste. Just plain refreshing. The growler disappeared with amazing speed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nik925 (776) - USA - JUN 3, 2008
A great example of a "winey" beer, its amazing that these flavors came out of barley and hops, thats some good yeast. Grew out a yeast culture on this one and brewed a batch, opps, didnt realize that it had to sit for a long time before it tastes good, will have my own batch in 1 to 2 years.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2008 750 ml. Batch 003 Golden pour with a fizzy off white head. Lemon on the nose. Fizzy mouth-feel with a wonderful slightly funky sour flavor. I could drink this everday! I wish I had more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 29, 2008
batch 003....wow this stuff is great.....very similar to the temptation...but without the barrel tastes....very refreshing and nicely soured!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lothore (597) - 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 ive 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...

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