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RATINGS: 839   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 202   ABV: 6.75%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2009
Poured from a growler... Poured golden with a white head. Dry, sour and tart with citrus and yeast notes. A pleasure to drink. The yeast was a little funky but done excellent with the fermentation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 1, 2009
On tap at O’briens. Bottom of the barrel. This blew in my glass. I can’t believe I haven’t tried this yet. I could have sworn I had. Aromas of sur funky lemon zest. Tastes are bitter sour and tart lemon peel. Nice sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2339) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 25, 2009
On tap @ O’Brien’s during another Russian River night. Poured a glowing vibrant yellow with immature size of white colored head. Aroma is hard for me to detect because of the smoky surroundings of being outside at O’Brien’s, but a sour and sweet unknown fruit is semi obvious. The flavor is well balanced and holds a mixture of Belgian ale styles with notes of sourness, zest, lemon peel, and blonde Belgian strains of yeast. There is an undeniable sticky and sour residue left behind on the rim of my lips and leaves a metallic aftertaste but none the less part of the experience with this particular sour ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Draught at the brewpub, 5.67%abv. Light straw with a white head. The aroma is floral, and quite lemony-tart, with maybe a light acetic touch. The flavor is sour, and a little funky, with some lemon, leather, and light fruitiness. Light-to-medium bodied with crisp carbonation. After the last two all-brett beers I’ve had (proef and avery) I wasn’t expecting that much acidity in this, but this guy is pretty damn sour, with great leathery, funky tastes going on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dalekliz (909) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
On tap at O’Brien’s Russian River night. Pours a clear gold with a white ring. Light sour aroma, yeast funk, lemon, and grapefruit. Big sour taste, of citrus and yeasty funk. Lingering sourness that fades. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
malrubius (2584) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Bottle shared by eclectic at Spuyten Duyvil from sketchy notes. Pale hazy straw color with head and lace. Peach marshmallow lemon tart barnyard aroma. Melon lemon pastry tart sweaty horse balls flavor with clean spicy dry finish. Medium body and creamy carbo. Complex and captures the horse sweat funkiness exactly. Everything was right about this one. This beer was out of this frigging world.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ggaughan (100) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 1, 2009
750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Batch 002. This beer poured a pale golden color with a thick, foamy white head and good lacing. The head stuck around for awhile. The aroma of this beer was lemony and a bit sour. Trademark RR brett but not overly sour and not to the extent of Beatification. The taste is very sour as I was hoping for and has a nice touch of citrus that leads to a dry finish. The body is sort of light but has active carbonation in the body so it feels bigger. Overall a very strong and tasty beer that ranks up near my impression of Beatification but just slightly lower.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Bottle Batch 3. Big thanks to eclectic. (Thanks Kevin!) Pours an effervescent golden with a thick, pillowy and well retained white head. Awesome brett-filled nose- earthy, horsey, citric acidity, old lemon, barnyard- very rustic. Crisp and fluffy on the palate. The flavor is dry, tart, earthy, horsey, citric- just complex layers of brett funk and crispness. Complex, dry, effervescent, lively- an amazing sour!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Tap at Toronado SD. Exceptionally bright. Aroma is like lemon essence plus flour, tart water and yeast. Flavor is unconditionally bright, almost one-note, with a non-citric tart finish. Minimal funk, just pure sour. Impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2009
pours and smells like a typical sour ale. lightly watery on the palate. didnt get much out of the 100% brett. Probably just me.

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