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RATINGS: 833   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   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 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 (3037) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Bottle @ Hamiltionís. Poured a hazy bright yellow-gold with a billowy white head. Thick lacing. Funky straw and citrus. Lots of lemon and sugar, kind of like Lemonhead candy. A fruit basket of other aromas; apple, peaches, pineapple, its all there. Taste is a sweeter sour. Very bretty, but it accents the peaches and pears instead of overruning them. Wheaty/bready flavors in the background enhance the tartness. Its unbelieveably easy to drink. Higher carbonation gives a pop in the finish. Just wish it wasnít so freaking expensive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (4000) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2010 On tap at Russian River. Oh man, this is a sour one. Iím thinking sour ales are a little overblown right now and the hype will settle down sooner or later. Cloudy golden color with a white head. Aroma is citrusy and sour with lots of Brett. Flavor is more of the same, Brett in your face with light fruits and fairly intense lemony sourness. I canít believe some people noted "urine" in this beer and still gave it a high rating! I did not taste urine, but the acidity was definitely there. Nice dry and sharp mouthfeel, but Iím not crazy about the flavor overall. UPDATE: The first rating was for batch 4 or 5, whatever the super-sour one was. I have now also had the batch after that on tap at the brewpub, which was less sour and sort of searching for an identity in my opinion. Then largadeer on BA was kind enough to share his batch 3 bottle brewed in 2007, and wow, what an amazing beer! Incredible cloudy golden appearance with a huge lasting white head and excellent lacing. Aroma is brett, sweet tropical fruits, apple, and just mild tartness. Flavor is not very tart - even mildly sweet - and really awesome. Sweet malt, well-integrated brett, pineapple, mango, and slightly sour green apple in there. Medium-light bodied, very dry and crisp, with high carbonation that works very well in this beer. Incredibly drinkable and satisfying overall. Initial review: 7/4/7/4/13 Batch 3 review: 9/5/9/4/18 Going to more or less average these to get 8/4/8/4/16

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Tart nose, citrus, acidic (is this possible in the nose?), orange, light horse blanket. Very light body, straw colored with gold highlights. Tart, sour, acidic, light wheat and straw notes, orange. Very dry finish, though not incredibly lingering due to the mouthfeel, only light bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Holy dammit deleted ratings anger me! On tap @ the brewpub. Hazy golden with a one finger white head, fading to a thick ring and tattered film after 10 minutes. Grapefruit up front in the aroma with some light wet leather behind. Flavor is of course, fairly tart (5-6 on the sour-o-meter), with a hint of buttery notes minimized by the grapefruit sourness. Dry finish with bitterness around a 2. By the way, there is no vinegar/acetic acid sourness--this just tastes like citrus sour. Lightly carbonated--though soft and spritzy all at once. This is a damn fine beer, and only when Consecration and Pliny the Younger are on tap is this my 3rd choice--and when I donít want the Elder.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (14940) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2009
Bottle at a Plan B tasting - Batch 002. Cloudy yellow - white head. High sharpness, citrus, fruity, brett - lots of brett, apples, fruity, light orange, grape, barnyard, light horsey, light urin, funky, citric, acid, light malty, light soapy hoppy. Almost pure Brett - Lovely !!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2009
750ml bottle of batch 003 courtesy of Asymon13. Nice orange-yellow color and a funky smell. there was a hint of the perennial favorite barnyard, brett, brett, brett. The taste was a little sour with a bretty pineapple flavor that reminded me of DeProef La Deux Brasseur. Good beer, not as sour as I expected but easy drinking and delicious. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-14-2008 02:15:07

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