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RATINGS: 791   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 202   ABV: 6.75%
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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Pours clear golden with a nice looking head that lasts...Light sour citrus in the nose. Taste is wow sour, but it finishes incredibly smooth. Still need the sour brews to grow on me, but this one is a good, smooth drinker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 9, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2010 Rerate, again, batch 4?, draft @ Russian River. Scratch notes: bright, golden slightly murky; thin, fine-bubbled white head. Modestly tart grapefruit; citrus, lemons, lightly funky, quite crisp, dry, in the nose; pitty grapefruit being the dominant note. Medium body; medium-light CO2; lively acidity; juicy grapefruit, citrus, lemons; quiet core, so much of the character here is the grapefruit; juicy, perfect acidity, hugely drinkable. Lengthy finish: pitty, rind, grapefruit, lemons; nicely dry.

Rerate, 5.6%, draft @ Russian River. Pours a hazy, light whitish-golden color; off-white head with patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Loads of lightly tart and lightly acidic citrus notes in the aroma, coupled to grapefruit, tree fruits, and lime; very nice brett presence. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: pretty much perfect levels of grapefruit and lime and tree fruit tartness upfront; light sugar and citrus at the core; nice, mouthwatering acidity; good lord, this is good. Medium finish: toast, citrus, lime and grapefruit tartness; nicely dry at the end.

Rating #666! 750mL bottle, Batch 002, courtesy of jasonp. Thanks, Jason!! Pours a hazy, medium yellow-golden color; off-white head with a bit of lacing. Dense, tart lemons and sour cherries in the aroma; a slight bit of funk and oak coming through. Medium-to-full, dense mouthfeel: excellent levels of tartness (citrus, bing cherries), with a toasty oakiness and bright lemony acidity; quite pleasant. Medium, tart lemon and bready finish; slightly metallic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Mattock bottle. Dregs poured into the glass and all.. Nice white head on the pour, wonderful sour, vinegar on the tip of the tongue, and just a touch of the tongue saliva curdling bitterness on the back of the tongue that I remember from sour candy as a kid. Great bittering on the center of the palate - similar in flavor to a bittering that would come from hops, but far more earthy here as you can tell it comes straight from the brettanomyces. Very digestable, and a nice medium alcohol drink. Perfect for a hot summer day. I’d gladly throw down the mattock and drink this instead of lemonade.. or just about anything else.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Sampled at Russian River in mid-June 2007. Pours light cloudy golden with a white head. Brett/horse, and sour citrus in the nose, very nice. Flavor has notes of pale grain, tart lemon, some citric acidity, brett and sourness. Alcohol content very smooth. Very drinkable. Dry, crisp medium body with spritzy carbonation. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2007
Tap at Russian River. Hazy golden-yellow color with a thin white head. Lightly sour, fruity citrus aroma with a slight hint of sweetness and a funky brettanomyces character. Flavors were sour and citrusy but also quite sweet and had a very slight grapefruit-like bitterness at the finish. Medium-bodied, somewhat sugary, fizzy, champagne-like mouthfeel. Finish was very dry and slightly bitter. Really refreshing and easy to drink, Interesting stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1645) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Impenetrable golden blonde color. Nose hints toward pineapple, drought-ridden grasses, sweet vanilla and angel food cake. Tastes of sour candies soaked in sugar, evolving with heat into a hot cayenne pepper and vinegar sensation. A tangy, earthy blast of lemon juice finishes, with the mature temperance of the oak to soften it. Woody, sweet, and tart at once. Palate is quiet kind and soothing given such a confronting flavor. A curious gem. Thanks Ernest!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (4583) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 6, 2007
Batch 001. Pours orange with a sudsy white head. The aroma has all kinds of brett, nectarine, light sweetness and spice - gentle aroma, but very flavorful. Medium / thin crisp body with a lot of spritzy carbonation. The taste is quite sour with some graininess. There is a fruit taste that is like a mixture of apricot and lemon. Also included is a peppery spice and earthy tart yeat. The finish is clean, sour and crisp with a significant amount of spice. A fantastic beer I could drink all day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3500) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2007
25.4 oz bottle. Hazed orange-yellow with a trace of white head; some lace. Yeasty pears, light lemon and funk. Soft body with mild carb. A gentle sour with apple. Nicely balanced. Another delight from Russian River.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (2923) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Bottle of batch 001, thanks Eyedrinkale! Pours a cloudy light gold with very active carbonation and a tall, foamy, lasting head. The aroma here is very nice, it has soft bready notes with hints of banana, clove, mango, cheese. It’s nicely wild. The flavor is hugely citrusy with strong accents of pineapples and oranges, though nothing seems biting. The finish brings out pleasant hints of sour grapes and a nice cheese flavor exists throughout. Spritzy mouthfeel works very well with the taste of the beer. I was surprised at how much I liked this. This is very tasty. I think this is a fine example of a soft, delicate beer which still has magnificent complexity. Also, I must praise its unique character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAY 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2007 Batch 002. Oily translucense; evenly dispersed carbonation trickles upward so softly, so vehemently through a velvety looking body. Bubbles that grace the top are of the purest white. The lacing that forms giant gaping arches that look like openings to caves where sleepy bears lie. A soft center of feathery, throat-tingling, dusty malts and sugars are gently caressed by a sheath of brettanomyces. The aroma, just as the appearance was, is so soft, so tender. Nuances of oak barrels splashed with chardonnay, hay, lemon, apples, pears...the list grows with every sip, intensity magnified accordingly as perception is focused into a crystal clear and concise pinpoint. A central theme of grapes clustered with poignant sourness is captivating immediately, the first taste leaving a strong enough impression to warrant a novel (and, the length of a novel) description. Carbonation is compact, squeezing every last drop of substance from each sip. Moderately musty aroma sustains through the flavor and into the finish. Sometimes, as the case is with this, the sole use of brett without the additional employment of other yeast strains leads to a complexity that is both exhuberant in its expression and discernable in its intricacies. Pineapple and melon flesh delve into the fold as the liquid warms to room temperature. Alcohol only becomes apparent with a tall glassfull of this tasty treat. The finish is malty, soft and sour for a great time. Mouthfeel is a blend of silk and funk. Thanks RR, phenomenal as usual.

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