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RATINGS: 814   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 14/20
bp (838) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Draft: This is the first ever Russian River product that I have sampled and it was damn good. Golden color with a thin head, tart aroma, sour taste and a dry finish. I think I had too many of these as my head hurts today.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2007
Courtesy The_Epeeist. Hazy gold topped by 1.5cm of frothy white foam. Aroma is musty, tart, sweet light colored fruit (apple), citrus (lemon), urea (not in an offensive manner), and hints of butter. Flavor is similar, adding some earthiness and losing the urea. Medium/full body is just smoother than balanced. Very nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (3120) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 14, 2007
On tap at the BrewPub Slightly hazy pale yellow. Very fine whit head and silky lacing Sour friut aroma due to the Brett. Flavor eas sour but still felt like it ha sme sweetness and flavor. Not near as dry as I expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12959) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 13, 2007
750 ml. bottle; batch 003. Slightly tart aroma, with a little citrus, a little Bret. Hazy orange-gold color with a white head that flattened and left lace tatters. Thinnish mouthfeel with light, slightly creamy carbonation. The flavor is earthy, Bretty, with some citrus to accompany the sour. The finish is astringent, dry and a hint of sweat sox. There’s a hint of sweet throughout, but it never seems to really come forth. Sour, possibly with bitter. Not necessarily for everyday, but great for those special occasions (like getting home from work).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 11, 2007
UPDATED: APR 3, 2009 Bright yellow pour with a thin white head. Brett funk nose and tart flavor. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 Draft! hazy/cloudy yellow in color, much lighter than I expected. Aroma is tart and the flavor is outstanding. This is a great beer for session drinking. 6% and sour, but not overly high% incombination with not overdoing the sourness leads this to be very easy to drink. I only wish that I could get this beer in OHIO!!!!!!!

   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sersdf (1018) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zeswaft (1505) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Obviously smothered in bret. i hate bret. very light body and i guess somewhat easy to drink but i can’t get into the vinegar taste.

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