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RATINGS: 760   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 202   ABV: 6.75%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2559) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Thanks to Hezron for sharing. straw colored pour w/ a nice thick white head w/ a nice lacing. light acidic and sour fruits but very light some defiante hay notes in my mind w/ touches of wood and some light breads and a hint of alcohol. Tangy palate good carbonation and coating. Flavor is very light some sour light fruits a bit of a hay like note... Pretty soft and delicate. good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Bottle... Post GBOA Pizza & Beer Party... This beer rocks!... Murky straw-colored ale with a mid-sized, frothy, white head. Decent retention. Acidic and acetic, earthy aroma with lots of cheddar, funk and wood. The flavor is sour, but not crazy sour. More acidic than acetic. Cheddar cheese and lemon. Medium-bodied with a coarse/astringent mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Finishes up very tangy then dry. Kudos to kenb for providing the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2619) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 19, 2006
750ml bottle. Full-on leathery aroma, some grassiness and lemon here along with suggestions of hay, dried flowers and perhaps some freshly-cut wood. Some farmy notes here as well. Pale straw yellow color, hazy, with a fine, receding head. Flavor is fairly tart and sour to start, some slight barnyard funk here along with more dry grassiness and sourness. Not as much intensity here as anticipated, compared to a traditional lambic anyway but this is likely simply due to my preconceived notions of what brettanomyces does for those beers in particular. Smooth mouthfeel, relatively low effervescence with a medium body. Quite nice; I definitely enjoyed this. Manages to deftly avoid being one-dimensional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2006
bottle at Dickinsonbeerís Oktoberfest, batch 002. cloudy light golden yellow/straw color, whitish head. aroma is sour and bretty, flavor is sour & tart like a lambic. not exactly a straight up belgian ale, but another great brew from RR!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Columbus tasting 2.0. Poured very light yellow with average white head. Aroma was pretty funky and got some of the horse blanket. Also had a little sourness to it. Pretty good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miksu (4948) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - OCT 31, 2006
Bottled. Deep golden color, hazy and creamy. Acidic aroma with grapefruit, pineapple and leather. The acidic fruitiness continues in the taste with grapefruit and pineapple. Very good balace.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (2924) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2006
Bottle shared with beigaman, Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, and GregClow, courtesy of biegaman, Batch 002. Hazy lemon yellow, small foamy white head. Neat fresh farmyard yeasty aroma, spicy. Really really nice and complex. Wow, the taste is really sour up front. Yeast, acidic malt, long bubblegum finish. Some lemon rind as well. Really good and terrible complex, what a joy to drink. Thanks for sharing Jan!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2006
Batch 002. 750ml bottle provided by csbosox. Pours a murky (gusher) straw yellow with a big white head. Funky, hourse blanket, sweet socks, yadda yadda yadda, with some citrus also. frizzzzleís SweetTarts analogy was pretty good. Really fruity and tart. Dry finish with high CO2. Really love these Russian River beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
frizzzzle (76) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 28, 2006
This is a very, very strange beer. It pours orange-ish, slightly cloudy, with little head. The scent reminds me very much of a salon, with a hint of socks in the background. This beer has one heck of a funk to it, but strangely enough, itís not offensive. The flavor is a lot less in-your-face than the scent, but itís very tart, with lots of sugary candiness. It reminds me of fruit-flavored sweet tarts. I didnít have very much of this, just because it was so... different, but I didnít get much carbonation in it at all. I was a bit too shocked to notice the finish -- Iíll definitely look for it next time :p

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 26, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2006 It really blows me away every time I read comments like "sure, itís sour, but not much else" or "sour, but not much going on beneath the sourness". I wish people would try to be a little more discerning, especially with the references of Russian River beers (not picking this one, or any in particular) to Cantillon and other lambics. I donít see the similarity and itís apparent that some of the elegance of this beer must be lost on many, if those comments are often being made. None of Vinnieís beers are attempting to be American lambics, certainly not something like Cantillon. Thatís like saying that Orval is similar to Cantillon because they both have brett in them. Anyways, back to the question of this "not having much more to it than sourness", well, A) these 002 bottles arenít even that sour yet, the lacto not having emerged all that much. There is just a slight oily, lactic character hinted at, but the main force is the tart, complex brettanomyces. Not much behind the sourness? This is a brett and lacto golden ale, what were you expecting, some chocolate and roast? Itís got a lovely, true grainy malt character that melds well with and supports the tartness. Sweet, honey notes and a touch of soft dough. The brett puts forth a plethora of flavors, including pears, peaches, band-aids, pineapples, limes, hickory nut skins, green apples, chardonnay, and more. The bottle conditioning and unfiltered nature create a tight, engaging mouthfeel and no alcohol is ever noted. Canít remember what kind of hops it uses, was it sterling or magnum or something (or actually Iím probably confusing Mo Betta Bretta), but they show some very light, playful tangerine/mimosa qualities. Wonderful attenuation level as well, not even bone dry, with plenty of chewy malt character, as previously mentioned. Not sure if I like the 001 or the 002 better, only having compared fresh samples of each, thus far. I think the brett might actually provide more character and flavor in the 002, with a little bit more malt sweetness (though the attenuation was higher to begin with in the 002). I donít know, no real point in deciding. Theyíre both masterpieces and I wish I had an endless supply of both batches. A touch too much winey, lacto-cheesy-like acidity, creating some minor breadiness/fatigue on the palate is one of my few complaints. Just a touch of thinning upon warming, as well. Thanks, Ken, for the 002 bottle.

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