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RATINGS: 842   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 15, 2008
20080315 750, batch 003, thanks to mwsf. Second time, maybe third that Iíve sampled this beer but i think first from this batch, and this is the best I remember. Simple and yet gorgeous display of what an all brett beer can be. Solid underpinnings of medium bodied malts, lightly citrus, distant hints of green tea. Long sourness, lots of lemony citrus, sour and tart , and not at all dominated by the funk. Just lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (5645) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2008
750 ml bottle shared with willblake. Wow this in only my 3rd Russian River? Well it pours a great looking orangey/goelden color with a fluffy white head. Sour funky aroma, I always have trouble descirbing funkiness so lets just say itís an 8 out of 10 for the funk factor. Flavor is funky also, tart, possibly citrus but definitely near pucker inducing if your not ready. Really good stuff, especiallly if you like sour funky nice beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2008
75cL, no idea where I got it from. Pours a very sexy cloudy yellow with solid white foam, incredible lacing. Huge aroma, first time Iíve gotten the much talked about pineapple from Brett, Iíve seen the light now. Flavor borders on being bone dry, just enough sweetness left to just make you say wow. Iíve been saving this since September, hoping it would be good, it has met and exceeded my expectations, now Iím sad that itís gone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3rd Annual Woodshop Tasting, 3/1/08. Thanks Chris! The goods just keep on coming... crisp, light lemon zest, sour, refreshing, barnyardy, with a bit of white wine notes. Yummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 29, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 Bottle thanks to Odeed, big thanks man. Poured a clear golden color with a thick white head. Aroma of spice, pear and apple, and sour brett. Flavor consists of sour brett that leads into a fruity (pear and light grapes), yeast, drying finish that puckers the mouth. Good carbonation with great sour bite that really set it apart from some of the other sours I have had. Thanks a lot Odeed, I loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Sample at "An evening with Pantanap #3", thanks Andrew! 5/04/06 vintage. Apple juice like color with medium white head with lace. Sweet light lemon aroma with brett. Nice dirty lemon flavor with good amount of sourness, some cherry, nice sweetness. Medium body and tart. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Tasted at PP bottle shop. I think Ryan brought a bottle of this. Iíve been eager to try this for a long time now. An all-Brett beer. A little bit of sour. Light amber yellow color. White small bubble head. Lots of phenolics in the aroma. Normally I donít like the plastic phenolic aroma, but it works OK here with the sour flavor. Highly drinkable. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Pizza Port tasting. Pours cloudy yellow with small head. Tart and sour, yet easy and refreshing at the same time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2008
Trade from Matthew, 750ML. Pours a very hazy golden yellow/light orange, aroma of lemon, green apple. First sip - jebus, lots of tartness. I like how someone else put it from another review: Overheard: "There is some tart motherfuxking sh:t going on in this beer." Good bit of tartness, tastes the way Iíd expect from the aroma with a bit of sour zing on the finish. This would be a great beer in the Spring/Summer. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2008 bottle (batch 2)....evening w/ pantanap #3. bottle shared by andrew....poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a milky white head.....nose was an appealing mixture of lemon citrus along with some funky tartness. very nice....flavors continued on a similar note. lemon citrus with a decent amount of tartness. carbonation level went well with everything and the finish was crisp and refreshing.....wish i had more access to this sour ale. extremely solid.

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