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RATINGS: 801   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Bottle. Lemon yellow in color. Clear. Yeasty, sour apple. Tart and bready in flavoring, a little too much so for my tastes. Rest of rating smudged by beer spill. Will have to re-rate again. Sampled @ BCTC

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 12, 2007
Cloudy. Hazy yellow. Friendly lightly spiced aroma and Bret. Foamy body. Like sipping Orval with a sour lemon drop candy in your mouth. Leaves behind a thick flavour film on the teeth and gums.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5395) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2007
25 oz bottle, via odeed, possibly. Pours a slightly hazy yellow gold body under a carefully managed one finger fizzy white head. Moderate visible carbonation. The nose is just full-on bretty goodness. Soft maltiness, and some fruity notes. Quite beautiful in its simplicity. Unique slightly biting acidity over a very soft doughy light malt. Finishes with some lemon zest, pineapple, and lots of cellar funk. A little bit of lingering pixie stick. Mouthfeel is light and airy with engaging pinpiont bursts of carbonation. A really great beer, and a nice showcase for all that is great about Brettanomyces.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2011 Batch#2 provided by jasonp. Hazy, very pale body with a small white head, mostly fading. Incredible bretty nose, horse blanket, pineapple, apricot and cobwebs. The flavor is lightly sweet, peach, apple juice, bread, musty, pineapple and light lactic acid. Medium body is soft wth moderate carbonation and a tart fruity finish.

Vertical, Jan ’11. Batch 002: Lots of moldy citrus in the nose, some pineapple, but the taste is lighter, light tartness, some cotton candy sweetness, but it’s oxidized. Batch 003: Very bright, lots of citrus. Incredible batch right now. Batch 004: lighter than 003, more of a bitterness, lots of citrus, but not as bright as 003. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 5, 2007
750ml Bottle. Aged a few months. Pour is almost a glowing orange. Very pretty. Head is a nice layer of white cream and lace. Aroma is sour, obviously brett character. Flavor is delicately sour. I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but the brett character almost become boring the more I drink. It becomes very one dimensional. All I can taste is the sourness, and I’m not detecting the horse blanket or funkiness. It’s just a flat sourness. Perhaps the brett is better when it is an accent instead of the showcase?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 1, 2007
On tap at Russian River. Hazy light yellow with frizzy white head. Sour aroma with hints of honey and banana. Taste of Bret. sourness with a spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (6986) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2011 sample @ BCTC 2007. Way to sour for me. Need to try more but this tartness & sourness were too much at that point of the festival. Nose was really sour so sort of prepared me for it. 6/4/6/2/12 draft at Russian River, 2/11/11. deep golden pour, tart, white wine, vinegar, brett, tartness. fruity tartness, sour, pear, acidic driven tartness, fuller mouthfeel & tons of flavor. VG.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2008 In short: A Bam Biere on steroids. Pure brett bomb. If you like bretty beer this is heaven.
How: A few times (BCTC, tasting session, CdC Release), various ages, the older the better it seems.
The look: rtly cloudy yellowish-blonde body topped by a long lasting small white head
In long: A funky Brett attack on the nose. Sour grapes, lemon, rather dry, some dried bananas, a little dry grass here and there. Full pillowy body with a lively carbonation. Actually the thought that kept coming back to me every time I have it is “Bam Biere on steroids”, and I LOVE the Bam Biere, my favourite “small” beer. UpdateRaising my score from a “mere” 4.7 to a enthusiastic after having a splendid sample at CdC Release 2008 (thanks to spacecowboy). Still same opinion: Bam Biere on steroids. This Sanctification does what it’s supposed to do, make you feel closer to god.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Mutiple samples (i’d guess about 10) at BCTC. Pours a hazy yellow golden with a nice well maintained white head. Nose is citrus, grass, brett and a little bit spicey. Flavor and Palate were just devine. Not as tart as say beatification and supplication, but still funky, dry, and awesome. I could drink this all day (in fact I did, for about an hour). Need to find some bottles pronto!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8639) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 Multiple samples from the bottles at BCTC. Murky, light golden yellow colored body with a nicely formed but short white head. Peppery, mildly sour brett nose, zesty and spicy. Pasty texture on the tongue, with a really pleasent mellow tartness, creamy but dry, with subtle flavors of sour lemon yogurt and white grapes. Drying tartness in the finish, with a creamy flavor of sourdough bred. Wonderful tartness level, I’d call it medium, but it just hits the tongue perfectly, along with a hoppy-but-not-grassy bitterness. Without the brett this would be fantastic.

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