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RATINGS: 787   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   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 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 (1642) - 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 (4472) - 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 (3446) - 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 (2883) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2007
Courtesy The_Epeeist. Pours kind of a yeasty, hazy, gold with a light white head. Smells quite funky, brett is definitely present and quite noticeable. Big citrus, lemon and orange, dominate the fruit characters in the nose. Alot more sour than I was expecting. Not cheek puckering sour, but enough to give it the acidity needed to give it some sour character. Quite smooth and refreshing, another enjoyable treat which is rapidly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAY 8, 2007
Pours a pear smooth yellow color, white head. Aroma is like a slightly sour hefe, insanely yeasty. Sweet and tart, hose hair moves into pepper funk. Sweet candy, balanced. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - APR 22, 2007
Pours a light orange amber with a creamy and lasting off-white head. Aroma is quite acidic and very dry, with very evident brett and oak. Flavor is more subdued, with nice spice and light fruit flavors. Mouthfeel is very creamy and citrusy tart, with a reasonably dry finish. A nice brew indeed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2008 on 3/30/07, 750 ml bottle purchased and consumed at Toronado in SF. Pours golden with a fluffy white head. The aroma is sweet, grapey, and very vinious. The taste was sweet, and funky like a traditional gueze but mroe winey like. Wow this is a fantastic brew, good work RR.

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