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RATINGS: 798   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 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 (6908) - 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 (8598) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Pours clear golden with a nice looking head that lasts...Light sour citrus in the nose. Taste is wow sour, but it finishes incredibly smooth. Still need the sour brews to grow on me, but this one is a good, smooth drinker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 9, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2010 Rerate, again, batch 4?, draft @ Russian River. Scratch notes: bright, golden slightly murky; thin, fine-bubbled white head. Modestly tart grapefruit; citrus, lemons, lightly funky, quite crisp, dry, in the nose; pitty grapefruit being the dominant note. Medium body; medium-light CO2; lively acidity; juicy grapefruit, citrus, lemons; quiet core, so much of the character here is the grapefruit; juicy, perfect acidity, hugely drinkable. Lengthy finish: pitty, rind, grapefruit, lemons; nicely dry.

Rerate, 5.6%, draft @ Russian River. Pours a hazy, light whitish-golden color; off-white head with patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Loads of lightly tart and lightly acidic citrus notes in the aroma, coupled to grapefruit, tree fruits, and lime; very nice brett presence. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: pretty much perfect levels of grapefruit and lime and tree fruit tartness upfront; light sugar and citrus at the core; nice, mouthwatering acidity; good lord, this is good. Medium finish: toast, citrus, lime and grapefruit tartness; nicely dry at the end.

Rating #666! 750mL bottle, Batch 002, courtesy of jasonp. Thanks, Jason!! Pours a hazy, medium yellow-golden color; off-white head with a bit of lacing. Dense, tart lemons and sour cherries in the aroma; a slight bit of funk and oak coming through. Medium-to-full, dense mouthfeel: excellent levels of tartness (citrus, bing cherries), with a toasty oakiness and bright lemony acidity; quite pleasant. Medium, tart lemon and bready finish; slightly metallic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Mattock bottle. Dregs poured into the glass and all.. Nice white head on the pour, wonderful sour, vinegar on the tip of the tongue, and just a touch of the tongue saliva curdling bitterness on the back of the tongue that I remember from sour candy as a kid. Great bittering on the center of the palate - similar in flavor to a bittering that would come from hops, but far more earthy here as you can tell it comes straight from the brettanomyces. Very digestable, and a nice medium alcohol drink. Perfect for a hot summer day. I’d gladly throw down the mattock and drink this instead of lemonade.. or just about anything else.

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