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RATINGS: 786   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2008
[bottle, shared with DarkMagus] Pours a hazy orange/yellow color, with a thick layer of dense foam. Aroma is loads of bacteria and funk. Musty brett flavors really dominate, but also provide some really nice, strong pineapple/mango fruit esters. Finishes extremely dry, making you crave another sip. Overall, this beer is wonderful. Definitely a memorable experience.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (3324) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2015
Bottle 0.375l at APEX, Portland. Batch #006. Colour is clear golden with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, some sweetness, some sourness and malts. Not so sour as expected.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SG111 (301) - New York, USA - FEB 19, 2015
First let me start off by saying I don’t really like sours. On tap at the brewery. Pours pale golden light color, small white head. Aroma is sour, funk, lemon, citrus. Flavor is lots of sour and funk. Sours are not my thing, but as far as sours go, this is a good one.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strife21 (219) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Pours golden yellow with thin white head. Smell is sour, tart, farmhouse, cherries. Taste starts of sweet then sours. Light body, light carb.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
giancarloh (74) - - FEB 19, 2015
Bit sour all around, don't know how these guys do it but they hit everything on the spot, incredible how they take something unusual a make it a great beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2739) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Bottle shared by Eric Teusink. Lots of fruit. Orange and tangerine. Tart and nose tickling aroma. Flavor is decently tart. Medium on that spectrum. Prize for running 12 miles. Really nice. Well balanced and complex.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steasy66 (1012) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Batch 3. Bretty with slightly fruity aroma. Medium tart, slightly tropical, very very drinkable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlasgowTAD (217) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JAN 8, 2015
Pours a murky lemon yellow with a foamy white head that lingers around. Aroma is brett funky and lemon zest. Taste is tart citrus, mild grapefruit, very mellow and not overpowering. Very lively.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerathon (1383) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2015
I remember a few years ago, a beer like this would be a total turnoff. Now, love it. Sour funkiness baby! Not puckering though, just sour and yummy. Some wheat, yeast, funky orange flavor. Dig it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (689) - - FEB 21, 2015
375ml corked bottle. Bright, fruity aroma with notes of apricot and lemony citrus and Brett sourness. Pours hazy golden colored with one finger of soapy white head with good retention and not much lacing. Starts with bright fruit flavor of peach and apricot as well as lemon citrus with lively carbonation. Finishes smooth with tart vinous notes along with the Brett sourness. Another nice beer from Russian River.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sir__v (820) - Lille, FRANCE - FEB 12, 2015
On tap @ Monk’s Kettle, San Francisco - Color: hazy blond beer with no carbonation and small white foam. Smell: sour notes with fruity presence as apricot and peach. Really fresh notes as grassy and hay. Taste: very well balanced sensation on mouth with fruity notes and good sour equilibrium. Really amazing taste. Aftertaste: sour and apricot finish.


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