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RATINGS: 764   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.


hangunder's rating

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hangunder (234) - Ontario, - FEB 26, 2013
Brett. sour aroma with a bit of honey sweetness and malt. Get a faint hint of citrus as it warms. Light yellow, very hazy. First thing that hits you on tasting is the sourness, but this quickly changes to sweetness and a dry finish. Not overly complex but quite nice and refreshing. Medium/light body and intense carbonation. Quite good sour ale, pretty refined.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (2082) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2014
Liquide blond opaque avec une mousse saine qui finit par s’estomper. Les zests d’agrumes percent l’atmosphère, c’est assez percutant. Très juteux et sauvage avec une bonne couche grasse bretté combiné aux tons vineux. Simple et hautement buvable, ça fait peur.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cory (330) - , California, USA - SEP 30, 2014
2012 bottle. Aroma is a little funk, straw, sour, and a little plum sweetness in the finish. Very light body and a clean finish. Delicious beer. Brett did it’s job adding a little to the nose and flavor over time.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5079) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Lightly hazed almost pale yellow/gold pour with white head. Aroma is bretty tartness. Flavor is brett but not so much tart. Medium bodied with light carbonation. yes I could drink an entire bottle

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedSox2004 (1276) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Pale straw yellow with a slight haze, dense off-white head and modest lace. Aromas of lemon and ginger with a healthy dose of funky brett. Taste is tartness, featuring lemon, white wine, grape, ginger, and doughy bread. Full body, oily mouthfeel, generous carbonation and a dry, tart finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
orangesol (868) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle of batch 5 via trade with nickd717 thanks again nick!

A - Pours hazy golden yellow with a nice bubbly one finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving light webs of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of lemon, tangerine, bretty earth, and some light funk. I really liked how much fruit came thru in this one. It still had plenty of funk to go around but it really played second fiddle to the fruit. Nice and subtle.

T - Starts off with a big dose of bretty funk giving way quickly to a nice mix of bright citrus fruit and strong puckering sourness. Finish is a mix of lingering sourness and light citric acidity. Nice light sour that was very easy to drink. It wore me down quick tho. Overall it was pretty good but it got to me over the course of the bottle. Much stronger than it feels.

M - Medium-Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The funky feel is quite soft with plenty of it lingering for some time. It was quite easy to drink.

O - Very nice. I think I still prefer temptation overall but I really liked this one. Just a bit too strong on the funk at the moment. I could see this developing beautifully over the next year or so.

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
htzpah (96) - - SEP 2, 2014
A blonde style wild ale. Very light and almost like a subtle wheat ale. Soft sourness makes it very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SupperHopped (12) - - AUG 21, 2014
Really amazing sour ale. Very tart right up front and lingers the perfect amount.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JHeath99 (970) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle shared. Pours a hazy golden with off white head. Sour tart aroma. Taste same with funk. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (1841) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Chris. Delighted to try this one RR missing from my ratebeer history.

Aroma of lemon and apricot, brett leather and sour funk. Sweet champagne grapes. A heartening sweetness as well, unexpected in the nose. Aggressively carbonated, exploding on the tongue. The flavor brings lemon juice and leather, along with a characteristic Russian River neutrality. Brett dominates the sourness; this is not an exceptionally sour beer. A touch of butter. Little of the sweetness that comes forward in the aroma.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tide (1793) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 8, 2014
Draught at Russian River. Hazy orange color, white head. Sour taste with citrus, earthy notes, ripe fruits, yeast, acidic notes, apple and grass. Sour finish with citrus, yeast, earthy notes and apple. Excellent sour ale.


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