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RATINGS: 804   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (4013) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle batch 006 thanks to timfoolery: Poured a hazy yellow with a carbonated white head. Sour fruit with that brett funk. Taste is full on soured fruit that puckers my lips and tingles my tongue, the brett leaves my mouth dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adam42381 (385) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2015
Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Bottled on 5/30/14 printed on label. Appearance: Pours a clear medium gold with a 1 1/2 finger snow white head of fine bubbles. Small sediment particles floating around. Solid head retention with minimal lacing. Smell: Tons of barnyard funk from the Brett. Mild fruit notes in the background. Taste: Typical brett funkiness along with a bit of pear up front followed by a nice amount of tart apple cider in the middle before ending with bitter citrus and a little bit of grassy hops. Aftertaste is funky with a touch of bitterness. After pouring in the sediment (review completed before drinking sediment), this thing is off the charts funky - in a good way. Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could put back a couple of these without any issue. Overall: Very good beer overall. As with most Russian River offerings, this is definitely worth trying. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Low69caprice (100) - Yucca valley, California, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Great Brett beer and wine like too. Barnyard and wet floor. Some light blue cheese molds as well. Flavor tart and finishes like dry white wine. Great balance of different bacterium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfearnley (1367) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 7, 2015
Draft to taster at RR brewpub Lemon, yeast, candy, very light yeast. Light yellow with a thin white head. Taste starts off sweet, like candy, but that is cut with a sour kick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haukur (1474) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - AUG 18, 2015
Birght yellow, white head. Grapefruit aroma, attic. Sour, dry but subtle. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prolitariat777 (102) - St george, Utah, USA - AUG 17, 2015
Yes Brett. Horsey woody and wine like. No Thor beer really like it. Some tartness and sour white wine character. Nice mouthfeel finished pretty dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zakoon (317) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2015
375ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours unclear yellow with a white head. Aroma is funky, apples, a little barnyard, hay and citrus. Medium sour and a little salty. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Finish is crispy, citric and funky.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ciocanelu (243) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - JUL 27, 2015
Funky wild yeast specific aroma. Taste is very balanced, sour but not quite in the lambic territory. Although there are no fruits added, it makes you think of white grapes, white gooseberries, white mirabelle plums. Overall this is an excellent sour, very balanced and easy drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SinH4 (1227) - Garching, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2015
Sampler at the brewpub in Santa Rosa. Hazy yellow color with all white head. White-winey, apples, good funk, even a bit barnyard. Light apples, funk, citric, spicy, a bit herbal. But it all stays smooth and light and easy to drink. Amazing how a beer can be this complex, light and easy-to-drink at the same time!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
IPagan5 (106) - San Marcos, California, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Nicely carbonated not too fizzy but just enough for small white head and the best part to bring out the horse barn and hay roll out. Some slight Belgian ripe tart Apple. Flavor of a super well balance of lemon tart and goat cheese and plain sour yogurt. Awesome brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyrmir (4353) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2015
Bottle at home, thanks Lenner! Cloudy golden with white head. Aroma very bretty, clear Orval notes, lemon, orange peel and dusty wheat notes. Taste is similar but more mellow and balanced Orval notes, brett, barn, farmyard, lemon peel, orange. Nice

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