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RATINGS: 791   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2012
This was a bit of a lighter sour than I’m used to from RR. Pours cloudy yellow, lots of head and lacing. Funky, earthy nose is slightly subdued (this is a little fresher, perhaps if more aged it would get stronger) comparatively. It’s light, yeasty. Palate is some light fruit, dry, and very late, funky and yeasty. Less so than most, though. Good, not amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (8177) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2015
12.7oz bottle, thanks to aabean. Bottled 05/30/14. Mostly clear golden color, with some hazy and pale chunks in the end of the pour. Some airy white head. Some dots and bits of lace. Nice bigger sour taste, very light sweet, more dry. Nice oaky and lemony aroma. Some white grape. Mld belgian type yeast. Medium-plus body, lighter kind of soft carbonation. Very pleasant sour golden ale. A white wine drinker would probably enjoy particularly enjoy this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (3084) - Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Bottle: Thanks, Jeff. Hazy golden color, translucent with a soapy, foamy white head. Mild lacing. Aroma is funky as hell, much expected for a 100% Brett beer. Musty cellar floor, old cork, wood, dusty hay, cobwebs, mild green apple tartness, a hint of sweet lemon, moldy cotton. Flavor is more sour than funky, a reversal of the aroma. Green apple, tons of white grape, overly ripe & sour pear skins. Wow. Puckering. Still a huge, funky back-end with tons of wet oak, cork, basement floor, musty barnyard. A hint of biscuit in the periphery. Dry finish of wood, hay, & sour stone fruit. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh (8300) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 10, 2015
Draught at the Russian River Brewing Co, Santa Rosa, CA.
Dark reddish brown colour with a small off-white head. Wood, sweet sugar and brett in the aroma. The flavour is tartness, mild sourness, brett, woody dryness and even cidery notes. Very drinkable. A nice one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerdedDave (741) - - APR 6, 2015
on tap at the brewery; cloudy gold color; mild, sour apple aroma; sour apple flavor; light and refreshing

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Macegan75 (743) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Draft Capone’s. I can’t believe I never rated this beer. Pour crystal clear pale yellow with some head that fades. Aroma is earthy and mild funk, lemon rind and pale malt. First sip is similar with nice turned that fades in the finish which is very cleN for a sour. Very great stuff from Vinnie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerathon (1496) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (3739) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strife21 (223) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (795) - - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SG111 (446) - 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.

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