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RATINGS: 863   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   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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4.1
JK (6252) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Sour. There is a little vinegar up front with yeast. Cloudy yellow appearance. Flavor has lots of yeast, and it is sour. The flavors are straightforward but very good.

4.2
Skyview (6093) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Sampled during Heritage beer tasting event and shared by Faro99. Pours a hazy golden straw brew with an average white head that leaves behind some spotty lacing. Aroma of mild yeast, tart fruit, some golden grain malt and a touch of barnyard funk. Taste is medium bodied with a nice touch of Brett, tart fruit, a hint of clove and some white pepper. Finish has a nice balance of funk, multi-grain malt and tart fruits.

4.8
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Tap at RR. Pours a mostly translucent golden with a medium creamy white head that laced nicely. Aroma of tropical fruits, wonderful brett aroma, candy notes, pineapple, so hard to put into words but it’s exactly what Brett does to a well craft ale that is treated properly and allowed to age and do it’s magic. Flavor of the same bretty goodness, bready, citrus, light tartness, tropical fruits and citrus.

4.3
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2009
At the brewpub. Hazy golden with a small white head that leaves some nice lacing. Slightly cheesy, slight funk(cobweb horse blanket) but mostly lemon and earthiness with a slight tartness. Tart but not sour. Lemon, slight funk, cobweb, dirt. Really similar to the aroma but very clean. Extremely dry and tart. Effervescent, but very drying. No residual sweetness whatsoever. Sort of similar to beatification to me but different haha.

3.6
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 7, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Color was clear gold with a white head. Aroma of yeast, sour fruit, funk and must. Flavor had a nice balance to it. Not extremely sour as well. Yeast, sour fruit, must and wheat. Very nice.

3.5
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Hazy golden yellow, fruity, tart, citrus, funky, spicey, little hoppy, dryfinish.

4.2
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2008
I was super excited to try this beer. I spotted this on the chalkboard at the brewpub, to my surprise as this was not listed on the website. Probably the beer I’d wanted to try most of theirs. Anways, the beer pours a very cloudy, glowing light golden color with a soft, Belgiany white head. Aroma is pleasing funk. Lactic acid notes meld with substantial Brettanomyces influence. This smells an awful lot like Temptation, the two are very similar. Taste is tart, about as tart as you can get without crossing over to sourness, though it is borderline. Highly acidic and lactic, dry. Underneath the acid and funk there is a noticeable malt background and usual fruity esters. This is very thirst quenching and super easy to drink. I don’t think it’s quite as good as the other sours from this brewery but it’s definitely up there.

3.8
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Draft at Bistro BA fest. Hazy yellow gold pour. Aroma is funky and leathery. Flavor is light citrus, light sweetness, good amount of sour funk.

3.9
shigadeyo (3764) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2008
<b><i>Batch 002</i></b>

<b>7/28/2007</b>: Russian River Sanctification pours a cloudy gold color with a white head. The aroma is musty and acidic. The flavor is bright and funky along with lots of Brett. It is also very sour and acidic. Very, very good.

<i>Sample from 750 mL bottle (6.25% Alc by Vol) shared at the "Columbus Tasting: Ate, now with gramatical errors" event. Thanks! Rating #218 for this beer...</i>

4.1
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 A 750mL Bottle (Batch 003) cracked in honor of the last true summer Friday of the year. A quick snap of the cork, a pop and a fair rise of carbonation. Not gushing. Pours a brilliant, shining clear gold, with an uneven merangue-like white head of fine bubbles. The nose comes as the pure, pure essence of Brett. Dry, tart coconut. Cobwebs, cotton and silk. A bit of tropical fruit. Lambic dryness. Mmm. The flavor is so rich and snappy. A bright and delicate dance of pine needles, holly boughs, and pineapple cores settles in with a bit of fermented bread dough, curt plum-like tartness, and the dryness of tart cherries. Soft. Palate is dry, puckery and tart. All the things I want from the backend of this kind of beer. Very little residual sweetness, but some faint yeasty bitterness. The flavor profile of this beer isn’t overwhelming, but it’s really nice to have amped up Brett character, to the point that it gets uniquely tart in the corners of the mouth and that the cotton dryness of brett becomes almost bitter. Great stuff. Thanks Andy!


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