RATINGS: 858   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 202   ABV: 6.75%
Whos afraid of the "big bad BRETT?" Well 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shigadeyo (3723) - 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>

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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 isnt overwhelming, but its 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2008
750 ml bottle (batch 3) via trade - Well it’s homebrew day and I need a bottle of beer that will last an hour or so. Since this is a Sour, it will probably last me all day. Pours a clear light golden color with a one and a half finger thick white head. Light lacing. Lively carbonation. The aroma is yeast and big time esters. The flavor is TART esters. Palate is bitter and tart. Light body. I don’t know how people can drink this stuff. I’m sure it’s a good beer, just not in my book.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5353) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Thanks for sharing, iowaherkeye. Hazy dark gold body with a bright white head. The aroma is rich with the brett. There is a grassy note with some peaches. The taste has some rich tartness and peaches. There is a decent note of cinnamon. Wow, this is an interesting beer and gets more sour as you drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BitchesBrew (716) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2008
750ml generously shared by Turdferguson - thanks, Sam! Dont remember which batch this is - Ill say its batch awesome! Its just wild how well RR does these sours, each distinctive and subtle in its own way. A pale cloudy pour with a trace of orange, the beer is from the get go crisp, hoppy, and sour but wonderfully well balanced. Super dry finish, full mouthfeel. An awesome brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Growler. Pours a hazy gold with a frothy white. Light body and carbonation. A bit of apple and spice, and s touch of funk, but the main player here is the lemony sourness in the aroma and the taste. Just plain refreshing. The growler disappeared with amazing speed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nik925 (793) - USA - JUN 3, 2008
A great example of a "winey" beer, its amazing that these flavors came out of barley and hops, thats some good yeast. Grew out a yeast culture on this one and brewed a batch, opps, didnt realize that it had to sit for a long time before it tastes good, will have my own batch in 1 to 2 years.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2008 750 ml. Batch 003 Golden pour with a fizzy off white head. Lemon on the nose. Fizzy mouth-feel with a wonderful slightly funky sour flavor. I could drink this everday! I wish I had more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 29, 2008
batch 003....wow this stuff is great.....very similar to the temptation...but without the barrel tastes....very refreshing and nicely soured!

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