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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
84 90 74 7 38 40
Sanctification by Russian River Brewing Company
Sour Ale
6.75 % ABV

Review by mr. furley on 11/28/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 5 7 2006
batch 002

strongly tart, lemon, light pineapple. very clean looking with a tight thick head. dry and sour. very easily drinkable. not my first choice style-wise but fairly tasty.

Served In: Goblet

Review by SAP on 10/28/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 12 17 5 8 2006
Batch 002; Sampled October 2008
A reasonable pour produces a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer is quite clear and has an orange tinged, pale amber color that shows a perfectly, brilliantly clear, rich gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is absolutely delightful, bone dry and has a complex mix of aromas that remind me of tart pear, sour apple, but with some aromatic Macintosh like floral notes, lactic acid, ripening cheddar that is taking a turn towards funky, musty wood, even some spicy oak (despite this never having seen wood) and some touches of musky, dried-sweat like character that I wouldn't quite characterize as barnyard, but close. The funky, farmhouse cheese note is actually quite prominent here and is quite appetizing and there is also a fair amount of fruitiness, despite the fact that the aroma seems devoid of sweetness.

Shockingly tart to my palate, though I wouldn't say this is particularly because this is overly tart; it is more a statement of where my palate was upon my first sip. Lots of lactic acid mixes with fruity esters to produce flavors of grapefruit, a touch of Meyer Lemon, and even some sour orange. Extremely quaffable, there is a persistent, prickly carbonation that adds some texture and the body is very light, the acidity almost adds a touch of viscousness to this brew that at times can develop a sort of creamy softness. There is a light ripe cheese note to the flavor, though the expressive sourness seems to mute this quite a bit (though it becomes more and more noticeable as the beer warms up from its initially cool temperature). Other fruit flavors are found here, all without having any sweetness in this beer, of musk melon, cantaloupe and some Macintosh flavors.

A second pour of this brew sees a touch of yeast sediment that lightly clouds up this beer and adds a touch of yeast-like roundness to the flavor. I really am enjoying the aggressive sourness in this beer, it is not as much as a "hard" Lambic, but is quite significant. Suffice it to say that my 750ml bottle of this disappeared way to fast. Fantastically drinkable, with an amazingly complex aroma, simply a great beer.

Served In: Tulip

Review by SAP on 10/28/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 11 17 4 8 2005
Batch 001, Sampled April 2005
This beer is madly carbonated, intense streams of cascading bubbles rise through this lightly hazy straw-gold colored brew. It holds up a frothy pale head that is quite thick and becomes quite rocky after a short bit. The aroma is spritzy and funky at the same time. I get notes of lime peel, coriander, grains of paradise, a hint of cinnamon, as well as funky notes of musty-moldy leather, clay, a hint of sharp vegetal notes, and damp cellars. The aroma is quite complex and quite interesting, it is definitely worth smelling and appreciating for a couple of minutes before tasting.

The taste is light and spritzy up front with a sharp lemony acidity that has a nice sweetness to it that almost tastes artificial in nature. This beer foams quite a bit on the tongue as it goes down. The finish is slightly funky, though not nearly as much as the aroma would suggest. The finish is slightly earthy with a musty cellar note. This beer really is quite light and refreshing, it is almost as if a lemon has been added to my Duvel glass. While I really am enjoying this beer, I am starting to think that Brettanomyces is better employed as a supporting cast member in beer. Granted I have only had two of these 100% Brett beers, but as the beer gets older than a couple of months the beer needs some more complexity that would be supplied by a funky Belgian yeast.

Served In: Tulip

Review by seaoflament on 04/21/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 17 3 8 2008
Thanks to Tip Top for this one.

Batch 002.

Pours a slightly dull apricot gold color with a rocky head which leaves some lacing as it settles.

A big yeasty aroma is the first thing I detect with a mixture of peaches, apricots, orange and cherries right behind the malt. There’s are a spicy aroma and hints of wheat that remind me of a Belgian wit. Some sweet lemon is hiding in the back with the spices.
Sweet bread and honey make up the malt in this beer.

Tart fruit and sea salt is what I get at first contact. Not as fruity as I though it would be but there is some bitter nectarine, lemon, and un-sweetened peach. There’s a good dose of funk and tartness which makes this a sipper. The mouth-feel is also a thin enough to make this a good candidate for the summer days.

My least favorite wild ale from Russian River so far but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing to say, this is a very well done funky beer.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 0
Review from 10/13/06

Batch 002. Poured into tulip.

A - Cork popped with a nice little wisp of smoke. Light straw in color, slightly hazy. Huge, bright white head that is a little soapy looking and has good staying power.

S - Oh brett, how I have missed you. Typically wonderful Russian River Brett smell. Sharply tart. Sour lemon, almost like lemonheads, but not so sweet. Can't wait to take a sip, but I keep going back to smell it again.

T - Crisp and a little yeasty up front, moves right into the tart sour taste. Lemon sour envelopes my tongue for a second and then lets go and leaves very little aftertaste. Brett is obviously present.

M - Super clean and crisp. Light. Leaves little to no aftertaste, making me want another sip. Carbonation is still high, but doesn't get in the way of enjoying this.

D - Thank god this RR brew is in 750ml bottles. It would feel like a tease a la Beatification if it were in the smaller bottles. Super drinkable. Leaves me wanting more and more.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 12/01/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 4 9 2008
I knew I would compare this one to Beatification, and to my surprise it actually compares favorably to it's smaller "cousin" (750ml vs 375ml). The biggest differences I can tell are color (slightly darker), smell (less notable in Sanctification), and slightly in taste (just barely shy on lemony pucker). I knocked this one down on smell due to the thin nature of the smell.

Slightly golden color. Straw, with good retention, and fairly notable carbonation.

Smell is not sour sour sour, but notably lemony and still sour enough. I love this smell, but I wish it was a bit more prominent.

Taste is just barely shy of the Beatification in terms of Pucker Power(tm). Acidic and lemony zing stand out as expected.

The beer changes flavors in notable ways as it gets toward room temp. Starts out strongly sour, but the sour gives way to a more Brett/beer taste as it warms. It's a nice change, but I am starting to miss the sour taste a little bit.

Crisp and light feel. Great warm weather beer. Carbonation is obvious.

Outstanding overall. Not so overpowering that I couldn't finish a few of these large 750ml bottles. Another fantastic bottle from RRBC. This one actually stands up well to Beatification for those of us who loved that bottle.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Kegergator on 11/21/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 8 16 3 7 0
Pours clear golden with a nice looking head that lasts...Light sour citrus in the nose. Taste is wow sour, but it finishes incredibly smooth. Still need the sour brews to grow on me, but this one is a good, smooth drinker.

Served In: Pint Glass

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