Weird-Ass Beer of the Week: Russian River Sanctification
Even so, the resulting pungent aromas and sharp flavors aren't for everybody, especially in the extreme achieved by Sanctification. I enjoy this tart, bracing beer much as I would a strong cheese such as Limburger or ripe Münster, but none of the three friends I shared a bottle with the other night wanted a second taste, and one described the bouquet as "bad breath."
Sanctification is currently on tap at the Russian River brewpub in Santa Rosa, and available bottled at The Trappist in Oakland. When the next batch is released, you'll probably find some at Toronado, City Beer, and Monk's Kettle in SF and Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley. In the meantime, these are also good places to find Russian River's other Brettanomyces-fermented brews, Beatification, Temptation. and Supplication, (Thanks to the folks at beerlabels.com for the image.)