Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by Reaper16:
4.47/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750mL bottle - batch 3x4 - served into a tulip glass
Pours a translucent russet sort of brownish red. When held directly to light it looks like autumn leaves. Not much head from this beer, which surprises me a little. About half a finger's worth of khaki foam.
Lots of stuff going on in the nose. Balsamic vinegar, lactic sourness, aloe, tart cherries, lemon juice, musty leather, blackcurrant, a maltiness akin to a light brown ale, Christmas spice, white wine, cranberry. Lovely.
The tart cherries and blackcurrants are very forward on the palate. There are hints of lemon and persimmon too. There is a ashy/leafy astringency that doesn't register to me as coming from hops; I think it is the char quality from the oak barrels. Whatever it is it is helpful. This isn't really all that funky; the tartness and lactic sourness shine much brighter here. The finish is all tart cherry and lightly browned malt. Each sip reveals different fruits - orange, strawberry, black cherry, kiwi. Yes, plenty of kiwi as the beer warms. This is a beer that defies a concrete write-up.
There is a certain thickness to the mouthfeel. It isn't big but the size of the body is conducive to the malt backbone that tries to shy away to the background. This is fairly uncarbonated, which is plenty fine. This feels "right" on the tongue. Flavor-wise this is supremely drinkable. The 10% ABV and prohibitive cost of over $20 a bottle limits the score on the drinkability. Then again, this beer hides its ABV so very well.
This is pretty delicious. Well worth trading for; better still if you can purchase it retail. Far from my very favorite sour beer but that doesn't matter because Consecration is plenty delicious.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2010 03:40:24 | More by Reaper16
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4.46/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12 oz cork and caged bottle poured into a Russian River goblet. Huge thanks to jbaker67 for the hookup! Printed date of 01/13/13.
Appearance: Poured down the side produced about a finger of think head that quickly fizzed away to some film and a ring. Reddish dark brown body the color of, well, currants. Lots of carbonation action.
Aroma: Wow! First thing is a huge, musky, barnyard funk. Tart and tangy lacto in the middle with some sweet stone fruit rounding it out. Almost reminds me of rotting, fermenting cherries.
Taste: Pucker inducing sour lacto/juicy stone fruit/lemon juice up front. Red wine soaked oak and vanilla in the middle with the sweet fruit note placating your pallet at the end. Leaves a lingering note of what to me tastes like sweet tarts.
Mouthfeel: Medium/full feel with lots of carbonation. No heat but very warming going down.
Overall: A surprising and exciting ale, even though I had an idea of what to expect going into it. Ridiculously funky in the nose with a leveling sour tang in the taste that is wrapped up nicely in a package by the wine barrel and some encouraging fruityness at the finish. The true story behind the name of this ale is that Jesus did not turn water into wine but water into beer, hence the name. Recommend consumption during worship services. Recommend pairing with dark chocolate with strawberry filling.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 02:24:02 | More by CowsandBeer
3.86/5 rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A - Looks like blackberry soda.
S - Can definitely sense the currants and Cab barrels. Little worried it wont have a strong ale taste though.
T - Yeah, in my honest opinion it's a little lacking in the beer/ale flavor. It tastes like a dry soda. It's not bad, very drinkable, but I would love to try a stout aged in Cab barrels. I'm not a huge sour advocate, but if that is your thing, try this! You will like.
M - Very carbonated. Adds to the soda feel. No head. Reminds me of a Lindemans.
O - Obviously a very high quality offering but not for everyone. If you are into Lindemans or sours this is a must try.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 05:18:51 | More by samtrillo
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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