Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.38/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750 ml bottle. Batch 001x2. Served in Russian River tulip.
A - Pours mostly dark brown with a fair amount of garnet that shows around the edges. The tan head come to about an inch before quickly receding. It ends up a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing is moderate. Overall this is a good looking brew that makes me long for a 4.25 rating option.
S - Sweet with cherry up front. Could be some white grape mixed in as well. Notes of fig and alcohol also prominent. Alcohol is not overwhelming though. Shows signs of bread and granola midway to end. Light oak comes through at the very end. Another wish for the old 4.25 button here.
T - Very tart out of the gate. Green apple, grape and sour cherry all come through in one way or another. Alcohol is definitely in the flavor but seems muted against pretty big tart and sour front end. It has a nice musty wet hay / farmhouse middle going for it. Mild wood flavors seem to come and go throughout. Some of the malty flavors finish it up. Caramel and fig mostly. Very nice, overall.
M - Medium bodied with a very active carbonation level. The tickling on the palate works well for this beer. It almost has a champagne feel to it. Finish is bone-dry and tart at first. Then a touch of sweetness comes into the mix as well.
D - Drinkability is very good. Very, very nice balance of flavors in this brew. 750ml? No problem. One would never guess this one at 10% until it was probably too late. Didn't really know what to expect opening this one up and I must say I'm pleasantly surprised. The initial tartness is a blast at first but quickly drops to a moderate level that just...works. Very happy I got the chance to try this one out.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2010 03:34:33 | More by csmiley
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