Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.38/5 rDev -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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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
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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