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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,597
Reviews: 1,025
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 1,339
Gots: 1,127 | FT: 78
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Belgian-style dark ale aged in American oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with currants.

(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 10-31-2008)
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TJBurgess

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#20, something special from the fridge for the World Cup final.

Big thanks to Stevefinny for this. 750ml Batch 002x01. Poured into a tulip.

A: Brownish maroon with a head that disappears like a scared turtle's. Nothing great, but the resurgence of effervescent bubbles is pretty cool. 4.0

S: Brett nosebomb with tart cherry and oak. Again, not overwhelming but still pleasant. 4.0

T: Tart fruitiness with a dry, oaky finish. Initial taste has a domineering sweet funk, but the oak comes on strong and dry at the end. Great balance between two opposing tastes. 4.5

M/D: Big carbonation and effervescence keep such a great clean taste. I love the thickness of a stout, but this is the complete opposite and so well done that I really appreciate it just as much. The 10% is essentially nonexistent. I couldn't drink this every day, but the complexity and style is something I would enjoy on a semi regular basis. 4.5/4.5

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 18:34:05 | More by TJBurgess
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This bottle is from batch 004X1

Appearance: As poured the beer is deep mahogany color with a thin head that quickly recedes to small ring around the glass and some whispy islands of thin foam floating on the surface. Initially there is some lacing but it soon slides back into the liquid. Sipping leaves a bit of an arch of lacing patches and legs.

Smell: The aroma conveys the impression of tartness. It has a fruity character from the currants and I’d swear I’m picking up some of the Cabernet as well. The oak seems to be in here as well with both a touch of the wood and traces of vanilla.

Taste: The flavors are a lovely mix of tart and sweet all at once. The currants are here, there is some oak and vanilla in the mix, and the cabernet wine has a subtle but pervasive influence that supports but does not intrude on the rest. The alcohol is well concealed in this one, so at this ABV it’s a good idea to sip slowly so the effects don’t sneak up and

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and the effect of the carbonation is really only a faint prickly feeling. The finish is long, fruity and tart with a dry oaky ending that leaves the back of the mouth feeling dry empty.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is definitely a sipping beer, both because of the ABV and because one wants to keep those small sips coming along to refresh the palate and give it a chance to sort out the complexity. This is not a subtle beer, rather it grabs your taste buds and wrestles with them, challenging them to pick up and identify all the flavors. My overall impression of this beer is that it is yet another winner from Russian River and I’m glad there are so many Cabernet barrels in CA so that we can expect to see this one again and again.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 01:49:28 | More by drtth
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DaveHS

California

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch 001X4 750ml bottle.

A-Pours burgundy/brown with cherry highlights and 3/4 inch of chocolate milk colored head. Reduces quickly, leaving almost no lacing.

S-Tart cherry/blackcurrant acidity, reminiscent of a good lambic. Moderately funky aromas of brett/horse blanket.

T/M-Age has been kind to this one. The intensely tart fruit flavors have held up for the most part. Strong flavors of balsamic reduction and maraschino cherries. The finish is aggressively tart, with a hint of brown sugar.

O-One of the best sours to come out of Russian River. I could see this going another 2 years at least.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 23:41:06 | More by DaveHS
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geryeb624

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle courtesy of Elendinn. Thanks man!

A- Red wine in color with a fizzy white head. This dissipates pretty quickly however.

S- Sour, with substantial Brett funk. Again, wine comes to mind, as the nose is fruity and acidic.

T- Sour and funky up front with nice fruitiness. Admittedly, I'm not familiar with currants, so I can't pick out specifics, but the fruit comes through nicely. Finishes with an interesting buttery vanilla sweetness that really pulls everything together.

M/D- Nice, champagne-like carbonation and very well-hidden alcohol make this pretty drinkable for the style.

A very nice wild ale. I think I prefer Supplication, but this is also very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 06:03:51 | More by geryeb624
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Bubba83

California

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is good. It's not the most appealing color, sort of a murky brown cola color with hints of red. When held to the light it looks like dark cranberry juice. Head was quite lively on the pour into my snifter. I got about 4 finger widths somewhat on accident. I let it mellow down and it smoothed out into smaller bubbles, a thin rim hangs around, off white in color. Some trails of lacing here and there but usually dissolves off after some time.

The aroma is the highlight for me. Lots of dark fruits including cherries, raspberries, red grapes, and some balsamic vinegar. Plenty of depth here.

It's always weird having the first few sips of a new sour not knowing what to expect. I haven't had a sour in almost a year, so it really made my mouth pucker bigtime. After the initial shock wears off and the bubbles thin out a bit, it becomes a lot easier to enjoy. I actually thought I was going to give taste like a 3.5 until I became more used to it and the flavor profile started opening up beyond the sourness/acidity.

Beginning of the sip tastes like grape juice, sweet and fairly wet, then quickly turns into cranberry followed by cherries and raspberries. The acidity follows, stemming from the cranberries and finally hitting a background chocolate note that is behind balsamic vinegar. This part of the sip takes the most getting used to for this Flanders Reddish type of style. Finishes up dry and sour with some red wine tones.

Drinks well for 10%, can't taste the alcohol, too much else going on. Doesn't really warm on the way down either. It's very sour though so it demands drinking it pretty slow. Really enjoyable though to sip on all night. The warmer it gets and the more acclimated your tongue gets, the more enjoyable it becomes.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 08:08:45 | More by Bubba83
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork-in-cage bottle, courtesy of Murchmac. Thanks, Tim!

The well-rested, cellar-cool bottle yields its stopper with a vigorous *poof* and a high-speed blast of funky fruitiness. Poured into my Maredsous goblet, Consecration is quite clear when held before the light and ruby-hued amber in color. This barrel-aged beauty sports an effervescent, quick-fading cap of grainy beige foam, and active carbonation roils continuously to the surface. A soft sheet of slumping non-stick lacing follows the liquid to its terminus at the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is pungently fruity with a mildly acidic malt-vinegary edge. Notes of cherry, sugary dates, soft green leaves, and a snap of spice are cleanly accented with dry oak and a drop of vanilla.

The taste is crisply fruity with a musky, tannic, vinegary bite. Notes of tangy cherry-laced cider vinegar are grounded in a mild earthy funk and sharpened with a splash of naked acidity, tooth-squeaking tannins, and a big fat dose of lively carbonation. The profile is propped up with a cool dry oakiness laced with vanilla that lingers long into the aftertaste. Successive pours with increasing amounts of lees in suspension offer a growing notion of woody nuttiness, and a touch of soft dark fruits and a pleasantly-buggy note of dank, muddy, twangy wildness accent the entire experience.

The drink is light-medium in body with vivacious carbonation. The fluffy, refreshing, tangy nature of the brew belies the otherwise invisible 10% ABV and lends itself to being quaffed more quickly than is likely advisable. Good stuff, Murch, and thanks again!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 01:03:01 | More by cvstrickland
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draheim

Washington

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle (batch 003X3) poured into a snifter. Pours a clear mahogany with minimal head, champagne carbonation. A ring of bubbles forms around the edge of the glass.

Aroma is tart cidery funk w/ bright notes of sour fruit and oak. A slight solvent aroma lingers.

Taste is tart, sour, oaky and fruity. Lots of wine notes, really dry on the palate. Almost a combination of a lambic, cabernet, and champagne. Really interesting beer to pick apart; complex.

This is not a beer I would drink every day, but definitely worth revisiting once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 06:14:36 | More by draheim
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern, Olde City during their sour week.

Poured into a tulip, dark ruby red color with about one finger of hesd which dissipates quickly leaving very little if no lacing.

Aromas of dark fruit, cherry/fig. Red wine gone bad.

Taste is sour and tart. A slight bit of sweetness for balance.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with some carbonation, dry, very dry.

Very drinkable, you hardly notice the 10% ABV on the finish. Becomes more funky as it warms. I like this beer...

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2010 17:09:50 | More by InspectorBob
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to Ommegang flute

A: dark dark red to brown colored with almost no head and a thin white to gray lacing. This stuff is dark but looks clean despite being completely opaque, the fruit clearly has a effect here

S: There is a slight smell of alcohol that i first detect along with the must of a cabernet barrel that is pretty powerful. I think I can smell some dark fruit in there, but its not pungent and might be a stretch. More barrel then other RR beers I've had but not much else.

T: The first thing i notice is the cabernet barrels give a lighter wine taste then the other RR sours i have had but it is there with plenty of strength and works well. I have never had currents before but you can taste the dark fruit in there as it is quite tart though it is not overwhelming. There is a little sour in there and this reminds me of fruit juice, but the sour lasts through the finish.

M: It is thin and oily but not super oily, there is a small bite from the yeast/barrels but not that much and it could be stronger. Regardless it goes down very easily considering the abv which I can't taste or feel at all. The carbonation's there though lacking as this has more of juice feel.

O: So I really liked this beers but it is not my favorite RR sour. It has some sourness and tartness but not enough imo and could do with a little more carbonation. Though that is really just nitpicking as this is a fantastic beer that I highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 02:59:49 | More by Pinknuggets
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zeff80

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, white head that left a little lace.

S - It smelled of oak (and a little bourbon) with a strong yeasty aroma. Light caramel notes, too.

T - Great sour bite grabs you at first sip. It tasted spicy and yeasty, too. Almost like a brown ale with brett. A nice funky flavor.

M - This was very smooth and soft with a nice dry finish. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a really good wild yeast ale. The aging served it well.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 05:00:28 | More by zeff80
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br3wmeister

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Large foamy off white head with moderate retention and ok lacing. Nice orange red color.

S- Earthy and woody aroma with hints of cedar and oak. Nice big tartness in the aroma as well.

T- Strawberries, cherries, some oak, grassy bitterness and large tartness that I have come to expect form American Wilds. Also some really nice sweetness, caramel and vanilla. Very tasty beer.

M- medium bodied beer with waves of sweet oiliness balanced by dry bitterness and puckering sour.

So far this is one of my favorite wild ales, it is very sour but yet still has nice sweetness and great complexity. I can't wait to try more wilds from Russian River!

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2009 23:47:41 | More by br3wmeister
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from G311 via Nobody Wants to See a Beer Geek Naked 3! So a monsterous THANK YOU goes out to him! This is a long awaited want.
750mL Batch 002x3
Poured in to my Brooklyn tulip

A: This beer pours a clear, mahogany brown color with a 2 finger of sudsy khaki colored head. This one was actually a bit of a gusher. Head recedes rapidly leaving minor spots of lacing on the glass and a ringlet around the edge of the glass that holds the whole way through.

S: Nose is sour, sour, sour. Lots of sour grape notes, mild funk, perhaps a hint of soured cherry, and oak.

T: Taste starts off with semi-sweet fruity notes mingled with a bit of oak here that cut a bit of the acidity. Middle has a very brief presence of hay, grassy notes and and LOTS of funk. Those light hay notes are quickly overcome by a bite your ass sourness that is the photonegative of the start of this beer. Nice sharp, sour grape flavors hit you and hang a bit on the tongue afterwards.

M: Medium body, moderate to high carbonation, starts of out extremely dry then becomes a bit prickly, and finishes bone freaking dry!

D: Goes down easily, very tasty, major kick, somewhat filling, very good representation of style. I can't believe that I passed on this when at RR last year. Oh how a year can make such a difference in opening up your palate...

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 00:51:53 | More by Jayli
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Domingo

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep burgundy color with a pretty large amount of head that laces about as well as you could ask for.
The smells are VERY intense! Lots of red wine and grapes mixed with sour citrus, spicy yeast. sweet red berries, oak, and a hint of smoke. Pretty much one of the best smelling beers of all time.
While the scent builds this one up, the taste luckily doesn't fall off much. Everything starts off sweet and fruity, but then the really sour flavors and spicy peppery yeast really kick in. The red wine flavors aren't as potent as the smell let on, but they're certainly still there. It's a sipper, but you'll want more and more.
I split a bottle and I wish I had more right away...however at $18 per bottle, this is a special occasion brew for the moment.
One of RR's best beers that's up there with their hop monsters.
If you like sours, have a passing interest in wine, or genuinely just want to try something unique - this is it. Funny, enough, the GABF samples of this beer were even better. I look forward to future batches.

EDIT: While the nose/taste seem to be the same, a recent bottle of this proved to be much lighter in color. While previous versions looked almost like a red wine, this one was a much paler beer with maroon highlighting things. Not really a problem, but just worth noting.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 20:46:08 | More by Domingo
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belgbeerdrinker

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: clear amber color, nice white head with good lacing, good bubbly activity
s: a lot going on here -- yeast, oak, moderate caramel sweetness, can almost smell the carbonation
t: after a few drinks, this settled to a very nice mix of yeast/malty beer-ness with bubbly sparkling wine -- in a good way. finishes very clean, but continues with good balance of malty sweetness, tart fruits and bubbly bliss
m: as mentioned, carbonation a very big part of this beer, with mixes of medium to lighter body feeling, but the ride was nice throughout. alcohol is light.
d: i tried to age this a bit, but only got about 4 months in...still a very nice balance of characteristics -- the beer portions won out enough to maintain this as a beer. over-priced, but very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 01:33:49 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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paytoplay

California

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heavy influence of currants and cabernet / oak flavors. Blue and red berry fruits. Cassis, seemless and very balanced. Long finish and almost thick silky texture. Zero alc noticable. Tried from Keg at O'Briens Russian River nite. Not sure aging this would be helpful in developing more complexities?

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2009 00:16:17 | More by paytoplay
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CuttDeez

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark amber brown body. Hues of red crimson and leather wood. Big thin bubbly head that fizzes and dies quickly.

S - A great sour funk on the head. That is mixed with some sweet fruits and slight sugars on the front. Then a great amount of oakiness in the middle and end to smooth it out.

T & M & D - strong but not overwhelming sourness up front. The mouth opens to a good mix of sweet tart fruits like unripe apples and some dark fruits and currants. Then The oak comes in allowing the sour to die a little and making the finish sweet and candy like. Very smooth on the palate. The beer is crisp and carbonated making it refreshing.

O - very complex and tasty beer. The sour level is perfect and the fruit profile mixed with oak makes each sip interesting and tasty. I have a few in the cellar and I'm excited to see what age does to it.

-Cheers

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 23:01:42 | More by CuttDeez
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b3shine

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to tulip. Smells good; like a strong ale should. Tastes Fantastic! I LOVE the Cabernet influence! Does wonders for the flavor. Complex, but not in a " I taste plums, cherries, and earthiness, etc." kind of way like you'd get from wine snobs. Just. Good. Beer. Mouthfeel is great; what looks to be relatively low-carbonated is actually deceptively carbonated, just as a sour should be. Overall, a great beer that I'll definitely be seeking out again!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 04:07:32 | More by b3shine
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slaintemhor

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap last night at The Horse Brass in Portland, Oregon. Delightfully acetous on the nose! On the palate...piquant, snappy, tannic, broodingly acerbic and redolent of macerated currants. Exquisitely tangy on the back of the palate with a sappy dryness and an extraordinarily long finish. A pleasure to drink!

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2009 05:50:25 | More by slaintemhor
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Swimsum

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found some old reviews. This was sampled with ThreeWiseMen on 10/18/10. Batch 2 into Duvel tulip.

Pours out a nice dark red, almost mahogany like color. Ivory colored head emerges from this. Held to the light can see very active carbonation. Head settles to thin layer on top of beer. In light the body lights up to a brilliant ruby. Head stays around for whole session but no lacing is present.

Most sourness with red currants that are very prevalent. This is the first time having this and it honestly smells amazing. Really like the red currant smell.

Tart and sour just like the smell. Much more sour than I thought it was going to be (haven't had a lot of sours up to this point). However, as the session went on was able to get used to the sourness. The currants make themselves known as well. By the end of the glass, this became really balanced for me and I really wasn't even noticing the sourness, was more of a subtle sourness. Very nice.

This was pretty well carbonated. I have no idea if it is too high for the style or what but I felt a good amount of carbonation when the beer was on the tongue. Regardless, I really like how this feel goes down.

Amazingly drinkable. I wasn't sure what to expect in regards to sourness but this is very well done and taste great. I'll be buying this a lot many times over and over.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 20:56:27 | More by Swimsum
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The latest from Russian River showed up in Portland this week; as far as I know, Saraveza was the first to tap their 1/6 barrel. Got an 8 oz. pour (into a regal PBR goblet!) this evening after work..."only" $5!

A: Arrives at the table a still-looking ruddy brown, a barely sudsy ring of white clinging around the edges. I suspect there's etching in the glass causing this effect, but a surprisingly cool/mesmerizing swirl in the gauzy head forms a 'cloverleaf' shape to appear. Lace is creamy, but too slippery to stick for more than a couple seconds, leaving a scattershot array of speckles.

S: Has a familiar 'funky' tartness, but doesn't strike mme as terribly strong. Vinous fruit (vaguely 'grape' or crab apple), light oak, citrus rind and fleeting candy sweetness. A light vinegar, sweet and malty, makes me ponder what Consecration would be like over fish & chips.

T: Woody tang covers a notably tart fruit, the tannic currant represents well. Has an earthen berry flavor throughout, a musty fruit punch. A little cider like, akin to apple mash, with a twist of zesty citrus: lime? As it warms, becomes a bit sweeter: doughy malt and a pinch of brown sugar.

M: Luscious medium-full thickness. Not as acidic as it could be, but has a modest enamel-scraping potency. Curls the tongue and seems to linger in odd places, between the cheek and gums in particular. Low alcohol warmth, pretty smooth for the style.

D: Not gonna say this is the greatest thing I've ever had, but it's tasty. Damn tasty. Surprisingly easy to drink, with a nice level of tart/sweet 'refreshment'. Complex enough to sit and savor, enjoyable enough to have another, even two (if it weren't 10%). Glad to have tried this on draught, will age a bottle or two to see what develops.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2009 05:08:29 | More by msubulldog25
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to davod23 and joragan for this one. This far with me, Russian River has batted 1000, will the streak continue?

Pours a very dark red. Head was minimal but I poured it particularly slowly, so that's likely my issue.

Smell is sour cherries and grapes with some nice funk.

Taste is sour cherry and Brett funk. Awesome! Not insanely complex, just damn good.

Mouth is thin to medium with high carbonation.

Insanely drinkable, still waiting to try a bad beer from Russian River.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 03:37:54 | More by sonicdescent
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery. Poured to a Ynibroue tulip glass. This one pours dark reddish purple with a hint of brown and a one finger off white head that dissipates quickly in a fizzy furry.. Aroma is strong vinous cabernet notes, sour vinegar, black cherry and other fruits. Flavor is a beautiful medley of dark cherries and sour vinegar, some bold wine like notes, other fruits, and a bit of booze intermingled with oak on the back end. Super tart and sour with nearly spritzy high carbonation. Heavy bodied and a big beer that can probably sneak up on you. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 05:31:09 | More by BMMillsy
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BierJager89

California

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark copper color, white head.

S: Dark cab notes in the nose as well as some dark fruit.

T: Cabernet-like flavors of red grape, but sour, and heavy. It definitely picks up the wine profile form the barrels, but the dark fruit from the beer style shines through, along with oak and the combination is wonderful.

M: Medium-full bodied, light carbonation, but a bit astringent.

O: Pretty much what you'd expect given the style of the beer, the style of the wine barrels, the talent of the brewers and the addition of wild yeast. It's delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2014 05:05:55 | More by BierJager89
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UMNbeerhunter

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip on 5/6/11.

Pours a dark amber with beautiful amber hues when held to the light. Head dissipates quickly leaving no lacing at all.

Smells wonderfully tart with berries and funk, I like it but it lacks complexity.

Taste is absolutely mouthwatering. The sour funk has a wonderful balance with the sweet berries and tobacco musk. I have trouble enjoying sours but this is very exceptional and I really do enjoy this brew.

Mouthfeel is light in weight and has an awesome tingle that dances down the tongue leaving a resin aftertaste of tobacco.

Overall this is just great and I am going to stop writing now and just enjoy it while it lasts. Good RR, good job.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 04:18:10 | More by UMNbeerhunter
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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trouble's afoot, no doubt about it. The dark ruby is evidence. Perfect clarity and little head, but what becaps the brew remains throughout. Not really an eerie feeling, but a restlessness, as a cloudy, windy, brooding day is apt to be - one can tell it's not right. There's a dark shape. They must not catch up.
The aroma of lambic, lambic sour. Each individual one is there, showcased, though the mighty brett overrides at long last. The pediococcus adds an extra twist to the otherwise normal blend of saccharomyces and brett. And the rest of the mix too, the basket-full, the nuts, bread, figs, dried apricots, grapefruit peel.
Ride North! They are coming for us!
Brandishing but a pike, the tastebuds assaulted by a complex sweet and sour: a light bready/date-like sweetness, destroyed in short order (not so soon... why? Where's the plot?) by the immense sourness that leaves the rest of the mouth frozen.
At least it isn't raining. We may make the range before dark. At least it's dry. Intensely dry. Stifling. Astringent. Drier than anything from Belgium, save a 10-year old of some sort.
Make for the hills. Ride. Do not look back at the looming thunderstorms, they are not there. Ride. Your freedom is at stake, your entire world. You must not let them catch you. Ride for your life.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 22:08:09 | More by khiasmus
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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