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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3152
Reviews: 1004
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 10.07%


Brewed by:
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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joe1510

Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml

Batch 001X2

This bottle comes from one of the best traders out there, BitterBill, thanks again Bill! Consecration pours like a Coke with the same dark body bordering on black with burgundy highlights and a fizzy, easily rising dirty tan head. The head rose to two fingers in height and fizzled rather quickly to a solid cap with streams of active carbonation rushing up the sides of the glass to revive the suds. Cascading drink lines stick to the snifter after each swig.

The nose on this wild is insanely interesting and unique. Huge notes of currants and buttery oak simply jump from the glass. The aromas stack like legos. Under the barrel aging and currant addition there are deep notes of cabernet, black cherry, an earthy cocoa, and a squeeze of lactose. The oak aging brings vanilla to the table and I keep getting a hint of black licorice that, oddly enough, seems to fit near perfectly. Along with some warming walnuts start to show themselves; crazy. Consecration gets my smeller working overtime.

Tartness washes over my tongue from the get go, just enough to cause a little pucker. Currants again take the lead throughout. A touch of cola sweetness comes across mid palate. The complexities are nearly dizzying. The oak meshes with the cabernet, vinous flavor and the currants perfectly. Zesty black cherry hits on the swallow along with a touch of anise and dusty cocoa. I wouldn't have expected to find the anise and cocoa qualities in this beer but they work amazingly well. I've only begun to scratch the surface on the complexities of this brew.

The body is incredibly light and airy when taking the abv into consideration. Each drink just rolls across the tongue with ease while a lively, but far short of prickly, carbonation works its magic. The finish is tartly sweet; impressive.

There is not a touch of noticeable alcohol in this beer which makes it a dangerous drinker. The flavors keep me coming back as soon as the last drink is swallowed. The tartness on the finish keeps me coming back for more.

Russian River does it yet again with this incredible brew. Consecration is an incredibly unique libation that I honestly can't get enough of. I will be getting more bottles in the future, without a doubt. Thanks for this treat, Bill!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 23:31:51 | More by joe1510
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UnderPressure

South Carolina

4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very dark red/light brown beer. Clear. Head faded to nothing very quickly. Some lacing.

I can't get enough of this aroma. Extremely sour and tart. Dark fruit some sweetness and a little bit of spice. A really complex aroma. I can't wait to start sipping.

Wow. Amazing flavor. Extremely complex. Sweet and puckeringly tart at the same time. Very acidic. A little bit like Smarties or SweetTarts, but much more sour.

Thin to medium bodied beer with a highly carbonated and slick mouthfeel. A very very dry everlasting finish.

An excellent sour beer. One of the best I've had. Though, I like Supplication better. This one is darker and much more harsh on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 01:34:27 | More by UnderPressure
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MRsojourner

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

beautiful burgundy color with little to no head that just makes a outline of bubbles around the glass.
wonderful aroma of deep oak and red cabernet wine with a nutty aroma as well.
Taste is initially brown and caramel malts but is soon followed by sour and tart flavors that are so clean and devoid of vinegar. the barrel really shines through to the point where i forget im drinking a beer.
the mouthfeel is slick and smooth just leaving a hint of carbonation on the tongue.
overall it's wonderful and truly bridges the gap between beer and wine imo. glad i have one more but wish i had more than that

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 23:49:27 | More by MRsojourner
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a muddy brown with a small head that vanishes quickly. A tiny bit of carbonation is visible. It sure isn't pretty!

S- Thank God the smell is a vast improvement over the look! Tons of sour and funky notes. Barnyard funk and hay are prevalent, with tart cherries coming through big as well. A good bit of granny smith apple, and a touch of dark fruits (figs/currants/raisins etc.). This smells like it will be a delicious tart monster!

T- Wow, this is crazy with tons of tartness and unexpected flavors! It's definitely more boozy than expected. White grapes and the cabernet barrel is definitely evident. The tart cherries and granny smith apples are there as well. The tart bite is a bit much and isn't balanced quite enough with other flavors. Don't get me wrong, I love mouth puckering sours, but this just is lacking that extra something to make it world class.

M- The mouthfeel is thicker than most sours, but w/ the high abv this is understandable. Decent carbonation and a distinct boozy finish round it out.

O- Overall this is a very good sour that could just use some refinement and balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 05:20:41 | More by SadMachine
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A little nervous as to how this would turn out, as the cork had slime around the bottom even thought his was store upright. Had to wipe some sludge from the inside of the neck prior to pouring.

Pours a translucent purple-red with no visible head. Plenty of streaming carbonation.

Smells sour red fruit and chocolate.

Taste turns out just fine. Sour and oak, with an underlying flavor that I can only assume is the currants.

Overall, another solid American sour from RR. But at $12 a bottle, not something I would seek out again. I sincerely wish they would cut the cost of these brews in half to make them somewhat affordable.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 22:11:57 | More by thebigredone
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 375ml C&C bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed Tulip.

Appearance- Dark mahogany/tawny with quick half finger off white head that left a nice ring around the top.

Smell- Big. Definantly some currant up front mixed with the red wine barrel. Tart plums and oak with mild funk. Malt forward smell. Rich with dark fruits abound.

Taste- Plums, currants, cherries, oak. Sweet and malty with light snap of tartness that fades into straight currants and cherries. Great lingering tastes. Very rich and full. Very light booze taste.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated with medium thickness. Very full feeling. Light tartness, not enough to make a face pucker.

Overall- Very nice barrel aged fruit forward wild. Reminiscent of Crooked Stave's sour quad. A good candidate for sharing with another person.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 19:38:54 | More by Seanniek91
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 013113 printed on the bottle. I must say, I'm rather excited about this beer, as it is the first RR brew I am having, and have heard nothing but good things about them. I will try to not let that influence my rating.

I poured slowly per the bottle's instructions. I receive a half finger of dull tan colored head that dissipates almost as soon as I'm done pouring. This leaves no froth on top, but a constant flow of bubbles is noticed on the surface. No lace.

It smells of red wine, cherries and raspberries.

The taste is red wine and raspberries. You get a little funk as well, almost like a light dank woodiness. The alcohol is well disguised.

This is rather light bodied. It goes down quickly and leaves a film on your tongue.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 02:16:49 | More by CFHMagnet
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BucannonXC5

California

4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 12-oz. (I think) draft
Glass: Goblet
From: Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Price: $6.75
Purchased: July 17, 2013
Consumed: July 17, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a reddish dark brown color with one finger of khaki white head when I got it. Below average foggy lacing on the sides. Minimal-to-bad retention on the top.

Smelled dark cherry, black cherry, sour cherry. So cherry. Also raspberry, red wine (Cabernet?), purple grape and plum.

Tasted similar to the nose, but better. Got sour cherry, black cherry, Cabernet red wine, sour grape, plum and raspberry. Very smooth.

Medium body. Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

This beer just got better each drink. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 07:38:09 | More by BucannonXC5
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Smurf2055

Washington

4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark ruby, almost cola colored. Bit of alcohol legs. Almost no head.

Smell is very cherry, little bit like unsweetened kool-aid. Very strong smell.

Taste is crisp and tart, lots of cherry up front. Oaky and almost smokey flavor.

Medium bodied. Delicious sour, probably my favorite out of Russian River.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2013 04:34:45 | More by Smurf2055
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ironchefmiyagi13

New York

4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

After my foray into Sours with a Rosso e Marrone, I knew I would love this beer...I was right. It does so many things well. The wine and vinous qualities definitely shine in the aroma as well as flavor. The currants add a nice amount of complexity, with the sourness being refreshing and crisp.

This beer is a sipper and one to ponder over, but the drinkability makes it hard for me to savor it. Simply marvelous. CANNOT wait to crack open Supplication and compare the two.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 06:03:16 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 375 mL cork & cage bottle with a bottling date of 013113. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack series tulip glass.

Appearance - Gently poured so as not to disturb the yeast sediment, as directed on the bottle. Head is bubbly, like champagne or a soft drink, and beige, about a finger thick. Dissipates within a minute or two with zero lacing and leaves a body of deep garnet-ruby red. Darker, like black plum skin, around the edges. I love the color--so dark and mysterious.

Smell - Black currant, some hints of vanilla and leather, with an underlying acidity and bite. Faint elements of sour cherries as well.

Taste - Tart with the flavors of blackberry, currant, cabernet grapes running through. Some sour highlights, like lemon juice with a hint of cider vinegar. Finishes slightly spicy and with sweeter notes poking through from malt, roasted figs, and dates.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is aggressive at first, but fades away quickly, leaving a slick mouthfeel punctuated by small tingling sensations. Medium bodied and a dry, tart finish.

Overall, my first taste of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale that went through some sort of souring process. Forward with the overall taste of fruit, but the maltiness sticks up for itself. Not overpoweringly sour, but it definitely has a bit of a kick.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 23:55:00 | More by LambicPentameter
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3sheets2wind

Texas

4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this is a fantastic beer. I had a vertical tasting at toronado in San Diego in August 2012. That was an amazing experience. Served from a bottle aged 1 year in my refrigerator beer pours dark purplish brown with very little head but a lot of fizzy carbonation. The mouth feel is fizzy with a pleasant tart puckering. The taste is vinegar and very little malt and granny smith apple peel. In my top five sours of all time and proof that Russian River is one of the best breweries in America.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 19:44:58 | More by 3sheets2wind
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerThirty for the bottle. Had this once before, on tap, but having a bottle at home so I can review it. Batch 091412, which I'd guess is a bottle date. Tasted 27 June 2013.

Pours a pretty but unremarkable rusty clear medium brown. Just a half-finger of head, fizzling out as it tends to on sours. Just fine.

Smell is big, warm, and red. Potent cabernet aromas, some difficult-to-identify fruit, and the sweetness balanced by a lovely cherry-like tartness. Like a tart, fruity red-wine-beer. Excellent.

Taste is very good, but with a little too much pinch in the sour back-end. Starts out sweet and soda-like, thanks to the fizziness and a sugary amiguously-flavored sweetness. But it quickly slides into sour territory, coming up moderately sharp and fading into a sour-bitter meld that I find a tiny bit bothersome.

Feel is really good. Medium-bodied, with fizzy, prickly carbonation like a fruit soda. Lasting and delightful.

A very good beer, but not my favorite of RR's sours (that remains Supplication). Fruity and pleasant, with just a little too much sour and bitter poking out through the cracks.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 19:17:21 | More by zeledonia
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Airliebeer

Oregon

2.58/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I had a chance recently to review Russian River Brewing Consecration which the owner/operator of Yeasty Beasty in Monmouth, Or. had presented me. These are my impressions:

The bottle feels good to handle. It has a retro vibe with the neck bulging slightly in the middle. The lip of the bottle is thickened so as to accommodate the champagne-style cork made necessary, I suppose, by the in bottle fermentation. The color and labeling are not intrusive and add to the air of subdued refinement.

The first taste showed the cabernet casking strongly. So strong in fact, that I could not find the ale underneath. A second taste revealed a finely crafted, but very complex brew. One that was beyond my meager abilities to dissect. I could not pick apart the strong cabernet taste from a hint of something I am still trying to put a name to, and the ale I knew lay behind the fine carbonation. There didn’t seem to be any top hit of hops.

Beyond those criticisms, Russian River Consecration is a finely crafted brew. If you are looking for a brew to serve to a group of friends looking to have a few, this may not be it. If, however, you are looking for an immaculately-crafted beer full of surprises, then try this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 22:32:39 | More by Airliebeer
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dar482

New York

5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The color is a red brown bubbly beer. It almost looks like a dark Shirley Temple. Tons of big bubbles and carbonation.

The aroma has a sour funk, but there’s tons of wine tannins, lots of vinous, oak, a bit of dark fruit. However, the tartness does really stand out on this. It’s vinegar and Flanders sourness.

The flavor is vinegar tart, but then there’s tons of red wine and then some oak character. The tartness is actually hidden away as the beer warms up and blossoms to become a very red wine flavored beer. There really is not an alcohol flavor as it is like 10% ABV.

The mouthfeel on this is almost like a Coke-Cola. Tons of large bubbled carbonation that just rolls all over the tongue.

The huge wine flavors mean that you want to share this beer. I wouldn’t want 375ml myself. A good amount is to share it with someone.

This beer really stands out for me having had it next to Supplication. I preferred this actually. It’s so interesting because I’ve never had a beer that has had more red wine character in it that this. This for me is probably the best Wild Ales I have had. What a treat. It’s so different and amazing.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 05:35:30 | More by dar482
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from strang. Batch 008. From notes.

A - Deep red colour, cloudy with one finger of light brown head that fizzled away fast. Quite effervescent. No lace, no retention.

S - Grapes, plums, Brett, some wood, lemon candy, mustiness.

T - Tart with grapes and not much else. Musty, tart, lemons, not much 'dark' to speak of, it's mostly just a Brett assault. Maybe a tiny bit of dark fruit was there. No alcohol.

M - Strong carbonation, medium to full body, puckering tart finish.

O/D - Enjoyed it. Too bad there couldn't be more malt complexity with the Brett dialed back. Carbonation was also a bit much and made tasting a bit difficult. Not bad for a wild ale though and was pleasant to drink, but didn't seem to break new ground for the style .

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 17:33:52 | More by tbeckett
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a relatively clear crimson red in color with some heavy amounts of active visible carbonation and some ruby red highlights. The beer has a finger and a half tall fizzy yet creamy tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to heavy aromas of tartness/sourness with dark fruit (cherries and currants) and heavier smells of red wine and oak.

T: Moderately tart upfront with some vinous notes, hints of balsamic vinegar, and a moderate amount of sour cherries. Light to moderate flavors of oak and red wine along with some dark fruits (currant). Moderately tart which lingers in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Relatively dry in the finish with a heavy amount of acidic prickliness.

O: Reminds me more of drinking a slightly tart red wine than a beer (so to speak) but it is definitely an enjoyable experience. Due to the tartness, it was one that I needed to enjoy by sipping rather slowly but it is definitely a phenomenal beer. Nice job of balancing the sourness with the red wine flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 17:58:34 | More by dbrauneis
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metter98

New York

4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark crimson red in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high dark beige head that gradually died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels are present in the nose along with a slight amount of sourness.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the wine isn't as prominent and there are also notes of oak and hints of cherries.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little acidic on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good balance for an barrel aged beer and doesn't seem too winey.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 17:32:20 | More by metter98
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joefuzz

New York

4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks dagsy for the amazing extra

Pours a deep ruby with soda like off white head. Smells like vinagar with some fruity tones. Tastes like tart plums and blackberries with a little bit of oak and a slight alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is light with fairly high carbonation. I had this beer years ago and hated it but I think I just got a bad bottle...this was very suprising.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 02:53:44 | More by joefuzz
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Dcunicelli

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got the last of these available at my local bottle shop. I was super pumped as I had heard so much about it.

So I was a little disappointed when I first tasted it. The cherries were great but that weird wine after taste just didn't fit. As the beer warmed in my hand, the flavors started to meld. By the end, the beer was closer to 50/55 degF and the flavors which seemed so disparate were working together. And I was wishing I had another.

I don't know what temp RussiannRiver suggests to drink this, but if/when I drink this again, I will start closer to the temp I drink wine. It made a world of difference to me.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 23:50:30 | More by Dcunicelli
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled in a goblet from a 375ml bottle purchased while on business in the bay area.

A - Reddish brown and hazy with a limited head. Lots of bubbles but no accumulation.

S - Lots of sour cherries.

T - A very sour and tart start with a vinous finish. Great complexity. The sourness and the wine notes play off and compliment each other. The 10% alcohol is barely noticeable.

M - A mouthpuckering bite and a carbonation that delivers and disperses the flavors nicely.

D - Complex and addicting. I love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 11:31:20 | More by GJ40
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip
Batch# 013113

A- Pours hazy amber brown with no head at all. Lots of visible carbonation. Some alcohol legs.

S- Sours cherries. Oak. Wheat. Lemongrass. Dark fruit. An impressive nose on this brew.

T- An intense sourness unlike any other. A very puckering beer. A big hay flavor sweeps over this beer, A herbal, grassy flavor to it. A sour cherry flavor to this beer, maybe a little plum and fig as well. This beer is almost like biting into a lemon, a lot of lemon flavor. A great barrel flavor as well, a touch of oak. Imagine a sour champagne. Hides the 10% well

M- Sour as hell. Strong in terms of alcohol feel. An intense beer.

O- This is a fantastic Beer. Strong, and really gives force to the term "sour". A delightfully complex and unique beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 23:34:35 | More by TwelveOunces
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alaimoa

Connecticut

4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a deep red with very little head that doesn't linger for more than a few seconds. Definitely has a unique smell of raisin, Cabernet wine, champagne and sour dark fruits like prunes or dates. Initial taste is one of a rolling bubble champagne but complex taste where I really got some of the red wine flavors. Overall very delicious and a fairly heavy hitter for a wild on the alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 18:18:52 | More by alaimoa
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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12.68 oz. (375 mL) bottle purchased at Ales Unlimited in San Francisco, bottled on 1/31/13, poured into my FFF Teku glass and drank over ~30 minutes.

A: 4.5 - dark (almost blood) red-brown coloration, moderate clarity, quickly dissipating yellow fizzy suds that resolves in seconds to a thin glass lacing, moderare alcohol legs for 10.00% on swirling that reagitates the carbonation

S: 4.75 - lots of cabernet and tannin, lactobacillus sour notes, alcohol aromas that are actually more present in the aroma than the taste

T: 4.5 - as expected, little-to-no hop flavors or bittneness; initial flavors that I'm pulling out are sweet malts with sour flavors on the back end, pleasing aftertaste of sour grapes and tannins; little-to-no alcohol flavors, which is impressive for a 10.00% American wild ale

M: 4.25 - high carbonation that pops flavors into your mouth; lightly bodied; again, the alcohol remains well-masked in the mouthfeel

O: 4 5 - one of the better American sour ales brewed with a concoction of yeast and bacteria; there are some really nice flavors and aromas imparted by the aging in cabernet savignon barrels; however, I am a little underwhelmed after seeing a 99 rating on BA; I picked it up for $13.99 in SF, which, to be frank, is too steep for the quality and have seen it for as much as $30.00 in D.C., which, to be franker, is insane

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 03:34:20 | More by MNishCT77
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GuzzLah

Illinois

4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a fairly clear dark amber with an ephemeral head. No lace. No bubbles.

S - pedio/lacto sourness, big oak, vanilla, currants, pineapple and red wine.

T - follows the aroma. Acetic. Assertive barrel note. Very smooth 10%.

M - light-medium body. Creamy and slightly oily. Dry. Sour, but not super sour.

O - I consider this to be an Imperial Flanders with a twist and a very tasty one. Certainly not the most extreme sour, but that isn't a negative coming from a sour head. Brewed with careful restraint, but far from being bland. Very good beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 18:39:28 | More by GuzzLah
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,152 ratings.