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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,849 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,849
Reviews: 1,035
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 1,358
Gots: 1,198 | FT: 84
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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Smuggling isn't known as a noble profession--its operators have been called everything from mules to nerf herders. Yet, as I crossed state lines with a cache of Russian River in tow, I felt more than an adrenaline-fueled thrill--I felt a pentecostal wind sweeping me onward and upward, giving my smuggled Consecration a heavenly imprimatur.

This rush continued once I uncaged and uncorked the 375ml bottle. A thick, luscious, tan head rapidly diminished to nothingness, without a trace of its once mighty presence. I poured it into a tulip glass, its mahogany taking on shades of plum and the beer appeared almost as if it were glowing from within the glass. Consecrated indeed! Its smell put me in a Proustian fit, immediately recalling childhood trips to Napa Vally where I was only allowed to merely smell the corks of the once-full bottles around me. The aroma was strong notes of fresh grapes and strawberries with an undercurrent of oak. Sipping the beer brought forth cherries, plums, and grapes--it was deliciously sour with a backbone of earth (no hiding the bit of brettanomyces in this beer). It finished with a hint of sweet raspberries. Its mouthfeel was a bit sticky, but nicely bodied. It makes for a fine sipping beer--the sort of beer you give a wine drinker who normally scoffs at beer.

Russian River, as is its habit, has deeply impressed me once again. It somehow has mastered the act of transubstantiation--it is able to take a worldly object and transform it into something heavenly, something sacred, indeed, something consecrated.

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