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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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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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mhatters

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at TJs a few weeks back, from my notes:

Pours a ruby color, no real head slight amounts of bubbles forming

The nose has hints of bourbon, woodiness (oak), and a bit of vinegary funkiness, but in a subtle way

The flavor has dark fruits, some acid, and a great backing of funkiness

The acid ensures a crisp dry finish, really nice on the tongue, warm and very pleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2009 12:51:35 | More by mhatters
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Teresa's Next Door.

A-Pours a deep reddish amber with very little head.

S-Oak, sour currants, mild funkiness.

T-Delicious. Sour fruit in the front, currants and cherries, with some nice barnyard notes. Finish is slightly acidic and oaky.

M-Medium bodied with lots of lingering sourness.

D-I rarely crave a second wild ale (as I wrote a minute ago about Supplication) but I'd make an exception for this one. Outstanding!

HV

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2009 18:17:39 | More by sholland119
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DwnTwnBwn

California

4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Served in a tulip Glass at the pub. Dark and slightly cloudy. Extremely fine bubbles sliding up the glass.

S - It smelled of oak (and a little bourbon) with a hints of a wet dog. (Very promising smell)

T - Notes of Jams and Currents. A perfect funky flavor. A tart berry flavor moves from start to finish with the tart ending at the end of the experience.

M - It was very warm and acidic with a nice dry finish.

O - Best wild ale yet.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2009 17:44:23 | More by DwnTwnBwn
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Briens (San Diego, CA) on 3/20/09. Part of a full day of Russian River beers here. Served in a Chimay glass.

Pours a deep clear ruby amber color with a ½ finger of creamy beige colored head. Thin wispy retention that flares up nicely into a frothy cascade of rich lacing that clings to the sides of the glass. Just a beautiful looking beer here. The aroma is quite dense smelling with oaky tannins, and a light vinegar sourness. Underneath of that emerges dark cherries, hints of vanilla, and a nice bit of candied sugary sweetness. Light warth invades the profile as well, giving off just the slightest feel of a fume to the bouquet.

The taste is souring acidic oak and black currants up front that really stand out and add a certain amount of denseness to the profile. Vanilla creeps in before a blast of tartness from the wild yeasties makes itself known. The overall profile is a touch souring at first but then lessens into a more tart feel as this warms. Very nice. I'm also getting some underlying sugary notes, that when mixed with the tartness in the profile, gives this that pleasant Sweetart taste that I like so much in these Russian River Sours. Dry tartness lingers lovingly on the palate. Nice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lower carbonation and overall slick feel to it but the little bit of creaminess that does reside in the body is pleasant, intermingling with the more viscous character and moving all of those big flavors nicely. Oh, and 10% on this? I would have never guessed. We actually had to check a case of this that was sitting near our table for the ABV and couldn't believe it!

Another Wild work of art here. The melding of the oak, cherries, and wild yeasts in this was just fantastic and the drinkibility was quite good for a beer of this size. Awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2009 16:27:19 | More by Kegatron
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Capone's during the Sunday morning event that occurred on March 29th 2008.

The color was purplish brown in color with a copper hue when held up to the light. The liquid was all but crystal clear. The head was a thin and tan. What head was present hung around for most the time I spent consuming my Pliny the Younger. When it finally did recede it left a very thin tan collar. After each sip a few tight tan bubbles would cling randomly to the side of the glass.

Full Disclosure Note: Before proceeding with the rest of my review I must come clean and state that this is my first sour beer review. Not a bad one to start with, I guess.

The initial aroma was a huge hit of sour. My first impression of this aroma was red wine vinegar. After taking several more deep breaths over the liquid, I began to become accustomed to the sour notes and began to pick up several more complexities in the aroma. Grapes and sour cherries came through next. A musty, funkiness characteristic came through on the finish.

I must admit, as with the nose, I did not appreciate my initial taste. Very strong acidic nature, more like balsamic vinegar that the red wine vinegar from the nose. I said to those at the table with me, that this would go well with some olive oil and garlic and would make a nice salad dressing (quite honestly, this may be true, albeit it a waste). After growing accustomed to the sourness, as with the nose, I become to pick out quite a bit more complexity. There were some woodsy, oaky notes, as well as the grapes and sour cherries from the nose. The funkiness is prevalent middle to end. There is no hops to be found here. The finish is sour and dry.

This beverage has a medium body and a light but tingly effervescence for carbonation. Overall, it is very dry and astringent. The finish leaves the pallet dry and jowls drawn in from the astringency.

I would have to say that sour beers are an acquired taste and I have not yet fully acquired it. This was drinkable, I suppose. If it wasn't kicked in 70 minutes, I might have ordered another to assist my palate in the acquisition.

Thanks for Reading

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2009 17:27:49 | More by jackorain
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Capone's. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of sweettart candies, oaky notes, and lots of sweet notes. Flavor is very tart and acidic with Brett, light pale malts, a touch of yogurt, and wine-like notes (red grapes). Very flavorful but the palate is a bit wearing over time. Not my favorite type of sour but this was quite good.
9/4/8/3/15 (3.9/5)

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2009 03:04:31 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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raoulduke37

California

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at RR - still have two bottles aging at home. Looking forward to that opening ceremony.

Appearance - Reddish brown, mahogany, with a minor off white head - very little retention or lacing, but the brew itself looks mighty inviting.

Smell - Ripe cherries, dark wine, strong fruit smells with a little bit of sparkling wine.

Taste - Very dark ale with champagne aftertaste - cherry, lambic sourness, but not overpowering because it is balanced well by cabernet highlights.

Mouthfeel - Slight carbonation tingle but still retains the attractive dark ale smoothness.

Drinkability - More of a treat than a session beer, but don't pass this one up if you can get it on tap, or aged for 1+ years.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2009 19:33:23 | More by raoulduke37
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap today at Capones. It pours a deep ruby red with a thin head. The aroma is full of cherrys, and red wine. The flavor is a bit sour, but full of cherry, currants and a dry red wine. The brew is full bodied and very dry, possibly from the tannins in the wine barrels. The beer is a definit sipper, but I am very suprised about the 10% abv. This is the best sour i have had and I consider myself fortunate for being able to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2009 23:21:36 | More by bonkers
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear, purplish-brown tinted copper with a thin off-white head that held on well till it finally reduced to a thin ring. Spotty flecking left behind.

S-Balsamic vinegar and sour grapes. Dry, woody, tart and musty notes swirl around too.

T-Tart, woody, dry red wine (duh) notes. Lots of astringency and a nice play as the dryness and tartness counterbalance each other.

M-Medium-light body with a tongue drying astringency without being overly puckering.

D-Superb, quite drinkable, well done sour with the tart and dry characteristics balancing each other very well. A totally enjoyable and refreshing brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2009 23:12:07 | More by Deuane
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's on 3/29/09.

A - Clear cola-colored, purple tinted body with one-finger off-white head that retained like a champ for quite a while, then reduced to a thin veil.

S - Nose suggests sour grapes, funky Brett notes, oak tannins, and an astringent, magic marker-esque aspect. Not as over-the-top as I was expecting.

T - Flavor is wine-like, with plenty of oaky/woody notes. While there is no noticeable hop presence, there is tons of funky Brett flavor and sour fruit notes.

M - Medium body with a dry mouthfeel and finish. Warm and slightly astringent on the palate with a mild alcohol sting.

D - Quite drinkable for one of the most coveted American-made sour ales in beer-lure. While this is a Brett-head's dream, I actually found it to be not as harsh as I was anticipating. Really glad to have had the opportunity to get this on tap outside of Cali.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2009 22:10:53 | More by ffejherb
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Wackyfoot

Oregon

4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub, shocked that I got a 16 oz pour when I was expecting a 10, but it was a bargain at 6.75. Dark cherry red pour with a hazy tan head that lingers. Very sour aroma of cherries and plums with a light vinous smell to it as well. The flavor is like a sour fruit explosion in your face: cherries, grapes, blackberries, and a nice wine thickness. Very nice carbonation in the mouth and a nice malt profile as well. Hopefully my future experiences with sours will match up to this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2009 07:07:47 | More by Wackyfoot
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magictrokini

California

4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap @ O'Briens TION night. Was easily the best beer of the night. Poured deep mahogany with a thick, creamy off-white pillow for a head. Light lacing. Delicious tart cherries-and-red wine aroma blended with more currants, tobacco, and a nice funky wood. Smooth, slightly carbonated mouthfeel. The taste really follows through on the aroma. Vinuous, red-wine overtone with tart cherries and the funky yeast flow throughout the beer. Slight white wine vinegar with Granny Smith apples. A pleasant rich, oaky flavor in the finish gives the brett and cherry/currant flavors a subtle sweetness. Awesome beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2009 16:57:16 | More by magictrokini
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Crosling

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught, Catalyst Coffee. Light brown color. Full, layered foam. Nose is perhaps the weakest point of the beer, but still hints of funk, wood, dark fruit. Flavor is amazing. Complex, integrated, beautifully balanced. Notes of cranberry, currant, blackberry and wood. A beauty and one to put away.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2009 20:17:43 | More by Crosling
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jojox

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at RR but more recently on tap at Local 44.

a - reddish hue, not much head, whispy. It's not completely opaque but it is dark.

s - sour. The great type of sour from RR. A bit acid, a bit sulfur, a bit "hairy"

t - wow. It's sour, not hugely sour, but assertively sour. There are a lot of wine characteristics in this one, tannin, grape type flavors. It's delicously balanced and very enjoyable. It's not too sour to keep drinking.

m - pretty high carbonation, sour isn't quite puckering but it's close.

d - pretty high, I could drink several but acid reflux would probably kick in. It's a bit pricy to be very drinkable though ;)

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2009 15:37:53 | More by jojox
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Local 44 in Philly yesterday.

The beer pours a darkish brown color with minimal head retention and fair lacing. The nose on this beer is its best feature, IMHO, with a complex aroma of black currents, wine, vanilla and sour funk. On the palate... sigh... this beer is just over the top sour for me. I get a hint of wine and black currents, along with some light vanilla, but the overwhelming flavor component to this beer is sour funk. There is an intense vinegar/sour wine flavor to this beer, with a huge rush of sour in the finish. My tolerance and appreciation for sour beers has improved over the past year, but I just think the brett in this beer is over the top, with the sour overwhelming and dominating everything else. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a long finish, and the alcohol is very well hidden. However, the excessive sour component really wore me out in the end, and IMHO it really hurts this beer's drinkability.

Glad I had a chance to try this one, but once was enough for me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2009 13:44:11 | More by johnmichaelsen
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3 on draft at Local 44's Russian River Philly Beer Week Event

A: Rich mahogany color body with a shimmering silkiness to it... solid khaki colored head, which receded to a nice cap which last throughout... some lacing lingers

S: Sweet, sour, tart. Its all there... Dried red fuits (think plums, grapes, various berries)... sour cherries... earthy leathery brett goodness

T: Cherries are the overwhelming characteristic. Nice sour and tart combinations of the fruits. Clearly aged in cabernet, there is a strong dense tannic characteristics and even a hint of pepper. Brett and bacteria are clearly present in a hearty but refined showing.

M: Almost like a sparkling juice that has sat out for an hour. Still some carbonation, but not out of control.

D: Super duper.

This remind me a lot of supplication with the most noticeable difference for me being the different wine barrels the two beers are aged in. I like what the cab does to amp this beer up. You know, I wish an east coast brewer made some sours of this caliber... that way I wouldn't have to either pay an arm and a leg or wait months to find them.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2009 02:40:59 | More by callmemickey
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Russian River- Consecration

A- Deep plum reddish purple with a good foamy head.
S- Sweet red grapes, plums, sour mix and scoops of sugar.
T- Sour red grapes, black currant, plums, and a sour citrus.
M- Very sour and dry. Sweet sugary fruit finish.

Overall- good sour dry feel with a nice black currant flavor. 1 or 2 would be good at dessert.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2009 19:52:05 | More by NJpadreFan
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gdfan47

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a nice dark brown with not much head or lacing
S- like red wine, grapes, faint sugar, and a little bret notes
T- awesome, very dry, tasted like it was aged in wine barrels , it reminded me of a dryer less sweet version of Goudenband
M- nice, a little on the flat side, but it worked, def not skunky or at all out of date, refreshing
D- wow this one is ten percent... couldnt pick out the extra abv, i would have guessed like 6 %.. awesome

a def sipper, along with Ommegang Rouge the best interpretation of a Belgian "Sour" that I have had... just remarkable

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2009 18:21:37 | More by gdfan47
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macktbone

California

4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at the brewery on PTY release day 2-2-09.
Batch 2

A- Red hue with whiskey like body. Heaven help you if that's what you expect.

S- Sour grapes, lime, a touch of rum.

T- Tart cherries, sour patch kids, mold, oaky finish compared to batch 1.

M- Crisp and Clean.

D- IF you like sours this 10% beauty will bathe you in joy and happiness. It makes me smile.

Images of Friar Tuck and RobinHood flow from the glass. Just think of making a sour mead between battles with the sheriff of Nottingham. Arrows and barrels everywhere, the beer conjurs such strong emotion response.

Let us fight a revolution for the Hop Nation.

Keep in mind I wrote this at the brewery towards the end of a very long Russian River day. Thought I should re-write it a month later and laugh about it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2009 23:27:22 | More by macktbone
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ThirdLap

California

4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There are few beers that served as 'eye-openers' for me, that is, they forever turned me on to the style and helped me realize what they were capable of being. Stone IPA, The Elder, and Stone IRS are all examples. Consecration joined this list several months ago, as it was the first wild ale that really caught my attention.

The color is deep ruby-red, with a short-lasting off-white head. I'm working from notes at the moment, but I'm inclined to say the Consecration I've had many times on tap appeared to be a deeper red, almost opaque. I only recently had the opportunity to try it from the bottle, and it appeared a bit more translucent than what I remember having on tap. No lacing remains as the Consecration quickly disappears.

The nose is tart berries, wine, and pure funk.

Consecration is a shock if you are new to the style, so don't try to win any craft beer converts with this one. Huge tartness from the currants are the first thing that hits you, followed by citrus, sweetness, and dark fruits, followed by a sour but clean finish.

Body is medium to full, with the on-draft variety seeming slightly fuller-bodied. Alcohol is present but very well muted for such a huge beer. Carbonation is well-balanced, and the finish is wonderfully clean. Drinkability is through the roof, especially if you're accustomed to the style.

At a recent tasting, I remember a friend's 60+ year-old father continually commenting 'this isn't what beer should taste like' after sampling Consecration for the first time. Not in a mean-spirited or angry manner, but in a rather shocked and confused way. It certainly is different, and far-removed from what most beer drinkers envision beer to be.

The best comparison I can think of is when a person tries something very sour for the first time, for example, a sour candy. Sweetness is expected, but this is the complete opposite! Shocked and slightly turned off, the candy is immediately removed from the mouth. Some time later you found that you actually enjoyed the variation in flavor and the effects it had on your tastebuds.

It's an oversimplification, but it illustrates how sours must be approached. There's a wealth of complexity hidden in them, one that you'll hopefully find just as exciting to explore as any other big beer.

Don't miss this one. As I've said before, Consecration is to wild ales what the Younger is to Imperial IPAs. If sours weren't so darn polarizing, this would undoubtedly be on the top 10.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2009 09:37:28 | More by ThirdLap
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slaintemhor

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev -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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ScreamForMe

Washington

4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Malt and Vine:

I'm not a fan of sours. So, why drink a sour? After all the hoopla I've seen about this beer, I had to see what everyone was talking about.

I went into the shop to buy my allotted bottle of Consecration. To my surprise I saw it on their draft board. A perfect opportunity to try this RR beer.

A complex balance of a beer! It was sour but not overly so. The mouthfeel was full, rich, and complex. It warms as it goes (which I can still feel right now).

Worthy!

Edit: I went back on 3/5/09 and finished off that keg... (only a glass and 1/2 left in the keg).

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2009 00:57:57 | More by ScreamForMe
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GilGarp

Colorado

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

This one was enjoyed on tap at Catalyst in Fort Collins. I like to call this place the little Falling Rock up north. Younger in a week!

Served cold in a goblet glass filled to the brim. The small 1/2" of head wanes almost right away and leaves no lace. Bubbles continue to rise through to the top. It has a dark brown color with ruby highlights and good clarity from what I can tell.

Aroma is sweet and sour with a slight bit of red wine and oak from aging in cabernet barrels.

The taste is sour and tart but not overpowering. The one sour I'm really familiar is La Folie and the Consecration is not as puckingly sour. It is reminiscent of a good cabernet with those tannins hitting me in the back of the cheeks. The red wine flavors really work well with the sourness from the wild yeasts. Tart cherries, sour apples, raisins and spice are all in there. Oak is in the background but it's still noticeable.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and tannic, sour, and with a nice lower level of carbonation.

Drinkability is good but a bottle would have to be shared. The goblet I had today was the perfect serving size. It's definately warming and gets better as it warms too.

My only real knowledge of sours was with La Folie and I had mixed feelings. It seemed too sour and difficult to enjoy in larger servings (i.e. a full glass). Consecration has a more rounded balanced feel to it and I could enjoy the entire glass without feeling like it was a burden. It's expensive but certainly worth it for a special treat.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2009 00:34:02 | More by GilGarp
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Oxymoron

Colorado

4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Catalyst. Sampled a murky rust colored red with not much in the way of carbonation. Some ruby red hues around the edges of the glass. Some minor viscous notes that was a bit of a surprise.

The nose comes out more as it warms. Some nice subtle notes that blended very nicely with every component. There was a light fruity note, that came across more like a tart cherry aroma than anything else. Some underlining citrus notes adds to that depth. Some lighter funk notes with some horse blanket and subtle almost bretty aromas. A mostly acidic but some underlining vinegar notes. Some yeast aromas, but overall just a really good mix of fruit, funk and sour.

The taste is amazing. I try to be more descript but this is really good. And it gets better as it warms. To start out there is a light malt taste upfront but is quickly replaced with a mix of a tart earthy cherry, like a bing cherry, and a sweet fig, currant taste. There is a nice acidic flavor that comes out nicely but balances really well. As it warms and as you palate adjusts to the sour, more funk and malt notes comes out. Some lighter chocolate and an almost Special B like malt flavor come out, but its just so subtle to the taste. Some funk notes come out too, with a light barn yard and spicy undertones. Some yeast notes as well. The sourness retains through the full taste and even as it warms. A mild sweetness in the finish that really enhances the fruitiness for a cleaner taste.

The body is closer to moderate than dry. Extremely clean for being so much on the ABV side. Carbonation is low but ok as it really lets all the different flavors come out. Just really impressed with the balance between fruit, funk and sourness. Overall a fantastic beer being so fresh

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2009 23:04:39 | More by Oxymoron
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

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

On-tap at R.R. I've never given out a perfect score till now!

A: A great cross between a wine and a beer. It's a ruby red like a Cab but has the transparency of a beer. No head

S: Tart cherries, oak and Wine. I thought it was just oak-aged but the brewery says aged in Cabrenet barrels. You can tell and I loved it!

T: From the first sip I feel in love with this beer. The tartness of the cherries reminds me of the Belgian Red from N.G. but that's where it ends. Then it transitions to an interesting wild ale taste that totally works. I get a lot of wine sharpness in the finish and man it's fantastic!

The mouthfeel and drinkability speak for themselves. I would happily drink these till I couldn't see anymore and damn near did! This was there best beer in my opinion! Other than the price there is nothinhg wrong with this beer in my opinion! One of the best beers (better than Abyss and KBS) I've ever had!

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2009 21:03:23 | More by madtowndmb1
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,138 ratings.