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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,328 Ratings
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100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,328
Reviews: 1,057
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 1,451
Gots: 1,411 | FT: 107
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:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 10-31-2008

Belgian-style dark ale aged in American oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with currants.
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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark reddish brown with a thin head and just a little bit of retention

S: Wow, that smells tart and vinous; grapes, currants, black pepper, apples, vinegar; this smells so awesome

T: Wow, such a delicious and sour beer with loads of grapes, red wine, oak, black pepper, currants, red wine vinegar, apples, mmm

F: Medium body and sticky

O: This is a magnificent beer--sour but so complex and the wine barrels play so well off the tart currants; so damn good

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

liter bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. pours a chestnut brown color with one finger of loose eggshell colored head. poor retention and no lacings.

aroma is mildly sour with dark fruits and notes of cherry, passionfruit and currants. the sour note is mildly vinous with a bit of funk mixed in. the fruit is subtle, but mixes in nicely with the overall profile. the sour character gets more pronounced as the beer warms.

taste is of a vinegar-like sourness with fruit close behind. raspberries, cherries, passionfruit and currants are all present. no alcohol shows, which is good for 10% APV. the brew is lightly effervescent, and just sour enough to sustain the fruit character.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and mildly tart in texture. the brew finishes on a tart ntote with residual berries and currants. nicely proportioned on the palate. the sourness is just strong enough to keep the palate honest.

drinkability is excellent. prefectly proportioned on the palate with a wonderful fruit bouquet and mildly vinous finish that works magic on the palate. this beer is phenomenal. it dances on the palate with a sour character that enhances the drinkability. cheers!

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4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small bottle shared with a few BA's.

This brew pours very still. Zero head, a few bubbles, no lace.

The nose is a deep current scent that is sweet prominent. There is also an amount of toffee-like notes that add to the sweetness.

The taste surprises me because there is a nice tartness that went unnoticed when smelling this brew. The sweetness offered by the currents is soon matched with an abundant amount of semi-sweet tartness. I am enjoying the balance here for sure.

The mouthfeel is pretty awkward for the style because the way this beer sits in the glass. It is so calm without any sings of carbonation but once the sip is taken, boom!, a lip smacking tartness is soon experienced .

Overall, this is a very unusual, wine-like brew that takes on some unfamiliarity in the visual department but makes up for it when tasted. I was uneasy but now satisfied.

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -27.8%

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4.13/5  rDev -8.2%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this multiple times and finally getting around to it from notes:

On tap at the brewpub on 6/30/09. Poured a beautiful dark burgundy with a cream head. Mild aroma with hints of berries. There is a mild sweet flavor, but ultimately the brett and sour currants take over. This has great flavor, with touches of sweetness, then a very well balanced bitter finish. The hype is worth it.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

200 hundredth review!!!! Poured into my delirium tremens tulip in the new apt

A: A red brown body with a white head that dies withing the first minute.

S: Vinegar, Granny Smith apples, grapes, sour patch kids, very vivid.

T: So complex. Vinegar, apples, sour patch kids, grapes, champagne.

M: Carbonation is very high at first. Bottle pops like a cap gun. Dies down very quickly and mellows out.

D: Nobody does IPAs and sours like RR. Damn. This is sour to die for.

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4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From notes: (Have also had by the bottle.)
Had on tap at Toronado. Pours a deep amber/red with minimal head and no real lace. Not too surpeizing for the ABV. Smells like sour grapes and funk with a sweetness at the end. Taste-wise it is hard to pick things out through the sour. There is some sour, some funk and bread (along with a few things that I can't put my finger on. I'm surprized at the lack of booze being that it's the big 10. Perfect mouth for a good sipping beer. I've been enjoying the slowly fading aftertaste.
I prefer Temptation or Supplication but I'll rate this high anyway being that it is still an amazing sour. Thanks again Russian River (and thank you bartender for the free beer!)

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,328 ratings.