Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,238
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,427
Gots: 1,348 | FT: 95
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful reddish-brown with little head. The smell is reminiscent of pure cranberry juice. Tart cherries and tannins dominate the palate with a medium body. It's akin to a dry Oud Bruin. It's a sipper for sure, meant to be savored not sessioned.

I have to admit, while I really like this beer, I can find similar Belgian offerings cheaper and more easily. It's worth drinking but it's not worth what you have to pay or go through to obtain.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yay, very glad to try this one. 6-7 oz. poured in my FFF Rastal on September 2nd, 2012.

A - Deep ruby-maple coloring. Soft, light tan head. Quickly reduced down to a ring around the edges. Marginal lacing. Big alcohol legs for a sour.

S - Cherry pits and currant sweetness, lemon acidity, black peppercorn, a touch of oak and cabernet grapes.

T - A rich wild ale here. Well-rounded, ripe currants. Red grapeskins. Strawberry jam. Even unripe blueberries. Light vinegar bite. Moderate sourness.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, semi-dry finish. Definite alcohol warming in the backend.

D - A bigger, juicier sour variant from RR. I'm not sure it has the finesse of Supplication but it touches that nice jam sweetness without offsetting the good sourness. Nice brew, easy recommendation.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark maroon/purple. Very rich color. Strong aroma of cabernet grapes, cherries and blackberries. Flavor begins with puckering cherry and blackberry notes. Very nice. Followed by big tobacco notes, some of the best I've had in a beer. Bits of oak as well. Big bold and sweet cabernet wine notes on the finish. Great sweetness to balance out the beginning tart berry and cherry flavors. A big, bold sour. Very worthy of the Cab barrels it was aged in as it picks up a lot of this bold wine's flavor profile. Excellent.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out dark brown black with thin brown foam which quickly falls. Smells is sweet and funky with some wood. Taste is fizzy with nice tartness. Great sour cherry notes with some funk present. Dry finish with great sticky sweetness. One of their best beers.

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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