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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,606
Reviews: 1,026
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 1,341
Gots: 1,126 | FT: 78
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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beerfan99

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2x1 - 750 ml bottle

A: Dark reddish brown in color and clear. Carbonated enough to create a small white head.

S: Very sour smell, typical for a Russian River sour. The currants and cabernet aromas come through loud and clear.

T: Excellent. Very tart and sour, but is palate pleasing. The fruit currants are definitely noticeable as is the flavor from the cabernet sauvignon oak barreling.

M: Feels bubbly feel and medium bodied.

O: Another great wild ale from Russian River. I have been lucky enough to have multiple vintages of Consecration. I am partial to the earlier batches of this beer, batches 1 and 2 being my favorites. Later batches are very similar, but don't seem to have the same levels of oak and fruit flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 04:53:43 | More by beerfan99
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Cinderbike

Nevada

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown, clear, with a quickly dissipating tan head.
S - Dried fruit, tobacco, barnyard (brett funk). More fruit comes out as it warms. Some vinous aromas as well.
T - Sour, "sweaty", cherries, oak, some notes of sherry and vanilla.
M - Full bodied and dry. Typical for a sour.
O - One of the best American sours, bar none. Give me another pint.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 02:51:52 | More by Cinderbike
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kaips1

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a bottle i missed in a box on a trade, this is a batch 5, 375ml bottle

this poured a nice clean no head pour, into a fading dark amberish color, not cloudy but completely opaque. the nose of this beer screams currants and sour tangy goodness. a very vinous aroma accompanies the fruit sour. this beer keeps reminding me of supplication which should be kinda expected. the taste is a very short lived wineish like flavor with a little brett funkyness there. this one is a lively beer like the rest of the RR sours. the carbonation kinda takes away from the taste.
overall its awesome and a good drinker, you dont know its 10% abv at all while you drink it.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 23:05:59 | More by kaips1
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metal850

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours red-brown, with slight haze and a light haze that quickly drops to nothing.

S: Vinous, particularly white wine and oak, with a nice sourness and slight funk.

T: Sour and funky, the funk is incredible complex, acetic, sweet brett flavor, just amazing, lingering grape skin aftertaste and a slight alcoholic warming.

M: Medium carbonation and a light body for such a big beer.

O: Delicious, such a complex funk.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 21:59:25 | More by metal850
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biglobo8971

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into RR tulip. The color is a rich burgundy with just a faint head with faint lacing. Very effervescent and bubbly. Can taste the wine and sweetness, easy to drink, with each drink changing slightly. Slight tartness with an after taste of sweetness. Probably my favorite "tion" beer. Will continue to seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 23:59:47 | More by biglobo8971
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Russian River : Consecration

12 oz corked and caged bottle. Pours a rich mahogony/ruby color, more or less clear and a small fizzy head forms and crackles away. Aroma is big and wine like, alittle alcohol peaks through, and then theres the funk which all make for a complex nose. In the taste, almost sweet and sour with grape notes, oaky tannins, bitter brett offering a strong sour, and alcohol is almost un-noticed. Malt body is more or less overrun by these strong flavors, but there is a light touch of caramel. Its all about the lovely sour in this beer though, and the delicate flavor of currents. The feel is medium bodied and semi dry. Overall, this is one hell of a beer and I wish I could get it all the time with a reasonable price tag. Mighty fine.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 17:06:09 | More by Stinkypuss
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camil1mj

Michigan

4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled and poured into my Bruery snifter.

A: Deep crimson/brown with 1 finger foamy white head. Minimal lacing.

S: Sweet vinegar.

T: Dry dourness with an overwhelming taste of vinegar. It the gives way to fruity-wine undertones.

M: Light to medium body witha good amount of carbonation.

O: I like sours so far, but I don't think I was ready for this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 01:24:28 | More by camil1mj
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claytong

Vermont

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

batch 004x5

appearance - big head off controlled pour right after decorking. a dark sherry red. very active at first. almost opaque. head dies off pretty quickly and almost no lacing is left except a bit at the rim

smell - oak and whiskey right after the bottle is opened, then after pour brett and cherries, some currants i suppose but mostly just smells like cherries. sugar and caramel and a bit of wine. the only reason its not a 5 is because of the oak and whiskey dying out so quickly and brett and cherries dominating so heavily.

taste - oak on first sip comes in the strongest. brett and sour cherries rule afterwards. some tannins. very nice but wish the oak would come in a bit more.

mouthfeel - silky smooth a bit sugary. carbonation is funny. thought it might be overcarbonated but if anything its under. body is dead on.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 23:36:26 | More by claytong
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CuttDeez

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark amber brown body. Hues of red crimson and leather wood. Big thin bubbly head that fizzes and dies quickly.

S - A great sour funk on the head. That is mixed with some sweet fruits and slight sugars on the front. Then a great amount of oakiness in the middle and end to smooth it out.

T & M & D - strong but not overwhelming sourness up front. The mouth opens to a good mix of sweet tart fruits like unripe apples and some dark fruits and currants. Then The oak comes in allowing the sour to die a little and making the finish sweet and candy like. Very smooth on the palate. The beer is crisp and carbonated making it refreshing.

O - very complex and tasty beer. The sour level is perfect and the fruit profile mixed with oak makes each sip interesting and tasty. I have a few in the cellar and I'm excited to see what age does to it.

-Cheers

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 23:01:42 | More by CuttDeez
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ehammond1


4.95/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2009/Batch 2)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

(Aged 2 years)

Dark cherry red and auburn, bordering on brown, with a thin khaki head. Spotted lacing down the glass.

An incredible array of aromas that come together magnificently: sweet cherries and currants provide the primary sweetness, tart, biting, stinging sour notes leap from the glass, all smoothed out by an inviting, welcoming aroma of rich wood, earth, and vanilla.

The taste is just as spectacular as the nose. I've had this beer a number of times, and this 2-year-old version has been by far the standout. The sourness is still there, biting and stinging, balanced with the rich, earthy, and sweet flavors from the fruit, all alongside the rich yet subtle notes from the barrel. There's an underlying sticky toffee sweetness coming through I don't remember in previous versions, and, as always, there isn't the slightest hint of a 10% ABV.

Smooth, light yet full, crisp, and refreshing.

An absolutely perfect, infinitely complex, sour ale. I'm happy Josh ordered this 2-year-old bottle, as I can never keep myself from opening the ones I buy for myself.

An all-time favorite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 20:46:32 | More by ehammond1
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Tripphop

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a murky brown color, glows in the light, slight haze to it. Head is pithy and large bubble, doesnt generate much. Looks very oily and slick. Aromas are of soured grapes and dark fruit. A hint of oak woodiness can be found, but the buggies really jump out at you. Flavor is mellow and soft, bunches of sour fruits and a mellow caramell, oak, nuttiness to the finish. Warming on the palate, the body doesn't lend itself to the abv, but the finish reveals a little heat once warmed. Very nice brew, mellow, perfect sour level and nice funk to it.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 17:29:10 | More by Tripphop
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this beer on friday night. Sat down with several freind and tried all the RR sours! I am new to sours and willing to give them a chance. Why not start with some of the best?

reviewed from notes.

Appearance: light brown bodied beer with redish highlights. White whispy head with lots of small bubbles.

Smell: Cranberries, oak and wine.

Taste: Cranberries and currant. Tannins and oak. Moderate sour taste of vinegar takes over the taste and finish of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Prickly and clean mouthfeel.

Overall: Interesting sour beer. Not my favorite sour we had that night, but its decent!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 20:09:43 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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drcarver

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I am not a huge fan of sour ales. Let's start with that.

A - pours medium brown with a small head. Head recedes leaving little lacing on down and some traces down the side.

S - sweet smell of wine dominates. grapes and tanins with little alcohol at the end.

T/M - overwhelmingly sour throughout though sweet at the front. bits of fruitiness. a leathery taste towards the back. leaves a steel like feel to the tongue but have a clean finish.

O - its sour alright.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 18:50:14 | More by drcarver
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.95/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to Millerbuffoon for this 375mL brown glass cork and caged number. Batch 004X3.

Pours a ruddy, reddish brown, mostly clear with very thin head. Nose smells sour right off the bar (yes, I know sour is not a smell). Wine barrels and red wine vinegar, plus raisins soaking in vodka come to mind, a hint of smooth leather and a suggestion of cranberry.

Palate is vinegar sour right off the bat. Flavors of leather, dried cranberry, used wine barrel, earthen clay and plum mix together. Good complexity, quite sour, long finish, but rather still (in terms of carbonation).

Not my favorite RR sour. Still love me that Temptation. I will say that the AVB is really well hidden... This is FFO Flemish reds.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 02:57:19 | More by SFLpunk
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dgilks

Australia

4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bottle of batch 2X1. Thanks to the kind friends who brought it back from the US for me.

This pours a clear but dark brown colour with rich, ruby highlights. The light tan head dissipates quickly but still leaves a little ring of bubbles around the glass. About as much as can be hoped for in a sour beer with this level of alcohol.

Rich, sweet fruity aroma with those red currants really shining come through first. Next is a vinous, leathery, funky aroma with a lovely crispness to it. Good definition too.

The flavour is good but not spectacular. I get a nice balance of sweetness and sourness with the fruitiness really coming through. There's a bit of funk too. The main problem for me is the astringent, mild bitterness that comes through the finish. While I love the flavour this bitterness detracts for me.

There's a medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. This is good but the astringency also lets this down.

Overall, a very good beer. It looks great, smells great and tastes good with just a small astringency problem which comes from the use of barrels and bugs. A great effort by RR and I look forward to trying more of their sours if and when I make it to California.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 08:23:46 | More by dgilks
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 005 (375ml). RR 'tion glass.

A: Dark reddish amber, almost brownish like you would expect with an aging wine. Only a ring of off white head. Not much retention, and no lacing.

S: Funky red wine and red currant and oak/cinnamon/spice from the barrel treatment. Black cherry in the secondary. Faint dark dried fruit as it warms up.

T: Currant, brett, spice (pepper, cinnamon), red wine. Tart but a grade below mouthpuckering. A touch of sweetness. Long finish.

M: Crisp. Carbonation is on the higher end. Medium bodied.

O: This is definitely my favorite of the easily available sour 'tion beers (Supplication, Sanctification, Temptation). A sour beer for red wine lovers.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 04:50:48 | More by pmarlowe
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Wreckoncile

California

4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 006 Poured from 375ml into Chimay goblet

A - Poured like a cocacola at first; fizzy with a quickly appearing and quickly diminishing head leaving no lacing. Also similar in color, although hazy. At first, I was planning on rating the appearance much lower due to the lack of a stable foam, but what it revealed when it disappeared was the most active fluid surface I'd ever seen on a beer, bubbles wisping around and dancing carbonation on the surface that showed me an active beer. Makes me feel like I'm about to drink a living thing, which I really dig.

S - Strong upfront dark cherry tartness with a very muted malty note underneath that seems to tessellate perfectly in place with the tartness. An almost tannic like red wine aroma as well, that reveals a bit of sourness at the end of the tart.

T - Very wine-like in flavor, as could have been expected, with an extremely sour bite to finish it off. The sourness chased away the dark fruit notes I got in the nose, but that doesn't bother much, as the sourness accentuates the citrusy flavor of the hops. No hoppy bitterness, preserving the flavor of the hops, while allowing all the bitterness to flow from its sourness. Altogether solid flavor profile that beguiled me at first and commanded my full attention.

M - Crisp and effevescent, and yet somehow still managed to be silky... I'm really not sure how this overall texture was pulled off, but its one of a kind. Hides it's booziness well in the medium body.

O - This particular beer confused me more than anything. Granted, I've not had much experience with sours to date, but I still imagine this has greater depth than most. I'd say its sourness in taste overpowered some of the darker fruits that the scent gives off, and the final product ends up tasting a bit like a carbonated grapefruit juice without any sweetener. But there is much more here. As it warmed, I felt that the malt I detected in the nose came out a bit more, but the yeastiness was seemingly lost in the sour. I enjoyed this, and have a bottle in the cellar that I look forward to revisiting in a year's time to see how it changed.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 03:12:42 | More by Wreckoncile
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Sideswipe

California

4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a tulip. Batch 006

A- Deep mahogany color. Minimal head dissipates rapidly leaving a thin ring of tan bubbles hugging the outside of the glass.

S- Aroma of sweet dark berries and brett. Smells acidic and funky.

T- Starts out tart and sour with a nice flavor from the currants coming in mid palate. Notes of berry and oak from the cab barrels are present in abundance. Barnyard funk is present throughout, and the finish is semi dry with a lingering tartness.

M- Feel is medium with a nice prickly level of carbonation which works well with the tartness of the beer.

O- One of my favorite Russian River brews. The wonderful meritage of sour, tart currants coupled with the complexity of the oak and Cabernet make for a very enjoyable sour experience. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 05:16:10 | More by Sideswipe
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kbnooshay

New York

4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a glorious garnet red color with no head at all. No lacing. Smells like a sweet red wine and fruit. Tastes like currants. The sweetness of the candy like currants balances well with the sour tart dryness. Tastes like cinnamon. Closest thing I've had to a sour red wine. Little carbonation. Medium feel. Brilliant.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 06:20:02 | More by kbnooshay
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nickfl

Florida

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The beer pours with a small white head on a clear, amber brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves surprisingly good lace on the glass.

S - A musty aroma of damp dirt and cobwebs with sweet fruity notes of dark cherry and (presumably) currants.

T - Tart cherries and sweet, dry caramel malt. Tartness creeps into the fruit character towards the finish and the acidity lingers on the palate.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - This is a fruity and tart wild ale, but with a lot of dry, thick malt and enough funk to keep it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 02:22:12 | More by nickfl
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle into an oversized tulip. Batch 006.

Consecration pours a murky, blood red. There's a brown, sand-colored head that dissipates fairly quickly. A few legs on my glass. From appearances alone (minus the head, of course), this could pass for red wine.

A funky, deep, and complex nose. There's an almost pungent, abrasive sourness and funk at work. Underneath that funk is an aroma of currants and, to a lesser degree, cherries. I would almost describe the smell as vinegary.

Wonderful vinous sourness in the taste. The red wine characteristics of this beer shine beautifully. Again, I can pick up some currants and cherries. Even though this is a young bottle, the funk is quite strong. There's not even a slight hint of alcohol in the taste. With so many strong flavors competing for attention, the balance is spectacular.

So smooth, with perfect carbonation. I hate to keep referencing wine, but this is lush enough to merit that comparison. For such a sour beer, this is very easy to drink.

My favorite sour from RR's regular lineup. Big but not brash, simultaneously over-the-top in flavor yet somehow restrained, this is fantastic. I would love to see the funk develop in an older bottle, but alas, I'm an impatient man.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 02:21:13 | More by amphion1065
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown with amber and pink hues. Quarter finger head.

S: More sweet than sour. Nice strawberry/cherry aroma.

T: Very tart. Jolly Rancher flavor almost. Red wine notes.

M: Mild bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall: Aroma and taste are matched incredibly well. No doubt that this beer genre is dominated by Russian River.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 02:17:50 | More by kylehay2004
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surlytheduff

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 004x2. The cork opened with a solid pop, leaving a trailing wisp of water vapor rising slowly out of the neck of the bottle. A brisk pour into my Duvel tulip resulted in a bit under a half a finger of offwhite foam sitting atop an effervescent dark amber colored body. The head disappeared pretty quickly, but the there was a steady hiss of carbonation from the bubbles shooting up to the surface of the glass. Nose was light vinegar, tart cherries, brett, oaky and vineous.

Taste was dried fruit, like cherries and currents. Also got cranberry and red grape. The oak flavor that was so strong in the smell is much more subdued in the taste. There is a slight bit of alcohol warmth, but it is surprisingly not noticeable. Mouthfeel was medium, with a good amount of tingly carbonation and a dry finish. The beer was tart, but not over-puckeringly so.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 03:07:14 | More by surlytheduff
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rrski198

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown with a fizzy head that disapated quickly. Murky but I can see some bubbles. No head left at all and no lacing.

S: Dried dark fruit right up front. The sour scent reminds me of dried cherries. Behind this is the dry red wine scent.

T: The fruity sweetness is right up front followed closely by the sourness. The finish is of dry red wine. The alcohol is excelently hidden. Quite unique and quite nice. The sour compliments the initial dark fruit sweetness but doesn't take total control of the beer.

M: Fizzy, dry, obviously pretty sour. This beer is unique because you really feel all the different qualities of the beer on your tongue on different areas.

O: This is without a doubt one of the best "sours" i've had and really hit the mark with all the flavors. The most surprising thing is that the alcohol is almost totally undetectable. Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 02:28:19 | More by rrski198
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown body, trace head, very little lacing

S: oak, pinot noir, strong currant aroma, just incredible nose

T: sweet currants, pinot noir, slight smoky, tart cherry pucker
finish

M: med body, smooth, low carbonation, hint of dryness

O: What a fascinating brew! You want to gulp
it because the flavors are so interesting on your palate,
but also want to savour the aroma and experience

BEAUTIFUL, MUST TRY!

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 16:11:18 | More by BeerLover99
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,606 ratings.