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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,461 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,461
Reviews: 1,070
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 1,501
Gots: 1,505 | FT: 116
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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4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Imbibed from a Cabernet glass

A: a dark garnet red, no head whatsoever. No lacing on the glass. The bugs have decimated any head-forming proteins on this one. No flaws that I can think of considering the style.

S: Wow. Vanilla, oak, Cabernet Sauvignon, tobacco, cedar cigar box... Fruit. Prunes, plums, cherries. I could smell until it got warm trying to name all the smells coming off of this. Easily the most aromatic beer I have ever tried. More like wine than beer.

T: A sour for sour lovers. This is one of them tooth enamel grating beers. It takes a few sips to re-calibrate for this beer. My first reaction was not that it was delicious. It took me a full 3rd if the beer to get in the mood. And then, once my mouth became accustomed to the low PH, I started getting pulling out what this beer is famous for. Again the smell was so intoxicating that is is hard to tell where smells stop and flavors begin, but this beer has it all. Pie cherries dominant, balsamic vinegar, burnt sugar, stone fruit, dried cherries, currants( obviously), ever so faint of a biscuity malt character is the only indication that this is beer. It's almost overwhelming really. On the complete opposite side of the spectrum from Pliny. My only criticism - and this is a matter of personal preference - is that the beer could have been a couple of points sweeter. The bugs are going to do their worst and best to this so this is largely out of the brewers hands, and I know RR would never back sweeten, but I think just a touch more sweetness would have brought more out of the beer, and helped to moderate the sourness. No trace of ABV whatsoever, amazing considering 10%

M: Thin, dry, Puckery, but with a little silky smoothness.

O: This is not beer, it's wine. After I finished this I had to switch to wine for the night, there is no way to transition to an IPA or any kind of malt driven beverage after you have one of these. A masterpiece. Thank you.

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4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A second of beige froth over a clear oxblood body. Soil, grape skins, and oak on the nose, plus cherries, dates and tea brack - crazy complex.
Balsamic, vanilla, cherries with hint of other dark fruit, growing wood notes as it opens and a touch of funk.
Sherry tang to end and long twisty linger. Light, crisp, tart.

Insanely complex yet drinkable. The wood very wisely doesn't overwhelm. Almost like a mellowed Rodenbach Grand Cru.

Continually impressed by RR wild ales.

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4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark ruby color with a thin head that recedes very quickly.

Lots of lush, ripe berries up front. Currants, very wine like, some tart raspberry and cherry smells. A touch of oak behind the fruit, but it is almost all fruit.

Taste is nicely tart, with the berry flavor really opening up.

Mouthfeel is dry and tart, but very smooth for 10%, very close to wine in it's mouthfeel.

Overall, another solid offering by Russian River, glad I picked it up, a must try for any fan of sour beers with berry characteristics.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an almost clear ruby-mahogany with a thin finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind a touch of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sour dark fruits and currants with some Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, oak, earthy smells, and just a touch of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of strong sour currants and dark fruit with some dark grapes, vanilla, and a touch of tobacco. Through the middle, oak flavors come through with some more dark fruits with some sour cherries and plums. The finish is a mix of sour dark fruits, dark grapes, oak, some earthy flavors, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sour and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. I really like how sour the beer is, but at the same time the balance is still very good. The dark fruits really compliment the sourness nicely.

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