Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,241
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,427
Gots: 1,350 | 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: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch #006. Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Medium to dark brown with almost no light passing through aside from a slight glow around the edges. A small amount of cream coloured head formed and quickly receded to almost nothing.

S - A subtle hit of grapes intermingled with the expected funky/sour yeast notes. The sourness, although definitely a big part of the nose, doesn't dominate like it does in most American Wild Ales. A complex complimentary array or armoma, includes sour cherry, vinegar and oak.

T - Tart and tangy brett flavours dominate the palate up front but. The full spectrum of flavours shows up in the middle, with currants, sour cherry and oak all combining to create a complex flavour profile. The funky/sour flavours return in the finish and linger a little bit in the after taste.

M - Light body with light to moderate carbonation.

O - This is a style that I am still developing a taste for and this is the first one that I have truly enjoyed. I am very happy tha I took a chance on this one.

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Special thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this gem.
Batch 006 into my Lost Abbey tulip.

A- Clear grape juice colored pour. Half finger fizzy off white head quickly disappears into obscurity leaving little wisps on top. Lacing is zero.

S- These oak barrels add a sweetness that help compliment the funkyness you find in a wild ale. Currents, grape juice, red wine, vanilla and sour apple with a touch of lemon.

T- Typical lemon, grape skin and cranberry tartness. It isn't over the top sour but still makes your mouth water. Currents are evident but more subdued than the nose. There is a dryness that I would attribute to the oak and the brett. The funk meter is sitting around 7 out of 10.

M- Light bodied, lively carbonation. Mouth watering with a quick dry finish. Slight aftertaste.

O- Another check mark beside the RR "ion" beers and I have yet to be disappointed. This isn't my favorite so far but that does not make it anything short of spectacular.

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Poured into a snifter. Thanks to a very generous co-worker for bringing this back for me...

A: Pours a very dark brown with a decidedly blood red tinge. A nice quarter finger crisp white head provides a startling and pleasing contrast with crimson tones below. Decent lacing and fantastic head retention. I really like what I'm seeing here.

S: Mmmm, funk, some ripe, dark fruit, tart cherry, and fermented grapes. The oak aging is apparent here, but instead of overwhelming the nose, it provides a nice backbone for all the other notes. Tart and funky.

T: Funk and oak wood chips. Sweet dark fruit and some tart cherry notes. A very dry finish with a bit of alcohol burn, but I'm digging it. Not as tart a wild ale as some, but definitely gives you a bit of a pucker. The oak char keeps everything in check. Almost wine-like. Very good.

M: Oak might be just a bit too prominent here. Covers up the tart fruit and funk on the finish. But it's a minor nit. The complex flavors are well integrated and, for the most part, well-balanced. Very enjoyable.

O: Wild ales are a relatively new style for me, but this is one of the best I've had. The wine barrel aging is readily apparent here, and it really makes this one memorable. Definitely an after dinner sipper, like dessert in a glass. If there were one nit, I would have preferred a slightly more tart finish with a little less oak presence. But it's a minor nit. Consecration is the real deal. Can't wait to try more RR sours.

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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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