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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,563
Reviews: 1,024
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 1,330
Gots: 1,119 | FT: 78
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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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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enormous thanks to msubulldog25 for his generosity on this one. This was basically a gift, in that I didn't trade for it, and he simply offered it. Wotta guy.

Poured a fluffy, audibly crackly head. Color borders on black, but is more of a very, very dark brown.

Aroma is mostly wood and extremely young grapes. Has a generally vinous, weedy, unripe and exotic smell. You know you're in for something unique just by smelling it.

Flavor is exceedingly vinous and acidic. Lots of young dark fruit, mostly berry. Wood is present but subtle and supportive only. Tartness in both flavor and feel (makes the mouth pucker). Quite dry and spritzy, like champagne. Lightly pasty like an intense red wine, but that could just be the tartness talking. The feel is something to get used to, but if reviewing to style, it's wonderful.

I have to be in the mood for this sort of beer (which has a lot in common with an Oud Bruin), and it's generally not the sort of thing I'd reach for if given many other choices, but the quality and character is clearly on a high level. Very glad to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 12:47:03 | More by Metalmonk
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juhl31

California

3.8/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this beer was chilled in a hotel bag of ice in a trash bin and poured into a 10 oz. plastic cup.

-dark amber color with a light brown head

-SOUR got some malts in there for sure and seems to be biscuity malts

-SOUR some cherry, some lemon. pretty warming on the way down. can feel it in the belly.

-SOUR champagnesque. bubbles on the tongue pretty good

-really gotta be in the mood to drink a sour. if i was in the mood for a beer i would never go for a sour. it is good for the style, but that i think will always be the case

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 05:26:33 | More by juhl31
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mcallister

Ohio

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

Honestly it looks like cheap american Cabernet Sauvignon slightly oxidized. Bricking maroon with some purple hints. Really nice looking with a spritzy brown head that faded into nothing nearly instantly.

Black currant, black cherry, black raspberry galore, hints of tart funky brettanomyces. Wood shows well. Slight bit of oxidation, leather, barn yard.

Just a fabulous outrageously tart acidic wild ale. Black fruit dominates obviously driven by the black currant with full bodied berry, tart cherry, black raspberry and plum. Thickly tart with brett and a bit tannic from the oak. Mouthfeel is a blast of spritzy carbonation and acidity. Brett shows well throughout and keeps things fresh. Wish I could afford more of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 19:51:45 | More by mcallister
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FreightTrain

California

4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown with a big, fizzy, tan head made up of large bubbles.

S- Delicious dark fruit, the currants are really noticeable. Tartness for sure. Grape as well, a definite wine smell.

T- Quite sour and lots of fruit at the beginning. Really delicious on the finish: the cabernet and brett meld to form a wonderful buttery tart taste.

M- Excellent soft mouthfeel with spritzy carbonation.

D- Drinkability is inhibited by the intensity of the acidity, which is really accentuated by the tartness of the currants. Of course its delicious, although not my favorite RR beer, but difficult to drink a whole bottle in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 22:31:34 | More by FreightTrain
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

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

750ml single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $23. Batch #002X2.

A: Dark purple, plum colored, with a cream fading towards pink head, about half an inch on the first pour, bubbles are loosely forming, looks more like soap bubbles than beer. Pretty fiar head retention. Fairly cloudy, and pretty sticky lacing. Nice looking beer. Not to mention loud! Holy hell the bubbles are loud in this one.

S: Sour barnyard stanky funk, horse blanket, and a little bit like feet, slight woodyness from the barrel aging and also quite fruity, definitely can tell there are currents in this beer. Smells quite tasty.

T: SOUR! Wow, lots of sour funk, quite medicinal, has a fairly pronounced hop biterness as well. Currants are strong and make this even more intensely sour. A few little woody hints come out here and there, but they can't even begin to compare with the sourness and fruitiness of the beer. Slight boozy hint, but falls in the mix nicely with the rest of the beer. The sourness really lingers in my mouth on this one, definitely a lactic acid sourness. Quite acidic, and quite delicious, I'm not disappointed at all!

M: Puckering sour, extremely dry, and hugely acidic in the mouth, makes my saliva really really thick. Did I mention this beer is dry, wow! Also a slight bit of alcohol heat in here. Excellent.

D: One of the easiest drinking sours I've ever had, this is impressive. My girlfriend was not impressed, so I won't have any difficulty drinking here share of the bottle. Excellent beer, and now I understand why the RR sours are so sought after. I can only imagine what the others taste like. Exceptional!

M:

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 03:39:07 | More by pokesbeerdude
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazingly fast fading deep tan bubbles reach three fingers and then fade to nothing in just seconds. Body is a deep brown mahogany tone in color, really romantic. Nose is lovely with up front raspberries, so lush and slightly tart. Rich dark fruit tones come through with some oak and even a hint of sweet bourbon. With first sip you get some vanilla and oak then quickly comes the tannin based dark fruit sour feel that really embraces the tongue completely. Raisins, figs, blackberries and citrus rind all mark a wonderful tart fruit profile. The bold almost rich tannin feel really rounds out the taste perfectly. Superb balance and complexity make this beer a real standout. Mouthfeel is very red wine like, really making you want the next sip. Off the chart drinkability for a beer in this category.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 02:28:13 | More by SPLITGRIN
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drumrboy22

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a Russian River chalice. Beer was a dark cherry color, with a small creamy tan head.

Aroma was tart fruits, vinegar, red wine and oak. Smells fantastic.

Taste was tart cherries, green apples, light oak and vanilla. Acidic and dry.

Very enjoyable beer that gets better as it warms. Another RR winner.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 02:11:51 | More by drumrboy22
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nomomentwasted

Oregon

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

Had this for tahlstro's birthday today, happy 22 my man. Here's to another year of great beer and deliciousness. Poured from a Batch 2 bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Much, much more carbonated than the Cuvee de Tomme, with a lot of bubbles and a nice solid pop when opened. Heavy tiny bubbles lace and bubble much like a soda, and looks kind of coke-esque. Laces very nicely and eventually mellows out to a golden brown hue. Very pleasing.

Smell: It's a like a red-wine beer which hey, it kind of is. The CabSauv smell is definitely apparent, as are the slight hops and the raisin / current esters. Slight tobacco-y spice to it as well, with just a hint of oak. Opens up nicely and very, very pleasant.

Taste: Not as sour as I (or my puckering palate) was expecting, but definitely tart and sweet. Currant and red wine are upfront, with a sweeter hint of grape-y, soda-y taste on the back-end. Really very nice, and while not incredibly complex, the flavors are consistently excellent.

Mouthfeel: Heavily carbonated and very, very dry. Finishes like a champagne, with bubbly texture and brut finish. Tartness lingers slightly, but overall not too syrupy and if anything, almost too carbonated (which, after having disappointingly flat brews, is a good problem to have if you have to pick which side to fall on).

Drinkability: For a 10%, it's excellent. Could drink it all night. Definitely warms you up quickly however, and would be tough to drink the whole thing on my lonesome ABV wise eventually. Thoroughly enjoyable, and Wild Ales are quickly becoming my new favorite style. While expensive, it's certainly worthy and fantastic, and more than just an enjoyable brew but an excellent one.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 06:54:38 | More by nomomentwasted
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured from into a Portsmouth goblet. Batch 001x0, received in a trade with Bryanbrick...thanks Bryan!!

A - Pours a deep ruby, brown color. I slightly thin, bordering on soda-like. A steady and vibrant stream of never-ending bubbles rises and keeps a constant head in the glass.

S - Tart sourness, some fruitiness from the currants. Very nice, but not as complex as I expected. Just finished sampling an Ithaca Brute, and not getting as much aroma from this one. Maybe the Brute was just so good...

T - Tart, sour, fruity...somewhat grape and red wine-like in flavor. Sour, but not overwhelminglhy sour. Pretty smooth. Elements of raisins, sour cherries there too.

M - Light bodied, lots of carbonation. Very nice.

D - Quite nice...and very drinkable. Going well with pizza. Definitely could have more of this...very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 23:23:11 | More by portia99
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Proteus93

Virginia

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

Batch number 001X1.... not too sure what it means, but shared by Joe at a tasting along with a number of sours. Thanks!

A: An iced tea brown with a golden sugary tone in there. Head forms quickly, but breaks down fairly quickly. It continues to bubble up and create new life that almost spontaneously breaks down again.. intriguing.

S: Rich malts, plenty of funky aromas, and a beautiful oakiness. All the scents blend together almost magically. This is amazingly pleasant. The currants are not really noted, unless I give it a swirl, and still they are quite modest.

T: Tart and woody, with a mix of yeast flavours all over the place... funky, peppery - a nice, warm alcohol.

M + D: Starts quite carbonated - though this calms the more I swirl it, naturally. The flavours hold on for quite a while, and the warming on the way down makes for a pleasant sipper. A great beer, with plenty of complexity to keep the nose and palate busy.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 22:55:14 | More by Proteus93
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bennetj17

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 001x4

Deep ruby in color, with a brownish tint. Slightly hazy. The carbonation looks pretty lively, keeping the frothy tan foam at more than just a ring. Tart vinegar aroma, with cherry fruit, much like like an Oud Bruin really. Nothing too funky, just straight forward sour brown smell.

I wouldn't call the taste sour as much as just very tangy. It hits you with cherry and vinous fruit character up front, and those flavors linger strongly. Not until the beer warms a bit do you actually detect some sweetness of malt with some raisiny caramel notes. The finish has a bit of astringence, but not too much alcohol heat to detract. The wood presence seems more in the background unfortunately, perhaps some more time in the barrel would have helped that.

I was glad to see in the appearance that the carbonation looked intense. However, I would say it came off as a little too much at first, quite sharp on the tongue, although it settles down after sitting a few minutes in the glass. Light to medium thick body.

When you let this beer warm a bit, and allow the carbonation to settle down, it turns out to be pretty good in terms of drinkability. I wasn't as amazed as I expected to be considering the hype, but I did like it. I'm not sure it is worth the price tag, but I would be interested in trying different batches to see any differences...

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 06:05:42 | More by bennetj17
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glid02

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Batch 001x4 at Naja's in Redondo Beach, CA.

Pours a clear dark ruby/brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of tart cherries and currants - though I'll be the first to admit the latter is noticed primarily from reading the bottle - with a solid funkiness and hints of oak. As it warms the oak flavors gain some steam but the tart fruit never wavers.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildly sweet light to medium fruit flavors up front are overtaken quickly by tart fruit flavors that become more tart as the beer warms. There's a hint of raisins and other dark fruit in the taste that wasn't present in the aroma. Ending is solidly tart and mildly dry.

Mouthfeel is great. This is one of the best I can remember from an AWA, a very nice thickness with active and grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished the bottle surprisingly quick and could easily have had another.

Overall this was a very good AWA and my first foray into RR sours. A good way to start.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 21:04:37 | More by glid02
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

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

Been saving this for a special occasion. That occasion is getting rid of some lingering house guests. It's a wheels up party!

Appearance - Darker than expected. Brown. Fairly clear. It's almost a nice ruby when held up to the light. Lots of toffee colored head dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell - You can definitely smell those currants. Almost a hint of raisin. Oh, did I say stinky wet horse blanket? I meant to. Because there's a lot of it. A musty barn. Lots of subtle flavors I'm struggling to place.

Taste - Wow. Just a ton going on. Mouth puckering sour. Those currants are in effect. Some real vinegar action, but in a nice way. Ripe berries. There is a subtle wine thing going on. Sour cherries for sure. Some grape, and you can definitely taste the oak. Very sweet, and tart as hell. It's like sweet tart beer (this is a good thing). Chocolate at the end?

Mouthfeel - Tons of prickly carbonation. Nice and crisp. I really like it.

Drinkability - Very good. A little tricky because of all the sour and craziness.

This is a hell of an interesting thing. The lady friend was startled. She had no idea beer could taste like this. I am really enjoying it. Just a funky, weird, crazy thing going on.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 05:00:21 | More by callmescraps
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Boulevard Smokestack Glass.

Opens with a nice big pop. Batch 002X1

Pours only a thin layer of tan head. Decent retention. Color is a dark dark cherry-hued brown. It is a clear bee but you can't see all the way through it.

Aroma: I can smell the wine from the barrels that it was aged in. A nice wood/oak smell. Grapes. I am guessing this is the currants, which I am liking. A very complex flavor. A nice sour/wild smell if that makes sense. Makes the mouth water.

Taste: Very sour and amazing. I am digging the currants. A lot of fresh ripe berries. Nice barrel-aged taste going on her. It is very tart. Has some grapes here as well. Damn, this tastes good. Stunning. Next up is the tart cherries with a little bready malts to balance out things. I am very impressed.

Mouthfeel: Sour, tart, and puckering. I love it. Medium bodied with a perfect level or carbonation. This beer is just flowing right now. Leaves a nice tart aftertaste. Damn RR did an amazing job here. Very clean.

Overall, this is an amazing beer. I am trying not to drink this treat fast, but it that isn't happening very well. Very drinkable and I want more. One of my favorite beers I have had yet!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 02:03:22 | More by mothman
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jbsteiny

Hawaii

4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Toronado in a tiny little glass (6 oz?). I love sours and having missed Stone's Sour Fest, I had to try this.

Dark maroon -- light barely broke through, revealing some rubies in there. No head, but that could be the pour (again, tiny glass) as there was fine carbonation.

MMM.. vinous, vinegar, currant (or is that association from the description on the tap?), oak for sure. Sour cherries? Funky in the nose. Yet I was a little disappointed with the flavor -- felt it was over-dominated by the oak so the sour fruit flavors didn't have enough room to be fully appreciated.

A little fizzy, but i like how the tartness puckers and dries you up. Goes down way too easy for 10%. Maybe the batch I got was over-oaked. Would definitely love to split a 750mL of this sometime...

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2009 20:06:12 | More by jbsteiny
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waltonc

Colorado

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

Split a bottle with abfraser last night at Cheeky Monk in Denver. (by the way, great price for a bar - $26). This is my third time drinking Consecration now and I love it. Dark brown with a red tinge, I assume from the currants it's brewed with. Plenty 'o head. Crisp, tart smell. A very dry beer (though not as dry as I remember batch 1 being, but maybe I just forgot), tart, but not crazy sour like an Isabelle Proximus or Beatification. Nor is there a great deal of funk. Plenty of fruit flavors as well. So this is a very refreshing beer and was perfect for a hot summer night sitting out on the sidewalk. I'm grateful that RR is now distributed in Colorado.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 14:01:00 | More by waltonc
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supercolter

Wisconsin

4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I had batch 1 and 2 side by side.(I know, I am a jerk) 1x3 and 2x1
Here is my conglamerate review.
Appearance is very similar between the two, dark black cherry color with small head and some lacing.
Smell was very distinct- batch 1 had a deep dark fruit nose- currant and fig... whereas batch 2 was very similar to a Cabernet Saugvinon wine- drier, tobaccoy, with some grapes and prunes.
Taste was out of this world, more of the same but just full flavor and perfectly balanced.
Mouthfeel was very good, thick but nicely carbonated.
Drinkability was great.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 05:10:29 | More by supercolter
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GbVDave

Illinois

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

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade and hook-up!

Batch 001 x 4

A: Pours a dark brown/rusty red color with a smallish, off-white head that leaves no lace behind. Carbonation is pretty active.

S: Aromas of sour grapes, oak, and some dark fruit. Heather felt it smelled very "winey". Incredible is how it smelled!

T: Tangy grape, sodden oak, carmelized brown sugar, and a boatload of both sweet and tart dark fruit. More complex wine flavors.

M: Tart and quite tangy. Really puckery at first, but becomes sweeter and mellower as it warms. Exquisite balance.

D: Virtually invisible alcohol content. Characteristically awesome. Thanks Joe!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 00:34:30 | More by GbVDave
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to BZero007 for sending me this in an epic exchange of Top 100 brews. I hope he enjoyed his, now I'm going to tie into mine!

Batch #2. Pours thick, dark, cloudy red with a bubbly head that falls instantly to the barest of rings. Smells is all sour, funky cherry (or is that currants?).

Taste is like a sour slap upside the head. The sour funk runs up into my nasal passages & clears up the mild cold that started, as well as aiding my arthritis & cataracts. Yeesh! Sour dark fruits, funk, with a dry, tart finish contributed by the wood that sears the top of my mouth & back of my throat.

I think dry & tart covers the mouthfeel, with high carbonation. I can hear it bubbling. Drinkability is high/low. Low because I couldn't have more than half the bomber, high because it's unique & soothing on the tongue. As I move on even a half-bomber is a lot; eight ounces would have sufficed.

Very good beer. Can't say that I'm as enamored of it as the general BA population, but I understand the appeal. A wonderful once-in-a-while treat.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 02:59:05 | More by maximum12
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wd40

New York

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

Very dark, deep burgundy hue in glass. Has a sweet fruitiness of raspberries and currants balanced by sour tartness. Consecration is aged in wine barrels and there is definitely a hint of red wine in the aftertaste. Although it's sour, it's so delicious I found myself almost gulping it down.
What makes this beer work so well is the balance between dark/sweet flavors, and bright/sour flavors. The dark/sweet flavors coming from the fact that the baseline beer for this brew is a Belgian style dark ale with currants added, that has been aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.
The yeast used, Bretanomyces, also adds some earthy flavors to the mix. This is then counterbalanced by the bright sourness produced by the bacterias: Lactobacilius and Pediococcus. FWIW, that kind of sourness I can only relate to candy like sour patch kids, but the sourness has a lot of flavors competing for attention. This brew has some real complexity and depth of flavor. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2009 01:00:51 | More by wd40
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Llewellyn9

California

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

The appearance was definitely intriguing. Poured a foamy tan head that quickly dissipated. The color was amazing, an almost plum purple.

Smell was acidic yet sweet, berries and red wine break through the vinegar. No hops, but who needs 'em when you got brett?

Taste and mouthfeel were no doubt puckering, but this was an extremely well balanced ale. Beautiful red wine and berry notes are perfectly complemented by the acidity. No alcohol present whatsoever. An expertly done ale. I have to say this beer makes me reconsider my previous ratings.

This beer is complex and intriguing, I could probably finish off a bottle of this by my self, but maybe not much more.

Loved it...

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 04:20:09 | More by Llewellyn9
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DiabolikDUB

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap @ Belmont Station poured into Tulip glass.

Pours a rich plum color with some glowing red hues and a light, fluffy tan colored head that quickly burns out into a nice thin wispy ring around the glass. The aroma is filled with tart berries, touches of oak and just a plain overall sour aroma. The flavor is very much the same with tart berries being the first thing you taste and eventually allows for some oak and touches of earthy hops to shine through and finishes very dry. Its a very effervescent beer and is light bodied. This is quite a tasty beer. It has very nice sourness which doesn't blast you away but definitely makes you pucker. The alcohol is very well hidden and will sneak up on you if you aren't careful as this is an easy drinker. Lovely, delicious stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2009 20:40:13 | More by DiabolikDUB
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alleykatking

Indiana

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

Got in a trade with mjl21...thanks for everything like usual Mike!

A- Pours a darker brown color with red highlights to it when held up to the light. Had a nice two finger head that went away rather quickly leaving little lacing on the sides that slide down the glass.

S- This has a very wine vinegar smell to it. I like it a lot from first smell. Cherry and maybe a touch of apple keep popping up with hints of oak from time to time. This is a damn fine smelling beer. The currants in it bring up the backbone of this beer for sure.

T- Wow....this is what I've been waiting for?? Well worth it! Sour upfront with currants and cherries blasting through. The middle has a oaky and slight apple tinge to it with the ending being a vinegary sourness to it that comes through more at the end then at the front of the beer. I can't get enough of this taste...so good!

M- This is a medium-light mouthfeel I think. The carbonation is lacking a little but still amazing to say the least. It rest in your mouth but the sourness to it pushes it through to the back of your throat. Aftertaste is like a wine (merlot or cab. sauv).

D- I am always down for a wild ale but the guys I spilt it with were not fans of wild ales and wanted me to crack open another one....if only I had another I would have. Good job Russian River and great job Mike for getting this wonderful beer to me!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 04:26:55 | More by alleykatking
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Jmoore50

Nevada

4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Toronodo, served in a tulip glass. This thing is wild.

The appearance was a darker brown with a lighter consistency. It was thinner than I would have expected. It also came with a dark dark purple tint, and no head. It left no lacing and left a light alcoholic residue on the glass promising it was 10% ABV.

The smell was interesting. It smelled of dark bitter fruits. It had a light hop bitterness also but overall this thing had a fermented wine smell. I also got heavy acidic smells as well as cherry?

The taste was something different. It was like a sweet wine, with dark pomegranate. Had the craziest mouthfeel. It was a bit overly carbonated and fruity. The alcoholic taste was covered well, but I can also take the booziness in good stride. My palate does not pick that aspect up as much as others. The fruit was intense. It was not even like drinking a beer, it was like a wine-fruit-coca cola- brew extravaganza. The most overwhelming characteristic was the bitter fruit and carbonation.

The drinkability was good, but I would of not drank a whole bottle of this. It is boozy and when you stand up after a full glass you can tell. I think it was an interesting brew that I would love to revisit sometime down the road, but not an everyday repeat.

J

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2009 00:03:34 | More by Jmoore50
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Docer

Washington

4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally cracked into my batch #2 bottle... sat in 9 deg. C for a little over a month, popped in the freezer for about 30 min., opened, and let it sit for over an hour to warm up. Poured into a tumbler..

- Looks like a glass of coke without ice. Bubbles like a cider... quick head to quick no head! Sparkling like a wine.. cola colored, clear...

- Bright currants hit the nose with a slight vinegar scent.. little bit of pickled olive.. slight alcohol... sweet cola.. grape.. fig.. spice.. hint of oak character.. sparkling vineyard.

- Crystal clear waters with tart cherry but more so black currants and blueberry... very tart... only a slight bit of acid and vinegar.. with a very complex barrel oakiness to it... little bit of grape...

- Light on the tongue, leaves only a slight bit of tartness, or early picked sweet currants.. blackberry, grape sitting on the tonque... not even very dry..

- Quite drinkable.. but fizzes up a lot on the tongue.. I guess the way it's produced.. like a sparkling wine.. will do that, and is normal... but this is a sipper! Very drinkable, and as I am not a huge fan of the style, I am further understanding it... and I must say, with this one I am truly floored at how well put together and complex it is. A great sour wild ale from Russian River.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 21:05:37 | More by Docer
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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