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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3173
Reviews: 1004
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 10.07%


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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AltBock

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle that was corked and caged. On this bottle is a large burgundy colored label of a knife with black lines running all of it and the number 23 near the tip. It's a zebra knife! At the bottom is a brief description of the beer and in the right hand corner is a barrel with 6 months in the middle and 4 scientific names surrounding the barrel. To the far left is Russian River's address and to the far right is everything you want to know about this beer. That's where you'll find the Government warning, phone number of R.R., a batch number, a picture of the correct glassware, and a novel sized history and description of the beer. They also threw in the definition of Consecration in case you didn't know what it meant. Before I forget, this bottle was from batch 002X3.

Appearance: With a loud pop of the cork followed by gun smoke, this beer erupted like a volcano. It's a good thing I opened the bottle near the sink and my glass. Due to this eruption, I lost about 1/4 of the bottle. Once I finally got some of the beer into my wide rimmed Unibroue Tulip, I saw that Consecration was not what it appeared to be. From a short distance away, I looked to pour a dark mahogany brown, but when held into the light, I found out that it was an extremely dark currant red with some raspberry red highlights. It was a little murky due to a few yeast particles floating around at the bottom of the glass. With this beer erupting like it did, surprisingly there wasn't much of a head of foam on this beer. The initial head of foam was 1/4 of an inch of just fizzy bubbles that disappeared in a blink of an eye. I shouldn't say it completely disappeared because it left behind a string of rings around the edge and a spot or two of lace. The head of foam that I was expecting must have flowed out of the bottle with the eruption.

Smell: Now this is the aroma I was expecting from a sour R.R. beer! It wasn't an over the top sour aroma that made you cringe every time you took a whiff. it had its fair share of sour fruity aromas, but it never went over the top. It was pleasantly sour with currants, cherries, green and red grapes, and even raspberries. I'm surprised that my nose couldn't find any yeast in the aroma. Not even a subtle amount of yeast was found in here. When this beer is swirled around, that's when the oak with its friends the anise and black licorice comes out to play with all the sour fruits. A great potent sour aroma that wasn't over the top. It was perfect for this beer!

Taste: The taste of Consecration had something in common with the aroma. It too was all about the sour fruits. It wasn't an overly sour taste, but it was getting there. It was one sour fruit away from being overly sour. This beer was sour and tart with currants, green grapes, green apples, cherries, and raspberries. If you name a fruit that can either be sour or tart, then you'll find it in the taste. If you wait long enough for your taste buds to reach the end of the sour fruit wave, then you'll come across some charred oak and yeast. No anise or black licorice in the taste like there was in the aroma. I think that if there was, that would have made the beer a little more funkier. If you like your sour and tart fruits as much as I do, then wait till you wrap your lips around a glass full of this beer.

Mouthfeel: This was a medium bodied sour and tart Wild Ale with a decent amount of carbonation and with a long lasting sour and tart aftertaste. The aftertaste was chock full of delicious sour fruits like currants, cherries, green grapes, and raspberries. I also noticed that there was a touch more yeast and oak in the aftertaste than there was in the initial taste. I felt that this beer really didn't show it's 10% ABV. You'll be distracted by all the sour fruits to notice the ABV%.

Drinkability: Russian River always does a great job on sour beers (as well as DIPAs) and Consecration is up there with the best of them. It started off with a bang with the bottle explosion, slowed down in the appearance, and then kicked into high gear with its top notch sour and tart aroma and taste. Of course, like every other Russian River Beer, it's expensive as hell! It's worth a shot once if you can pry open your wallet far enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 23:28:31 | More by AltBock
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hawks10

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle - Batch 004X5, poured into my Russian River tulip...

Pours a truly beautiful dark brown/mahogany with nice ruby highlights...three fingers of light tan head forms and quickly vanishes into a tiny bit of white film hanging around on the top of the beer...

Slight tart aroma, mostly cherries with a bunch of the oak from the barrels coming through, it almost overshadows most of the tart and fruity aromas...A lot of barnyard funk comes forward when I swirl the beer a bit...

Dark and tart to begin...spicy and sour dark fruits gives it a dark wine characteristic. Dry from the oak, earthy and leathery, pretty good but nothing spectacular...

Medium bodied but sticky, decent carbonation makes for a lively drink. Lingering wine like sourness and a bit of spice...

Pretty good sour, a little heavier and darker than I usually like my sours, definitely prefer a fresh Supplication to a fresh Consecration...

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 03:05:14 | More by hawks10
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VoiceOfTheSoul

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

10oz poured into a large flute glass

A: Pours a deep brown with a cream/tan head that shrinks to a ring and leaves little to no lacing.

S: Smells funky, tart, sour, bit of freezer burnt ice cream, nail polish, lemons, and cat pee. (Not all bad smells)

T: The taste is incredibly tart and sour, lots of grapefruit and lemons with some funk. The more it warms, some bubblegum comes through.

M: The feel is creamy yet astringent.

D: Decent drinkability.

This was a really great beer. As a wild ale, I expected funk, but I never expected the amount of lemony sourness. I was expecting a more beer type sourness, like more funk to it. At times it was almost like drinking lemon juice with beer, and it was great. This was a great continuation of sour beers for me. I can't wait to crack open my others.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2010 06:07:40 | More by VoiceOfTheSoul
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jradams76

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade from Beerdy! Thanks!

A: Nice dark amber color. Leaves a small ring of white head

S: You can smell the sourness and the hints of fruits with this one.

T: First sip is sour, sour and guess what more sour. Dry fruit follows once you get accustomed to the tartness. A hint of the fruit sweetness gets through but then followed by the sourness.

M: I imagine I was drinking a dry red wine instead of a beer.

D: A great sour that is pretty dry. This was my first sour which I was excited about and scared about if I would like it. Cant wait to try more sours!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 22:54:30 | More by jradams76
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Lous Gueuze glass.

Pours a deep garnet with a thin, off white head that drops very quickly.

Aromas of sour cherries, horse blanket, some dark fruit.

Flavors of dark sour cherries, horse blanket.

Mouthfeel is bitter, dry and sour. Sourness is very mouth puckering.

Overall a very good wild ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 01:12:16 | More by JamnesCameron
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NWer

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottling 004x5.
Sour.
Sucks your cheeks out sour. Dark red pour into my chalice with nice rusty head and adequate retention. Currants show through with intensity intended by the brewers. This was a great representative of the style and one that should be experienced before you die.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 02:53:41 | More by NWer
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zrab11

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a nice dark brown with a small white head.

S- Has a nice sweet carmel aroma with some dried fruits and vinegar smell

T- UUp front you get some dried fruits followed by a tartness then towards the end you taste some blackberries and finishs with a nice dry wine taste.

M-Medium bodied with great carbonation

O-Overall i liked this. But it was prob my least favorite of all the wild ale's by RR. It was nice a tart but didn't have a ton going on in the beer. Def. try this one but i will not be seeking this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 03:36:24 | More by zrab11
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish to brown in color with a small off white head. In the aroma, tart dark fruit and a note of licorice. In the taste, dark grapes, small tartness and small alcohol notes. A sour bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry grape and note of sourness in the aftertaste. A small tartness, nice alcohol note, and quite wine like.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 16:44:54 | More by OWSLEY069
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber/red small amount of tan(ish) head.

S - Tart, funky, vinegar, a hint of oak maybe.

T - Sour apples/grapes, bit of funky, some oak. Really sour. Gets a bit sweeter as I drink it and it warms.

M - Good amount of carbonation, dry finish. Medium body.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 22:39:44 | More by s1ckboy
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largadeer

California

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

Appearance: 750ml corked and caged bottle, batch 001x4, into a Russian River 'Tion tulip. Pours a beautifully clear chestnut amber with crimson highlights. Incredible color on this stuff, especially when held to the light. The head rises high but is short lived, receding to a ring rather quickly.

Smell: Vinous and chocolatey, big fruit overtones and woody tannins. Restrained funkiness; rather clean actually. Hints of spiciness and alcohol. A touch of raspberry and vanilla sweetness appears at warmer temperatures.

Taste & mouthfeel: Tart fruitiness quickly followed by woody tannins, earth and dry red wine. Hints of chocolate and caramel are present beneath it all, the last remnants of Salvation, perhaps? This all leads into a tart, dry and juicy finish with a blast of black currant. Consecration has nailed the beer/wine hybrid more than any other Russian River beer. While it's good stuff, I do find it a bit overwhelming. 9 times out of 10 I'd rather drink Supplication or Temptation.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 05:00:18 | More by largadeer
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tjthresh

Indiana

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

Bottle shared by Bobby91w at the Sexual Chocolate 09 release party. Pours dark red-brown with not much head to speak of. Really nice nose of oak, and dark berries. Huge tannins sour bomb. Nice fruit flavor. Med syrup body. Dry finish. Pretty good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 02:10:45 | More by tjthresh
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kasper

New York

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

Batch 001X4

A: Pours an almost completely opaque shade of dull murky brown with undersaturated dark amber hues. Massive -- for a sour -- loose, cask-like light brown head fills the glass as beer gushes all over my god damn leather upholstery. The head quickly recedes to nothing but a faint ring.

S: Mildly sour vinous aromas. Currents are surprisingly detectable. Also substantive hints of the cabernet barrel, with a slight aromas of brown sugar or chocolate in the background. Aromas is much less intense than I would have imagined.

T: All the flavors of the nose mingle together. Flavors are not extremely sour, nor are they strongly reminiscent of vinegar, but acidic. The palate is flooded with muted vinous flavors that turn tangy and a tad dry near the finish. Sour-grape tinged alcohol burn can be felt long after certain sips.

M: The feel is smooth, if only slightly hefty. Carbonation is certainly there and a bit tingly, but like every other quality in this beer, its subtle.

D: I'm not sure what to say about this beer right now. I think it could use some time in the cellar. I find myself longing for some of the funky brett aromas and flavors which never really materialize for me. Is this a world class brew? Certainly. But I would take a Cuvee de Castleton over it at this stage of ripeness. It absolutely pushes the envelope in blurring the lines between wine and beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 03:08:07 | More by kasper
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hophead247

California

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

My first crack at a wild or sour beer, but it was a great new experience..The pour yields a cloudy, glowing, rusty sienna colored body with a lasting, pillowy, cream colored head. Minimal, spotty lacing shows on the glass. Aromas include a dark, fruity malt base rich with currants and some sour cherry. Dry cocoa adds a hint of sweetness, while soft, oaky vanilla lends a perfumy, lightly woody overtone. Traces of bretty funk add an earthy character. Flavors show more dark fruits, primarily tart dark cherry, fig, and currant, mild sourness being tempered by the soft, oaky carress. The body is substantial and semi-dry, perfectly carbonated. I think I may have another style of beer to add to my list

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 03:39:05 | More by hophead247
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Wasatch

Utah

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

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked
Batch 001x3

This is my 1800th review, holy shit.

Poured into a chalice a nice ruby color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy off-white head, very minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty/yeasty, oak, cherries, currants. The taste is malty/yeasty, soury, slight oak, funky, cherries/currants. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, for some reason, I'm not really into the AWA as much as I use to be.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 23:30:31 | More by Wasatch
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

I bought this dousy at the Hulmeville Inn in PA. Poured a very deep ruby red with a brown touch.Kind of hazy thick light brown heading that looks like coca cola coming in fizzy and leaving flat.A constant flow of bubbles form in my tulip that come from the bottom and raise to the surface of the glass like a fountain.

Smell is very tart at first but are taken over by fine sour wine with and old wood barrel kick.

Taste is ridiculously sour that makes my face squishy like I ate a dozen sour warheads(love those thing's) at once. A kind of gritty souriness gets up in the gums and tickles the teeth.

Mouth again ridiculously sour that sticks to the palate and does let go for the rest of the tasting. Fuller then full bodied,amazing carbonation. If this were flat this would be an amzing wine (Don't know if that's a good thing.)

Drink is mostly a sipper and a taster. I really couldn't see anyone having a session with this beer it is way too sour but definetly a good drink to try.

I would like to thank alot of the people on BA who pretty much told me it was a good deal to get this. Otherwise I might have forgotten about it. Thankyou.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 13:14:10 | More by TheFightfan1
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Thanks JMBSH for this sought after. A different sour, the sour did hit the palate, and I am feeling it 10 hours later. The Brett and other enzymes are interesting and adding to the palate message. Yet overall the taste is not that outstanding. Carbonation was above average, and this beverage did work with supper. An experience. Really good looking orangey off-white bubbly head, though a piece of black sediment rolled into the initial pour. Vinegar aroma which I am two minds about, one being the anticipation of a hard rocking palate cleanser, giving it the benefit of the doubt.
About a year later on tap at the brewpub. Just as good.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 02:27:56 | More by Sammy
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liquidcraft

Michigan

4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Red and fizzy. This was sour, like a beer brewed with warhead candy. The taste crosses the line of tart to sour, its much like a white wine or champagne. It was hard to pick out much of the flavor over the sourness, but it was certainly different and enjoyable. I would love to drink this again, but not tonight. The flavor is intense, and while fun, does not promote drinking much of it.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 11:54:15 | More by liquidcraft
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Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark amber in color with a short 1/4" head that falls to some thick surface bubbles.

Smell: yeast, sour fruits, and some woodiness makes up a pleasant but different aroma.

Taste: yeast, red wine, woodiness, tart cherries, and a moderate bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticable. Sourness is strong here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with some significant dryness at the finish.

Drinkability: slow sipping beer and the sourness is a bit strong so one will not look for more than a glass in a session.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 19:46:40 | More by Gavage
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 004X1

Appearance -- Pours garnet with amber highlights and minimal head. Just enough haze to catch light.

Smell -- Currant, tart berries, cider vinegar, vanilla, and canteloupe.

Taste -- Red wine vinegar, currant, and tart raspberry-like notes are most evident up front. Some cabernet is also noticable along with mixed berries, amber malt, and an earthy, vegetal bitterness. The oak barrel gives some woody astringency and vanilla flavor.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body with ample prickly carbonation and mild astringency. A bit frothy toward the back-end. Dry finish.

Drinkability -- It's good, but I'm not in love. Probably due to my mixed feelings toward currants. I really had to give this beer a chance, but toward the end of my glass I was feeling okay about it. Still, I won't be actively seeking this out any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 21:45:09 | More by yeahnatenelson
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a tulip at TJ's Restaurant and Drinkery's 7th Anniversary.

A deep crimson color with blood red/copper hues and light orange accent with good clarity for the style. The cap of beige appears when swirled in the tulip, the bead is ultrafine-pin sized bubbles with gentle spots of lace sticking.
The smell of currant and dark wine grapes is immediate when the glass nears my nostrils, there is a sublte sour scent which combines with spice and mild oak aspects but there is mild sweet odors adding to the complex sour aroma w/ mild currant/berry and grape aroms.

The feel is so highly acidic it seems astringent and sharp up front. The sour lingers and makes me pucker and then the acidity and slight alcohol move forward only after a spice tinge do you get any type of sweetness, the effervescence is moderately high. The flavor mirrors the nose and mouthfeel with sweet tarts and bitter grape flavors with a dash of currant sweetness and slight tannic fruit skin elements. The light sour apple flavor adds dimension to the depth of sour and acidic tastes going on here.

This is not a wild ale for the faint of heart, it is strong puckering and I consider it only above average drinkability-wise overall, just not something I could see have many back to back of, a good wild brew and I guess Vinnie has us spoiled because this is great, just not outstanding like his other American Wild ales.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2010 17:27:25 | More by Slatetank
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spree92

New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting brew. Batch3x3. Hazy pour. Deep burgundy highlighted by a pink tones. This one packs a punch.
Apple, berries and earthyness are strong. You can even smell the tatrness of this beast.
ABV at 10% isn't that noticeable but this, to me, is a true sour. Thick, heavy and sticks around.
Super happy I tried and not close to what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 03:44:21 | More by spree92
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cpmichael

Indiana

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

Poured into a Stone RIS. Not sure on batch, but I am pretty sure it was the most recent one to date.

A: Pours a reddish-brown, translucent, with no foam.

S: Smells of barnyard funk, red win, and plums.

T: sour cherries and red wine, barnyard funk, with hints of vanilla and oak.

M/D: very little carbonation, medium body. Fruity and sour. I drank this after a cantillon rose de gambrinus, and I knew this was good, but it was tough for the Consecration to follow the Cantillon.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 15:57:53 | More by cpmichael
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MarcatGSB

Michigan

4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into La Fin Du Monde tulip. Thanks to Damico for really hooking me up on a recent trade! Batch 004X4.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown/almost purple color with no head (is that normal?). No lacing.

Nose: Well some definite funk and wild berries. Blackberries, currants, and cherry. Some oak linger.

Taste: Great sour character. Initial blast of lemon tartness. Deep cherry, some Pinot Noir notes, okak, and lively vinegar. Great flavor profile.

Mouth: Puckeringly tart. The alcohol is well hidden and allows the fine currant flavor and dry puckering to come through.

Drink and Overall: I gotta knock the appearance for lack of carbonation. I expected a little more head, and therefore more nose. It was wonderful, but I will update if I taste again with different reaults.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 22:54:02 | More by MarcatGSB
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DearthVader

California

4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml poured into my Bruery tulip.

Pours brown with glowing amber tones around the edges. Poured aggressively and received nothing but a few bubbles. No head whatsoever, and also left no lacing.

Smell is of a tart berries. I can't really pick up anything else but it's still very nice even though it's lacking complexity.

Taste is of fig and sour sour berries. Again? Lacking in complexity but very enjoyable nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth. The Brett is definitely present, but not puckering. That's exactly how I like my sours. Also leaves a lingering tingle on the back of your tongue. Very nice.

Yet again a solid offering from RR!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 06:04:25 | More by DearthVader
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aasher

Indiana

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

375ml bottle, Batch 5. It was acquired in a recent trade with BrewerB, thanks again Brian! This beer pours a fig like brown with reddish/purple highlights and an off white head that laces the glass. It smells of tart cherries, currants, grape skins, and moderate brett funk. It tastes sour cherries, tree bark, tannins, brett, and light alcohol. It drinks medium in body for a wild with a moderate amount of alcohol, but for 10% it is well hidden. It has a sharp, dry finish. Overall this is definitely a fine beer but certainly not the best I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 02:29:14 | More by aasher
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,173 ratings.