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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,470 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,470
Reviews: 1,072
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 1,499
Gots: 1,503 | FT: 115
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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Poured at the Russian River & Taco Bonanza into a little chalice.

Pours mahogany in color, barely opaque and no head. Smells delicious.. Slightly vinegar/ tart and sweet. taste is a blast of tart and and mild sweetness. A little vinegar, currants, and slight oak all balanced perfectly. After taste is all oak.. Some vanilla and currants very mild overall. This sour beer leaves me begging for another sip!

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Batch 6. Into a tulip.

Clear and brown-ish. No lacing, pretty much no head. Looks kind of like flat cola.

Smell like oak, plums, currants, leather, vinegar, funk.

Flavor is tart, but not terribly sour. Dark fruit flavors and oak up front, dry and not sweet, finishing with a vinegar sourness and noticeable heat from the alcohol. The ABV is well-hidden, though.

Mouthfeel is barely carbonated and light. It works.

This is a good sour and very easy to drink for the high ABV. I found Supplication tastier and more complex, though, with noticeable wine-barrel flavors. I'd love to try an older batch of Consecration.

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12.68 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A - Pours a deep, dark brownish red, almost opaque. Very thin head that dissipates immediately. No lacing. Lots of carbonation. Could see lots of bubbles racing up the side of my glass. Also had some sediment floating around.

S - Funkiness from the Brett, fruitiness, currants, sour grapes, vinous. The Cabernet pushes its way through as well. This beer smells like it's going to be a sour treat.

T - Taste follows the aroma. Really funky and sour, thanks to the wild yeasts. Some tartness with currants and vinous grapes. And again, the Cabernet seems to make itself present in the background. I didn't pick up much of the oak.

M - Light, crisp with tons of carbonation. Effervescence similar to champagne. Smooth and drinkable. The alcohol is masked perfectly in this 10% ABV beer.

O - Another great brew from Russian River. I've only had a couple of the RR sours but this is one of my favorites. The wonderful taste combined with a pleasant mouthfeel and amazing drinkability make this an excellent sour ale.

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