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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3175
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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henrysunset

Washington

4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz on tap @ brouwers.

Looks red with gauzy tan head. Smell is sweet and sour with obvious cherry and strawberry.

Taste is good, but not as sweet and smooth as the duchesse. A tiny bit vinegary. A bit oaky, almost whiskylike.

A litle dry and not totally smooth, but very good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2010 01:06:42 | More by henrysunset
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beagle75

Iowa

3.35/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Tustin Brewing Company; a ten-ounce serving poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Clear, reddish-amber color with a small amount of white head that quickly diminishes to a patchy residue and ring of foam.

S: Weak ascetic odor with slight urea. While it sounds repulsive, the overall mildness of the smell keeps it from being overpowering.

T: Taste begins very sour and also fruity. The taste of wine is diminished and blends well with the other flavors of currants and stone fruits. An aftertaste rapidly sets in consisting of strong, assertive oak and bready yeast. The flavor of the yeast is noticeable in every sip and I find myself looking forward to it--not what I expected to find in this beer. There is no flavor of alcohol detectable.

M: Viscosity is thin but not watery or distracting. Moderate carbonation could be less, as it seems to exhaust the palate by the end of the serving.

D: This beer is truly a challenge, both in terms of alcohol content as well as flavor. It is most similar to another Russian River sour, Supplication. Neither drinks as easily as some other American-brewed sour brown ales such as The Bruery's Oude Tart or Jolly Pumpkin's La Roja. Be warned before you open a large bottle of this beer for yourself--you would have to love sours unconditionally to enjoy all 750 ml.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2010 23:22:36 | More by beagle75
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at resurrection ale house.

A- comes to me with no head. A hazy deep chestnut with a red glow.

S- murky dank fruit and funky wood. A background sweetness hidden in the murk. Slightly herbatious with some mint and thyme.

T- sour and woody with funky fruit and old buggy oak. Herbatious with thyme, oregano, some mint, grassy with some vineous hits. Long tart finish.


M- medium body and about the same in carb. Small bubbles at first them growing and exploding. Dry with a nice pucker.

D- how this pulls in at 10 abv ill never know but damn! Super good stuff and not to buggy, but can something be to buggy?

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2010 17:57:03 | More by oglmcdgl
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djmichaelk

Florida

4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draft at Toronado SF, Memorial Day.

A - The color of apple juice with a hint of pink. Not much in the way of head or lacing at all. I actually had someone ask me if I was drinking juice... in Toronado. Hmph.

S - Wow, much more tartness and sourness than I was expecting. This really slapped me in the face at first. Plenty of apple, berry, and malt vinegar. You can smell this beast from three feet away. The appearance really does NOT do it justice.

T - At first, there's a ton of sour fruit -- currants, blackberries, and red grapes, followed by sour apples, maybe some candied sugar, and finally that lactic sourness, malt vinegar. Really a ton of depth here, I keep getting something different every time I take a sip. Outstanding flavor.

M - Very nice, although maybe just a bit thin towards the finish. Fairly dry, which probably contributed to how fast I finished the glass.

D - Well, the ABV is very well hidden, which didn't give me a problem. But the tartness might keep me from having more than one in a sitting, which is less a fault of this beer and maybe just my reaction to the style.

O - Great; I could definitely see myself starting out with one of these every time I stop in there.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2010 03:56:02 | More by djmichaelk
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this from a skull-cracklingly thick clear glass goblet. A thin ring of rose-colored foam rode the meniscus momentarily. Juicy, lustrous, gem-like burgundy color.

The oak-aging is immediately apparent in the aroma, although I initially mistook it as bourbon barrel-aged due to a perceived faint smokiness. It's quite amazing how 'freshly-cut' the oak character comes across. Soft sour cherry is the next most discernible smell, followed by perhaps some vanilla custard.

Having been weaned mostly on (and recalling best) Monk's and Duchesse (and, yeah, through the years I've randomly had other various lambics/sours/wilds), the sour grip on the tongue with this was revelatory, though I'd like to believe not the most potent out there. In fact, it 'grips' tightest through the first few sips and, once accustomed to it, it's wonderful.

In addition to the somewhat sharp sourness in the flavor, there's a dry cherry, or maybe even raspberry, fruitiness - but not much. The oak comes out more mellow than in the aroma. And, why and from what, I don't know, I'm tasting bourbon - mostly up front - but it fades by the finish, which is vaguely reminiscent of champagne. Vaguely.

Definitely a complex, interesting beer. Wish it came out this way more often.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 21:16:38 | More by Bouleboubier
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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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augustgarage

California

4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood - 5/20/2010. Served in a generic snifter.

Clear burgandy body which glows a luminous cerise when held up to the sun. Large very active ivory head diminishes rapidly to a collar ringing a Ukiyo-e cloud.

Vinuous, cidery character suggests a Flanders Red initially - unusual aromatics...

Light rosé flavors intermingle with cherries, wild strawberries, a bit of simple syrup, and a bloom of citrus-laden tart hops which spread across the mid-palate. Vague wild "cat piss" notes emerge as well, but they actually work here.

Not that I have a bottle open next to it, but any resemblance to the base beer (Salvation) seems to have vanished...

Medium-light bodied, a bit slick but still moderately carbonated.

I may need to re-visit this one in the bottle, as (with the exception of their IPAs) I usually prefer RR in that modality...

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2010 22:42:59 | More by augustgarage
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lagunitas beer circus. Poured into a 4 ounce sample glass the shape of a small pilsner glass. Light ruby colored body with a small light beige head. Aroma is of very tart and funky dark fruits. Can't pick out any specific fruit in particular. Taste is mouth puckering funky tartness to the extreme. Very fruity. The barrel aging adds depth and complexity. Delicious all around and I'm sure very satisfying to someone in the mood for some serious funk.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2010 22:29:04 | More by KickbacksSteve
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1759Girl

California

3.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Consecration 09

Hello, pretty little glass... You look dangerous.

Appearance> dark red brown, no head, no bubbles, no lacing

Smell>Sour cherry. Yeasty. Wow. Not my cuppa, but pretty fab for those who like this sort of thing.

Taste> The tart prune "tannins," if you will, strike suddenly... then the sour mash sensation warms up in the hang leaving the imbiber's palette with pleasant, plummy notes in the hang.

Mouf>thin and easy

Drinkability> Wow. That was great and a nice switchup from my usuals at the Toronado, but I couldn't have more than one... more than two would definitely be bad on a weekday.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2010 04:17:37 | More by 1759Girl
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jminsc76

Texas

4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Daily Pint. Most likely the fourth batch. I can't believe it has taken me this long to review what is currently my favorite beer, but, better late than never.

A decent amount of carbonation sitting atop a deep ruby body, almost brownish in tinge. Very sexy legs as I tilt the glass.

Some sour tannic goodness as far as the aromas are concerned, with a nice light whiff yielding a perfume-y sensuousness to the bouquet. I smell something else in there, a richness I can't quite identify.

Ah, so tart and spicy and lactic-acidy and cabernet-sauvignon-y. Not as smooth as some of the older batches, but this remains so enough to warrant plenty of accolades. The peppery flavors from the currants really stands out, as does the rich sourness.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick, but with the strength of the tartness I can't hold it enough for a thorough swishing (yeah, call me a wuss, go ahead).

Overall, this fourth batch could use some age, BUT, GDit Consecration is Consecration. And it feels like Consecration: raising me up to the heavens on a 10% ABV. God's work continues to be done.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2010 06:20:07 | More by jminsc76
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear dark amber color with some redness and brown hues about it. Served with no head present and minimal amount of faint spotty lacing. Nose is funky with oak and woodsy characteristics. Alcohol and Brett are apparent. Dry fruit smells riddled with alcohol. Taste is puckering with sourness and alcohol right upfront playing a lead role. Quite drying and tart. Flavors of dark skinned fruit come through as it warms...and warms it does as the alcohol in this beer is there in both warmth and taste. The woodsy flavors mesh favorably with the alcohol. Lingering tartness is left in the mouth that is puckering enough to make you go back in for continuous repetitive sips. Light feel and highly carbed this was one very enjoyable experience.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2010 19:12:36 | More by stakem
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punkindrublic50

New York

4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the brewery, as well as in subsequent bottles. Absolutely lives up to the ratings. Pour is a dark amber with a rapidly thinning head, smell is complex and wonderful. Taste is phenomenal: not much of the currents that it is brewed with, but instead cherries and grapes, as well as a pleasant complex sour mouthful. Much more sour taste than funk. Completely drinkable, which you have to watch because at 10% alcohol this will knock you down quick. Can't taste the alcohol at all.

My favorite out of all the Russian River sours I've tried so far.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2010 18:05:46 | More by punkindrublic50
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Red-brown colored body with minimal carbonation that only is around the edge of the glass.

Smells of dark red fruits, and sour at that. Cherries and I think currant, maybe grapes.

Sour, as I guess it's supposed to be. Sour cherries and apples battle back and forth on my tongue. There's a touch of cedar in the aftertaste. I'm thinking that it's supposed to be oak, but it's more like cedar to me.

Mouthfeel is, um, sour. Pucker up. The texture and carbonation are thin, like champagne.

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and even my wife appreciated it, but it was a little too sour for my liking. I definitely recommend it and would have it again, though. It's just one that I'd only have a single glass of at the end of the night.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2010 01:06:13 | More by Vonerichs
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this multiple times and finally getting around to it from notes:

On tap at the brewpub on 6/30/09. Poured a beautiful dark burgundy with a cream head. Mild aroma with hints of berries. There is a mild sweet flavor, but ultimately the brett and sour currants take over. This has great flavor, with touches of sweetness, then a very well balanced bitter finish. The hype is worth it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2010 01:41:56 | More by ChrisPro
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femALEist

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Pi Bar for Russian River night during SF Beer week.
Consecration- Barrel aged sour ale with currants added & 10%. One of my all time favorite sours. It poured ruby red. It smelled of sour cherries, oak and funk. It tasted like dried currants, sour pucker, oak, wood and cabernet. Very wine like and tasty.
This is one of my all time favorite beers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2010 19:32:38 | More by femALEist
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gpioski

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my very first "sour ale":

Menu says American wild ale with currants and aged in oak barrels.

A- dark red-brown. no head. decent carbonation.

S- cherries. sourness. clear hints of pinot nior wine. oak aromas.

T- Really dry. Almost tastes like a glass of wine. Can definitely taste the wine notes from the barrel. cherries/grapes/currants. Very tart and sour. No traditional beer flavors present.

M- nice texture. definitely bites back with dryness. nice carbonation. tart, but refreshing. also has a bit of alcohol bite.

D- Tasty and refreshing, but ABV makes it a bit difficult to have more than one...

Awesome, but definitely an acquired taste. My wife liked it, but one of the other wives hated it. Hop heads might not like it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2010 00:23:33 | More by gpioski
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, served in a flute

Arrived at my table with an almost completely faded yellow head that fell to just a thin layer of foam and left some stray lines here and there. The body sat a translucent, dark mahogany and had streams of bubbles moving swiftly to the top of the glass.

The aroma is lacking a little punch. Oak and caramel with balsamic notes dominating. Some dark fruit skins are apparent, but lay low, along with some old leather.

The fruit comes out to play much more so on the flavor, balancing out the acidic, tart, balsamic flavor. Dark cherries, red and green grape skins along with oak woodiness and a finish of dry tobacco. The flavor profile reminds me a lot of red wine. Deep, vinous fruits, tart and a dry, tobacco/leather finish.

The alcohol is well buried here. Light to medium body with prickly carbonation and a light, crisp, dry finish. I liked how the finish was more fruit and leather than balsamic.

For the style, I found this to be amazingly drinkable. The tartness never overwhelmed, and the dark vinous qualities were able to shine through, bringing a welcome balance.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2010 19:42:45 | More by ColForbinBC
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The third RR beer I tried at TJs in PA yesterday. Could this day get any better? Another awesome wild ale. Served in the same glass as Supplication, oversized flute like shape. Comes out with a dark red-brown color which light can get through, not much. The head and cloud are missing but I have never really seen a wild ale with one. The ring around the edge leaves sticky suds behind but no real lacing. The smell is a very nice blend of oak wood and sour lambic. Some dark toasty/caramel malt shines through leaving me with a very interesting beer ahead of me. The taste comes down to sour fruit, oak and brown ale malt hints to me, in a very nice way. The sour and barrel wood notes compliment each other very well and the brown ale malts help back up the sour nicely. Not very complex to me but very cool and creative. Mouthfeel is nice. Moderate body with moderate carbonation and good cream. Not as solid as Supplication but still very nice. A coat of sour oak and malt is left on the tongue. This one gets very sour to me after a while, one glass is the perfect quantity for this great beer. The price was awesome and so wasn't the flavor. RR is great to me so far.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2010 02:13:32 | More by cbutova
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samie85

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on 2/27/10 at Falling Rock Tap House.

A- Pours a nice mahogany color with a little bit of white head.

S-Acidic and cherry with some oak notes.

T-Dry and acidic cherry sour with some earthy, clay-like flavors that I also found in Temptation. It tastes like what wet clay smells like.

M- It has a wine-like dryness that kind of sticks with you and it's well carb'ed.

D-Not as easy drinking as Temptation due to the dryness, but still a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 07:00:39 | More by samie85
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BeerGodz

New Jersey

4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On Tap @ Monk's Cafe

Look: Deep crimson, slight haze, thin head with little lacing

Smell: Brett funk, dark fruit, caramel, oak, and malt

Taste: Up Front: Lemon zest, white grape, malt. Finish: brett funk, oak at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a light/medium carbonation. It got even creamier as it warmed up!

Drinkability: Tart, incredibly smooth, and refreshing! Does not get more drinakble than this?

Overall Impression: This was the first Wild Ale I've had since Victory's Wid Devil - a beer I disliked so much I almost dumped it. Almost. Having said that, I was unsure how this would beer would go over with me. Upon the first sip, my skepticism was gone! This is without a doubt the most complex beer/ale I've ever tasted!!! First the aging in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels was obvious. The brett was a perfect compliment to the complexity of this amazing ale. It's kinda like a cross between a wine and a beer, and not a cheap version of either. If this is not Nectar of the Godz, I don't know what is.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2010 15:09:00 | More by BeerGodz
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WesWes

New York

4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a 1/2" off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a mild sourness in the nose along with a nice barrel aged aroma. The crystal malts seem to mellow the overall sourness. The taste is more laid back as well. It's easy drinking. I cannot believe this is a 10% abv. beer. I could drink this all night. It has a more moderate sourness than Beatification. It's also a darker beer with some crystal malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is very drinkable. It's tasty and not overly "wild".

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 23:30:44 | More by WesWes
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jdense

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Saraveza 2.18.10 poured into Chalice, good size pour (12 oz.).

Minimal head, quick dissipation, no lacing to speak of. Dark amber body. Faint dried fruit in the nose, little hop presence. Taste is of tart dried cherries, no noticeable hops, a bit of funk (Brett?) pucker powered brew. Dry attentuated finish. At this ABV not sessionable, one is enough, but quite drinkable. Not quite in the league of Cascade Brewing/Raccoon Lodge, but this was a very tasty sour, certainly worth seeking out for fans of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2010 18:10:51 | More by jdense
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

10.5 oz pour into a tulip at Union Jack's. One of these times I'll do a more thorough review from a bottle, but this will suffice for now....

This is a great beer for catching wine enthusiast's or non-beer believers off guard in what they think a beer can be. Glass is filled carefully and slowly to the lip, leaving no room for a head and initially served a little too cold. Color is a murky, reddish brown, fairly clear and viscous looking. Strong vinous aroma, balanced and alternating oaky, mild vanilla sweetness with acidic funky dark fruit sourness. Flavor is deep, dark and complex. At colder temps the sour and funky dominates ripe apple, cider-like, tart cherries, berries, Brett-funk, etc. Warming up this becomes much more complex as the sweeter wood flavors reveal themselves and turn this into even more of a sipper. Sharp mouthfeel, fuller bodied and moderate carbonation and lingering finish, relatively dry. I still prefer Supplication to this, but that's not really a bad thing. Not easiest to approach of the RR wilds if you're not a fan of the style, but if you are this is exceptional.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2010 01:47:41 | More by yourefragile
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YOOJ

Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap into a Chimay goblet at the Bier Stein in Eugene.

Beautiful dark red color, quite similar to the bottle. No head whatsoever. Very unique looking beer.

Smell is black cherry a little booze, overall surprisingly subtle, and I would have expected a little more funk.

Taste is much like the smell, black cherry with great smooth sourness up front. Hardly any funk present. Finishes with complex sourness and a subtle aftertaste.

Surprisingly fizzy, the texture that you would expect from a 10% beer. You can smell the alcohol, but it is completely masked in the flavor.

I have yet to fully enjoy a sour experience, so maybe its just not my thing.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2010 20:33:27 | More by YOOJ
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at RR
Poured a burgundy color with red hues and a nice white head. Nose is tart berries, oak and just a plain overall sour aroma. Taste followed the nose ery much the same with tart berries being the first thing you taste and then oak, booze and earthiness. This is my favorite RR sour. Very tasty, big, and awesome. Alcohol is noticable but the flavor just tends to bury it. Very damn good.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 14:50:28 | More by barleywinefiend
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,175 ratings.