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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,723
Reviews: 1,033
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.82%
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Gots: 1,164 | FT: 84
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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.

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GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%

Had this on-tap at Tria in Philadelphia.

Sour and funky but not overpowering. Deep dark fruit flavors.

I was expecting more complexity and deeper flavors*, but what I got instead was a really smooth and pleasant wild ale. Quite drinkable given its alcohol percentage.

* Not saying it isn't deep. Just not as much as I was expecting.

10-06-2009 02:35:46 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%

Cheers to Solomon420 helping get this one! Review based on notes

Batch 002X1 pours a hugely effervescent brown/chestnut with a rapidly falling tan head; a great beer to listen to...Nice viscosity to this, a touch of lacing & zero head retention

S: Much sourness, , leather, figs & candied cherries

T: Tartness, cherries, dryness; leather, raisins & figs up front, plus a touch of leafy hops. Oaky dryness & tart cherries dominate as this warms, & a bit of boozey figs, leather & more leafy hops as this warms. Finishes uber dry with leather. figs, vanilla & boozey cherries

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, became oily & sticky once warm

Drinks easy as a wild ale & the ABV, a touch too dry for me to be completely happy with it, another great sour from these guys!

10-06-2009 02:25:50 | More by russpowell
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev -0.2%

750ml bottle from the fridge, batch 001X4.

Pours mahogany with a burnished ruby hue and a short head of beige that dissolved as quick as cola. A placid surface with zero lacework for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off with acid-laced red wine, dark fruits, tannic skins, and vineous funk. Hints of wet sock on oak, cedar, spruce resin, cinnamon and the trademark juniper/quanine RR yeast. Earthy, tannic, fruity, and vineous.

Medium bodied with a quenching, puckering mouthfeel. Slick and crisp.

Cherries, Currants, grape must, robust wine, and vineous malt start the palate. A swift tartness steps forward as well as warming alcohol, lush fruit, pine bark, cedar dust, and oakey undertones.

Finishes with a lingering tartness, an extreme vineousity, and an incredible depth of flavor.

What a great beer. Side by side vs. T20 I prefer this one. Much more depth of flavor and juicier. Not quite as funky and dry as the T20 though. I can only see this getting better with age also. Yikes.

10-06-2009 00:42:53 | More by brewandbbq
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +6%

When I was in the Bay Area over Christmas last year, I drank about half a gallon of this delicious beer in the space of a week. While I've had it out of the bottle a couple of times since (batch 1), I haven't reviewed it , and this review is for a bottle from batch 2. Thank you, Scott.

In my RR -tion tulip, this beer is absolutely gorgeous. Brilliantly clear carmine with a large light brown head that recedes to a disk rather quickly. Truly beautiful

The nose is as beautiful as I remember it being. Deep and rich with balsamic vinegar, unsweetened chocolate, and fruit with currants and berries. Like an old estate library, the smell of leather is noticeable. In fact, this is like having a little pipe tobacco and having the aromas of a rich, red wine waft into your nostrils as you sit in that library. The wine character is beautifully expressed, with the tannins adding depth. The combination and sheer balance of the flavors is testament to Vinnie's genius

Opening up sour , quite intensely so with a combination of lemon and vinegar, it makes the palate pucker. Behind the initial wave of sourness is a strong vinous character, with the cabernet sauvignon (OK, red wine) carrying a blend of flavors with chocolate, berries and tobacco. The currants add some tartness and a bite to the mid palate. Mildly leathery and earthy before a long finish that's tart, mildly sweet and mildly tannic.

Deceptively light on the palate, this beer has a smooth, medium-light body with a fairly high level of carbonation. With a fantastic, complex finish, this beer is fabulous

While a little more acetic than I remember it being, this is still one immensely drinkable beer. The alcohol is exceptionally well-hidden, and I anticipate having no issues finishing this bottle.

**Edit 15 October 2010**
A little more than a year later, I'm revisiting this. While I've had it a couple of times since my review, I haven't taken notes since. Batch 1 again.

No real head or retention this time round, this beer is loud and fizzy. The nose seems to have faded a touch. While vinegary and vinous in a pleasing way, the fine balance seems to have been lost a little bit. Definitely oaky and woody, this isn't particularly funky, mostly just sour and again, with cocoa, leather and a little vanilla. The currants seem to be left as a sharp, fruity character here.
The palate opens moderately sour with a blend of vinegar and lactic acid with some lemon rind on the finish, this beer is pretty awesome. Beautiful mid-palate with cocoa, leather and oak, this beer is dry and moderately sour on the finish. The sourness is actually mostly fruity, almost making me think that it's from the currants, as it is neither overtly lemony, acetic or lactic, Vinous mid-palate, this beer really shines as it warms up. Initially too cold, it's starting to resemble what I remember it being, this is wonderfully structured. 4.5/4.5/4.5

**Edit 20 Aug 2011**
Batch 004x4, this is probably the third bottle I've had in about 9 months? The fruits are particularly noticeable on the nose, with a definite currant aroma. However, behind it, there's a rich, deep, complex nose, with earth and leather. Fruity, pulpy lemon pith with a pleasant oak character. Palate opens hugely sour with a prominent lime-like acidity with a touch of red wine vinegar. Mild booze, remarkably bright. Moderate currant flavor on the finish. Brown sugar, vanilla on the mid-palate. Nice structure and flavors here, Solid all-round 4.5/4/4

**Edit 21 April 2012**
Batch 005x2E, received from giant24. Thanks, Matt.
This batch appears to be a little more acetic and plenty more fruity than the other batches, making me think the barrels used for this blend were fresh and quite wet. This really does smell like a nice cab, fruity and leathery. A nice blend of lactic and lemony sourness here. Very nice. 4/4.5/4

**Edit 21 june 2013**
Batch 1 again.

Despite my earlier misgivings, this is doing spectacularly well. Bright citrus and lactic acidity with gorgeous vinous notes, and a modest funk, this is excellent. The balance to tobacco, leather , both on the nose and palate is excellent. Juicy, okay vinous notes are present and the finish is excellently citrus, something I haven't wholly found in recent Russian River sours. Highly recommended. 4.5/4.5/4.5

**Edit 06 Apr 2014**

My last bottle of batch 2. Thank you, Scott.

Such a joy. Preserved lemons, red wine, leather, fruity red wine and just plain fuxking delicious. Moderately tannic. A fucking masterpiece on the nose. The palate is similarly deep, complex and very well balanced. The lemony sourness is a characteristic that is diminishing in the newer Russian River sours, a change I'm not a huge fan of, but this vintage is a clean, crisp sour one with a nice blend of lactic and citric. Wonderful wine and fruity notes, very Much so. Awesome awesome stuff. 4.75/4.5/4.5

10-03-2009 02:10:50 | More by DefenCorps
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Ezekiel81923

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -8.9%

A 750mL corked and caged bottle purchased from Matt at Capone's in Norristown. Poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint because, well, it was the only clean glass I had.

Appearance: A pop of the cork and a slow pour into my glass reveals a dark, ruby red colored brew. Very dark, almost black, but not quite as you could pick up the blood colored hues in the light. Only light I see coming through is around the outside of the glass. A tan/brown head develops, about a fingers worth, fizzy like soda or seltzer water, which relatively quickly recedes to a thin layer on top of the beer.

Smell: Funky. Fruity. I could pick up the currants that the bottle indicates are in there, as well as some oak sweetness. Maybe some other dark fruit aromas? Sweetness from the Cabernet Sauvignon/Oak barrels it was aged in comes through as well, it's probably the most predominant smell I pick up.

Taste: Very sour. Puckering, malicious sour flavor, but that's a good thing. This might be the most sour beer I've had. I get a touch of fruity sweetness before the sourness takes over. Once the sour subsides, it's a sweet oaky, red wine flavor, and this is where the currants come through. As the beer warms, the sourness dissipates slightly and the back end of the sip becomes a lot sweeter, and the currant and other fruit flavors become much more predominant.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light. Very fizzy on the tongue. Very puckering. In fact, after swallowing each sip, my mouth would still involuntarily pucker from the residual sourness. Pretty cool.

Drinkability: Wouldn't mind if this was in a 375mL or a 22oz'er. Delicious beer, but the more it warms the more I had to labor through it. Certainly a treat though.

This was my first RR Sour beer, and it has inspired me to seek out their others.

10-01-2009 18:03:01 | More by Ezekiel81923
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ZX6Chris

California

4.83/5  rDev +7.8%

This was the first I've had of this style and I was surprised.
A - A beautiful dark hazy brown color. Great carbonation due to the refermenting in the bottle(kind of like a shampagne). Poured well with a nice white head that lasted for awhile.

S - It had an amazing sweet fruity aroma(very vinous).

T - The fruit smells come through in the taste. It's sweet, but not too sweet. And has some tartness on the backside.

M - Light, crisp, refreshing like a shampagne. Bubbly in your mouth.

D - Overall the beer looked great, smelled great and went down easy. The 10% alcohol was enjoyable as well. This would be a interesting beer to share with others.

09-28-2009 16:21:21 | More by ZX6Chris
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jdklks

Nevada

3.95/5  rDev -11.8%

pours a transparent rusty brown color that shines with amber and almond highlights. little head on a slow pour, but this one doesn't lack carbonation, that's for sure. it smells of red wine and even whiskey, and the fruity notes are intensified from the grape aroma of the wine. there is a strong scent of wood from the barrel aging. very nice smell all around.

wow. its carbonated like champagne, extremely sour and tart. the red wine is strongly present, and the fruitiness adds a sweetness that is very pleasant up front, though it resembles fruit candy, and is nearly as sugary (in fact, the aftertaste is reminiscent of sweet-tarts). acai berries and raisins come to mind. some slight alcohol notes through the middle, accompanied by an aged "woodiness" that, though subtle, is perhaps the best characteristic of the flavor.

the mouthfeel is thin and light, as the bubbles explode fiercely all over the palate. its sticky and stays with you for a while. drinkability is no doubt limited to this 750ml bottle. i would prefer less, actually, but since its here ill drink it.

09-28-2009 04:20:21 | More by jdklks
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projectflam86

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev -1.8%

Got this from trading with Alen. Thanks for the chance dude!

Batch 002x2

A- Pours a deep burgundy brown color with a massive off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing. The bubbles hiss as the head fades down to a nice half inch ring.

S- Lots of vinous and dark fruit aroma with a bit of funk and yeast scents. Plenty of oak and vanilla with red grapes.

T- Incredibly tart dark cherries and red grape initially. Black berries and currants with a vinegar-like sourness. Definetely some Brett funkiness flavor in there. Even if I had not known that this was aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, I would have been able to guess it easily. A splash of tobacco and oak with an unmistakable tannin dryness. This one takes a few sips to warm up to. The alcohol is almost non-existent and only leaves its mark with a bit of a warming effect that occurs just after half of the bottle is gone.

M- Medium body with loads of carbonation. The bubbles glide across the tongue dispersing the flavor evenly throughout. Incredibly dry finish.

D- Wow, this is one tremendously complex brew. This could easily bridge the gap between beer and red wine. A breed all of its own.

09-22-2009 02:00:16 | More by projectflam86
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natelocc787

California

4.6/5  rDev +2.7%

Imagine a sparkling, top notch, complex Cabernet as it comes in and as it goes down you taste outstanding, complex craft ale in the finish.

The color is a nice burgundy brown and the pour builds a nice foamy head that dissipates very quickly as it bubbles, pops and fizzes like the crown of a cola.

The smell is of currants, plums, fig newton insides, cabernet sauvignon and lemonheads.

Tastes of currants, ripe plum, leather and oak and a surprising hit of sparkling ocean spray sour cranberry. Cabernet is there with a nice tart lemony acetic backbone. Malt and hop is there if you look but this beer is wild and has much more complex flavors up front. A slight alcohol punch rounds out the finish.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, not heavy, not light. Very bubbly and dry. Very tarty as well and it leaves a sour finish in your mouth that is very welcome. In my book this beer offers the definition of a quality finish, which is one that lasts and lasts and lasts on your palate.

As I haven't gotten into Cabernet wines yet, this would be an ideal replacement to enjoy with a fine steak and potato dinner.

Had this again batch 4 fresh on 4/20/2010 and it's very, very well done, a currant bomb.

09-17-2009 22:05:32 | More by natelocc787
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EliottJW

California

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%

I've had a fair amount of this stuff by this point, so I think it's time to buck up and write a review!

I think the weakest part of this brew is it's appearance. It pours an almost root beer brown and it's head leaves a bit to be desired. while it's plenty carbonated, the bubbles are a bit large, almost soapy in nature. as this one goes down, the lace left is a bit runny. It's still an attractive beer though, so the fact that this is it's weakest point really speaks to it's strength overall.

The nose is sweet and tart together. sour cherries poke their head out first and give way to a sweet and mild bubblegum.

This is a complex beer to say the least... flavors of those sour cherries come out right at the front, giving way to red grape tannins and then grapefruit. There's a real bite to it, both of the grapefruit and warhead variety... it really is wonderful and ends up sweetening substantially as it warms and the cabernet shines through.

overall, I'd say this is an extremely light, very drinkable beer... almost indescribably so considering it's heavy hitting ABV... you wouldn't know it was 10%.

09-17-2009 20:46:59 | More by EliottJW
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +4.9%

Dark brown with reddish hues. The head is fizzy and lasts a bit.

Smell is amazing. It has rich sugary notes and figs with this punch of acetic acid. Lemon and dark fruits as well.

Starts with a little sugary sweetness then immediately moves into sour fruity flavors. Sour cherries and lemon come to mind. The finish is what I love about this beer, it's spicy, mineraly, crisp, and kind of reminds me of sweet tarts.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, the sourness is not so insane that it ruins your palate. I can drink this all night long. What a treat. I still have not met a Russian River beer that hasn't amazed me. Highly recommended.

09-14-2009 01:53:52 | More by bosco7
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nickd717

California

4.4/5  rDev -1.8%

Had this on tap at Russian River, Toronado, and City Beer, and also bottles from Russian River, City Beer, Ledger's, and K&L Redwood City. Batches 1 and 2. So I've gotten to know this beer fairly well. It's one of my favorite sours out there.

A - Dark burgundy color with a substantial off-white head.

S - Fruity with red berries and a sour, funky bite.

T - Tartness well-balanced with some sweet malt, currants, sour cherries, vinous notes, oak, and barnyard funk. Not too sour. Incredibly complex.

M - Smooth palate, fairly full, with tartness lingering on the palate. Really nice, sharp and a little dry on the finish with noticeable acidity.

D - Really drinkable for the style and ABV. You would never guess it's a 10-percenter.

09-08-2009 18:10:38 | More by nickd717
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PartyHatjo

Ohio

2.38/5  rDev -46.9%

Purchased a 750 ml bottle at the Cheeky Monk, shared with a friend.

Appearance: Poured into a chalice, dark brown in color with some red overtones. Clarity is poor, small head that dissipates rapidly.

Aroma: Very prominent oak, getting lots of winelike character (from the cabernet barrels). Some burnt sugar character as well as dried fruits. Some horsey brett character also coming through.

Taste: Very acidic up front, like getting punched in the face. There is some complexity of flavor early on, but as you go through the glass, it just becomes more and more like drinking a carbonated cabernet sauvignon.

Mouthfeel: More body than most sours. The wine-like character seems to create massive palate fatigue, coats the tongue

Drinkability: very poor, got through the glass, but could not make a session of this brew.

Overall, not impressed with this beer for the price we paid. Vinny could stand to take some lessons from Peter or make a return trip to Belgium and learn from the masters

09-08-2009 15:19:22 | More by PartyHatjo
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.98/5  rDev -11.2%

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a sampling glass. Batch 2, version 2. Thanks to imagineiii for sharing!

Pours a deep dark amber with a small head with almost no lacing. Very carbonated which makes it look really nice. Very funky and sour, there's some cider and vinegar to it. Very sharp on the tongue, it gets a bit better as it warms up. Really cool and worth trying.

09-06-2009 03:29:54 | More by kingcrowing
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Glowing purple red with a thin layer of light brown head.

The nose gives vanilla,oak,cherries with a slight vinegar smell and a vinous syrah like character.

The taste reveals plums,dried fruit,cranberry,blackberry,a mild alcohol presence and a quick flash of sour.

The carbonation is lively on the tongue and the finish is dry with dark fruit character. Great head retention and nice lacing. THE BURGUNDY OF BEER.

09-02-2009 05:18:53 | More by brownbeer
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benclimbs

California

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%

Served In a small tulip at toronado, nice redish head and pours dark amber lacing was solid

Smell is a lot of dark fruit mixed with the typical lemony, citrus characters of a sour ale - smells very unique and rich

Taste is so wine like it's amazing it's like a sour ale combined with a lighter, bubbly sour Bordeaux!, wow, big fruit, leather, spice... Very earthy and interesting

Notes - such a crazy brew, some beers can e likened to muscat grapes, this one is more like French red wine

09-01-2009 23:00:11 | More by benclimbs
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -19%

Ruby and brown body. Thin white head. Low carb.

Nose is bitter, smoky, fruity. I can smell that it has a high ABV.

Taste is boozy, bitter, tangy, fruity and complex. Interesting and somewhat woody.

Mouthfeel is dry and tart. Slightly astringent.

Drinkability is moderate, slightly drying. The bitterness limits drinkability somewhat.

09-01-2009 08:52:40 | More by ghostwalker
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LittleDon

Texas

4.47/5  rDev -0.2%

A healthy 10 oz served in a wine glass (closer to 12 or 14 oz). Brownish red in color, with very little head. It is oily, with the existant lace sticking and sliding down the glass. Clear, mostly opaque and with medium carbonation. Berries and bananas in the aroma, it reminds me of a Belgian. None of the banana characteristics are present in the taste, however. Sour, but not over the top, with very noticeable ketone/aldehyde characteristics. Hints of bourbon in the flavor and a bite to the tounge. Light mouthfeel. Surprisingly bitter finish. As a lambic, a nice balance between the sourness and malt. Worthy of a second tasting.

09-01-2009 04:11:58 | More by LittleDon
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WCBCFrank

Pennsylvania

2.28/5  rDev -49.1%

Russian River's Consecration Ale pours a deep, ruby red in a goblet or Chardonnay glass. Good carbonation and massive Beethoven's 5th notes of very ripe fruit and dark cherries. Lots of wine like qualities - more like Muscat-beer like qualities. Good amount of sourness and kinda like a blended cocktail of Muscat, sherry, Belgian dubbel, and a lambic. One of the few beers that is STRICLY an after-dinner thought.

For the novice: You probably won't like it.

Personally: Up front, I am not a fan of the oak barrel infused types of beer that tastes like wine or whiskeys. Consecration is in this category. Although, I can see drinking this over Temptation Blonde, that's not saying much. Not worth the price, I rather just buy a Flemish Sour.

08-31-2009 16:29:02 | More by WCBCFrank
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours a cloudy burgundy color with a large bubbly off white head.

Scent is cinnamon, dark sour fruit, oak and tobacco. Nice complexity and depth here.

Taste of oak, tobacco, earth, sugars, dark sour fruit, and a hint of alcohol. The alcohol is nearly unnoticeable, but it gives the flavor a little extra bite, which is nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation.

08-30-2009 23:45:47 | More by paco1029384756
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

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

Washington

4.83/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured into Duvel Tulip glass. Batch 002x3

Pours a pleasing woody red/brown, 1 finger head quickly diminishes without lacing. Nothing out of the ordinary for a wild ale.

Smells amazing, black cherries and funky oak. It's highly reminiscent of a great Gueuze I sampled in Belgium - perfectly aged.

The taste is awesome. My girlfriend calls it a cross between sour gummy worms and red wine. I get what she means - there's a pleasant fruitiness, but it's not overly sour, more a tart sweetness, balanced with the minimal beer undertones. A wild that even the Belgians would drink proudly.

The slight bite on the mouthfeel is all that keeps this from a 5, there. It's well rounded with a puckering start that gives way to a mouthwateringly-sweet finish

I'd drink more if they weren't 20 each ;). This is a beer I cannot think of a food to pair with. It stands alone to be tasted, enjoyed on its own merits.

08-29-2009 23:15:44 | More by Tawnos
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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +7.1%

Huge thanks to Bring! I loved this one so much, I traded with him a second time to get my hands on more of this beer!

Poured from a 750mL into a tulip. Gusher, very highly carbonated, incredibly foamy tarnished yellow coffee stained tooth head that is wildy active, at 2.5 fingers and comes to a standstill at a thin layer. Very dark and hazy muddy blood red.

Cabernet soaked grapes and lemons, slight bit of oak. Red grapes are fantastic and really come straight out of the glass alongside some sweet cherry, gotta really get your nose in the glass to pick up some vanilla, a lot of red wine characteristics.

Holy moly. The raspberry and tart black cherry is phenomenal, mouth puckering tartness, slight oak flavors but nothing too dry, brett comes out towards the end that blows my mind out of my skull. Really overcarbonated and tons of matured and aged red grapes are all of the place. Lemon sourness is superb.

Very full bodied, yet not over the top thickness works well with the high level of bubbles in this guy. Another awesome RR.

08-28-2009 02:08:14 | More by CoolJosh
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.15/5  rDev -7.4%

Big thanks goes out to ipa247 for this one. Hell of a fine trader.

batch #1. 750ml. Cork, cage, etc.

Cork pops out with a huge dupontesque BOOF! Pours a nice clear red ruby brownish color with a nice fizzy light tan head that actually retains well, by style standards. After a couple minutes it reduces to only a skim over the surface with a pretty good size ring around the edges of the glass. Leaves little lacing, but a good amount for the style.

Nose has subtle black currant and a lot of flemishy lacto tartness and funk. Oak is also apparent in the nose as is a cherry type of sweetness, likely from the currants.

Hmmm. Not as wildly sour as I was expecting, thats for sure, but certainly a tart beer. Really this is like a beefed up flemish ale, without heavy vinegar as is often found, although it is there. The currants are actually pretty noticeable in the flavor, as the sourness is not overbearing or terribly palate raping. The finish is brutally dry, but the sweetness of the added fruit does balance it out. This really is seemingly a nice cross between flemish styles and real american wild ale. Excellent balance. The oak does definitely make its presence known, especially right before the finish as well as in the aftertaste. Aftertaste lingers with slight vinegar, currant, and lacto mouth pucker.

Mouthfeel is right where it oughta be. Hard to argue any point of this really. There could be a tiny touch more carbonation, that is really my only qualm.

Drinkability is simply outstanding, both for the style and for the abv. It could be improved upon, but not a hell of alot.

Overall a fine beer, and a really interesting (at least IMO) melding of styles. I like the flemish lick that the addition of currants and barrel aging provide, and the fact that it doesn't get too flemish on us and forgoes having too much vinegar barf flavor. An impressive and incredibly complex and educational beverage. One i will be sure to cellar, and enjoy again in the future. Excited to see how this batch 2 is...Great beer.

08-28-2009 02:03:05 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -19.6%

Thanks again to treyrab and cooljosh for breaking this out at the tasting on night number two of the beer extravaganza weekend. This one was from Batch 2.

A: Deep clear and crisp ruby color, very dark. Thin small wisps of bubbles move upwards for a long time, popping as soon as they hit the surface, leaving no sign that they were ever there.

S: Sour and funky, but to my utmost disappointment, I can't make out a single note, no matter how subtle, of the red wine or the currants. Chocolatey in the in the background, but I can't get past the lack of fruits, dark or otherwise, in the flavor.

T: The taste starts off as tart which then gives in to a bitter dark chocolate character. The two flavor sensations seem to clash a bit, the sour and the bitter just don't jive to well on my pallet. Currants finally manifest themselves in the aftertaste, but it seems like too little too late. There is also a touch of alcohol warmth in the finish.

M/D: Highly carbonated, this beer tickles the tongue and presents a medium thicker texture than the lighter colored wilds. The alcohol can be felt somewhat, but the sourness is very good. I just wish there wasn't that chocolatey bitterness...it seems to take away from the funky sourness of the yeast strain. The beer is a bit too heavy for my wild taste, too.

BATCH 1: 10/2/10
4.5/4/4.5/4.5/4.5
Deep brown highlighted by mahogany and garnet. Creamy and foamy head with great retention. Lacing is impressive and full.

Very potent aroma of signature RR funk, a balanced pedio sourness, and a base of currants and dark fruits. On the palate, the funk is more pronounced, and the currants really shine. Hints of bitter dark chocolate also come through. This was much better than the mess of Batch1 that I tasted from the keg about a month ago.

Sourness puckers the tongue initially, but otherwise, it is smooth and silky, leaving a syrupy funky taste on the palate. Probably the best batch of Consecration that I have had.

08-27-2009 02:02:41 | More by NittanyBeerFan
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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