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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

3,148 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 3148
Reviews: 1003
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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rhinos00

Colorado

4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into an oversized wine glass. Batch 001X2.

A- Pours a brown-cabernet sauvignon color with garnet hues throughout. A thin layer of cream colored head formed and disappeared quite quickly.

S- Very complex. Nice oak barrel presence. In addition there was a subtle vinegar scent mixed with a more dominant vinous quality that came from the cabernet barrels and currants. Beautifully done, very potent. I could take whiffs of this over and over again.

T- Just perfect. Up front you get a lot of qualities that would most likely be found in complex wines. Very vinous, with grape tannins and currants running rampant. Midway through to the finish there is an oak sourness that balances out the beer perfectly. It takes the sweetness from the initial taste and gives it a sour twist at the perfect moment.

M- This really hampered the beer. Way too much carbonation. Upon reaching the pallet it seemed as if a million carbonated bubbles formed and kept the true taste of the beer from ever reaching the senses.

D- This is one of the most drinkable sours I have ever had. If I could give it a 6 I would. The aging in cabernet barrels really did this beer a favor as it dulled down the sourness until the end. Makes it much more drinkable. I could easily drink a whole 750 mL bottle without sharing.

If you can get your hands on this, buy it. One of the better sours out there. Well balanced and gives a nice sour flavor without being overly acidic. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 04:32:45 | More by rhinos00
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Grabbin2nd

California

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

From Notes: 4/19/09
Russian River Brewing Co.
Consecration 2008 Batch #001X3
10% Abv.
750ml into NB Snifter

Appearance=Poured a big 2 finger head, which quickly dissipated. Redish, black beer with a lot of carbonation.

Smell= Awesome! Oak, Cab, green apples, yeast.

Taste= Awesome! Sour, yet not overpowering. Very, very tasty!

Mouthfeel= Thin side, good carbonation and a lively mouthfeel. Almost perfect...

Drinkability= High. Extremely good. Alcohol is hidden nicely. Taste is awesome. Nose is awesome. What more could you want?

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 16:56:10 | More by Grabbin2nd
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Phelps

Arizona

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

A: Colored a deep crimson brown, with a little yellow at the edges.

S: Smell is of caramel malts and syrupy molasses. Carbonation is noticeable in the nose and almost burns the nostrils if you whiff too close.

T: Taste is two-sided: malt up front, tartness in the back. Barrel aging produced a very pronounced wood flavor, almost like chewing on a piece of oak. You get a blast of orangey lemon citrus just at the swallow. Tartness is most noticeable as you begin to drink, but the dark rich woody taste comes after the swallow and builds after each sip.

M: Medium body. Heavily carbonated almost to champagne levels, but it works.

D: A complex and delicious brew, with each flavor pairing beautifully and playing off the others. 750s empty themselves quickly in my presence.

The only Russian River brew I've tried so far, but I'll definitely be picking up more next time I'm in the Northwest.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 06:59:34 | More by Phelps
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belgbeerdrinker

Colorado

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

a: clear amber color, nice white head with good lacing, good bubbly activity
s: a lot going on here -- yeast, oak, moderate caramel sweetness, can almost smell the carbonation
t: after a few drinks, this settled to a very nice mix of yeast/malty beer-ness with bubbly sparkling wine -- in a good way. finishes very clean, but continues with good balance of malty sweetness, tart fruits and bubbly bliss
m: as mentioned, carbonation a very big part of this beer, with mixes of medium to lighter body feeling, but the ride was nice throughout. alcohol is light.
d: i tried to age this a bit, but only got about 4 months in...still a very nice balance of characteristics -- the beer portions won out enough to maintain this as a beer. over-priced, but very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 01:33:49 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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davexisxrabid

California

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

Poured into a wine glass and produced a ruby-brown color when held up to the light and appeared dark brown in normal lighting. Half inch head with almost no retention. Lively, visible carbonation. No lacing during the drinking period.

Aroma of funk; that wet leather aroma common to wild fermented ales. There was, however, a strong aroma of black currants and cherries interwoven with the mildew aroma.

Flavor was a very tart, vinegar sour flavor. There was a tannic flavor like a soft red wine lingering in there and a lemon-salty finish. Very interesting and complex.

Full bodied mouthfeel with a lingering dark cherry and sour funky flavor on the tongue. Very carbonated, making this brew a sipper.

Hard to chug this brew but with a $25 price tag, you wanna sip on this brew for all its worth. Looking forward to having some more of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 04:05:29 | More by davexisxrabid
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TexIndy

Texas

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

450th review. Batch 001x2. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my NBB snifter after letting warm up to around 50 degrees. It opened with an explosive pop and poured a deep mahogany color. The head was disappointing. It was a fizzy brown that never really reached much height or even cover the whole surface. It also quickly faded to nothing. Some faint carb streams. No lacing.

The aroma was also a bit of a letdown. I love RR sour aromas and read some good reviews on this but mine was sorta subtle. No smack in the face funk or sour. It had a good currant and tart cherry aroma plus some oak and wine. Was good but just wish it was more present. Also maybe a little funk as well. Fortunately the taste was really good and had a crisp, sour bite. The finish was very dry and tart. I enjoyed this one but I still would rather have a Supplication or Temptation over it. With those, I could finish the bottle and be immediately seeking trades for another one. Halfway thru this one I was thinking a smaller size bottle would be better.

Overall, a really good AWA from RR but is missing a couple elements from being a classic. Still very enjoyable but not the "I'd kill my mother to get it" like Supplication or Temptation for me. Do highly recommend. I've got one left for cellaring so curious to see how this one ages.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 02:07:36 | More by TexIndy
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mjl21

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #100. Thought I would go with a beer I love on tap but have not yet sampled out of the bottle.

750ml poured into a Chimay chalice. Part of Batch 001x4. This bottle was purchased the first day that it went on sale (PTY release day) and has been sitting in my cellar. Comes in at 10%.

A-Serious pop when the cork is taken out of the bottle. Pours a dark brown, which held in front of the light becomes a glowing red. Has a one finger tan head that dissolves into a nice ring and leaves filmy patterns that resemble different Rohrschach patterns. There is also a constant stream of bubbles popping up from the bottom of the glass.

S-It smells like the inside of a wine cave. There are definite notes of funk and must, as well as red grape and oak from the cabernet barrels. Sour fruit is also quite evident.

T-Sour and tart cherries and currants immediately wallop the tongue and this is really what stands out during the first few sips. As my tongue opens up to the sour and tart flavors, the oak and red grape flavors from the cabernet barrels become very evident. This beer leaves an extremely dry finish on the tongue and reminds me in a lot of ways of Korbel's Sparkling Brut Rouge.

M-Medium bodied, great carbonation, crisp, and dry.

D-The 10% is nowhere to be found. It is a great sipper that gets better as my tongue gets more and more used to the sour and tart notes. About as perfect as you can get for a sour.

A great beer to mark #100 on BA. Consecration and Supplication are without a doubt my two favorite sours from Russian River. The bottled version was as good, if not better, than the version I have enjoyed many times up at the pub in Santa Rosa.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 05:25:42 | More by mjl21
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SFBeerGuy

California

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Poured a murky deep brown with exceptionally lively carbonation which left a tan/caramel colored soda-like head that came and went very fast. Carbonation ribbons did not cease until the end of the drink.

S- Intoxicating and complex. Seemingly imbibed with some sort of dark magick. Alcohol is present here but not overwhelming. Bites the nose with a tangy ripeness of dried fruit. Dates, raisins, currants, dark earth spice and black pepper. Smoke. Just a hint of sweet caramel appears when swirled. Truely complex. I don't think I am qualified to describe this in its fullest.

T- A fragile malt background wants to get through the sourness of this beer. Its there but is overpowered by sour grapes, cranberries, and apricot. Dried currants shine through here as well. This ale becomes more balanced and less aggressive to the senses as it warms up.

M- Light, active, cleansing. Seems to leave no part of the mouth unaffected.

D- Share this one with someone. An ale which needs to be experienced by many. This ale is definitely not for all but is an excellent example of true artistry at work. Beers (and breweries) like this give me hope for the industry and make me proud to say I am a beer drinker (and maker). Thumbs up for originality and passion. My hat is off to you Vinnie.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 03:30:42 | More by SFBeerGuy
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jacobseyb

Alabama

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

A=Pours a deep mahogany with a surprisingly bright head for the color

S=smells very much similar to a merlot, a very interesting floral and fruity smell

T=much like the aroma, and very much like some merlots, sweet, with a tartness.

M=nice, carbonation seems just right, with an aftertaste that lingers

D=good, the bomber was ok, but more would be tough given the sweetness (personal preference) and the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 05:26:31 | More by jacobseyb
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one!

Batch 001X2, cage-corked bottle.

Pours hazed deep mahogany with a styro-foamish head that thins.

The smell is of red grape - vinuous with currants and oak. Some tart black cherry as well.

The taste is of tart black cherries with black currents. Some and sour, funky with some wood. A firm darkish maltiness supports it. It has a vinuous, dry finish.

It is effervescent. Alcohol there, but reasonably well-hidden.

In some ways wine-like, but with a funky, malty character. Well-balanced - sweet and sour but not too much in one direction. An interesting, delicious, unique, sipper.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 03:04:02 | More by jwc215
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DIM

Pennsylvania

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

a: This was a dark, ruby or mahogany color, almost opaque. Pours with a long lived, fizzy, light tan colored head.

s: Beautiful, prickly fruit aromas. This manages to smell fresh and green, while at the same time smelling musty and dank. I don't have the vocabulary to be more specific than that. The 10% is nowhere to be found.

t: This is difficult to describe, so I'm not going to force it by using words that don't quite fit. This is more wine like than any gueuze and more tart than any wine. Fresh, musty, and tart all at once. Just absolutely perfect.

m: Fizzy, refreshing carbonation and lip smacking tartness.

d: Huge thanks to rallison for the chance to try this one. I think RR achieved exactly what they set out to do with this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 13:44:31 | More by DIM
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PerzentRizen

Mississippi

4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this amazing Russian River Sour from BrewerB - thank you my friend!

Poured a few ounces at a time into a Duvel glass this beer is deep rich and has a bronzish reddish hue to it. There is a fluffy white head that recedes to a thin lacing at the top of the glass.

The smell is of red wine, brett, and that infamous "horse blanket" musk. The smells really work together.

Taste is extremely tart and refreshing. There is a huge rush of lemons and limes then the wine flavors with the oak take over. Finally the finish is oaked currants and cabernet grape overtones.

The mouthfeel is very light and spritzy. There is a massive amount of carbonation but very well placed for the style. This adds to the refreshing aspect of this beer.

Overall this is a very drinkable sour in that I can and will drink the entire bottle on my own. I would not, however, reach for a second bottle in one night as the bacterias, alcohol, and whatnot of a sour will wrech havoc on the intestinal tract.

Overall this is an amazing sour and an extremely flavorful example of Russian River's ability. Thank you Brian for trading this gem to me.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 02:37:34 | More by PerzentRizen
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of trying this at Dark Lord Day 2009.

A: Dark red-amber color with an off-white head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A good sourness; not at all overpowering--more of an inviting scent. Behind that, sweet and tart fruits.

T: Excellent level of sourness. A lot of complexity in the flavor. Lots of tartness paired with some citrus and sweet fruits.

M: Very nice. The perfect amount of sourness. Light mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

D: Definitely the most drinkable sour that I have had. Very complex, and also soothing on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 02:15:42 | More by Thorpe429
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Bcaulin

New Jersey

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

Pours a deep reddish brown color -- has some ruby highlights when held up to the light. Nice big light khaki head -- very nice carbonation. It's not a big mess of head, but a careful pour is necessary to keep this one in check.

Blown away by the amount of wine and grape in the nose. I wasn't expecting a big hit from the Cab Barrels, but it is there for sure, and it matches perfectly with the sour berry smells. The oak balances it out a little.

Taste is over the top -- perfect combination of sour bite and fruity, oaky smoothness. They don't seem like things that necessarily go together, but this one has it all. Aside from the chewy and viscous feel, you could have convinced me this had half the ABV it does -- so perfectly hidden away.

Could easily down this one quickly, but it would be such a shame to get to the end any faster than necessary. This is the type of beer that makes you want to go back and rethink some previous ratings -- completely redefined what the style can be.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 03:21:11 | More by Bcaulin
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nrbw23

Ohio

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

A- Pours a reddish brown color with a tan/creamy head. The head doesn't have much retention, leaves a small ring of bubbles around the edge of my glass, and not too much on the lacing side either.

S- Smells of a woody oak aroma, heavily ripened currants give way to spicy yeast,red wine like and grapes mixed with sour citrus.

T- Taste is the sour cherries and currants are sour, tart and little acidic. Alcohol is hidden very well 10% abv really where's it at.

M- Pretty light in body and high on the carbonation.

D- So far this my favorite sour by far wish and one that I can actually drink and not gag.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 02:43:06 | More by nrbw23
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rudylaw

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to our line buddy for cracking this open and sharing with my cohorts at DLD '09!

A nice, deep red color... like cherry cough medicine... which I happen to find gorgeous. Oh yeah, the perfect tan head is all right too!

Lots of currant in the nose... some cherry, oakiness and funk.

Catching a lot of currant in the taste along with sour cherries and raisins on the back end. This is magnificent.

Wild Ales are not usually my bag, but how can you turn down a healthy and free 6oz pour? I'm glad I did... this stuff is incredible. Perhaps it was the muted funkiness that I loved so much, but Russian River continues to do no wrong.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 21:01:29 | More by rudylaw
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seand

California

4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a large red wine glass. Batch 001X4.

A: Deep translucent reddish amber, with a little over a finger of tan head. The head dissipates pretty quickly, but leaves a layer of foam on the surface. Some lacing, but not a lot.

S: Dark sweet fruit. Complex, malty, and deep.

T: Wow. Like no beer I've tried before (but then I am new to this style). Lots of fruit, but not too sweet. Tons of flavor here, somewhat comparable to a fruit forward wine. Tart citrus flavors on the tip of the tongue, leading to a malty sour flavor, with a dry finish. The alcohol is well hidden. Quite interesting.

M: Great carbonation. Feels very nice.

D: This is a sipper for sure. The sour flavors and the high ABV mean that this is one to take it slow with.

This is the first beer of this style I've tried. I would not want to drink this all the time, but as something occasional to mix things up it works well. This beer isn't cheap, but it's probably worth having one or two in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 23:26:14 | More by seand
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sevopie

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Murky reddish-brown with a thick tan head.

Smell - Currant, vinegar, slight oak, a touch of brown sugar, and a bit of apricot or pear.

Taste - Very tart fruit flavors, namely the currants and apples with a bit of the apricot/pear again. Vinegary a bit, but all of it hides the alcohol fairly well. Very, very dry/astringent on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick and dry, a thin but plentiful carbonation.

Drinkability - I'm not a huge sour fan, but I had to try this one. Definitely a pleasant beer, though the tart can be a bit overwhelming at times. If it wasn't $20 a bottle I would probably revisit this.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 22:39:49 | More by sevopie
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown with bright ruby red highlights when held up to light. Almost cola like in appearance. Big, bubbly light brown head and audible fizzing. Head does not last long but does leave pretty good lacing. Lots of bubbles quickly rising to the top.

S - Strong aroma of brandy soaked cherries and raisins. A nice light vinegar aroma lingers underneath as well. Hints of vanilla and oak as well.

T - An excellent array of tastes come at you and the balance is just amazing. Starts off with a nice sour fruitiness with cherries and raisins, much like the aroma. The sour tastes fade to a more vinegar based tartness later in the drink. Throughout there is a nice underlying oakiness with hints of vanilla that provide an excellent balance to the sour/tart tastes throughout. Just an excellent array of flavors that play off each other wonderfully. I'm still new to the world of American Wild's, but this has to be darn near perfection.

M/D - Full bodied with an incredibly lively carbonation. The beer tickles your mouth and throat the whole way down. Ridiculously easy drinking as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 01:40:58 | More by ckeegan04
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Sean9689

Illinois

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

I was really looking forward to trying this beer, so I popped the cock and prepared to drink this bottle (batch 001x4) a couple of hours before a big STL Blues playoff game. Pours light brown with a tan/creamy head into my Duvel tulip. Not much lacing along the glass and the head quickly goes away leaving a small tan rim along the sides of the tulip. The smell is amazing, green apples, very sour, but in a great way. Taste is great, lip-puckering sour, but it's just as if I'm drinking a nice cabernet or pinot noir...wow. Lots of fruit up front and a great mix of sweetness and tart on the finish (makes me want MORE!). Mouthfeel is perfect...just the correct amount of carbonation with this wild..really helps the flavors. I would say this is right down the middle in terms of body, medium. Drinks like a wine with some carbonation, very nice. I still have a few bottles left and they won't be around too long as much as I enjoyed this one! An awesome wild.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 22:56:50 | More by Sean9689
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Consumed at a tasting with a handful of fellow BA's. Review is from tasting notes.

I'll preface this by saying Consecration is my first Wild Ale. I had read rave reviews, but it just didn't sound like my style. Of course, I ended up loving it, and it was one of the best of a stellar lineup of beers that night.

Pours a color on the redder side of purple, like the inside of a red grape skin. Nice amount of foam. Rich and creamy head.

Wow, this thing smelled sour. Tons of fruit...my notes had "TART" written along the side. Sinus-clearing sour. The taste is appropriately mouth-puckeringly sour. Currants, oak, and red wine. The flavor floored me. I didn't think this kind of flavor could be in a beer. Nice heat in the back of the throat that rises to the nose. This beer was stronger than I thought it was. Nice bitter finish.

Very, very smooth feel. Light astringency, definitely not unpleasant, leaves a very nice tingle on the tongue. Nice, even coating made me feel like I needed to brush my teeth afterward. I was really sad to see the bottom of the glass. For my first Wild Ale, I thought it was highly drinkable. I really hope I'll be able to attain this sometime over the summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 05:22:46 | More by Gyle41386
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to gcphilli for the great trade that yielded this puppy (batch 001X2) - into a Portsmouth snifter it goes after an excellent pop of the cork from this 750 corked & caged heavyweight.

Well, it pours with a ginger/maple head - about 1/3 finger - that looks like sponge candy for a brief instant then fades quickly into little yeast wisps. The body has a dark bourbon and dark cherries (OK, currants) color that has quite a calming effect. Moderate slow-moving carbonation.

The scent is present the second the cork goes. The brett is huge but it's backed by a fruity sweetness of the currants with a light, husky oak barrel and wine tannic feel. Quite complex with a touch of hop pine and slight booziness. I expected it to be sweet but this is really well-integrated. Can't see too much of anything wrong with this.

The carbonation really shows up and brightens things a bit on taste. It gets together with the very soft and sour funk (not as heavy as a horse blanket - maybe a horse do-rag) and the oaky Cab character isn't a figment of one's imagination...nor is the poignant taste of currants. Way back when in the early 1980s Haagen-Dazs had a cassis (currant) sorbet available at their shop on the Upper West Side. It was one of those things that wasn't for everyone but we enjoyed the hell out of it. This brings back those tastes. Slightly austere but still pronounced currants along with the Cab tannin just makes this outstanding and the carbonation brings the delivery even greater strength. In fact I'd almost want this to still a little bit to see how it would go. Quite luxurious to say the least. A little warmth brings out the expected horse blanket feel even further, which fits with everything else like a glove. Seriously Beautiful Chemistry going on here (look up Crackstatic and Ron Hawkins). This begs to be aged - like a young Cab there is a sense of tightness that begs for aging.

It took a while for my palate to embrace the concept of the Wild Ale but lots of good things take time. Surprisingly with time and warmth the dry oakiness of this gets to be more prominent and the straight sour texture of the currants is enhanced - the carbonation isn't going away and it helps hammer the point home. This one waxes and wanes - every moment the spotlight shines on a different element.

It doesn't take long to realize that this is indeed a 10% sledgehammer. But there is nothing that can diminish how good this thing is. My cellar awaits for another bottle. What will this taste like in a few years? I am drinking this very slowly but I am enjoying every sip. Not that I'm a sour maven by any means but this is the best one I've experienced to date. In-fucking-credible.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 02:43:37 | More by IBUnit63
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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

Bottle at Capone's...
Appears a dark amber with a small white head that quickly fades. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of tart strawberries, funky barnyard, sugary fruit, vanilla oak, and rhubarb.
Taste is of the same aromas with strawberries, currants, wine and raisin flavors taking over.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, funky, chewy, with barnyard funk sticking to the palate.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 01:33:23 | More by weeare138
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Beaver13

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, batch 001x2. Pours a deep red brown with a fizzy off-white head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar that leaves some wispy lacing.

The aroma is tart sour fruits and musty yeast. Some sweet vinous fruits come out as it warms.

The flavor is big mouth puckering tart and sour fruits, some wood, with a musty yeast finish. It's a bit acidic. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low yet sharp carbonation.

Overall, a pretty one-dimensional sour, but boy does it do the sour well. This is right up there with La Folie for my favorite sour.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 05:57:55 | More by Beaver13
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twelvsies

Maine

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

Batch 001x4. Another amazingly artistic beer from Russian River. Trying for the second time. A deep garnet color, calm looking brew. This beer is both complex yet accessible and quite easy to drink all at the same time. Tartness and raisiny currents in the nose, a big of soaked woodsy oak. At first taste this beer has a tart but not necessarily very sour kick to it, then mellowing into deep fruit and a soft funk. Very balanced and subtle, yet plenty of flavor and very arousing to the tastebuds. Slight grape husk vinous character imparted from the barrel aging. Really excellent. Prickly and juicy on the palate but with a tart dry finish and highly quaffable. A real gem.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 14:30:16 | More by twelvsies
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