Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.13/5 rDev -7.8%
Batch 001x4. 750 mL bottle, cage and mushroom cork presentation. Dark brown with blood red highlights in color with a restrained creamy tan head. The head is an anomaly for a sour in my experience, which usually seem to be paltry or enormous, but this one just sits and retention is rock-like in longevity.
Aroma is tart with red and dark fruit - currants, cherries, prunes. An almost candy-like sweetness is there as well, along with wild critters providing some lacto, pedio notes plus a spot of musty funk to round it out. Taste has a nice fruit and malt sweetness with currants and some tart cherry coming out of the woodworks. In congruence with the sweet cherry pie is a load of pedio driven sourness that peaks on the midpalate. A slight funk has accented the dark fruits in this after being cellared a year, reminding me of a new world tip of the hat to old world Flemish red style ales. Tart fruit and earthy finish. Feel is medium with a very delicate and luscious carbonation that again reminds me of some greats such as Rodenbach Grand Cru.
What have I learned here tonight? Like all the other Russian River sours, this one just gets better with age. I have never been a big of a fan of Consecration as most beer geeks have seemed to be, but after tasting this batch 1 some time later I think I may be converted. Really tasty, recommended for cellaring.
12-21-2009 04:11:52 | More by vacax
4.5/5 rDev +0.4%
A - Slightly hazy dark copper / ruby red color. Fizzy light tan head, rose about 2-3 fingers and receded to a mm or so of froth. Not much lacing.
S - Acidic notes of vinegar and tart cherry. Oak, vanilla, some cabernet infuences as well. The sweetness from the fruits and the barrels mix well with the sourness.
T - Tart and tangy brett flavours dominate the palate up front but. The full spectrum of flavours shows up in the middle, with currants, sour cherry and oak all combining to create a complex flavour profile. The funky/sour flavours return in the finish and linger a little bit in the after taste.
M- Light bodied, lively carbonation. Mouth watering with a quick dry finish. Slight aftertaste.
O - Another RR sour knocked of my list and a great one at that. I like Cabernet wines so I figured I would like this and it came through.
01-23-2012 15:27:34 | More by SkiBum22
4.58/5 rDev +2.2%
Pours a dark ruby red color w/ a sliver of a head on it. It looks very similar to a glass of wine, or a port. Head is gone within 10 seconds. Small amount of lacing on my glass, not much there at all. Nose is wonderfully complex. Wine, port, berries, funk, sweetness, some yeast all in there. Really opens up as it warms and airs out. Zero alcohol in the nose. I have a feeling I'm really going to like this one. Taste is equally good. Sour, but not overly so. All the smells really come out, and the flavor just blows my taste buds out of the water. cherries and some oak come out as the beer opens up. This is a very tasty Wild Ale, and I can't believe that it's 10% ABV. Mouthfeel is medium, w/ good carbonation and a dry finish. Almost a wine-like dry aftertaste. Overall this is a fantastic beer, and I would buy this one again in a heartbeat. Cheers!
09-17-2011 21:50:25 | More by jayhawk73
4.9/5 rDev +9.4%
Grabbed some bottles of this from my local supplier La Bodega. Thanks for carrying some sweet stuff in a beer wasteland such as Riverside.
Poured into my Russian River Barrel aged snifter. Pours a nice looking dark brown with a thick tan head that dissapated to about 1/4" and stayed there. Not alot of sticky lacing though.
Smells of alot of bret funk with tart cherries and some oak. Smells like this is gunna be awesome.
Taste is wonderful hands down best sour I have had so far. You can really taste the wine notes from the barrels and the oak and bret mixed with the malts is sublime. Wonderful
Mouthfeel is perfect for this beer. Couldn't ask for more.
Drinkability is high and usually I can't drink that many sours in a row but I could drink the entire 750 by myself but I'm being nice and sharing it with a buddy. Glad I bought a couple.
02-19-2009 07:15:16 | More by PeprSprYoFace
4.47/5 rDev -0.2%
It pours a cloudy red/brown topped by the briefest skim head, finally almost a bare cap.
Incredible aroma, dark fruity and tart, light funk, silkier yeasty notes, you can really get the currants, not much barrel in the bouquet, a merest hint of wine and vanilla.
Wowwww, what a flavor. these darker fruit notes fit so well with the funkier and more tart aspects, superbly balanced. The sip gets increasingly tart, but the fruit holds it in balance. Never seems vinegary,just a very clean vinous and deep ripe fruit. Finally the funk reappears, perfectly, creating a tart finish that doesn't overpower. As it warms some flowery and herbal notes come in to every of the flavors, and it gets stupidly complex and delicious. Only my tenth highly rated wild ale, Consecration is now my favorite.
Spritzy and bright on tongue, amazingly light on palate for so much flavor, and a finish that makes all other wilds I've tried seem inadequate.
Drinkability is off the charts. If I'd had more wilds under my belt this might have gotten a five
Impression: Sadly a plane ticket will be required for my next taste of this. If you see this get it and try it ferabsolutesherrrr!!.
02-06-2011 21:47:01 | More by cavedave
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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