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Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian-style dark ale aged in American oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with currants.

Added by Gueuzedude on 10-31-2008

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Photo of kasper
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 001X4

A: Pours an almost completely opaque shade of dull murky brown with undersaturated dark amber hues. Massive -- for a sour -- loose, cask-like light brown head fills the glass as beer gushes all over my god damn leather upholstery. The head quickly recedes to nothing but a faint ring.

S: Mildly sour vinous aromas. Currents are surprisingly detectable. Also substantive hints of the cabernet barrel, with a slight aromas of brown sugar or chocolate in the background. Aromas is much less intense than I would have imagined.

T: All the flavors of the nose mingle together. Flavors are not extremely sour, nor are they strongly reminiscent of vinegar, but acidic. The palate is flooded with muted vinous flavors that turn tangy and a tad dry near the finish. Sour-grape tinged alcohol burn can be felt long after certain sips.

M: The feel is smooth, if only slightly hefty. Carbonation is certainly there and a bit tingly, but like every other quality in this beer, its subtle.

D: I'm not sure what to say about this beer right now. I think it could use some time in the cellar. I find myself longing for some of the funky brett aromas and flavors which never really materialize for me. Is this a world class brew? Certainly. But I would take a Cuvee de Castleton over it at this stage of ripeness. It absolutely pushes the envelope in blurring the lines between wine and beer.

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Photo of b3shine
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to tulip. Smells good; like a strong ale should. Tastes Fantastic! I LOVE the Cabernet influence! Does wonders for the flavor. Complex, but not in a " I taste plums, cherries, and earthiness, etc." kind of way like you'd get from wine snobs. Just. Good. Beer. Mouthfeel is great; what looks to be relatively low-carbonated is actually deceptively carbonated, just as a sour should be. Overall, a great beer that I'll definitely be seeking out again!

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a slightly hazy reddish brown, actually reminds me a lot of Coca-Cola especially the way the off white head fizzes up and then dissipates. Aroma is amazing, very complex for any beer. It shares some aromas with Cabernet, which is not surprising given that this beer is aged in Cab barrels. Black currants, red fruit, vanilla, cola and tobacco all come to mind. This beer has a moderate sourness with a fairly dry finish and just a bit of bitterness, I read biegaman's review mentioning that he associated the bitterness with tomato and although I don't get that specifically I will say that it has a certain umami quality that is usually associated with tomatoes, so I could see the comparison. Overall this is a very good offering from one of my favorite breweries and I think it has amazing complexity that is best enjoyed over a long period of time, letting the beer warm a bit and change over and hour or two.

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Photo of BeerGodz
4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of Forb
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle; 10% ABV; batch 007...

Appearance: Pours a translucent ruby/brown body with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Lacing and retention are at a minimum.

Smell: Tart characters from combination of the Cabernet Sauvignon and currant additions. Almost makes me glands water just smelling it.

Taste: Definitely a sour ale with the wine characteristics clearly amplifying the approach. Tobacco notes from the malt blend with a dark fruit to create a complex balance of sour subtlety. No bite whatsoever from the alcohol!!

Mouthfeel: Carbonation like a champagne or sparkling wine finishing clean but not too dry.

Overall: He went from wine to beer... artist to artist! 10% ABV never tasted so... nonalcoholic?? Cheers!!

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Photo of pigc
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 004X4, 375ml bottle. Poured into snifter glass.

A - Pours dark ruby red color with one finger head that fades rather quickly.

S - Sour cherry, tart red wine.

T - Starts out with some funky sour cherry flavor, brett, light spice.

M - Medium bodies with lots of carbonation.

O - Another great sour beer from Russian River. Perfect blend of sour tart cherries with a hint of wine from the Cabernet Sauvignon bottles.

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Photo of rwf08
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty freakin excited about this little guy. Got'em through a trade with Damico. Good guy, shipped first, no issues.

Batch 001x2. Had to do some research but apparently this is the first batch bottled on the 2nd day. Cheers to me!

Pour into a Duvel glass from a 750ml bottle.

A: The color of black or chai tea. Very very dark maroon color, clear though but very dark indeed. Soft pillowy white head on top. Not thick, not thin, just in the middle. No lacying to be found.

S: The smell reminds me of La Folie. Funky, tart, plumy, and juicy. Some light wood notes come through as it warms. Good cherry notes in there as well. Some almond in there too.

T: Cherries, currant, tart funk, and some sweetness. Some other stone fruit qualities. Earthy must and oak flavors on the end.

M: Thin and fizzy, still able to coat the tongue though. Good carbonation and a nice dry finish.

D: Drinks better as it warms. Not a sessionable drink but something to enjoy on a warm summer night. I really like this beer and would like to try other RR sours. So far the best American Wild I have had so far.

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Photo of Lazerlobe
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 004x2

Poured a deep garnet with a quick, frothy head that fizzled in mere moments.

Smells of some dark berry juice, lemon spritzer and some fusel alcohol.

Immediate pucker inducing lemon tartness with big juicy berry (having never had a currant, I'll have to assume that is what it is). Quick burst of effervescent fizz that delivers the berry wallop. The tartness and berry break down leaving some soggy wood that is a bit unpleasant.

Overall this is a wonderful wild but I am still becoming familiar with the style. I'm not sure what is up with the finish but the rest of the beer is solid.

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Photo of wchesak
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a 375mL bottle in to a Spiegelau tulip glass.
bath 004X3

A - dark brown/cranberry color, like you poured a brown ale into rose wine. not much head to speak of, so no lacing, but it does have legs like a good wine

S - first thing i got was like sticking your head in a pouch of chewing tobacco, then i got really dark colored fruits, they are very bright, slight hint of alcohol and some barnyard funkiness

T - starts with the tart, bitingness of the lacto, then a caramel middle with hints of raspberry and green apple, the sides of my tongue are getting more of the sour. the back end of the palette gets more tobacco, earthy flavor

M - medium bodied, well carbonated almost to the point of bubbly, finishes rather clean except on the side of the palette where it lingers

D - hard to put down. lots of nuances to this beer that would lend itself to aging (lucky enough i have another bottle). russian river strikes again with a great wild/sour.

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Photo of Genghis22
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 005 x 2F
375ml chilled, poured into a tulip.

One of my favorite RR beers, just finally reviewing it.

A - Pours a rich, dark caramel amber color. Nice tight white head, which hung on for a few minutes.

S - Tart, sour, twangy, with hints of wine and sugar. The cabernet is very apparent. Cherries, raisins, currants and touch of artificial grape smell (like grape candy).

T - Tart. Not so much sour as it is tart. Very wine like. Lemon, horse blanket and sweet fruit combine in a whirlwind of flavors. The tongue is almost over stimulated. The wine comes through and the aftertaste is all cab.

M - Full bodied, but not heavy or chewy. Coats the mouth nicely. Tight, clean and prickly carbonation. Fits the beer perfectly. The alcohol is almost indectable, except for the slight drying effect it has on the tongue.

D - Dangerously drinkable. This beer is sweet and tart which keeps the palate refeshed. I never get tired of drinking this beer, and am thankful that I have easy access to it. A fantastic beer. Caution is advised though, 10% abv will sneak up on you in a hurry!

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Photo of slayer3604
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- A malted straw color, with a minimal head that disipates very quickly because of the high acidity of this brew!

s- Like saltwater taffey, which sounds weird, maybe it is because i was staring at some when i was smelling it (at verdugo bar, ca). very very weird and cool smell. insane funk, and barnyard!

T- Lemon grass, citrus (beyond lemon...like afterthought of grapefruit)...and maybe even a little cranberry tart to it as well. so deep. it lingers like nobodys mom.

M- tangy, medium bodied, full of flavor, and as mentioned before, lingering! Very acidic and leaves a buttery film on your teef.

D- I could drink this all day, except for the fact that it will give you a headache from the acid...or at least me haha.

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Photo of jbakajust1
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 005 Poured from 375ml bottle into a New Belgium Globe/Snifter

A - Deep red, dark w/ ruby highlights and a white head that quicly fades to a tight ring, no lacing.

S - Smells of cherries, dark fruits, earthy, tart w/ faint greek yogurt. Very fruity and tart.

T - Very dry, refreshing sour twang, very light alcohol warmth. Very wine like, light spicyness, sour cherry. Fruity and tart.

M - Coats the mouth, lively carbonation, light body with a slightly creamy feel, very dry.

O - Amazing beer, very complex. Sour, but not lose your lips puckering. Clean sourness. Lots of wine attributes. Would love to have another, especially with a lot more age on it.

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Photo of Giovacchini
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7 poured into a snifter.

A- Clear dark brown/ maroon with a very small head that disapates.

S- prunes, vinegar, citrus, alcohol, and vanilla.

T- vinegar, Chardonnay comes through, bitter citrus, some dark fruits, and yeast.

M- bitterness lingers, alcohol not very present on my palate, and nice carbonation.

O- the first time I had this beer I did not know what I was drinking. Several months later i now understand what a sour beer is I appreciate them much more. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. I've had Sanctification, Beatification, and Temptation this week and this beer is just as awesome.

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Photo of biggied
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a dark reddish shade of brown with a half finger head that fades nearly instantly. Some of the head sticks around on the top of the glass and around the edges...it just LOOKS evil, like some sort of witches brew...god its awesome, constantly bubbling.

S- strong cherries with a bit of a tartness to them. Getting some of an aroma of a wine type flavor as well. Great.

T- Awesome sour, tart, killer cherries. Its only mildly puckering...but I don't care. It kicks ass. The oak flavor seeps through a little bit too. Perfection.

M- well carbonated, great body. Balance is fantastic with the tartness.

D- the sourness could be a little too much for some...but not me. I love this. It packs a punch though, but you can't really taste the booze at all. First class sour from RR.

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Photo of pastradul
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Some friends picked up a bottle at B.L.A.H. for my birthday.

Pours a dark burgundy, with a slight pink head a little less then an inch thick. it goes away pretty quick.

the currents really come out in the beer! Gives it an earthy dry smell, lots of fruit sweetness is upfront with a bit a tartness on the nose.

The taste and mouth feel is just amazing. very smooth mouth feel with a slight tingle of carb on the tongue. Up front is a strong tart hello, then followed by a very sweet taste of blackberries followed by currents.

Really a great beer! I think I might like this more then supplication?

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Photo of biglobo8971
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into RR tulip. The color is a rich burgundy with just a faint head with faint lacing. Very effervescent and bubbly. Can taste the wine and sweetness, easy to drink, with each drink changing slightly. Slight tartness with an after taste of sweetness. Probably my favorite "tion" beer. Will continue to seek this one out.

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Photo of ZX6Chris
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of PartyHatjo
2.42/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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

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Photo of LazyL
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an experiance. This is not your grandfathers beer. Not unless he came from a small town in the middle of nowheres ville Europe.

The colour is beer bottle brown with some hot pink tones in the light. The nose is amazing. Real tart scents of cranberry and mild oak. A bit over carbonated but seems to work with this weird concoction. This taste more like a lambic to me. The fruit notes are extremly strong in this one. A bomber is definately to be shared as this is a late night sipper. The 10% doesnt hit you over the head but the tartness does. Reminds me of a cranberry fruit wine from our area. They used cab sauv barrels and there is a real wine influence here. A little Pinot Noir maybe. If you know a wine guy, this would be an interesting bottle to show off at a late night get together with some cheese and crackers.

Beer? This is somthing a bit beyond beer. Perhaps it needs it own catagory. Glad I tried it for the experiance but not a beer for watching the game tonight. This is unique and very different. As this is is quite a long review, I have had quite a few sips and I must say as both it and I warm up, that it is growing on me. Sort of like those sour candies that you just cant stop eating.

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Photo of ElSid
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Beers of California

#36

Bottled Date: 9/14/12

A: Magohony brown with hues of currant red. Slowly poured into a large wine glass with minimal head but active carbonation.

S: Acetic acid berry sweetness with layers of wood and tobacco in the background. Mostly a sour prickling sensation in the nose which let's me know that there is going to be a sour astringent kick to this brew.

T: Sour berry sweetness with a balsamic vinegar astringency up front. There are also notes of sea salt, wood, leather, prunes and tobacco with a middle layer of chewy brown bread. Some warming vinous alcohol comes through in the finish. Overall mostly sour with a pleasant sweetness, hint of saltiness and beautiful layers of subtlety from the Cab barrels and malt.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation which really adds to the overall experience of the brew.

O: I love the Russian River sours which really showcases the ingenuity, creativity, and wine background of brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo. Consecration marries a dark sweetness with a balsamic vinegar bite with wonderful subtleties inbetween.

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Photo of KBS
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The first few sips were not fantastic for me but thought it was a completely different experience as it opened up and warmed. Loved the 2nd half as the barrel came through. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of hayesez
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with vasdef42. Thanks for the hook-up and extreme generosity, Jared!

Shared with my wife and poured into my New Belgium tulip glass (also courtesy of vasdef42). We've been stuck on this Wild Ale kick and have enjoyed trying several new beers!

This one presents a dark copper pour leaving a bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Against the wishes of Russian River, I swirl the good stuff and top off my glass. A light brown two-finger head is perched atop this brew and the sediment muddies it, and the rest of the beer, just a bit. When held to the light, the beer shines a deep red.

The smell was surprisingly mild. Not as much funk as I would expect, but I could definitely get a whiff of the sour. Hints of dark red fruits with vinous tendencies.

The taste is an intense tart and sour. The red wine is definitely there, as well as the dark fruit. A lighter medium-bodied beer that has a divine lingering astringency. It ended up being a bit much for my wife...but that just means more for me. The 10% alcohol was not detectable at all. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer...seems to be commonplace for Russian River.

Consumed on 1/27/2010

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Photo of bifrostguard
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Deep burgundy in color with almost no head or lacing to speak of. The light that did make it through highlighted the deep red color and made it interesting to look at.

S - Currants, cherries, mild funk, wood and awesome. I had a good feeling after smelling this one.

T - Yeah. It's good. Not really a big fan of sours but I thought Consecration was the best of the style I have had. Not overly sour or sweet. Currants keep the flavor in check on the fruity side allowing me to be able to pick out vinegar, brown sugar and wood flavors as well. Some notes of tobacco, leather and wine are noted as well.

M - Much like a good wine. Medium bodied and only slightly drying.

D - Effing awesome at the bar. I gave this a perfect as it made me think twice about getting another Younger, but it ultimately lost. I will have this every chance I get.

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Photo of Mahlik
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of GregA135
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 031315

Poured a reddish brown color

Cabernet characters and smells, tartness for sure.

Tasted the sour cherries along with the cabernet, tart up front. Almost like drinking a wine instead of a beer.

Complex tastes, but a well brewed beer!

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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,117 ratings.