Consecration | Russian River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

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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4.41
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9.3%
 
 
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Photo of Pencible
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 004x4
A: This poured a hazy dark copper with almost no head.
S: It smelled like musky oak and sweet currants and prunes, with some sour white grapes and wild yeast.
T: It tasted like puckering sour and tart currant and black cherry, with some wild yeast and sweet raisin and musky oak. It had a lasting clean and sour/tart aftertaste.
M: It was oily and slick with lots of natural carbonation. Very nice body.
D: This was a highly complex beer that was delicate but powerful. The scent and taste and body were all awesome. It wasn't overly puckering either, and the alcohol was undetectable (scary!), so this was very inviting to continue drinking. Could be aged for a long time, but very nice fresh. An excellent sipping wild ale, which I might enjoy over other Russian Rivers due to it's depth and balance.

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Photo of Jessee
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful beer that comes out in a dark purple haze color. The head fades away fast, but leaves a light ring around the edge of the glass. Not a strong nose, but certainly got a little sour fruit (cherries and grapes). The bright taste with the sour finish was wonderful. It was not overpowering, but just perfect in finish. And the flavor kept on for a long time after, causing me to buy another 2. One for aging.

Served in a snifter.

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Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I am jealous of people who have any stable access to russian river's amazing sours.
Pours a dark ruby red
Smells amazing, dark fruits, subtle red wine, currants
Punches you in the mouth with the puckerness. I can taste the red wine and fruit
Finishes in a way that leaves you salivating for more.
World class stuff right here

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a caged & corked bottle into a Chimay goblet. My first SUPER AWESOME RR beer and first ever Wild...I AM EXCITED. Batch 004X4.

A- pours a dark reddish shade of brown with a half finger head that fades nearly instantly...I assume that is par for the course since I gave this an aggressive pour. 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- holy wow...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 offputting to some...but not me. I love this. It packs a punch though, but you can't really taste the booze at all...dunno if I could handle more than one without my tastebuds being shot. Unreal beer

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Photo of Chambic
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12.23.09 at City Beer Store.

Had to have this 1x1 on the spot, and also snagged a few to replace my 1x3s.

A: beautifully dark with vinous viscosity, hardly any head

S: serious funk on the nose that mellows

T: brett upfront, yummy yeast, and a hint of dark, tart fruit

M: like a cabernet Champagne (move over chard, pinots noir and meunier)

D: the first time I had this, I enjoyed the 750mL myself. I'd easily do it again, but I love to share this love. If it's on tap, this is usually all I have.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 004x2 with plenty of carbonation

Pours a brown/amber color with an inch of white head and tiny bubbles. Doesn't leave lacing down the glass.

Smells like dark malts and funk. Sourness is picked up in the nose with a nice funk to go with it.

Taste is of dark malt, tobacco and malty sweetness with a sour
barnyard finish. Delicious beer.

Mouthfeel is nice and prickly. Cleans off in a few moments after a sip and is not too heavy, yet not too light either.

Drinkability is great. Finished the 12ozer in a few minutes without a struggle. Only thing slowing me down is typing this review.

A great RR sour, little expensive tho, but nice for a celebration night.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ML corked bottle poured into a snifter glass. 01/31/13 bottling date

Pours a gorgeous copper red color with a ton of bubbles, but the head is not out of control like you would expect from the amount of carbonation. Thousands of tiny white bubbles shoot from the bottom of the glass up towards the top, quite a sight to behold. Just about the perfect looking beer. Aroma is out of this world. Its got sweet cherries and grapes that you can smell from feet away. Taste is so tart, i love it! Sour raspberries, cherries, grapes dominate the palate here. I cannot believe this is 10%ABV, i'm blown away. A lingering tartness on the tongue after you swallow allows you to enjoy the flavor for quite some time. High carbonation, medium bodied. Goes down smooth and leaves you desiring to have another sip right away.

Overall we have a world class beer right here. Russian River really knows what theyre doing and may hold the top spot as best brewery in the world with so many quality offerings. I return to this beer again and again.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle, batch 3x3 with almost no head but still retains carbonation. One of the most aromatic beers I have ever had. Smells like an entire bouquet of berries and wine and a bit of wood. Tastes very very tart and has a hot after taste. Lots of wine flavoring that comes through in every sip. This is very drinkable for being so strong but it is still a sipper because each sip needs to be enjoyed and savored on a special occasion.

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Photo of morimech
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 004x1

Light brown color with a thin head that quickly disappears. Very little lacing is left on the glass. The appearance was not really a disappointment considering the style. Wonderful aroma of wild funkiness, leather, grapes, currants, and wine. The finest tasting sour/wild ale I have drunk. Plenty of lip puckering sourness but it does not interfere with the subtle fruit and malt notes. The currants are tasted but they definately play a supporting role. This beer seems to be perfectly blended and balanced. Light body with crisp carbonation that seems well suited to the flavor. With the ABV way up there, it limits drinkability but the 375ml bottle seemed like the perfect serving size.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red with brown tones in the thicker part of the glass. Surprisingly clear when held to the light. Tan head is nice at the pour, but subsides quickly. Aromas of Cherry, currant, caramelized sugar, raspberry, oak, cabernet, ... flavor is the same but adds just enough malty sweetness, balsamic, leather, tobacco, citrus, earth, vanilla and maybe a touch of cocoa.. not extremely sour, but very complex and drinks like 7% rather than 10% ABV. Mouthfeel is on the med-light side with high carbonation, but coats your tongue with lacto and pedio goodness. Overall I could drink this every day with a steak and be a happy camper. A+

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Photo of josephandbrown
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle pour into a shaker pint glass.

I've been excited about this beer for a couple of months; I bought one one a trip to SF in early September and wanted to let it age a little longer.

The color is nice, a dark amber with a decent sized head. There are definitely cabernet notes to the aroma. The taste is heavily influenced by the cabernet barrels. I get hints of the wine, and there is definitely a note of the wood in there.

I love the idea of a dark sour, and this is stellar in flavor. It is incredibly tangy with just a hint of sweetness. The refermenting in the bottle has made Consecration very effervescent; it's so bubbly it stings my mouth a bit!

Overall, a top notch sour.

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Photo of Bobheed
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep brownish red color with a tiny tiny head that disappears immediately. Huge alcohol legs too. I know it's 10% but it looks much higher

S: Divine. Really get sour oak upfront and a bit of dark fruitiness. Lots of earthy funkiness to it. Also get the smell of rotten cherries sort of at the end, sounds weird, but it's actually quite pleasant

T: Think of every red fruit you've ever had( cranberries, cherries, etc) now add vinegar and dip it in oak chips. That's pretty much how this tastes. Possibly the most balanced flavor from any RR sour ale. I really picked up the funk in the taste more than the smell also.

M: For a beer that looks nearly flat it has quite a carbonation bite and that couples really well with the tartness. Very dry finish

Overall this is a splendid ale from RR. It's probably my favorite wild ale that I've had from them (this or Beatification, totally different though) I usually try to keep these in stock because of how available they are, just finally got around to reviewing it. Great fresh or aged too, the bottle I had was one of the newer batches though, 007

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

my most wonderful girlfriend hooked this up for me. it almost looks like a glass of rootbeer, brownish in color, lively carbonation, and a faint red glow. the head is excited but quickly receding. the smell is a dead giveaway that this is another russian river sour gem. notes of vinegar, decaying wood, dried plums, caramel corn, and cane sugar unite in an aromatic orgy. the taste is incredible, the currants are obvious up front, but the finish is what makes this beer. its so sour it hurts my jaw. sour more than brett too, its sort of like sucking on a lemon for as long as you can, puckery, funky, and delicious. its too complex to finger all the flavors here, but many many more of these need to be consumed to fully appreciate it fully. the mouthfeel is as perfect as it can be, medium body made light by the effervescent carbonation and tart bone dry finish that somehow makes my mouth water for another sip. how the hell is this 10% abv? it is not at all detectable in the flavor or the feel, and im just waiting on my buzz... overall this may surpass suplication as my favorite russian river brew. they do some incredible stuff out there, and this is the cream of the crop. if i play my cards right my girlfriend might get me another...

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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 Mavajo
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a brown/magonnay color with a moderate cream head. Nose and aroma are layered with currants, funk, sourness and brett. Every flavor here has its moment, but they're all interwoven with the brett - it rarely takes a back seat. The vinegar:sour ratio is superb - it blasts you with sourness without causing you to wrinkle your nose from too much vinegar flavor. The alcohol blends in well - it's not absent, but it's also not hot or burning. It's woven perfectly into the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is great - no problems there.

This isn't the most sour beer I've ever had, and it isn't necessarily the tastiest either...but it blends the two masterfully. This is a phenomenal beer. The high ABV turns this into a perfect beer to sip over an evening. I only wish it was easier to obtain.

Absolutely a world class brew and one of the finest American wilds ever made.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful dark brown color with red hues. Nice tan head fades quickly. This beer has fairly restrained carbonation. Sourness is evident in the aroma from the first whiff. Apple cider vinegar mixed with brown sugar and fermented berries. Wow, this tastes amazing. Tons of sour, tart cherries, berries, citric acid and vinegar. This is backed up by a dark sugar, caramely malt base with what seems like a hint of vanilla and a bit of spice. Also has a bit of a red wine like quality. Quite tasty and begging for another sip. Fairly full bodied with a somewhat sticky finish. The sour helps balance off the sweetness in the finish. Also worth mentioning that for being it goes down quite smooth. Cannot detect the 10% ABV at all. For the style I would say this is quite drinkable. I think I will have another!

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Photo of session1979
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this back at GABF so I decided to crack a bottle of this as a Valentines gift to myself. Offered some to the wifey but she isn't a big fan of sours.

A: After the CO2 bomb settled it poured a beautiful dark red with a bubbly light red colored head.

S: Smell was funky, sour, tanic and full of a sweet acidity. Very appealing, so much so that it was hard to let it warm for more than a few minutes before taking the first sip.

T: Big cherry fruit sourness hits the edges of your tongue. Then sweet notes follow and tame it ever so much. The finish was soooo long and dry and the taste turned to grape skins. One of the best finishes I have ever experienced.

M: Light body due to the massive carbonation. As it should be for this style.

D: Very, VERY drinkable. I shared it with two others but could easily enjoy the bottle all to myself despite the high ABV.

Overall: I have loved each of the RR sours for what they offer and amazingly they are all different. This one is a welcome introduction into the world of dark sours and I absolutely loved it. An ace.

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Photo of rummy666
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark, clear, with a burgundy hue. A good head, not too big, that quickly dissolves into the beer.

S - Smells like no beer that you've ever tasted. More of a wine nose than a beer smell. Similar to a pinot noir. They say that there are currants in it, and you can for sure smell them.

T - Tastes like pinot noir, with a nice hint of carbonation. Beautiful taste of the currants, gives it a tart cherry flavor. 10%, but not boozy tasting at all.

M - Smooth and carbonated. Really has the more of the feel of champagne then beer.

O - Delicious. It's hard to really explain it since it doesn't taste much like a beer and more like champagne. Seriously, you have to try this one. Incredible.

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Photo of brdc
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Large corked bottle, poured into a tulip.

Dark brown, burgundy highlights, minimal haziness, tan head that is quite fluffy and good looking but shows minimal retention, some lacing. This might be its only "flaw".
Aroma is quite tart, acidic and even vinegary, fruity, with the expected currants but a lot of other dark fruits. Oak makes a cameo appearance, as well as grapes and tobacco.
Rich yet fully carbonated, which makes it quite drinkable. ABV 10 only shows on the bottle; in the glass it is nowhere to be found.
The rich flavor shows multiple notes, including oak, acidity and a nice tartness; multiple fruits, mostly currants and raisins. The tartness and sourness hits you with a nice puckering bite, not excessive but just right.
Vinegar, tobacco, cherries, grapes and even vanilla eventually show up.
This is an incredibly tasty, complex and rich beer that is well deserving of the hype. The best RR I ever had, and I am glad I have more.
The tartness keeps begging for more.

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Photo of beardedpeter
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first review of anything:

Deep, clear, red-brown. Small, but deliberately present head.

Woody, mellow, with a hint of sour berry.

Of course sour, a bit of chard. oak, lager like finish, but cabernet complex.

Light and void-filling, igniting all sides of the tongue, perhaps providing a sense of 'what's been missing' due to its completely rounded flavor.

Both refreshing and complicated at the same time, every sip is a new experience. Admittedly sour, not initially for everyone, but will grow quickly on some. Pair with goat cheese on sourdough with fresh red grapes on the side. Complex like a wine, but refreshing.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled Falling Rock, GABF week 2008
I was able to sneak into a spot at the bar and got one of the first glasses of this, the first keg blew in 5 minutes (before Chris even had a chance to announce it was on tap) and the second only lasted an additional 15 minutes; I was definitely quite lucky to get two glasses of this beer. The beer arrives with quite a clear appearance, it is the hue of a raisin with a rich concentrated color and shows a deep red hue when held up to the light. It is topped by a pale, ring of a head that after a bit forms a brown tinged, full tan colored head that just covers the beer. The aroma definitely has a tartness to it, but also has a rich, thick fruitiness to it that reminds me of a mix of concentrated tamarind, syrupy-fruity balsamic vinegar and rich raisins.

As the beer first hits my tongue it is chewy and rich; a sour beer with a substantial texture (at the time I didn't realize how strong this beer was, but in hindsight the richness makes a lot of sense). Tannins coat my teeth and there is a soft, yet noticeable barrel character in the finish that adds a spicy oak bite. Rich raisin flavors, a substantial berry-like wine note, as well as some rich dried fig and prune flavors all combine to provide a big, fruit-driven backbone that anchors the flavor of this beer. The rich fruit and oak flavors is tempered by a mouth puckering, somehow rich, sourness that is mostly lactic in character but sees to have some acetic overtones to it that reminds me of some sort of berry vinegar as well as hints of a rich, grape balsamic notes. The beer almost develops a raspberry flavor at times, and this actually is pretty nice (says someone who generally shies away from raspberry flavors in beer). As I contemplate my second glass of this beer I start to notice more of the oak flavors coming to the fore with flavors of vanilla, light coconut that is sort of Bourbon-like somehow as well as a structured wine character and a definite berry note that seems like a wine signature.

I haven't said this yet, but this beer is just fantastic. It has an incredible balance of tartness to rich fruit and light, though structured oak character. The flavor is just so well integrated, everything just seems to work together to carry this beer up to another level of complexity and interest. The oak really does add lots of structure, which goes a long way towards helping the overall balance of this beer. I like that the incredibly rich fruit character never gets overwhelming (back to that balance again). This is an awesome beer, whose enjoyment I am sure was magnified by the setting as well as the prior afternoon session of the GABF.

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Photo of Estocker
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, dark scarlet. Not much head but a thin lace shows up later.

Smells like a sour wine but made with currants. There is a bit of a grape aroma that I'm detecting as well, but it's mostly sour currants and I'm okay with that.

Tastes like a sour-lovers dream. One of the sourest beers I've ever had, tart currants and grape-skins invade the pallet and the wine barrels come through in the taste as well.

For 10%, this is one of the most drinkable beers I have come across, and I will continue to do whatever I can to get my hands on this even if I have to drive 300+ miles every month.

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Photo of Philousa
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep purple with little head. Light, fruity aromas fill the glass. I get grape, current (of course), cherry and some wine aromas. A bit of sour twinge in the nose as well. The alcohol is all but completely hidden. The taste is bold and fruity. Strawberry, plum, cherry flavors with a sour bite. It fades to currant and bitter black cherries, and the sour taste lingers for a bit. The carbonation in this beer is delicate and you wouldn't notice it if you didn't wonder how the beer is so smooth.

This is a wonderful sour. I tried it first at RR's brewery and it was too much for a first timer. After some Oude Bruins the sour flavor has grown on me and now I can fully appreciate the more potent sours. This is flavorful and complex. The sourness is in perfect equilibrium with the amount of flavor in this beer. All that in a 10% beer that doesn't taste alcoholic at all. A must try, but don't dive into this expensive treat until you've tried a couple other sours, because some context really makes you appreciate it better.

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Photo of Doc_Hops
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Consecration pours a gorgeous, deep, ruby red. The head is a slightly tan color but it goes away just as quickly as its poured.

S- Just like its counterpart, Supplication, the wine barrel aging plays a big roll in the smell. Dark, rich, wine notes come through first giving way to the currents added to the mix.

T- Wow. Incredibly sour yet a bit of sweet mellowing on the back end. What a dry taste as well. Cherries, currents, and event an interesting malty sweetness going on.

M- Absolutely no head yet an interesting, effervescent feel to it. Fuller bodied than Supplication yet just as easily drinkable. Still can't get over how dry it is as well. It's in perfect balance.

O- Wonderful beer. Incredibly complex and balanced. So much going on here and yet so simple. Hard to describe but very easy to enjoy...and has an incredible kick at 10.00%... For a wild, I'll take it!.

Serving Type- 12oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Thanks for reading.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
4.41 out of 5 based on 5,201 ratings.
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