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4.5/5
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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#100
Reviews:
1,171
Ratings:
5,350
pDev:
8.89%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,661
Gots:
1,917
Trade:
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Ratings: 5,350 |  Reviews: 1,171
Photo of Radcpa
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ajm5108
4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark amber color, vigorous carbonation & head that relaxes into the whisper of a lacing. Aroma is fantastic - lush upfront with those cab sav smells (rich dark grape) with the currants adding a nice sweetness underneath with just a hint of tart yeast for contrast. Taste starts put the opposite, very heavy on the currant flavor until the that husky oak / cab sav comes in on the mid-palate with some grape tanin & vintages barrel flavors. The lacto tartness is there but is used so well to contrast & highlight the deeper flavors that you barely notice. Finishes like dry wine with a lingering sting of tartness. Fantastic.

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Photo of Dadthew
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of marycarol
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of robertm2152
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mcrawford
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bumatnet
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark rich amber brown with quickly dissipating head.
The aroma is red wine, woodiness from the barrel, vinegar, dark berries and some cherry juice.
The flavor follows the nose, it's super juicy. Tons of berry and red wine flavors. It's nice and tart with a slight funkiness. It's delicious.
I would seek this out, it's a very good sour, and I'm normally not a fan of high abv sours.

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Photo of intransitive
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

deep mahogany color, very low carbonation.
tastes like port wine, dried berries, prunes, raisins... lightly acidic. faint alcohol sting in the aftertaste.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of donovansill
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keffa
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mancavebeercouch
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RNbeerfan
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Egotist
3.23/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lr300
3.29/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BdM
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bshefftz
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigGold
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had poured from 12.7-oz., corked and caged bottle, label stamped bottled on "071816," gift from friend, into tulip. So that's what currants taste like?

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Photo of sgregory
3.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavidR_9
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kitch
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 375ml corked and caged bottle, bottled on 4th April 2016, poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.

Appearance: A dark reddish brown colour with a two finger light tan head that dissipated quickly while leaving only slight lacing.

Aroma: Lots of oak, cherry, blackcurrant, grape and red wine.

Taste: Sweet-ish blackcurrant and cherries followed by sourness, oak, red wine, vinegar and light funk.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: This was just like drinking red wine with carbonation. There was no sign of the 10% ABV, and although I thought the aroma was better than the taste, both were still good.

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Photo of johnny_chimpo
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sjdevel
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a reddish brown color with about a 1 finger head. Quickly fizzles out and left with just a few patches of bubbles here and there. Hazy. Nice Ruby hue.
Smell: Fruity aroma. Grape, plum, raspberry. Not as intense as some sours. Slight sour hint, slight vinegar.
Taste: Tastes like a fine wine right up front. A rush of sour fruit then comes through. Only slight vinegar hints, but mainly sour grape, plum, and a bit of a citrus undertone. Starts off sweet, dries out slightly. After the soured fruit notes fade out, I'm left with flavors from the barrel aging: slight charred oak and nuts, hints of vanilla. Get some caramel and malt throughout.
Feel: Medium+. Feels thicker (syrupy) at first, then seems to thin out / flatten.
Overall: Very good. Russian Rive is very impressive. How can they put out one of the best DIPAs and also have outstanding barrel aged sours? This one was pricey, but well worth it. $15.00 for a 375 ml bottle. It has some champagne aspects and some flavors that resemble some Gruits that I have had in the past - maybe the earthiness of the currants contributed to this. Very pleased with this one. I finally crossed this one off of my Beer Bucket List.

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Photo of Casey_L
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 5,350 ratings
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