Consecration | Russian River Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
5,303
Reviews:
1,165
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
9.3%
 
 
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4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two bottles, bottled (07/18/13)
Had at 4 moths (11/23/13), 375 ml corked bottle into tulip:
A – dark brown, with ruby highlights, brandy appearance with no lacing.
S – sour cherry, dark fruits, an aged but lively current note, some oak with an inviting balanced sourness throughout. Aggressive but balanced.
T – you pick up some of the jammy Cab Sauv character and then dryness toward the end, works perfectly together with the sourness and intense dark fruits. Coating smooth tart and sour character, with some of the wine oaky tannins. Doesn’t feel overly sour at all with a dry finish and a balanced clean body.
M – initial carbonation fades off fairly quickly but still drinks so well. Alcohol presence is remarkably absent. Sourness integrates perfectly well giving a full bodied feel and a slick film on the finish. Steller.
A interesting and perfectly balanced blend of winey dark fruits, oaky dryness and a strong bretty sourness that feels so well-made, still a bit of liveliness to it and it balance is great. Nothing artificial or cloying. Delicious throughout, such a killer wild ale and you pick up all the elements that go into it really nicely and the end result is delicious.

Had aged ….

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4.94/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The cats meow. I love Russian River Sours. They are second to non. Temptation is my favorite in the line of sours but this one is amazing as well. A little bit of the old world funk, and some nice barrel flavor as well. They have also mastered the perfect sour taste. Not like Love Child where it taste artificial and just pure sour. I recommend this beer to anyone.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fizzy cream-colored head, quickly dissipating, but settling in at about 1/4 finger. No lacing. Brew is purplish-brown and opaque, with light highlighting the edges.

Smells strongly of wine, funk, sweet yeast, Brett, and berries. Similar to a Flanders red. Tart and sharp, but not overpowering.

Flavor is delicate and complex; superbly balanced. Wine, tobacco, grapes, a light but musty funk carrying an edge of cheese, berries, just a bit of vinegar. Very, very light sweetness, and a light, lingering sourness.

Lively and tart, slick and oily, medium-light but smooth and definitely a sipper. Surprisingly wet finish.

An absolutely superb sour, ticking all the right boxes. Reminds me of a vintage Rodenbach in its balance, complexity, and subtlety.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

A+

at the source. Served a deep cheery purple walnut, beautiful garnet backlit, minor froth minor stay, minor lacing.

intoxicating aroma
outstanding depth, so many nuances you can focus on
plum, sour cherry, oaky, vinous
delicious

the flavor is up to the task promised by the scent
one of the few brews that makes my mouth water while drinking it
all the fruits, tart to perfection, sometimes tobacco

mouth tingling shy of medium

simply fantastic
cheers
jd

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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
4.41 out of 5 based on 5,303 ratings.
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