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:
5,269
Reviews:
1,161
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
9.3%
 
 
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1,659
Gots:
1,897
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark amber red with a lot of fizz and little head to speak of. Not much lacing and a lot of apparent (champagne-like) carbonation.

Lots of red fruit (cherry, currant) with big red wine nose. Lactic is big. Tart apples. Sour fruits. blah blah blah. Smells and looks like an fruity oud bruin. My kind of beer. Can't wait.

This is phenomenal. I like this much better than Supplication. Flavors are bold, very complex, and quite tart. The wine flavor is big but not overpowering. Definitely get the red grape on the back end and even some tannin bitterness. Sour cherry and currant again, naturally. I also get a vinegar flavor, but it's subtle. Not exactly red wine vinegar, but almost balsamic. Or is it apple cider? I can't put my finger on it. Absolutely incredible flavor.

Mouthfeel is great. Medium bodied, high champagney carbonation. Tannin on the backend.

This is an amazing sour. I defiantly have a world yet to explore, but this is the sour flavor (at least) I have been looking for. Perhaps it's a more obvious beer than supplication (the only other RR sour I've had), but I appreciate that aspect. I really really enjoy this.

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750ml

Batch 001X2

This bottle comes from one of the best traders out there, BitterBill, thanks again Bill! Consecration pours like a Coke with the same dark body bordering on black with burgundy highlights and a fizzy, easily rising dirty tan head. The head rose to two fingers in height and fizzled rather quickly to a solid cap with streams of active carbonation rushing up the sides of the glass to revive the suds. Cascading drink lines stick to the snifter after each swig.

The nose on this wild is insanely interesting and unique. Huge notes of currants and buttery oak simply jump from the glass. The aromas stack like legos. Under the barrel aging and currant addition there are deep notes of cabernet, black cherry, an earthy cocoa, and a squeeze of lactose. The oak aging brings vanilla to the table and I keep getting a hint of black licorice that, oddly enough, seems to fit near perfectly. Along with some warming walnuts start to show themselves; crazy. Consecration gets my smeller working overtime.

Tartness washes over my tongue from the get go, just enough to cause a little pucker. Currants again take the lead throughout. A touch of cola sweetness comes across mid palate. The complexities are nearly dizzying. The oak meshes with the cabernet, vinous flavor and the currants perfectly. Zesty black cherry hits on the swallow along with a touch of anise and dusty cocoa. I wouldn't have expected to find the anise and cocoa qualities in this beer but they work amazingly well. I've only begun to scratch the surface on the complexities of this brew.

The body is incredibly light and airy when taking the abv into consideration. Each drink just rolls across the tongue with ease while a lively, but far short of prickly, carbonation works its magic. The finish is tartly sweet; impressive.

There is not a touch of noticeable alcohol in this beer which makes it a dangerous drinker. The flavors keep me coming back as soon as the last drink is swallowed. The tartness on the finish keeps me coming back for more.

Russian River does it yet again with this incredible brew. Consecration is an incredibly unique libation that I honestly can't get enough of. I will be getting more bottles in the future, without a doubt. Thanks for this treat, Bill!

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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
4.41 out of 5 based on 5,269 ratings.
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