Consecration | Russian River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

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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4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 375 mL cork & cage bottle with a bottling date of 013113. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack series tulip glass.

Appearance - Gently poured so as not to disturb the yeast sediment, as directed on the bottle. Head is bubbly, like champagne or a soft drink, and beige, about a finger thick. Dissipates within a minute or two with zero lacing and leaves a body of deep garnet-ruby red. Darker, like black plum skin, around the edges. I love the color--so dark and mysterious.

Smell - Black currant, some hints of vanilla and leather, with an underlying acidity and bite. Faint elements of sour cherries as well.

Taste - Tart with the flavors of blackberry, currant, cabernet grapes running through. Some sour highlights, like lemon juice with a hint of cider vinegar. Finishes slightly spicy and with sweeter notes poking through from malt, roasted figs, and dates.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is aggressive at first, but fades away quickly, leaving a slick mouthfeel punctuated by small tingling sensations. Medium bodied and a dry, tart finish.

Overall, my first taste of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale that went through some sort of souring process. Forward with the overall taste of fruit, but the maltiness sticks up for itself. Not overpoweringly sour, but it definitely has a bit of a kick.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this is a fantastic beer. I had a vertical tasting at toronado in San Diego in August 2012. That was an amazing experience. Served from a bottle aged 1 year in my refrigerator beer pours dark purplish brown with very little head but a lot of fizzy carbonation. The mouth feel is fizzy with a pleasant tart puckering. The taste is vinegar and very little malt and granny smith apple peel. In my top five sours of all time and proof that Russian River is one of the best breweries in America.

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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
4.41 out of 5 based on 5,289 ratings.
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