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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:
#115
Reviews:
1,170
Ratings:
5,344
pDev:
8.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1,663
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Ratings: 5,344 |  Reviews: 1,170
Photo of Andonato
4.4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of projectflam86
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from trading with Alen. Thanks for the chance dude!

Batch 002x2

A- Pours a deep burgundy brown color with a massive off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing. The bubbles hiss as the head fades down to a nice half inch ring.

S- Lots of vinous and dark fruit aroma with a bit of funk and yeast scents. Plenty of oak and vanilla with red grapes.

T- Incredibly tart dark cherries and red grape initially. Black berries and currants with a vinegar-like sourness. Definetely some Brett funkiness flavor in there. Even if I had not known that this was aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, I would have been able to guess it easily. A splash of tobacco and oak with an unmistakable tannin dryness. This one takes a few sips to warm up to. The alcohol is almost non-existent and only leaves its mark with a bit of a warming effect that occurs just after half of the bottle is gone.

M- Medium body with loads of carbonation. The bubbles glide across the tongue dispersing the flavor evenly throughout. Incredibly dry finish.

D- Wow, this is one tremendously complex brew. This could easily bridge the gap between beer and red wine. A breed all of its own.

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Photo of Bhoward0698
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of _morandi_
4.4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ATPete
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

Pours a red wine like brownish purple hue with a small head. Funky, mildly vinous nose with some wood character and currant fruit. Wine-like, tannic and sour with no alcohol note apparent. Dry and very ripe with a fresh fruit note, the skin of the currant and the Cabernet barrels harmonize wonderfully. A truly nice beer, i was lucky enough to enjoy a little less than half of this bottle and enjoyed every sip thoroughly. This bottle is worth the 25$ charged, share it, for a full 25oz may be a bit much to the tongue.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy burgundy color with a large bubbly off white head.

Scent is cinnamon, dark sour fruit, oak and tobacco. Nice complexity and depth here.

Taste of oak, tobacco, earth, sugars, dark sour fruit, and a hint of alcohol. The alcohol is nearly unnoticeable, but it gives the flavor a little extra bite, which is nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation.

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4.4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Hammerhead79
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle Batch 001x2. Acquired in a trade and has been aging in my cellar since. Poured into a snifter. Consumed last night.

A-Body is a very hazy translucent medium mahogany hue. Pours with an approximately 1 finger foamy off-white head but this quickly fades pretty quickly leaving only a thin collar.

S-Nose has a very pungent acidic tartness from and is all that I noticed initially. With a deeper look aromas of oak, cigars, red wine, and cherry pits are also noted.

T- Much like the nose the flavor initially is dominated by a sharp acidic sourness all the way through with a very clean finish. With a deeper look and as one becomes more accustomed to the sourness the oak barrel flavor comes through as well as red wine and tobacco-more so with the finish than initially. Its interesting because the more you sip the more complex the beer becomes and the more you notice. The slightest alcohol

M- Exceptionally smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Body is thick, velvety smooth, and rich.

D- Wow. This is another excellent sour from the folks at Russian River. Delicious, rich, and complex. This beer has aged very well so far and is certainly a slow sipper. This should definitely be shared- 750ml is too rich for one person in one sitting. This is a beer that I would love to have again.

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Photo of elvisdoc
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BMMillsy
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery. Poured to a Ynibroue tulip glass. This one pours dark reddish purple with a hint of brown and a one finger off white head that dissipates quickly in a fizzy furry.. Aroma is strong vinous cabernet notes, sour vinegar, black cherry and other fruits. Flavor is a beautiful medley of dark cherries and sour vinegar, some bold wine like notes, other fruits, and a bit of booze intermingled with oak on the back end. Super tart and sour with nearly spritzy high carbonation. Heavy bodied and a big beer that can probably sneak up on you. Good stuff.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= It appears amber maybe a little bit brown when held up to the light it's kind of like a rose color.

S= To me I pick up on cherries, some sour apples kind of smells like a wine almost.

T= The taste is really amazing I believe this is the first time I've been exposed to this style and I really like it. It kind of starts off sweet and then turns sour dig it.

M= Good carbonation. I think the carbonation kind of balanced the bitterness and sours in this one.

D= I think this is a great beer would love to try more.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #250 - Big thanks to Dave (d0b) for sharing one of these on New Beer Sunday. Batch 001X3 served in a Hopleaf tulip glass.

A - One finger of fairly quick-dissolving tan foam, that doesn't leave a ton of lacing, but settles into a nice ring that lingers throughout the drinking experience. Medium brown color, with firey red highlights at the edges of the glass and lots of tiny bubbles racing upwards. I know that it's possible to do better, even within the constraints of the style and ABV - see my description of Toronado 20th .

S - Lots of bretty funk, tart and sour currants, tobacco, sweet caramel malts, and wood. The mix of Belgian dark and wild ale is reminiscent of the T20th, but this is quite as nice, particularly the wood smell initially gave off a slightly plastic kind of smell before the brew warmed up.

T - The taste is a bit of a revelation, with lovely tartness, no discernible alcohol, a lovely red wine/Cabernet acidity, oak barrel, currants, and sweet caramel malts. There's significantly more sour and less funk here, and the flavors come together in a much more satisfying way. Since so much of this review is going to be ultimately very T20th influenced I'll mention that the oakiness and lacto-sour elements are much milder here, although I'm wondering if that is because of the age or the recipe itself...

M - Sticky, but with a dry finish, moderate carbonation, minimal alcohol heat, and medium body. Some cotton mouth but not where near as extreme as the Lou Pepe Framboise we had. Right on for the style.

D - Shockingly drinkable for a 10% wild ale. Great aftertaste and negligible carbonation burn or bloat. Other than the (slight) problem of getting stupidly drunk from a 750ml bottle this is terrific stuff.

A couple thoughts...
This is a superb substitute for Toronado 20th. While clearly a different beer it does a lot of the same things very well - blending two classic Belgian styles (quad/dark ale with gueuze/lambic), hiding a ridiculously 10%, and marrying a whole host of wonderful and seemingly incongruous flavors. The only place is comes up short is in the appearance, and that doesn't really influence my drinking enjoyment all that much. And when one factors in the huge price differential...

Batch variation seems to be pretty obvious. I didn't get that vague plastic smell from the batch 001x4 bottles I've sampled. I'll comment further when I open up my own bottle at some point. I'm also looking forward to batch 002.

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Photo of gjoker321
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Robdiesel21
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of emptyglassagain
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of danh53
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with red and orange hues. Definitely get oak and red wine character on the aroma with currants and some citrus. Oak jumps out on the taste which I like and I'm surprised how prominent the dark fruits are considering this is a year old. Lots of wine flavor with dry finish with lots of oak tannins. The citrus adds brightness and complexity. The alcohol is present in a nice way adding heft and a little edge without ever taking center stage. Mouth feel is medium to full and very drinkable.

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Photo of hopley
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cobrakaikid
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got to try this thanks to rencelas. Poured into Schlafly large tasting glass. Pours dark brown with a reddish tint. Smell like plum and cherries. Taste is very sour but very enjoyable. I could share a 750ml of this but not drink one by myself. Overall a great first sour for me from RR.

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Photo of Erick_G
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SShelly
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow this seems to be on draft everywhere now.

Pours is a crystal clear dark amber with a big bright white head.

Aroma is tart and crisp, some malt sweetness.

Big tart, acidic burst with sweet darkfruit behind, no real bitterness to speak of, leaves a giant burst of sweet and tart in the back ofhe mouth.

Oh so tasty, can really only have one at a time but man what a winner.

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Photo of EnemyWithin
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Russian River Consecration 375 mL bottle, batch 007
Poured into Duvel tulip on July 21, 2012.

Appearance 4
Pours a dark to medium brown with slight plum red tinge. Very thin covering of head that nearly completely dissipates.

Aroma 4
Tart sour nose predominance, with slight dark fruit/grape note. Also tart candy notes.

Taste 4.5
Initially a strong tart sourness, which really coats the palate well. Very complex taste. I get notes of sweet malt, tart candy, & lemon. Sourness comes in a quite sharp burst, then drops off, though there is a moderate to strong amount of sourness that lingers on palate throughout. Midway through I can pick up the malt, and late on the palate there is hint of the red wine notes from the barrel. Together, the flavors are great; there is a lot going on, but it is refined and polished. I felt hat the barrel aging adds a balance to the sourness – there is almost a tannin dryness at the end. At the very end, almost in the aftertaste, can pick up the current flavor.

Mouthfeel 5
Moderate thickness, low carbonation, great almost puckering sourness that coats entire mouth. Nice slight viscosity to the beer. Super enjoyable!

Overall 4.5
Lives up to the hype. Incredible sour with great power, but also great balance. 10% alcohol is extremely well hidden and allows the beer to be more full bodied. Very, very easy to drink. A world class offering – reminds me of Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien. Only wish I could have this as a regular offering – the west coast beer drinkers are lucky. Highly recommend.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap (had bottled as well) served in nonucal glass

A - clouldy Garnett brown with one finger rose head with poor rentention and minimal lacing

S - Cab Sav. Currants, funky fruity yeast, cherries.

T - Drink a currant cherry lambic, a cabernet Sav, and a tastes if tobacco and you have got this gem. Sour and warming

M - med body, mod-high carbonation, sticky

O - Yum. A gentlemans beer.

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Photo of Roguer
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of BilbosNuts
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle (bottled on 9/14/12) into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear garnet color with light bubble streams rising slowly to the surface. It has no head and appears kind of still.

S: A blast of sour funkiness blends well with dark fruits and a light tobacco aroma. Very inviting.

T: Nearly identical to what was promised in the aroma. It is a wonderful blend and balance of sourness, dark fruits and a minor tobacco characteristic.

M: Medium bodied and an essentially still feel. It has a dry and puckering finish.

O: This is a pretty amazing wild ale. It is perfectly balanced in its flavors and is a fantastic example of the style. Highly recommended.

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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 5,344 ratings
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