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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4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark reddish brown with a thin head and just a little bit of retention

S: Wow, that smells tart and vinous; grapes, currants, black pepper, apples, vinegar; this smells so awesome

T: Wow, such a delicious and sour beer with loads of grapes, red wine, oak, black pepper, currants, red wine vinegar, apples, mmm

F: Medium body and sticky

O: This is a magnificent beer--sour but so complex and the wine barrels play so well off the tart currants; so damn good

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of spoony
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 375 ml bottle (Batch 8) into a tulip.

A-An uninspired light brown, one-finger head recedes almost immediately and leaves very little lacing. The beer is reddish/brown in color and mostly clear. A few visible streams of thick carbonation appear after the head goes away.

S-Tart and vinous. I got tart red fruit like cherries and cranberries. There is a hint of oak and earth...and some vanilla.

T-The taste follows the smell pretty closely, i.e., a pleasing mix of tart red fruit and some oak. It is not the most concentrated taste, but it is pleasing nonetheless. The brew is pretty sweet throughout and the alcohol is well integrated.

M-Not awful...but probably the weak point for this beer. Medium body and a little undercarbonated for my taste.

O-I like this beer quite a bit, it has a really nice, well-balanced smell and flavor profile that not many brews can match. That being said, the appearance is underwhelming and the mouthfeel is a little dead.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Treebs
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ML C&C bottle served in a Lost Abbey teku glass. Batch 007. Big thanks to Matt (mfavoino) for sending this my way.

A: Pours a dark ruby color with a light tan head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring. Not much lace is left.

S: Big sweet currents with mildly tart undertones. Some lighter malts are present with a nice cab body showing itself on the finish of each sniff. Pretty earthy and bold, yet restrained enough to let the beer show.

T: Much more sour than the nose would suggest. There is some lactic sourness with a tart current body. The cab gives some dirty grape punch to cut through the sourness. Just a little bit of earthy and leathery malt to counter balance the tartness as well. As it warms a little more of the barrel comes out with some dry oakiness and light sweetness. The booze is so well hidden. I would have guessed, 6% or 7%.

M: Medium bodied with a nice prickly carbonation. There is a little more body to this beer, but it doesn't take away from the drinkability. The finish is slightly drying.

O: The Cab didn't overtake the base beer which is awesome. It gave it just enough earthy undertones to provide some more depths of flavor. This is right up there with Supplication as my favorite RR sour. The booze is extremely well hidden as well. Well put together.

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4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks ward!
The beer pours a relatively clear light brown/dark amber with a razor thin halo of white head. The beer's nose is complex with tart currant fruitiness, buttery oak, and blistering alcohol. As expected, this beer drinks like a fine wine with a tremendous amount of fruit forward flavor, yeast funk and oak. It's a touch too acidic, but the booming flavors pull together and mask the beer's staggering abv. The mouthfeel is puckeringly sour and mostly dry with a touch of initial sweetness. There is a mildly umpleasant funk that lingers, but the mouthwatering sourness cleanses the palate quickly. This is an excellent beer that's worth the hunt!

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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