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

A: Dark amber with ruby / mahogany glints. Very much thin foam which quickly fades to a thin collar.
S: Dominating red fruits, dried fruits. Wood, vanilla, a bit of alcohol, well incorporated. The redcurrant dominates with also dark fruits aromas (prune).
T: The palate follows mainly the nose, with a good sourness which enhances the redcurrants notes. Balanced by a slight woody sweetness. The finish is much more on red / black fruits (blueberry, grape, blackberry, cherry).
M: Light carbonation, a bit puckering at the attack on the palate. The alcohol is well incorporated but still quite present.
O: A good sour ale, with an progressive taste. Even if redcurrant is not particularly my thing, I found the palate is even more interesting than the nose. It offers a very nice balance between sourness, woodiness and fruitiness.

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look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep, reddish color with a small, off-white head. Head is gone quickly, with little lacing. Very hazy and effervescent. Carbonation streams to the tops and bubbles for a good while after the pour.

S- Scent is mostly tangy and of sour tones. Most prominent fruit flavors are of cherry or cherry-like fruits. Small amounts of sweetness on the back end. No traces of alcohol on the nose.

T- All sour and funk up front. Dark fruit flavors are the only discernible flavor profile outside of the sour. Transitions into a more tart and acidic sour flavor before moving toward a darker, duller, almost malty flavor. Hints of the yeast flavors are mixed in at the end, and it ends without much sour lingering, but will hints of alcohol dullness.

M- Crisp and light in body, but heavy and punishing in flavor weight. Overall, easy to drink, but would absolutely destroy your palate with sour after a while.

Overall, another world class beer from Russian River. Maybe not quite as good as Supplication, but still a very good sour.

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

Bottle from Beachwood BBQs cellar. Consecration #2. Bottle 2x1.

A: Beautiful deep cabernet reddish brown with a nice one finger head upon pouring that diminishes almost immediately. Leaves little to no lacing as you drink it down.

S: Unbelievable nose of oak, currants, leather, dark fruits, slight brett funk, and vinegar.

T: Exactly what I was hoping for! It follows in the footsteps of the nose but is so much more complex. It starts off with a nice tart and vinegar sourness with a hint of leather that mellows into plum, currant, chocolate, truffle earthiness, cherries, and cranberry. It finishes with a little tinge of oak and red wine. There is a nice warming effect mid taste from the alcohol that does not burn or linger. Just enough to let you know its 10% abv.

M: Medium-full body with the perfect amount of carbonation. Coats your tongue and pallet perfectly so you can pick up on all of the nuances.

O: Such a fantastic beer. I'm glad I had one of the older batches that has had time to develop. I could see this beer having a more upfront sourness and vinegar taste. Since it had time to mellow out a bit the sourness is quite faint and upfront. It allows the flavors of the dark fruits, chocolate, and oak to really shine in the finish!

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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 5,381 ratings