GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JUL 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It’s been awhile since I’ve visited the land of Russian River. When you visit, your stay is punctuated with beers that vary wildly but most, if not all, at the best of the best. Consecration is a beer that just keep the Russian River engine chugging along. Such a great, great beer.
The beer pours out a deep cherrywood/maroon/brick red color. Fizzy white head which dissipated quickly. Beautiful coloring. Aroma has a strong funky red wine angle hitting you in both nostrils head on. Fresh orchard cherries, wet dirt and the vinous notes really take it to an extraordiniary level. Flavor has the deep sour berry/cherry notes, tannic, peppery wood and bitter black grape skin. Just.....yeah.
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured a deep brown and a tad ruddy. The head was minimal and diminished almost immediately. Very lively carbonation. There was a strong dominate vinuous aroma which was really quite amazing. Some sweet sugars and dark fruits were noticeable as well. The taste was delicately sour and some sweet fruit came through as the currants presented themselves. There was a bit of a horseblanket/barnyard quality that added a very unique quality to the beer. The finish was where the sourness was really amplified and felt. This beer tended to be vinous, deep, complex, and with a bit of a wild and untamed characteristic; and of course, sour. This was one of those beer experiences I didn’t want to end. I was sitting out under the stars on my new deck just watching the clouds gently roll on by. My little girl was sitting next to me while eating some chips and I was enjoying this. For a moment, life was at peace and rest. Extremely enjoyable.
jkwalking05 (4202) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark ruby brown in color with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is tart with some funk and cherries. Taste is very woody and sour with funk and fruit.
italianjohn (2489) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2010 Poured a dark golden color little bit of white head ... oaky aroma and dark fruits cherry ..... tastes of red wine little oaky slightly tart with a dry and slight bitterness at the end ... lots of flavor and well balanced .... Can’t go wrong with Russian River
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2010 Bottle. Brown/Red color with fizzy head. Sour aromas berries red wine cherry oak. Taste Sour lemon cherry oak red wine. Great sour ale
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating 1,000. Consumed in the always enjoyable company of JCB, emacgee, and TURDFERGUSON. Pours reddish purple-brown with nice carbonation fizzing to the top into a beige head that stayed around, albeit small. Tart, sour acetic nose, with currants, blackberries, lemon, sour oak, more freshly cut twig flavors, tannins, and sweetness. Tastes surprisingly bitter/tannic with the currants really coming out. Unique mix of bitter and sour. Not my favorite RR sour, but a tasty beer.
blklab2007 (2092) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2011 bottle poured into a snifter has a deep brown red color and a fizzy white head with nice carbonation pooling at the surface. aroma has vinous red wine sourness, oak, dark cherry, currant, and tons of delicious funk. crisp mouth feel with nice prickly carbonation at the side of the tongue. flavor has plenty of sourness, rich red wine character, dark berry, oak, currant, and tobacco. this is perhaps the most dry beer i have tried thus far. acidity is kept in check and the alcohol at 10% is warming but incredibly hidden. truly outstanding!
TheEpeeist (3539) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
25.4 oz bottle, batch 0013X. Dark maroon with a tannish haze. Nose is faint currants, mild sour cherry and musty oak. Nice, but subdued. Medium body, more substantial than other RR’s. A delicate sparkle gives way to razor-sharp sourness. Taste begins with sour currants and toffee followed by lemon Sourheads then dry tobacco and red wine. Enticingly sweet with a sour blast.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2009 (DC Local Gathering, 750ml bottle, Major Thank You to CaptainCougar) - Dark ruby brown, fluffy white head. Huge vinous dark currant aromas ride swells of funked black cherry and peppered oak. Ultra complex sour berry, old wood, and currant flavors balance extremely well on a funky crisp red grape and cheese- like foundation. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, sour fruity finish. This was an absolute showstopper…
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
By far the best sour ale I’ve ever had, and I don’t even like sours... So this pours a deep mahogany, with a small head that lasted the entire glass. Aroma is funky, a little bit of malt and raisins, almost smells like a red wine. It has a mildly effervescent feel to it, then it turns a bit sweet and immediately turns sour. Really cool flavors. I think this may be the beer that turns me onto sours.