KAME (160) - California, USA - JUN 1, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared amongst friends. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is beautifully sour with lotís of Cabernet tannins and oaky notes with hints of red wine vinegar. Flavor is classic RR affair but is much more malty than their other sour offerings. Flavors of tart berries, leather, and oak combine into a wonderful montage. This really is a great brew and the alcohol is completely undetectable. This really blurs the line between wine and beer.
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, batch 001X3. Rating # 300. Pours a hazy, dark amber, very slight off-white head. Sour berries dominate the aroma. Flavor is dominated by sour vinuous notes of slightly overripe fruit, mostly cherry, berries, plum and also some very slight wood notes that really blend nicely, not overdone. Finish is dry and sour.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2009 Bottle. Tried my best on this one. I just donít understand sours yet. Poured a dark orange-ish brown with a tall beige head. Aroma is of sour fruit and wood. Medium bodied. Flavor is immensely sour with some mild fruit under tones. Nice carbonation, finish is highly acidic and tart. I will try this again when I have some more experience with sours.
Re-rate: Well persistence paid off and after trying many sour beers I have finally started to develop a taste for them. Not only have I developed the palate for them but they are quickly becoming one of my favorite styles. To date I have had 4 bottles of Consecration and itís time I gave it the rating it deserves. This beer really is great, very sour and extremely tasty. I love this beer!
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of Gillard. Poured a deep red/brown. Nose is acetic, dark fruits, tart sourness, some malt. Flavor is a powerful burst of sour, followed by some sweetness and funk. Lots of raisin, fig and some wood lingering. Lovely!
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2010 Batch 1X02. Bottle was almost impossible to get open without a corkscrew. Deep garnet-brown pour with a bit of lazy off white lace around the glass. The nose is really awesome. A chewy, leathery sweaty nose with a light kiss of acetic character in addition to a fairly intense rich dark fruity character. There is a bit of soft oakiness in addition to the dank fruitiness. Rich and quite intense with a lot of dark, plummy Belgian malt through the middle. Rich, chewy, funkiness on the back of the palate. There is a lot of earthy/leathery tannic cherry/currant skin. This contributes a lovely mouthfeel to the beer. Soft and fruity with a mix of sweet malt, fruit and a lingering tartness. Itís less funky than the batch 04, even with an extra six months on it. Tartness is quite restrained and the fruit comes out more than I recall. Some soft acetic character on the back along with a touch of warming alcohol. Pretty damn terrific stuff.
Bottle shared by someone at "Drink for Charity" event at Rattle N Hum. X04. Deep ruddy-garnet beer. Rich tannic aroma. Chewy and fruity with a really lovely funky brightness. Big bright funkiness. Bretty and chewy with a rich fruitiness. Lots of rich leather, dark fruit and a tingly chewiness. The fruit is less obvious in the mouth than in the nose. Tannic and sour and completely delicious. Great stuff that should age beautifully.
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travita (4334) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Bman1113vr. The smell is sour, funk, oak, tart, fruits, and barnyard. The look is muddy, reddish color, decent biege colored head. The taste is funk, sour, fruits, tart, and wood.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Aplusbreaks, sampled at March Houston tasting. Thanks, dude! Pours a deep mahogany with a lilí olí head and an aroma of oaky dark fruits and an old cedar house. Flavor is a rush of sour dark fruits with thin, whispery hints of alcohol. Tingly and lasting mouthfeel. Great, great brew; Bleeng thinks it would benefit from barrel aging, post-barrel aging. Thanks, Austin!
rayg1 (584) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A really rare gem that my buddy Ross shared with me, thanks a lot man I would never have gotten my hands on this otherwise. Pours out a deep brown with a nice tan colored head that was minimal but remained throughout the entire glass. Aroma is pungent of tart and puckering sour funk but has a hint of sweet blackberry that rounds it out. Sour taste that is very nice, tart currants shine here. The sourness is rounded out by a full oak flavor and a hint of sugar. Carbonation is very nice but not too much, leaves the tongue with a slight tingle. Very nice beer, good job to the Russian River guys, you did it again. Thanks again Ross.
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I don;t know why, but this is the first sour Iíve tried That has just completely blown me away. Constantly evolving as it warmed. Think, strawberry milkshake meets, tart cherries. Expansive on the pallate, ligering. I found myself wanting another bottle after the first was gone
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a ruby brown with a small head that falls and leaves no halo or lacing. Color is very deep.
Nose is heavy on sweet cherries, currants, red and stone fruits.
Taste is very smooth for a sour. Pretty acidic, but lots of the currant and stone fruit flavors still shine through. Very well balanced with all of the sour components.