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Russian River Consecration

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The price of Russian River beers keeps me from enjoying them more often. I don’t believe I’ve ever had the chance to try this one until the other day. This sour is aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with black currents added to each barrel. Of course, it’s got all your lovely sour making materials: Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus.

Stats:
American Wild Ale. 10.0% ABV. California.

It’s a brownish red color. The head is completely gone at this point.

Obviously, the sourness is the first thing that will hit your nose. This does overwhelm the nose a bit, but some cocoa, currents, sour cherries, and a hint of oaky vanilla does come through.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, with a fairly light body.

Quite high on the sourness. I’m getting cranberries, sour cherries, currents, cocoa, oak, vanilla, and a hint of wine. It’s a little bit hot and leaves a sour cranberry on the palate.

This is very complex and very delicious. Obviously, the amount of sourness will not be for everyone. But it’s an absolutely fantastic beer, and it’s worth every penny. 95 points.

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  1. December 21, 2012 at 5:18 pm

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