Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Russian River Brewing Company Consecration Ale

Hello beer lovers, Happy New Year and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Russian River Brewing Company Consecration Ale Aged in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels with Currents.

From the Russian River Brewing Company website: “Dark Ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels from local wineries. It is aged for 4 to 8 months with black currants, brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus added to each barrel. Rich flavors of chocolate truffle, spice, tobacco, currants, and a bit of Cabernet. Very full-bodied, sip slowly!”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a hazy plum red with a thin off-white head and almost no lacing.
Aroma: Tart red wine, dark fruits, oak barrel, currants and yeast funk.
Taste: Sour and tart with flavors of currants, Cabernet Sauvignon grape tannins and oak, dark fruits, acidic and funky.
Overall: Big, sour and delicious, Russian River Brewing Company Consecration Ale is stellar.  This well-crafted 10% ABV Russian River Brewing Company offering is a must try if you’re a fan of the style or if you want to test out the style.  This one could convert you for sure!

Mark Harvey

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