Russian River "Consecration" Batch 3
Style: American Wild Ale
Serving Type: On Tap (12/30/09) at Brouwer's Cafe. Freemont, WA
Price: $9.00 (12oz)
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Aroma: A reasonably light aroma of sour ripe cherries and green apple skin. Little to no hop aroma. Slight hint of alcohol spice.
Appearance. Light mahogany brown with excellent clarity. Thin but lasting off white head holds a light lacing along the side of the glass.
Flavor: A sharp bite of green sour apple skin hits your tongue and cheeks with next to puckering sourness. As an ale brewed with Brettanomyces this is highly expected and enjoyed. The malt profile is hidden in the background until your tongue recovers from the sour bite, then there are complexities of bitter cherry and faint oak in the finish. This beer finishes extremely dry with another bite of sourness left on the lips as reminder.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with effervesant carbonation. There is a puckering sensation from the Brett but again this is expected and done well to enjoyment. Finishes crisp and very dry.
Overall: This beer is not for the weak of heart or mind. Among the sours Consecration Batch 3 is demonstrating the finer points of this brewing art. The sourness hits you on the tongue and in the jaw muscles like a sour apple with each refreshing sip.