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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,080
Hads: 4,753
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.22%
Wants: 1,600
Gots: 1,629 | FT: 121
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 10-31-2008

Belgian-style dark ale aged in American oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with currants.
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Reviews: 1,080 | Hads: 4,753
Photo of coalcracker
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours without any sort of head. Just a little carbonation. Medium brown in color.
Smell: Quite funky with a touch of fruit in the background.
Taste: Tart and sour upon first taste, but a wave of fruits and a little sweetness then present. Alcohol is well-hidden.
Mouthfeel: Thin to medium mouthfeel.
Drinkability: If you don't mind the tartness, then drink away. I think this is a very drinkable wild ale.


Overall: Hard to predict how wild ales will present. This was a tasty wild that is best consumed with respect. (531 characters)

Photo of Nick3
4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 001X1 750 ml bottle. Beer poured into a duvel tulip glass and forms a lovely 3 finger head. Frenzied carbonation feeds the head. Then a truly unique phenomenon begins to unveil itself . . . the beer begins to make crackling sounds just like a bowl of rice krispies! The head holds along with the crackling sounds for a couple of minutes but then quickly vanishes once I start drinking. The appearance and sounds of this beer was quite an amazing experience . . . never felt like a beer was as alive as this one. Beer is a gorgeous dark burgundy color as well. The color especially the crackle make this a 5 for me. Smell of dark fruit, cherries, apples, brett, and a little vinegar. Initial taste is sour and tart but then it is balanced out quickly by some malts. Beer is tremendously complex. The finish is long lasting and leaves you longing for more with the cabernet sauvignon grapes lingering . ..very nice. Moutfeel is tantalizing as the beer dances across your tongue and feels as alive as it did when it was first poured. I really enjoyed this beer but could probably handle no more than 2. A lot of hype with this beer and I'll say, for the most part, it lived up to it IMO. I'm aging a couple of other bottles and I imagine they will improve quite a bit. Will revisit in a couple years. (1,303 characters)

Photo of palma
4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark cherry amber body. Small fizzy off white head fades rather quickly to a thin ring lace.

Aroma: funky bread, wet leather, some nuttiness, and currant. Very musty. Tobacco. Hint of vinegar. The mustiness and tobacco are a little too potent IMO. I don't particulary like them especially at this level. After tasting the beer, the aroma becomes more pleasing.

Taste: sweet cherry/plum upfront followed immediately by a strong sour tang. Although the sour is strong, it takes a backseat to the sweet dark fruit flavors. Finishes very dry with the lingering taste of bitter apple skins on the back of the tongue. Exceptionally complex.

Mouthfeel: bright and airy. Very champaign like.

Drinkability is extremely high for such a high alcohol beer. This is 10% and if you like sour beers, you can really pound this stuff. It might be a good thing that it's expensive.
Drink it at cellar temperature or even almost room temperature, - the beer opens up and more sweetness shows rather than the sour. Complexity improves the drinkability as you want to keep drinking to simply figure out what it is you are tasting. The dryness also contributes to this great drinkability.

One of the top wild ales in the world. I like some of the other russian river wilds better (i.e Supplication, Compunction), but this one is still very good. (1,342 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sharing with sour beer fan friends Mike n Bryce (homebrewers). Poured with no head or lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy honey amber. Aroma is yeast, sour, oak, sherry, malt. Flavor's similar to taste but not as complex. Body and carbonation are perfect for style. Finish is like flavor, clean, balanced, and a nice alcohol prod. Very nice. (334 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay Chalice

Appearance: minimal head, cloudy, chestnut brown in color, some sediment, low carbonation

Smell: cherry, sour mix, and vinegar

Taste: cherry, red wine grapes, sour mix, and vinegar

Mouthfeel: sour, light bodied, medium carbonation but very prickly..

Overall: A very good American Wild Ale worthy of a special occasion. I love the wine-like qualities in this one--although I do prefer Supplication. This one is a complex sipper that I would pick up in a heartbeat if I could find it. (516 characters)

Photo of IKR
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear medium-brown with red overtones. Reminiscent of strong tea.. Light beige head that quickly dissipated.

Smell: Smells of slight musk, grapefruit and oak.

Taste: Citrus fruit-like tastes come through along with some oak and slight funk. I also get a slight bitterness I'm guessing is from the roasted malts. I get the flavors first then the sour follows. Sour grapefruit aftertaste.

Mouth-feel: Fairly full bodied for the style with modest carbonation.

Drink-ability: The flavors and body belie the fact it's 10% ABV

One of my go to Sours that I'm finally reviewing. (587 characters)

Photo of myatomicpolygon
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 004x4

Appearance- poured into a wine glass a light amber red with golden honey highlights and a small layer of white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a ring around the glass

Smell- leather, barnyard, slight vinegar, grape tannins, currant

Taste- barnyard funk, wood, and tartness up front with a dry currant finish. good balance and complexity of flavor. the tartness from the bacteria and funk from the brett is put in check by the sweetness from the fruit and the oak.

Mouthfeel- crisp, dry, refreshing, lively

Drinkability- alcohol is well masked, may be a bit too sour and tart for some due to the style...but well balanced with the fruit and easy to drink...but hard to find on the East Coast...and when you do it comes with a high price tag. (765 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 07 18 13
Drank 01 24 14

Down the middle pour brings forth a thick off-white foam that quickly fizzles down to nothing. Deep burnt orange body when held to the light that is filled with carbonation zinging all around.

The aroma is full of the souring bacteria, gets a little funky, currant, and cherry. Comes off like an Oud Bruin.

Plenty of fruitiness comes off with currant, red grape, and tart apple. The oak from the Cabernet barrels comes out slightly. Nice little musty funk hangs out at the end. No hint of the 10%.

Fairly smooth medium body. Medium tartness on the palate. Finishes dry.

Nicely balanced for such a big sour beer. Really well done beer that has great Cab qualities imparted into it. (720 characters)

Photo of Labonix
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice deep amber/red color. The aroma is a tarty fruit with a little bit of funk. This beer has an amazing taste to it. It has a sweet and tarty fruit taste to it. I think its more tart than sour and I could easily drink a whole 750 bottle to myself. (267 characters)

Photo of bulletrain76
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Draught at the brewpub. Brown color with a red tint and white head. Darkly vinous, tart, and oaky aroma. The flavor is quite sour with lots of oak and sour fruit. Malty underneath, with a less alcohol that I was expecting. Richly smooth and medium-full body. High-gravity sours are new to me, and I sort of miss the light, refreshing quality that you get in a lighter option, but this is really great stuff regardless. (418 characters)

Photo of PatronWizard
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Third beer in the line up at Mauerhan's. This one offered up by yours truly. Everyone else here already has one cellared, but it takes big ass balls to open one. Sparse notes, apologies.

Pours a deep burgandy with a decent head.

Smells pretty lovely. Tart, cherries, mouth watering. Big time reminds me of New Glarus Belgian Red.

Then the taste. Still reminds me of the NGBR, but with an added sourness. Sour isn't blatantly up your ass like most, so it's actually enjoyable.

Alcohol is completely invisible and at 10% I would actually buy this again whereas most sours I wouldn't.

Overall: beats Temptation as my favorite sour to date (640 characters)

Photo of bashiba
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear amber with a thick tan head that disappeared as quickly as it came.

The smell is dominated by the sour tartness of the bacteria with just a hint of vinous wine and blackberry.

The flavor is nicely sour with dark blackberry and grape flavors coming through along with a heavy oaky and cedar barrel flavor. Has a bit of leathery and tobacco flavor coming through as well.

The mouthfeel is dry and a bit puckering.

Nicely done American Sour, the Cab barrel and Blackberry add a little something extra that is nice. (535 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. 10% ABV, Serve in a tulip, Batch 003X1.

Thanks to Wisconsinality for bringing this one to the RR tasting!

A - Despite the tall pour, absolutely no head and no bubbles on top of the still slightly dirty brown amber color. Mahogany in the deep parts. The head could possibly be removed from the alcohol level.

S - Dark fruit holds up a lightly toasted amber malt aroma. The currants add a nice blend of fruitiness to the red wine hint that increases in strength as it warms up. The wine blends very well with the wild aroma of damp barrel and barnyard funk.

T - Very sour with a strong, almost overpowering tart funkiness. The cab barrel aging is almost overshadowed fully. Slightly fruitiness from the currants in the background blend well with the wine very nicely.

M - Medium-bodied with a strong sour-tart texture that's almost a bit too much. The lingering finish lasts forever and is fairly crisp with a harsh but complex kick.

D - This beer is fantastic but, damn, the sour finish and resulting sensation is harsh, even for a guy who loves sours. I'm thoroughly enjoying it but it is a a bit much to drink. Sharing the bottle is perfect. (1,200 characters)

Photo of froghop
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown with a ruby tint when held to the light, a small khaki head that dissipates quickly, and some lacing.

smell is sour, dark fruits, and wood.

taste is tart, sour malt, and dark fruit, end is nicely tart.

overall a very good sour ale. (253 characters)

Photo of david131
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A clear, red liquid with a quick to rise and fall head that pretty much disappears as quickly as a cola head.

S- Sour fruits, funk, and oak. A little on the soft side, but it is excellent.

T- Loads of oak, sour fruit, funk, and some currants. Very sour and oaky. Lacking some complexity.

M- Tart and sour with a lasting woody presence. Very dry.

D- A little one dimensional and a wood presence that is a little too forward. Still, I enjoyed this beer and the alcohol content is pretty well hidden.

Overall, for $25 for 750 ml this is not worth the money, but it is not a bad beer at all. (596 characters)

Photo of BlastBeats
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle of Russian River Consecration - batch number 7.

Appearance: Consecration pours a burnt maroon color with a thin, whispy white head and a relatively translucent body despite the bottle conditioning.

Smell: the Cabernet Sauvignon barrels really come through in the nose; theres a strong, unmistakable smell of red wine. I was expecting the brettanomyces to be a little more pronounced, but it wasn't really contributing much to the aroma on this one.

Taste: undeniably tart, yet not mouth puckering. The bacteria (lactobacillus and pediococcus) impart this souring flavor, yet seem to play well with the addition of currants as well as the lingering Cabernet Sauvignon components. The high ABV imparts a nice warming sensation, but isn't really perceptible otherwise.

Mouthfeel: Consecration is medium bodied and finishes with a wine-like dryness.

Overall: an interesting beer to be sure, and the only barrel aged offering from Russian River I've ever had (Supplication and Temptation are in the fridge). It was certainly enjoyable, but I wasn't really blown away.. And I'm not sure if I'd be willing to buy it online again and eat the cost of shipping. Now if I lived in California it would probably be a different story. (1,238 characters)

Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 750mL corked and caged bottle purchased from Matt at Capone's in Norristown. Poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint because, well, it was the only clean glass I had.

Appearance: A pop of the cork and a slow pour into my glass reveals a dark, ruby red colored brew. Very dark, almost black, but not quite as you could pick up the blood colored hues in the light. Only light I see coming through is around the outside of the glass. A tan/brown head develops, about a fingers worth, fizzy like soda or seltzer water, which relatively quickly recedes to a thin layer on top of the beer.

Smell: Funky. Fruity. I could pick up the currants that the bottle indicates are in there, as well as some oak sweetness. Maybe some other dark fruit aromas? Sweetness from the Cabernet Sauvignon/Oak barrels it was aged in comes through as well, it's probably the most predominant smell I pick up.

Taste: Very sour. Puckering, malicious sour flavor, but that's a good thing. This might be the most sour beer I've had. I get a touch of fruity sweetness before the sourness takes over. Once the sour subsides, it's a sweet oaky, red wine flavor, and this is where the currants come through. As the beer warms, the sourness dissipates slightly and the back end of the sip becomes a lot sweeter, and the currant and other fruit flavors become much more predominant.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light. Very fizzy on the tongue. Very puckering. In fact, after swallowing each sip, my mouth would still involuntarily pucker from the residual sourness. Pretty cool.

Drinkability: Wouldn't mind if this was in a 375mL or a 22oz'er. Delicious beer, but the more it warms the more I had to labor through it. Certainly a treat though.

This was my first RR Sour beer, and it has inspired me to seek out their others. (1,783 characters)

Photo of squaremile
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont Station and Bailey's Taproom in Portland. Pours a hazy ruby/plum with a small head. Aroma is red wine, cherries, and oak. The taste is more of the same but with a strong sourness that reminds me at times of some of my favorite sour candies. But it isn't that simple since the barrel creates a nice complexity and keeps me going back for more. I'm not a sour beer expert but I really liked this. (412 characters)

Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i was pretty hyped up to try this. poured into a tulip, great color. not much head but that was expected.

nose is very earthy, dirt, leaves, touch of dark cherry/fruit.

very dry, dark fruit, bright acidity, touch of chocolate. mild oak, slight vinous character, earthy, vinous, touch of alcohol.

lower carbonation, fairly drinkable. might age my other bottle for a few years. (381 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, batch 001x2. Pours a deep red brown with a fizzy off-white head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar that leaves some wispy lacing.

The aroma is tart sour fruits and musty yeast. Some sweet vinous fruits come out as it warms.

The flavor is big mouth puckering tart and sour fruits, some wood, with a musty yeast finish. It's a bit acidic. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low yet sharp carbonation.

Overall, a pretty one-dimensional sour, but boy does it do the sour well. This is right up there with La Folie for my favorite sour. (555 characters)

Photo of 05Harley
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/17/2010 (Bottle # 005X2E)

Purchased through High-Time Wine Cellars, Costa Mesa, Cali

Price - $11.97/bottle

Pours amber in color with a full head of foam that quickly fades to almost nothing. The clarity is clear with champagne like bubbles rising to the top. The appearance looks authentic to the style.

Hold the doors, I think Parliament just walked into the building led by none other than George Clinton himself. Wow that's got some vinegar funk to it.

A big blast of sour cherries hits the tongue head on followed by cranberries, white grapes and wine. The oak really comes through on this one and adds to the flavor profile. I can't believe this is 10%, wow!!

Puckering from the start but refreshing. Not as smooth as some of the other sours I've experienced. Medium body with a delicate amount of carbonation. In the end it's a little too dry to drink one after another for my tastebuds.

Overall a great example of the style and one I'm working to appreciate. (990 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375mL bottle served into an oversized tulip. November 2014 bottle.

Impressive rush of carbonation and head that fizzes and seems as if it will quickly recede, does, but then remains as a quarter finger of thick, light khaki-colored foam. Dark brown color with light amber hues. Fizzy carbonation visible. 4.75

From afar, I perceived some vinegary notes and they're there for sure on the nose, but accompanied by an oaky red wine aroma. Caramelized sugar factors in too. 4

Some vinegary qualities on the flavor too, but light and contained. Light hints of brown sugar and red wine are in the mix. 4

Tart and to some degree sour. Light vinegar and acidity. Drinks with a wine-like quality with a silky body and a dry finish. 4.25 (732 characters)

Photo of philbe311
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Popped open on the last night of vacation - Batch 004x4

A - One fingers worth of audibly fizzy light to medium tan head fades away in rapid succession... Blink and you may miss it... Zero lacing or collar... A translucent rich medium ruby red color... Scattered moderate carbonation throughout can be seen bursting through the top...

S - Exquisite and regal... Berries... Cherries, both sweet and tart... Cider like qualities... Touches of wood and leather... A very subtle hint of vanilla... Intoxicating....

T - Slightly tart fruit in the form of berries and cherries to start... Bursting with lactic acid... The pinot noir vinuous notes run a muck... A bit of funkiness... Quite intense... A bit of alcohol induced heat...

M - Medium bodied... Heavy... Slightly syrupy and sticky... Puckering... Minimal carbonation... Prickly... On the dry side of the ledger...

D - A serious sipper... The sour tartness is uber potent... Lots of depth and complexity... Teetering on overbearing... I really have mixed feelings on this after each sip... (1,049 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. BAtch number 002X1 which means it was bottled 3/30/2009.
The beer pours a rich chestnut with deep ruby highlights and fizzy beige colored head foaming up about 2 cm and fading to the thinnest of edge layers at a rapid pace.
Aroma is dominated by tart fruit, cherries and red grapes with some deeper raisin notes. I actually get a little bit of sweetness mixed in on the nose as well. No hops or ABV hits on the scent.
First sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation. Easy drinking physical traits on this beer.
Flavor is tart and sour fruit through and through the sampling. I get red grapes and plums, unripe plums anyway. A little bit of sweet sugaryness but finishes very dry and tart after each swallow.
the 10% is well hidden by the tartness, making this beer go down a little quicker than may be advised.
A nice sour brew, a little one-dimensional, but it is what it is a fruity tart brew.
Definitely worth trying if you like mouth puckering beers! (1,012 characters)

Photo of steve8robin
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a fan of sour ales, but have tried some that I enjoy. Might as well try one of the top rated. 375ml bottle, batch 005X2E...

A: A deep reddish brown with no head at all. Decent.

S: Smells of some very tart cherries upfront with a bit of bready rye and energy drink. Some very faint apple on the backend. Good.

T: Hmm, a nice tart cherry blended well with some sugary malts. A very nice blend here, not too over-sour. An earthy breadiness to this one in the middle with some energy drink hints on the backend. Good.

M: Full body with a great carbonation. Finishes with a tartness. Good.

D: For a sour, this is so well blended. Not really overpowering in any area. Very good.

All in all, this one definitely did surprise. This definitely is tart, but is so well blended that it makes this easy to drink. If you like sours, this will be like the holy grail of well blended sours. If you're looking for the most puckering brew around, this is not. It's puckering, but is so well blended. (992 characters)

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,080 ratings.