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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,080
Hads: 4,747
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.22%
Wants: 1,599
Gots: 1,630 | 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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Photo of grub
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yep, another great beer that Viggo shared. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. batch 001X4. sampled may 16/09.

pours a great crystal clear brown that shows nice garnet and ruby hues when held to the light. a small ring of tan bubbles surrounds the glass, never quite gathering enough strength to cover the surface. a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. malt vinegar. bit of lemon. puckering sourness, that's before even taking a sip. old leather. bit of horse blanket. white bread. cracker. bit of grain. dark fruit - plum, date, currant. bit of lighter fruit too. orange peel. bit of alcohol.

taste is good. puckering sourness, but more lemon+fruit than vinegar. sour cherry. currant. bit of malt vinegar. cracker and white bead. bit of grain. low bitterness level. medium sourness. fairly low acidity. orange peel. grapefruit.

mouthfeel is good. fairly light body. nice dry finish. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is pretty good. the alcohol is very well hidden. vinegar and acidity is pretty well balanced. nice fruity depth. not my favourite RR sour, but damn tasty. (1,100 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked
Batch 001x3

This is my 1800th review, holy shit.

Poured into a chalice a nice ruby color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy off-white head, very minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty/yeasty, oak, cherries, currants. The taste is malty/yeasty, soury, slight oak, funky, cherries/currants. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, for some reason, I'm not really into the AWA as much as I use to be. (451 characters)

Photo of KI9A
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep ruby red, smooth head.

S: Sweet-tart candy, more on the tart side. Cherries.

T: Sour cherry candy. That is the foremost thing that popped out to me. Some citrusy, woodyness appears at the back.

M: Vinegary aftertaste, but not really objectionable. Lip piucker sourness.

D: Wierd, but the sourness makes you want to go back for more. Certianally interesting, and, even refreshing. Need have a cold water after this, but, nice, in a wierd way. (453 characters)

Photo of abecall98
4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle a while back. Saving it for a nice day, and what a better day than my last finals? I tried it the first time at the brewery during the release.

A - This beer looks amazing. A nice cherry dark red with a smooth half inch creamy head.

S - The smell is sour upfront, followed by a nice sweetness.

T - Sour Sour Sour. This beer starts off very sour and slows into a bitter cherry flavor. The sweetness finishes off this nice beer.

M - This beer is perfectly carbonated. The head hits your lips smoothly, and the dry finish leaves you wanting more.

D - This beer is one of those heavy hitters that you want to drink it all day, all night, but also want to savor it and take your time. Also, you would'nt want to session this at the price, but that does not reflect on the rating :). This beer however, can be overpowering due to the sourness, but other than that, high drinkability.

I am glad I waited for a nice day to enjoy this gem of a beer. RR hits another amazing beer. (992 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, big thanks to Carlos and GregMcQ for both hooking me up with one of these.

Pours a clear dark reddish orange, some amber highlights, thin off white head forms, quickly drops to a thin ring around the glass before almost disappearing, some lace spots stick to the glass. Smell is real nice, currants and funk, sour fruity, cranberries, alcohol, candi sugar, grapes and oak, vanilla, very sour and acidic in the finish, nice complex tropical fruitiness, does remind me a bit of the Toronado 20th. Taste is similar, lemony up front, very sour and funky, acidic, caramel/honey sweetness, currants and grapes, sour fruit, oak and vanilla, very dry in the finish, tons of fruit, sourness is not overdone. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, some warmth going down. Very nice sour, don't think I enjoyed this one as much as most of the other RR sours, but still pretty damn good. Thanks Carlos and Greg! (928 characters)

Photo of rhinos00
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into an oversized wine glass. Batch 001X2.

A- Pours a brown-cabernet sauvignon color with garnet hues throughout. A thin layer of cream colored head formed and disappeared quite quickly.

S- Very complex. Nice oak barrel presence. In addition there was a subtle vinegar scent mixed with a more dominant vinous quality that came from the cabernet barrels and currants. Beautifully done, very potent. I could take whiffs of this over and over again.

T- Just perfect. Up front you get a lot of qualities that would most likely be found in complex wines. Very vinous, with grape tannins and currants running rampant. Midway through to the finish there is an oak sourness that balances out the beer perfectly. It takes the sweetness from the initial taste and gives it a sour twist at the perfect moment.

M- This really hampered the beer. Way too much carbonation. Upon reaching the pallet it seemed as if a million carbonated bubbles formed and kept the true taste of the beer from ever reaching the senses.

D- This is one of the most drinkable sours I have ever had. If I could give it a 6 I would. The aging in cabernet barrels really did this beer a favor as it dulled down the sourness until the end. Makes it much more drinkable. I could easily drink a whole 750 mL bottle without sharing.

If you can get your hands on this, buy it. One of the better sours out there. Well balanced and gives a nice sour flavor without being overly acidic. Highly recommended. (1,494 characters)

Photo of Grabbin2nd
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From Notes: 4/19/09
Russian River Brewing Co.
Consecration 2008 Batch #001X3
10% Abv.
750ml into NB Snifter

Appearance=Poured a big 2 finger head, which quickly dissipated. Redish, black beer with a lot of carbonation.

Smell= Awesome! Oak, Cab, green apples, yeast.

Taste= Awesome! Sour, yet not overpowering. Very, very tasty!

Mouthfeel= Thin side, good carbonation and a lively mouthfeel. Almost perfect...

Drinkability= High. Extremely good. Alcohol is hidden nicely. Taste is awesome. Nose is awesome. What more could you want? (536 characters)

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: clear amber color, nice white head with good lacing, good bubbly activity
s: a lot going on here -- yeast, oak, moderate caramel sweetness, can almost smell the carbonation
t: after a few drinks, this settled to a very nice mix of yeast/malty beer-ness with bubbly sparkling wine -- in a good way. finishes very clean, but continues with good balance of malty sweetness, tart fruits and bubbly bliss
m: as mentioned, carbonation a very big part of this beer, with mixes of medium to lighter body feeling, but the ride was nice throughout. alcohol is light.
d: i tried to age this a bit, but only got about 4 months in...still a very nice balance of characteristics -- the beer portions won out enough to maintain this as a beer. over-priced, but very enjoyable (763 characters)

Photo of davexisxrabid
4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass and produced a ruby-brown color when held up to the light and appeared dark brown in normal lighting. Half inch head with almost no retention. Lively, visible carbonation. No lacing during the drinking period.

Aroma of funk; that wet leather aroma common to wild fermented ales. There was, however, a strong aroma of black currants and cherries interwoven with the mildew aroma.

Flavor was a very tart, vinegar sour flavor. There was a tannic flavor like a soft red wine lingering in there and a lemon-salty finish. Very interesting and complex.

Full bodied mouthfeel with a lingering dark cherry and sour funky flavor on the tongue. Very carbonated, making this brew a sipper.

Hard to chug this brew but with a $25 price tag, you wanna sip on this brew for all its worth. Looking forward to having some more of this. (846 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 MisterClean
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Boonville

A - Pours mahogany with a 2 fingered cappuccino head. Dissipated moderately slow and left little lacing.

S/T - Brett, grasses, caramel, and tasted as if aged in some sort of a red barrel. Maybe cab sauvignon.

M - Full-bodied and well balanced. The brett is really sour and tangy. Very cloying.

D - Great overall. Not sure if I could finish a whole tulip pour. (383 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

450th review. Batch 001x2. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my NBB snifter after letting warm up to around 50 degrees. It opened with an explosive pop and poured a deep mahogany color. The head was disappointing. It was a fizzy brown that never really reached much height or even cover the whole surface. It also quickly faded to nothing. Some faint carb streams. No lacing.

The aroma was also a bit of a letdown. I love RR sour aromas and read some good reviews on this but mine was sorta subtle. No smack in the face funk or sour. It had a good currant and tart cherry aroma plus some oak and wine. Was good but just wish it was more present. Also maybe a little funk as well. Fortunately the taste was really good and had a crisp, sour bite. The finish was very dry and tart. I enjoyed this one but I still would rather have a Supplication or Temptation over it. With those, I could finish the bottle and be immediately seeking trades for another one. Halfway thru this one I was thinking a smaller size bottle would be better.

Overall, a really good AWA from RR but is missing a couple elements from being a classic. Still very enjoyable but not the "I'd kill my mother to get it" like Supplication or Temptation for me. Do highly recommend. I've got one left for cellaring so curious to see how this one ages. (1,315 characters)

Photo of mjl21
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #100. Thought I would go with a beer I love on tap but have not yet sampled out of the bottle.

750ml poured into a Chimay chalice. Part of Batch 001x4. This bottle was purchased the first day that it went on sale (PTY release day) and has been sitting in my cellar. Comes in at 10%.

A-Serious pop when the cork is taken out of the bottle. Pours a dark brown, which held in front of the light becomes a glowing red. Has a one finger tan head that dissolves into a nice ring and leaves filmy patterns that resemble different Rohrschach patterns. There is also a constant stream of bubbles popping up from the bottom of the glass.

S-It smells like the inside of a wine cave. There are definite notes of funk and must, as well as red grape and oak from the cabernet barrels. Sour fruit is also quite evident.

T-Sour and tart cherries and currants immediately wallop the tongue and this is really what stands out during the first few sips. As my tongue opens up to the sour and tart flavors, the oak and red grape flavors from the cabernet barrels become very evident. This beer leaves an extremely dry finish on the tongue and reminds me in a lot of ways of Korbel's Sparkling Brut Rouge.

M-Medium bodied, great carbonation, crisp, and dry.

D-The 10% is nowhere to be found. It is a great sipper that gets better as my tongue gets more and more used to the sour and tart notes. About as perfect as you can get for a sour.

A great beer to mark #100 on BA. Consecration and Supplication are without a doubt my two favorite sours from Russian River. The bottled version was as good, if not better, than the version I have enjoyed many times up at the pub in Santa Rosa. (1,676 characters)

Photo of SFBeerGuy
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Poured a murky deep brown with exceptionally lively carbonation which left a tan/caramel colored soda-like head that came and went very fast. Carbonation ribbons did not cease until the end of the drink.

S- Intoxicating and complex. Seemingly imbibed with some sort of dark magick. Alcohol is present here but not overwhelming. Bites the nose with a tangy ripeness of dried fruit. Dates, raisins, currants, dark earth spice and black pepper. Smoke. Just a hint of sweet caramel appears when swirled. Truely complex. I don't think I am qualified to describe this in its fullest.

T- A fragile malt background wants to get through the sourness of this beer. Its there but is overpowered by sour grapes, cranberries, and apricot. Dried currants shine through here as well. This ale becomes more balanced and less aggressive to the senses as it warms up.

M- Light, active, cleansing. Seems to leave no part of the mouth unaffected.

D- Share this one with someone. An ale which needs to be experienced by many. This ale is definitely not for all but is an excellent example of true artistry at work. Beers (and breweries) like this give me hope for the industry and make me proud to say I am a beer drinker (and maker). Thumbs up for originality and passion. My hat is off to you Vinnie. (1,336 characters)

Photo of jacobseyb
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A=Pours a deep mahogany with a surprisingly bright head for the color

S=smells very much similar to a merlot, a very interesting floral and fruity smell

T=much like the aroma, and very much like some merlots, sweet, with a tartness.

M=nice, carbonation seems just right, with an aftertaste that lingers

D=good, the bomber was ok, but more would be tough given the sweetness (personal preference) and the alcohol. (416 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one!

Batch 001X2, cage-corked bottle.

Pours hazed deep mahogany with a styro-foamish head that thins.

The smell is of red grape - vinuous with currants and oak. Some tart black cherry as well.

The taste is of tart black cherries with black currents. Some and sour, funky with some wood. A firm darkish maltiness supports it. It has a vinuous, dry finish.

It is effervescent. Alcohol there, but reasonably well-hidden.

In some ways wine-like, but with a funky, malty character. Well-balanced - sweet and sour but not too much in one direction. An interesting, delicious, unique, sipper. (624 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.97/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a: This was a dark, ruby or mahogany color, almost opaque. Pours with a long lived, fizzy, light tan colored head.

s: Beautiful, prickly fruit aromas. This manages to smell fresh and green, while at the same time smelling musty and dank. I don't have the vocabulary to be more specific than that. The 10% is nowhere to be found.

t: This is difficult to describe, so I'm not going to force it by using words that don't quite fit. This is more wine like than any gueuze and more tart than any wine. Fresh, musty, and tart all at once. Just absolutely perfect.

m: Fizzy, refreshing carbonation and lip smacking tartness.

d: Huge thanks to rallison for the chance to try this one. I think RR achieved exactly what they set out to do with this one. (748 characters)

Photo of mhatters
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at TJs a few weeks back, from my notes:

Pours a ruby color, no real head slight amounts of bubbles forming

The nose has hints of bourbon, woodiness (oak), and a bit of vinegary funkiness, but in a subtle way

The flavor has dark fruits, some acid, and a great backing of funkiness

The acid ensures a crisp dry finish, really nice on the tongue, warm and very pleasant. (378 characters)

Photo of PerzentRizen
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I received this amazing Russian River Sour from BrewerB - thank you my friend!

Poured a few ounces at a time into a Duvel glass this beer is deep rich and has a bronzish reddish hue to it. There is a fluffy white head that recedes to a thin lacing at the top of the glass.

The smell is of red wine, brett, and that infamous "horse blanket" musk. The smells really work together.

Taste is extremely tart and refreshing. There is a huge rush of lemons and limes then the wine flavors with the oak take over. Finally the finish is oaked currants and cabernet grape overtones.

The mouthfeel is very light and spritzy. There is a massive amount of carbonation but very well placed for the style. This adds to the refreshing aspect of this beer.

Overall this is a very drinkable sour in that I can and will drink the entire bottle on my own. I would not, however, reach for a second bottle in one night as the bacterias, alcohol, and whatnot of a sour will wrech havoc on the intestinal tract.

Overall this is an amazing sour and an extremely flavorful example of Russian River's ability. Thank you Brian for trading this gem to me. (1,132 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of trying this at Dark Lord Day 2009.

A: Dark red-amber color with an off-white head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A good sourness; not at all overpowering--more of an inviting scent. Behind that, sweet and tart fruits.

T: Excellent level of sourness. A lot of complexity in the flavor. Lots of tartness paired with some citrus and sweet fruits.

M: Very nice. The perfect amount of sourness. Light mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

D: Definitely the most drinkable sour that I have had. Very complex, and also soothing on the palate. (545 characters)

Photo of Bcaulin
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep reddish brown color -- has some ruby highlights when held up to the light. Nice big light khaki head -- very nice carbonation. It's not a big mess of head, but a careful pour is necessary to keep this one in check.

Blown away by the amount of wine and grape in the nose. I wasn't expecting a big hit from the Cab Barrels, but it is there for sure, and it matches perfectly with the sour berry smells. The oak balances it out a little.

Taste is over the top -- perfect combination of sour bite and fruity, oaky smoothness. They don't seem like things that necessarily go together, but this one has it all. Aside from the chewy and viscous feel, you could have convinced me this had half the ABV it does -- so perfectly hidden away.

Could easily down this one quickly, but it would be such a shame to get to the end any faster than necessary. This is the type of beer that makes you want to go back and rethink some previous ratings -- completely redefined what the style can be. (994 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a reddish brown color with a tan/creamy head. The head doesn't have much retention, leaves a small ring of bubbles around the edge of my glass, and not too much on the lacing side either.

S- Smells of a woody oak aroma, heavily ripened currants give way to spicy yeast,red wine like and grapes mixed with sour citrus.

T- Taste is the sour cherries and currants are sour, tart and little acidic. Alcohol is hidden very well 10% abv really where's it at.

M- Pretty light in body and high on the carbonation.

D- So far this my favorite sour by far wish and one that I can actually drink and not gag. (612 characters)

Photo of rudylaw
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to our line buddy for cracking this open and sharing with my cohorts at DLD '09!

A nice, deep red color... like cherry cough medicine... which I happen to find gorgeous. Oh yeah, the perfect tan head is all right too!

Lots of currant in the nose... some cherry, oakiness and funk.

Catching a lot of currant in the taste along with sour cherries and raisins on the back end. This is magnificent.

Wild Ales are not usually my bag, but how can you turn down a healthy and free 6oz pour? I'm glad I did... this stuff is incredible. Perhaps it was the muted funkiness that I loved so much, but Russian River continues to do no wrong. (640 characters)

Photo of seand
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a large red wine glass. Batch 001X4.

A: Deep translucent reddish amber, with a little over a finger of tan head. The head dissipates pretty quickly, but leaves a layer of foam on the surface. Some lacing, but not a lot.

S: Dark sweet fruit. Complex, malty, and deep.

T: Wow. Like no beer I've tried before (but then I am new to this style). Lots of fruit, but not too sweet. Tons of flavor here, somewhat comparable to a fruit forward wine. Tart citrus flavors on the tip of the tongue, leading to a malty sour flavor, with a dry finish. The alcohol is well hidden. Quite interesting.

M: Great carbonation. Feels very nice.

D: This is a sipper for sure. The sour flavors and the high ABV mean that this is one to take it slow with.

This is the first beer of this style I've tried. I would not want to drink this all the time, but as something occasional to mix things up it works well. This beer isn't cheap, but it's probably worth having one or two in the cellar. (999 characters)

Photo of sevopie
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Murky reddish-brown with a thick tan head.

Smell - Currant, vinegar, slight oak, a touch of brown sugar, and a bit of apricot or pear.

Taste - Very tart fruit flavors, namely the currants and apples with a bit of the apricot/pear again. Vinegary a bit, but all of it hides the alcohol fairly well. Very, very dry/astringent on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick and dry, a thin but plentiful carbonation.

Drinkability - I'm not a huge sour fan, but I had to try this one. Definitely a pleasant beer, though the tart can be a bit overwhelming at times. If it wasn't $20 a bottle I would probably revisit this. (620 characters)

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