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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,161 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,161
Reviews: 1,047
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,403
Gots: 1,306 | FT: 90
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Belgian-style dark ale aged in American oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with currants.

(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 10-31-2008)
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

dsuedbeck, Dec 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Jordantb313, Dec 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

t0rin0, Dec 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

bostonryan, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of lordofstarside
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled in September, 12oz to snifter

Pours a muddy red with high carbonation, no head at all and moderate lacing. Aroma of sour cheery, apple, citrus, with a sweet malt backbone. All the standard ingredients to a sour. Taste follows the nose well, sour cherry, tart apple, grape, oak, berries, sweet malts, and some alcohol. Feel is full bodied with a good tingle on the tongue. Very juicy, makes my mouth water. Overall a solid sour from Russian River. Can't wait to see how this beer ages

lordofstarside, Dec 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

sloelco, Dec 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Patrickbrusil, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of fatmusic14
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Its days like this that I wish I had a tulip glass.

Pours like a shaded version of burnt sienna. Head generated quickly resembles that of a Soda, and disappears just as fast. Zero Lacing

Smell blasts scents of pine and berries. Smells like a Spring morning.

Tastes tart, but no overpowering - with a really hard to define flavor profile (sour, bitter, hint of sweet). Aftertaste leaves something to be desired. Mouthfeel lacking.

Very good beer.

fatmusic14, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of BilbosNuts
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle (bottled on 9/14/12) into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear garnet color with light bubble streams rising slowly to the surface. It has no head and appears kind of still.

S: A blast of sour funkiness blends well with dark fruits and a light tobacco aroma. Very inviting.

T: Nearly identical to what was promised in the aroma. It is a wonderful blend and balance of sourness, dark fruits and a minor tobacco characteristic.

M: Medium bodied and an essentially still feel. It has a dry and puckering finish.

O: This is a pretty amazing wild ale. It is perfectly balanced in its flavors and is a fantastic example of the style. Highly recommended.

BilbosNuts, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Pecan
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Pecan, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of ElSid
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Beers of California


Bottled Date: 9/14/12

A: Magohony brown with hues of currant red. Slowly poured into a large wine glass with minimal head but active carbonation.

S: Acetic acid berry sweetness with layers of wood and tobacco in the background. Mostly a sour prickling sensation in the nose which let's me know that there is going to be a sour astringent kick to this brew.

T: Sour berry sweetness with a balsamic vinegar astringency up front. There are also notes of sea salt, wood, leather, prunes and tobacco with a middle layer of chewy brown bread. Some warming vinous alcohol comes through in the finish. Overall mostly sour with a pleasant sweetness, hint of saltiness and beautiful layers of subtlety from the Cab barrels and malt.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation which really adds to the overall experience of the brew.

O: I love the Russian River sours which really showcases the ingenuity, creativity, and wine background of brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo. Consecration marries a dark sweetness with a balsamic vinegar bite with wonderful subtleties inbetween.

ElSid, Dec 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

MEW, Dec 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

heavenlyStash, Dec 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

jlindsey, Dec 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Honus1, Dec 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

ScottP, Dec 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

mbixler, Dec 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

teddyarrowhead, Dec 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

HopJack, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Hatzilla
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, mostly clear body, head settles quickly. Smells sour and funky. Tastes sour and has nice notes of currants and Cabernet Sauvignon. Palate is alive and bubbly. Overall much better than the first time I tried this 3 years ago. Highly recommended.

Hatzilla, Dec 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

mchen, Dec 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

NickT1218, Dec 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Drucifer, Dec 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Treb0R, Dec 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

MarkyMOD, Dec 13, 2012
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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