Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,076
Hads: 4,700
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,588
Gots: 1,591 | 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

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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: 1,076 | Hads: 4,700
Photo of Catracho5
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip glass

A: Amber color with some light coming through around the edges, lots of carbonation streaming off the bottom, looks pretty thin, no head.

A: Big sour tart aromas up front, getting some of the spice and Cabernet coming through, smells great.

T: Big sour upfront, some spice, tart, funk, definitely picking up the Cabernet, oak, very dry finish, alcohol is well hidden for 10%.

M: Mouthfeel is very dry, watery, not much on the feel.

O: Very good beer, the quality just comes through on this, not as sour as I thought it would be, very dry, alcohol is well hidden, I don't have too much experience with sours but I am hoping to sample more to get a better grasp on them. (729 characters)

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

A-pours a rusty brown murky color with small tan head a staying very fresh collar thru out
S-dark fruits,tobacco , earthy dank wood notes with red wine tannins
T-oak and tobacco with wine tannins and follows the nose with sour cherries and sour fruit
M-mild tart and sourness with with dark malts fruits
O-delightful sourness in a mild way delicious to sip like a fine wine (374 characters)

Photo of boognishIPA
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really enjoyable! Fizzy champaign like carbonation makes it a fun feel. You can taste the Cab from the barrel, the 10% is covered well. Cherries, very nice amount of sourness. A+ (178 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to Michael for the bottle.

Pours a fiery dark red color, with a fizzy, small head.

Smells of an intriguing tart funkiness, part barnyard, part sour, fermented fruit. Both smells blend very well together, supported by a pleasant, wooden malt note. The currants got a sweet, pungent hint to them, which enhances their sour aspect. The fruitiness turns even more present, while the brew warms up.

Begins with musty, wooden malts, joined by prickly currants, on which a dry, funky sourness settles, accompanying the fruity acidity. The barrel character provides wooden oak qualities, setting the balance of the beer. Then the sourness gets even dryer and more acidic, drying-out the tongue. Drinks dangerously easy, the alcohol is extremely well hidden. Finishes with matured, slightly wooden, leathery malts, with the addition of ripe grapes, while the tartness covers the outside of my teeth, leaving back a melange of joung currants and slick acidity. (965 characters)

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Warheads in a bottle with a barrel presence. The kid inside jumps for joy when I have this beer, reminiscent of summer days spent at the now defunct local movie theater. Terrific beer that should come with a warning. (216 characters)

Photo of KidDoc
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

I was in San Diego for Beer Week and SD Taproom had a Russian River tasting. I was in pursuit of Pliny the Elder but got there too late. The only beer left was the Consecration. I am not generally a big fan of the sour beers but this was fantastic. The high alcohol was well-hidden under the many layers of flavor. One of the best beers I have ever had. I can't wait to get the chance to try other beers from this brewer (427 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle had 1.5 yeas of age.

Pours a crystal-clear cola-like reddish-brown with a thin fizzy head that fell fast leaving no lacing or collar. The nose is really nice, ripe fruit (cherries and raspberries), raisins and a nice tart acidity. The taste is fruit forward with ripe cherries and raisins at the finish with hints of oak, tobacco, plum and vinous notes. The body is medium light and very smooth and in no way reflects the 10% ABV, most likely aided by the lively carbonation. This is flat out, just a delicious, well crafted beer! (542 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look 10/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 93/100

Real nice balanced wild ale. A tad sour with real strong wine notes... Cherry, Grape, Oak, Green Apple, Cigar, Berries, Soda, Vinegar (think wine) a touch of Vanilla and Raisins. Nothing like I have ever had. I will say I thought 'Temptation' was a bit more satisfying for me. The more I sip, the more my palette really begins to crave it. Amazing carbonation. Overall, I would love to have this or any Russian River readily available~ (599 characters)

Photo of JonahNW
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Tulip pour at City Beer in San Francisco, and in several 375 ml bottles since. Rich but subtle; chocolatey, tart and a pleasant smidge syrupy. Hardly poundable, but a fantastic treat. (183 characters)

Photo of winningwes91
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a gorgeous dark ruby red color with a pinkish white head. Smells of sour cherries, vinegar, some oak, and some more overly ripe fruits. Wow. The taste opens up the palate with a smack of tartness that follows with sour apples, cherries and wine. Dryness throughout helps to balance out the sourness. Super dry finish. Wow. RR really killed it here. Probably my favorite sour to date. World-class stuff. (408 characters)

Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Nose: dark dried fruit – figs and prunes, earthiness, slight funk, lemon.
Deep mahogany body with a slight chill haze.
Palate: tart, dark dried fruit some faint grape notes, cherry, currants, with some malt in the background.
Medium body and medium high fine, soft carbonation.
Tart fruit flavors linger long through the finish into the aftertaste. (354 characters)

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a purple/brown with little to no head. Smells very sour. Fig, cherry, wet bread. Can't really smell the wine. The taste is very tarte with notes of tobacco, tannins, wine, and an old wooden flavor to finish it off. One of my favorite sours. (246 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All around, all good things. Like at my cousin Gesamina's wedding, there is nothing but glorious Cabernet Sauvignon flavors poppin' everywhere. My sweet hell...like if Mount Pompeii erupted this goodness instead of lava, this dang sucker is on full blast like roar.

No more, just get this, my peeps. (300 characters)

Photo of BigRedDog
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark rich, deep red, almost brown. Small tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is of dark cherry, currants, some funk, metals, blackberry, earth.

Taste begins with an almost sweet cherry flavor that quickly sours. Nice fruitiness to this beer as well as some slight terroir as wine people would say. Mid-palate returns to a big dark cherry/ black currant flavor that lingers on to finish nice and clean with a sour spike right at the end that puckers the lips and dries the tongue.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Fairly dry.

Overall a very good beer. Not my first sour, but the first sour I can say I have truly enjoyed. (636 characters)

Photo of Kinsman
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

A dark ruby colored beer with a nice dense ivory colored head on top. Rich and fruity up front on the nose. The currants come through nicely here. First sips gives a great introduction to this beers wild side. Not immensely sour, but a nice tartness with a bit of a vinegary note and sour cherry. Nicely carbonated and a fairly smooth and creamy mouthfeel. (356 characters)

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.25/5  rDev -3%

prune colored ale with little head, aromas of brett and bread.. taste is all funk moderated by sweet flavors of currents and red wine... Awesome sour flavor with depth and concentration... mouth puckering! Another RR sour winner... (232 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Bottled on 2/11/14. Opened on 8/15/14

A - Amber red with a tiny bit of clarity, a touch of head.

A - Oak from the barrel, wine, cherries

T - Strong ale, with an oaky wine barrel flavor. It does not get any better than this

M - Medium body, oily slick

O - Incredible beer! One of my favorites of all time (313 characters)

Photo of B-Nut-GoBlue
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Won't add much that hasn't already been touched upon, but...

Bottled 2014-02-11. Poured on 2014-08-13. Delicious as could be. Not sure what this is like super fresh or with another 5-6 months to put it at a year old, but right now it's uber-tasty. Wish I could come across more in an easier fashion and I cannot wait to try again and try it's brother/sisters (Supp, temp, Beat, etc.). (385 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle date 07.18.13. Pours a ruby brown with a thin, quickly dissipating off white head. No lacing. Lots of dark stone fruit and vinegar on the nose with gobs of oak, vanilla and red wine, what an aroma! Incredibly complex. Sour on the tongue with lots of oak, vanilla, red wine and black cherry. Ends slightly bitter but doesn't last long. The complexity helps tame the 10% ABV. Medium bodied with silky mouthfeel. Carbonation is intense initially but overall rather light. Finishes dry. Overall, a beautifully crafted American Wild Ale that takes its place in the pantheon of great sours! (591 characters)

Photo of Admbmb92
4.84/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into snifter. Bottle date 2-11-14. Excited for this one, here we go!
A-beautiful dark red without any head. Almost exactly matches the color of the label.
S- cherries, vanilla, musky funk, oak
T-sour cherries, vanilla, chocolate, fizzy carbonated funk, dark fruits
M- light to medium, fairly fizzy. No head.
O- so well balanced. I don't normally enjoy sours but this is easy to drink and delicious. (406 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is maroon and slightly hazy with minimal head.
aroma is cherries, oak, dark fruit and musty funk
taste is cherries, slight vanilla and oak. Lots of barrel. Some musty Ness. Pretty tart.
Mouthfeel is medium to thin. Pretty crisp and not much lingering flavor.
overall it's a great example of a sour ale. We'll balanced and unique. (340 characters)

Photo of RocketCityVol
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. A: dark brown with a reddish tint, with a small thin lace of white head. S: funky tart cherry aromas with a hint of chocolate. T: Very sour and funky with a cherry, currant and chocolate aftertaste. M: medium bodied at first, but it does not last long. O: A very good sour, however I prefer Supplication. (329 characters)

Photo of Antnego
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Like Supplication on steroids, you get flavors of cherries, oak, chocolate, cognac and sour citrus with a deep, caramelly malt backdrop. Appearance is a deep, dark amber with almost no light penetration or head. Thick, chewy mouthfeel and a deep, vinous smell. Worth over penny. A perfect beer. (294 characters)

Photo of rand
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From tap to tulip glass

Poured at Blind Lady Ale House, San Diego

This was my conversion sour years ago and I've lost my review, so I figured I quickly reassess my opinion of one of the most coveted beers out there. After going through a couple sips, I think I may have actually underrated the beer. Thinking about all the other sour beers out there, this one is just different...slightly sweeter, oakier, more complex.

A: Cola-like in color with a red hue, the small head leaves sticky lacing all over the glass.

S: The huge bouquet yields notes of of grapes and cherries, oak and raspberries. White pepper and a touch of booze are also notes. Yeasty funk lingers around the edges of the bouquet.

T: The brew has a lot if vino descriptors, which I suspect was the intention. Berries and citrusy acid at the front of palate. Jammy, tart, a little boozy, with drying oak and vinous aspects. Plenty of malty sweetness in this one, carrying through a long and a long and balanced finish.

M: Light and refreshing on the palate, with a little more viscosity than your average wild ale. (1,090 characters)

Photo of M-Fox24
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark amber, purplish ruby red color; reminiscent of a wine. Nice one finger slightly off-white head, which retains for several seconds or so.

S: Aromas are revealing a vinous, cabernet, wine ratio which is nicely supplemented by funky notes of figs, oak, cherry, plums, brown sugar, lemon, dark fruits and of course accompanied by sourness. The notes/intricacies on this guy are fantastic

T: Sour, tart, and funk are quite prevailing and pleasing. In keeping with the smell, the taste is that of a vinous, wine feel. Notes are that of grapes, raisins, lemon, cherry, slight vinegar, and a woody oak earthiness feel; very similar to the smell

M: Medium to Full body, medium carbonation, lots of sour funk, the presence of wine, and just an overall complex beer

O: Complex and incredible; being extremely well balanced and very smooth make this out to be a superbly refreshing beverage (899 characters)

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,076 ratings.