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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company


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3,155 Ratings

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Ratings: 3155
Reviews: 1004
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 10.07%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of BilbosNuts


4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 02:16:34 | More by BilbosNuts
Photo of ElSid


4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 04:23:26 | More by ElSid
Photo of Hatzilla


4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 01:13:03 | More by Hatzilla
Photo of MrVonzipper


3.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, tawny-amber color with a bubbly eggshell colored head. Average retention and spotty lace.

Smells of lemonheads and cherry clan like most of RR sours but this is heavier on the cherry side. A touch or tart Chardonnay as well.

Taste is much different than the other RR sours and opposes the nose. Quite the variation of flavor ranging from Chardonnay and wet horse blanket to mildly tart cherries and finishing with a dry wheat like character.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Pretty dry yet fairly tacky.

Overall this is far better than I thought it'd be. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 10:53:29 | More by MrVonzipper
Photo of MarioM


4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml Bottle poured into RR Steamed Glass

A: Dark brownish red. High carbonation with a lot of carbon activity. Head dissipated extremely quickly, completely cone in a few seconds. Very very clear beer, good looking brew for sure minus a lacking head.

S: Light fruitiness, sweet, brown sugar, dried fruits and extremely clean sour character to the nose. Very mild smell, I was expecting some alcoholic notes for its abv but I get none surprisingly. Smell is extremely light and pleasant, almost strange but in a good way.

T: Sour, fruity and slight tart with some good bitterness. Dried fruits (currants) come through very mildly, balances with the tartness and bitterness just right, oh so good. Slight alcoholic to the taste but comes a bit towards the end after the tart fruit. Also a tad bit flowery but hides behind the bitterness and dominating sour character, of course, but again RR setting the bench mark for American Wilds. Great fit to the style yet creative and unique. I'm liking the subtle flavor put fourth by adding currants.

M: Dry, slight alcoholic but no where what I was expecting for a 10% abv, definitely hidden well. Very subtle floral and currant/dark fruit character. Very balanced yet complex and still drinkable, I can kill a 750 ml bottle of this if available.

O: Great example of what's possible for this style. A very friendly brew that it full of flavor yet simple enough to enjoy on a regular basis if more readily available or if my wallet and gas tank could afford it. But regardless, great beer that I will continue to drink as often as I can visit our good friends over in Santa Rosa CA.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 07:58:59 | More by MarioM
Photo of tarheels86


4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL b1 poured into tulip a clear, deep mahogany (cloudy brown with the yeast tossed in). Head is extremely temporary tan that evaporates. No lacing. Aroma is heavy on oak barrel character, port wine, sherry, sour cherries, a bit of spiced rum or whiskey. Amazing. Taste is mouth-puckering sour cherries, sherry, a bit of vinegar, warhead sour candies, a bit of warming alcohol towards the end. Palate is very much red wine: lots of Cabernet Sauvignon/blackberry/blackcurrant throughout the taste and palate. One of my favorites in the RR sour series. More robust than Supplication. Not as soft as Temptation and Sanctification.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 20:52:05 | More by tarheels86
Photo of jaasen64


4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #7, 375ml bottle poured into HF stemmed glass and split two ways.

A- Pours a reddish slightly purple brown with pretty much no head. Slightly translucent and about average carbonation. Not too much in terms of lacing.

S- Red wine presence contributed by the cabernet sauvignon, grapes, some cherries, a hint of oak, light grap tartness. Fairly aromatic. Well balanced and smells very good for a sour.

T- Tart grapes, cabernet sauvignon wine, a bit of tobacco, some light cherries and other dark fruits, some subtle spices. Finishes with a light tartness and lingering taste of currants.

M- Fairly full bodied for a sour, nice carbonation that plays well with the tartness, very easy drinking, does not feel like 10% at all.

O- This was a very nice sour that had a great wine presence to it. There was a nice fruity tartness to it. It's definitely one of the better sours I've had and I enjoyed it more then the Temptation we had right before this. I highly recommend checking this beer out.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 06:31:32 | More by jaasen64
Photo of Fux


4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber with ruby / mahogany glints. Very much thin foam which quickly fades to a thin collar.
S: Dominating red fruits, dried fruits. Wood, vanilla, a bit of alcohol, well incorporated. The redcurrant dominates with also dark fruits aromas (prune).
T: The palate follows mainly the nose, with a good sourness which enhances the redcurrants notes. Balanced by a slight woody sweetness. The finish is much more on red / black fruits (blueberry, grape, blackberry, cherry).
M: Light carbonation, a bit puckering at the attack on the palate. The alcohol is well incorporated but still quite present.
O: A good sour ale, with an progressive taste. Even if redcurrant is not particularly my thing, I found the palate is even more interesting than the nose. It offers a very nice balance between sourness, woodiness and fruitiness.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 01:40:50 | More by Fux
Photo of boilermakerbrew


4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep, reddish color with a small, off-white head. Head is gone quickly, with little lacing. Very hazy and effervescent. Carbonation streams to the tops and bubbles for a good while after the pour.

S- Scent is mostly tangy and of sour tones. Most prominent fruit flavors are of cherry or cherry-like fruits. Small amounts of sweetness on the back end. No traces of alcohol on the nose.

T- All sour and funk up front. Dark fruit flavors are the only discernible flavor profile outside of the sour. Transitions into a more tart and acidic sour flavor before moving toward a darker, duller, almost malty flavor. Hints of the yeast flavors are mixed in at the end, and it ends without much sour lingering, but will hints of alcohol dullness.

M- Crisp and light in body, but heavy and punishing in flavor weight. Overall, easy to drink, but would absolutely destroy your palate with sour after a while.

Overall, another world class beer from Russian River. Maybe not quite as good as Supplication, but still a very good sour.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 19:13:32 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of silentdonkey


4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Beachwood BBQs cellar. Consecration #2. Bottle 2x1.

A: Beautiful deep cabernet reddish brown with a nice one finger head upon pouring that diminishes almost immediately. Leaves little to no lacing as you drink it down.

S: Unbelievable nose of oak, currants, leather, dark fruits, slight brett funk, and vinegar.

T: Exactly what I was hoping for! It follows in the footsteps of the nose but is so much more complex. It starts off with a nice tart and vinegar sourness with a hint of leather that mellows into plum, currant, chocolate, truffle earthiness, cherries, and cranberry. It finishes with a little tinge of oak and red wine. There is a nice warming effect mid taste from the alcohol that does not burn or linger. Just enough to let you know its 10% abv.

M: Medium-full body with the perfect amount of carbonation. Coats your tongue and pallet perfectly so you can pick up on all of the nuances.

O: Such a fantastic beer. I'm glad I had one of the older batches that has had time to develop. I could see this beer having a more upfront sourness and vinegar taste. Since it had time to mellow out a bit the sourness is quite faint and upfront. It allows the flavors of the dark fruits, chocolate, and oak to really shine in the finish!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 03:52:53 | More by silentdonkey
Photo of dbossman


4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark reddish brown with a thin head and just a little bit of retention

S: Wow, that smells tart and vinous; grapes, currants, black pepper, apples, vinegar; this smells so awesome

T: Wow, such a delicious and sour beer with loads of grapes, red wine, oak, black pepper, currants, red wine vinegar, apples, mmm

F: Medium body and sticky

O: This is a magnificent beer--sour but so complex and the wine barrels play so well off the tart currants; so damn good

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 03:28:47 | More by dbossman
Photo of spoony


4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 375 ml bottle (Batch 8) into a tulip.

A-An uninspired light brown, one-finger head recedes almost immediately and leaves very little lacing. The beer is reddish/brown in color and mostly clear. A few visible streams of thick carbonation appear after the head goes away.

S-Tart and vinous. I got tart red fruit like cherries and cranberries. There is a hint of oak and earth...and some vanilla.

T-The taste follows the smell pretty closely, i.e., a pleasing mix of tart red fruit and some oak. It is not the most concentrated taste, but it is pleasing nonetheless. The brew is pretty sweet throughout and the alcohol is well integrated.

M-Not awful...but probably the weak point for this beer. Medium body and a little undercarbonated for my taste.

O-I like this beer quite a bit, it has a really nice, well-balanced smell and flavor profile that not many brews can match. That being said, the appearance is underwhelming and the mouthfeel is a little dead.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 01:51:34 | More by spoony
Photo of Treebs


4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ML C&C bottle served in a Lost Abbey teku glass. Batch 007. Big thanks to Matt (mfavoino) for sending this my way.

A: Pours a dark ruby color with a light tan head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring. Not much lace is left.

S: Big sweet currents with mildly tart undertones. Some lighter malts are present with a nice cab body showing itself on the finish of each sniff. Pretty earthy and bold, yet restrained enough to let the beer show.

T: Much more sour than the nose would suggest. There is some lactic sourness with a tart current body. The cab gives some dirty grape punch to cut through the sourness. Just a little bit of earthy and leathery malt to counter balance the tartness as well. As it warms a little more of the barrel comes out with some dry oakiness and light sweetness. The booze is so well hidden. I would have guessed, 6% or 7%.

M: Medium bodied with a nice prickly carbonation. There is a little more body to this beer, but it doesn't take away from the drinkability. The finish is slightly drying.

O: The Cab didn't overtake the base beer which is awesome. It gave it just enough earthy undertones to provide some more depths of flavor. This is right up there with Supplication as my favorite RR sour. The booze is extremely well hidden as well. Well put together.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 00:30:31 | More by Treebs
Photo of ThePorterSorter


4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks ward!
The beer pours a relatively clear light brown/dark amber with a razor thin halo of white head. The beer's nose is complex with tart currant fruitiness, buttery oak, and blistering alcohol. As expected, this beer drinks like a fine wine with a tremendous amount of fruit forward flavor, yeast funk and oak. It's a touch too acidic, but the booming flavors pull together and mask the beer's staggering abv. The mouthfeel is puckeringly sour and mostly dry with a touch of initial sweetness. There is a mildly umpleasant funk that lingers, but the mouthwatering sourness cleanses the palate quickly. This is an excellent beer that's worth the hunt!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 00:55:36 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of JimsArcade


3.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful reddish-brown with little head. The smell is reminiscent of pure cranberry juice. Tart cherries and tannins dominate the palate with a medium body. It's akin to a dry Oud Bruin. It's a sipper for sure, meant to be savored not sessioned.

I have to admit, while I really like this beer, I can find similar Belgian offerings cheaper and more easily. It's worth drinking but it's not worth what you have to pay or go through to obtain.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 20:45:16 | More by JimsArcade
Photo of Auracom


4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yay, very glad to try this one. 6-7 oz. poured in my FFF Rastal on September 2nd, 2012.

A - Deep ruby-maple coloring. Soft, light tan head. Quickly reduced down to a ring around the edges. Marginal lacing. Big alcohol legs for a sour.

S - Cherry pits and currant sweetness, lemon acidity, black peppercorn, a touch of oak and cabernet grapes.

T - A rich wild ale here. Well-rounded, ripe currants. Red grapeskins. Strawberry jam. Even unripe blueberries. Light vinegar bite. Moderate sourness.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, semi-dry finish. Definite alcohol warming in the backend.

D - A bigger, juicier sour variant from RR. I'm not sure it has the finesse of Supplication but it touches that nice jam sweetness without offsetting the good sourness. Nice brew, easy recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 15:42:02 | More by Auracom
Photo of uustal

Rhode Island

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark maroon/purple. Very rich color. Strong aroma of cabernet grapes, cherries and blackberries. Flavor begins with puckering cherry and blackberry notes. Very nice. Followed by big tobacco notes, some of the best I've had in a beer. Bits of oak as well. Big bold and sweet cabernet wine notes on the finish. Great sweetness to balance out the beginning tart berry and cherry flavors. A big, bold sour. Very worthy of the Cab barrels it was aged in as it picks up a lot of this bold wine's flavor profile. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 00:57:35 | More by uustal
Photo of funkyaudio


5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out dark brown black with thin brown foam which quickly falls. Smells is sweet and funky with some wood. Taste is fizzy with nice tartness. Great sour cherry notes with some funk present. Dry finish with great sticky sweetness. One of their best beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 05:04:47 | More by funkyaudio
Photo of Holland


4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: ruby colored with minimal head when poured cold, just a broken up ring of bubbles on the edge of the glass. Very dark.

S: sourness, sweetness, cherry

T: it's so deliciously sour with some cherry, some vinous, and a finish with the tartness and a bit of sweet malt flavor.

M: undercarbonated for my liking when it's cold, and that really doesn't change much as it warms. Feels smooth yet has bite to it with the acid.

O: fantastic, even worth the $18 or more it sells for here in Philadelphia. Wish it had a bit more carbonation, but it's one delicious beer. This was a batch 5.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 01:23:37 | More by Holland
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North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a clear deep dark mahogany brown with a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that dissipated in 1-2 seconds and basically had no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was very complex and enticing with a dark grain malt and funky Brett yeast and possessed notes of dark fruit (red grape and black currant), a bit of oak cask and a boldly tart red wine presence.

The taste was sweetly tart and a tad acidic and had strong currant and grape notes throughout, with the finish having a bold and somewhat dry sour wine alcohol taste. The flavor lingered on the taste buds for a bit more than an average duration following the swallow, with a really wonderful sour fruity taste lasting quite a bit longer.

Mouthfeel was right below medium in body with a really smooth dry texture and an almost champagne like carbonation.

Overall I can not express how much I enjoyed this particular brew, it was sweet and fruity yet bold and sour with a fantastic lingering lip smackin’ taste. By far the best Russian River brew I have had to date. I highly recommend if given the chance, that you most definitely give this one a try...


Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 15:13:17 | More by KajII
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 005x2F. Thanks to Arbitrator for the bottle and to angrybabboon for sharing it.

Appearance: Pours a relatively clear garnet with some deeper brown hues. Head is off-white and drops to a small bubbly collar in short order. Minimal carbonation. Deep reds.

Smell: Big hit of wine. Cabernet jumps and drops a big grape/wine punch. That distinct Russian River level of lactic sour. Some nice leather and dark cherry as well. Mild citric backing. Some vinegar as well. Oak and a big floral hit. Almost chocolatey at times. Some underlying malty sweetness.

Taste: Massive oak. Sherry, Cabernet, and some cider vinegar. Acetic with a nice level of citric and lactic sour. Mild funkiness builds as the beer warms. Some nice grass and some caramel sweetness mild chocolate is masked by a bigger punch of leather and dark fruit. Tart cherry. Oak. Woody with a mild dampness. Tart.

Mouthfeel: Minimal carbonation laced through a nice, smooth body. Lingering tart dryness.

Overall: Great. A nice blend of sour and sweet and wine.

I've tried this several times. The old bottles are insane. So complex and interesting. The newer bottles are great as well, but they push a lot more acetic and tart. Not a bad thing, just a thing.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 03:14:35 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of jeonseh


3.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Mikkeller tulip. Batch 7 and 375ml bottle

A - Dark, reddish brown with a tiny white head that only sits in the edge. The red is definitely the color you would find in a big red wine. Minimal carbonation and rather clean looking

S - Oak, lemon, wheat grass, and currants. Has a tart, almost sweettarts quality to it.

T - Very tart up front with almost a cherry warhead like quality. As the beer moves, it has lemon and oak that come through. The sour, tartness comes through strong in the finish as well as a slight alcoholic bite

MF - Highly carbonated with a medium body. The carbonation goes well with the tartness and helps the flavors linger on the tongue

O - Very tart sour from Russian River with only a slight funkiness to it. This only really brings the tart was but it is almpmost too tart for me to pick up anything else in it.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 01:11:54 | More by jeonseh
Photo of Etan


4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle (batch 008). generously sent to me by Colby. Thanks!

A: Pours a rich, purplish mahogany with a small light tan head.

S: Red wine vinegar, oak, dark berry sweetness, lots of Cabernet tannins.

T: Mildly sweet, earthy currants and vinegar meld well with red wine and oak notes. Bretty funk and more wood, subtle vanilla. Strong tartness fades into the dark, juicy barrel and currant flavors. Bit of wine-like booziness in the finish.

M: Light-bodied yet chewy - lots of red wine tannins stick to the mouth. Crisp carbonation.

O: Delicious. Awesome barrel character. I can't believe this beer is 10%.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 02:30:28 | More by Etan
Photo of tigg924


4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 15:01:06 | More by tigg924
Photo of BeerThursdays


4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really like this one.

Reddish brown color with small off white head. Lots of sour in the nose. Red wine vinegar, cherries and oak. Taste is a nice sour cherry with dark fruit. Full bodied and decent carbonation. Overall one of the best sours out there. Dont waste time trying to age it. Perfect fresh.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 01:43:38 | More by BeerThursdays
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,155 ratings.