Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,076
Hads: 4,707
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,590
Gots: 1,594 | 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: 4,707
Photo of captaincoffee
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There is a lot to say about this beer. Nice brett and lactic twang on the nose, bout not a lot in the way of fruit. Taste is similar. Certainly vinous. In comparison to Belgian beers, it is a bit like Rodenbach Grand Cru with some added brett (that's a compliment). Overall, a great beer with plenty of added complexity from the oak. My only complaint is that for a fruit sour, I'd like to see the currants shine through more. (430 characters)

Photo of pmangold
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a great, complex sour from RR. the cab barrels play off of the base sour perfectly. the currents, the oak, the red wine were all there flavor wise. very drinkable for a sour. i need more. (191 characters)

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am by no means a sour aficionado; rather, label me a neophyte at best. I AM, however, a big wine lover (cabs especially) and the cab barrel influence in this beer really strikes me, as do the currants. The ABV is hidden very well. This is one of the better dark sour ales I've ever had. Seek and enjoy! (307 characters)

Photo of Steban
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hands down one of the best sours I've ever had. Red Wine Barrel really compliments the taste. Very complex and worth every penny. I need more of this is my life. soooo good. (173 characters)

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

This is the best sour I've ever had. I joked that it tasted more like red wine than beer after each sip, but it really does combine the best of both very effectively. It's sweet and it's sour and it's easy to smell all the complex goings-on from the currants fermenting in the oak barrels. I'd drink this again and again. (321 characters)

Photo of oldn00b
4.91/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks a little thinner than expected - light loose head forms and fades immediately.

Copper/Amber color, absolutely clear.

Nose is bright with deep aroma of currant and black cherry.

Sour is huge, lots of pucker and an extra bitter aspect comes through big. A lot of depth and character. Brilliant bright fruit mixed with dark ripe fruit. Sour, abrasive in some aspects and delicate in others.

This is a fantastic beer. (428 characters)

Photo of Moose90
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A — Pours a deep and clear ruby hue into the glass. There is a bright white thin head on top of the glass that fades to a thin layer and leaves some clingy lacing.

S — Bright and complex. Wonderful notes of cabernet and black currant sweetness. Great dry oak character as well.

T — Great depth of complexities, wonderful tart and astringent notes of currants, dark fruits. Great barrel character and nice notes of cabernet. Super sour, dry, and lightly bitter.

M — Medium bodied, high carbonation, great drinkability.

O — Just fantastic, one of the best, a true landmark beer. (591 characters)

Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft, poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: ruby brown and clear, with a light tan head that fades quickly to a thin veil. Very small bubbles; spritzy. I know you can't judge a book by its cover, but this is a beer, and from this beer's appearance, I knew it would be good.

Aroma: stone fruit and sour.

Taste: nice and sour. Tart, but not mouth puckering so. Tartness is upfront, which fades to a dry finish at which point the Brett funk arrives. The Brett funk is subdued. I can't detect any of the currants. The beer is wonderfully smooth for being 10% ABV. No alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: light-medium.

Overall: this is probably the highest rated beer I've tried. Honestly, I think this beer is overhyped. It is good - very good - but not deserving a BA score of 4.5/5.0. Of the sours I've tried recently, I prefer (in order) Crooked Stave Sentience, Trinity Red Swingline and Boulevard Love Child #3 (cellared 1 year). (929 characters)

Photo of blindtiger24
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow! Awesome ruby color, thin lacing for a head, some cherry and currant aromas. Slight pucker, dark stone fruit flavors, but amazing finish that is dry and melts away the sourness. Manages to have a fizzy and light mouthfeel without too much tartness. Reminds me of La Folie, but I think this trumps it based on how smooth it finishes. (336 characters)

Photo of Navypride48
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You would think that this beer would taste horrible. I mean who mixes wine and beer? But no surprisingly great! The smell of the grapes that give a sweet but yet spicy smell mixed with the malts and hops of the beer make a great pair. This is not for the average beer drinker. But if you love wine and not beer this is your perfect medium. (339 characters)

Photo of mabermud
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle.

Look: Looks like cola. Steady stream of tiny bubbles. No head.
Smell: Sweet and tart.
Taste: Salty, sweet, and tart. Nice barrel with faint wine notes.
Feel: Thin and watery. Short to medium finish that has a substantial amount of lather.

Overall - Sours aren't my cup of tea, but this one is solid. I like Sang Royal or Noir a bit better. (367 characters)

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

My extremely good and awesome buddy Jon Passow, who as of a few months ago became the Manager of Barrel Room Operations at Anderson Valley Brewing Company, sent me this in a package from northern, CA a few months ago along with some other awesome beers from Russian River. This is the last beer from that package and I was saving it until tonight. Poured out of a 12.68 oz bottle into one of my tulip glasses. POP! goes the cork as I pulled it out of this bottle. This beer pours a clear, dark amber color with somewhat bright ruby and copper highlights when help up tot he light. This beer appears to be quite carbonated indeed, as even about 5 minutes or so to after being poured there is still a nicely audible hiss of the fizz created from the many streams of bubbles a rapidly rising to the beer's surface. The head/carbonation/foam reminds me a lot of soda pop being poured into a glass, only the hiss of the fizz lasts much, much longer here than it ever has with any soda pop I ever poured into a glass. Had a slightly off white/tan head about 1/3 of an inch thick. Aromas of roasted currant and a slight caramel malt presence along with a nice hint of oak and cherry and cranberry tart. The taste is pretty much the same, with a slight toasted caramel sweetness that gives way to currants and a nice cranberry and cherry tart sweetness along with a nice musty funk that gives way to subtle vinegar and an even subtler hint of salt. In some ways I'd say the flavor profile is laid back in a sense here, and it works very well. It certainly has a fair amount of sourness to if, but it is not in your face overwhelming your taste buds and making a huge fuss about it. Has a clean and dry finish and the sour tartness likes to hang out on the back of the tongue in the aftertaste. This is one beer that I wish my glass was never ending of. To quote my good friend Passow "This is a beer that is so good that you can drink it in bed and it will lull you to sleep." Has a crisp, slightly prickly, yet smooth and frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Simply an excellent beer all around! Much thanks to my friend for sending this one to me!

Eric (2,195 characters)

Photo of Dikfour
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: A very clear yet dark ruby to tawny depending on angle and light. Very interesting. What little head fizzled off immediately much like a cool soda pop.

Smell: Roasty Currant up front. Little yeast funk. Little oakyness.

Taste: Tart. Dark Fruits. Hard caramel. Little bit of leather. Musty. There is so much going on in this beer. Wow. The alcohol is a little hot on the finish but overall a great job of masking/incorporating it into the flavor profile.

Feel: Finish is medium-dry to Dry. Pretty silky soft Cab tannin. Lovely.

Overall: Delightful, delicious, adventurous and unique. A special brew that will often occupy my beer fridge. (646 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown, dark but great clarity, plenty of fine carbonation, fizzly champagne-like tan-red head that makes a quick exit and leaves only a collar.

S: Cherry and cranberry, tart. Some red wine notes come through, although it smells lighter than cabernet sauvignon to me (but my wine palate sucks).

T: Bright cherry, red grape, mild puckering sourness, some tartness/funk. Very light woody note, like cork. Flavors last a decent while, but not long enough. Pretty dry.

M: No gritty saccharine or syrup, just crisp prickly carbonation. Too easy to drink.

O: Incredible fruit flavor, good funk, and decent puckering ability. The lack of that outright sourness is my only personal gripe, if you can even call it that. Otherwise just about a perfect representative of the style, and still damn good (possibly unequaled) in my book. (837 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Ben last night, thanks man. Batch 008, bottled in 2011. Sheeeeitttt.

This one pours a clear dark red, with a small head, and no lacing.

This one smells super tasty, cherries, currants, red wine vinegar, oak, and red wine.

This has clearly aged very nicely, it's nuts that it's 10% ABV, you wouldn't know. So much sour dark fruit here, lots of currants, and a nice sour cherry flavor as well. There's some dry mustiness, along with a pretty puckering sourness, about a 7/10 on the unofficial sour scale. So. Good.

This is light bodied, with a crisp, super tart, and very juicy mouthfeel, along with a moderate but lively level of carbonation.

Probably the best sour I've had from Russian River, it was just so enjoyable. (741 characters)

Photo of KBS
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The first few sips were not fantastic for me but thought it was a completely different experience as it opened up and warmed. Loved the 2nd half as the barrel came through. Very enjoyable. (188 characters)

Photo of Tele
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle (11.06.14)
Consumed: 5.24.15

A: 4.5 Pours a clear, reddish-brown. The one-inch, light tan head lasts about a minute leaving good lacing.

S: 4.5 Love the aromas coming off this beer. A bit of funk comes in first, but after the beer has a chance to open up for a couple minutes, currents, cherries (with a slightly medicinal aroma), oak, vinegar, and even a bit of chocolate come through.

T: 4.5 Like the nose, there is a really pleasant fruitiness playing off the dark malts and oaky tannins. The flavor is somewhat tart, but what’s really impressive is how the acidity and sweetness go back and forth.

M: 4.75 Perfect carbonation and very clean feeling. The body is rich enough to feel substantial, while the slightly dry finish leaves you wanting another sip.

O: 4.5 Consecration is consistently one of my favorite sours and never disappoints. With all the great flavors and aromas going on, you could really sit and contemplate this beer for a long time; but it’s also so easy drinking, you could just sit back, take it all in, and enjoy. As much as I enjoy the bottles, I think I prefer this beer slightly when on draught. (1,158 characters)

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

Opaque brown/reddish draft pour with off white foam. Sour cherry nose. Red wine and sour cherries with a little funk from yeast. Medium mouthfeel, tongue is bathed in tart funky fruit. This is simply terrific. (209 characters)

Photo of One1Asterisk
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. What a fantastic beer. Enjoyed with a salmon salad lunch, and this was by far the star of the show. Immediately, the ruby color had me excited. Normally I am not a fan of sour beers, this was traded to me. Wine was strong on the nose, great smell. Tasted and felt amazing. Absolutely does not drink like 10%, very well crafted. I will always be searching this beer out. (374 characters)

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just outstanding. Bottle dated 11-4-14 poured into HF stem glasses. Smell is red wine dominated, with oak and a hint of sourness making an appearance. Taste is incredible, like a sour, carbonated red wine. I received both this and Supplication together in a trade, and I actually preferred this. My "desert island" sour. (332 characters)

Photo of minterro
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Holy shit I passed my thesis defense. This is my celebration beer!

A&S: Murky red, semi lively beer. Off white fizzy head dies right away. Potent aroma including elements of red (and also surprisingly wine) wine, earthy tones, and mild tartness

T&M: Much more tart than I expected, not quite at a puckering level. Some touches of sour tones. Initially it has a winey aftertaste, and then it transforms into more of a malty tone, pretty interesting. On the higher side of medium carbonation and medium body.

Overall: Really solid and very unique. These very winey tones mix in with a tart sourness is pretty unique, other beers are doing this, but not quite in the same way. Pretty short non-descriptive rating of this beer, but honesty it was pretty darn good. (763 characters)

Photo of MissSmisje
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: dark Auburn, very light lacing. S: oak, fresh grapes, some acidity. T: oak, a bit of cab sauv, tart, fresh red grapes, dried currants, a pleasant touch of red wine vinegar, the tartness lingers. F: light mouthfeel, champagne-like carbonation with small tight bubbles. (270 characters)

Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I am jealous of people who have any stable access to russian river's amazing sours.
Pours a dark ruby red
Smells amazing, dark fruits, subtle red wine, currants
Punches you in the mouth with the puckerness. I can taste the red wine and fruit
Finishes in a way that leaves you salivating for more.
World class stuff right here (326 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
3.7/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of the top rated sours in the country and I finally got one from my buddy Randy!

A - Rich burgundy color when poured but is a red-tinged brown color in the glass. Slightly cloudy from the yeast with a nice white head but subsides to nothing after a minute or two.

S - The smell is fruity and very complex. It is vinous with the currants and typical cab grape fruit notes. There is some alcohol, some fruit esters, and some soft Belgian character present. There is some sour and some oakiness but the dark fruit character is true.

T - The first sip just explodes with red wine vinegar! The sour makes you pucker from the front to the back of the palate. After the initial sour punch the complexities come out. There is a fruit character more like Cabernet and not as much like the currants. There is the sweetness of the malt, oak, and some Belgian character but it is very subtle in comparison to the strong sour character.

M - Medium to light mouth-feel with light carbonation. Like a sour soda that has fizz initially but dies down and for 10% ABV it is much more like a wine than a Belgian strong ale.

Overall, a very interesting beer. I was not expecting the full on sour, red wine vinegar, shock to my palate when I first cracked this open. It is a unique experience with a distinct sour and then sweet/complex nature. It is also very thin for what the base beer is and very much like a sour wine. I would not recommend this unless you like sours and have a heart for a bolder sour experience. I could see someone liking it but at an "rAvg: 4.5" I was expecting more flavor and less sour.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was was SO SOUR, but SO DELICIOUS. It literally made my entire body pucker. The wine comes thorugh nicely and the mouthfeel is on point. I aged mine for about 1.5 years and it drank so smoothly after. (205 characters)

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