Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,633
Reviews: 1,090
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 1,571
Gots: 1,569 | FT: 118
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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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Ratings: 4,633 | Reviews: 1,090
Photo of Dynobolt
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! What a beer.. Had on draft at BLAH, can't wait to do that again, best sour drink I ever had.. Well it's the only one but I am going to hold all sours to this standard.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of mtvolkens
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

By far the best sour I've had. Incredible.

Photo of MadCat
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Nice clear ruby amber color with a light head and hints of lacing

Smell: Currant, red wine

Taste: Currant, red wine, light fruit, oak

Feel: Light body, good carb, dry finish

Overall: Another amazing brew from Russian River

Photo of SierraFlight
4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ poured into a tulip. Appears reddish brown with a thin cap that is not sticking. Aroma is sour cherries (the currants?), vinegar, barrel notes of oak and grape, plus tobacco and the yeast/bacteria funk. Flavors start with puckering tart cherry, ease into light fruit sweetness, and end with those drying red wine elements. Medium-full bodied, silky texture, active carbonation, and a dry finish. Complex and interesting overall.

Photo of abravo52
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It gets no better than this, currently my favorite beer ever.

Photo of demon
3.57/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle. Bottled on 08/11/14. Enjoyed 02/22/15. I had heard nothing besides greatness about the Russian River Brewing Company, and with an interest in sours, I knew I had to try Consecration. Ended up scouting this guy out and shelling over $16 for a 375 ml bottle! Damn! The most expensive beer I have ever purchased to date (by far!).

A: Murky/turbid due to being fermented in the bottle. Amber to slightly purple color. Very nicely carbonated. Poured pretty foamy, but the head died off rather quickly.

S: First impression was a very strong alcohol smell followed by wine/currants. Light Cabernet aroma. Surprisingly to me, this beer doesn't pack whole lot of aroma.

T: Currants, oak, and wine were the first flavors I distinguished. You can definitely tell that this is aged in Cabernet barrels. Not very sour compared to other sour beers I have had before. Not overpowering at all. Sweet, but not too much so. Dry funky flavors pull their way though--I'm thinking it's the Brettanomyces. Dry finish. Champagne-like effervescence. Tamarind notes found in the aftertaste.

M: Leaves the tongue with a tannic feel. Must be from the barrel.

O: Overall, this beer is very dry, very oaky, very wine-like, lightly acidic, with a strong alcohol taste. I hate to sound sacrilegious, but this beer really didn't do it for me. It just wasn't what I was looking for. If I really wanted all of those wine flavors, I might as well have gone with wine. I have found a few Belgian sours to be more pleasurable and interesting to me, but it is obvious that many people get very excited about this beer, so I couldn't not recommend it. At this price point though, I think I'll be holding off for a while before reevaluating this interesting creation.

Photo of Sandalwood
3.84/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time tasting a sour. Pours a purple wine color with a little head and plenty of carbonation. Not much lacing, but quite a bit of suds. The odor is champagne like, fruity, lie de vin, farmhouse, yeasty, metallic, wine like. The taste is very crisp, fruity, peach, grapefruit, currants, champagne like, wine, dried fruits and dry sour on the back end.

Photo of Beerooster
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown w red edges. Aromas of crushed cherries and oak. soft balanced palate with long lingering finish.

Photo of barczar
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lightly medicinal phenols and floral character in aroma.

Flavor is tart and sour, with a dry finish.

Photo of Catracho5
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -11.1%
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

Photo of Beerart888
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent brew from and excellent brewery. Why they are know for their hoppy offerings and not their sours is a travesty!

Photo of Chief09
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A very well balanced sour barrel aged beer. A wonderful fragrance amazing taste with a nice sour hint at the end.

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not a huge Wild fan but this is pretty damn good stuff

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.61/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It was good, but not great. Sour, but pretty straight forward sour. not much depth.

Photo of 1Sundown2C
3.5/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much just a Belgian strong put in barrels. No currants, nothing outstanding. Maybe an old bottle? Bottled 2013

Photo of chameleon420
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer tastes like a sour champagne.

Photo of boognishIPA
5/5  rDev +11.1%
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+

Photo of aleigator
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of KidDoc
4.5/5  rDev 0%

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

Photo of mtomlins
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Photo of BMos
4/5  rDev -11.1%

11/8/14

Photo of coleton90
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

not what i thought.. definitely a different styled ale.

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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