Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,647
Reviews: 1,091
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 1,577
Gots: 1,574 | FT: 120
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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: 4,647 | Reviews: 1,091
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.

Photo of handcrafty
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Perfect.

Photo of BrewUSA
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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~

Photo of JonahNW
4.5/5  rDev 0%

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.

Photo of PhishNoC
5/5  rDev +11.1%

My favorite RRB sour.

Photo of heygeebee
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Hmm - lost review doesn't please :-(
I recall as close to Cabernet in a beer glass - you could almost taste the tannin.
Huge thanks to Mrkennedy.

Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of ianw87
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Amazing sour, I love the red wine barrel. Hides the high ABV very well.

Photo of BigRedDog
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of rjengelking
5/5  rDev +11.1%

The Cabernet Sauvignon barrels impart such a delicious flavor into this dark sour. Perfect level of tart.

Photo of zander4dawin
4.11/5  rDev -8.7%

Dark red, little head, medium body, rather poercing candy sour taste that lingers, raspberry notes, candy cherries, very tart.

Photo of Kinsman
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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...

Photo of BeerDawgs
5/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Photo of B-Nut-GoBlue
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
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.).

Photo of JohnG190
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

Photo of Admbmb92
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of zookerman182
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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