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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,994
Reviews: 1,042
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 1,383
Gots: 1,258 | FT: 86
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)
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

topdown, Aug 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Beeradelphia, Aug 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

teamwiggum, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Smurf2055
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark ruby, almost cola colored. Bit of alcohol legs. Almost no head.

Smell is very cherry, little bit like unsweetened kool-aid. Very strong smell.

Taste is crisp and tart, lots of cherry up front. Oaky and almost smokey flavor.

Medium bodied. Delicious sour, probably my favorite out of Russian River.

Smurf2055, Jul 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

atpca, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of rapidsequence
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml corked bottle from Tim. Batch 004x1-- that was bottled 2/2010, brewed 3/2009.

Appearance: Its a beautifully clear reddish-brown beer. There was some off white head initially with a hard pour, but it faded to nothingness in seconds. As it sits, its still, but attractive.

Smell: Sour and vinous. Dry cab sav aromas (currants and oak). Sour cherries and leather. Musty and with a touch of balsamic.

Taste: Quite sour and tannic, but neither quite cause a pucker. Sour fruit, dirty basement, and sweaty saddle. The cab sav is very assertive, but not overbearing in the way I found the pinot in Supplication. From the middle through the finish, echoes of the base beer-- maltiness and some phenolic spiciness-- are tasted. Finishes very dry.

Mouthfeel: Low level of carbonation. Sticky dry tannins on the tongue, like you expect with cab sav.

Drinkability: A delicious and complex sipper. The sour is assertive, but not overbearing, as is the wine flavor. As I said before, I thought Supplication was to wine-y, this one is just right.

rapidsequence, May 12, 2011
Photo of Gtreid
3.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Again, thanks to mrstevens for breaking this one out yesterday. Poured into my CCB snifter.

A: A murky sienna color. The pour dropped a nickel of foamy white head that faded rather quickly and didn't leave much lace.

A: Sour dark fruits, and notes of wood. Red grapes, apples, red wine, and oak. I get a bunch of sour notes, that warn me of what's to come.

T: Yup, this one's sour. Probably the sourest of wilds I have yet to try. More wine and woody oak. Sour dark fruits, cherry, blackberries, apples, and barnyard funk. Finishes rather dry and tart.

M: Medium body, high levels of carbonation. This one has a bit of a bite to it.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is somewhat lower. This one is extremely sour. Overall, I had this one back to back with Supplication, and let me tell you, it dosen't hold a candle. It is a little too sour for my taste, and the oak and wine barrels, while good, didn't do it for me in this brew. I liked it, just didn't love it. Skal.

Gtreid, Apr 25, 2010
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

vissai, Feb 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

sourdog, Mar 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Stum-pub, Jun 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

WVUbrew, Nov 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

brheuer, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

ajs4bd, Jun 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

nanobrew, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

ncvbc, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of jeonseh
3.98/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

jeonseh, Sep 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

scottyshades, Jun 15, 2012
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4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured at the Russian River & Taco Bonanza into a little chalice.

Pours mahogany in color, barely opaque and no head. Smells delicious.. Slightly vinegar/ tart and sweet. taste is a blast of tart and and mild sweetness. A little vinegar, currants, and slight oak all balanced perfectly. After taste is all oak.. Some vanilla and currants very mild overall. This sour beer leaves me begging for another sip!

JustinMatthew, Nov 20, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Gtg642, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

wyatt13, Dec 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Cubatobaco, Jan 13, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 004x3.

Body is clear reddish brown, like tea. Poured easily to a half inch head, which dissipates quickly to a ring, with no lacing.

Aroma of cabernet wine, currant, malt, tea leaves, alcohol, leather.

Tastes of cabernet wine upfront, with currant and sour citrus tastes in the mid-plate, some vanilla, finishes dry with a lingering sourness and some spice. It is delicious, with a well-defined and intense wine infused sourness. It is mouthwatering sour, but not puckerish. There is not much of a malt backbone to this, which is unusual for a beer. I get some port-like quality to it as well, perhaps from the currants. There is no trace of tannins either. For a wild ale, it is also not funky.

Body is light and carbonation is low, giving this a winey mouthfeel. Alcohol is evident, furthering the wine analogy.

This is a beer with a big flavor, but one that also seems not to be a beer. I could drink a couple glasses of this.

Beerenauslese, Feb 08, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark caramel color with some red highlights when held to the light, a good inch of foam.

Brett and vinegar on the nose, sweet fruits like raisins, caramel malts, vine, a touch of alcohol, oak, some green apples, nectarine, currants, brown sugar. Quite complex. A slight herbal aroma too.

Big currant and grape flavor, leather, and oak. Quite tart and dry on the tongue. Lemon in the finish. A little better once it warms up. Some bitter citrus flavors in the end, a little nutty and toast in the aftertaste.

A bit thin in the middle, would benefit with some more malt dept.

seaoflament, Feb 26, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

aorloski, Jan 17, 2013
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,994 ratings.