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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,167 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,167
Reviews: 1,047
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,407
Gots: 1,309 | FT: 90
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%

chadwicktorres, Sep 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

moarmare, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of davey101
3.9/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml, batch 004x2. Poured into an over sized wine goblet. Received as a super generous extra from Plenum, thanks a ton man!

A - Pours a dark brown with red tint. Very clear and bubbly. No real head to speak of, but there's some nice action going on around the edges of the glass.

S - Tons of currants, cherries, and oak. The finish is very musky and funky.

T - Extremely sour. This is probably the most sour beer I've ever had, even more so than the Belgian lambics and guezes I've tried. Cherries and oak. The sourness masks a lot of the fruit flavors, but the brett funk is on full display. Delicious.

O - This was a very good beer and I'm glad I got to try this. Its not on par with the belgian sours, but this is a very impressive american wild. It was my first RR'ion beer and from what I read this is the bottom of the tier. Can't wait to try some of the other ones.

davey101, Jun 30, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

WVUbrew, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of GennyCreamAle
5/5  rDev +11.4%

GennyCreamAle, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of marct
5/5  rDev +11.4%

marct, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy dark copper / ruby red color. Fizzy light tan head, rose about 2-3 fingers and receded to a mm or so of froth. Not much lacing.

S - Acidic notes of vinegar and tart cherry. Oak, vanilla, some cabernet infuences as well. The sweetness from the fruits and the barrels mix well with the sourness.

T - Tart and tangy brett flavours dominate the palate up front but. The full spectrum of flavours shows up in the middle, with currants, sour cherry and oak all combining to create a complex flavour profile. The funky/sour flavours return in the finish and linger a little bit in the after taste.

M- Light bodied, lively carbonation. Mouth watering with a quick dry finish. Slight aftertaste.

O - Another RR sour knocked of my list and a great one at that. I like Cabernet wines so I figured I would like this and it came through.

SkiBum22, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of inspektor
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

inspektor, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of kevanb
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consecration Batch 001x2. 750ml bottle poured into a Russian River tulip glass.

The pour is a nice dark, opaque, burgundy color, hints of brown and garnet when held to the light. There is a bit of tan colored head, very bubbly and light that comes to the top of the beer as it’s poured, but it dissipates very quickly leaving behind a few speckles of film and a nice off white ring around the glass with no additional lacing. The aroma is great, loads of currants jump out of the glass, moderate vinegar and acetic acid with a hint of funk, some vinous wine aromas with some nice sweet oak aromas from the barrel. The fruit is really dominant in the nose, which is great news considering the age of the beer and fruits tendency to fade out of the both the nose and the flavor profile of an older beer. The flavors are a bit harsher, still a strong amount of bitter, tart currants, dark plums and bing cherries are all noticeable fruit flavors. There is more vinegar than the nose suggests, the nice layer of grape-like wine flavors comes out as well but while this beer is certainly sour, it’s definitely more tart than an off putting, mouth puckering sour. The finish is a bit more astringent, sweet yet oak plays with the dirtier red wine-esque flavors, a bit of alcohol warms the throat as it goes down, and the bitter currants make a final appearance. The body is nice and carbonated, very prickly, which doesn’t help the astringent finish to the beer, but isn’t overly sharp and abrasive, still retains a nice level of smoothness.

Verdict: This is fantastic, this beer is aging gracefully although I would be weary of aging it too much further as the currant flavors could easily drop off leaving behind a bit of a vinegary mess. The fruit flavors are nice and tart and impressively potent which is all one can hope for in an aged beer. If you have the opportunity to try a vintage sour from Russian River, make no mistake, you will be well rewarded.

kevanb, May 24, 2012
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4.24/5  rDev -5.6%

target88, Nov 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Mark000, Feb 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Quackus, Jan 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

fehrminator, Mar 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

emottram, May 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

spw109, Jul 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Flabbyjandro, Aug 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

bschinelli, Sep 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

hayesjw, Apr 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Diomede, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

sludgegnome, Apr 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

MNBeer1017, May 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

DSlim71, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.98/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

MrVonzipper, Dec 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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

CarolinaKev, May 26, 2013
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,167 ratings.