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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,767 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,767
Reviews: 1,034
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 1,345
Gots: 1,181 | FT: 83
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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Azurescens

Washington

4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

375mL corked and caged bottle, batch 005x1F poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/23/11

A: Pours a clear dark red with thin tan head that dissipates seconds after being poured leaving no film or lacing around glass.

S: Sweet and sour with dark fruit, brett funk, a hint of oak and some alcohol. Smells similar to a red wine with some funk, sourness and spice from the currants.

T: Sweet dark fruit with some lacto sourness, barnyardy funk and a touch of oak. I can really taste the currants much more than I picked up in the aroma. The sour wine aroma in the nose doesn't really carry over to the taste, this is definitely a sour ale from start to finish.

M: The light carbonation is amplified by the tingling acidic sourness on my tongue. Nice smooth medium body finishes on the dry side and leaves fruit and spice flavors lingering in my mouth.

O: Solid sour ale, tastes great but I would drink a Supplication over this any day. The currants add a nice unique flavor to compliment the sourness and sweet fruit. Drinks really well for a 10% ABV ale, the alcohol is barely noticeable.

04-24-2011 02:48:50 | More by Azurescens
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Daveychu

California

5/5  rDev +11.4%

11-30-2011 20:47:57 | More by Daveychu
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wildcats10

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

07-09-2013 03:11:44 | More by wildcats10
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johnsonni

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

06-03-2013 14:17:00 | More by johnsonni
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bnelson997

California

5/5  rDev +11.4%

08-09-2014 06:51:13 | More by bnelson997
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shadetree67

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

03-16-2014 20:57:06 | More by shadetree67
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Leiting

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

08-28-2014 20:11:41 | More by Leiting
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BringbakFavre

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

12-09-2013 02:16:36 | More by BringbakFavre
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rob133

California

5/5  rDev +11.4%

11-14-2011 23:24:07 | More by rob133
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Tripphop

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%

Pour is a murky brown color, glows in the light, slight haze to it. Head is pithy and large bubble, doesnt generate much. Looks very oily and slick. Aromas are of soured grapes and dark fruit. A hint of oak woodiness can be found, but the buggies really jump out at you. Flavor is mellow and soft, bunches of sour fruits and a mellow caramell, oak, nuttiness to the finish. Warming on the palate, the body doesn't lend itself to the abv, but the finish reveals a little heat once warmed. Very nice brew, mellow, perfect sour level and nice funk to it.

08-17-2011 17:29:10 | More by Tripphop
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rumorsofsurf

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

04-06-2012 19:03:18 | More by rumorsofsurf
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AL89BR

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

05-20-2013 14:55:03 | More by AL89BR
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bram325

Texas

4/5  rDev -10.9%

10-24-2013 15:46:45 | More by bram325
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stevecooks

California

5/5  rDev +11.4%

12-07-2011 23:45:22 | More by stevecooks
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mfunk9786

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -0.9%

From notes (2010 Capone's Black Friday event). Menu noted that this is from Vintage Batch 002:

A: Hardly any head, beautiful dark ruby red. Sort of like an expensive wood used to make high-dollar furniture.

S: Smells like sour candy. Strong cherry, sugar, red wine vinegar, very slight oak.

T: TASTES like sour candy! It's amazing, considering the time it spent in an oak barrel, how little the oak is present, and how little edge it actually took off. Many people who tried it at my table compared the taste to challenging one another to keep several Warhead candies in their mouths at once. Hardly any funk detectable, more like a lambic than anything.

M: Maybe it's because I had a well-aged batch, but there was no alcohol heat, burn, no sign of the 10% whatsoever. The sugary candy characteristics might make your back teeth hurt, though.

D: It's really a lovely flavor, but it is not a beer that should be paired with dinner, nor is it one that you should expect to finish a glass (however small) of within a short period of time. It is far more interesting than any dessert wine I've ever had in my life though, which makes it well worth its high price by default.

A lovely beer, and it definitely makes me want to try Supplication - I'm curious as to what a year or so more oak aging does to this formula.

11-28-2010 01:21:09 | More by mfunk9786
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stingrayvr6

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev -4.2%

Had this at Monk's cafe in Philly. Poured into a chalice, beautiful dark amber brown with great cream colored head, great retention and lacing. Medium carbonation. Smell was earthy and sweet, then bitter. Taste started out momentarilly fruity and sweet then going to incredibly dry and bitter from the currants and barrel aging. Very complex, hard to drink in quantity but paired well with a steak and was able to finish it quite easily and was left wanting more by the end. Very good.

03-29-2010 03:24:44 | More by stingrayvr6
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Llamameister

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -10.9%

02-14-2014 13:33:25 | More by Llamameister
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MikesnoHSL

Florida

4.84/5  rDev +7.8%

08-11-2014 23:32:36 | More by MikesnoHSL
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scifan

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%

750ml caged and corked bottle recieved in a trade with NCBeerFan. Batch number 002x2. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light with a nice head that quicly fades to a small ring around the glass. It leaves no lacing. Smells mostly of barnyard, and hay. Sweet sour fruit dances in the background. Also nice oak flavors in there as well. Sour fruits dominate the palate. Nice oak flavors in there as well along with the hints with of cabernet. The mouth puckering sourness leaves me wanting another sip after sip. Loads of carbonation but that's expected with the style. Not a hint of the 10% alcohol. This is my first true sour and I can't wait to try more.

01-01-2010 03:48:54 | More by scifan
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Mag00n

New York

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

05-22-2012 15:22:02 | More by Mag00n
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sbart518

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.4%

08-04-2014 18:27:59 | More by sbart518
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nsheehan

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

03-06-2014 23:11:58 | More by nsheehan
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beerinNV

Nevada

4/5  rDev -10.9%

06-12-2013 14:18:35 | More by beerinNV
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mdavidson

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

04-26-2013 03:52:14 | More by mdavidson
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DLucky

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

09-06-2013 17:40:24 | More by DLucky
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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