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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,866 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,866
Reviews: 1,036
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 1,360
Gots: 1,203 | FT: 85
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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Photo of Ambiorix
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 ml bottle.

A: Brown pour, ruby highlights, thin, off-white to tan head faded pretty quick but left decent lace.

S: Funky, sour, lactic tang, dark fruit, black currant, cask wood. A huge nose with the promise of great things to taste.

T: Incredibly sour, tangy, oaky. Black currant, dark, bready malt, barnyard, brett bitterness, lacto tanginess, vinous, tobacco leaves.

M: Highly carbonated, satisfying. The carbonation balances the intense sourness well.

D: Incredible. Amazing. Easily rivals anything brewed in Belgium. Brewing brilliance at its finest. I wish it were more widely available.

Ambiorix, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of Silenus89
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and Caged 750ml bottle. Batch 001x2. Very loud noise upon pulling the cork, look out!! Poured into an oversized wine glass.

A. Had a reddish brown color to it with a thin head that reseeded quickly. No lacing.

S. Sour smell with red wine hints and currants

T. This was my first ever sour and its quite amazing, I must say. This definitely got better as it warmed. Just an explosion of red grapes, sour notes and wood notes. Very complex.

MF. Champagne like carbonation to it.

D. This is a highly drinkable beer, can hardly even taste the alcohol. This was an amazing beer for me, definitely gonna be looking for many more sours now. Well worth the 23 dollar price tag.

Silenus89, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of Endtro
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Endtro, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of winegourmet76
5/5  rDev +11.4%

winegourmet76, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of AndrewNations
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from Notes. This whale , for me at least, was shared with me by a generous friend and new to trading techster82. It was his first sour and first beer trade.

A nice introduction to both Id say..

Batch001X4 - 750ml Caged and Corked.

A -Dark and Deep Red, Almost brown and fairly opaque. Very little head if any.

S - Lots of sourness, dark and sweet candy. I pick up some new fruit and slight oak as well.

T - Just amazing. I not completely versed in how these tend to age but I find the sourness fades a bit and the fruit becomes more evident. The currants, fig, and candy notes were outstanding and really stood up the brett/lacto nicely. The oak tends to develop nicely and become more prevalent with aging. It was only a bit but I felt like the oak was there on the finish. I was surprised it had any left but the carbonation was perfect.

M - Perfect. The carbonation wasn't low but just the way I prefer for this style.

What a great vintage and an even better way to share with friends. Thanks techster82

AndrewNations, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of kansascitytrader
5/5  rDev +11.4%

kansascitytrader, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Shagtastic
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Vissai for this new beer!

Poured from a bottle into my tulip

A: Great ruby red color with little head that fades quickly.

S: I love the sour aroma with this one. I do get traces of the Cab coming through.

T: Ok the sickly sweet sour notes are fantastic here. This is a great taste for sure with the wine coming in strong on the background.

M: Slight carbonation but this beer masks the high alcohol level for sure.

O: I seriously enjoyed this beer more than I thought it would. After sharing this one with some family, I think I'll come back to this one again soon.

Shagtastic, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TMasterFlash
4/5  rDev -10.9%

TMasterFlash, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of USChuy
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

USChuy, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Antnego
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Like Supplication on steroids, you get flavors of cherries, oak, chocolate, cognac and sour citrus with a deep, caramelly malt backdrop. Appearance is a deep, dark amber with almost no light penetration or head. Thick, chewy mouthfeel and a deep, vinous smell. Worth over penny. A perfect beer.

Antnego, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of Vroom
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Vroom, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of collino
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

collino, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of Moshulu
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Moshulu, Thursday at 06:01 PM
Photo of readicculus
5/5  rDev +11.4%

readicculus, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of ghamel
5/5  rDev +11.4%

ghamel, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ekardz
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 004x2

Aggressive pour leaves almost no head and little carbonation with a reddish amber color. Smells like a red wine, sour grapes, cherries, and smell the currants. Tastes like a sour red wine, picking up lots of tart flavors and light citrus. Light bodied with little carbonation and a dry finish. Very easy to drink, and @ 10% can sneak up on you quickly, just getting into sours, and this was a nice one to enjoy.

ekardz, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of alanv
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

alanv, May 18, 2013
Photo of graymoment
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

graymoment, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of jorgemir
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

jorgemir, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Cooper925
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Cooper925, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of joewsorenson
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

joewsorenson, May 13, 2012
Photo of GAMB1T
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

GAMB1T, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of fsckewe
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

fsckewe, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of osubeav2003
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

osubeav2003, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of Tony49er
4.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving Type- Poured on tap at Russian River Brewery

Appearance- Dark ruby red color, two finger white head the goes away very quickly

Smell- Dark cherries, funk, sour, neutral oak, just an amazing sour smell

Taste- WOW, Dark cherries, funk, sour, neutral oak tannin in the back of the palate, the BEST sour I have ever had and using Cab Barrels for aging is genius and comes through in a vinnus character

Mouthfeel- Tart, sweet, dry

Overall- The BEST Sour I have ever had and one of the top 5 beers I have ever had

Tony49er, May 06, 2014
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,866 ratings.