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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,984 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,984
Reviews: 1,042
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 1,380
Gots: 1,251 | 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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5/5  rDev +11.4%

BrlyHpsWtrYst, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

pocat91619, Nov 16, 2013
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4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a sample of this at Hops & Pie, in a Great Divide tulip. Thanks Leah!

A: reddish brown, with a light sheet of head.
S: a little barnyard, along with currants, and oak.
T: currants, integrated oak, and again a bit of barnyard.
M: nice and sour, with good acidity. An excellent food beer.
O: Reminds me of wine, and that's a good thing. Very food-friendly, and nuanced similarly to a Cabernet with a bit of age on it.

I have only tried a few of the Russian River offerings, to-date, but would definitely seek this out again. Fantastic stuff!

JonathanG, Oct 04, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, Batch 006.

A: Absolutely no head when poured from the bottle. You can see a very small amount of bubbles collected at the bottom of the glass, but other then that, no carbonation really looking at it. The color is a deep mahogany red.

S: I don't get as much of the currants as some have described. I'm getting more of a balsamic sour funk with deep fruit notes. As it warms you also definitely get the wine barrels it was aged in. Very dry funk to the nose.

T: For 10% this beer is definitely very drinkable. However the taste doesn't quite wow me. I had a Supplication earlier in the year and despite this beer's amazing description, I found Supplication to be more complex in the flavor. But that's just me. The taste is a really nice tart sour up front, but it finishes with a fruity sweet character. Figs, cherries, and some musty wine notes are all present.

M: Very lightly carbonated and tart on the back of the palate.

O: Overall I enjoyed this beer, but it didn't wow me the way I thought it would. Still, for an American Wild Red Sour Ale I found it to be quite pleasant. I will have to branch out and try the other wild ales Russian River makes because both Supplication and Consecration were very unique and interesting beers.

neobob187, Feb 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

hwy395, Jun 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

BSchnab, Jun 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

MikeyRiles, Jun 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

bcornwell74, Apr 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Edvice04, Jul 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

jbuckley1972, Mar 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Moshulu, Sep 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -27.6%

Fitzpat4, Jul 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

sean_paul, Sep 12, 2014
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4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 005x2F brewed 12/1/2009 bottled 10/17/2010

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a chalice. The corked came out easily with a nice 'pop.' Fizzy rusty head of about an inch quickly dissipated. Reddish, brown color with a slight cloudiness.

Aroma of red wine, musty wet wood and leather. Mouthwatering. Lively carbonation that leads into a fruity, tartness followed by leather and earth. Dark fruits. Finish is long and smooth, yet acidic at the same time. Perfectly balanced sourness. In a blind taste taste, I could not tell if this was 4% or 10% abv. Amazing.

A very complex beer.

nniicckkww, Jan 13, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

tommyz, Jul 30, 2014
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4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Out of all the non limited release RR sours this is the bees knees.

The pour is dark much more so than Temptation, the abv is whopping and well hidden.

This was the beer that turned my wife on to sours and her favorite to this day. When this is available at my local stores I get it ever time.

Highly recommended to any entry or veteran sour lover.

OneBeertoRTA, Mar 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

jloomis, May 20, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#20, something special from the fridge for the World Cup final.

Big thanks to Stevefinny for this. 750ml Batch 002x01. Poured into a tulip.

A: Brownish maroon with a head that disappears like a scared turtle's. Nothing great, but the resurgence of effervescent bubbles is pretty cool. 4.0

S: Brett nosebomb with tart cherry and oak. Again, not overwhelming but still pleasant. 4.0

T: Tart fruitiness with a dry, oaky finish. Initial taste has a domineering sweet funk, but the oak comes on strong and dry at the end. Great balance between two opposing tastes. 4.5

M/D: Big carbonation and effervescence keep such a great clean taste. I love the thickness of a stout, but this is the complete opposite and so well done that I really appreciate it just as much. The 10% is essentially nonexistent. I couldn't drink this every day, but the complexity and style is something I would enjoy on a semi regular basis. 4.5/4.5

TJBurgess, Jul 11, 2010
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

ejfreed, Oct 31, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

digga90, Sep 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

FlyingYeti, Jun 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Brewing_Rob, Aug 03, 2013
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2.88/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

A- Consecration pours a gorgeous, deep, ruby red. The head is a slightly tan color but it goes away just as quickly as its poured.

S- Just like its counterpart, Supplication, the wine barrel aging plays a big roll in the smell. Dark, rich, wine notes come through first giving way to the currents added to the mix.

T- Wow. Incredibly sour yet a bit of sweet mellowing on the back end. What a dry taste as well. Cherries, currents, and event an interesting malty sweetness going on.

M- Absolutely no head yet an interesting, effervescent feel to it. Fuller bodied than Supplication yet just as easily drinkable. Still can't get over how dry it is as well. It's in perfect balance.

Ssippisam, May 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

ojgio, May 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

BrittEBurke, Mar 24, 2012
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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