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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,559 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,559
Reviews: 1,024
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 1,325
Gots: 1,116 | FT: 78
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 YOOJ


3.88/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap into a Chimay goblet at the Bier Stein in Eugene.

Beautiful dark red color, quite similar to the bottle. No head whatsoever. Very unique looking beer.

Smell is black cherry a little booze, overall surprisingly subtle, and I would have expected a little more funk.

Taste is much like the smell, black cherry with great smooth sourness up front. Hardly any funk present. Finishes with complex sourness and a subtle aftertaste.

Surprisingly fizzy, the texture that you would expect from a 10% beer. You can smell the alcohol, but it is completely masked in the flavor.

I have yet to fully enjoy a sour experience, so maybe its just not my thing.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2010 20:33:27 | More by YOOJ
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4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Poured slowly into an oversized red wine glass to keep the extra yeast in the bottle. The head was extremely alive during the pour (think alka-seltzer) then quickly dissipated to nothing. Color is a cloudy mahogany.

Smell - Dark fruit and slightly jammy sour red wine.

Taste - Initially tastes like sour fruit which moves on to dry champagne and has a lasting crisp tart finish. Farther into the glass, the taste adds some raspberry qualities. Alcohol is hidden and unobtrusive. Has more depth than the other Russian River sours.

Mouthfeel - Has a light champagne tingly mouthfeel.

Drinkability - A good sipping ale but hard to put down. Has a funky wine vibe going on.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 04:34:59 | More by kazmaniac
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

12-05-2011 15:38:55 | More by karlfree
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

02-11-2012 18:51:41 | More by SconnieJohnny
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

11-26-2011 18:29:36 | More by yoyosarecool
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

02-08-2012 23:55:54 | More by ds21tango
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

06-04-2013 05:11:42 | More by kewire
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

01-05-2013 22:27:19 | More by AdamPaul
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

07-11-2014 01:43:27 | More by MLEMMLEM393
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

12-29-2011 16:58:39 | More by twohearteddean
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4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap here at Tustin Brew Co for Russian River week.

A- Nice bronze/cherry hue, very clear with pretty much no head which is expected. Very good looking brew.

S- Very sour smelling with a faint hint of fruitiness. Hard to pick out one exact smell though, pretty much just smells like sourness, crisp.

T- Pucker up, this one packs a punch that rivals warhead sour gum. Good clean dry finish, very crisp with some pommegranite lightly in the background.

M- Once again, very clean and dry. Similar to champagne with dryness.

Overall it's an excellent beer that provides that perfect sourness.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2010 00:10:49 | More by Pipmeister
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

11-22-2012 00:26:38 | More by Page76
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

05-09-2013 07:01:29 | More by Paramecium
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1/5  rDev -77.7%

01-11-2012 04:05:31 | More by jraras
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

11-29-2011 05:44:05 | More by leonardoh03
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

09-18-2012 20:46:09 | More by Aduardo
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

06-18-2013 01:53:44 | More by Jpirkle2715
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

10-18-2013 03:04:35 | More by elfefe
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

07-14-2014 21:39:39 | More by Andrewfish
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4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml poured into a Bruery tulip glass

A- A beautiful almost totally opaque amber. Very hard to see through unless right next to a light.

S- Richly textured plums and currants; the Cabernet comes through very strongly. Like smelling a fruity, carbonated Cab.

T - Ahhh. Wow. Sour currants, some dark cherry, and maybe hints of plum. Perfectly balanced.

M/D- Really solid - the carbonation matches very well. Light, crisp feel that seems like a combination between a fine Cab Sav and a fantastic beer. I could drink this all day.... try it with some Jalapeno jack cheese.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 05:25:09 | More by zminor
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4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I usually never drink a beer with fruit added to the mix (in this case currents), but I love Russian River and constantly tell myself I'm blessed to live close by. So... I bought a 750mL of Consecration - it's not cheap $22 a bottle.

Now for the review....

A: Nice copper/ruby

S: Smells like red wine at first, then you can smell some currants and "regular" beer smells

T: Tart like a sour beer should be. The first thing you test is the sour, then you you can taste the currents, the Cabernet oak barrel, and traditional beer flavors. It leaves I nice finish of sour cherries.

M: Wonderful effervescent feeling on the tongue!

D: I never heard of sour beers until I first started to go regularly to the the Toronado. At first, I didn't like them, but they grow on you quickly.

Consecration is an excellent "sour beer" (aka Brettanomyces). I got my money's worth with this one. The alcohol does not over power it at all, in fact it's subtle.

Consecration is a perfect example of the "new era" of experimental micro-brews.

Beers like this really make you wonder why you ever drank PBR, Bud, or Corona. Consecration is one beer raising and bettering beer's reputation (ruined by the macro brews).

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 01:39:54 | More by Bluetick
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4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice deep amber/red color. The aroma is a tarty fruit with a little bit of funk. This beer has an amazing taste to it. It has a sweet and tarty fruit taste to it. I think its more tart than sour and I could easily drink a whole 750 bottle to myself.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 21:45:14 | More by Labonix
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

04-27-2012 06:34:17 | More by BethelLight
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

04-16-2012 18:48:48 | More by Bulshrk
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

06-28-2013 01:01:19 | More by Revello
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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