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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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world-class

3,746 Ratings
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100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,746
Reviews: 1,034
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 1,345
Gots: 1,173 | FT: 84
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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HoppySeb

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +6%

06-09-2014 20:01:56 | More by HoppySeb
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -4%

A: Pours a deep dark ruby red with some mahogany mixed in. A one finger tan foam head that dissipates slowly. Ample amounts of carbonations.

S: Lots of dark fruit, plums, raisin, cherries, currants/black berries, leather and dark tannins. Reminds me of a 'red wine' smell to it.

T: The cherry flavor to me is the most predominant. The cherry flavor is slightly on the tart side. Good amounts of oak and currants as well.

M: Leaves a dry tartness on the palate, similar to red wine.

D: I was one and done with this beer, not because it is bad, because it wasn't. The higher ABV made this beer a one and done for me.

11-09-2009 13:47:29 | More by IronCitySteve
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sukwonee

Washington

5/5  rDev +11.6%

03-02-2012 05:55:27 | More by sukwonee
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OnryAndMean

New York

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

08-15-2014 18:45:15 | More by OnryAndMean
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -11.8%

Poured into a tulip. Nice clear ruby dark red color. A small off white head is here. Not much lacing at all.

Nice aroma of plum. There is just a bit of sweetness to balance out the tart aroma.

The flavor mimics the aroma almost exactly. There sour flavor is nicely balanced here, allowing for a nice malt flavor to shine through. The complexity of the plum flavors are nicely accompanied by a bit of spiciness.

The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is softer than a lot of other wild ales (because of the relatively high ABV). This is very good, but not one of my favorites from Russian River. Still, this gives a unique flavor that one can't find elsewhere. I still look forward to trying this one again (hopefully soon).

12-21-2010 05:39:37 | More by andrewinski1
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Beer21

Florida

5/5  rDev +11.6%

05-06-2013 07:07:14 | More by Beer21
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ari32

Georgia

4/5  rDev -10.7%

08-26-2013 20:46:23 | More by ari32
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MiScusi

California

4.47/5  rDev -0.2%

Served in a Chimay chalice at Hollingshead's Deli.

There is nothing glamorous about this beer's appearance. It's murky maroon'ish brown looking but there's nothing really off putting about it either, hence it's fine. What my nose and tongue pick up is a very sour cherry-like presence. This is followed by a dry tannic finish, very woody. The high alcohol is not really noticeable and the mouthfeel is a pretty light consistency. This beer is so easy to drink it's dangerous at 10%.

02-11-2009 06:19:22 | More by MiScusi
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -7.8%

Had this beer on tap at Toronado's in San Fransico. Served in a wine glass cool.

A-Garnet body and a white wisp of a head.

S-Sour fruit smell, fruit stone

T-Sour, fruit stone and quite dry

M-Light

D-Good. Nice representation of the style. I would drink this again.

12-04-2010 01:23:12 | More by jneiswender
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lonewolfcry

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

08-11-2013 18:41:00 | More by lonewolfcry
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -5.8%

Had batches 001 and 005. thanks urbancaver and brew33. Review is an overall impression of the beer.

A - Ruby/garnett brownish body, some cloudiness in the batch 005, small white head.

S - Tartness, some smoky characters, wood, fruit, a bit of plastic in batch 005.

T - Batch 001 was a bit one-dimensional in its tartness with only a touch of sweet currant flavor, but batch 005 had a much better flavor profile that was nicely complex with wood and fruit and tart.

M - decent body, fairly smooth, batch 001 was a bit thin.

O (D) - a pretty good beer, I'd say, with preference going to batch 005

06-23-2011 16:40:27 | More by ColdPoncho
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TCgoalie

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev -6.7%

Thanks to TCHopCraver (the supplier of this rare treat), BuckyFresh, and zoso1967 for the tasting party that included this brew. 8/21/10

The pour is a dark reddish hue mixed with a good deal of brown. The head appeared brownish then faded to white. Agitating this beer will manually create more head. When swirling the glass, splotchy bubbles gather across the glass and collect in mild lacing.

The smell yields a subdued cherry tartness, woody oak, caramel, banana, and lemon.

The taste is quite tart with lots of sour iron like feel. Further in the taste is more sour with a cigar/tobacco like aftertaste. There are also some spicy, peppery notes.

The mouthfeel is light and refreshing and certainly gets my saliva glands going. A nice drying finish concludes this rarity.

This is a solid drink. It is so sour that I want more to believe how sour it is.

08-28-2010 03:11:46 | More by TCgoalie
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csustar001

New York

5/5  rDev +11.6%

04-16-2012 01:45:30 | More by csustar001
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ahbithwabm

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +6%

05-31-2014 19:16:07 | More by ahbithwabm
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BColton1

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +11.6%

02-07-2013 14:15:16 | More by BColton1
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billshmeinke

California

4.55/5  rDev +1.6%

375 ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip at 50 degrees. Review 200! Batch 004x3.

A ruby amber color with bubble rushing to the top. One finger of white head that exhibits awesome retention. Not a lot of lacing left behind.

The smell is sour with vinous red grapes, vanilla, oak, tannins, and rose petals.

The taste is sour with dark cherries, vinous red grapes, vanilla, oak, tannins, raspberries, and a hint of tobacco. Some leafy hops in the background.

Fairly light on the palette which is surprising. Slick and oily. A bit mouth puckeringly sour.

I probably wouldn't want to drink a lot of this, mostly because of the price, but it is delicious.

07-05-2010 22:46:59 | More by billshmeinke
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mbs11

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +11.6%

02-07-2013 00:30:56 | More by mbs11
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abcdefghijkyle

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

08-23-2014 00:15:01 | More by abcdefghijkyle
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

04-09-2013 12:49:47 | More by Retail1LO
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

09-29-2013 14:09:53 | More by fdig23
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mscudder

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

05-28-2013 01:04:09 | More by mscudder
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kaseydad

California

4.61/5  rDev +2.9%

Let the first Consecration experience begin.

Let it warm a little in the 750 ml and finally popped the top, went in for a sniff and was met by foam slowly pouring out and directly into the nostril and some on the floor. If I didn't have four more bottles I would have been pissed.

Pours a beautiful burgundy red and also a little brown with a nice small ring of foam around the snifter.

A slight vinegar aroma with whiffs of cherry as well. Currants are also present. Awesome!

Whoa! The taste is something I have never experienced before. Off the first sip I have a brain explosion of different things. There are so many things going on with this beer that it is hard to express. I taste subtle vinegar, cherries and a lil ol school funk. There is a slight acidity on the swallow but not unpleasant in the slightest. Very complex but amazing! It makes my mouth water at the finish...almost making me want to drink more to satisfy the craving. I oblige.

The drinkability for me is very high as the alcohol hides well in this beer for a 10%er.

Awesome, amazing beer that everyone should try at least once for the experience. This beer deserves the praises and ratings it has received. Very well done from one of my favorite Nor Cal breweries.

03-12-2009 01:14:16 | More by kaseydad
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Quackus

New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

01-11-2013 21:57:07 | More by Quackus
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JKV96

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

03-31-2014 00:40:59 | More by JKV96
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curlybird

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.7%

07-19-2014 14:02:25 | More by curlybird
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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