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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,757
Reviews: 1,034
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 1,344
Gots: 1,176 | 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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jneiswender

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -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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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -6%

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 -6.9%

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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BColton1

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +11.4%

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

California

4.55/5  rDev +1.3%

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 +11.4%

02-07-2013 00:30:56 | More by mbs11
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

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

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.9%

07-19-2014 14:02:25 | More by curlybird
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mscudder

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

05-28-2013 01:04:09 | More by mscudder
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JKV96

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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

California

4.61/5  rDev +2.7%

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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Beeradelphia

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

08-22-2012 08:14:32 | More by Beeradelphia
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Smurf2055

Washington

4.35/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a very dark ruby, almost cola colored. Bit of alcohol legs. Almost no head.

Smell is very cherry, little bit like unsweetened kool-aid. Very strong smell.

Taste is crisp and tart, lots of cherry up front. Oaky and almost smokey flavor.

Medium bodied. Delicious sour, probably my favorite out of Russian River.

07-15-2013 04:34:45 | More by Smurf2055
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HoppyBastard2

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

05-20-2014 01:01:07 | More by HoppyBastard2
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JellyJacket

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

03-10-2013 03:11:27 | More by JellyJacket
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rapidsequence

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%

375 ml corked bottle from Tim. Batch 004x1-- that was bottled 2/2010, brewed 3/2009.

Appearance: Its a beautifully clear reddish-brown beer. There was some off white head initially with a hard pour, but it faded to nothingness in seconds. As it sits, its still, but attractive.

Smell: Sour and vinous. Dry cab sav aromas (currants and oak). Sour cherries and leather. Musty and with a touch of balsamic.

Taste: Quite sour and tannic, but neither quite cause a pucker. Sour fruit, dirty basement, and sweaty saddle. The cab sav is very assertive, but not overbearing in the way I found the pinot in Supplication. From the middle through the finish, echoes of the base beer-- maltiness and some phenolic spiciness-- are tasted. Finishes very dry.

Mouthfeel: Low level of carbonation. Sticky dry tannins on the tongue, like you expect with cab sav.

Drinkability: A delicious and complex sipper. The sour is assertive, but not overbearing, as is the wine flavor. As I said before, I thought Supplication was to wine-y, this one is just right.

05-12-2011 00:47:41 | More by rapidsequence
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -13.1%

Clear light caramel red color. Color made me think of a light bourbon. Very light head that dissipates quickly. Lots of soda like carbonation.

Very sour fruity aroma. Taste is a tangy, fruity and sour, with oak undertones. Can definitley taste the currants. Nice light flavors are still able to slip through the sour flavors.

Nice light body. Easy to drink with a dry red wine like finish.

06-02-2010 03:12:52 | More by IronLover
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Skunkdrool

California

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

05-31-2013 22:27:45 | More by Skunkdrool
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salthemonster

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.4%

12-27-2013 19:13:11 | More by salthemonster
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Gtreid

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -15.8%

Again, thanks to mrstevens for breaking this one out yesterday. Poured into my CCB snifter.

A: A murky sienna color. The pour dropped a nickel of foamy white head that faded rather quickly and didn't leave much lace.

A: Sour dark fruits, and notes of wood. Red grapes, apples, red wine, and oak. I get a bunch of sour notes, that warn me of what's to come.

T: Yup, this one's sour. Probably the sourest of wilds I have yet to try. More wine and woody oak. Sour dark fruits, cherry, blackberries, apples, and barnyard funk. Finishes rather dry and tart.

M: Medium body, high levels of carbonation. This one has a bit of a bite to it.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is somewhat lower. This one is extremely sour. Overall, I had this one back to back with Supplication, and let me tell you, it dosen't hold a candle. It is a little too sour for my taste, and the oak and wine barrels, while good, didn't do it for me in this brew. I liked it, just didn't love it. Skal.

04-25-2010 17:52:27 | More by Gtreid
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -4.7%

Reviewed from notes. 375 ml bottle marked Batch 004X4 poured into a Vistory tulip...

A - Pours a dark brown color with no real light shining through. A very small cream colored head forms and recedes to a small, bubbly collar.

S - Acidic notes of vinegar and tart cherry. Oak, vanilla, some cabernet infuences as well. The sweetness from the fruits and the barrels mix well with the sourness.

T - Sweetness and sourness mix quite well here. Flavors of grape, cherry, oak tannins, and Brett funk. There's a tartness from the fruits that adds nicely to the lactic acidity going on. Really nice flavors.

M - Medium bodied beer with ample carbonation. Smooth and crisp with a slight dryness on the finish.

O - I enjoyed this one, although it was not as good to me as Supplication and Temptation. Really great American Wild from Vinnie.

12-06-2011 04:34:15 | More by KAP1356
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kevanb

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +2%

Consecration Batch 001x2. 750ml bottle poured into a Russian River tulip glass.

The pour is a nice dark, opaque, burgundy color, hints of brown and garnet when held to the light. There is a bit of tan colored head, very bubbly and light that comes to the top of the beer as it’s poured, but it dissipates very quickly leaving behind a few speckles of film and a nice off white ring around the glass with no additional lacing. The aroma is great, loads of currants jump out of the glass, moderate vinegar and acetic acid with a hint of funk, some vinous wine aromas with some nice sweet oak aromas from the barrel. The fruit is really dominant in the nose, which is great news considering the age of the beer and fruits tendency to fade out of the both the nose and the flavor profile of an older beer. The flavors are a bit harsher, still a strong amount of bitter, tart currants, dark plums and bing cherries are all noticeable fruit flavors. There is more vinegar than the nose suggests, the nice layer of grape-like wine flavors comes out as well but while this beer is certainly sour, it’s definitely more tart than an off putting, mouth puckering sour. The finish is a bit more astringent, sweet yet oak plays with the dirtier red wine-esque flavors, a bit of alcohol warms the throat as it goes down, and the bitter currants make a final appearance. The body is nice and carbonated, very prickly, which doesn’t help the astringent finish to the beer, but isn’t overly sharp and abrasive, still retains a nice level of smoothness.

Verdict: This is fantastic, this beer is aging gracefully although I would be weary of aging it too much further as the currant flavors could easily drop off leaving behind a bit of a vinegary mess. The fruit flavors are nice and tart and impressively potent which is all one can hope for in an aged beer. If you have the opportunity to try a vintage sour from Russian River, make no mistake, you will be well rewarded.

05-24-2012 04:01:51 | More by kevanb
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%

Served on tap at Falling Rock in Denver, into a tulip glass

From notes taken on 1/6/2012
I was really excited to find this on tap

A: Dark amber red with 1 fingers width of snow white colored head which quickly dissipates down to and outter rim and leaves no lacing.

S: Strong red wine and sour grapes, sour apple and brett aromas with a hint of sour pear. Also a unique whisky like aroma.

T: Complex flavor profile, there is certainly a lot going on. Sour apple and sour grapes, plus some other grape flavors of the non sour variety. The brett is certainly noticed, and there is a touch of a whiskey like oak flavor. Towards the end of the drink the cab sauv flavors start to come out, although still not as strong as I anticipated. There is a great lingering aftertaste after every sip. The prominent flavors are certainly sour fruits and wine, although neither to the degree that I expected. Very good.

M/D:Bubbly, champagne-like mouthfeel, and each sip finishes dry like a good red wine. Heavy carbonation, medium bodied, good drinkability. I never would have guessed it is in double digit ABVs/ Perfect mouthfeel.

O: Overall, an excellent beer. Very unique, and a must try for fans of sours, wild ales, and unique beers in general.

02-16-2012 02:47:26 | More by zac16125
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

01-18-2013 16:07:32 | More by HopsHopenstein
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