Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.47/5 rDev -0.4%
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
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
D-Good. Nice representation of the style. I would drink this again.
12-04-2010 01:23:12 | More by jneiswender
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
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
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
4.16/5 rDev -7.3%
Pours a half finger of quickly-fading beige head, leaving a nice thin rim. Brew is a lighter, nutty brown; almost clear brown on the pour, but a solid, strongly translucent reddish-brown in the glass. Lacing is basically nonexistent.
Sweet yeast, wild funkiness, and a tart sour are all present: very complex. Difficult to identify many individual aromas: grapes, dark fruit, and wild yeast are most prevalent, with a slightly sweet and cheesy funkiness at the end.
Immediately sour, with a tartness that maintains throughout the experience. The cheese funk comes into play on the back-end. Red grapes and Cabernet Sauvignon are very apparent. There's a very light sweetness present, but the sour flavor is by far the most powerful and overwhelming.
Medium to thin mouthfeel, but with a nice oily residue. The tartness makes it difficult to drink this particularly fast, despite the mouthfeel. Slight sting; the sourness doesn't quite make me pucker, but it does wake up the taste buds throughout my mouth. Noticeable foaming.
I don't have a ton of experience with sours, although I've had a few wild ales. This is exceptionally well crafted and smooth. It might not be the most accessible sour or wild ale, as it's definitely not an intro beer, but it's so well made, it should be enjoyable even to novices (like me).
Thanks to JayORear for this trade!
11-17-2013 23:58:09 | More by Roguer
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
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
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
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
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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