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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,603
Reviews: 1,026
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 1,340
Gots: 1,126 | 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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DaveHS

California

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch 001X4 750ml bottle.

A-Pours burgundy/brown with cherry highlights and 3/4 inch of chocolate milk colored head. Reduces quickly, leaving almost no lacing.

S-Tart cherry/blackcurrant acidity, reminiscent of a good lambic. Moderately funky aromas of brett/horse blanket.

T/M-Age has been kind to this one. The intensely tart fruit flavors have held up for the most part. Strong flavors of balsamic reduction and maraschino cherries. The finish is aggressively tart, with a hint of brown sugar.

O-One of the best sours to come out of Russian River. I could see this going another 2 years at least.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 23:41:06 | More by DaveHS
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aorloski

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +6%

01-17-2013 16:18:11 | More by aorloski
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Houser

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

12-17-2013 14:58:24 | More by Houser
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

4.75/5  rDev +6%

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

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

01-18-2013 16:07:32 | More by HopsHopenstein
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wdarcy77

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

03-25-2013 14:38:54 | More by wdarcy77
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wyatt13

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

12-10-2013 15:23:00 | More by wyatt13
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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -21.9%

02-06-2013 13:53:11 | More by browniewithnuts
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JellyJacket

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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

California

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 004x3.

Body is clear reddish brown, like tea. Poured easily to a half inch head, which dissipates quickly to a ring, with no lacing.

Aroma of cabernet wine, currant, malt, tea leaves, alcohol, leather.

Tastes of cabernet wine upfront, with currant and sour citrus tastes in the mid-plate, some vanilla, finishes dry with a lingering sourness and some spice. It is delicious, with a well-defined and intense wine infused sourness. It is mouthwatering sour, but not puckerish. There is not much of a malt backbone to this, which is unusual for a beer. I get some port-like quality to it as well, perhaps from the currants. There is no trace of tannins either. For a wild ale, it is also not funky.

Body is light and carbonation is low, giving this a winey mouthfeel. Alcohol is evident, furthering the wine analogy.

This is a beer with a big flavor, but one that also seems not to be a beer. I could drink a couple glasses of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 03:37:21 | More by Beerenauslese
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Agold

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.6%

11-14-2011 09:04:17 | More by Agold
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Mark000

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

02-16-2012 00:06:48 | More by Mark000
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johnyb

Florida

4/5  rDev -10.7%

02-05-2014 13:54:24 | More by johnyb
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topdown

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

08-06-2013 20:49:49 | More by topdown
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +6%

01-28-2014 02:30:46 | More by xdefeatsy
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Rado

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

12-23-2013 17:53:59 | More by Rado
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Piddmeista

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

09-07-2013 01:01:06 | More by Piddmeista
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Lucnifter

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

03-03-2014 01:34:16 | More by Lucnifter
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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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HoppyBastard2

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

05-20-2014 01:01:07 | More by HoppyBastard2
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml. bottle. Batch 003x3. No bottling date listed on the label. Thanks to 7ways for the trade on this one! Poured into a Russian River Belgian style glass.

A: Deep crimson hue with a thick off-white head that settles rather quickly. Lacing and head retention are minimal, as expected, but carbonation is fierce.

S: Barnyardy funk shows up first, but it's soon overtaken with some sour currant, caramel malt, and toasted oak. Hops are almost non-exixtent here.

T: Much like the aroma, but more. Hints of cherry, cassis, and spice dominate, while caramel-like malt lies behind. The brett adds earthiness, along with some funk. It's what I would call "terroir driven." Finish is quite tart, dry, and the influence of cabernet can be noticed.

M: Rather full-bodied for the style. However, one wouldn't notice it's strength just by sipping it. Flavors are complex, and the finish lasts a lifetime.

D: I could drink this one everyday if I had access to it. It's probably in my top five brews of all time. If beers were to be classified like wines, this would truly be be at the top tier. Russian River is the Domaine Leroy or DRC of beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 07:08:28 | More by WYVYRN527
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Gtreid

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to seanpachefddfa for sending me this. Sean, you are the man. Been holding on to this for a while and finally chose to crack it open during a giant snowstorm.

Batch 001x4

Pours a pretty much clear burgundy ruby color, with a off white head that starts out at about two fingers but fizzles out very quickly, leaving no lacing behind. Good color, and the lack of head is understandable.

The nose is intensely sour and tart, with a nice woody character, and a light funk in the background. A nice, acidic sourness fuels this beast and is definitely the focal point. As it warms, the English Barleywine-like maltiness of the base beer comes out ever so slightly.

As soon as it hits your lips, the blast of acidic burn hits you like a wall. Intensely sour and mouthpuckeringly tart. Tart cherries with a nice woodyness. The bugs have definitely been working hard in this one. The huge malty base beer comes out more in the taste than it did in the nose, tastes like an aged Barleywine.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, with a mouthpuckering sourness. Drinkability is dangerous, as the 10% is hidden very well.

Overall, a very good sour beer. A sipper, and one to enjoy over the course of an hour or more. Savor this one, enjoy it. I look forward to trying more of this in the future. Thanks Sean!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 04:26:26 | More by Mistofminn
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 04:34:15 | More by KAP1356
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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