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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,986
Reviews: 1,042
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 1,382
Gots: 1,251 | FT: 85
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 joecast
3.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 005x2E poured into a chimay chalice.

Nice pop when the cork is released. Pour is quite lively, sort of the opposite of a big thick stout. Absolutely no head at all on this. A bit disconcerting but seems like it's not unusual. Carbonation is soda pop high. Color also is light brown soda. Quite light, almost orange when held to light. Fairly clear, the sediment has settled nicely at the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma has a nice mix of sour and sweet. Green apple cider, candy sweet tarts (yes, my vocabulary for describing this style is quite limited).

Very dry tart flavor. Not sour as such. Cider comes to mind again. Quite nice but not what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is very light and makes this easily drinkable. And the abv is completely hidden almost to the point that I would BS. Not in any way does this present like a 10% beer.

A bit disappointing and one dimensional after Supplication. Not sure if there is a recommended drinking temp for this style but a bit more sour kick comes through as it warms and it gets more of an overall presence which helps define the beer. Would like to try another bottle some day as this ones now gone. Enjoyable but didnt leave much of an impression.

joecast, May 13, 2011
Photo of mulder1010
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 2x3 Poured into a tulip 750 ML bottle
Thanks to Forgetfu for this in a massive trade

A-- Poured a dark brown and settled dark black cherry color. Good amount of haze. No head at all. A little bit of off white film on the sides of the glass but not much else. on swirling the glass got some head but went bye quickly.

S-- Sweet and sour. Very well balanced nose. Get Cherry, oak, straw, and barn.

T-- Sweet to immediate massive sour cherry pucker. Cherry sweet tart on steroids. Or is that I mean Oak. Really like how it goes from sweet cherry to massive sour tart cherry and then Oak hits.

M-- Lots of carbonation in the mouth but still a medium feel about it. Light in the front but gets heavier in the back. A lot of cherry or citrus acidity and cherry sourness in the back. Not that much cherry sweetness in the front but it is there. Can totally see where this is becoming a sour bomb as the sweet is seriously dropping off in this and the sour is taking over in this.

D-- ABV hit me very early in this. Still very good and very drinkable. Very good with all the sourness but I wanted more of the cherry sweetness in this. It is a sipper due to the sourness but in some odd way that is what makes it so addictive. The flash of sweet and the huge sour kick. Very much like a cherry sweet tart and a better version of one.

mulder1010, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had consecration out of a crappy plastic cup in the physics department at Melbourne University. It was a delicious. Like always, a super smooth wild ale from Russian River. Sour and bitter to just the right degree with notes of funk and lemon.

A: Cloudy brown colour with a crappy head. 3.5

S: Bitter funk and lemon. 4

T: Sour lemon flavour with some bitterness. Bitter and delicious. 4.5

M: Foamy 4

O: 4.5

vandemonian, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of Patrick999
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 002X3. I've had this before, but this is the first time I've had a bottle all to myself.

Poured into a thin Ommegang goblet. Burnt red with a tan head that recedes to a thin ring.

Rush of apple orchard aroma as soon as I pop the cork. Apple and a lot of grape from the cabernet barrels. Smells powerfully vinous with some leathery Brett character as well.

One sip...yes indeed, this is still one of the best sours out there. Actually, to simply call it "a sour" is to do it a bit of disservice. It's sour, but only moderately so, blending very well with the woody vanila, dak fruit and wine tannins. Generally on the dry side, but this particular bottle is slightly sweeter than I remember it being. That's OK, though, I'm not complaining. ABV-wise, you do sense that this is a huge beer at 10%, but you don't really taste it. Warming and in the aftertaste, a goosey/fishy character that I sometimes get with big cabernets.

Airy, spiky feel. A little acidic burn on the way down the gullet.

At this level, drinkability is pretty good, though it certainly will take some time to down the 750.

Patrick999, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of AlexChillton
5/5  rDev +11.4%

AlexChillton, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of stevec32
4/5  rDev -10.9%

stevec32, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of craft_shannie
5/5  rDev +11.4%

craft_shannie, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of BColton1
5/5  rDev +11.4%

BColton1, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of hwwty4
3.38/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRC1313 for leaving this at my house after a pretty profound Saison tasting.

Poured a new 375ml into my Dogfish Head snifter. Fairly positive its the first batch in the new 375's but I have already recycled the bottle without looking at it. This beer pours a prune brown with just a hint of a tan head that leaves no lacing. Very little carbonation leaving no bubbles. The aroma is extremely fruity. Tart organic cherry juice with prunes and dates mixed with just a hint of fresh oak. It terms of tartness, most of it seems to coming from a lactic twang. The flavor is much the same. Sour cherry juice dominates the flavor profile. Hints of fig and date come thorough behind the cherry. Oak comes through at the very tail of the profile. Major lactic acid presence. It really feels one dimensional. This is really one of those beers that no matter how dirty your teeth are, they come out feeling clean. The mouthfeel is very full for a sour. Really enjoyable. It really feels full on the palate and finishes extremely dry. Great. I've been lucky enough to have every batch of Consecration. While it is a good beer, I dont think its in the realm of Russian Rivers other sours or in the top echelons of American Wilds.

hwwty4, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of KG710
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

KG710, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of ahbithwabm
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

ahbithwabm, May 31, 2014
Photo of Unchi
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Unchi, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of HopsintheSack
3.5/5  rDev -22%

HopsintheSack, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of drgonzo2k2
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

drgonzo2k2, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of jamie2dope
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 375 bottle courtesy of my buddy Steve on the West Coast (who is drinking Younger as this is being typed). Poured gently in to a Duvel glass, there isn't much heading here, though the color is nice. It is almost Dubbel-ish, coming out a murky rose color. Nose is full of tart fruit, strawberry, raspberry, sour funk, and a hint of dark chocolate. Mild sourness hits the palate at first, with an aftertaste of juicy stone fruit to round things out. Alcohol is nowhere ti be found on this one. Mouthfeel is medium, with the sourness always present, but never overbearing. The balance here is incredible, as is the case with pretty much all RR beers I have tasted. RR makes the wine of the beer world IMO, except more textured and delicious than most wines I have encountered. Russian River, please come to Massachusetts soon. Cheers

jamie2dope, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of July2Nov
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

July2Nov, Mar 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

tswater, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of davey101
3.9/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml, batch 004x2. Poured into an over sized wine goblet. Received as a super generous extra from Plenum, thanks a ton man!

A - Pours a dark brown with red tint. Very clear and bubbly. No real head to speak of, but there's some nice action going on around the edges of the glass.

S - Tons of currants, cherries, and oak. The finish is very musky and funky.

T - Extremely sour. This is probably the most sour beer I've ever had, even more so than the Belgian lambics and guezes I've tried. Cherries and oak. The sourness masks a lot of the fruit flavors, but the brett funk is on full display. Delicious.

O - This was a very good beer and I'm glad I got to try this. Its not on par with the belgian sours, but this is a very impressive american wild. It was my first RR'ion beer and from what I read this is the bottom of the tier. Can't wait to try some of the other ones.

davey101, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of GennyCreamAle
5/5  rDev +11.4%

GennyCreamAle, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of marct
5/5  rDev +11.4%

marct, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of mscudder
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

mscudder, May 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

JellyJacket, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of rdooley
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

rdooley, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of zac16125
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

zac16125, Feb 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

DCLAguy11, May 05, 2014
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,986 ratings.