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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,493 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,493
Reviews: 1,019
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 1,304
Gots: 1,102 | FT: 75
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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Skunkdrool

California

4.75/5  rDev +6%

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

Florida

4/5  rDev -10.7%

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

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing purple red with a thin layer of light brown head.

The nose gives vanilla,oak,cherries with a slight vinegar smell and a vinous syrah like character.

The taste reveals plums,dried fruit,cranberry,blackberry,a mild alcohol presence and a quick flash of sour.

The carbonation is lively on the tongue and the finish is dry with dark fruit character. Great head retention and nice lacing. THE BURGUNDY OF BEER.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 05:18:53 | More by brownbeer
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PhineasGage

Iowa

4/5  rDev -10.7%

12-14-2011 05:05:05 | More by PhineasGage
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Hendrick24

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -10.7%

01-17-2014 02:02:47 | More by Hendrick24
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a root beer color with almost no head (from a growler). The small head that is there quickly dissipates. The heavy aroma of sourness has me sniffing for a tad longer than usual. First sip is a puckering sour with wild yeast notes completely in charge. A wine flavor slips through the bitterness. Even with a somewhat low carbonation, the mouthfeel here is excellent. Truly an amazing beer. WOW!

Serving type: growler

12-14-2008 17:22:33 | More by ATLbeerDog
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mjw1200

Ohio

5/5  rDev +11.6%

07-18-2013 22:46:29 | More by mjw1200
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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

01-30-2012 04:33:53 | More by slimntubbs
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imyourhero21

California

5/5  rDev +11.6%

02-28-2013 19:21:07 | More by imyourhero21
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Casey3236

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +6%

10-28-2013 22:57:21 | More by Casey3236
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Travisnin

Idaho

5/5  rDev +11.6%

09-13-2012 06:39:28 | More by Travisnin
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jbuddle

New York

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

01-16-2013 21:47:04 | More by jbuddle
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Andreias21

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

08-25-2013 22:50:11 | More by Andreias21
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leschkie

California

4/5  rDev -10.7%

01-02-2012 02:47:38 | More by leschkie
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Jeffrey2310

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

04-23-2013 19:26:23 | More by Jeffrey2310
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BucBasil

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After taking a trip to Belgium several months ago, I wasn't sure if I was ever going to see a culture that featured sours so much, if at all. Luckily I found some Russian River stuff in LA.

Poured from the 750mL caged and corked bottle into a tall flute.

A: The beer appears brown upon pouring but is pure red when held to light. Overall it is a rusty/amber sort of color, topped with a massive tan head that lasts quite a long time, finally settling down to a constant 1.5 - 2 fingers.

S: Very tart aroma, with acidic cherry and some fig coming through at first, then a nice bready, pie-crusty, biscuity malt comes through for an instant. It's then covered again by some acidic, funky, tart notes. Wild yeast makes a big appearance here. Then sour apple, more cherry, and slight medicinal character come through. So much complexity here. Awesome aroma.

T: Malty at first with some pie crust. Then the funk gets heaped on. Very sour character comes through here with slight cherry but more dark fruit notes and a hint of medicinal and alcohol. Insane midpalate and finish in which it's impossible for me to pick out some of the flavors. Yeast. Dark fruits. Bread. Sweet cereal. Tobacco. Wood. What the hell? This is great.

Notes: Not for the faint of heart. This is definitely a sour-lover's beer. Work up to this one. You'll be glad you did.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 07:44:20 | More by BucBasil
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vacax

California

4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 001x4. 750 mL bottle, cage and mushroom cork presentation. Dark brown with blood red highlights in color with a restrained creamy tan head. The head is an anomaly for a sour in my experience, which usually seem to be paltry or enormous, but this one just sits and retention is rock-like in longevity.

Aroma is tart with red and dark fruit - currants, cherries, prunes. An almost candy-like sweetness is there as well, along with wild critters providing some lacto, pedio notes plus a spot of musty funk to round it out. Taste has a nice fruit and malt sweetness with currants and some tart cherry coming out of the woodworks. In congruence with the sweet cherry pie is a load of pedio driven sourness that peaks on the midpalate. A slight funk has accented the dark fruits in this after being cellared a year, reminding me of a new world tip of the hat to old world Flemish red style ales. Tart fruit and earthy finish. Feel is medium with a very delicate and luscious carbonation that again reminds me of some greats such as Rodenbach Grand Cru.

What have I learned here tonight? Like all the other Russian River sours, this one just gets better with age. I have never been a big of a fan of Consecration as most beer geeks have seemed to be, but after tasting this batch 1 some time later I think I may be converted. Really tasty, recommended for cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 04:11:52 | More by vacax
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birdsellam

Indiana

5/5  rDev +11.6%

01-09-2013 17:12:38 | More by birdsellam
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Grebdioz

Texas

5/5  rDev +11.6%

12-28-2011 02:52:11 | More by Grebdioz
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Gtg642

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +6%

11-15-2011 13:54:46 | More by Gtg642
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jayhawk73

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 006

Pours a dark ruby red color w/ a sliver of a head on it. It looks very similar to a glass of wine, or a port. Head is gone within 10 seconds. Small amount of lacing on my glass, not much there at all. Nose is wonderfully complex. Wine, port, berries, funk, sweetness, some yeast all in there. Really opens up as it warms and airs out. Zero alcohol in the nose. I have a feeling I'm really going to like this one. Taste is equally good. Sour, but not overly so. All the smells really come out, and the flavor just blows my taste buds out of the water. cherries and some oak come out as the beer opens up. This is a very tasty Wild Ale, and I can't believe that it's 10% ABV. Mouthfeel is medium, w/ good carbonation and a dry finish. Almost a wine-like dry aftertaste. Overall this is a fantastic beer, and I would buy this one again in a heartbeat. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 21:50:25 | More by jayhawk73
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vissai

California

5/5  rDev +11.6%

02-19-2014 17:40:53 | More by vissai
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vicsju1991

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.6%

03-12-2013 03:10:49 | More by vicsju1991
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fthegiants

California

4.75/5  rDev +6%

02-20-2014 02:16:16 | More by fthegiants
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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

10-30-2012 05:17:30 | More by jaminjohnson
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,493 ratings.