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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,462 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,462
Reviews: 1,071
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 1,501
Gots: 1,505 | FT: 116
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:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 10-31-2008

Belgian-style dark ale aged in American oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with currants.
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4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to psiweaver for sending this 375 ml bottle along from the west coast. Batch 004x2 indicates it was bottled on 2/3/2010, and it was poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours a rusty brown, with red highlights when held up to the light. What little off white head does form immediately fizzles out. Given the style of beer and the ABV though, this isn't really a surprise and I'll just focus on the gorgeous color of the beer. The nose was easily appreciable even as I first poured the beer, and it's an awesome mix of horse blanket funk and sweet dark fruits, with just a hint of vinegar skulking around as well. The straight up sourness of the beer is much more prominent in the taste, and especially while the beer is still cold it overpowers the fruits and funk. The balance does improve some as the beer warms. While not overly thick, the beer absolutely coats my mouth, and there's a subtle carbonation highlights the sour flavors. While the beer is plenty tart, it shows up on the front of the palate, so by the end of each sip I'm ready to go for the next one. In addition, there's no heat at all from the beer, impressive at 10%. A great beer from Russian River (in other words, par for the course for them), and one I'll be looking to acquire more of in the future.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001 X4 - 750ml corked and caged bottle, served in a small tulip

A - short lived half inch of loose bubbly, tan colored foam which settles to a thin film and ring within a minute or so. the beer is very dark amber, almost purple in color.

S - slightly vinegar-like sourness, strong scent of oak, vanilla, and ripe berries for sweetness. finishes up with some dark fruit, light spice, and basement mustiness.

T - begins with a flash of sweetness: berries, cherries, oak and vanilla before a massive sourness kicks in. slightly vinegary, very acidic and a bit vinous - reminiscent of purple sweet tarts. finishes with some lightly toasted nuts, oak, and just a tiny bit of funky yeast.

M - medium bodied for the style, with just about perfect lively prickly carbonation. very dry, in a pleasant sort of way which works very well with the ample sourness. mouth is left feeling a bit sticky and hairy, with lingering oak and sour fruits.

D - well, it certainly hides its very dangerous ABV quite well. also, this will be the third 750 i've polished off on my own, so i cant complain about the drinkability. where it lacks in subtlety it makes up for it with a clean and sharp mouthfeel and an old fashioned sour beatdown. was fortunate to pickup a case of this awhile ago - they will find a good home.

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4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to gcphilli for the great trade that yielded this puppy (batch 001X2) - into a Portsmouth snifter it goes after an excellent pop of the cork from this 750 corked & caged heavyweight.

Well, it pours with a ginger/maple head - about 1/3 finger - that looks like sponge candy for a brief instant then fades quickly into little yeast wisps. The body has a dark bourbon and dark cherries (OK, currants) color that has quite a calming effect. Moderate slow-moving carbonation.

The scent is present the second the cork goes. The brett is huge but it's backed by a fruity sweetness of the currants with a light, husky oak barrel and wine tannic feel. Quite complex with a touch of hop pine and slight booziness. I expected it to be sweet but this is really well-integrated. Can't see too much of anything wrong with this.

The carbonation really shows up and brightens things a bit on taste. It gets together with the very soft and sour funk (not as heavy as a horse blanket - maybe a horse do-rag) and the oaky Cab character isn't a figment of one's imagination...nor is the poignant taste of currants. Way back when in the early 1980s Haagen-Dazs had a cassis (currant) sorbet available at their shop on the Upper West Side. It was one of those things that wasn't for everyone but we enjoyed the hell out of it. This brings back those tastes. Slightly austere but still pronounced currants along with the Cab tannin just makes this outstanding and the carbonation brings the delivery even greater strength. In fact I'd almost want this to still a little bit to see how it would go. Quite luxurious to say the least. A little warmth brings out the expected horse blanket feel even further, which fits with everything else like a glove. Seriously Beautiful Chemistry going on here (look up Crackstatic and Ron Hawkins). This begs to be aged - like a young Cab there is a sense of tightness that begs for aging.

It took a while for my palate to embrace the concept of the Wild Ale but lots of good things take time. Surprisingly with time and warmth the dry oakiness of this gets to be more prominent and the straight sour texture of the currants is enhanced - the carbonation isn't going away and it helps hammer the point home. This one waxes and wanes - every moment the spotlight shines on a different element.

It doesn't take long to realize that this is indeed a 10% sledgehammer. But there is nothing that can diminish how good this thing is. My cellar awaits for another bottle. What will this taste like in a few years? I am drinking this very slowly but I am enjoying every sip. Not that I'm a sour maven by any means but this is the best one I've experienced to date. In-fucking-credible.

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4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Santa justn for sending this my way.
Bottle split three way's among friends in tulip glasses. It had a slight head off white that just went away. The body of the brew was a red to brown.

The aroma was by far the best sour I have smelled in a while there were currants, chocolate covered cherries and funk. This is one complex brew. it had a light carbonation but If I was to hand it to some of my European relatives the would immediately think this was some sort of carbonated red wine. It was fruity and slightly tart to the taste. This is a great wild one of the best I have had.

Drinkability was what I expected. I took my time with the brew and enjoyed every drop and a hour after the glass was gone I wanted more.
It's a world class brew from a world class brewer

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4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

Pours a red wine like brownish purple hue with a small head. Funky, mildly vinous nose with some wood character and currant fruit. Wine-like, tannic and sour with no alcohol note apparent. Dry and very ripe with a fresh fruit note, the skin of the currant and the Cabernet barrels harmonize wonderfully. A truly nice beer, i was lucky enough to enjoy a little less than half of this bottle and enjoyed every sip thoroughly. This bottle is worth the 25$ charged, share it, for a full 25oz may be a bit much to the tongue.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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