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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,160 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,160
Reviews: 1,047
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,403
Gots: 1,305 | FT: 90
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 nataku00
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a short snifter at a local bar. Due to poor lightning, I can't really comment on the exact color, but it was likely a very dark red.

Smells of dried berries and sour funk, with a hint of oak.

Taste of tart fruit right up front, but finishes smooth due to the oak. Lingers on the tongue with the currants and oak primarily, with the sour notes disappearing.

A very rich beer that coats the inside of your mouth if you swish it around. No carbonation in the glass that I had.

Due to the intensity of the upfront sourness, it requires sipping. Took me an hour to finish a 10 oz glass as I was letting the flavors transform in my mouth with each sip, until it fades and I take yet another sip.

A very delicious beer.

nataku00, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 006. Poured from a slightly chilled bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Very dark ruby-amber pour with low carbonation for a bottle conditioned beer. The head is thin and dissipates quickly. The nose is sharp with tart dark fruit notes like cherries and currants. There is also a grapey, wine-like tone to it.

The beer has a medium body, firm mouthfeel, and a strong sour character. Cherry and currant flavors provide a fleeting sweetness and are quickly overtaken by intense sour oaky flavors. The beer finishes dry and acidic, just like a wine, and leaves you salivating for another sip.

Like all of their sours, this gem from RR is worth seeking out. As good as it is, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as Supplication, which for my palate has a nearly perfect balance between sweet and sour. This beer is probably more for fans of intensely sour beers.

deadonhisfeet, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of comfortablynirm
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

comfortablynirm, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of PappyVans
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

PappyVans, May 17, 2014
Photo of ahbithwabm
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

ahbithwabm, May 31, 2014
Photo of udubdawg
3.9/5  rDev -13.1%

udubdawg, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of ChaseTheAce
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

ChaseTheAce, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of csustar001
5/5  rDev +11.4%

csustar001, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of djre4orm
1.5/5  rDev -66.6%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Rempo
3/5  rDev -33.2%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

KCBeerNerd, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.25/5  rDev -27.6%

Mikeluzzjr, Mar 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

weonfire, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of rdooley
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

rdooley, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of projectflam86
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from trading with Alen. Thanks for the chance dude!

Batch 002x2

A- Pours a deep burgundy brown color with a massive off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing. The bubbles hiss as the head fades down to a nice half inch ring.

S- Lots of vinous and dark fruit aroma with a bit of funk and yeast scents. Plenty of oak and vanilla with red grapes.

T- Incredibly tart dark cherries and red grape initially. Black berries and currants with a vinegar-like sourness. Definetely some Brett funkiness flavor in there. Even if I had not known that this was aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, I would have been able to guess it easily. A splash of tobacco and oak with an unmistakable tannin dryness. This one takes a few sips to warm up to. The alcohol is almost non-existent and only leaves its mark with a bit of a warming effect that occurs just after half of the bottle is gone.

M- Medium body with loads of carbonation. The bubbles glide across the tongue dispersing the flavor evenly throughout. Incredibly dry finish.

D- Wow, this is one tremendously complex brew. This could easily bridge the gap between beer and red wine. A breed all of its own.

projectflam86, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of Wolberjs
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Wolberjs, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of dagubna
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%

dagubna, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of gpawned
5/5  rDev +11.4%

gpawned, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of OStrungT
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark mohogany color. My wife said it has a slight purple tint to it, but I didnt see it. I might need glasses though. It boasts a light tan head. The head fades slowly, leaving a nice lacing.

This beer has a mild tart aroma. I can smell some grapes also. It smells wine like, probably because it is aged in wine barrels, you think? It also smells slightly fruity, with some cherry and black currants. A slight oaky aroma is also present.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Tart, and a little sour, with a slight fruity flavor of grapes, cherries and black currants.

This beer hides the alcohol well. It leaves a tart aftertaste. Carbonation is perfect.

This beer would probably not be the best session beer. It is high in alcohol, and it is easy to forget that since it is so easy to drink.

Overall: This beer is yet another outstanding wild ale from Vinnie and Russian River. I love it, as I expected. If you ever get the chance, do not hesitate to try this beer.

OStrungT, Dec 23, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

BKBassist, Jun 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

HopsHopenstein, Jan 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

HopsintheSack, Aug 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Booner818, Feb 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Skunkdrool, May 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

mscudder, May 28, 2013
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,160 ratings.