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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,080
Hads: 4,745
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.22%
Wants: 1,599
Gots: 1,630 | FT: 121
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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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Reviews: 1,080 | Hads: 4,745
Photo of JonathanG
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a sample of this at Hops & Pie, in a Great Divide tulip. Thanks Leah!

A: reddish brown, with a light sheet of head.
S: a little barnyard, along with currants, and oak.
T: currants, integrated oak, and again a bit of barnyard.
M: nice and sour, with good acidity. An excellent food beer.
O: Reminds me of wine, and that's a good thing. Very food-friendly, and nuanced similarly to a Cabernet with a bit of age on it.

I have only tried a few of the Russian River offerings, to-date, but would definitely seek this out again. Fantastic stuff! (545 characters)

Photo of neobob187
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, Batch 006.

A: Absolutely no head when poured from the bottle. You can see a very small amount of bubbles collected at the bottom of the glass, but other then that, no carbonation really looking at it. The color is a deep mahogany red.

S: I don't get as much of the currants as some have described. I'm getting more of a balsamic sour funk with deep fruit notes. As it warms you also definitely get the wine barrels it was aged in. Very dry funk to the nose.

T: For 10% this beer is definitely very drinkable. However the taste doesn't quite wow me. I had a Supplication earlier in the year and despite this beer's amazing description, I found Supplication to be more complex in the flavor. But that's just me. The taste is a really nice tart sour up front, but it finishes with a fruity sweet character. Figs, cherries, and some musty wine notes are all present.

M: Very lightly carbonated and tart on the back of the palate.

O: Overall I enjoyed this beer, but it didn't wow me the way I thought it would. Still, for an American Wild Red Sour Ale I found it to be quite pleasant. I will have to branch out and try the other wild ales Russian River makes because both Supplication and Consecration were very unique and interesting beers. (1,268 characters)

Photo of nniicckkww
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 005x2F brewed 12/1/2009 bottled 10/17/2010

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a chalice. The corked came out easily with a nice 'pop.' Fizzy rusty head of about an inch quickly dissipated. Reddish, brown color with a slight cloudiness.

Aroma of red wine, musty wet wood and leather. Mouthwatering. Lively carbonation that leads into a fruity, tartness followed by leather and earth. Dark fruits. Finish is long and smooth, yet acidic at the same time. Perfectly balanced sourness. In a blind taste taste, I could not tell if this was 4% or 10% abv. Amazing.

A very complex beer. (586 characters)

Photo of TJBurgess
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#20, something special from the fridge for the World Cup final.

Big thanks to Stevefinny for this. 750ml Batch 002x01. Poured into a tulip.

A: Brownish maroon with a head that disappears like a scared turtle's. Nothing great, but the resurgence of effervescent bubbles is pretty cool. 4.0

S: Brett nosebomb with tart cherry and oak. Again, not overwhelming but still pleasant. 4.0

T: Tart fruitiness with a dry, oaky finish. Initial taste has a domineering sweet funk, but the oak comes on strong and dry at the end. Great balance between two opposing tastes. 4.5

M/D: Big carbonation and effervescence keep such a great clean taste. I love the thickness of a stout, but this is the complete opposite and so well done that I really appreciate it just as much. The 10% is essentially nonexistent. I couldn't drink this every day, but the complexity and style is something I would enjoy on a semi regular basis. 4.5/4.5 (922 characters)

Photo of Krevee
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on 04/29/10
Poured from 750ml bottle into a Bruery tulip

A - The beer pour a dark red. Looks similar to a red wine. Has very minimal white head that faded away rather quickly. Virtually no lacing while drinking.

S - The smell is very interesting with lots of unique flavor profiles. I can smell the wine barrels that it was aged in. It has hints of oak and a stronger alcohol as well such and bourbon maybe. It has a very tart smell to it as well with dark sweet fruits in the mix.

T - I had one half glass with dinner and enjoyed it but it didn't seem that sour/tart to me from what I had read about this beer, but when I poured myself a full glass later in the evening the second glass seemed much more tart/sour. I can definitely taste the red wine from the barrel aging along with some oak. Has sweet fruit tastes to it as well. I can't distinguish the individual fruits though. I can also taste the current in the beer. The beer is very tart and dry on the back half. It is quite tasty but is definitely a sipping beer.

M - Mouthfeel is medium to high amounts of carbonation with a lighter body to the beer. Good for the style but you can't take very large sips of it.

D - This beer hides its ABV well, but is not something that I can drink a lot of in a sitting. Because it is so tart it much be sipped and savored so I don't think I would have more than a glass or two at a time. Its refreshing for the first glass but after that the ABV starts to hit you. Good beer overall and for the style. (1,516 characters)

Photo of pepsican
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hand bottle from Joey, thanks a lot! High light of the night for me at our tasting. Amber pour with a nice little head coming off of it. Flavor was up front cranberry, plums, an plenty of tannic wine notes. Very tart, mildly refreshing.

update on the batch 1/04

Starting to overcarbonate, champagne style large bubbles muddle up the complexity of this one. Touches of unwanted acidity are also coming forward, and the fruit has definitely died off a bit as well as the sharp tannic bite from the wine barrels. (512 characters)

Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 004x5

A: Poured into my La Fin Du Monde tulip. The color is a deep brown with mahogany hues when held up to the light. The half inch of white head I got faded just as quickly as it built.

S: Wow, it packs a tart punch. I can pick up tart cherries and grapes paired with some funk and a definite oak backbone. Really intriguing.

T: Follows the nose almost exactly. Immediate sour and tart cherry notes. Funky Brett and oak follow, but don't completely take over. It all blends together pretty well. A definite bite from the alcohol is present in the finish, which is still just as tart as the start.

M: Loads of carbonation and a light body. Finishes like a dry wine.

D: Fairly drinkable. Still a lot to handle alone. I am new to the sour dept, but this one still leaves me wanting to try more, so that's good. I was a bit worried. (841 characters)

Photo of avaccani
4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 004X2

Poured into a New Belgium Tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear Mahogany with a very small off white head that vanishes into a fine ring that follows the glass down.

S - I am getting some Brett funk, leather, barnyard, some dark fruit, figs, plum, and a touch of oak.

T - Sour, Tart, Puckering Tart, oakey, and fruity in that order. Sourness starts off on first sip, followed by a nice tartness that increases until it puckers you. Then some of the oak is shining through followed by the dark fruit. Simply amazing. An incredible showcase of flavors.

M - On firt glance your thinking full bodied, but this is really light on the tounge. Very deceiving on carbonation. The sourness makes you feel like it has alot of carbonic bite, when in reality it is very lightly carbed.

O - This is the best sour I have ever had. The complexity is overwhelming. This is so masterfully crafted that it rivals the finest Bordeaux blends. This should be on every beer lovers bucket list. (984 characters)

Photo of lionchow
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange-amber with thin white head.

Aroma is sharply and brightly funky, not barnyard, but more tart.

Flavor is nicely tart. Sourness is full but not overwhelming. Currant flavor is mild, just the right level of sweetness to add some balance to the tartness. The flavor is simple, straightforward, but right on.

Mouthfeel is dry, with low-medium carbonation.

Overall, an excellent beer. Uncomplicated, enjoyable flavor, with just the right number and combination of notes to hold your interest, without being pretentious or muddled. (544 characters)

Photo of Swimsum
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found some old reviews. This was sampled with ThreeWiseMen on 10/18/10. Batch 2 into Duvel tulip.

Pours out a nice dark red, almost mahogany like color. Ivory colored head emerges from this. Held to the light can see very active carbonation. Head settles to thin layer on top of beer. In light the body lights up to a brilliant ruby. Head stays around for whole session but no lacing is present.

Most sourness with red currants that are very prevalent. This is the first time having this and it honestly smells amazing. Really like the red currant smell.

Tart and sour just like the smell. Much more sour than I thought it was going to be (haven't had a lot of sours up to this point). However, as the session went on was able to get used to the sourness. The currants make themselves known as well. By the end of the glass, this became really balanced for me and I really wasn't even noticing the sourness, was more of a subtle sourness. Very nice.

This was pretty well carbonated. I have no idea if it is too high for the style or what but I felt a good amount of carbonation when the beer was on the tongue. Regardless, I really like how this feel goes down.

Amazingly drinkable. I wasn't sure what to expect in regards to sourness but this is very well done and taste great. I'll be buying this a lot many times over and over. (1,335 characters)

Photo of 2BDChicago
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch # 004X2

A: Golden-amber, with mahagony tones. Clear though bottom of bottle has a slight haze. Little to no foam.

S: The first whiff gives one the indication of a very special brew. Oak barrel influenced, soured, semi-dark fruits. It's inviting and mysterious.

T: First impression is refreshingly tart and dry. The after taste is unbelieveably enticing but I can't separate the various flavor notes. It's a complex blend of taste sensations, and all morphing together then separting, but in the end very inviting. Never would guess the high abv in tastings.

D: RR has taken beers to a different level, which I mean in the most respectfull way. The aroma is as almost as attractive as the taste. As a fan of Imperial Stouts and big IPAs, at times I don't think I have the sosphistication for sours and wild ales, but this brew is easy to understand. The subelty of the complexity of this brew is the amazing skill of the brewer. So, the downside of loving RR is the difficulty in obtaining. Joy of the hunt. (1,017 characters)

Photo of cmadd
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The Sept 2012 bottle pours with little head but a decent ring of lace atop a body the colour of American Mahogany. The nose leads with lactic acid, wine, and funk and is balanced by the smell of currants. When you take a sip the beer explodes with a lactic sourness rounded by the oak and a slight astringency from the tannins. Currants and acrid vinous notes hold the middle leading to a slightly sweet finish. With lively and sparkling carbonation, this is a great sour. (472 characters)

Photo of Antnego
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Like Supplication on steroids, you get flavors of cherries, oak, chocolate, cognac and sour citrus with a deep, caramelly malt backdrop. Appearance is a deep, dark amber with almost no light penetration or head. Thick, chewy mouthfeel and a deep, vinous smell. Worth over penny. A perfect beer. (294 characters)

Photo of hobojon
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 002X1 picked up at RRBC tasted with davejanssen and zaplt. poured in tulip glass.

Aroma- oak (cinnamon, woody), dark fruit, sour, dark crystal malt, sweet, alcohol (subtle). great aroma.

App- clear, fine tan head. dark brown/red color.

Taste- sweet fruity malt to sour dry finish. oak is present. lots of complex sourness and currants come through. better than on tap.

Mouthfeel- dry enough but sweet and some alcohol is present. fine med/high carb.

Overall- very good, more oak and less sour than on tap at RRBC and Toronado. one of my favorites RR beers. (569 characters)

Photo of SpruceFish
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured in to a snifter bottle from batch 2

A- dark crimson darkest sour i have yet to see an i love it of white head yet does not stick around

S- sour grapes, currants, cranberries the brett starts seeping though super funky (barnyard wet hey) and a little oak

T- freaking amazing just like the smell sour grapes, currants, ect funk and oak one of the most complex sours i have had and very balanced

M- carbonation great and really dry

D- perfect i would not know this had a 10% ABV

overall one of the best beers i have ever had russian river really knows what they are doing when it comes to sours i cant wait to try the rest of them (645 characters)

Photo of Airyk12
3.47/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a slight ruby tint. No head to speak of.

Smells tart, followed by fruit; cherries and currants, with strong vinegar.

Taste definitely follows the nose, with strong fruitiness and vinegar tartness. Too much brett... Hints of cherries and currants, but mostly vinegar. Alcohol noticeable, but not strong at all.

Highly acidic feel, with some carbonation. Not too smooth, but that's a sour for you.

After all the hype, including the price, I was unimpressed. I was expecting an eye-opening sour experience, and I got what I consider an average experience. Maybe some more aging would have improved it; I don't know. Just underwhelming all around. (673 characters)

Photo of EliottJW
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had a fair amount of this stuff by this point, so I think it's time to buck up and write a review!

I think the weakest part of this brew is it's appearance. It pours an almost root beer brown and it's head leaves a bit to be desired. while it's plenty carbonated, the bubbles are a bit large, almost soapy in nature. as this one goes down, the lace left is a bit runny. It's still an attractive beer though, so the fact that this is it's weakest point really speaks to it's strength overall.

The nose is sweet and tart together. sour cherries poke their head out first and give way to a sweet and mild bubblegum.

This is a complex beer to say the least... flavors of those sour cherries come out right at the front, giving way to red grape tannins and then grapefruit. There's a real bite to it, both of the grapefruit and warhead variety... it really is wonderful and ends up sweetening substantially as it warms and the cabernet shines through.

overall, I'd say this is an extremely light, very drinkable beer... almost indescribably so considering it's heavy hitting ABV... you wouldn't know it was 10%. (1,115 characters)

Photo of jonvan04
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled this as part of my own personal taste test. I had both Consecration and Supplication at the same time. This poured a dark brown with a white head, it was sampled out of a tulip glass. The aroma was intensely sour with a lot of dark fruits mixed in. The taste was just an outright assault of sourness which I enjoyed very much. It was very aggressive while still having a nice balance between the sourness and the acidity. The body was very light, this didn't taste like a 10%abv beer. However, I don't see myself being able to have more than 2 of these since sour beers can tear apart the stomach after having too many. I could see this being too aggressive for some, those people would probably enjoy Supplication more since that was the more mellow of the two. (770 characters)

Photo of Cobrakaikid
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got to try this thanks to rencelas. Poured into Schlafly large tasting glass. Pours dark brown with a reddish tint. Smell like plum and cherries. Taste is very sour but very enjoyable. I could share a 750ml of this but not drink one by myself. Overall a great first sour for me from RR. (286 characters)

Photo of cavemanlawyer
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap today at Saraveza in Portland.

While I will state up front that I prefer Supplication, having this on tap was a real treat. It is my #2 Russian River sour.

On the initial whiff, you get light sour cherry / , currant-sweetness . It is surprising how sweet it smells compared to the taste. You can detect hints of the funk and sour to come, but it takes a moment to develop. Nice and musty, complex, and very pleasant aroma.

My only complaint is that it is a bit effervescent, at least straight from the tap, which affects the mouth feel and taste just a bit. I found that by holding it in my mouth and swirling a bit, it really reduces tha carbonation and brings out the flavor.

It is impossible to tell this is 10% just by drinking it. No alcohol hits the palate whatsover. Amazing drinkability on this one.

Love this and all of the RR sours. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up... (917 characters)

Photo of Ambiorix
4.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 ml bottle.

A: Brown pour, ruby highlights, thin, off-white to tan head faded pretty quick but left decent lace.

S: Funky, sour, lactic tang, dark fruit, black currant, cask wood. A huge nose with the promise of great things to taste.

T: Incredibly sour, tangy, oaky. Black currant, dark, bready malt, barnyard, brett bitterness, lacto tanginess, vinous, tobacco leaves.

M: Highly carbonated, satisfying. The carbonation balances the intense sourness well.

D: Incredible. Amazing. Easily rivals anything brewed in Belgium. Brewing brilliance at its finest. I wish it were more widely available. (602 characters)

Photo of Silenus89
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and Caged 750ml bottle. Batch 001x2. Very loud noise upon pulling the cork, look out!! Poured into an oversized wine glass.

A. Had a reddish brown color to it with a thin head that reseeded quickly. No lacing.

S. Sour smell with red wine hints and currants

T. This was my first ever sour and its quite amazing, I must say. This definitely got better as it warmed. Just an explosion of red grapes, sour notes and wood notes. Very complex.

MF. Champagne like carbonation to it.

D. This is a highly drinkable beer, can hardly even taste the alcohol. This was an amazing beer for me, definitely gonna be looking for many more sours now. Well worth the 23 dollar price tag. (683 characters)

Photo of AndrewNations
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from Notes. This whale , for me at least, was shared with me by a generous friend and new to trading techster82. It was his first sour and first beer trade.

A nice introduction to both Id say..

Batch001X4 - 750ml Caged and Corked.

A -Dark and Deep Red, Almost brown and fairly opaque. Very little head if any.

S - Lots of sourness, dark and sweet candy. I pick up some new fruit and slight oak as well.

T - Just amazing. I not completely versed in how these tend to age but I find the sourness fades a bit and the fruit becomes more evident. The currants, fig, and candy notes were outstanding and really stood up the brett/lacto nicely. The oak tends to develop nicely and become more prevalent with aging. It was only a bit but I felt like the oak was there on the finish. I was surprised it had any left but the carbonation was perfect.

M - Perfect. The carbonation wasn't low but just the way I prefer for this style.

What a great vintage and an even better way to share with friends. Thanks techster82 (1,024 characters)

Photo of Shagtastic
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Vissai for this new beer!

Poured from a bottle into my tulip

A: Great ruby red color with little head that fades quickly.

S: I love the sour aroma with this one. I do get traces of the Cab coming through.

T: Ok the sickly sweet sour notes are fantastic here. This is a great taste for sure with the wine coming in strong on the background.

M: Slight carbonation but this beer masks the high alcohol level for sure.

O: I seriously enjoyed this beer more than I thought it would. After sharing this one with some family, I think I'll come back to this one again soon. (581 characters)

Photo of Tony49er
4.99/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving Type- Poured on tap at Russian River Brewery

Appearance- Dark ruby red color, two finger white head the goes away very quickly

Smell- Dark cherries, funk, sour, neutral oak, just an amazing sour smell

Taste- WOW, Dark cherries, funk, sour, neutral oak tannin in the back of the palate, the BEST sour I have ever had and using Cab Barrels for aging is genius and comes through in a vinnus character

Mouthfeel- Tart, sweet, dry

Overall- The BEST Sour I have ever had and one of the top 5 beers I have ever had (522 characters)

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,080 ratings.