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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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world-class

4,044 Ratings
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98
world-class

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Ratings: 4,044
Reviews: 1,044
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,385
Gots: 1,268 | FT: 88
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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5/5  rDev +11.4%

marct, Dec 11, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

JellyJacket, Mar 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

inspektor, Jul 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

sukwonee, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Domvan
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Domvan, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of kevanb
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consecration Batch 001x2. 750ml bottle poured into a Russian River tulip glass.

The pour is a nice dark, opaque, burgundy color, hints of brown and garnet when held to the light. There is a bit of tan colored head, very bubbly and light that comes to the top of the beer as it’s poured, but it dissipates very quickly leaving behind a few speckles of film and a nice off white ring around the glass with no additional lacing. The aroma is great, loads of currants jump out of the glass, moderate vinegar and acetic acid with a hint of funk, some vinous wine aromas with some nice sweet oak aromas from the barrel. The fruit is really dominant in the nose, which is great news considering the age of the beer and fruits tendency to fade out of the both the nose and the flavor profile of an older beer. The flavors are a bit harsher, still a strong amount of bitter, tart currants, dark plums and bing cherries are all noticeable fruit flavors. There is more vinegar than the nose suggests, the nice layer of grape-like wine flavors comes out as well but while this beer is certainly sour, it’s definitely more tart than an off putting, mouth puckering sour. The finish is a bit more astringent, sweet yet oak plays with the dirtier red wine-esque flavors, a bit of alcohol warms the throat as it goes down, and the bitter currants make a final appearance. The body is nice and carbonated, very prickly, which doesn’t help the astringent finish to the beer, but isn’t overly sharp and abrasive, still retains a nice level of smoothness.

Verdict: This is fantastic, this beer is aging gracefully although I would be weary of aging it too much further as the currant flavors could easily drop off leaving behind a bit of a vinegary mess. The fruit flavors are nice and tart and impressively potent which is all one can hope for in an aged beer. If you have the opportunity to try a vintage sour from Russian River, make no mistake, you will be well rewarded.

kevanb, May 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

ArtZan, Oct 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Diomede, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

DSlim71, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.98/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, tawny-amber color with a bubbly eggshell colored head. Average retention and spotty lace.

Smells of lemonheads and cherry clan like most of RR sours but this is heavier on the cherry side. A touch or tart Chardonnay as well.

Taste is much different than the other RR sours and opposes the nose. Quite the variation of flavor ranging from Chardonnay and wet horse blanket to mildly tart cherries and finishing with a dry wheat like character.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Pretty dry yet fairly tacky.

Overall this is far better than I thought it'd be. Not bad.

MrVonzipper, Dec 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

afksports, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

CarolinaKev, May 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

HopsHopenstein, Jan 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

teamwiggum, Jun 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

SpasmWaiter, Jul 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

fehrminator, Mar 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Quackus, Jan 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

jriggins6, Tuesday at 06:35 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Mark000, Feb 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

MNBeer1017, May 03, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep dark ruby red with some mahogany mixed in. A one finger tan foam head that dissipates slowly. Ample amounts of carbonations.

S: Lots of dark fruit, plums, raisin, cherries, currants/black berries, leather and dark tannins. Reminds me of a 'red wine' smell to it.

T: The cherry flavor to me is the most predominant. The cherry flavor is slightly on the tart side. Good amounts of oak and currants as well.

M: Leaves a dry tartness on the palate, similar to red wine.

D: I was one and done with this beer, not because it is bad, because it wasn't. The higher ABV made this beer a one and done for me.

IronCitySteve, Nov 09, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy dark copper / ruby red color. Fizzy light tan head, rose about 2-3 fingers and receded to a mm or so of froth. Not much lacing.

S - Acidic notes of vinegar and tart cherry. Oak, vanilla, some cabernet infuences as well. The sweetness from the fruits and the barrels mix well with the sourness.

T - Tart and tangy brett flavours dominate the palate up front but. The full spectrum of flavours shows up in the middle, with currants, sour cherry and oak all combining to create a complex flavour profile. The funky/sour flavours return in the finish and linger a little bit in the after taste.

M- Light bodied, lively carbonation. Mouth watering with a quick dry finish. Slight aftertaste.

O - Another RR sour knocked of my list and a great one at that. I like Cabernet wines so I figured I would like this and it came through.

SkiBum22, Jan 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

emottram, May 18, 2013
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,044 ratings.