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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: 1,506 | 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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On tap at the source – 06/16/2014
Full Belgian Tulip

A: Deep Merlot color body with some dark brown and purplish tones throughout. Fairly opaque and hazed look to it with a thin layer of khaki cream that quickly settles out to a crown. Light swaths and dots of lace are left behind.

S: Grapey and vinous with a suggestion of red wine vinegar underneath. Slightly sweet with some earthy musk coming through. Something mineral there and iron like. Seriously smells like a grape sour candy though. It is quite the delight.

T: The flavors are boldly vinous with Bordeaux grape and some green oaky notes that meld into a refreshingly tart pucker. I get some toned down vinegar qualities and a bit of those earthy mineral deposits in the back. There is a moderate level of bitterness here that works well with the woodsy tannins to dry the beer out in the finish and at 10% ABV this is incredibly well balanced with the alcohol completely disguised. A feat in itself really. Overall just super delicious.

M: Moderately full in body with a nice tartness that puckers the palate. There is a touch of tannic astringency to help dry the finish. Slightly watery overall.

D: An Incredible American Wild. Very bold in flavors with a great red wine influence. Yet incredibly well balanced and easy to drink. Nice and tart without much funkiness to it. I actually prefer Consecration over the Supplication.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark reddish brown with a thin head and just a little bit of retention

S: Wow, that smells tart and vinous; grapes, currants, black pepper, apples, vinegar; this smells so awesome

T: Wow, such a delicious and sour beer with loads of grapes, red wine, oak, black pepper, currants, red wine vinegar, apples, mmm

F: Medium body and sticky

O: This is a magnificent beer--sour but so complex and the wine barrels play so well off the tart currants; so damn good

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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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

liter bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. pours a chestnut brown color with one finger of loose eggshell colored head. poor retention and no lacings.

aroma is mildly sour with dark fruits and notes of cherry, passionfruit and currants. the sour note is mildly vinous with a bit of funk mixed in. the fruit is subtle, but mixes in nicely with the overall profile. the sour character gets more pronounced as the beer warms.

taste is of a vinegar-like sourness with fruit close behind. raspberries, cherries, passionfruit and currants are all present. no alcohol shows, which is good for 10% APV. the brew is lightly effervescent, and just sour enough to sustain the fruit character.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and mildly tart in texture. the brew finishes on a tart ntote with residual berries and currants. nicely proportioned on the palate. the sourness is just strong enough to keep the palate honest.

drinkability is excellent. prefectly proportioned on the palate with a wonderful fruit bouquet and mildly vinous finish that works magic on the palate. this beer is phenomenal. it dances on the palate with a sour character that enhances the drinkability. cheers!

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out dark brown black with thin brown foam which quickly falls. Smells is sweet and funky with some wood. Taste is fizzy with nice tartness. Great sour cherry notes with some funk present. Dry finish with great sticky sweetness. One of their best beers.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small bottle shared with a few BA's.

This brew pours very still. Zero head, a few bubbles, no lace.

The nose is a deep current scent that is sweet prominent. There is also an amount of toffee-like notes that add to the sweetness.

The taste surprises me because there is a nice tartness that went unnoticed when smelling this brew. The sweetness offered by the currents is soon matched with an abundant amount of semi-sweet tartness. I am enjoying the balance here for sure.

The mouthfeel is pretty awkward for the style because the way this beer sits in the glass. It is so calm without any sings of carbonation but once the sip is taken, boom!, a lip smacking tartness is soon experienced .

Overall, this is a very unusual, wine-like brew that takes on some unfamiliarity in the visual department but makes up for it when tasted. I was uneasy but now satisfied.

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Served on tap at Falling Rock in Denver, into a tulip glass

From notes taken on 1/6/2012
I was really excited to find this on tap

A: Dark amber red with 1 fingers width of snow white colored head which quickly dissipates down to and outter rim and leaves no lacing.

S: Strong red wine and sour grapes, sour apple and brett aromas with a hint of sour pear. Also a unique whisky like aroma.

T: Complex flavor profile, there is certainly a lot going on. Sour apple and sour grapes, plus some other grape flavors of the non sour variety. The brett is certainly noticed, and there is a touch of a whiskey like oak flavor. Towards the end of the drink the cab sauv flavors start to come out, although still not as strong as I anticipated. There is a great lingering aftertaste after every sip. The prominent flavors are certainly sour fruits and wine, although neither to the degree that I expected. Very good.

M/D:Bubbly, champagne-like mouthfeel, and each sip finishes dry like a good red wine. Heavy carbonation, medium bodied, good drinkability. I never would have guessed it is in double digit ABVs/ Perfect mouthfeel.

O: Overall, an excellent beer. Very unique, and a must try for fans of sours, wild ales, and unique beers in general.

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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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