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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,767 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,767
Reviews: 1,034
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 1,345
Gots: 1,181 | FT: 83
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

04-28-2012 16:35:58 | More by hayesjw
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

04-26-2012 04:03:40 | More by sludgegnome
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

05-03-2013 01:08:30 | More by MNBeer1017
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

09-07-2013 01:01:06 | More by Piddmeista
Photo of WYVYRN527


4.72/5  rDev +5.1%

750 ml. bottle. Batch 003x3. No bottling date listed on the label. Thanks to 7ways for the trade on this one! Poured into a Russian River Belgian style glass.

A: Deep crimson hue with a thick off-white head that settles rather quickly. Lacing and head retention are minimal, as expected, but carbonation is fierce.

S: Barnyardy funk shows up first, but it's soon overtaken with some sour currant, caramel malt, and toasted oak. Hops are almost non-exixtent here.

T: Much like the aroma, but more. Hints of cherry, cassis, and spice dominate, while caramel-like malt lies behind. The brett adds earthiness, along with some funk. It's what I would call "terroir driven." Finish is quite tart, dry, and the influence of cabernet can be noticed.

M: Rather full-bodied for the style. However, one wouldn't notice it's strength just by sipping it. Flavors are complex, and the finish lasts a lifetime.

D: I could drink this one everyday if I had access to it. It's probably in my top five brews of all time. If beers were to be classified like wines, this would truly be be at the top tier. Russian River is the Domaine Leroy or DRC of beer.

02-26-2010 07:08:28 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of Mistofminn


4.28/5  rDev -4.7%

Big thanks goes out to seanpachefddfa for sending me this. Sean, you are the man. Been holding on to this for a while and finally chose to crack it open during a giant snowstorm.

Batch 001x4

Pours a pretty much clear burgundy ruby color, with a off white head that starts out at about two fingers but fizzles out very quickly, leaving no lacing behind. Good color, and the lack of head is understandable.

The nose is intensely sour and tart, with a nice woody character, and a light funk in the background. A nice, acidic sourness fuels this beast and is definitely the focal point. As it warms, the English Barleywine-like maltiness of the base beer comes out ever so slightly.

As soon as it hits your lips, the blast of acidic burn hits you like a wall. Intensely sour and mouthpuckeringly tart. Tart cherries with a nice woodyness. The bugs have definitely been working hard in this one. The huge malty base beer comes out more in the taste than it did in the nose, tastes like an aged Barleywine.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, with a mouthpuckering sourness. Drinkability is dangerous, as the 10% is hidden very well.

Overall, a very good sour beer. A sipper, and one to enjoy over the course of an hour or more. Savor this one, enjoy it. I look forward to trying more of this in the future. Thanks Sean!

02-09-2010 04:26:26 | More by Mistofminn
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-19-2014 17:40:53 | More by vissai
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

06-27-2014 19:58:11 | More by Stum-pub
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

12-28-2012 23:53:54 | More by appetiteforparis
Photo of Risser09


3.08/5  rDev -31.4%

375ml poured into a flute - fridge - batch 004x4

Appearance: Pours a dark red, but mostly brown color with absolutely no head. This might be a bad bottle. It is a little cloudy but shows no other signs of life.

Smell: Medicinal, cabernet, currant and not much else. I suppose there is a little bit of tobacco.

Taste: Sticky sweet but also sour and acidic. A tart taste of currant and other dark fruits is met with that typical cabernet taste. Some wood and plenty of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very unlively, with no carbonation, but lots of flavor and wine inspiration. Medium to heavily bodied. Tart, acidic, sweet and woody.

Drinkability: This beer had so much hype around it that it pains me to begrudge it so much. It needs more attention to detail. Head, head retention, aroma, mouthfeel all need to be seriously reconsidered before releasing to the public. I feel like this beer was sold just to get it out of the brewery for some $$$.

08-08-2010 01:45:31 | More by Risser09
Photo of Kadonny


4.33/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured from tap at Capones sour event into a small tasting glass.

A: A darker reddish brown with tiny off white small head. No glass lacing.

S: Sour fruits with some slight notes of wood.

T: Ok, here is where this beer shines. What a complex array of sour fruits that are just sheer mouth puckering. The dominant fruit flavor I could not pick out, but I assume it's current since that is what the bottle says (I've never had currents). So sour currents, apple, grape and maybe some raspberry coupled with some oaky woody and vanilla flavors. A hint of sweetness is there to offset the tart flavors, but this is far from sweet. Funny thing is I don't get any yeasty flavors or funk, just the sour. Hops come in at the end to bitter the finish. Wow, hella lot going on here.

M: Full, prickly, coating, puckering with just a hint of alcohol.

D: Medium to good for such a sour beer.

Overall this is so different, but so good. If you love wilds/sours, this beer is for you. Complexity really makes this beer a one of a kind. Very nice, glad I got to try such a rare beer on tap.

12-17-2009 21:49:38 | More by Kadonny
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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

10-03-2013 19:01:38 | More by EB1
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

07-31-2014 17:05:13 | More by Walkerjgt
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

04-23-2013 19:26:23 | More by Jeffrey2310
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

01-21-2013 16:18:42 | More by leedorham
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-08-2012 22:34:49 | More by John11486
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +11.4%

05-28-2013 00:09:20 | More by JCam9981
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4.84/5  rDev +7.8%

08-16-2014 05:11:09 | More by SuperHop18
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-28-2013 19:21:07 | More by imyourhero21
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New York

4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured a glorious garnet red color with no head at all. No lacing. Smells like a sweet red wine and fruit. Tastes like currants. The sweetness of the candy like currants balances well with the sour tart dryness. Tastes like cinnamon. Closest thing I've had to a sour red wine. Little carbonation. Medium feel. Brilliant.

08-07-2011 06:20:02 | More by kbnooshay
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

01-28-2014 04:12:47 | More by ThreeFishes
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West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

11-03-2013 01:36:53 | More by WVUbrew
Photo of rvdoorn


4.15/5  rDev -7.6%

Thnx to channan for the bottle. Opened together with papaeugene.
Look: the beer pours a brown-red color with a very small head.
Smell: malts, sour berries, wood, sour apples, grapes and citrus
Taste: Medium sourness, full of fruits like citrus, grapes and currants, oak. Finish is dry and tart
Mouthfeel: A bit too thin body with low-medium carbonation.
Overall: A very nice beer, bit high in the alcohol, but still dangerously drinkable. I prefer the puckering funky sourness of the Belgium wilds though.

07-30-2011 23:17:40 | More by rvdoorn
Photo of tewaris


3.58/5  rDev -20.3%

375 ml Batch III poured into a snifter. "Consecration is a dark Belgian style ale aged in American oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. Not only do we use Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, & Pediococcus, we also add currants to beer while it is aging in the barrels"

Appearance: Clear and deep rust brown with a small, dark, "soda" head that fizzed away rather early and left no lacing whatsoever. 3/5

Aroma: Fruity with strongest notes of cherries and some currants with warmth. But the aroma, in my opinion, was eclipsed by intense, one-dimensional sourness. Decidedly funky nonetheless. 3.5/5

Taste: A clean and intensely sour beer, with minor hints of the base beer. Unfortunate, in my opinion. Wood is felt, but mostly mouth puckering sour, and that's it. Well, the funk is unmistakable, but for a sour brownish ale, Supplication was definitely better. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Like its other brethren, medium bodied, yet quite clean with a long, oaky finish. 4.5/5

Overall, my least favorite among the bunch and only because the base beer, and fruit, seem to have lost to sourness & funk. Did too many cooks (bugs) ruin the broth? 3.5/5

06-28-2011 11:22:24 | More by tewaris
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

11-17-2011 19:21:24 | More by nathanjohnson
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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