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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,502 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,502
Reviews: 1,020
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 1,307
Gots: 1,104 | FT: 75
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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Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Russian River Consecration 375 mL bottle, batch 007
Poured into Duvel tulip on July 21, 2012.

Appearance 4
Pours a dark to medium brown with slight plum red tinge. Very thin covering of head that nearly completely dissipates.

Aroma 4
Tart sour nose predominance, with slight dark fruit/grape note. Also tart candy notes.

Taste 4.5
Initially a strong tart sourness, which really coats the palate well. Very complex taste. I get notes of sweet malt, tart candy, & lemon. Sourness comes in a quite sharp burst, then drops off, though there is a moderate to strong amount of sourness that lingers on palate throughout. Midway through I can pick up the malt, and late on the palate there is hint of the red wine notes from the barrel. Together, the flavors are great; there is a lot going on, but it is refined and polished. I felt hat the barrel aging adds a balance to the sourness – there is almost a tannin dryness at the end. At the very end, almost in the aftertaste, can pick up the current flavor.

Mouthfeel 5
Moderate thickness, low carbonation, great almost puckering sourness that coats entire mouth. Nice slight viscosity to the beer. Super enjoyable!

Overall 4.5
Lives up to the hype. Incredible sour with great power, but also great balance. 10% alcohol is extremely well hidden and allows the beer to be more full bodied. Very, very easy to drink. A world class offering – reminds me of Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien. Only wish I could have this as a regular offering – the west coast beer drinkers are lucky. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 18:02:58 | More by EnemyWithin
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

08-19-2012 01:19:40 | More by Walshwi
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

08-19-2012 01:02:28 | More by 1Adam12
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

08-19-2012 00:56:59 | More by Number3red
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4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having this one shortly after trying Supplication, I will admit that I was a tad dissappointed with it. Only because Supplication is too amazing to be succeeded by anything.

This one has a similar body to Supplication - reddish brown with some small bubbles constantly bubbling, but a thinner head due to the alcohol. The alcohol also cuts some of that tartness while preserving the oaky, cherry notes. Goes down kind of dry like a champagne.

Realistically, Russian River knocked it out of the park again and they've clearly demonstrated that they dominate not only with IPAs but also sour/wilds. I give the upper hand to Supplication, but try both!

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2012 06:39:24 | More by TheRealBigC
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

08-18-2012 02:33:40 | More by rcjennings
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

08-17-2012 16:05:32 | More by ThomasG19
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

08-16-2012 08:39:50 | More by elNopalero
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

08-15-2012 23:00:41 | More by True0
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Rhode Island

1/5  rDev -77.7%

08-14-2012 20:29:05 | More by Nickfellow007
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District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +6%

08-14-2012 12:04:21 | More by masonkessinger
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

08-14-2012 04:54:56 | More by benpage
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4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours a dark clear ruby red with a head that quickly disappears, and no lacing.

Smell – Cabernet, oak, and a hint of sourness.

Taste – Sour, oakey cabernet. Perhaps a little too much sour to properly complement the cabernet.

Mouthfeel – Tart, lightly carbonated. I’m surprised this is 10% abv; I guessed it was closer to 7%.

Drinkability – An all around good sour, but I had it with Cuvee des Jacobins, which I felt was much better.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 06:10:59 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

08-11-2012 03:49:42 | More by elkinbrown
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4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #007

A - Deep cherry color with a tinge of brown. The bubbly one finger head fades quickly.

S - Plum, oak and sour cherry. Smalls pretty much in step with a wine.

T - Sour red cherries, dark fruits, plums and a little bit of malt. There is an oak characteristic that is throughout.

M - Medium bodied, effervescent carbonation.

O - A pleasing sour! I'd expect no less from Russian River.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 23:33:17 | More by cvm4
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

08-10-2012 03:50:55 | More by SocalKicks
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

08-09-2012 04:34:56 | More by WorldWideStout
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

08-08-2012 04:18:47 | More by LaChupacabra
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4.73/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a reddish caramel with a fair bit of tan foamy head initially which rapidly dissipates.

S: Oak dominates, but there are also notes of red currant, caramel, and a touch of alcohol heat.

T: Strong burst of sweetness quicly overtaken by a lactic tartness. This fades into an astringency with notes of oak and vanilla.

M: Thin, but also a bit syrupy. Very sharp on the palate.

O: It has a depth of flavor that is much more interesting than many in this style. These different flavors play off of each other well enough that it doesn't overpower you with any one of them.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 03:56:01 | More by RedSpecial1
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

08-07-2012 03:39:49 | More by Kmccabe33
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

08-06-2012 23:44:38 | More by LotsofLupulin
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +6%

08-06-2012 05:18:16 | More by ChuckGnarly
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4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the brewery. 375ml bottle poured into a Tulip.
Batch 008.

A- Pours a clear, deep reddish brown mahogany color with very fizzy light tan head that very quickly went away leaving no lacing, ring, or cap on this beer.

S- Smells vinous, funky, and tart all at once. Lots of wooden oak characteristics. Very unique.

T- Wonderful sourness mixed with a dry red wine. Nice woody, oaky, earthiness flavors that are sticky.

M- Medium body with a lively amount of carbonation that dances on the tongue.

O- I love these wine barrel aged beers from Russian River. They really do take brewing to the next level of creativity.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 03:58:53 | More by rfbenavi80
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

08-05-2012 02:32:07 | More by mig925hophead
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4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a footed 'Belgian' glass at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed 14 April 2012.

A: No head. Translucent brown; a glowing honey-amber.

S: Fruit and Brettanomyces. Winey/grapey. Not amazing.

T: Hmmm. Very puckery-tart, with a vinegary aftertaste, but there's some very nice fruit right in the middle. Deep, rewarding, wine-like flavours. Sparkly mouthfeel.

O: Good, but not great. I'm not sure I understand the fuss. Not worth the price, but worth drinking. Good wild ale!

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2012 21:29:41 | More by AgentMunky
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