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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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world-class

4,155 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,155
Reviews: 1,047
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,401
Gots: 1,301 | FT: 90
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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Photo of Sarlacc83
4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle. Batch 008.

A: Cherry coloration with a very thin lacing of head. The beer is actively moving in the glass; a geyser rises from the middle and and turbulates the beer. Light legs.

N: Sour cherry, currant, powerful acids. Very vinous, plenty of wine grapes, and the oak is noticeable. Light blackberry. New leather and some funkiness.

T: Wow, lots of currants. There's a pleasant sour pie cherry in the background, and the oak and acids are moderated well. Some tangerine /lemon zest. I do get some light tobacco/leather flavors. Grapes and a little bit of raisin. Has a lot in common with the cabernet sauvignon barrel.

M: Light and very, very well carbonated. I am getting a surprising amount of alcohol, though.

O: A sterling beer that I've passed over too many times to count. While off chasing the newest sour from around the block, Consecration beckons us back to its sublime, balanced fruitiness. Delicious.

Sarlacc83, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

BeRanger, Mar 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

MykelJH, Mar 15, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

PriorDoubleDark, Mar 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

SourAddict, Mar 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

cocoapuph, Mar 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

CypherEnigma, Mar 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

MarkFy, Mar 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Abnrml, Mar 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

vicsju1991, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of wogreen
4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 005X1E

A - reddish brown, 1st pour was very clear, though the bottom definitely had some murkiness

S - a very pungent sour smell

T - sour cherries, a hint of wine flavors. id note that i originally drank 1 from this same batch 1 year ago and the wine notes are much more pleasant and mellow than they i remember

M -tannin-like mouthfeel, tart though again mellower than i remember

O - a phenomenal sour if you like sours, a nice blend that blends the best of wines and beers

wogreen, Mar 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Phillyz, Mar 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

lookrider, Mar 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

JellyJacket, Mar 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

adkieffer, Mar 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

stephenjmoore, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

BGsWo22, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of emyers
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 091412. Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear blood red with a short burst of off-white head dissipating almost immediately. No lacing.

Smell: Oak, red wine, dates. Good strong acidity to the smell. Definitely some barnyard in there as well. Very strong, delicious aroma, and stays nicely balanced.

Taste: Acidity hits right away, accompanied by red wine, oak, raisin. A little bit of subtle caramel actually sneaks in at the end, which surprised me, but adds to the complexity. The pungent tartness sticks all the way through. No alcohol presence - I had no idea this was 10% abv when I first tasted it.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full-bodies as far as sours go, but still finishes very dry. Acidity clings to the palate and puckers you up as you swallow.

Overall: Phenomenal sour. Brings a strong pucker without being overwhelming. The wine barrels are very complementary to the base sour, and it results in a very complex, delicious beer.

emyers, Mar 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

GTB, Mar 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

dcguitar, Mar 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

smartassboiler, Mar 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

sirsteve42, Mar 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

jsball22, Mar 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Shankopotamus, Mar 06, 2013
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,155 ratings.