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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,491 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,491
Reviews: 1,019
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 1,304
Gots: 1,101 | FT: 74
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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New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 15:27:34 | More by SkiBum22
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

01-23-2012 12:29:53 | More by MalReever
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Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

01-23-2012 03:42:10 | More by slowfade
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4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 7 bottle, corked and caged, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a clear dark reddish color. About a finger's worth of white head forms but quickly disappears. Foam lingers along the rim of the glass. It appears very carbonated and bubbly, there is a bubble volcano type thing going on in the top center of the glass.

S- Smells like wine basically, with the smell of alcohol. I smell hints of grapes and berries too.

T- Tastes of unripened grapes and cherries. The sour taste comes toward the end, which is very refreshing and not overpowering.

M- Light and carbonated, nice aftertaste. Very easy drinking.

This is a style I'm just getting into. This is a great example of an American wild/ sour. The way I can describe it is it's like drinking a glass half full of wine and half beer. A very interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 01:10:42 | More by vic21234
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of HimerMan. From the second bottling ever, LA website says 12/26/08. Let's see how it has matured.

Pours a dark red/amber color with an shade darker that totally white head. Pretty good soapy lacing.

Aromas begin with a good/deep sourness that is not at all overpowering; more of an inviting scent. Behind that, sweet and tart fruits. Not sure what a currant smells like but I am not getting much of an actual fruitiness beyond the sour aromas, but that is to be expected from a 3+ year old sour ale.

Flavors begin with an excellent level of sourness. A lot of complexity in the flavor. Lots of tartness paired with some citrus and sweet fruits. Some darker maltiness as it starts to warm, but the long drawn out sour flavor comes back and dries out the palate and really pushes the flavor to the next level. While I love the flavor it is still fairly one dimensional at this stage of it's lifespan.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with the perfect amount of sourness. Good carbonation but not overwhelming which can happen with certain sours overtime. Drink WAY WAY lighter than 10%, drinks like 6% max; this stuff is straight dangerous.

Overall this was a nice treat for me. I really loved the flavor profile despite it being fairly one noted. I would have liked to sample it fresher to see if I could have tasted more currants or some actual fruits beyond the sourness. Drinkability is off the charts expecially for how high the ABV is on this beast. A really solid sour and worth seeking out for fans of the style. Nothing mind-blowing, just super solid.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 15:26:13 | More by claspada
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New York

4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad that my 51st review is as heralded as my 50th.

Batch 7 poured into crystal goblet.

a-pours a beautiful reddish brown with cola-like carbonation. No head or lacing.

s-apricot, vinegar, funk, the whole funk, and nothing but the funk. so help me god.

t-I do catch the currants, which if I were a fan of, would probably give taste a 5. Lots going on and aided by the effervescence of this delightful brew.

m-just wonderful, a real workout for the tastebuds and the whole mouth. You feel this on your lips and all the way down. Juat hiny syrupy but so much fizz.

o-what a wonderful use of the ingredients. truly an artisanal beer. Maybe some day a wizard for find a way to produce this cheap and plentiful. Until then I will drink as much of this as I can.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 04:02:19 | More by unclejazz
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +11.6%

01-21-2012 22:06:16 | More by TRingelstein
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

01-21-2012 15:56:02 | More by crashoveride
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 7 poured into a Great Lakes Christmas Ale snifter. thanks bubica!

body is a cloudy reddish orange. Head was soda pop fizzy. Like a dark gueuze.

Acidic sourness initially. All the lovely Brett smells come into play nicely. Light red wine (maybe thats the Cabernet barrels) is hidden underneath all of it.

Nice gueuze-like sourness, but its balanced by a wine like smoothness. What separates Consecration from other gueuzes is the sweetness. Its light, and sits light. The initial gueuze sourness hits you in the mouth, then fades with a wave subtle sweetness that leaves your mouth coated with that sweetness. As I work my way through the beer, it has wine-like qualities that make it even better. The booze is felt with a tingle on the tongue. a 10% Wild?!

Its not as sour as Belgians, but the overall balance is very refreshing.

I love the way this thing feels. Its not Belgian, but its damn close!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 04:08:37 | More by VncentLIFE
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

01-20-2012 02:51:14 | More by pirmannt1
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

01-20-2012 00:03:11 | More by Shackman
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3/5  rDev -33%

01-19-2012 18:05:35 | More by seasmokiee
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -21.9%

01-19-2012 16:17:15 | More by SEHopper
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3.95/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch 006x2E

A: deep brown, almost no head

S: red wine, grapes, some funk saying "hello" in the background

T: vinegary sour in tandem with lemon-peel like bitterness. sourness is not overwhelming. some alcoholic warmth in throat. lingering sweetness from alcohol

M: dry, but flavors (alcohol sweetness) lingers on your tongue for a while.

O: great sipper. I notice alcohol strength in my throat, but does not feel like it in my mouth due to its dryness. This beer is not sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 02:37:36 | More by Takahiro
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

01-19-2012 02:37:00 | More by Archemedies
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

01-18-2012 22:50:32 | More by ignorantharbor
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 004x2

A - Ruby, mahogany with champagne like effervescence.

S - Cabernet Sauvignon, earthy funk, currants, cherries, oaky tannins and balsamic vinegar.

T - Mixed berry sweetness that quickly changes to a biting sourness with a touch of balsamic vinegar. Dark fruits, sour cherry, Cabernet with a hint of alcohol.

M - Medium body with a lot of carbonation. Light pucker on the finish.

D - Vinous complex beer with a touch of alcohol. Solid sour ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 03:40:21 | More by brewcrew76
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

01-18-2012 00:08:57 | More by bhir
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

01-17-2012 20:53:57 | More by KAF
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

01-16-2012 21:13:05 | More by Rob315
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

01-16-2012 15:28:13 | More by Sparger
Photo of trxxpaxxs

New York

4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass.
Batch: 005X2F

A: Pours a murky redish brown. There are more red hues than brown. After a vigorous pour, there is absolutely no head. There is a tiny white ring along the edges of the glass, but it's pretty much non-existent. No lacing as it drinks.

S: I'm picking up scents of tart cherries, plums, prunes, and vinegar. The tartness takes over and holds on. It's hard to pick out scents other than the ones mentioned already.

T: The taste starts out fruity and extremely tart. There is no doubt that it's all sour cherry and vinegar. That may sound a bit disgusting, but it's delicious. And to be honest... I'm not even a huge fan of cherries. This beer is fantastic.

M: Medium bodied beer. The feel is tart and astringent. The flavors coat the palate, but shift quickly into fleeting sour.

O: This beer is extremely impressive. The tartness and fruity notes are spot on. It's not overwhelming at all. To date... this is one of my favorite sours.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 01:42:43 | More by trxxpaxxs
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

01-15-2012 23:27:49 | More by gafferjohn
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4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A Pours a clear cinnamon brown that has a lot of bubbles but a head that dissipates quickly.

S Has a nice brett barnyard funk with a berry/cherry like taste which I assume is the currants.

T Some nice brett funkyness, with a very tart cherry like taste with a bit of a woody note.

M Drinks like a nice champagne with all the carbonation. Warming alcohol.

Overall this is another amazing sour by Russian River. Not quite as good as Supplication but a very close second.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 02:32:14 | More by beerandcycling88
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

01-15-2012 01:50:04 | More by doucmehu
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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