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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,717 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,717
Reviews: 1,033
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 1,339
Gots: 1,164 | 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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ThaFATkid

California

4/5  rDev -10.7%

02-12-2012 07:06:36 | More by ThaFATkid
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mborge

Nevada

2/5  rDev -55.4%

02-12-2012 06:24:18 | More by mborge
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bdm620

California

5/5  rDev +11.6%

02-12-2012 02:44:21 | More by bdm620
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SconnieJohnny

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.6%

02-11-2012 18:51:41 | More by SconnieJohnny
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theempire

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

02-10-2012 20:24:45 | More by theempire
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alalvarez75

New York

4/5  rDev -10.7%

02-10-2012 16:08:29 | More by alalvarez75
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Fitzmke

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

02-10-2012 08:19:48 | More by Fitzmke
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Argofax

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +11.6%

02-10-2012 04:22:54 | More by Argofax
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TMasterFlash

Indiana

4/5  rDev -10.7%

02-10-2012 01:05:27 | More by TMasterFlash
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mattkooler

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -21.9%

02-09-2012 23:15:19 | More by mattkooler
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Stunner97

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -21.9%

Appearance- light brown in color with little to no head or foam, only very small amount of bubbles to be seen slowly streaming

Smell- little bit of funk and tartness on the nose, currants, can really almost smell the tartness

Taste- you get a little bit of the wine and oak, also a little bit of the currant, but the predominant flavor is just strong sharp sourness, you really don't taste the alcohol at all but the funk and sour is strong,

Mouthfeel- very light and crisp, sour and tart feel, just very light and crisp

Overall/drinkability- while this beer was better then many of the other sours I have tried it still just is not my thing, i just simply don't get it, i can appreciate the complexity and strong flavors of this beer but to me these are just super hard to drink, i mean when i say this beer is sour its super super sour like lemonhead sour, certainly a unique experience but for me just not enjoyable really beyond the novelty

02-09-2012 21:49:03 | More by Stunner97
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beerhorn12

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

02-09-2012 21:31:51 | More by beerhorn12
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

02-09-2012 19:26:52 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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Gary779

South Africa

3/5  rDev -33%

02-09-2012 13:26:56 | More by Gary779
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Cyclone8

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.6%

02-09-2012 05:10:12 | More by Cyclone8
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ds21tango

Washington

4/5  rDev -10.7%

02-08-2012 23:55:54 | More by ds21tango
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John11486

California

5/5  rDev +11.6%

02-08-2012 22:34:49 | More by John11486
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hays99

Kansas

5/5  rDev +11.6%

02-08-2012 17:00:47 | More by hays99
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

3.78/5  rDev -15.6%

375ml bottle 10,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Batch 007

Thanks to futura123 for hooking me up with this one.

I had Temptation last night and while it was a very tasty sour with a lovely white wine character, it lacked both the power and depth of a true lambic. I hope that the uniqueness of Consecration (strength and ingredients) will give it a boost in these departments.

Appearance: Deep mahogany brown body that shows stunning red and orange highlights when back lit. A rough pour yields a small off white head that sadly fizzes away pretty quickly leaving no lacing.

Smell: The nose is initially quite restrained; however it begins to emerge after a short while and actually smells pretty damn good! Red wine, dark fruits (plums, cherries, figs and currants) and balsamic vinegar dominate the nose, with lighter notes of oak, a metallic quality (reminiscent of a Flemish red), barnyard and old cheese (old rather than nicely ripe) also present.

Taste: Unfortunately the flavour does not quite deliver the deliciousness that the nose promised – it almost seems as though part of the flavour is obscured by the moderate tartness.
Dark fruits (plums, figs, cherries and currants) dominate the flavour, with the red wine character slightly less prominent than in the nose. Balsamic, light spices, oak, an earthy character and a hint of barnyard are also noted. The tartness is moderate and makes Consecration sublimely drinkable for a 10% ale.

Mouthfeel: Unexpectedly at this Abv. Consecration is a medium (or just under) bodied ale with a high level of ultra smooth carbonation (Russian River seem to nail the carbonation in their sours!). The tartness is moderate and the finish is lightly dry.

Overall: Sadly consecration suffers from the same woes as Temptation - it just doesn't seem to have the depth of flavour that Belgian sours do. On the plus side, this is certainly the most drinkable 10% beer I have had! I will consider getting another bottle of consecration in the future - maybe a year or two of age will bump up the flavours.

02-08-2012 16:24:42 | More by Thehuntmaster
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groovy24

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +11.6%

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Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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laymansbeerfan

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.6%

02-06-2012 19:07:12 | More by laymansbeerfan
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sincereNc

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

02-06-2012 07:30:06 | More by sincereNc
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dczernic

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.7%

02-05-2012 19:16:13 | More by dczernic
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DrWalterWhite

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.7%

02-05-2012 06:06:40 | More by DrWalterWhite
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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