Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,242 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,242
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,428
Gots: 1,350 | FT: 95
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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep, dark lively cranberry/mahogany with a short lived inch of off-white head. Perfect, beautiful lacing and just wisps of retention remain after a few short seconds.

The nose is exceedingly tart... subtly funky bits of red wine, fresh grassy notes, overripe fruits, lemongrass, and so much more. I can hear the beer fizzing and hissing as I take each whiff.

Dark and sour indeed. Very dry wood character smothered with tart wine notes. Sour grapes, abstract acidity, funky preserves, the woody/earthy notes tend to linger.

A beer that's hard to really describe concisely in words. It's a must-try for anyone even remotely interested in the vast creative potential of this beloved liquid we call beer.

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4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.68oz bottle served in a snifter.
batch 005

review #400

pours a deep amber / borderline chestnut tone with ruby highlights while yielding a very short-lived 1/4" tan head. no lacing. bold nose opens with a blast of currants. sour / tart with notes of cherry, vinegar, and maybe a touch of oak.

wow, flavor really impresses, following, even exceeding the aroma. wild ales have never much appealed to me on the whole, but this beer demonstrates what one can be if done right. leave it to russian river to accomplish that feat: just very impressively crafted. sour to the point of slight puckering but not overdone. virtually no trace of the 10% ABV. medium bodied with lively carbonation.

overall, a hell of a sour. of the few dozen or so different wild ales i've sampled, this is on a very short list for overall best. neck and neck with temptation.

(originally reviewed: 09-20-2011)

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4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Imbibed from a Cabernet glass

A: a dark garnet red, no head whatsoever. No lacing on the glass. The bugs have decimated any head-forming proteins on this one. No flaws that I can think of considering the style.

S: Wow. Vanilla, oak, Cabernet Sauvignon, tobacco, cedar cigar box... Fruit. Prunes, plums, cherries. I could smell until it got warm trying to name all the smells coming off of this. Easily the most aromatic beer I have ever tried. More like wine than beer.

T: A sour for sour lovers. This is one of them tooth enamel grating beers. It takes a few sips to re-calibrate for this beer. My first reaction was not that it was delicious. It took me a full 3rd if the beer to get in the mood. And then, once my mouth became accustomed to the low PH, I started getting pulling out what this beer is famous for. Again the smell was so intoxicating that is is hard to tell where smells stop and flavors begin, but this beer has it all. Pie cherries dominant, balsamic vinegar, burnt sugar, stone fruit, dried cherries, currants( obviously), ever so faint of a biscuity malt character is the only indication that this is beer. It's almost overwhelming really. On the complete opposite side of the spectrum from Pliny. My only criticism - and this is a matter of personal preference - is that the beer could have been a couple of points sweeter. The bugs are going to do their worst and best to this so this is largely out of the brewers hands, and I know RR would never back sweeten, but I think just a touch more sweetness would have brought more out of the beer, and helped to moderate the sourness. No trace of ABV whatsoever, amazing considering 10%

M: Thin, dry, Puckery, but with a little silky smoothness.

O: This is not beer, it's wine. After I finished this I had to switch to wine for the night, there is no way to transition to an IPA or any kind of malt driven beverage after you have one of these. A masterpiece. Thank you.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A second of beige froth over a clear oxblood body. Soil, grape skins, and oak on the nose, plus cherries, dates and tea brack - crazy complex.
Balsamic, vanilla, cherries with hint of other dark fruit, growing wood notes as it opens and a touch of funk.
Sherry tang to end and long twisty linger. Light, crisp, tart.

Insanely complex yet drinkable. The wood very wisely doesn't overwhelm. Almost like a mellowed Rodenbach Grand Cru.

Continually impressed by RR wild ales.

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4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark ruby color with a thin head that recedes very quickly.

Lots of lush, ripe berries up front. Currants, very wine like, some tart raspberry and cherry smells. A touch of oak behind the fruit, but it is almost all fruit.

Taste is nicely tart, with the berry flavor really opening up.

Mouthfeel is dry and tart, but very smooth for 10%, very close to wine in it's mouthfeel.

Overall, another solid offering by Russian River, glad I picked it up, a must try for any fan of sour beers with berry characteristics.

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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 4,242 ratings.