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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,560
Reviews: 1,024
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.82%
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Gots: 1,118 | FT: 78
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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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tewaris

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml Batch III poured into a snifter. "Consecration is a dark Belgian style ale aged in American oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. Not only do we use Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, & Pediococcus, we also add currants to beer while it is aging in the barrels"

Appearance: Clear and deep rust brown with a small, dark, "soda" head that fizzed away rather early and left no lacing whatsoever. 3/5

Aroma: Fruity with strongest notes of cherries and some currants with warmth. But the aroma, in my opinion, was eclipsed by intense, one-dimensional sourness. Decidedly funky nonetheless. 3.5/5

Taste: A clean and intensely sour beer, with minor hints of the base beer. Unfortunate, in my opinion. Wood is felt, but mostly mouth puckering sour, and that's it. Well, the funk is unmistakable, but for a sour brownish ale, Supplication was definitely better. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Like its other brethren, medium bodied, yet quite clean with a long, oaky finish. 4.5/5

Overall, my least favorite among the bunch and only because the base beer, and fruit, seem to have lost to sourness & funk. Did too many cooks (bugs) ruin the broth? 3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 11:22:24 | More by tewaris
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mondegreen

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a Russian River -tion glass. Batch005X2E

Pours dark ruby brown with less no head at all. Lots of carbonation bubbles rush to the top of the glass. Very nice clarity.

Nose is brett, earth, and wood. Touches of fruit. As it warms, the oak and fruit become more prominent.

Funk takes forefront in the taste. Very smooth with a pleasant tart finish. The fruit makes a wonderful contribution, similar to a Kriek.

Quite dry, impressive for 10% ABV. The high carbonation works really well.

Overall, a spectacular showcase of RR's ability to make a funky sour beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 15:58:17 | More by mondegreen
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PerHops

California

4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Dark Brown with very little head, if any but huge carbonation visible from a birds eye view! Awesome stuff. This is like watching a storm!

S- In my opinion the least exciting aspect of this beer. I got some citrus, ripe fruits and slight barnyard

T- Ripe cherries, citrus, black berries a winey finish. Delicious.

M- Best part about this beer. Syrupy sugary start followed by a highly carbonated medium dry finish. No alcohol taste. Amazing.

O- I pretty much love everything these guys do, I'm not gonna lie

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 07:20:20 | More by PerHops
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had batches 001 and 005. thanks urbancaver and brew33. Review is an overall impression of the beer.

A - Ruby/garnett brownish body, some cloudiness in the batch 005, small white head.

S - Tartness, some smoky characters, wood, fruit, a bit of plastic in batch 005.

T - Batch 001 was a bit one-dimensional in its tartness with only a touch of sweet currant flavor, but batch 005 had a much better flavor profile that was nicely complex with wood and fruit and tart.

M - decent body, fairly smooth, batch 001 was a bit thin.

O (D) - a pretty good beer, I'd say, with preference going to batch 005

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 16:40:27 | More by ColdPoncho
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pjwilson

California

4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 005XTE

appearance: deep amber color, bright bubbles, and no head to speak off. Almost Champagnes our apple in looks.

S: sour green apples, hay, sweetness,

T: combo of chocolate, port, sour brightness and champagne.

moutfeel: very light

overall: never had a beer like this, truly unique for a Sour Beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 02:17:51 | More by pjwilson
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emmasdad

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Ken for bringing this one to a recent tasting. Poured a clear copper color, topped with a light white head. Aromas of funk, plums, currants, and vinegar. On the palate, this one was light to medium bodied and tart, with flavors of red wine vinegar, currents and wine.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 23:32:24 | More by emmasdad
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Urbancaver

Ohio

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

Batch 1 and 5 side by side.

Both beers are incredibly different. Both poor a maroon brown but the batch 1 is crystal clear and darker nice bit od tan head. Btch 5 is hazy and lighter. Less head.
Both smell tart and fruit heavy. The batch 1 is more oaky and less fruity.

The taste is incredibly different. Batch 1 tastes less fruity and more oaky. Batch 5 it much better fruit profile.

Overall both are great... I think i like the batch 5 a touch better because of the thickness of it

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 23:31:07 | More by Urbancaver
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05Harley

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/17/2010 (Bottle # 005X2E)

Purchased through High-Time Wine Cellars, Costa Mesa, Cali

Price - $11.97/bottle

Pours amber in color with a full head of foam that quickly fades to almost nothing. The clarity is clear with champagne like bubbles rising to the top. The appearance looks authentic to the style.

Hold the doors, I think Parliament just walked into the building led by none other than George Clinton himself. Wow that's got some vinegar funk to it.

A big blast of sour cherries hits the tongue head on followed by cranberries, white grapes and wine. The oak really comes through on this one and adds to the flavor profile. I can't believe this is 10%, wow!!

Puckering from the start but refreshing. Not as smooth as some of the other sours I've experienced. Medium body with a delicate amount of carbonation. In the end it's a little too dry to drink one after another for my tastebuds.

Overall a great example of the style and one I'm working to appreciate.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 21:49:25 | More by 05Harley
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for the opportunity. Batch 004X2 served in my CL tulip at 53 degrees. Pours a translucent reddish-brown with a loose, quarter inch off-white head that quickly disperses towards the shoulders leaving a broken, sudsy skim across the surface. No lacing on this one. Fantastic nose - oak, buttery notes, currants and a vinous quality all interwoven into a complex palate of aromas. Taste follows nose - no real surprises here. The flavors are refreshingly tart and the alcohol seems non-existent, despite the 10% abv indicated on the label. Mouthfeel is light in body with a carbonation that falls just short of lively. The tartness lightly stimulates the salivary glands along the sides of the cheeks and there is also a slight acidic burn that lingers on the lips between quaffs. Not much more to say - a solid American wild with a great deal of complexity. Another impressive beer from this brewer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 00:19:02 | More by Jwale73
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deathcharms

California

4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

6/19/11 Batch 005X1F. Finally got around to reviewing this beer after many times having it.

Pours a deep amber red. Off the of the pour the head dissipates almost immediately. The smell is that deep funk that we have all come to love with wild ales. A bit of cherry comes off the nose also. Taste is a mouth puckering sour with loads of tart cherry. The mouthfeel is light and playful, but not flat by any means. Quite and exceptional beer from an exceptional brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 21:42:41 | More by deathcharms
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 rate. Bottle, batch 001x4. Pours a clear cola color with a fizzy lil’ head. Oak, brett, sweat, and some nice red fruits in the nose. Beautiful explosion of flavors going on here. This one REALLY needs to sits at room temp for a bit before it blooms, it should not be served cold. Sour cherry, grapes, some really pleasant woody vinegar, dry vinous flavors. Really really nice. One of the best from Russian River.

I'll edit tthis to state that this beer doesn't age particularly well in my experience, but is fantastic fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 11:49:48 | More by JAXSON
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a snifter
Batch 005x2F

A- Dark amber ruby color, no head, slight carbonation in the appearance, really clear.
S- Very nice sour beer, wine vinegar aromas upfront, slight sweetness, brett funkiness comes out, grapes, cherries wild yeast
T- Slight oaky affect, sour, dark fruits (raisins, prunes) funkiness, white grapes, nice wine affect, well carbonated, nice bite after every sip.
M- Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, puckering.
O- Very delicious sour from Russian River, very easy drinkability for how high the abv is, not my favorite of the sours released from RR but still very enjoyable, quality beer that I hope to be drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 09:32:02 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft. Poured a clear brown color with an average fizzy off-white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy sour and yeast aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy sour flavor with a medium to heavy sour finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer for style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 01:53:44 | More by tmoneyba
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

First had this in a 750ml bottle, but I have had it on tap as well. A tasty, dark, sour ale wood aged with black currants. After Pliny the Younger, this is my favorite RR brew.

Pours an attractive vermillion-mahogany color with a delicate beige head with some tinges of ruby here and there. Sour aroma, dark fruits, leather, and vinegar. Flavor starts out sweet almost like a kriek or framboise, with notes of cherry, blackcurrants. Soon turns more tart with the more sour qualities of cherries, red wine, and hints of vinegar coming through. In turn moves to more dried fruit--figs, prunes, dried cherries--soaked in wood-aged wine. Finishes acidic and bitter overall, yet still smooth. Medium body, complex, and very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2011 15:26:46 | More by Rifugium
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beerpirates

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

37.5 cl bottel poured into my cantilion tulip glass

Pours a slightly hazy amber with an orange-white head.
The strong sour aroma holds notes of tart fruits and berries, as well as wood and light funk.
Flavor is immediately sweet but then becomes quite sour with bright fruitiness.
Light to medium in body with fine, fizzy carbonation. Finishes with a long sour note and heavy dryness

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 19:53:02 | More by beerpirates
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jamescain

Texas

4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Saint Arnold’s sniffer, thanks texasclimber for sharing this one

Appearance: This is a gorgeous looking beer! Red with mahogany hues around the sides with a two fingers thick head. The head resides into a thin lacing on the top of the glass.

Aroma: Sour cherries, vanilla, oak, a tart pungency from the brett are the aromas that dominate, but none of them are over powering the other.

Taste: Your taste buds are hit with a cherry tart sourness at first and then are soothed by a slight sweetness. It’s not as sour as I was expecting, more balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, which made me happy, because I was worried it would be over carbonated due to the fact that when the cork popped it was over flowing for a good 30 seconds.

Overall: Very good and I would highly recommend if you can get your hands on some. The alcohol is very well hidden for a 10% ABV beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 20:05:33 | More by jamescain
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a reddish brown color with a decent white head. the smell is slightly funky and fruity with a definite sourness to it. the taste is very sour with a definite fruit flavor that I assume is the currants, thought i have never had a currant and do not know what they taste like. the mouthfeel seemed a little heavy, not that it was sweet, but there seemed to be something about the beer that was fuller than most other wilds I have had. overall this is a good beer, would drink it again

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 19:12:20 | More by rowingbrewer
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NWer

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottling 004x5.
Sour.
Sucks your cheeks out sour. Dark red pour into my chalice with nice rusty head and adequate retention. Currants show through with intensity intended by the brewers. This was a great representative of the style and one that should be experienced before you die.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 02:53:41 | More by NWer
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Lous Gueuze glass.

Pours a deep garnet with a thin, off white head that drops very quickly.

Aromas of sour cherries, horse blanket, some dark fruit.

Flavors of dark sour cherries, horse blanket.

Mouthfeel is bitter, dry and sour. Sourness is very mouth puckering.

Overall a very good wild ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 01:12:16 | More by JamnesCameron
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful auburn color, mostly clear, not much head but there's some sparse lacing.

Very tart, funky and vinegary smelling, with overtones of cherries. Not much else is going on really, but it does smell wonderful!

Lovely tasting stuff. Very sour, with vinegary overtones, currants and cherries fill out the fruity flavors too, followed by a pungent sour brett funkiness.

Feel is pretty light and zesty, with high acidity and light carbonation, leaving a lingering sour cherry aftertaste. Not much alcohol taste for 10% ABV.

Another great Russian River beer. Not that much different from some of their other sours, but they all are quite delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 15:54:25 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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Lessurluck

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Toronado's 3rd anniversary. Love that place!
As a celebration for there anniversary they popped open a bottle of batch #2. What luck right?

So overall I really liked it. I wish I had other batches to compare to. This one is very sour some probably wont like how sour this is but I definitely would recommend if you love sours.

Smell was very similar to other consecrations very sour, tart, vinegar, I smelt a little creamy banana.

Color was red with little bit of brownish hues. good carbonation similar to other consecrations.

taste was sour, tart, creamy with a little bit of vanilla and tangy grape/cherry sourness with tingle on the back of the throat.

I had a Malhuer 12 before they gave us this and I had to finish it after the consecration, it gave the Malhuer a big hop characteristic which was kinda interesting. So i don't recommend tasting other beers after this one.

Thank you Toronados!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 18:48:04 | More by Lessurluck
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SDDanC

California

4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 002 from 5L bottle

Pours an amber/ruby color with almost no head. just a tad lingered. Nose of wild cherry, wine vinegar, and vanilla. mouth feel is great, perfect amount of carb. taste of sour cherry and vanilla, almost a hint of white zinfandel in end to go along with the booze bite. i did not find this overly sour, it was balanced nicely with the wine/cherry/vanilla flavors

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 04:07:49 | More by SDDanC
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TheDudeRules

Minnesota

2.85/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my trusty Darkness snifter.

Batch 003 from a 750ml bottle.

Let me start by saying I know people go apeshit for this beer. I get that I am possibly a minority on not liking this style. The fact is, I rate a beer based on how it tastes to me. Style aside.

Pours a reddish ice tea color with a bit of off white head. Brett sour funk with a bit of vanilla note. Incredibly sour and tart. Puckering even. After I'm done praying this sip gets over with I do notice a booze bite on the backend. Overly tart and something I really don't wish to have again.

I'm getting stinkeye from the crowd on this one. Maybe rightfully so. Last I checked though I don't get mad if you dislike the ipa or stout in your glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 19:10:22 | More by TheDudeRules
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HosP

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared a 750ml bottle at DLD with friends. Opened up a 375ml since I vaguely remember it before.

A- Pours brown in color, maybe hints of red almost ruby depending on the light. Very little head to speak of though.

S- Very strong notes of vinegar, tartness. Tough to get much else through it. Maybe hints of cherry, but very little.

T- Follows the nose pretty close. Lots of tart, brett, sourness up front and throughout. There is maybe some fruit, cherry taste sprinkled in. The tartness dominates the other flavors though.

M- Medium body, low carbonation. Very acidic and works over your throat.

O- Lots of sourness. The one I had a DLD didn't seem to be as sour, but has some age on it. Wouldn't be able to drink another bottle of this in the same night. Always fascinated with sours like this, try to pull out more flavors, this one was tough to do though.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 04:54:17 | More by HosP
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Garnet red body with a bubbly head. No lasting head or lacing which speaks for the high ABV.

S: Obviously a sour and funky aroma with notes of currants, light oak, and cherries. Has a strong vinous quality to it.

T: Mouth puckering flavor. Flavors of cherries, white grapes, oak, brett, vinegar, a some currants. Very dry finish.

M: Very tannic mouthfeel; nice & bubbly carbornation; light to medium body.

O: I've been slowly getting myself into sour beers and this one was a nice one. Great representative of the style, but a sipper nonetheless. I can only handle one bottle at a time. More mild then some of the sours I've had which made this one more enjoyable for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 17:56:13 | More by BrewCrew2010
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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