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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,236 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,236
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,428
Gots: 1,339 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Russian River Consecration, batch #007. Poured into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip glass.

Decent clarity through a murky coppery-orange color. Looks brown without a light backdrop. Little head after raising the bottle during the pour. An eggshell ring holds thick. 3.5

So much pucker in the nose. Faint sweetness matching tart berries (currants). Alcohol, barnyard funk, hay, lemon, unripe raspberry, barrel wood, and a tannic red wine. Nice aroma/fumes. 4.5

Not super sour, as I might have expected. Rounded vinous barrel, heaps of critter funk, tart currants, lemon juice, wild flora tang, and thin malts. Some aged hop hopping that bitters the beer a bit in the finish. Slightly acetic. Maybe even lactic. Has a great big cabernet vibe. Very much like a soured red wine, full of tannins and oak characteristics. Hints of blackberry, tobacco, and bitter almond. Fabulous. 4.5

Younger bottle shows some nice spritz, especially in the finish. Medium-thin body is a bit surprising for a 10% beer. So is the near-absence of strength in the taste. A tame but welcoming mouthfeel, overall. 4.0

This is a top-notch sour. I've heard these (and other) RR sours can go downhill after some aging, but I'm excited to check in on my batch #006 in a year or two. A must try. 4.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I believe this was batch 004, but I can’t be sure. Pours a reddish brown hued body, with almost no head, and no lacing at all. Looks more still, by far, than expected. Strange.

Aroma is packed with prominent oak, mustiness, funk, sweet currants and sour cherries, slight vinegar underneath. Taste has all this and more; it’s fruity, sour, a bit tart and oaky. Not an over-the-top sour warhead-type beer, just well integrated sourness with the oak and a touch of vinegar. The currants are fairly subtle, with more tart cherry flavor than anything else. Definite must and funk; vinous, slightly sweet, very complex.

Medium bodied with low carbonation; I would have preferred a crisper, livelier, and cleaner feel, although the finish is quite dry. Interesting beer to be sure, curious about the stillness of this particularly bottle. Very good, but not as appealing as Supplication, Sanctification, or Temptation for my money.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 22/4/12 batch 006

A clear light ruby red when held to the light with just a thin film foe head that falls quickly and leaves zero lace, I like the color

S funky strawberry and cassis with some oaked vinous notes with some vinegar, smells pretty good and I'd never guess it's 10%

T I prefer the taste with more sour vinegar and the cassis is easier to pick up, more vinous notes leaves me wondering if there was still wine in the barrel, I pick up on the subtle barrel notes but its the liquid grape that I can taste

M sour and leaves my mouth tingling just a little, still no heat and a slickness left behind, pin prick bubbles work well

O perhaps I was a little hard on the smell, it may have been closer to great then good, I'm more impressed by how they made a 10% BA brew that has no booze anywhere

I see a trend developing with Russian River, great stuff being brewed!! yet another big thank you too Rutager for sending me this one along with many others

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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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