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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,145 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,145
Reviews: 1,046
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,397
Gots: 1,299 | FT: 89
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%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

littlespeaker, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Stoffel, Jan 06, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 007

Pours brown, no head from the slow pour. Bubbles like rootbeer or champagne.

Smells like red wine, not so much on the funk, but it's there, has some fruitiness.

Taste is of tart wine from start to finish, plenty of grape from the barrel. Finished like wine in the aftertaste.

Feels very light and champagny. Bubbly on the tongue.

Overall, I still don't know if I would call this beer. Definitely more focused than the Supplication, but not as complex. While I really liked this concoction, I won't be seeking either out. Then again, I wouldn't turn it down either.


Drinkerofales, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

azorie, Jan 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Durb777, Jan 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Kavon, Jan 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

brotherliam, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from brewerburgundy courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2011, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 375ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wild Belgian yeast, esters, dark fruit and some light malts.

T: The taste starts out with a tart dark berry flavor followed by the wild Belgian yeast to enhance the sourness. The malt character is thin and the hops presence is very mild but both are where they should be for the style and create a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, well disguised kick, good representation of style, this is a good sour beer to drink for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

MrHirschybar, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Satchboogie, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

leschkie, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

schwaeh, Jan 01, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle of Russian River Consecration - batch number 7.

Appearance: Consecration pours a burnt maroon color with a thin, whispy white head and a relatively translucent body despite the bottle conditioning.

Smell: the Cabernet Sauvignon barrels really come through in the nose; theres a strong, unmistakable smell of red wine. I was expecting the brettanomyces to be a little more pronounced, but it wasn't really contributing much to the aroma on this one.

Taste: undeniably tart, yet not mouth puckering. The bacteria (lactobacillus and pediococcus) impart this souring flavor, yet seem to play well with the addition of currants as well as the lingering Cabernet Sauvignon components. The high ABV imparts a nice warming sensation, but isn't really perceptible otherwise.

Mouthfeel: Consecration is medium bodied and finishes with a wine-like dryness.

Overall: an interesting beer to be sure, and the only barrel aged offering from Russian River I've ever had (Supplication and Temptation are in the fridge). It was certainly enjoyable, but I wasn't really blown away.. And I'm not sure if I'd be willing to buy it online again and eat the cost of shipping. Now if I lived in California it would probably be a different story.

BlastBeats, Jan 01, 2012
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a oversized sniffter

Appearance : medium dark brown in color. Effervescent carbonation produces a fizzy champagne like head that dissipates quite quickly

Smell : this aroma is hard to describe other than funky goodness.

Taste : great flavor lots of tart fruit and grapes. Sour cherries also provide a nice pucker.The alcohol is not assertive which is surprising given its 10% abv

Mouthfeel : full bodied sour this beer really packs a punch. Champagne like bubbles dance on the tongue.

Overall : overwhelming well done brew. Strangely addictive the more RR sours I have the more I want. The best way to describe this beer is that it is somehow a hybrid of beer/wine/ champagne

BUNZILLA, Jan 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

cerunincos, Dec 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

jhighlandbrewing, Dec 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

schultzi22, Dec 31, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish to brown in color with a small off white head. In the aroma, tart dark fruit and a note of licorice. In the taste, dark grapes, small tartness and small alcohol notes. A sour bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry grape and note of sourness in the aftertaste. A small tartness, nice alcohol note, and quite wine like.

OWSLEY069, Dec 31, 2011
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Shane94941, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

ottodyer, Dec 31, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 005X1F into a tulip

A - Pours a beautiful ruby red/brown with one finger of quickly dissipating off-white head. No lacing.

S - Nice presence of Cabernet Sauvignon, good amount of earthy funk, and of course quite a sour presence, nice a dry fruitiness and a bit of oak.

T - Nice bright tartness to start this off, with earthy brett notes. Fruit is more assertive in the middle, with currents and tart cherry flavors coming through. Dry oak tannins and finish tartness on the finish.

M - Light, crisp mouthfeel with an earthy dry finish an some lingering tartness.

O - Excellent wild ale. I prefer the flavor profile of Supplication, but I have no complaints about this whatsoever and will have it whenever I can.

warnerry, Dec 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Neffbeer, Dec 30, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 6, 375ml into a Russian River tulip.

Pours murky burgundy with bubbles that dissipate into nothing almost instantly. Bubbles can be seen dancing to the top and collecting on the sides.

Plums, raisins, sour cherries, and currants greet your nose. A real vinous fruit quality, with a touch of tannin. Notes of red wine and balsamic vinegar creep in as the beer warms up and a little tingle of alcohol.

Opens with a touch of berry like sweetness that very quickly moves into a biting, vinegary like sour. Pitted and dark fruits still present on the tongue but much less than on the nose. Finishes with a nice fruity pucker, and a touch of alcohol.

Medium bodied with a touch of carbonation. A bit of drying, pucker, and a hint of alcohol.

Awesome fruity vinous flavors with a pucker and an alcoholic punch. Amazing how consistent Russian River can make an availably, high quality sour ale like this one. They never disappoint.

auroracrisis, Dec 30, 2011
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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