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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,164 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,164
Reviews: 1,047
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,403
Gots: 1,308 | FT: 90
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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5/5  rDev +11.4%

btesta, Jan 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

Stoutsman, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of charlzm
2.48/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Consumed Saturday, January 7, 2012 at Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood, CA in a snifter.

Beer is a dark, plummy brown with no head.

Sweet apricot and plum aroma. Reminds me of a Passover wine as well. Trace of a metallic tang.

Flavor is the same as the aroma but is quite tart as well. Tart as in crazy sour. Weird aftertaste, like fermented figs.

Mouthfeel is ever so slightly thick and flat as Kansas.

I'll let the sour beer lovers have this one, as I'm not in that camp.

charlzm, Jan 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

busterthecat, Jan 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Schade, Jan 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

largefarva, Jan 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

mjmadsen21, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of stealth
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfection. If I had to choose between drinking milk or Consecration for the rest of my life I think my brain would implode from the sheer impossibility of deciding. If Jesus really did turn all that water into wine, it was really Consecration.

Seriously, this beer is the f'n best thing ever. The pour comes out the same shade of brown as the bottle's label. It reminds me of root beer in its appearance and slight carbonation bubbles steadily rising. There isn't a whole lot of brett funk in the aroma, but more of a wine aroma. A friend said 'paint stripper'. I said that's the smell of 'awesome'. I can't write a review that would adequately describe the taste of this brew, or do it any justice. It's tart, sour, but not overly so. Your mouth waters after each drink, begging for one more taste. It has the perfect balance, allowing you to drink this endlessly. Despite being a heavy-hitter at 10% ABV, you do not taste it at all. The warmth from it comes through, but that is it. Consecration finishes with an dryness that finishes its statement of 'Yes, you are drinking the most epic shit ever'.

stealth, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

uvm2003, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy reddish color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of oak and tart notes with some blackcurrant notes – very complex. Taste is also a very complex mix between some blackcurrant, some tart notes and some pedio with light sweet figs at the end. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol even though it does pack quite a punch. Very well done.

Phyl21ca, Jan 11, 2012
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1/5  rDev -77.7%

jraras, Jan 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

JRod1969, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

kiki3drt292, Jan 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

ThirstyHerf, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

monitorpop, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

jsilva, Jan 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

mountsnow1010, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of icepik
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark amber color, hazy, almost no head.

S: Fruity aroma reminiscent of cherry and raisins with a hint of sourness and phenol, very nice.

T: Sour –tart flavor, pretty smooth and not too strong, some phenol and wood-wine notes (this is barrel aged after all), fruit notes in the aroma carries through very nicely in the flavor. Some alcohol warmth at finish, but much more tart than boozy.

M: Soft mouth feel, fairly high carbonation gives it a bubbly feel.

O: This is a pretty complex sour ale, but it might be better to call it a "tart" ale. The sourness is better described that way. Highly recommended to try. Really like the balance, it provides a refreshing flavor on the tongue. If you like fruit-tart-wood-wine notes in a beer, you should love this.

icepik, Jan 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

kevfujii, Jan 08, 2012
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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
Photo of Drinkerofales
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
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,164 ratings.