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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,235 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,235
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,427
Gots: 1,338 | 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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Photo of unclejazz
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad that my 51st review is as heralded as my 50th.

Batch 7 poured into crystal goblet.

a-pours a beautiful reddish brown with cola-like carbonation. No head or lacing.

s-apricot, vinegar, funk, the whole funk, and nothing but the funk. so help me god.

t-I do catch the currants, which if I were a fan of, would probably give taste a 5. Lots going on and aided by the effervescence of this delightful brew.

m-just wonderful, a real workout for the tastebuds and the whole mouth. You feel this on your lips and all the way down. Juat hiny syrupy but so much fizz.

o-what a wonderful use of the ingredients. truly an artisanal beer. Maybe some day a wizard for find a way to produce this cheap and plentiful. Until then I will drink as much of this as I can.

Photo of TRingelstein
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of crashoveride
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 7 poured into a Great Lakes Christmas Ale snifter. thanks bubica!

body is a cloudy reddish orange. Head was soda pop fizzy. Like a dark gueuze.

Acidic sourness initially. All the lovely Brett smells come into play nicely. Light red wine (maybe thats the Cabernet barrels) is hidden underneath all of it.

Nice gueuze-like sourness, but its balanced by a wine like smoothness. What separates Consecration from other gueuzes is the sweetness. Its light, and sits light. The initial gueuze sourness hits you in the mouth, then fades with a wave subtle sweetness that leaves your mouth coated with that sweetness. As I work my way through the beer, it has wine-like qualities that make it even better. The booze is felt with a tingle on the tongue. a 10% Wild?!

Its not as sour as Belgians, but the overall balance is very refreshing.

I love the way this thing feels. Its not Belgian, but its damn close!

Photo of pirmannt1
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Shackman
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of seasmokiee
3/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of SEHopper
3.5/5  rDev -22%

Photo of Takahiro
3.95/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch 006x2E

A: deep brown, almost no head

S: red wine, grapes, some funk saying "hello" in the background

T: vinegary sour in tandem with lemon-peel like bitterness. sourness is not overwhelming. some alcoholic warmth in throat. lingering sweetness from alcohol

M: dry, but flavors (alcohol sweetness) lingers on your tongue for a while.

O: great sipper. I notice alcohol strength in my throat, but does not feel like it in my mouth due to its dryness. This beer is not sessionable.

Photo of Archemedies
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of ignorantharbor
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of brewcrew76
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 004x2

A - Ruby, mahogany with champagne like effervescence.

S - Cabernet Sauvignon, earthy funk, currants, cherries, oaky tannins and balsamic vinegar.

T - Mixed berry sweetness that quickly changes to a biting sourness with a touch of balsamic vinegar. Dark fruits, sour cherry, Cabernet with a hint of alcohol.

M - Medium body with a lot of carbonation. Light pucker on the finish.

D - Vinous complex beer with a touch of alcohol. Solid sour ale.

Photo of bhir
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Rob315
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Sparger
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass.
Batch: 005X2F

A: Pours a murky redish brown. There are more red hues than brown. After a vigorous pour, there is absolutely no head. There is a tiny white ring along the edges of the glass, but it's pretty much non-existent. No lacing as it drinks.

S: I'm picking up scents of tart cherries, plums, prunes, and vinegar. The tartness takes over and holds on. It's hard to pick out scents other than the ones mentioned already.

T: The taste starts out fruity and extremely tart. There is no doubt that it's all sour cherry and vinegar. That may sound a bit disgusting, but it's delicious. And to be honest... I'm not even a huge fan of cherries. This beer is fantastic.

M: Medium bodied beer. The feel is tart and astringent. The flavors coat the palate, but shift quickly into fleeting sour.

O: This beer is extremely impressive. The tartness and fruity notes are spot on. It's not overwhelming at all. To date... this is one of my favorite sours.

Photo of gafferjohn
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A Pours a clear cinnamon brown that has a lot of bubbles but a head that dissipates quickly.

S Has a nice brett barnyard funk with a berry/cherry like taste which I assume is the currants.

T Some nice brett funkyness, with a very tart cherry like taste with a bit of a woody note.

M Drinks like a nice champagne with all the carbonation. Warming alcohol.

Overall this is another amazing sour by Russian River. Not quite as good as Supplication but a very close second.

Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Rutager
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 006

Appearance. Pours a pretty clear, dark amber-brown with a very thin, bubbly off-white head.

Smell. Red wine, a little earthy funk and a bit of apples and berries.

Taste. Tart, fruity and woody red wine, a bit of cherry and currant. Some nice light funk and leather. Great stuff.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium, lively and fine carbonation.

Overall. Really nice sour here. The wine is great.

Photo of btesta
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Stoutsman
4/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

Photo of busterthecat
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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