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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,460 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,460
Reviews: 1,070
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 1,501
Gots: 1,505 | FT: 116
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:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 10-31-2008

Belgian-style dark ale aged in American oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with currants.
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Ratings: 4,460 | Reviews: 1,070
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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of chocosushi
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

C&C->Flying Dog Chalice
A ~ Pours a very deep ruby red w/ crystal clarity & scraps of lace on the sides of the glass.

S ~ Tart Currants...Very Wild Nose w/ hints of aluminum/metallic notes. Oak rounds the fruit out very well.

T ~ More tart Currants w grape-y notes following suit..sour wheat & lilting light malt notes. The lactic acid & pedio is ever present.. Apple cider vinegar w/ Metallic notes fade into lemon zest & wood. There's twinges of flavor reminiscent of Pixie Stick. It's wild!

M ~ A syrupy-sour body w/ stinging lactic/pedio sourness w/ tang & tannin from the copious amounts of currant, all rounded out w/ oak undertones. DANG!

D ~ Damn fine sour ale that showcases how well it can pair w/ fruit. Wild & refined complexity here. One of the greatest.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Piason
4/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Offa
4.01/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red brown, it has a small pale tan head, fizzy, soon thinning to a ring.

Aroma is rich fruity sour fruits, vinegary turned plums, caramelised prunes, wet earth, wet dark bread. It is excellent.

Taste is good but not as exciting as the aroma. It has tart-sour fruits and wood up front, light winy sweetness. It is very drinkable, has a good, lively feel. However, it is rather one-dimensional and not interesting, lacking in complexity or depth of character and thus gets somewhat boring rather quickly.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of macrosmatic
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to eyebereej for this in a trade! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 375mL bottle into Peg's tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep red amber, is somewhat translucent. Not much in the way of visible carbonation.

S: Aroma is a bit like wine; fruity & dark. Sourness very evident in the nose.

T: Taste sweet and yet dry, with flavors of cherry, merlot, apple hints over the woody flavor. The fruity flavors are present, but it is not a sweet beer overall. I'm not sure of the words to use. Dry dry finish.

M: Nice mouthfeel - smooth, a little lighter mouthfeel than expected. It does result in some puckering sensation, to be sure. Alcohol presence less in the taste, more in the warming sensation down my esophagus.

O: Definitely a good sour beer, though not my favorite RR sour so far. I considered changing my description of the flavor - I'm assuming that I tasted Cabernet, not merlot. But I decided to leave my initial impression intact and expose my wine ignorance.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. It's from Batch 005X2E. Poured this one into my Lost Abbry tulip.

A: Pours a fairly clear amber color. Basically no head. There was a good pop on the cork. But not a lot of carbonation. Lacing is non existent. You do catch some little alcohol feet.

S: I am getting the customary Flemish Red type smells off this one, but the complexity is amped with some of those vinous notes from the red wine barrel. I get some tart dark cherries and vinegar notes as well.

T: It's a more mild tart on the tip of the tongue. Then you get that tart dark cherry flavor that I have come to love. It's very smooth, and mellowed by the oak barrels I would assume. You do pull some of that leather and wood that red wine would add as well. You can't taste the 10% at all, as I thought that was a little high for the style. it's completely masked.

M: This is a lighter, medium mouthfeel for me. It's very drinkable and pleasant.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Forb
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle; 10% ABV; batch 007...

Appearance: Pours a translucent ruby/brown body with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Lacing and retention are at a minimum.

Smell: Tart characters from combination of the Cabernet Sauvignon and currant additions. Almost makes me glands water just smelling it.

Taste: Definitely a sour ale with the wine characteristics clearly amplifying the approach. Tobacco notes from the malt blend with a dark fruit to create a complex balance of sour subtlety. No bite whatsoever from the alcohol!!

Mouthfeel: Carbonation like a champagne or sparkling wine finishing clean but not too dry.

Overall: He went from wine to beer... artist to artist! 10% ABV never tasted so... nonalcoholic?? Cheers!!

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To me this is everything geat about Roddenbach Grand Cru time a thousand... more complexity, more sourness, more leather, more better. Clear brown with a dark red tint. Amazing! Currants, jucy, sour, balanced, tobacco, oak, and clove. Its hard for me to describe just how much you’ll like it. Subtle and delicious but crazy complex. Get it!

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4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was able to try this at the brewery. Poured dark rosey amber. Very sour but I preferred supplication. There's a little bit more of booze In the taste with a more malty finish.. Makes your mouth pucker though. This brewery sure knows what it's doing with sours.

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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