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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,721 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,721
Reviews: 1,033
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 1,340
Gots: 1,163 | FT: 84
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 UMNbeerhunter


4.38/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip on 5/6/11.

Pours a dark amber with beautiful amber hues when held to the light. Head dissipates quickly leaving no lacing at all.

Smells wonderfully tart with berries and funk, I like it but it lacks complexity.

Taste is absolutely mouthwatering. The sour funk has a wonderful balance with the sweet berries and tobacco musk. I have trouble enjoying sours but this is very exceptional and I really do enjoy this brew.

Mouthfeel is light in weight and has an awesome tingle that dances down the tongue leaving a resin aftertaste of tobacco.

Overall this is just great and I am going to stop writing now and just enjoy it while it lasts. Good RR, good job.

05-07-2011 04:18:10 | More by UMNbeerhunter
Photo of jcartamdg


4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

375 of awesomeness. Pours a reddish brown, only slightly hazed. 1 finger head that doesn't stay long. Aromas of red wine and oak and so much more. Taste is tart with the oak and red wine notes, slight vinegar aroma. Overall another very tasty sour one of the best I've had.

05-05-2011 20:31:42 | More by jcartamdg
Photo of Airyk12


3.48/5  rDev -22.3%

Pours a deep brown with a slight ruby tint. No head to speak of.

Smells tart, followed by fruit; cherries and currants, with strong vinegar.

Taste definitely follows the nose, with strong fruitiness and vinegar tartness. Too much brett... Hints of cherries and currants, but mostly vinegar. Alcohol noticeable, but not strong at all.

Highly acidic feel, with some carbonation. Not too smooth, but that's a sour for you.

After all the hype, including the price, I was unimpressed. I was expecting an eye-opening sour experience, and I got what I consider an average experience. Maybe some more aging would have improved it; I don't know. Just underwhelming all around.

05-04-2011 08:12:01 | More by Airyk12
Photo of mavbrew


4.33/5  rDev -3.3%

A: The color is light brown with red hints when held up to the light. The head is off-white and quickly dissipates to a thin lace.

S: Right off the bat you can smell the tartness of this beer. Also present is some cherry notes with the slightest bit of a woodsy aroma.

T: The taste is much like the smell, a bit of a sour bite to it (as is expected). The cherries are probably the most dominate flavor in the beer but there is also hints of wood.

M: Light medium body with light carbonation. The feel is obviously sour.

D: This beer is sour, of course, but it is a very easy drink, unlike other sours out there. The 10% ABV is hardly noticeable, the beer is very smooth and well balanced.

05-03-2011 23:47:35 | More by mavbrew
Photo of MarcatGSB


4/5  rDev -10.7%

Poured into La Fin Du Monde tulip. Thanks to Damico for really hooking me up on a recent trade! Batch 004X4.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown/almost purple color with no head (is that normal?). No lacing.

Nose: Well some definite funk and wild berries. Blackberries, currants, and cherry. Some oak linger.

Taste: Great sour character. Initial blast of lemon tartness. Deep cherry, some Pinot Noir notes, okak, and lively vinegar. Great flavor profile.

Mouth: Puckeringly tart. The alcohol is well hidden and allows the fine currant flavor and dry puckering to come through.

Drink and Overall: I gotta knock the appearance for lack of carbonation. I expected a little more head, and therefore more nose. It was wonderful, but I will update if I taste again with different reaults.

05-03-2011 22:54:02 | More by MarcatGSB
Photo of thain709


4.15/5  rDev -7.4%

Batch 004X4 graciously shared by Deuane

A - Dark brown body with some ruby highlights...it's alive...the carbonation is crazy in this one...some sediment is suspended and floating around...the head was small and white and didn't stick around for long...with a swirl it comes back but vanishes just as quickly...all that's left is a small bead around the top

S - You can smell that this one is going to be tart...it's very fruity with tart cherries, grapes, raisins, and currants...the grapes bring out a very pronounced winey characteristics...not many woody aromas

T - There's the tartness I was waiting for...full on tart and sourness that makes you pucker up nicely...the currants really blend in nicely (I actually tried a dried currant along side the beer because I did not know what they tasted like)...again the tartness comes back...the finish is wine like and flavored with currants

M - Medium bodied...tart with dark fruits (currants, grapes)...nice carbonation

D - I was happy to finally try a beer from Russian River...and I'm starting to get used to trying wild ales...the tartness level in this one was apparent from the first sniff and very apparent as you swallow...I liked trying a dried currant along side because it really helped me pinpoint the currant flavor in the beer...again, a big thanks to Deuane for sharing this one with me

05-01-2011 18:04:29 | More by thain709
Photo of Cmack15


4.88/5  rDev +8.9%

appearance: deep mahogany color

aroma: malty sweetness, yeasty, oak notes

taste: starts with the malty sweetness that fades into the sour but not funky clean and crisp, tart

mouthfeel: light carbonation and light body

wow just a superb beer one mof my all time faves. The 10% abv is well hidden I could see this being a session beer but it is not, because you need to savor it


05-01-2011 16:34:41 | More by Cmack15
Photo of birchstick


4.2/5  rDev -6.3%

Batch 004x4

Picked this one up in Colorado the previous summer and have been waiting patiently to crack it since. It survived its cage almost getting blown off due to elevation change and an accidental freeze in the fridge...let's see what's in the bottle

A - pours a brownish red with a small head with a ton of bubbling carbonation. More of a deep red with shades of brown.

S - smells of vinegar, sour notes, a bit of brett funk...sour smelling overall

T - starts off with sour notes of lemon that pucker and lock up your mouth. The sourness is cut into by acidic vinegar tones which helped bring down the sourness. On the exhale you can taste the sour flavors and a lot of vinous oak-soaked cab notes on the finish...this taste lingered far down the palate, almost like I washed down my drink with some cab. A bit of brett funk and mushroom hung over everything but it was hard to tell exactly when on the palate it came in. Really nice complexity.

M - Really nice carbonation and good body to it

D - This beer showcases to me why RR is considered one of the top, if not the top, wild ale producer in North America. Really nice complexity that makes this stand out from some of the other sours / wilds I have tried. I am going to have to get some more of this one for sure.

05-01-2011 01:20:16 | More by birchstick
Photo of Soonami


4.18/5  rDev -6.7%

375ml Russian River Consecration Batch 004X1, served at cellar temps, poured into a 500ml Mother Earth tulip.

This is a beautiful beer. It's a deep garnet red with just a wisp of head that quickly dissipates like soda bubbles. The effervescence carries a lot wine notes: black peppery, damp oak, crushed and blackberries, with just a whiff of earthy funk. The acid and alcohol and definitely present in the nose and on the palette. The wine notes dominate, with big fruitiness, leather, tobacco, and a dry tannic oak finish . The currants add a bit of jammy, creamy fruit. The finish is boozy with just a slightly tart and minerally finish. There is a bit of lingering funk that coats your tongue. Very tasty and complex. Great beer. Thanks Vinnie for making this.

04-29-2011 01:45:05 | More by Soonami
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4.47/5  rDev -0.2%

A: Small, rapidly dissipating head. Slightly cloudy garnet color.

S: currants and vinegar. Really mouth-watering.

T: Currant on the front of the tongue, followed by a little apricot and wood. This bottle was only mildly sour, although I've had more sour pours of this beer in the past.

M: Moderately carbonated with a long, fruity finish

O: Damn good. My only complaint is that it's gotten easy enough to get around here that it's no longer the treat that it used to be.

04-29-2011 00:40:56 | More by kscaldef
Photo of JoshVandy


4.2/5  rDev -6.3%

Thanks to Smarcoly for sending this bottle out in a trade as an extra. Shared with Emmaus217 on April 25, 2011 before he left for the military today.

Batch 005x2F
Corked and Caged 375mL bottle into a Cigar City snifter

A- Pours a beautiful dark ruby red with a nice 1 finger white head that almost immediately disappears. No lacing to speak of either. A great looking beer.

S- A fantastic sour funk that makes way to the dark fruits and old leather as it warms in the glass. Reminds me of a nice red wine.

T- Great tartness up front with grapes, a hint of currants, sweet acidity, kind of like a sugar covered lemon, and a great sour back end. Very enjoyable.

M- Perfectly carbonated with a nice dry finish. Slightly thin, but in a good way that doesn't overpower the more defining parts of this beer.

O- Very impressed. This being my first Russian River wild ale, I was expecting a great funky beer and came away with just that. A perfect send off beer for my best friend, Emmaus217. Good luck man.

04-26-2011 20:25:03 | More by JoshVandy
Photo of cpmichael


4/5  rDev -10.7%

Poured into a Stone RIS. Not sure on batch, but I am pretty sure it was the most recent one to date.

A: Pours a reddish-brown, translucent, with no foam.

S: Smells of barnyard funk, red win, and plums.

T: sour cherries and red wine, barnyard funk, with hints of vanilla and oak.

M/D: very little carbonation, medium body. Fruity and sour. I drank this after a cantillon rose de gambrinus, and I knew this was good, but it was tough for the Consecration to follow the Cantillon.

04-26-2011 15:57:53 | More by cpmichael
Photo of harrymel


3.98/5  rDev -11.2%

Batch 3x3

A: Pours a plum red with excellent clarity. No carbonation evident despite exceedingly audible 'pop' when cork came out. Looks like a Pinot Noir honestly - beautiful.

S: Grape skins, farm, funky horse blanket. The cab bals come through here. Nicely woven with the bacteria in the juice.

T: Wow, grapes, oak, grain. French oak. straw, currants play nicely here too. Very complex beer, hard for me to articulate everything going on here.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation. Leaves palate a little dry.

O: Excellent sour. I prefer the supplication series, but this is a close second from RR. Good job again Vin.

04-25-2011 08:29:25 | More by harrymel
Photo of Azurescens


4.3/5  rDev -4%

375mL corked and caged bottle, batch 005x1F poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/23/11

A: Pours a clear dark red with thin tan head that dissipates seconds after being poured leaving no film or lacing around glass.

S: Sweet and sour with dark fruit, brett funk, a hint of oak and some alcohol. Smells similar to a red wine with some funk, sourness and spice from the currants.

T: Sweet dark fruit with some lacto sourness, barnyardy funk and a touch of oak. I can really taste the currants much more than I picked up in the aroma. The sour wine aroma in the nose doesn't really carry over to the taste, this is definitely a sour ale from start to finish.

M: The light carbonation is amplified by the tingling acidic sourness on my tongue. Nice smooth medium body finishes on the dry side and leaves fruit and spice flavors lingering in my mouth.

O: Solid sour ale, tastes great but I would drink a Supplication over this any day. The currants add a nice unique flavor to compliment the sourness and sweet fruit. Drinks really well for a 10% ABV ale, the alcohol is barely noticeable.

04-24-2011 02:48:50 | More by Azurescens
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4.55/5  rDev +1.6%


A - Pours a dark ruby brown color with an off-white head.

S - Red wine comes out strong along with lots of clean wood. Dried cherries, musty old church-like funk.

T - Sweet/sour cherries, tart raspberry quickly overtakes any sweetness with a lactic acidic bite. Malty sweetness barely bleeds through with notes of faint cocoa. The finish is a sensation of having plum/grape skins on your tongue along with a sharp punch of acidic sour right at the end.

M - Low prickly carbonation, thin body.

Wine and wood are strong components. Sharp and sour with lots of tart fruit character and was nice to have some good funk in there as well.

This would go great with grilled goat cheese filled mushrooms.

04-22-2011 22:49:39 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of Knapp85


3.58/5  rDev -20.1%

This pours out as a pretty nice wine like Amber Red color. The head vanishes quickly after the pour and just leaves a thing white film on top of the beer. The smell is super tart smelling, very acidic like vinegar. The taste is of sour cherry and stomach acid similar to a Geuze Lambic. The after taste leaves a dry mouthfeel in the back of your tongue. It makes you want another sip but since I'm not into this style too much it's almost unwanted. The mouthfeel is similar to a red wine in my opinion. It's an awesome beer for those who like the Wild Sour Ales but it's just not for me.

04-22-2011 02:17:19 | More by Knapp85
Photo of palma

New York

4.18/5  rDev -6.7%

Appearance: Dark cherry amber body. Small fizzy off white head fades rather quickly to a thin ring lace.

Aroma: funky bread, wet leather, some nuttiness, and currant. Very musty. Tobacco. Hint of vinegar. The mustiness and tobacco are a little too potent IMO. I don't particulary like them especially at this level. After tasting the beer, the aroma becomes more pleasing.

Taste: sweet cherry/plum upfront followed immediately by a strong sour tang. Although the sour is strong, it takes a backseat to the sweet dark fruit flavors. Finishes very dry with the lingering taste of bitter apple skins on the back of the tongue. Exceptionally complex.

Mouthfeel: bright and airy. Very champaign like.

Drinkability is extremely high for such a high alcohol beer. This is 10% and if you like sour beers, you can really pound this stuff. It might be a good thing that it's expensive.
Drink it at cellar temperature or even almost room temperature, - the beer opens up and more sweetness shows rather than the sour. Complexity improves the drinkability as you want to keep drinking to simply figure out what it is you are tasting. The dryness also contributes to this great drinkability.

One of the top wild ales in the world. I like some of the other russian river wilds better (i.e Supplication, Compunction), but this one is still very good.

04-21-2011 07:27:52 | More by palma
Photo of muttyd


4.4/5  rDev -1.8%

Batch 005X1F

Poured into a RR Belgian chalice glass (seemed fitting?). Garnet body with a fizzy offwhite head that rapidly fizzy away quickly. Aroma is filled with oak & red wine notes; cherries, plums, grapes. Very barnyard-like funky aroma. Flavor is bracingly sour, funky, and oaky. The sweet fruity characteristics really shine in the flavor as well. Finishes bone dry with a mouthwatering astringency. Bubbly/prickly on the tongue with a rather light body. To top everything off, the alcohol is extremely well hidden, making this one incredibly drinkable brew. Russian River knows how to make beer.

04-20-2011 00:35:22 | More by muttyd
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3.8/5  rDev -15.2%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Batch 004X1. Thank you slentz for the trade!

No head off the slow pour, what little there was, was a light tan brown that quickly faded and left the smallest of all collars. Body color is a gorgeous dark red and brown cherry, very wine like looking.

A nice simple tartyness that isn't overpoweringly sour. Cherry like fruit sensation. Not even any heat really coming off for this high abv. Standard funky barnyard to go with it, musty and dank, slightly dry. No sense of oak from this at all.

Classic tart and viscous sour, but sort of boring. Sour cherries also. Almost red wine vinegar but not quite. Sort of one dimensional. Fairly alright for mouthfeel light bodied, warming in the stomach, and coating snap feeling mid palate with some spice. Strangely I get a feeling for summer sausage when having this beer. I want paprika with this.

Overall alright but sort of pedestrian. Feels like a food beer than for casual drinking for me. It will do.

04-14-2011 23:53:54 | More by smakawhat
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4.2/5  rDev -6.3%

Appearance: Pours out a medium amber color with about a finger of off-white head forms that has pretty average retention and minimal lacing. Some carbonation is present, but not a whole lot.

Smell: Funk and mustiness are present, but not real strongly. A bit of sourness as well, and quite a bit of oak, along with some darker fruit character; possibly plum and/or currant.

Taste: The plums and currants come out first, followed by strong mustiness and acidity. Out of Temptation, Supplication and Consecration, this beer is assuredly the most sour. A definite lactic sourness noted that is biting, and combines with the oak character very nicely. This is absolutely the highlight of this beer.

Mouthfeel: This beer is definitely medium bodied, but is lacking a bit of carbonation for my taste. Fairly low for the style, but still good. Overall, a good wild ale that really satisfies if you're looking for something sour. I wish the other aspects of this beer were as good as the taste, because it is good.

04-11-2011 02:22:52 | More by zhanson88
Photo of snaotheus


4.53/5  rDev +1.1%

12oz corked bottle split into three samplers

Pours a nice dark rubyish color, with only a little head. Smell is sweet and sour, and in a little way, quite wonderful. Maybe some dark grapes, maybe a little cherry.

Taste is very tart, a little plummy, a little dark bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin, a little filmy. Overall, I'm enjoying this more than the Sanctification in the other glass.

04-10-2011 23:19:55 | More by snaotheus
Photo of messyhair42


4.58/5  rDev +2.2%

This is my first review on BA. This beer is so outstanding I feel I must review it.

Appearance: Poured into an oversize red wine glass, pours red-brown with a thin head that disappears quickly. Using a headlamp to give it some backlight reveals a steady stream of bubbles rising to the top

Smell: Leather funk, and like spontaneously fermenting raspberries.

Taste: Like it smells, tart on the back of the tongue, caramel sweetness. I've had barrel aged beer and brett soured beer before, but never together, and this is nothing like I've tasted in either case. Its complexity changes as it warms to room temperature; the currant flavors come out more and the sourness is much more pronounced. it develops a creamy softness that balances out the flavors. the 10% alcohol is completely masked by the other flavors and textures. has a very long finish that tastes like a full bodied cabernet. the finish is complimented by a well aged asiago and a single sip of Islay single matl scotch

Mouthfeel: the carbonation tickles the tongue almost as much as the sourness.

as a whole this beer is amazing, will probably drink again as a special occasion.

04-10-2011 05:43:22 | More by messyhair42
Photo of eclaycamp


4.9/5  rDev +9.4%

I've had the opportunity to have this on three separate occasions. Once at GABF, and twice at home with some bottles I was able to find while out there. The beer at first is unassuming. It pours a cloudy, hazy, mahogany with a small, tiny head. Then you smell it. Smell is oaked funk. Very sour, with a sufficiently huge aroma. First taste is an explosion on the tongue, with a huge sour note exploding outwards midway through the first taste. Wow. That's really all I can say. Must be tasted to be believed. The standard bearer for sour beers. . Pliny gets all the press but this beer deserves all the accolades - and more. Most assuredly up there with my favorites of all time.

04-08-2011 23:26:18 | More by eclaycamp
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

375ml bottle served at 55 degrees,poured into a snifter.Batch 5 I believe.

A. Big pop as I take out the cork,Pours a beautiful ruby red,especially held upto the light.Very clear and lots of carbonation.A one finger head leaves as quickly as it came and left no lacing what so ever.

S. Big red wine smell, sour grapes pucker my mouth before I even taste (I'm a sour greenhorn) in anticipation.Definately picking up the oak in the nose,And A bit of the alchohol.

T. At first very sour and dry! I can't explain to much I do get some of that barn yard smell along with sour grapes. What I like best is it mellows out in the end with the oak.

M. Medium feel is nice. prickly carbonation stings the pallet.

Overall this is only my second sour ever and I enjoyed it quit a bit.I have another in the celler, interested to see what age does to it.Try this if you have not tried it yet.

04-08-2011 15:21:15 | More by Marty30
Photo of Kemmerlin


4.75/5  rDev +6%

A: medium brown reddish color with a light creamy colored head unfiltered and full bodied look.
S: so many aromas...black licorice, raspberry, currant, Belgian like yeast, and the sourness comes in the back of the nose.
T: a sour raspberry cocoa blend a bit of nuttiness and like banana at the end.
M/D: crisp and dry like a fine wine never had that from a beer. All this blends together well and creates one very drinkable beer.

04-07-2011 01:57:28 | More by Kemmerlin
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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