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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,416 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,416
Reviews: 1,067
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 1,481
Gots: 1,473 | FT: 110
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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Photo of TheRuss9585
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of output01x
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375 mL. corked and caged bottle (Batch 007) into a tulip glass.

A strong pour yields a 1 1/2-finger tan-colored head that quickly fizzes away to just a thin foam ring in seconds. The body is a translucent dark ruby brown with decent amount of carbonation bubbles. Some light lacing can be seen clinging temporarily to the sides of the glass between sips but does not seem to stick around long.

Sweet, dark fruit aromas comprise the majority of the nose with notes of dark, wild berries (blackberries, mulberries, etc.) Oak, black cherries, and barnyard funk add a good bit of complexity and sourness.

Like the nose, each sip starts sweet and dark with flavors of berries. Swirling the liquid in the mouth allows a surprisingly strong sourness to impact the sides of the tongue. Swallowing the beer releases more sourness, oak and wild berry flavor, and straight-up funk. Flavors of unsweetened blueberries, currants, and pomegranate come out at this stage. As these flavors fade, a true cabernet sauvignon wine flavor sets in leading to a pleasing dryness. Surprisingly, outside of the cab flavor, no alcohol is detected.

The medium body is refreshing and easy to swallow but just a tad sticky. The carbonation is worse than a bowl of Rice Krispies with milk being added. As the beer warms, the carbonation seems to die down, really letting all the flavors come to fruition.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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

On tap at Churchill's during Churchill's Renaissance

Batch 2

Look: Pours a darker shade of brown with some red highlights 1/8 inch head and not much retention with some spotty lace

Smell: Dark fruits some tartness and oak

Taste: I was expecting this to be much more tart and sour but I think the age has done wonders for this beer. It is has some delicious sour berries with the black currant especially coming through some nice tart and sour sting with a bit of funk

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin body with medium carbonation and slightly tart

Overall: This is a damn fine example of a american wild ale I really enjoyed this and was glad I tried it

Photo of papat444
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

***Batch 004X3***

Big thanks to jzeilinger for this one.

Poured from a 375ml. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a lop sided 2-3 finger head (burnt sugar color) that quickly fizzes away with almost no lacing. A murky copper-light brown body with some red hints.

Smell: Sour berries, bit of sweetness and tartness not powerful. Some blackberries and wood.

Taste: Currants & blackberry seeds, really powerful with some tartness. Cabernet brings out the cork and red wine and melds seamlessly with the rest. Fine, tangy and complex.

Mouthfeel: Fairly dry and it fills every corner of the mouth. Tart but retains a level of comfort.

Overall: Really, really dug this. I could literally picture the currants i was tasting in the beer. ABV has zero impediment and this awesome blend is excellent.

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of OneBeertoRTA
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Out of all the non limited release RR sours this is the bees knees.

The pour is dark much more so than Temptation, the abv is whopping and well hidden.

This was the beer that turned my wife on to sours and her favorite to this day. When this is available at my local stores I get it ever time.

Highly recommended to any entry or veteran sour lover.

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3/5  rDev -33.3%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of TenHornsProud
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby with a fine white head. Slightly cloudy.

Big bretty armoa with clove and cherry notes. Some dark fruit, wood, funk, and horse blanket. Big, fantastic nose.

Cherry taste up front that goes into a cab/merlot red wine character that is bretty and ends on a bitter/sour kick. Slight wood-aged complexity sneaks in.

Medium to light body and high carbonation work quite well.

This is a fantastic beer that has a big red wine character.

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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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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5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of WMEugene
4.77/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 007

A - Pours a dark red/ruby color with a nice head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring and some lacing.

S - Tart and sour. Definitely pick up on the funkiness of the yeast. Dark fruits. Currants are the most noticeable fruit here. A very nice and strong smell.

T - Great sour notes...I definitely pick up apple and currant notes. Some cherry as well. A little bit of funkyness from the brett too. Very nice and complex. The Cabernet Sauvignon barrels add a nice touch and refined wine characteristic. This is the ideal sour beer - marvelous.

M - Medium bodied, it starts really sour and tart but a note of sweetness is present on the finish. For 10%, this drinks really nicely.

O - Consecration is one of the best sours I have ever had. It's extremely well done and inviting. I would love to have this again!

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,416 ratings.