Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -22%
amber brown color with a thin white head. no lacing whatsoever. Head fades to nothing rather quickly. smell is capital Potent of funky sourness. I don't know how to describe the taste, but it's intensely sour, with dark fruit notes. zingy mouthfeel.
overall: the lesser of all the RR sours, but still not bad. price was $22 a bomber (Batch 3) which is much lower than prices for others.
03-20-2011 02:42:29 | More by Blanco
4.97/5 rDev +10.7%
Appearance: Dark burgundy color the head is bubbly and quickly dissipates, lacing is minimal.
Aroma: Smells of oak, red wine, barnyard, lots of funk, and berries or in this case currants.
Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated medium body. Feels very similar to a sparkling wine or champagne.
Taste: Very complex, this beer tastes great it gives off lots of tannins. The taste of Cabernet Sauvignon is very prevalent in this beer.
Drinkability: Highly drinkable. This beer is sour but not extremely sour, the 10% ABV had me apprehensive on how this beer would taste but this is as drinkable, and perhaps even more so than the Supplication.
Overall: The best wild ale/sour I have ever tasted.
03-18-2011 15:57:09 | More by ChanChan
4.1/5 rDev -8.7%
Appearance: Clear medium-brown with red overtones. Reminiscent of strong tea.. Light beige head that quickly dissipated.
Smell: Smells of slight musk, grapefruit and oak.
Taste: Citrus fruit-like tastes come through along with some oak and slight funk. I also get a slight bitterness I'm guessing is from the roasted malts. I get the flavors first then the sour follows. Sour grapefruit aftertaste.
Mouth-feel: Fairly full bodied for the style with modest carbonation.
Drink-ability: The flavors and body belie the fact it's 10% ABV
One of my go to Sours that I'm finally reviewing.
03-15-2011 04:10:59 | More by IKR
4.3/5 rDev -4.2%
Batch 001x1. Bottled 12/24/2008. Glazed brick red with an orange juice infusion and polished persimmon highlights. The khaki colored crown is crackly and unsticky, which is frequently the case with barrel-aged ale that is also hop-deficient. Despite a spic-n-span chalice, the liquid itself is a lovely hue.
It's difficult to appreciate the BSDA-like qualities or the currants. On second sniff, dark malts and medium-dark fruit isn't quite buried beneath the bugs... which include two yeasts (Abbey Ale and Brettanomyces) as well as two bacteria (Lactobacillus and Pediococcus). American wild ale is the perfect style choice according to the nose.
Consecration comes through where it matters most and is yet another inspired creation from the mind and hands of Mr. Cilurzo. Whatever complexity was lacking in the nose has been found on the palate. Truthfully, the aroma is improving by leaps and bounds as time goes by.
The best thing is that the base BSDA does a wonderful job sticking up for itself under the onslaught of tangy funkitude from the wee critters. There are fig and tobacco qualities that supercede the currants. Breadth, depth and complexity is a hallmark of Russian River beer. Alcohol masking is ridiculously seamless.
This already amazing ale might have been even better with more malt and darker malts. In other words, a funk-accented BSDA rather than a BSDA-accented American wild ale. Yeah, that's probably nothing more than my style preferences talking. It's impossible to argue with what has soaked into my taste buds so far.
The mouthfeel has almost certainly taken a hit in the more than two years since bottling. That said, it manages a hint of viscosity in the second half of each mouthful. Lush and creamy and expansive isn't in the cards at this point... if it was ever present.
Consecration (noun): the act of dedication to the worship and service of a deity. It would be blasphemy to suggest that Vinnie is a deity, so how about craft brewing god? Bottom line: this outstanding elixir is another in a long line of outstanding -tion beer from one of the best breweries in this, or any, country.
03-14-2011 13:23:51 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.35/5 rDev -3.1%
I've been waiting on this one for a while. From the same BA trade that got me the Lost Abbey Witches Wit, as well as the Lost Abbey Cuvee De Tomme that I'm sitting on even longer. It's been sitting in the fridge for about six weeks, and I can't wait any longer. Away we go!
Dark plum-red coloration, with no head at all, starts slightly fizzy, then quits quickly.
Aroma: ah, that's the stuff, there's the brett, that funky wild wicked twisted sour and sassy wine-ish nose. Currants are doing plenty of work here, too, it's fresh with the fruit. Lovely, lovely stuff.
Tasting it: Whoa! Grabs the tongue and pins it down. Puckeration all the way, in this. Does not relent with the intense tartness. Fruit flavor gives some relief, squeezing in between the huge tart bite.
Another sip, another gulp, and in rushes cherries, blackberries, grapes, some sweet, and then sour. grips the tongue, spanks it a bit, slathers it up and down with funk and sour. Luxurious, relaxing, lush and wonderful.
Halfway in, it's getting deep, plummier, richer...moreover. I'm more impressed-er, for sure. Deeee-licious. Mmmm. Mmm. Mm. M.
03-10-2011 05:10:53 | More by feloniousmonk
4.22/5 rDev -6%
Had this a few times before and finally decided to review. Split about about 2 months ago at the SMBDC sour meeting. 3-4oz served in a tasting glass. Batch 4x4
A: Nice dark amber color. Leaves a ring of white head
S: Nose is basically a fruit medley. Grape, strawberry, cherry. Some funk. Some tartness from the fruit. I might even detect some currant
T: Sour right up front. Dry fruit follows once you get accustomed to the tartness. A bit of sweetness gets through, but definitely hindered by funk
M: Medium. After a few sips the sourness died down a bit, but still very present. Dry, wine-like finish
D: Definitely a great sour. A bit drier then most. I think I prefer Supplication though due to a bigger fruit presence
03-09-2011 22:21:15 | More by Brez07
4.47/5 rDev -0.4%
Batch 004x4 - whatever that means.
A: Very clear. The color is interesting, its like a dark mahogany and when held up to the light it takes on a reddish orange hue. Lots of tiny bubbles rushing to the surface, almost like a chute of champagne. Head was disappeared as fast as it arrived and leaves little lacing.
S: Wow. I've never smelt a beer like this. Its got that barnyard smell typically found in aged old world wines, along with tobacco, molasses, and currants... the weird part is this hint of sweetness...like cherries floating around in the background. I was an oenophile well before getting to really appreciate beer and most wines can't even match this smell in complexity. Whatever barrels they used really left their mark.
T: So much going on. Its got that wine character - molasses, tobacco, barnyard at first, which is overwhelmed by this super tart but at the same time subtly sweet... the sweet flashes and disappears leaving a long puckering tart that sits on the palate until the wine character reemerges and stays with you for some time. Really didnt notice the 10% abv at all.
M: Has a light to medium champagney body to it, not as much carbonation as I thought when first poured and the carb it has at first continues to dissipate as you drink it. Its not bad at all.
D: As good as it is, i dont know how many id want to drink. Not to take away from the beer, but this is one of those that are probably most appreciated when served with food, not to be consumed in quantity. This beer bitch slapped my brain, id have a headache if i had another.
03-04-2011 23:43:27 | More by Murphdog82
4.05/5 rDev -9.8%
Poured from a bottle into a tulip, the beer pours a deep, dark amber color that appears to be clear, and starts with an inch of bubbly head that quickly vanishes down to nothing. The beer smell is an uncanny comparison to a light merlot. The currants are definitely apparent when you raise the glass to your nose. The beer has good carbonation throughout drinking, which helps to keep the heavy flavors light in mouth. The beer is sour on the tip of the tongue, and continues down the tongue, almost puckering at points. Dark fruit flavors abound throughout the mouth, with a slight peppery spice every once in a while. Very tasty, and again, the lightness and crispness provided by the steady carbonation make this a nice, smooth drink. The beer leaves a sour grape-type flavor in the mouth after each sip, but light. The sour aftertaste and the lingering finish pucker the mouth a bit, and it begs for another sip. Delicious!
03-03-2011 01:56:31 | More by GarthDanielson
3.95/5 rDev -12%
poured from a not full liter growler into a duvel tulip.
I got this ale, what, 4 days ago. I was a little disappointed that the tender left about an inch of air, but fortunate enough to get a growler of this delicious liquid (how do you spell beverege?).
Pours a deep purplish red. I poured from a height to revitalize some carbonation, though the ceramic plug Did give a nice pop. The off white foam disappeared almost immediately.
Smells like wine vinegar, slight dill, maybe a tinge of cranberry or some tart red berry.
The mouthfeel is soft across the palate and coats the lips like a soft red wine. Theres the dill again and sourness that gives way to more of the cranberry/currant tones. Theres a bit of sugar that I can actually feel light up endorfins, but the ale finishes somewhat dry. Makes the saliva glands leak with the sourness.
03-01-2011 05:20:16 | More by mtwentz
3.7/5 rDev -17.6%
Poured from bottle (batch005X2F) into snifter glass. Pours a deep reddish-orange-brown color with a small off-white head that dissipates, although there is some visible carbonation throughout. Aroma of sour lemon, tart cherries and other dark fruits (must be the currants), oak, vanilla, and some funk. Flavor of tart cherries and currants, sour lemon, tart apples, oak, vanilla, funk, and a hint of vinegar. The ABV is well masked here. Medium-bodied, with a sour mouthfeel and mellow carbonation. Complex, well-balanced, and interesting. I am not a big fan of sours, but am glad to have tried this one as well as the other RR sours!
02-28-2011 21:06:20 | More by CuriousMonk
4.08/5 rDev -9.1%
Not a fan of sour ales, but have tried some that I enjoy. Might as well try one of the top rated. 375ml bottle, batch 005X2E...
A: A deep reddish brown with no head at all. Decent.
S: Smells of some very tart cherries upfront with a bit of bready rye and energy drink. Some very faint apple on the backend. Good.
T: Hmm, a nice tart cherry blended well with some sugary malts. A very nice blend here, not too over-sour. An earthy breadiness to this one in the middle with some energy drink hints on the backend. Good.
M: Full body with a great carbonation. Finishes with a tartness. Good.
D: For a sour, this is so well blended. Not really overpowering in any area. Very good.
All in all, this one definitely did surprise. This definitely is tart, but is so well blended that it makes this easy to drink. If you like sours, this will be like the holy grail of well blended sours. If you're looking for the most puckering brew around, this is not. It's puckering, but is so well blended.
02-27-2011 02:11:45 | More by steve8robin
4.5/5 rDev +0.2%
Vintage: Batch 005x2F
Reviewed this a couple months ago, got another bottle to give it another go. Pours a gorgeous dark brown, that shows hints of maroon and purple, and shows deep amber/mahogany in light. Head is ample, but so fizzy it's gone before I even finish pouring. Effervescent, as bubbles continuously rise, almost like pop.
Very cleanly tart on the nose, but not too much so. It isn't harsh, but isn't soft tartness either. Sour cherries are the main fruit coming out of this one, along with a bit of barnyard funk.
Taste starts relatively sour, smooths out with that funk, and finishes fruity and sour again. Assorted berries come through here, amongst them blackberries and cherries (they aren't berries, sue me), along with plenty of red wine fruity character. The finish also contains that wine similarity, as it has the depth and body of a deep red wine, but sours it up and adds fruit to the mix to sweeten (figuratively) the deal.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly lacking much of the carbonation that was easily visible on the pour. I think it just leaves the drink before you know it. The beer is better for it though, as it drinks like a wine even more so. Drinkability is great: the beer has lots of strong flavors, yet I see the 10% abv and am perplexed. Finish is cleanly tart and nice, which sets up the next sip pretty well. This is even better than I remembered it.
02-25-2011 09:43:32 | More by madvermin
4.22/5 rDev -6%
from the notebook
Hulmeville Tap, Poured into 10oz Goblet.
A- purple, maroon, dark, dark red. no head. just settlement. it sits in the glass, ready to unleash some fury. staring into it, it resembles a mystical well from a fairy tale; jump in.
S- pungent. initially, highly fermented prune, grape, fig, orange. alcohol tininess. the aroma is deep. put your nose right inside the glass and inhale greatly. the sourness of grapes and citrus, a little vanilla, dominate the deeper, nose-in-glass inhalation. medley of sharp fruit aromas.
T- acidic, tart fruit. very dominant combo of grape, cherry, and citrus, like an old fruit salad with orange zest. the alcohol is present throughout. though as a wild ale, alcohol presence is to be expected, however, the pure phenol flavor just isn't there; it's in the fruit, which is pleasant.
M- it has a great deal of carbonation, which is nice, but it seems to taste more of a fruit/veg beer in that carb body rather than having a thicker body like a gueze like i don't know why i expected; it's somewhere in-between the two.
D- the carbonation makes this pleasant and on-going-ly interesting. the flavors and aromas are really nice, and it's great to end with or sit-on for a while just staring, swirling, and smelling. but i don't think i could have more than one. maybe i could.
consecration would be nice with some food--thai, indian, duck confit, gelato, chocolate?--actually, that sounds good.
02-24-2011 17:19:51 | More by patm1986
3.93/5 rDev -12.5%
Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: This pours a dark brown color with a hint of ruby at the edges. No carbonation apparent from no head - uh oh.
Smell: Black currants, vinegar, with a nice oak barrel character. An obvious tart character accompanies a light raisin aroma.
Taste: Sweet balsamic vinegar, black currants, and a rich oaky bite. Some dark fruit flavor complement. The finish is quite tart.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied for what I expect from a sour. Tart and puckering, with a little bit of residue on the tongue. Pretty flat, maybe I got a leaky bottle?
Drinkability: Something I definitely enjoy, and a change of pace from my normal hoppy beer. Sour and enjoyable.
02-22-2011 07:28:41 | More by KickInTheChalice
4.5/5 rDev +0.2%
Poured into a snifter, many thanks to augustgarage for my first Russian River brews. Batch 005X1F.
A- Pours a cloudy yellow brown with a small, quickly dissipating head.
S- Great aromas here. A mediocre amount of brett funk, and lost of red wine and oak. There is a very small presence of vinegar that is welcoming.
T- The brett really shines through in the taste. The perfect amount of tart and no alcohol at all. Hints of oak and red wine again.
M- Perfectly dry and full. Medium carbonation.
D- This is easily the most drinkable sour I have tried. There is no appearent alcohol and such wonderful flavor.
02-22-2011 04:45:58 | More by gawnphishin
4.38/5 rDev -2.4%
Review from notes 1/22/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing.
A: Dark red in color with a 1/2 finger head that forms during the pour, but dissipates very quickly. No lacing at all.
S: Tart cherries, cinnamon, a little oak and vanilla. Has a slight funky aroma as well.
T: Quite sour at first, a good bit of sour/tart cherry flavor. A nice oaky flavor in the background.
M/D: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Has a dry finish. Overall extremely drinkable, does not feel like 10% at all. Look forward to drinking this one again. Had it at the end of a night, so might amend this review later.
02-21-2011 03:43:24 | More by mdaschaf
4.3/5 rDev -4.2%
267th review on BA
Draft to chimay goblet
App- A very dark amber with ruby highlights. No head on this one. Just a thin outlying ring of bubbles that was quick to dissapate.
Smell- Muted grape juice with a tinge of tartness. Has a small funk of some brett mixed with some hay.
Taste- Take some Welch's grape juice and mix a bunch of booze to it. This damn thing was smooth, tasty and pretty complex for my basic simile.
Mouth- Had a perfect medium body with a pretty high carb level for not having much head or bubbly activity.
Drink- Damn, I could drink this all day, fall off a bar stool and keep drinking some more. Was tastefully crafted with well blended flavors.
02-20-2011 06:27:44 | More by FosterJM
4.3/5 rDev -4.2%
Batch 005X2E. Had this beer quite a few times and I absolutely love it! Pours a slightly hazy brownish red color with a small white head. Scent is not nearly as sour or funky as I has remembered. It's actually very sweet smelling with some dark fruit aromas. Smells somewhat like a desert wine. I get a small hint of vinegar. Now here we go! The taste is like I remembered! There's that puckering sour taste I was lookin for! First I get some sweet dark fruit flavors...cherries and plums. Then I get a bit of vinegar flavor followed by delicious sour fruit. There is definitely some funk in the flavor and sweet wine notes. It finishes with amazing oak flavors and tartness. High alcohol is so well hidden that it's crazy. Delicious beer! Mouthfeel is very full and complex. Not syrupy and not as dry as other wild ales and sour beers I've had. Drinkability is high...as long as the ABV doesn't creep up.
02-18-2011 08:35:48 | More by DovaliHops
4.43/5 rDev -1.3%
2/15/11 batch 005X2E
375ml Bottle purchased at Whole Foods La Jolla, $12.50
I've had this beer on tap a few times but never in the bottle. Poured into a snifter.
A: Deep reddish purple, mostly penetrable by light. Pours with very little off-white head and no lacing to speak of.
S: When the cork popped off this gem, the aroma was intense with balsamic vinegar, plums, and red wine. The cab barrel aging is very evident.
T: Very sour with mild sweetness and oak. Possibly some fleshy fruit and clove flavors, certainly balsamic vinegar. The taste profile is very complex.
M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. So incredibly smooth and silky. Finishes with red wine but continues to hold the silky texture. Perfect.
D: This beer is perhaps a bit sour, alcoholic, and expensive to drink more than one or two. That being said, I would drink it all the time given the opportunity. I would consider pairing this with an aged or stinky cheese. It stands up to other strong flavors very well, pair accordingly.
02-16-2011 04:56:21 | More by dmsohyea
4.6/5 rDev +2.4%
Batch 2x3 Poured into a tulip 750 ML bottle
Thanks to Forgetfu for this in a massive trade
A-- Poured a dark brown and settled dark black cherry color. Good amount of haze. No head at all. A little bit of off white film on the sides of the glass but not much else. on swirling the glass got some head but went bye quickly.
S-- Sweet and sour. Very well balanced nose. Get Cherry, oak, straw, and barn.
T-- Sweet to immediate massive sour cherry pucker. Cherry sweet tart on steroids. Or is that I mean Oak. Really like how it goes from sweet cherry to massive sour tart cherry and then Oak hits.
M-- Lots of carbonation in the mouth but still a medium feel about it. Light in the front but gets heavier in the back. A lot of cherry or citrus acidity and cherry sourness in the back. Not that much cherry sweetness in the front but it is there. Can totally see where this is becoming a sour bomb as the sweet is seriously dropping off in this and the sour is taking over in this.
D-- ABV hit me very early in this. Still very good and very drinkable. Very good with all the sourness but I wanted more of the cherry sweetness in this. It is a sipper due to the sourness but in some odd way that is what makes it so addictive. The flash of sweet and the huge sour kick. Very much like a cherry sweet tart and a better version of one.
02-13-2011 15:00:26 | More by mulder1010
4.53/5 rDev +0.9%
A: Poured into my Duvel Tulip, this brew pours a beautiful mahogany. The head retention is surprisingly non-existent, which is a huge let down for such a spectacular looking brew.
S: The aroma is that of fermented sour dark fruits, figs, bruised apples and a little grape. Sugar plumbs and cider wrap up the aroma.
T: The flavor is wonderfully sour tang with a sweet side. This brew is the perfect combination of sweet and sour. A good strong malty backbone prevents this brew from going over the tart edge. Flavors evident in the nose include sugar plumbs, cider vinegar, and dark fruit.
MF: Mouthfeel is a tad to light, and can improve, but no real complaints.
D: Drinkability is just perfect. Delectably sour, and at 10%, I cannot even tell except by the warmth in my tummy.
Overall, if you're new to sours, let this brew warm up. The tart will take the back seat, and the dark fruits and sugars come to the forefront. An expertly crafted brew, this can be enjoyed by anyone.
02-13-2011 00:25:00 | More by TKEbeerman
4.43/5 rDev -1.3%
Batch 005 x 2F
375ml chilled, poured into a tulip.
One of my favorite RR beers, just finally reviewing it.
A - Pours a rich, dark caramel amber color. Nice tight white head, which hung on for a few minutes.
S - Tart, sour, twangy, with hints of wine and sugar. The cabernet is very apparent. Cherries, raisins, currants and touch of artificial grape smell (like grape candy).
T - Tart. Not so much sour as it is tart. Very wine like. Lemon, horse blanket and sweet fruit combine in a whirlwind of flavors. The tongue is almost over stimulated. The wine comes through and the aftertaste is all cab.
M - Full bodied, but not heavy or chewy. Coats the mouth nicely. Tight, clean and prickly carbonation. Fits the beer perfectly. The alcohol is almost indectable, except for the slight drying effect it has on the tongue.
D - Dangerously drinkable. This beer is sweet and tart which keeps the palate refeshed. I never get tired of drinking this beer, and am thankful that I have easy access to it. A fantastic beer. Caution is advised though, 10% abv will sneak up on you in a hurry!
02-11-2011 05:26:00 | More by Genghis22
4.35/5 rDev -3.1%
Batch 04x2, 375ml Bottle purchased at LaBodega Wine and Spirits in Riverside CA. Pours a clear, beautiful reddish-brown color with little to no head. Aroma is fruity and sour. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is a clean sour with hints of fruit and oak. Extremely smooth. I said it about Supplication, and I'll say it about Consecration: I would drink this every day if money and availability would allow.
02-09-2011 01:56:10 | More by sherm1016
4.43/5 rDev -1.3%
Body is clear reddish brown, like tea. Poured easily to a half inch head, which dissipates quickly to a ring, with no lacing.
Aroma of cabernet wine, currant, malt, tea leaves, alcohol, leather.
Tastes of cabernet wine upfront, with currant and sour citrus tastes in the mid-plate, some vanilla, finishes dry with a lingering sourness and some spice. It is delicious, with a well-defined and intense wine infused sourness. It is mouthwatering sour, but not puckerish. There is not much of a malt backbone to this, which is unusual for a beer. I get some port-like quality to it as well, perhaps from the currants. There is no trace of tannins either. For a wild ale, it is also not funky.
Body is light and carbonation is low, giving this a winey mouthfeel. Alcohol is evident, furthering the wine analogy.
This is a beer with a big flavor, but one that also seems not to be a beer. I could drink a couple glasses of this.
02-08-2011 03:37:21 | More by Beerenauslese
4.05/5 rDev -9.8%
Consecration pours a deep amber brown. It has a small and tight yet pretty fluffy head. A wee bit clouded as well.(We don't need no stinkin filtering).
Wow this beer is a trip to the wild side. And I'm a big fan of that side. The nose is really Bretty and musty. Scents reminiscent of a barn in the fall.
Taste was much more exotic than the nose would suggest. Almost like a big sticky semi strong cheese. The beer clung to the palate as well as a cheese would too. This beer was not that sour(if your looking for a Gueuze like tartness don't come here) however it was very balanced between sweet, sour, and even a bit of saltiness. The sweetness was in the finish as the initial sip is pretty dry. A little bit of caramelly bisquit malts in the back and no hops to speak of.
This beer was a nice addition to the quality and craftsmanship of not only RR but what American beers are and what they are becoming. Good quality beer but is it worth the price tag? You be the judge.
02-08-2011 03:25:36 | More by cooch69
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,757 ratings.