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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,343 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,343
Reviews: 1,057
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,450
Gots: 1,422 | FT: 104
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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3.69/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 007

Pours a dark ruby bordering on maroon. What little head there was dissipates right away. Not super inviting but I'm not at all familiar with sours.

Smell is very pleasing if you like wine. Smells much smoother than a mediocre bottle of cab (I'm talking cheap mediocre...not sommelier mediocre). I get a lot of oak and spicy notes. Dark fruit and funkiness.

Sourness is present right away and lingers well into the finish. In between there's bright and tart cherry. As it warms there are very nice oak notes that come out. Some tobacco.

Mouthfeel...The RR website tells me its full bodied but I would call it medium. The sourness may be throwing off my perception but that's how it seems to me.

Overall...Not my cup of tea. The beer might've been too young, and I don't know anything about aging sours or the style in general. It's not too harsh or intense. Just not pleasant to me. Gonna stick to PtE for now, but I'm glad I tried it. Any insight to sours is welcome through beermail.

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2.6/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Disclaimer: still not a fan of sours, but will try to keep this in mind while reviewing. Batch 005x1e
A: deep clear amber w/dark ruby highlights. Similar to the color of an old madeira. Little to no head dissipates immediately and cannot be roused back by swirling. No lacing. Served in tulip glass.
S: dark stone fruit and red wine dominate. Some funkiness and earthiness but those characteristics are not overpowering.
T: very little residual sweetness present. Mostly dry and sour. Nose carries over into the taste. Very mich like drinking a lightly carbonated tannic red wine, although the sourness is more vinegary than tannic. Some oak/vanilla noted which is a nice layer of complexity here.
M: this must be the lightest bodied 10% beer I've ever had by a mile, due to the high attenuation. Sourness lingers. more CO2 would've helped, as there is very little.
O/D: for the style, I am sure this is a great achievement. But I can't see having very much of this and would need to be in the mood for it. This probably would be a great pairing for some food/dishes, and as a component of such as well, although the cost would be prohibitive in the latter case.
I'm certain some lovers of this beer and/or sours will report this review (much like my review of thomas hardy's old ale). To these people i can only say i tried to be open-minded and enjoy having my own opinion, and that i prefer beer to wine.

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4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 004X4, 375ml bottle. Poured into snifter glass.

A - Pours dark ruby red color with one finger head that fades rather quickly.

S - Sour cherry, tart red wine.

T - Starts out with some funky sour cherry flavor, brett, light spice.

M - Medium bodies with lots of carbonation.

O - Another great sour beer from Russian River. Perfect blend of sour tart cherries with a hint of wine from the Cabernet Sauvignon bottles.

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4.92/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 007...

Consecration is classified as an American Wild Ale, and the label gives hints of what awaits the lucky drinker. Words like Saccharomyces, Pediococcus, Brettanomyces, and Lactobacillus hover around the words Sour Ale, and the excitement begins to build. Add all that to the fact the beer is aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels and you realize you have something pretty special in your glass. Consecration pours a reddish-brown, yet near the edges appears very plum like, with a quickly disappearing head that fizzes almost like soda. Hugely vinous aromas greet the drinker, including notes of vanilla, oak, Cabernet Sauvignon, and earthy hop tones/funk. The pallet erupts in an orgy of flavors, with the initial sourness giving way to darker fruit, citrus, Cabernet notes as well as earthiness (horse blanket) from the Brettanomyces. The fizziness noticed in the pour sticks around for the entire brew, a sign of a huge amount of carbonation that is met with a medium body.

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4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This bottle is from batch 004X1

Appearance: As poured the beer is deep mahogany color with a thin head that quickly recedes to small ring around the glass and some whispy islands of thin foam floating on the surface. Initially there is some lacing but it soon slides back into the liquid. Sipping leaves a bit of an arch of lacing patches and legs.

Smell: The aroma conveys the impression of tartness. It has a fruity character from the currants and I’d swear I’m picking up some of the Cabernet as well. The oak seems to be in here as well with both a touch of the wood and traces of vanilla.

Taste: The flavors are a lovely mix of tart and sweet all at once. The currants are here, there is some oak and vanilla in the mix, and the cabernet wine has a subtle but pervasive influence that supports but does not intrude on the rest. The alcohol is well concealed in this one, so at this ABV it’s a good idea to sip slowly so the effects don’t sneak up and

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and the effect of the carbonation is really only a faint prickly feeling. The finish is long, fruity and tart with a dry oaky ending that leaves the back of the mouth feeling dry empty.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is definitely a sipping beer, both because of the ABV and because one wants to keep those small sips coming along to refresh the palate and give it a chance to sort out the complexity. This is not a subtle beer, rather it grabs your taste buds and wrestles with them, challenging them to pick up and identify all the flavors. My overall impression of this beer is that it is yet another winner from Russian River and I’m glad there are so many Cabernet barrels in CA so that we can expect to see this one again and again.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 4,343 ratings.