Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.78/5 rDev +6.5%
Poured into a New Belgium Tulip.
A - Pours a crystal clear Mahogany with a very small off white head that vanishes into a fine ring that follows the glass down.
S - I am getting some Brett funk, leather, barnyard, some dark fruit, figs, plum, and a touch of oak.
T - Sour, Tart, Puckering Tart, oakey, and fruity in that order. Sourness starts off on first sip, followed by a nice tartness that increases until it puckers you. Then some of the oak is shining through followed by the dark fruit. Simply amazing. An incredible showcase of flavors.
M - On firt glance your thinking full bodied, but this is really light on the tounge. Very deceiving on carbonation. The sourness makes you feel like it has alot of carbonic bite, when in reality it is very lightly carbed.
O - This is the best sour I have ever had. The complexity is overwhelming. This is so masterfully crafted that it rivals the finest Bordeaux blends. This should be on every beer lovers bucket list.
04-02-2011 01:24:32 | More by avaccani
4.03/5 rDev -10.2%
Got this in a trade from Beerdy! Thanks!
A: Nice dark amber color. Leaves a small ring of white head
S: You can smell the sourness and the hints of fruits with this one.
T: First sip is sour, sour and guess what more sour. Dry fruit follows once you get accustomed to the tartness. A hint of the fruit sweetness gets through but then followed by the sourness.
M: I imagine I was drinking a dry red wine instead of a beer.
D: A great sour that is pretty dry. This was my first sour which I was excited about and scared about if I would like it. Cant wait to try more sours!
04-01-2011 22:54:30 | More by jradams76
3.58/5 rDev -20.3%
A huge thanks goes out to MadVermin who sent this as part of our trade! Seems a little short filled unfortunately.
Appearance - Much darker than the other Russian Rivers I've had. No head or froth upon pouring at all. The carbonation is hard to judge on this. Overall, an opaque deep red and brown color. Looks quite sweet and honestly a little flat.
Smell - A little sweeter side to the traditional sour smell of Russian River beers. Some light cherry and perhaps some other fruits as well. Light lemon in the distance. Definitely a heavy oak flavor all-throughout.
Taste - Sour and tart on the front. I immediately notice the translation of light cherries from nose to mouth. A fairly heavy lemon zest throughout; while retaining a certain amount of sweet fruit.The power of the lemon, ethanol, and carbonation are perhaps a little to much and cause some sort of upset in my throat. I very oddly taste chocolate in my mouth after the finish.
Mouthfeel / Drinkability - My initial response after my first drink was that this was a heavy-bodied beer. But it soon mellowed out to be pretty average-medium bodied. Sour and tart with a hint of sweetness. Heavy carbonation becomes clear upon my first drink. Slight sourness left on the lips. Nice to sip and enjoy. Ethanol is hidden quite well but stands out at times. I think I would prefer sanctification over this one.
04-01-2011 02:59:47 | More by Jesse13713
4.33/5 rDev -3.6%
March 30, 2011: Batch 005X2F. Thanks to beerman4 for sending this guy!
A: Bubbly white head grows initially, but disappears instantly. Nothing left after more than a few second and no lacing. Very dark red, almost brown pour. 3.5
S: Lots of oak, cherries, and a bit of sourness in the smell. Tart currants are dominant, some sweetness underneath.
T: The taste is pretty tart up front, cherries or currants I guess. Lots of oakiness and a bit sour. The sourness isn't dominate, but present.
MF: Light with a nice amount of carbonation. Hardly any hint of alcohol.
O: I didn't mind this one. I've had a couple of sours in a row I really didn't like, but this wasn't bad.
December 31, 2011: Batch 004X1. Figured I'd give this another try as I'm starting to really like sours now.
A: The beer pours a very deep red, almost amber, with a fizzy off white head. Absolutely no lacing or retention, and only a few bubbles float up the side of my Russian River -tion snifter. The color really impresses me, hence the increase in rating. 4
S: The smell is really sour and oaky. Booze and currants lay underneath. The fruit really does a good job of providing a sweetness to balance the sourness, but still sits second. 4
T: Huge increase here. I understand the reason this is so highly regarded. Big fruit, big sour, ton of funk, oak, booze, all balanced wonderfully, just barely on the sour side. The fruits are tart cherries and currants, which really come out in the middle. Sour up fruit and an oaky booze at the end. Tart finish. 4.5
MF: Medium body, low carbonation, very tart on the palate throughout. 4
O: This was wonderful. Very glad I tried it again. 4.5
03-30-2011 00:47:44 | More by russwbeck
4.97/5 rDev +10.7%
Poured froma 375ml bottle into a tulip at Euclid Hall.
A: Pours a rich dark brown similar to a dark scotch or whisky with no head whatsoever. Lacing is lean if at all. Reminds me of a glass filled with a spirit.
S: Intense tart and sour notes. Currents are dominate for main flavor but oak is present as well. Touch of sweetness similar to vanilla pop up here and there but overall this is a very sour beer.
T: Clean and balanced but still quite tart and sour. Big sour and tart notes hit the palate up front with current as the fruit. Current is very dominate but the entire flavor is clean and balanced with just a touch of oak and wood.
M: Full bodied and clings to the palate, front to back, from start to finish. There is zero carbonation, the bite from this beer comes from the sour affects of yeast and barrel aging.
D: This is an amazing sour. The barrel aging in Cabernet barrels with currents truly gives you a puckering affect that's sour and tart from start to finish. This isn't over done on sour instead is incredibly balanced for how intense and big this beer is.
03-29-2011 04:53:07 | More by notyourdadsbeer
4.22/5 rDev -6%
375ml bottle poured into my New Belgium glass
An "extra" from walows, thanks man, been wanting to try this one for a while
This is my first RR sour. Been fortunate to try Pliny and Damnation and, not that they need my approval, have come away impressed.
Pours deep raisin with a touch of ruby. A 1 cm head quickly comes and goes and leaves no trace.
You can smell the acidity that awaits, not much hint of fruit and instead a healthy dose of barnyard
tart, like a cherry with all of the sugar removed. You can tell there has been fruit there, but I couldn't have told you currants. Very enjoyable overall but I have been on a major sour kick
nice mouthfeel and not overly carbonated.
I could drink this one again; RR is more of a pain to get and I have a supplication, temptation, and sanctification waiting in the wings. It will be interesting to compare this "more commonly" available RR sour to a couple that tend to be a little more hard to get (especially to me)
03-28-2011 01:02:06 | More by CruisaC
4.53/5 rDev +0.9%
Alright, its about time that I got down to drinking Consecration. 375ml bottle poured into an Ayinger Celebrator chalice type glass at about 45 degrees F. Popping the cork, the aromas fill the air.
It pours a rather nice looking grape juice colored reddish purple color with a fairly small off white head with no lacing. Smells of black currants, cherry, horse blanket, and a little funk. Tastes of black currants, cherry, brett sourness, funky yeast, oak aging, and tons of mouth puckering goodness. Mouthfeel is medium with a heavy carbonation and a crisp feel. Overall it is absolutely awesome.
03-23-2011 23:50:22 | More by TheKingofWichita
4.65/5 rDev +3.6%
appearance: off brownish with garnet tint
smell: sour cherry, balsamic
taste: oak aging is noticeable and well done. lot sof red fruit flavors bledened with balsamic
mouthfeel: medium bodied
drinkability: probably one of the best sours I've, very pungent, but also very drinkable.
03-21-2011 19:27:28 | More by CampusCrew
4.38/5 rDev -2.4%
batch 001X4 750ml bottle.
A-Pours burgundy/brown with cherry highlights and 3/4 inch of chocolate milk colored head. Reduces quickly, leaving almost no lacing.
S-Tart cherry/blackcurrant acidity, reminiscent of a good lambic. Moderately funky aromas of brett/horse blanket.
T/M-Age has been kind to this one. The intensely tart fruit flavors have held up for the most part. Strong flavors of balsamic reduction and maraschino cherries. The finish is aggressively tart, with a hint of brown sugar.
O-One of the best sours to come out of Russian River. I could see this going another 2 years at least.
03-20-2011 23:41:06 | More by DaveHS
4.35/5 rDev -3.1%
Pours orange-amber with thin white head.
Aroma is sharply and brightly funky, not barnyard, but more tart.
Flavor is nicely tart. Sourness is full but not overwhelming. Currant flavor is mild, just the right level of sweetness to add some balance to the tartness. The flavor is simple, straightforward, but right on.
Mouthfeel is dry, with low-medium carbonation.
Overall, an excellent beer. Uncomplicated, enjoyable flavor, with just the right number and combination of notes to hold your interest, without being pretentious or muddled.
03-20-2011 08:15:51 | More by lionchow
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
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,767 ratings.