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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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100
world-class

4,328 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,328
Reviews: 1,057
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 1,451
Gots: 1,412 | FT: 107
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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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark amber color, hazy, almost no head.

S: Fruity aroma reminiscent of cherry and raisins with a hint of sourness and phenol, very nice.

T: Sour –tart flavor, pretty smooth and not too strong, some phenol and wood-wine notes (this is barrel aged after all), fruit notes in the aroma carries through very nicely in the flavor. Some alcohol warmth at finish, but much more tart than boozy.

M: Soft mouth feel, fairly high carbonation gives it a bubbly feel.

O: This is a pretty complex sour ale, but it might be better to call it a "tart" ale. The sourness is better described that way. Highly recommended to try. Really like the balance, it provides a refreshing flavor on the tongue. If you like fruit-tart-wood-wine notes in a beer, you should love this.

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4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 007

Pours brown, no head from the slow pour. Bubbles like rootbeer or champagne.

Smells like red wine, not so much on the funk, but it's there, has some fruitiness.

Taste is of tart wine from start to finish, plenty of grape from the barrel. Finished like wine in the aftertaste.

Feels very light and champagny. Bubbly on the tongue.

Overall, I still don't know if I would call this beer. Definitely more focused than the Supplication, but not as complex. While I really liked this concoction, I won't be seeking either out. Then again, I wouldn't turn it down either.

DOA

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4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from brewerburgundy courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2011, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 375ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wild Belgian yeast, esters, dark fruit and some light malts.

T: The taste starts out with a tart dark berry flavor followed by the wild Belgian yeast to enhance the sourness. The malt character is thin and the hops presence is very mild but both are where they should be for the style and create a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, well disguised kick, good representation of style, this is a good sour beer to drink for a long time.

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle of Russian River Consecration - batch number 7.

Appearance: Consecration pours a burnt maroon color with a thin, whispy white head and a relatively translucent body despite the bottle conditioning.

Smell: the Cabernet Sauvignon barrels really come through in the nose; theres a strong, unmistakable smell of red wine. I was expecting the brettanomyces to be a little more pronounced, but it wasn't really contributing much to the aroma on this one.

Taste: undeniably tart, yet not mouth puckering. The bacteria (lactobacillus and pediococcus) impart this souring flavor, yet seem to play well with the addition of currants as well as the lingering Cabernet Sauvignon components. The high ABV imparts a nice warming sensation, but isn't really perceptible otherwise.

Mouthfeel: Consecration is medium bodied and finishes with a wine-like dryness.

Overall: an interesting beer to be sure, and the only barrel aged offering from Russian River I've ever had (Supplication and Temptation are in the fridge). It was certainly enjoyable, but I wasn't really blown away.. And I'm not sure if I'd be willing to buy it online again and eat the cost of shipping. Now if I lived in California it would probably be a different story.

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4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a oversized sniffter

Appearance : medium dark brown in color. Effervescent carbonation produces a fizzy champagne like head that dissipates quite quickly

Smell : this aroma is hard to describe other than funky goodness.

Taste : great flavor lots of tart fruit and grapes. Sour cherries also provide a nice pucker.The alcohol is not assertive which is surprising given its 10% abv

Mouthfeel : full bodied sour this beer really packs a punch. Champagne like bubbles dance on the tongue.

Overall : overwhelming well done brew. Strangely addictive the more RR sours I have the more I want. The best way to describe this beer is that it is somehow a hybrid of beer/wine/ champagne

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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,328 ratings.