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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,585 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,585
Reviews: 1,025
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 1,337
Gots: 1,128 | FT: 79
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:
Belgian-style dark ale aged in American oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with currants.

(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 10-31-2008)
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Photo of ChadQuest


4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look is solid. large head that passes quickly, leaves a solid clear body that is amber. is the color of rich mahogony wood, deep and sophisticated.

Funky bretty smell, of dark fruits, from the currants i would assume, but they really do come through. woody and winey, bit of vinegar.

Starts off with a bit of sweetness and tart that mix around and then fade into a big sour dry aftertaste. leather and wood, grapefruit on the finish, green apples, dark fruit.

great high carb mouthfeel, and i could drink this all the time until the 10% gets me, which is the only thing keeping it from being a higher score there. lovely beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 04:47:39 | More by ChadQuest
Photo of Mora2000


4.78/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to hophead101 for sending me this bottle.

Batch 001x1, sampled June 19, 2010.

The beer pours a clear dark red color with a white head. The aroma is awesome. I get lots of brown sugar, oak, vanilla and a low amount of tartness. The flavor is brown sugar, medium tartness, dark fruits, vanilla and oak. Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel. This beer matured into a wonderful drink. It was tried alongside Sanctification, Temptation, Supplication and Beatification and I think this beer was easily the star of the show.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 04:22:28 | More by Mora2000
Photo of beardedpeter


4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first review of anything:

Deep, clear, red-brown. Small, but deliberately present head.

Woody, mellow, with a hint of sour berry.

Of course sour, a bit of chard. oak, lager like finish, but cabernet complex.

Light and void-filling, igniting all sides of the tongue, perhaps providing a sense of 'what's been missing' due to its completely rounded flavor.

Both refreshing and complicated at the same time, every sip is a new experience. Admittedly sour, not initially for everyone, but will grow quickly on some. Pair with goat cheese on sourdough with fresh red grapes on the side. Complex like a wine, but refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 23:18:09 | More by beardedpeter
Photo of ricke


4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 001x3.

Reddish brown with a medium-sized tanned/off-white head that leaves a lot of lacings.

The aroma is malty with a noticeable funky and lactic character. Notes of wet wood, mud, grass and tart fruit. A herbal note as well, perhaps anise.

The flavor is full with a nice malty foundation and tart fruit notes. Lovely tart currant flavors coupled with grass. Overall, the flavor development is really pleasant and integrated. The finish is very very dry considering the ABV, and has a light bitterness to it beneath a sour fruitiness.

Full-bodied and smooth with a semi-sticky mouthfeel.

This is a very impressive beer. Considerably sour and no sign of the alcohol, almost hard to believe it's 10%. Good craftsmanship.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 13:57:19 | More by ricke
Photo of hawks10


4.03/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle - Batch 004X5, poured into my Russian River tulip...

Pours a truly beautiful dark brown/mahogany with nice ruby highlights...three fingers of light tan head forms and quickly vanishes into a tiny bit of white film hanging around on the top of the beer...

Slight tart aroma, mostly cherries with a bunch of the oak from the barrels coming through, it almost overshadows most of the tart and fruity aromas...A lot of barnyard funk comes forward when I swirl the beer a bit...

Dark and tart to begin...spicy and sour dark fruits gives it a dark wine characteristic. Dry from the oak, earthy and leathery, pretty good but nothing spectacular...

Medium bodied but sticky, decent carbonation makes for a lively drink. Lingering wine like sourness and a bit of spice...

Pretty good sour, a little heavier and darker than I usually like my sours, definitely prefer a fresh Supplication to a fresh Consecration...

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 03:05:14 | More by hawks10
Photo of beagle75


3.35/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Tustin Brewing Company; a ten-ounce serving poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Clear, reddish-amber color with a small amount of white head that quickly diminishes to a patchy residue and ring of foam.

S: Weak ascetic odor with slight urea. While it sounds repulsive, the overall mildness of the smell keeps it from being overpowering.

T: Taste begins very sour and also fruity. The taste of wine is diminished and blends well with the other flavors of currants and stone fruits. An aftertaste rapidly sets in consisting of strong, assertive oak and bready yeast. The flavor of the yeast is noticeable in every sip and I find myself looking forward to it--not what I expected to find in this beer. There is no flavor of alcohol detectable.

M: Viscosity is thin but not watery or distracting. Moderate carbonation could be less, as it seems to exhaust the palate by the end of the serving.

D: This beer is truly a challenge, both in terms of alcohol content as well as flavor. It is most similar to another Russian River sour, Supplication. Neither drinks as easily as some other American-brewed sour brown ales such as The Bruery's Oude Tart or Jolly Pumpkin's La Roja. Be warned before you open a large bottle of this beer for yourself--you would have to love sours unconditionally to enjoy all 750 ml.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2010 23:22:36 | More by beagle75
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. 10% ABV, Serve in a tulip, Batch 003X1.

Thanks to Wisconsinality for bringing this one to the RR tasting!

A - Despite the tall pour, absolutely no head and no bubbles on top of the still slightly dirty brown amber color. Mahogany in the deep parts. The head could possibly be removed from the alcohol level.

S - Dark fruit holds up a lightly toasted amber malt aroma. The currants add a nice blend of fruitiness to the red wine hint that increases in strength as it warms up. The wine blends very well with the wild aroma of damp barrel and barnyard funk.

T - Very sour with a strong, almost overpowering tart funkiness. The cab barrel aging is almost overshadowed fully. Slightly fruitiness from the currants in the background blend well with the wine very nicely.

M - Medium-bodied with a strong sour-tart texture that's almost a bit too much. The lingering finish lasts forever and is fairly crisp with a harsh but complex kick.

D - This beer is fantastic but, damn, the sour finish and resulting sensation is harsh, even for a guy who loves sours. I'm thoroughly enjoying it but it is a a bit much to drink. Sharing the bottle is perfect.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 21:50:53 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of beerwolf77


4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes to wisconsinality for sharing this bottle with us.

Poured into my tulip the beer is a rusty brownish red with minimal head. Tiny flecks of soapy lace cling for dear life around the glass.

The aroma is mostly tart cherries. The wood is very pronounced with a good dose of booze that heats up my nostrils. Not much funk for a wild. The barrels must negate it.

The flavor is mostly tart cherry with a bit more funk than the nose. The alcohol is present in every sip but not so much that it offends. It has a very nice balance of sweet and sour.

Medium body with light carbonation. A touch dry in the finish.

Overall a bit more of a boozy kick is felt with this one compared to the other RR wilds. Still super drinkable and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 00:57:35 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of chalsk

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 4. Pours a deep amber brown color with a medium off white foam head. Has an aroma of vinegar and cherry. Has a sour, tart taste with hints of cherry, some grapes as well. Very excellent sour brew. I have been very impressed with this brewery. Ready to move to Cali and hang with Vinne. Just good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 03:01:03 | More by chalsk
Photo of oglmcdgl


4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at resurrection ale house.

A- comes to me with no head. A hazy deep chestnut with a red glow.

S- murky dank fruit and funky wood. A background sweetness hidden in the murk. Slightly herbatious with some mint and thyme.

T- sour and woody with funky fruit and old buggy oak. Herbatious with thyme, oregano, some mint, grassy with some vineous hits. Long tart finish.

M- medium body and about the same in carb. Small bubbles at first them growing and exploding. Dry with a nice pucker.

D- how this pulls in at 10 abv ill never know but damn! Super good stuff and not to buggy, but can something be to buggy?

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2010 17:57:03 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ericfb18 or perhaps Beerzebub for the hook-up. I can't remember where this particular bottle came from.

A - It pours a cranberry-mahogany hue, slightly hazy, with a short-lived fizzy white head.

S - It smells certainly quite tart, with Band-Aid nuances and currant apparent and available. Similarities abound to dry reds like Chianti. Some alcohol on the nose. Reminiscent of Haandbakk, only less tart and insane.

T - Initially, it tastes quite sour, with much less fruit available in the gustatory than is present in the olfactory. As it develops, I start to appreciate it for being a very balanced sour, in terms of not too lactic, not too acetic, etc. Lingering Band-Aid towards the end, with a huge mouth-watering finish. Good stuff, not mind-blowing.

M - Dry and effervescent with a finish that bridges the gap between astringent and mouth-watering,

D - Very solid example of the style; not the best, but damn good.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 13:56:05 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of sweemzander


4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL corked and caged bottle split, poured into a tulip. Batch #002. Huge thanks to wisconsinality for sharing this!

(A)- Pours a deep and dark ruby red color. Produced an off-white head, but dissipated quickly down to nothing.

(S)- A light, but spicy red fruit aroma with a dry oakiness and a brief but present hay/straw/funk. Brief bits of vanilla and raisins here and there, but very subtle.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. Lively spicy red fruits with an oak dryness.

(M)- A big carbonation level with a good balance. Where is that big 10%ABV? Definitely integrated well. Spicy yet fruity at the same time.

(D)- Yet another great wild ale from Russian River! Stronger than the others, but still has that delicate yet pronounced funk and sourness. Great Stuff! The abv could really sneak up on you if you had a whole bottle of this to yourself.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 17:29:55 | More by sweemzander
Photo of coalcracker


4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours without any sort of head. Just a little carbonation. Medium brown in color.
Smell: Quite funky with a touch of fruit in the background.
Taste: Tart and sour upon first taste, but a wave of fruits and a little sweetness then present. Alcohol is well-hidden.
Mouthfeel: Thin to medium mouthfeel.
Drinkability: If you don't mind the tartness, then drink away. I think this is a very drinkable wild ale.

Overall: Hard to predict how wild ales will present. This was a tasty wild that is best consumed with respect.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 03:14:47 | More by coalcracker
Photo of branimal9

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled 6/9/2010 at the Upstate BA Gathering at Barley's Greenville. Not sure who brought us this tasty brew, but thank you, generous soul!

Cloudy, murky brown in color, with ruby highlights. Aroma is sour, musty and woody. Flavor hits with sour cherry coupled with a nice oaky barrel flavor. Tart with a slightly dry finish. Haven't had many sours, but this one was quite a treat.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 20:36:07 | More by branimal9
Photo of djmichaelk


4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draft at Toronado SF, Memorial Day.

A - The color of apple juice with a hint of pink. Not much in the way of head or lacing at all. I actually had someone ask me if I was drinking juice... in Toronado. Hmph.

S - Wow, much more tartness and sourness than I was expecting. This really slapped me in the face at first. Plenty of apple, berry, and malt vinegar. You can smell this beast from three feet away. The appearance really does NOT do it justice.

T - At first, there's a ton of sour fruit -- currants, blackberries, and red grapes, followed by sour apples, maybe some candied sugar, and finally that lactic sourness, malt vinegar. Really a ton of depth here, I keep getting something different every time I take a sip. Outstanding flavor.

M - Very nice, although maybe just a bit thin towards the finish. Fairly dry, which probably contributed to how fast I finished the glass.

D - Well, the ABV is very well hidden, which didn't give me a problem. But the tartness might keep me from having more than one in a sitting, which is less a fault of this beer and maybe just my reaction to the style.

O - Great; I could definitely see myself starting out with one of these every time I stop in there.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2010 03:56:02 | More by djmichaelk
Photo of woosterbill


4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 002 750ml courtesy of Beerman777 into a Duvel tulip.

A: Dark plum body with a half inch of frothy off-white head. Quick dissipation and light lace. Could do with more carbonation.

S: Sour and wild, with vinegar and sour berries asserting dominance. Some vanilla and cranberries, with sourness far outweighing sweetness. Quite nice.

T: Starts out with intense sour cranberry, then some vanilla, then more intense berry tartness. Wave after wave of puckering goodness. Perfect balance of sourness and complex flavor. Fantastic.

M: Medium bodied, with carbonation that starts out a little sharp and becomes plush and forgiving.

D: I'm splitting this with a couple friends, and I'm glad that's the case. A whole bottle would be a real (delicious) chore.

Notes: Wow. Thanks, Steve, for hooking me up with such a tasty treat. I still have yet to be disappointed with a Russian River brew, and I just can't wait to crack the Supplication in my cellar.


Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 04:37:05 | More by woosterbill
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4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this from a skull-cracklingly thick clear glass goblet. A thin ring of rose-colored foam rode the meniscus momentarily. Juicy, lustrous, gem-like burgundy color.

The oak-aging is immediately apparent in the aroma, although I initially mistook it as bourbon barrel-aged due to a perceived faint smokiness. It's quite amazing how 'freshly-cut' the oak character comes across. Soft sour cherry is the next most discernible smell, followed by perhaps some vanilla custard.

Having been weaned mostly on (and recalling best) Monk's and Duchesse (and, yeah, through the years I've randomly had other various lambics/sours/wilds), the sour grip on the tongue with this was revelatory, though I'd like to believe not the most potent out there. In fact, it 'grips' tightest through the first few sips and, once accustomed to it, it's wonderful.

In addition to the somewhat sharp sourness in the flavor, there's a dry cherry, or maybe even raspberry, fruitiness - but not much. The oak comes out more mellow than in the aroma. And, why and from what, I don't know, I'm tasting bourbon - mostly up front - but it fades by the finish, which is vaguely reminiscent of champagne. Vaguely.

Definitely a complex, interesting beer. Wish it came out this way more often.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 21:16:38 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark amber in color with a short 1/4" head that falls to some thick surface bubbles.

Smell: yeast, sour fruits, and some woodiness makes up a pleasant but different aroma.

Taste: yeast, red wine, woodiness, tart cherries, and a moderate bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticable. Sourness is strong here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with some significant dryness at the finish.

Drinkability: slow sipping beer and the sourness is a bit strong so one will not look for more than a glass in a session.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 19:46:40 | More by Gavage
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4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty freakin excited about this little guy. Got'em through a trade with Damico. Good guy, shipped first, no issues.

Batch 001x2. Had to do some research but apparently this is the first batch bottled on the 2nd day. Cheers to me!

Pour into a Duvel glass from a 750ml bottle.

A: The color of black or chai tea. Very very dark maroon color, clear though but very dark indeed. Soft pillowy white head on top. Not thick, not thin, just in the middle. No lacying to be found.

S: The smell reminds me of La Folie. Funky, tart, plumy, and juicy. Some light wood notes come through as it warms. Good cherry notes in there as well. Some almond in there too.

T: Cherries, currant, tart funk, and some sweetness. Some other stone fruit qualities. Earthy must and oak flavors on the end.

M: Thin and fizzy, still able to coat the tongue though. Good carbonation and a nice dry finish.

D: Drinks better as it warms. Not a sessionable drink but something to enjoy on a warm summer night. I really like this beer and would like to try other RR sours. So far the best American Wild I have had so far.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 05:51:36 | More by rwf08
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4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent, ruby/medium brown with no head. There are some bubbles present at the beginning, and I see a little bit of floating yeast particles. No lacing.

Smell is sour fruits--unripe cherries and currants mainly. The smell is also vinous, just like cabernet sauvignon. Taste is really tart, fruity. There are flavors of unripe cherries, red grapes, and even cranberries. There are also traces of yeast and oak. Mouthfeel is very acidic, carbonated and medium-bodied.

This is a sour delight. Reminds me a lot of a geuze, but with hints of red wine. Rather complicated. This is probably not for everyone, but everyone should try it.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 02:50:01 | More by theghost3
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4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Red and fizzy. This was sour, like a beer brewed with warhead candy. The taste crosses the line of tart to sour, its much like a white wine or champagne. It was hard to pick out much of the flavor over the sourness, but it was certainly different and enjoyable. I would love to drink this again, but not tonight. The flavor is intense, and while fun, does not promote drinking much of it.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 11:54:15 | More by liquidcraft
Photo of IronLover


3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light caramel red color. Color made me think of a light bourbon. Very light head that dissipates quickly. Lots of soda like carbonation.

Very sour fruity aroma. Taste is a tangy, fruity and sour, with oak undertones. Can definitley taste the currants. Nice light flavors are still able to slip through the sour flavors.

Nice light body. Easy to drink with a dry red wine like finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 03:12:52 | More by IronLover
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4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A clear, red liquid with a quick to rise and fall head that pretty much disappears as quickly as a cola head.

S- Sour fruits, funk, and oak. A little on the soft side, but it is excellent.

T- Loads of oak, sour fruit, funk, and some currants. Very sour and oaky. Lacking some complexity.

M- Tart and sour with a lasting woody presence. Very dry.

D- A little one dimensional and a wood presence that is a little too forward. Still, I enjoyed this beer and the alcohol content is pretty well hidden.

Overall, for $25 for 750 ml this is not worth the money, but it is not a bad beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 05:35:49 | More by david131
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4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Garnett/maroon with tons of active carbonation. Not the best head retention though.

The nose is a thing of beauty. Very fruity(cherry, currants, rasberry)oak, funk, tart, brett, barnyard.

THe flavor is just as if not more complex than the aroma. Vinous, tart(not overly so) fruit sweetness adds complexity, but tartness rules this castle. No alcohol detected!

This beer is well carbonated. It is very interesting in the way that the body drinks medium, but it definately has some weight and depth to it. Wow! this is one of the best MF in the biz!

Wow, if I was ever on the fence about sours, this beer has officaily converted me. Wallet: I am sorry, get ready for a beating.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 01:21:46 | More by bonsreeb85
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New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

100th review

Appearance: Pours a deep red with a quick bubbly head and a silky texture leaving no lace and a slight bit of residue on the glass.

Smell: You can smell the tartness right away. Once cut there is a ton of fruit and funk underneath. There is some dark cherry mixed with red grape. The funk is prominent and wonderful.

Taste: One of the most balanced sours I've ever had. The tartness is underlaid with wonderful red grape and cherry. There are some nice curants and spices interweaving through the taste. There is also a nice complex funk from the yeast going through. Absolutely wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a quick bite from the carbonation, overall fairly heavy for a beer this bubbly.

Drinkability: This beer is a rockstar in the sours category. I could have this everyday but I'd rather save it for a special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 00:21:17 | More by BigIrishman
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,585 ratings.