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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,419 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,419
Reviews: 1,067
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 1,484
Gots: 1,475 | FT: 112
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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4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass.
Batch: 005X2F

A: Pours a murky redish brown. There are more red hues than brown. After a vigorous pour, there is absolutely no head. There is a tiny white ring along the edges of the glass, but it's pretty much non-existent. No lacing as it drinks.

S: I'm picking up scents of tart cherries, plums, prunes, and vinegar. The tartness takes over and holds on. It's hard to pick out scents other than the ones mentioned already.

T: The taste starts out fruity and extremely tart. There is no doubt that it's all sour cherry and vinegar. That may sound a bit disgusting, but it's delicious. And to be honest... I'm not even a huge fan of cherries. This beer is fantastic.

M: Medium bodied beer. The feel is tart and astringent. The flavors coat the palate, but shift quickly into fleeting sour.

O: This beer is extremely impressive. The tartness and fruity notes are spot on. It's not overwhelming at all. To date... this is one of my favorite sours.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A Pours a clear cinnamon brown that has a lot of bubbles but a head that dissipates quickly.

S Has a nice brett barnyard funk with a berry/cherry like taste which I assume is the currants.

T Some nice brett funkyness, with a very tart cherry like taste with a bit of a woody note.

M Drinks like a nice champagne with all the carbonation. Warming alcohol.

Overall this is another amazing sour by Russian River. Not quite as good as Supplication but a very close second.

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Rutager
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 006

Appearance. Pours a pretty clear, dark amber-brown with a very thin, bubbly off-white head.

Smell. Red wine, a little earthy funk and a bit of apples and berries.

Taste. Tart, fruity and woody red wine, a bit of cherry and currant. Some nice light funk and leather. Great stuff.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium, lively and fine carbonation.

Overall. Really nice sour here. The wine is great.

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of charlzm
2.48/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Consumed Saturday, January 7, 2012 at Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood, CA in a snifter.

Beer is a dark, plummy brown with no head.

Sweet apricot and plum aroma. Reminds me of a Passover wine as well. Trace of a metallic tang.

Flavor is the same as the aroma but is quite tart as well. Tart as in crazy sour. Weird aftertaste, like fermented figs.

Mouthfeel is ever so slightly thick and flat as Kansas.

I'll let the sour beer lovers have this one, as I'm not in that camp.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of stealth
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfection. If I had to choose between drinking milk or Consecration for the rest of my life I think my brain would implode from the sheer impossibility of deciding. If Jesus really did turn all that water into wine, it was really Consecration.

Seriously, this beer is the f'n best thing ever. The pour comes out the same shade of brown as the bottle's label. It reminds me of root beer in its appearance and slight carbonation bubbles steadily rising. There isn't a whole lot of brett funk in the aroma, but more of a wine aroma. A friend said 'paint stripper'. I said that's the smell of 'awesome'. I can't write a review that would adequately describe the taste of this brew, or do it any justice. It's tart, sour, but not overly so. Your mouth waters after each drink, begging for one more taste. It has the perfect balance, allowing you to drink this endlessly. Despite being a heavy-hitter at 10% ABV, you do not taste it at all. The warmth from it comes through, but that is it. Consecration finishes with an dryness that finishes its statement of 'Yes, you are drinking the most epic shit ever'.

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy reddish color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of oak and tart notes with some blackcurrant notes – very complex. Taste is also a very complex mix between some blackcurrant, some tart notes and some pedio with light sweet figs at the end. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol even though it does pack quite a punch. Very well done.

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1/5  rDev -77.8%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
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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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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