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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,720 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,720
Reviews: 1,033
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 1,340
Gots: 1,164 | FT: 84
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 Verecund


4.1/5  rDev -8.5%

Batch 004x02. Consumed on 08/23/2010.

Pours a lusty and hazy ruby red with little to no head, though I poured it cold. Second pour yields a nice, short-lived three-quarter finger head.

Sweet and tangy berries, sour cherries, a muted oakiness, major vinous notes. Fresh and bright aroma. On the palate, Consecration starts with the taste that's left on your fingers after picking blackberries, which is overcome by leathery and funky brett. Nicely blended, wonderful currant presence, and the Cabernet notes come through beautifully, but this vintage is heavy on a tobacco character I find distracting on the finish.

Fairly light, with a dry finish. It's hard to think this is 10% ABV.

08-24-2010 01:42:13 | More by Verecund
Photo of stonelis


4.88/5  rDev +8.9%

On tap. deep dark red in color. First taste was a blast of sour cherry. Carbonation was a bit odd, kind of like a mellow champagne. citrus, lemon. This beer was just amazing as it warmed there was flavors of oak, rum, brandy. This beer is a real treat for the taste buds, sensations of all types. A slightly sour finish. My wife even liked this one and she hates beer!

08-23-2010 21:25:19 | More by stonelis
Photo of tim9887


4.55/5  rDev +1.6%

Small corked & caged bottle, poured into a glass. Pours a deep, dark reddish amber with off-white head that subsides almost immediately. Vinegar, booze, and fruit are evident in aroma. Vinegary flavor combines with a sharp lemony acidity. Dry fruity finish. Light on the palate and has an almost champagne-like carbonation. Very tart, sour, complex. Drinkable for an ale of this strength. VERY enjoyable!!!

08-23-2010 21:08:50 | More by tim9887
Photo of degerbah


4.47/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a cloudy ruddy brown. Very similar to muddy water. The aroma is very acidic with just a small hint of berry flavored. There was almost no head at all. The taste is tart and sweet, but not overly so in either category. The drinkability is absolutely tremendous for any alcohol level. To have a beer at 10% that goes down like fruit juice is an awesome feat of brewing.

08-22-2010 23:33:36 | More by degerbah
Photo of hughesm4


4.72/5  rDev +5.4%

Tasting out of a bottle.
a-Pours a very dark brown/red color that is opaque. There is also quite a bit of sediment left floating around in the glass.
s-Very complex smell that has my noise spinning. A sweet oak smell with several berries odors, most noticeably raspberry and cherry.
t-There is a flavor explosion in my mouth. There is a sour taste up front followed by a oaked sweetness and a balance of fruits.
m/d-Very full bodied and extremely drinkable. Goes down really smooth and you could easily accidentally drink your whole glass in 3 minutes flat.

08-22-2010 23:32:02 | More by hughesm4
Photo of mwa423


4.95/5  rDev +10.5%

A - Pours the color of peach tea with a thin white head that quickly disappeared. Even in the first pour out of the bottle there is some sediment.

S - The aroma is that of the ultimate wild ale, a complex mixture of sourness, dried fruits, some wine like notes and certainly some oak as well. Not too sour in the smell but certainly inviting.

T - Wow. This beer is a flavor party in my mouth. There is some sourness, some sour grape notes that have mellowed, a strong sweetness and the currants in the aftertaste. An absolutely fantastic beer that every BA should try.

M/D - Mouthfeel is sharp from the sourness and has a bit of the feel of pop rocks. The flavor is so good that it's hard to keep it in the glass. This is exceedingly drinkable and overall an amazing beer.

08-22-2010 23:25:38 | More by mwa423
Photo of BradLikesBrew


4.13/5  rDev -7.8%

Batch 004x4

The cork pops and dispenses an auburn liquid into my duvel tulip.

Black cherry, cola, damp earth, sweet oak, and sour acidity.

Dark cherry cola kicks things off, then a wave of cigar box, leather and malic acid reminscent of granny smith apples. Oak and a puckering tartness linger on the palate.

This one of those rare sours that displays a substantial level of sourness while still retaining a great deal of complexity. It doesn't just taste like cider vinegar, their is a lot going on here.

08-22-2010 22:32:29 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of SummitVA


4.33/5  rDev -3.3%

Batch 004X4

A - Bottle opens with a dull pop. Pours beautiful ruby brown, but very little carbonation apparent and no head.

S - Bigger barrel character than I've ever noticed on this beer. Stone fruits, a bit of alcohol heat, and, I swear, some diacetyl. Comes across almost as butterscotch when taken in with the barrel character, but there is butter there.

T - Tartness is most apparent, but not hugely sour. This is balanced by a complex sweetness including malt and stone fruits. Buttery character that I feared in the nose is found in the taste, as well. Leaves this bottling tasting sweeter than others I've had. No doubt the Brett needs to dry it up a bit and clean up the diacetyl thrown out by the Pedio.

M - Big and round. The alcohol is there in the finish, but is certainly not overpowering.

D - For a 10% beer, I've always found this to be almost quaffable. Consecration has gotten me into trouble in the past, and if I had another 375 on hand, that would likely be the case again tonight.

Overall: Wish I would have sat on this bottle for another 6 months, but if I had ordered this at a bar, I'd certainly consider ordering a second. Doesn't have the "jfc" factor of other versions I've had, but it's still a beautiful beer.

08-22-2010 03:07:31 | More by SummitVA
Photo of kbutler1


4.22/5  rDev -5.8%

Bottle. Batch 1 x 3. Differing finishing yeast than the current iteration. Pours a dark rust colored brown that starts with a nice head that quickly dissapates. Funky sour aroma with hints of fruit and a slight oakiness. The initial taste is not quite as sour as I would have expected but still has some sourness notes. I'm told new bottles are more sour than this batch. Slight sweet taste followed by funk then sour.
Light mouthfeel.

08-20-2010 17:48:51 | More by kbutler1
Photo of ptykozoon


4.9/5  rDev +9.4%

The cork comes off with a very small pop. I can smell the magic already as it is very pungent. Pours a lovely dark cranberry red, disappointingly however no head on this particular bottle.

Smell is strong, complex and inviting; wine, cherries & other fruits, a dessert sweetness and a touch of oak.

This is probably my favorite sour as of now and arguably my favorite beer. Im getting the aforementioned smells, which all work together just perfectly. Balance is immaculate, with the sweetness outweighing the sour by just a tad. Absolutely unbelievable taste, words can't do justice. Pricing is usually $12 for a small bottle which is quite a bit but I'd pay Vinnie whatever he asks of me. Taste is always the most important category to rate and this deserves no less than a perfect score.

Mouthfeel on this particular bottle is less than exceptional as the carbonation is lackluster, however I don't believe this to be the norm, as usually the corks explode rather nicely. Even without the added benefit of carbonation this brew still feels incredibly solid in the mouthfeel dept. It literally is the perfect density, not to light or to heavy. Aftertaste is godly; which is unbelievable for a sour, notorious to have you running for a glass of water.

Drinkability is off the charts, I'll drink this 10% beer all day anyday. Bravo.

08-20-2010 04:07:29 | More by ptykozoon
Photo of BigMike


4.4/5  rDev -1.8%

Batch 003x1

Poured into my Russian River Goblet. Reddish caramel color. Pretty clear with tons of effervesence. 1 finger of thin soapy looking head that disappears rather quickly.
A bit of dried fruit and vinegar with lots of wine characteristics. A small touch of alcohol on the nose with a real pleasant amount of funk.
An initial touch of sweetness on the tongue gives way almost instantly to a mouth Pickering sourness. Lots of dark dried sticky fruit, leather, and funk. The wine barrel flavor definitely comes through as well.
Mouthfeel is a bit acidic and very carbonated.
One of the best wild ales around. The new 375ml bottle size
is awesome.

*From notes taken on 6-22-10

08-18-2010 00:10:38 | More by BigMike
Photo of hooliganlife


3.9/5  rDev -12.9%

On tap at RR

Pour was a deep ruby with bright amber orange. Little to no head.

Lots of currants up front. Nice sourness really blends well with the currants. Light oak and dark grape really blend well. There was. A strong vanilla presence that really irked me. I have had consecration many times, every batch, and this is the first time I have tasted this. Not sure if it is a tap thing. I was not digging it.

Lots of carbonation with a very dry feeling.

This was my first time having this on tap. Id hate to score this low if it is a one off because it destroys from the bottle.

08-17-2010 04:51:25 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of scottfrie


4.43/5  rDev -1.1%

750ml bottle into Delirium Tremens glass. Batch 3x1.

A: Pours a dark, clear ruby-red color with lively fizzy carbonation that formed a short lived light brown wood colored head that quickly faded away into nothingness. No lace.
S: Wonderful smelling! Complex notes of black currants and tart black cherries mixed with a very vinous red wine like smell and musty oak and woody notes. Not much cheesy horse blanket to the nose, but there are a few hints of bacteria to let you know this beer is about to get exciting. Fruity sweet yet lightly sour smelling at the same time.
T: Oh yeah. Very complex, fruity, woody and funky flavors. This brew hits your mouth with sweet black cherries and currants and then light sour and funky notes take over until the finish. The aftertaste is full of oak tannins and earthy wine barrel flavors. Not a very sour beer at all but there are definitely some acidic notes in the finish. The sourness blends well with the sweet fruit and dry tannin flavors.
M: Super dry wine-like tannins stick to your mouth as the medium-light body of this beer quenches your thirst as it washes down your throat. Very delicious and refreshing, and amazing for such high alcohol. Could use a little bit more carbonation though. After the pour this beer falls a bit flat.
D: Super easy to drink. Very surprising for a sour ale and a beer with double digit alcohol. The light tartness, the sweet fruits, and refreshing mouth, most everything about this beer works. I was worried it might be too much, but I'm glad I have this whole bottle to myself.

08-17-2010 03:04:25 | More by scottfrie
Photo of SeasonalBrew


4.33/5  rDev -3.3%

Batch 004x5

A: Poured into my La Fin Du Monde tulip. The color is a deep brown with mahogany hues when held up to the light. The half inch of white head I got faded just as quickly as it built.

S: Wow, it packs a tart punch. I can pick up tart cherries and grapes paired with some funk and a definite oak backbone. Really intriguing.

T: Follows the nose almost exactly. Immediate sour and tart cherry notes. Funky Brett and oak follow, but don't completely take over. It all blends together pretty well. A definite bite from the alcohol is present in the finish, which is still just as tart as the start.

M: Loads of carbonation and a light body. Finishes like a dry wine.

D: Fairly drinkable. Still a lot to handle alone. I am new to the sour dept, but this one still leaves me wanting to try more, so that's good. I was a bit worried.

08-15-2010 02:52:57 | More by SeasonalBrew
Photo of hoppymcgee


3.78/5  rDev -15.6%

Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for this beer. Poured from a Batch 1 750ml corked & caged bottle into a Liefmans lambic glass.

A: "Mahogandy" (red/brown/burgundy) color with a fizzy head that dies down to nothing.

S: Currants and oak - exactly how the beer was meant to smell.

T: Currants and oak - exactly how this beer was meant to taste. I thought this was a little too sweet, a little sour, and a little medicinal.

M: Dry, vinous, and lots of carbonation.

D: Between the acetic value and ABV, I thought this was a little tough to get through by myself.

Overall, the Americans just can't keep up with the European lambic brewers.

08-14-2010 23:22:53 | More by hoppymcgee
Photo of biggied


4.83/5  rDev +7.8%

A- pours a dark reddish shade of brown with a half finger head that fades nearly instantly. Some of the head sticks around on the top of the glass and around the edges...it just LOOKS evil, like some sort of witches brew...god its awesome, constantly bubbling.

S- strong cherries with a bit of a tartness to them. Getting some of an aroma of a wine type flavor as well. Great.

T- Awesome sour, tart, killer cherries. Its only mildly puckering...but I don't care. It kicks ass. The oak flavor seeps through a little bit too. Perfection.

M- well carbonated, great body. Balance is fantastic with the tartness.

D- the sourness could be a little too much for some...but not me. I love this. It packs a punch though, but you can't really taste the booze at all. First class sour from RR.

08-13-2010 03:24:24 | More by biggied
Photo of Mavajo


4.7/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a brown/magonnay color with a moderate cream head. Nose and aroma are layered with currants, funk, sourness and brett. Every flavor here has its moment, but they're all interwoven with the brett - it rarely takes a back seat. The vinegar:sour ratio is superb - it blasts you with sourness without causing you to wrinkle your nose from too much vinegar flavor. The alcohol blends in well - it's not absent, but it's also not hot or burning. It's woven perfectly into the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is great - no problems there.

This isn't the most sour beer I've ever had, and it isn't necessarily the tastiest either...but it blends the two masterfully. This is a phenomenal beer. The high ABV turns this into a perfect beer to sip over an evening. I only wish it was easier to obtain.

Absolutely a world class brew and one of the finest American wilds ever made.

08-13-2010 01:08:42 | More by Mavajo
Photo of Aenema


4.13/5  rDev -7.8%

Batch 4
Appearance - Pours a clear, dark cherry color. No head or lacing.
Smell - Lots of grape and funk.
Taste - Deep tart grape/currant flavor. Intense sourness, lacks some complexity.
Mouthfeel - Light medium-bodied with carbonation on the low end to perhaps medium. Fine bubbles. Very dry.
Drinkability - Quite drinkable and refreshing.
Overall - A very enjoyable sour, though I felt that this one could probably use some time in the bottle and the vinous notes were rather disappointing. I found Supplication to be markedly better,
though I'd like to try this one again with more patience and allow it to warm more (served at cellar temperature; did notice it improved as it warmed beyond that).

08-12-2010 03:53:37 | More by Aenema
Photo of coldmeat23


4.33/5  rDev -3.3%

GLASS: Lindemans Flute
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees, fridge chilled for approx 15 minutes
Corked & Caged 375ml bottle BATCH: 004X1

This one is a crystal clear, medium shade of amber, with a light hint of pink tinting. An easy pour produces a massive head, not unlike you'd expect from champagne. It recedes fairly quickly, but not TOO quickly. No lacing to speak of. This is all according to style though, so let's carry on!

The scent of the currants comes through nicely. A touch of sweetness that blends with the otherwise tart scents that are dominating this nose.Nice hints of funky yeast notes. Wet hay and a touch of horse sweat. Dry oak notes.
The character of the Cab Sauv barrels seems to shine through, quite nicely.

Big notes of tart cherries and a hint of currants blast your palate. The barnyard funk, combined with the oak, tend to dry things out a touch and keep the tartness from becoming too sour. There is a light touch of sweetness in the middle, but then it ends with a little sour touch again. A very good showing of lactic acid runs through the whole profile.
This is an extremely well done sour/wild.

Light-to-medium bodied with a high carbonation level. This allows it to be extremely crisp, smooth and refreshing.

The acidity would keep me from downing a ton of these in a single session. The flavor would make me want to try to though. The 10.00%abv is absolutely nowhere to be found within this brew, by the way.

08-12-2010 02:39:59 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of VelvetExtract


4.75/5  rDev +6%

A-Transluent brown in color. Bubbly head quickly fizzes away and leaves remnants on the top of the brew.

S-Smells very tart. Strong vinegar whiffs. Sour fruits. Aged in Cab Sauv barrels and you can tell.

T-Delicious. I love this. Super-sour. Ultra tart cherry. Less vinegar than the nose. Hints of rich dark chocolate. Leaves the tongue scorched by the menacingly sour taste.

M-Very carbonated but fairly heavy on the body. Slick and memorable.

D-I only have one of these and I wish I had many, many more. Excellent. Alcohol is masked perfectly. The harsh taste leaves you wanting more.

08-12-2010 01:02:10 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of champ103


3.53/5  rDev -21.2%

A big thanks to Dajtai007 for sharing this with me an several other BA's.

A: Pours a dark reddish/brown color. A small white head forms, and recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Sweet malt, and tart fruits. I don't get much else.
T: Very sweet and tart fruits. Kind of vinegary. Caramel apples. I enjoy the tartness, but overall there is not a lot here.
M/D: A medium body that is very crisp and perfectly carbonated. Not hard to drink, but not something I want to reach for again and again.

Not bad at all. I have had this many times, and it is about time to put my thoughts down. Very enjoyable, but Russian River have a lot better Wild Ales IMO. Still very much worth a try.

08-09-2010 02:09:42 | More by champ103
Photo of Risser09


3.08/5  rDev -31.3%

375ml poured into a flute - fridge - batch 004x4

Appearance: Pours a dark red, but mostly brown color with absolutely no head. This might be a bad bottle. It is a little cloudy but shows no other signs of life.

Smell: Medicinal, cabernet, currant and not much else. I suppose there is a little bit of tobacco.

Taste: Sticky sweet but also sour and acidic. A tart taste of currant and other dark fruits is met with that typical cabernet taste. Some wood and plenty of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very unlively, with no carbonation, but lots of flavor and wine inspiration. Medium to heavily bodied. Tart, acidic, sweet and woody.

Drinkability: This beer had so much hype around it that it pains me to begrudge it so much. It needs more attention to detail. Head, head retention, aroma, mouthfeel all need to be seriously reconsidered before releasing to the public. I feel like this beer was sold just to get it out of the brewery for some $$$.

08-08-2010 01:45:31 | More by Risser09
Photo of Soneast


4.45/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured into my Sprecher snifter at fridge temp. Pours a clear, brown color with amber highlights. Grows a thin, fuzzy head, that disappears instantly.

The aroma has a very tart quality, almost like a dry white whine, but juicier, if that makes sense? A touch of vinegar, oak and some tart green fruit and some "cidery" character.

The flavor is quite intense, starting out with a sour balsamic vinegar note, leading into some tart cherry and oak flavors. the finish is sour...leaving a pretty nice, not-quite sweet, fruit flavor on the palate.

I've had this a couple times now and I really just love that acidic, balsamic vinegar character of the beer. The flavors are quite intense, and yet this beer isn't really a "palate destroyer" like IPAs/DIPAs. Ultimately, I could drink this ALL THE TIME if it were available in Wisconsin. As is, I'll just hafta enjoy the hell out of it when I can.

08-07-2010 23:39:12 | More by Soneast
Photo of philbe311


4.05/5  rDev -9.6%

Popped open on the last night of vacation - Batch 004x4

A - One fingers worth of audibly fizzy light to medium tan head fades away in rapid succession... Blink and you may miss it... Zero lacing or collar... A translucent rich medium ruby red color... Scattered moderate carbonation throughout can be seen bursting through the top...

S - Exquisite and regal... Berries... Cherries, both sweet and tart... Cider like qualities... Touches of wood and leather... A very subtle hint of vanilla... Intoxicating....

T - Slightly tart fruit in the form of berries and cherries to start... Bursting with lactic acid... The pinot noir vinuous notes run a muck... A bit of funkiness... Quite intense... A bit of alcohol induced heat...

M - Medium bodied... Heavy... Slightly syrupy and sticky... Puckering... Minimal carbonation... Prickly... On the dry side of the ledger...

D - A serious sipper... The sour tartness is uber potent... Lots of depth and complexity... Teetering on overbearing... I really have mixed feelings on this after each sip...

08-07-2010 01:35:51 | More by philbe311
Photo of nataku00


4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Served on tap in a short snifter at a local bar. Due to poor lightning, I can't really comment on the exact color, but it was likely a very dark red.

Smells of dried berries and sour funk, with a hint of oak.

Taste of tart fruit right up front, but finishes smooth due to the oak. Lingers on the tongue with the currants and oak primarily, with the sour notes disappearing.

A very rich beer that coats the inside of your mouth if you swish it around. No carbonation in the glass that I had.

Due to the intensity of the upfront sourness, it requires sipping. Took me an hour to finish a 10 oz glass as I was letting the flavors transform in my mouth with each sip, until it fades and I take yet another sip.

A very delicious beer.

08-06-2010 02:23:42 | More by nataku00
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,720 ratings.