Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,241
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
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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 bum732
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3.

S: Vanilla oak barrel maltiness, moderate barnyard, dried fruit, cherries and currants mostly, moderate earthy cinnamon, some clove, almost gingerbread smelling believe it or not. If not for the moderate funky notes, would be very x-mas smelling, i get cherry fruit gummies as well.

L: Clear dark crimson brown with no head, light ring of foam with rabid bubbles rising to the surface creating some dusting.

T: Tart cherries up front with a semi-sweet caramel maltiness. Carbonated bite leads to some sour cherries and a very lactic sour bite (some red vinegar), drying the palate. Some wine like tannins in the finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel, medium high carbonation. Alcohol slightly present.

Really enjoyed this beer, definitely on par with tempation and supplication, maybe a little behind. Definitely has a more tannin and red vinegar note. But great overall.

Photo of Cavery
3.55/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip, small bottle carefully poured. Shared last weekend with SundaySour.

Batch: shamefully I forgot to note; it's always important!

A: Light brown sugar with a filmy head and no lacing. A solution of brown sugar and maple syrup. Looks very scotch like! Soft dark reds and lighter shimmering shades dominate.

S: Up front cherry skins and dried gojji berries. Wood acidity is prominent, but not too invasive. Fresh split raisins in dark cane sugars, not too sweet, and featuring a rapid dryness.

T: Acidic woods, red wine vinegars, and sprits of lime juice. A light lingering lime salt flavor with white citrus connective tissues, but not quite rinds. The currents really tang the finish, and bitter in the mouth. Each sip relieves astringency with refreshing sweetness.

M: Light flat body that has all its sensations overwhelmed by tartness. Not much here, flavor sensations thwart subtle mouth feels. Fairly wet in the mouth, light aspirin comes very late; leaves a bit of a cotton mouth.

O: I've had this a few times, and this wasn't the strongest showing. I wish I had made note of the batch as it was really quite a bit more acidic than I ever had before. This was my first time out of the bottle, but even then the youth of the wood and harshness of young currents pillaged the palate. This beer is much better in different batches, but I would say that the taste character is fairly the same. There was a bit more lime/vinegar than I'd like, as the flavors are already acidic and bold enough. By no means a crap or unexciting beer, but I dreamed of acidic remedies after this one.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note's from Captain Lawrence Rosso Batch 3 release / tasting:

Batch 2 consectration: poured a somewhat clear, yet opaque brownish. No head to speak of (but a small pour), really nice sour smell. Very balanced sweet tart. This is a really appetizing beer on the nose. Taste follows the nose a bit more tart that I would’ve expected, but this is very nicely balanced and very well done. Mouth puckeringly sour, but quite tasty. Smooth as the day is long, but the puckering. Very good sour, the more Russian river I try, the more I understand their fantastic reputation.

*** ** * ** ***
enjoyed this at a barrel aged tasting on 2011-08-06 alongside a sanctification, temptation, supplication, and consecration. my opinions were exactly what i felt on my first taste of this fine beer.

Photo of AdamBear
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark ruby brown with a light cream colored head. very pretty except the head quickly fades to nothing

S-a light scent of dark currants

T-hits the tongue with a stingingly tart taste of dark currants. its almost a bitter tartness. it transitions in to an oaked taste of burnt currants and vanilla.

M-medium to high carbonation with a dry finish

O-gets more complex as i drink this. its definitely a tasty and well balanced wild. its very easy drinking considering the high ABV. there is no warming which is nice. i could drink a lot of this.

Photo of rwmiscik
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer. Russian River proves to be the best American sour producer there is with ever sour they make. Consecration is an amazingly well crafted beer and Vinnie has one of the greatest palates ever to be able to taste this beer out of the barrel and know whether it is time to bottle it yet. Consecration blows my mind every time I drink a bottle.

Photo of zrab11
4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a nice dark brown with a small white head.

S- Has a nice sweet carmel aroma with some dried fruits and vinegar smell

T- UUp front you get some dried fruits followed by a tartness then towards the end you taste some blackberries and finishs with a nice dry wine taste.

M-Medium bodied with great carbonation

O-Overall i liked this. But it was prob my least favorite of all the wild ale's by RR. It was nice a tart but didn't have a ton going on in the beer. Def. try this one but i will not be seeking this one out again.

Photo of davey101
3.9/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml, batch 004x2. Poured into an over sized wine goblet. Received as a super generous extra from Plenum, thanks a ton man!

A - Pours a dark brown with red tint. Very clear and bubbly. No real head to speak of, but there's some nice action going on around the edges of the glass.

S - Tons of currants, cherries, and oak. The finish is very musky and funky.

T - Extremely sour. This is probably the most sour beer I've ever had, even more so than the Belgian lambics and guezes I've tried. Cherries and oak. The sourness masks a lot of the fruit flavors, but the brett funk is on full display. Delicious.

O - This was a very good beer and I'm glad I got to try this. Its not on par with the belgian sours, but this is a very impressive american wild. It was my first RR'ion beer and from what I read this is the bottom of the tier. Can't wait to try some of the other ones.

Photo of tewaris
3.58/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml Batch III poured into a snifter. "Consecration is a dark Belgian style ale aged in American oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. Not only do we use Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, & Pediococcus, we also add currants to beer while it is aging in the barrels"

Appearance: Clear and deep rust brown with a small, dark, "soda" head that fizzed away rather early and left no lacing whatsoever. 3/5

Aroma: Fruity with strongest notes of cherries and some currants with warmth. But the aroma, in my opinion, was eclipsed by intense, one-dimensional sourness. Decidedly funky nonetheless. 3.5/5

Taste: A clean and intensely sour beer, with minor hints of the base beer. Unfortunate, in my opinion. Wood is felt, but mostly mouth puckering sour, and that's it. Well, the funk is unmistakable, but for a sour brownish ale, Supplication was definitely better. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Like its other brethren, medium bodied, yet quite clean with a long, oaky finish. 4.5/5

Overall, my least favorite among the bunch and only because the base beer, and fruit, seem to have lost to sourness & funk. Did too many cooks (bugs) ruin the broth? 3.5/5

Photo of mondegreen
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a Russian River -tion glass. Batch005X2E

Pours dark ruby brown with less no head at all. Lots of carbonation bubbles rush to the top of the glass. Very nice clarity.

Nose is brett, earth, and wood. Touches of fruit. As it warms, the oak and fruit become more prominent.

Funk takes forefront in the taste. Very smooth with a pleasant tart finish. The fruit makes a wonderful contribution, similar to a Kriek.

Quite dry, impressive for 10% ABV. The high carbonation works really well.

Overall, a spectacular showcase of RR's ability to make a funky sour beer.

Photo of PerHops
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Dark Brown with very little head, if any but huge carbonation visible from a birds eye view! Awesome stuff. This is like watching a storm!

S- In my opinion the least exciting aspect of this beer. I got some citrus, ripe fruits and slight barnyard

T- Ripe cherries, citrus, black berries a winey finish. Delicious.

M- Best part about this beer. Syrupy sugary start followed by a highly carbonated medium dry finish. No alcohol taste. Amazing.

O- I pretty much love everything these guys do, I'm not gonna lie

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had batches 001 and 005. thanks urbancaver and brew33. Review is an overall impression of the beer.

A - Ruby/garnett brownish body, some cloudiness in the batch 005, small white head.

S - Tartness, some smoky characters, wood, fruit, a bit of plastic in batch 005.

T - Batch 001 was a bit one-dimensional in its tartness with only a touch of sweet currant flavor, but batch 005 had a much better flavor profile that was nicely complex with wood and fruit and tart.

M - decent body, fairly smooth, batch 001 was a bit thin.

O (D) - a pretty good beer, I'd say, with preference going to batch 005

Photo of pjwilson
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 005XTE

appearance: deep amber color, bright bubbles, and no head to speak off. Almost Champagnes our apple in looks.

S: sour green apples, hay, sweetness,

T: combo of chocolate, port, sour brightness and champagne.

moutfeel: very light

overall: never had a beer like this, truly unique for a Sour Beer.

Photo of emmasdad
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Ken for bringing this one to a recent tasting. Poured a clear copper color, topped with a light white head. Aromas of funk, plums, currants, and vinegar. On the palate, this one was light to medium bodied and tart, with flavors of red wine vinegar, currents and wine.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1 and 5 side by side.

Both beers are incredibly different. Both poor a maroon brown but the batch 1 is crystal clear and darker nice bit od tan head. Btch 5 is hazy and lighter. Less head.
Both smell tart and fruit heavy. The batch 1 is more oaky and less fruity.

The taste is incredibly different. Batch 1 tastes less fruity and more oaky. Batch 5 it much better fruit profile.

Overall both are great... I think i like the batch 5 a touch better because of the thickness of it

Photo of 05Harley
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/17/2010 (Bottle # 005X2E)

Purchased through High-Time Wine Cellars, Costa Mesa, Cali

Price - $11.97/bottle

Pours amber in color with a full head of foam that quickly fades to almost nothing. The clarity is clear with champagne like bubbles rising to the top. The appearance looks authentic to the style.

Hold the doors, I think Parliament just walked into the building led by none other than George Clinton himself. Wow that's got some vinegar funk to it.

A big blast of sour cherries hits the tongue head on followed by cranberries, white grapes and wine. The oak really comes through on this one and adds to the flavor profile. I can't believe this is 10%, wow!!

Puckering from the start but refreshing. Not as smooth as some of the other sours I've experienced. Medium body with a delicate amount of carbonation. In the end it's a little too dry to drink one after another for my tastebuds.

Overall a great example of the style and one I'm working to appreciate.

Photo of Jwale73
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for the opportunity. Batch 004X2 served in my CL tulip at 53 degrees. Pours a translucent reddish-brown with a loose, quarter inch off-white head that quickly disperses towards the shoulders leaving a broken, sudsy skim across the surface. No lacing on this one. Fantastic nose - oak, buttery notes, currants and a vinous quality all interwoven into a complex palate of aromas. Taste follows nose - no real surprises here. The flavors are refreshingly tart and the alcohol seems non-existent, despite the 10% abv indicated on the label. Mouthfeel is light in body with a carbonation that falls just short of lively. The tartness lightly stimulates the salivary glands along the sides of the cheeks and there is also a slight acidic burn that lingers on the lips between quaffs. Not much more to say - a solid American wild with a great deal of complexity. Another impressive beer from this brewer.

Photo of deathcharms
4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

6/19/11 Batch 005X1F. Finally got around to reviewing this beer after many times having it.

Pours a deep amber red. Off the of the pour the head dissipates almost immediately. The smell is that deep funk that we have all come to love with wild ales. A bit of cherry comes off the nose also. Taste is a mouth puckering sour with loads of tart cherry. The mouthfeel is light and playful, but not flat by any means. Quite and exceptional beer from an exceptional brewery.

Photo of JAXSON
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 rate. Bottle, batch 001x4. Pours a clear cola color with a fizzy lil’ head. Oak, brett, sweat, and some nice red fruits in the nose. Beautiful explosion of flavors going on here. This one REALLY needs to sits at room temp for a bit before it blooms, it should not be served cold. Sour cherry, grapes, some really pleasant woody vinegar, dry vinous flavors. Really really nice. One of the best from Russian River.

I'll edit tthis to state that this beer doesn't age particularly well in my experience, but is fantastic fresh.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a snifter
Batch 005x2F

A- Dark amber ruby color, no head, slight carbonation in the appearance, really clear.
S- Very nice sour beer, wine vinegar aromas upfront, slight sweetness, brett funkiness comes out, grapes, cherries wild yeast
T- Slight oaky affect, sour, dark fruits (raisins, prunes) funkiness, white grapes, nice wine affect, well carbonated, nice bite after every sip.
M- Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, puckering.
O- Very delicious sour from Russian River, very easy drinkability for how high the abv is, not my favorite of the sours released from RR but still very enjoyable, quality beer that I hope to be drinking again.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft. Poured a clear brown color with an average fizzy off-white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy sour and yeast aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy sour flavor with a medium to heavy sour finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer for style.

Photo of Rifugium
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

First had this in a 750ml bottle, but I have had it on tap as well. A tasty, dark, sour ale wood aged with black currants. After Pliny the Younger, this is my favorite RR brew.

Pours an attractive vermillion-mahogany color with a delicate beige head with some tinges of ruby here and there. Sour aroma, dark fruits, leather, and vinegar. Flavor starts out sweet almost like a kriek or framboise, with notes of cherry, blackcurrants. Soon turns more tart with the more sour qualities of cherries, red wine, and hints of vinegar coming through. In turn moves to more dried fruit--figs, prunes, dried cherries--soaked in wood-aged wine. Finishes acidic and bitter overall, yet still smooth. Medium body, complex, and very enjoyable.

Photo of beerpirates
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

37.5 cl bottel poured into my cantilion tulip glass

Pours a slightly hazy amber with an orange-white head.
The strong sour aroma holds notes of tart fruits and berries, as well as wood and light funk.
Flavor is immediately sweet but then becomes quite sour with bright fruitiness.
Light to medium in body with fine, fizzy carbonation. Finishes with a long sour note and heavy dryness

Photo of jamescain
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Saint Arnold’s sniffer, thanks texasclimber for sharing this one

Appearance: This is a gorgeous looking beer! Red with mahogany hues around the sides with a two fingers thick head. The head resides into a thin lacing on the top of the glass.

Aroma: Sour cherries, vanilla, oak, a tart pungency from the brett are the aromas that dominate, but none of them are over powering the other.

Taste: Your taste buds are hit with a cherry tart sourness at first and then are soothed by a slight sweetness. It’s not as sour as I was expecting, more balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, which made me happy, because I was worried it would be over carbonated due to the fact that when the cork popped it was over flowing for a good 30 seconds.

Overall: Very good and I would highly recommend if you can get your hands on some. The alcohol is very well hidden for a 10% ABV beer.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a reddish brown color with a decent white head. the smell is slightly funky and fruity with a definite sourness to it. the taste is very sour with a definite fruit flavor that I assume is the currants, thought i have never had a currant and do not know what they taste like. the mouthfeel seemed a little heavy, not that it was sweet, but there seemed to be something about the beer that was fuller than most other wilds I have had. overall this is a good beer, would drink it again

Photo of NWer
4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottling 004x5.
Sour.
Sucks your cheeks out sour. Dark red pour into my chalice with nice rusty head and adequate retention. Currants show through with intensity intended by the brewers. This was a great representative of the style and one that should be experienced before you die.

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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