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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,842
Reviews: 1,035
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 1,358
Gots: 1,200 | FT: 85
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 kfsv034
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

poured into a duvel tulip shared with drink1121 thanks to zestar for the bottle

A - it poured a crimson color with huge head that bubbled down quickly. almost like a coke fizzes down it was weird never seen anything like that in a beer.

S - smells of vinegar, raisin, fig, plum, slight funk smell

T - pretty much the same as the smell, strong vinegar, raisin, fig, plum, pretty sour, some cabernet flavors, and a hit of oak on the backend.

M - wine like

D - alcohol is masked very well, but I'm feeling it after only half of the beer.

kfsv034, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of ATPete
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%

750ml bottle

Pours a red wine like brownish purple hue with a small head. Funky, mildly vinous nose with some wood character and currant fruit. Wine-like, tannic and sour with no alcohol note apparent. Dry and very ripe with a fresh fruit note, the skin of the currant and the Cabernet barrels harmonize wonderfully. A truly nice beer, i was lucky enough to enjoy a little less than half of this bottle and enjoyed every sip thoroughly. This bottle is worth the 25$ charged, share it, for a full 25oz may be a bit much to the tongue.

ATPete, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of kornkid8600
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

The taste is of oakiness, dark fruits, currants, a lot of the wine flavors really come in. Smells amazing, its a lot like wine, but its well carbonated, infact when the cork came off it started overflowing immediately.

Poured into a stemless wide sniffer. The bubbles kept flowing up from the bottom of the glass once it was poured. Dark brown, little head that disappears quickly, little lacing. It has a tart and sour taste, its pretty sour, but its actually pleasant.

If you're a beer noob I'd probably wait a bit as there's a lot of complexity, keep trying other stuff, heavier stuff. Because I had my friend's sisters try it and they gave that puckering look from the sourness.

I can't really fault the beer, but $23 is a LOT of money for beer. If it was 10-12 bucks I'd pick it up all the time, but this is something you should try once.
I'm still going to go try the other Russian River sours as I come across them.

Batch 04x04

kornkid8600, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of darklordlager
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

A: Pours a dark caramel/nutty colour with a ruby hue. Initial large head dies down to a mere coating.

S: Dark fruit, currants, sour tropical fruits. Sour grapes with a floral scent with mild alcohol lingering.

T: Sour cherries, dark fruit, sour light molasses. Currants, prunes and cranberries.

M: Medium carbonation and slightly syrupy, yet a bit dry.

Fantastic offering form Russian River--the best of the night in the Belgian/sour tasting that was had. ISO.

darklordlager, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%

Bottle split with friends at a New Years tasting. Batch 2x3.

Pours a dark plum color with no head. White ring circles what appears to be a tasty wild beer!

Smell is James Brown Funky. We're talking "can I count it off?" kind of funk. 1, 2,3, 4, Brett, Sachh, Lacto, Pedio - hit me. Vinegar, lemon, and cherry join the funky foursome to make a great nose complete.

Taste is perfect. Seriously. Perfect. Deep sour backed with oak, dark fruits, tobacco, cabernet, and a touch of vinegar make this so deep and defined that there really is no comparison to other beers out there. This IS that good.

The brilliant, lively carb and finish combine with a great body to make this beer simply a pleasure to drink. Someone should let Maurice Sendak know, the Wild Things are at Russian River.

Honestly, one of the most enjoyable beers I've ever had!

jampics2, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of Chambic
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%

12.23.09 at City Beer Store.

Had to have this 1x1 on the spot, and also snagged a few to replace my 1x3s.

A: beautifully dark with vinous viscosity, hardly any head

S: serious funk on the nose that mellows

T: brett upfront, yummy yeast, and a hint of dark, tart fruit

M: like a cabernet Champagne (move over chard, pinots noir and meunier)

D: the first time I had this, I enjoyed the 750mL myself. I'd easily do it again, but I love to share this love. If it's on tap, this is usually all I have.

Chambic, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of lackenhauser
4.58/5  rDev +2%

Somewhat muddy chestnut color. Opened with a loud pop and quite the foamy pour but quickly settled down to a thin layer of tight bubble. Fruity aroma, big red wine presence to it. Extremely complex flavor. Deep dried fruits, sour grapes and a slight caramel like taste. Oakey, woody, Heavy blast of brett lasts a while. Complexity just gets deeper and deeper. Great body,very lights and crisp. The heavy carbonation level makes it very bright on the tongue. Just a killer beer in general. Sure wish this one lived closer.

lackenhauser, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from a 750 mL bottle to a tulip. Batch # 003x1.

What does one do when he shows up to a bar looking for a quick $5 pint and stumbles upon a big, pricey bottle of Consecration? (That was a rhetorical question.)

A: The body is dark, murky & pruney-brown colored with a small bubbly head, light brown in color. It made an appearance and then, all at once, took off like it stole something. Interesting to say the least but I'm not at all impressed at this point.

S: Thank goodness...Nothing short of phenomenal! First and dominant aroma is the yeast bill which is heavy barnyard, sweat and meat. The bottle boasts of the brettanomyces, lactobacillus, saccharomyces & pediococcus, all wild yeast strains as far as I know. And why not? They combine to assist in one of the most uniquely aromatic brews I've ever tried. The malt and hops are hard to separate but I get hay/straw and flower respectively. An entire orchestra of fruit flavors: dark and ripe fruits of raisin, plum, red grape, currant & date provide the sweet flavors while the white grape & raspberry supplement with sour and tart. A bit of prune and dried fig come to mind as well. No mistaking the vinous nature of Consecration either. The oaky wood and earthy cabernet sauvignon components (plus hints of tobacco) are deep rooted.

T & M: The flavor duration is tantalizingly long and slow, making it impossible not to savor each sip. Moderately sweet and harshly acidic (but in a stimulating way). The mouthfeel is somewhere on another planet. The carbonation level is atmospheric. The finish is WILDLY astringent. The body is fuller than a woman in a 'plus-size' department store. I love it!!!

D: If I can drink an entire 750 by myself, you can too.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Goliath
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue. The initial pour produced almost no head, but that's most likely due to a quick pour in an effort to stop the bottle from foaming open.

The aroma is quite nice. The mouthwatering tart aroma of brett is screaming up front.
There's some nice dark ripe fruits, caramel, apple, oak, and some of the cabernet barrels come through as well.

The taste is quite nice. There's some really nice darker malts giving caramel notes up front. There's also some nice fruit flavors and a fantastic showing of brett which just makes the mouth water for more. It's really fun and quite nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very high dose of carbonation which really sets the the beer off.

Drinkability is high. The flavor profile on this beer is fantastic which just brings you back for more. The abv is easily managed and well incorporated. All in all this is a really solid beer.

Goliath, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of scifan
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%

750ml caged and corked bottle recieved in a trade with NCBeerFan. Batch number 002x2. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light with a nice head that quicly fades to a small ring around the glass. It leaves no lacing. Smells mostly of barnyard, and hay. Sweet sour fruit dances in the background. Also nice oak flavors in there as well. Sour fruits dominate the palate. Nice oak flavors in there as well along with the hints with of cabernet. The mouth puckering sourness leaves me wanting another sip after sip. Loads of carbonation but that's expected with the style. Not a hint of the 10% alcohol. This is my first true sour and I can't wait to try more.

scifan, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of DanOLeary
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

Batch 3

Aroma: A reasonably light aroma of sour ripe cherries and green apple skin. Little to no hop aroma. Slight hint of alcohol spice.

Appearance. Light mahogany brown with excellent clarity. Thin but lasting off white head holds a light lacing along the side of the glass.

Flavor: A sharp bite of green sour apple skin hits your tongue and cheeks with next to puckering sourness. As an ale brewed with Brettanomyces this is highly expected and enjoyed. The malt profile is hidden in the background until your tongue recovers from the sour bite, then there are complexities of bitter cherry and faint oak in the finish. This beer finishes extremely dry with another bite of sourness left on the lips as reminder.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with effervesant carbonation. There is a puckering sensation from the Brett but again this is expected and done well to enjoyment. Finishes crisp and very dry.

O: This beer is not for the weak of heart or mind. Among the sours Consecration Batch 3 is demonstrating the finer points of this brewing art. The sourness hits you on the tongue and in the jaw muscles like a sour apple with each refreshing sip.

DanOLeary, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of pwoods
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%

750ml corked and caged brown bottle, poured into a chalice. Batch 1

A: Pours a cherry cola color. Nice head on the pour with loose, but decent retention. Nice lacing.

S: This batch is getting pretty funky now. Nice barnyard aromas, leather, and some soft wood. Nice tart fruits.

T/M: The sour and tart flavors are really developing which is surprising given that this is a 10% sour. Lots of tart courants and under ripe apples. Some good funk going on with the leather and oak adding nice depth. Body is medium to medium light to strong carbonation... maybe a tad too strong.

D: Drinks amazing for 10% and keeps getting better with age.

pwoods, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of david18
4.58/5  rDev +2%

It's 11 AM PST and I was able to try this beer for the first time, being on the west coast. My only complaint is that 10% alcohol this early is going to catch up on me.

Excellent beer. Dark brown, not opaque and very clear. The head is very fizzy, light golden brown, behaving like a sour typically behaves (fizzy). Flavor is excellent. The combination of oak, sour and currant blend into a perfect flavor that I will enjoy all day (hoping I'll sip it slowly).

If this were lower in alcohol, it might be a little more versatile but otherwise this is excellent and worth the $20 price tag.

david18, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of hrking
3.83/5  rDev -14.7%

This is one of those beers that drinks more like a wine than a beer. Aged in wine barrels and carrying the flavors over into the finished product with a unique character added to the tartness of this beer. All the RR products are made to the highest of standards by one of craft beers true master brewers! I recommend trying all their brews if you can get your hands on them..

hrking, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of hopenator
5/5  rDev +11.4%

I am overwhelmed with appreciation for this tasty beverage. Pours dark amber/ruby (my lighting is not very good) with almost nonexistent white head. Feels very smooth in my mouth, and mouth-puckeringly sour. With grape, floral, and oak tones, it almost tastes like a fine red wine--maybe a Syrah?--and I mean that in a good way.

hopenator, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours a brillant amber hue that is flat in color and appearence. No head at all with zero lace. Good for the style. The aromas are bold and big on wine. Tons of sour red fruit with hints of sweet tarts, funk, and cherry juice. Inviting. The sweet tarts come thru as does a bit of crushed aspirin. Beneath that is a wonderful mix of red fruit that is heavy on the cherries. Winey sourness pushes thru along with bits of wood, and vineous qualities. Medium in body, a bit sharp on the tongue with a dry finish.

Anthony1, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of vacax
4.13/5  rDev -8%

Batch 001x4. 750 mL bottle, cage and mushroom cork presentation. Dark brown with blood red highlights in color with a restrained creamy tan head. The head is an anomaly for a sour in my experience, which usually seem to be paltry or enormous, but this one just sits and retention is rock-like in longevity.

Aroma is tart with red and dark fruit - currants, cherries, prunes. An almost candy-like sweetness is there as well, along with wild critters providing some lacto, pedio notes plus a spot of musty funk to round it out. Taste has a nice fruit and malt sweetness with currants and some tart cherry coming out of the woodworks. In congruence with the sweet cherry pie is a load of pedio driven sourness that peaks on the midpalate. A slight funk has accented the dark fruits in this after being cellared a year, reminding me of a new world tip of the hat to old world Flemish red style ales. Tart fruit and earthy finish. Feel is medium with a very delicate and luscious carbonation that again reminds me of some greats such as Rodenbach Grand Cru.

What have I learned here tonight? Like all the other Russian River sours, this one just gets better with age. I have never been a big of a fan of Consecration as most beer geeks have seemed to be, but after tasting this batch 1 some time later I think I may be converted. Really tasty, recommended for cellaring.

vacax, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of SpdKilz
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%

My 100th Review! I can't think of a better beer to review on this small milestone on BA.

Poured from a 750ml Bottle. Batch 002x3

Appearance - Poured into my RR sniffer with about a finger of quickly dissipating head which leaves little to no lacing. Held up to the golden yellow sun on its way down on the horizon, the beer lights up a brilliant cherry cola color, reminiscent of dark burgundy.

Smell - The distinct barnyard, sour funk immediately penetrates the air as I inhale deeply from the glass. Wet hay, leather, and earthiness. This is followed by the more sour/tart dark fruit smell such as under-ripe dark cherries and raisins. A lot going on but everything seems to fall into place.

Taste - Holy sour. The first sip my mouth instantaneously puckers up for what turns out to be a very interesting experience. Oak on the forefront followed by extreme tartness which make one envision biting into extremely under-ripe cherries. This wanes to the slight (not as prevalent as in the nose) barnyard funkiness that honestly is only there for a moment before I get a very strong black licorice ending flavor. This is odd - I have never so distinctly tasted, in my opinion, legitimate non-fake flavored black licorice spices in a drink. To say the least, it has taken me quite a few sips to sort out this beer. Thus far, everything I was expecting and more. Definitely more of a "darker" wine-like sour whereas Temptation seems much "lighter" in taste, body, and flavor.

Mouthfeel - Dry, crisp, medium to high carbonation. Finishes tart and dry, making you reach for another sip.

Drinkability - This one is a sipper for sure. The extreme tart/sour/funk flavors make this a beer that is best enjoyed over a longer period of time. Don't get me wrong, this is quaffable no doubt, but there is no reason to do so. Additionally, the alcohol is well hidden and I get just a slight warming after each sip. A very enjoyable sour/wild ale.

SpdKilz, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of JBogan
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%

Thanks to Euel for picking this up while in Cali.

Pours a beautiful dark reddish color with a small tan head. The head soon turns into a thin film which leaves little if any lacing.

The aroma soon fills the air with a mix of musty currants and cherries. The oak also makes it's presence known. A very inviting bouquet to be sure.

Taste follows the smell very closely, however the mustiness somewhat dulls the sharpness of the aroma. Nicely balanced, but not nearly as tart/sour as I had expected. The alcohol is extremely well hidden.

The mouthfeel was somewhat on the thin side, with minimal carbonation. Not the most exciting presence, but acceptable for a beer of this style.

This was one of the more enjoyable sour beers I've had in a while. The oak aging really makes this beer what it is. Worth a try if you can find it at a good price.

JBogan, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of Kadonny
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured from tap at Capones sour event into a small tasting glass.

A: A darker reddish brown with tiny off white small head. No glass lacing.

S: Sour fruits with some slight notes of wood.

T: Ok, here is where this beer shines. What a complex array of sour fruits that are just sheer mouth puckering. The dominant fruit flavor I could not pick out, but I assume it's current since that is what the bottle says (I've never had currents). So sour currents, apple, grape and maybe some raspberry coupled with some oaky woody and vanilla flavors. A hint of sweetness is there to offset the tart flavors, but this is far from sweet. Funny thing is I don't get any yeasty flavors or funk, just the sour. Hops come in at the end to bitter the finish. Wow, hella lot going on here.

M: Full, prickly, coating, puckering with just a hint of alcohol.

D: Medium to good for such a sour beer.

Overall this is so different, but so good. If you love wilds/sours, this beer is for you. Complexity really makes this beer a one of a kind. Very nice, glad I got to try such a rare beer on tap.

Kadonny, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of AltBock
4.03/5  rDev -10.2%

750 ml bottle that was corked and caged. On this bottle is a large burgundy colored label of a knife with black lines running all of it and the number 23 near the tip. It's a zebra knife! At the bottom is a brief description of the beer and in the right hand corner is a barrel with 6 months in the middle and 4 scientific names surrounding the barrel. To the far left is Russian River's address and to the far right is everything you want to know about this beer. That's where you'll find the Government warning, phone number of R.R., a batch number, a picture of the correct glassware, and a novel sized history and description of the beer. They also threw in the definition of Consecration in case you didn't know what it meant. Before I forget, this bottle was from batch 002X3.

Appearance: With a loud pop of the cork followed by gun smoke, this beer erupted like a volcano. It's a good thing I opened the bottle near the sink and my glass. Due to this eruption, I lost about 1/4 of the bottle. Once I finally got some of the beer into my wide rimmed Unibroue Tulip, I saw that Consecration was not what it appeared to be. From a short distance away, I looked to pour a dark mahogany brown, but when held into the light, I found out that it was an extremely dark currant red with some raspberry red highlights. It was a little murky due to a few yeast particles floating around at the bottom of the glass. With this beer erupting like it did, surprisingly there wasn't much of a head of foam on this beer. The initial head of foam was 1/4 of an inch of just fizzy bubbles that disappeared in a blink of an eye. I shouldn't say it completely disappeared because it left behind a string of rings around the edge and a spot or two of lace. The head of foam that I was expecting must have flowed out of the bottle with the eruption.

Smell: Now this is the aroma I was expecting from a sour R.R. beer! It wasn't an over the top sour aroma that made you cringe every time you took a whiff. it had its fair share of sour fruity aromas, but it never went over the top. It was pleasantly sour with currants, cherries, green and red grapes, and even raspberries. I'm surprised that my nose couldn't find any yeast in the aroma. Not even a subtle amount of yeast was found in here. When this beer is swirled around, that's when the oak with its friends the anise and black licorice comes out to play with all the sour fruits. A great potent sour aroma that wasn't over the top. It was perfect for this beer!

Taste: The taste of Consecration had something in common with the aroma. It too was all about the sour fruits. It wasn't an overly sour taste, but it was getting there. It was one sour fruit away from being overly sour. This beer was sour and tart with currants, green grapes, green apples, cherries, and raspberries. If you name a fruit that can either be sour or tart, then you'll find it in the taste. If you wait long enough for your taste buds to reach the end of the sour fruit wave, then you'll come across some charred oak and yeast. No anise or black licorice in the taste like there was in the aroma. I think that if there was, that would have made the beer a little more funkier. If you like your sour and tart fruits as much as I do, then wait till you wrap your lips around a glass full of this beer.

Mouthfeel: This was a medium bodied sour and tart Wild Ale with a decent amount of carbonation and with a long lasting sour and tart aftertaste. The aftertaste was chock full of delicious sour fruits like currants, cherries, green grapes, and raspberries. I also noticed that there was a touch more yeast and oak in the aftertaste than there was in the initial taste. I felt that this beer really didn't show it's 10% ABV. You'll be distracted by all the sour fruits to notice the ABV%.

Drinkability: Russian River always does a great job on sour beers (as well as DIPAs) and Consecration is up there with the best of them. It started off with a bang with the bottle explosion, slowed down in the appearance, and then kicked into high gear with its top notch sour and tart aroma and taste. Of course, like every other Russian River Beer, it's expensive as hell! It's worth a shot once if you can pry open your wallet far enough.

AltBock, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of mudbug
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours like a soda pop with a quickly dissipating bubbly froth.
What is this?A dark brown clear liquid no head at all, beer?
The aroma is perplexing, I would describe it as the insides of a discarded yeasty/moldy jar of raspberry jam.
Taste is what it's about, YEE GADS thats sour, Like the best lemonaid you ever had,sour cherries, unripe apricots, strong carbonation hammers down the sour taste-buds until endorphins take over and calm everything down again, must have another taste, then another
Addicting, mesmerizing flavor.
Ye Gads! BRAVO!

mudbug, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. This was from batch 002X3.

Appearance: deep mahogany brown with reddish hints; two finger fizzy head which dissipated very quickly.

Smell: very interesting; there's a lot going on here. Right off the bat, it smells like wood; there is also the aroma of currant and raisin and tobacco. There is a distinct tartness which I'm sure is attributable to the bacteria. Overall, I like it, although it doesn't necessarily whet my appetite for beer.

Taste: tart, bright and sour. The subtleties of the aroma eventually come through, but off the bat it reminds me of eating super-sour candy as a kid. The other flavors are not particularly strong; I like the tartness but it is a bit extreme. As I consume more of it, I find it growing on me.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a nice carbonation. I quite like it.

Drinkability: this beer perplexes me a bit. Each time I take a sip, the sourness blows me back; soon, however, I am appreciating the undertones, and finally I find myself yearning for another sip. This is a truly interesting beer.

flagmantho, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%

This is quite possibly my favorite Russian River beer. I absolutely love this one.
Pours a dark reddish brown in color. A very nice inch and a half of off white head forms on the pour. Smell is sour/tart and has a very nice vinous note as well.
Taste is off the charts incredible. This second batch bottle is more tart and sour than all the first batch bottles I have drank. I'm actually digging it more. Even with the more pronounced sour and tartness this beer is still every bit as drinkable as it always has been. The currants give a very nice vinous quality in the flavor.
Full, with perfect carbonation this is a pleasure to drink. One of my favorite beers of all time.
Well done and keep up the great work Vinnie!

FtownThrowDown, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of Zaplt
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%

Beer was shared three ways (hobojon and DaveJanssen) poured meticulously and artistically into a tulip La Chouffe glass. Batch - 002X1

Appearance - The color was a deep dark amber, surprisingly clear. Lighter head with a lack of lacing.

Smell - Complex with initial sweetness slowly enveloped by a fruity (raisin), and bready smell with a strong funk ensuing. The sour funk (which I described as barnyard) was not too overwhelming, but quite pleasant)

Taste - The first sip knocked me off my feet. Many layers of flavors - Amazing layers of sweetness/funkiness/mild malt. Tart/sour funk very apparent after first sip - wonderfully balanced - the sweetness was very strong, more so than expected but well balanced with the sour funk and malt and countless other tastes words cannot portray. Wine character and oak evident from aging.

Mouthfeel - Generally high carbonation but not unpleasant. Sweet and full considering.

Drinkability - Lovely beer - one of the most drinkable soured beers I have ever tried. Will gladly recommend to experienced beer lovers and inquiring minds concerning innovative soured beers. Go Russian River go!

Zaplt, Nov 24, 2009
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,842 ratings.