Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,251
Reviews: 1,050
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.56%
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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 Daniel101
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of emmasdad
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
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 DoubleJ
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brand new Russian River sour, and one that's high in alcohol. Had some on-tap at Verdugo Bar in Los Angeles. On to the beer:

Poured into a tulip, Consecration is a dark red-violet beer with little head retention, leaving no lacing on the glass, but the latter wasn't expected from much. The aroma is a beautiful thing. Sweet vinegar, akin to what you'd find in ketchup or barbecue sauce. Pickel juice. Notes of oak and barrel. Slight underlying sweetness underneath it.

My first impression of the taste was it was very intensely acidic upfront. But what sour isn't acidic? Bits of tartness show through, as do assorted, overripened fruits. There's a long lasting, pleasant aftertaste of vinegar on the palate. The high alcohol presents a faint, but noticable boozy aspect with a sharp pinch towards at the back of the line.

A good sour, but I'm not as big of a fan as everyone else seems to be. But I have had heard several accounts say the bottled version is ten times better than the draft version I sampled Maybe I need to sample the bottle someday for its optimal performance.

Photo of JBogan
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 07 18 13
Drank 01 24 14

Down the middle pour brings forth a thick off-white foam that quickly fizzles down to nothing. Deep burnt orange body when held to the light that is filled with carbonation zinging all around.

The aroma is full of the souring bacteria, gets a little funky, currant, and cherry. Comes off like an Oud Bruin.

Plenty of fruitiness comes off with currant, red grape, and tart apple. The oak from the Cabernet barrels comes out slightly. Nice little musty funk hangs out at the end. No hint of the 10%.

Fairly smooth medium body. Medium tartness on the palate. Finishes dry.

Nicely balanced for such a big sour beer. Really well done beer that has great Cab qualities imparted into it.

Photo of drpimento
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sharing with sour beer fan friends Mike n Bryce (homebrewers). Poured with no head or lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy honey amber. Aroma is yeast, sour, oak, sherry, malt. Flavor's similar to taste but not as complex. Body and carbonation are perfect for style. Finish is like flavor, clean, balanced, and a nice alcohol prod. Very nice.

Photo of drumrboy22
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a Russian River chalice. Beer was a dark cherry color, with a small creamy tan head.

Aroma was tart fruits, vinegar, red wine and oak. Smells fantastic.

Taste was tart cherries, green apples, light oak and vanilla. Acidic and dry.

Very enjoyable beer that gets better as it warms. Another RR winner.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$22 750ml bottle batch 001x02. Red-brown color with almost no head yet it feels fizzy in my mouth. The smell is really quite interesting but subtle. Tobacco, chocolate, barrel, some brett, jam. The flavor is tart, sweet, hmmm... good, but not amazing like Deviation or the other RR barrel-aged beers.

Batch 002x02 06/2009

Pretty damn good, life is short, buy this beer.

Batch 002x02 08/2009

Quite good, smell is slightly dung-ish, lip-smacking sour fruits, good

Batch 001x02 09/2009

More tasty than it was fresh, might be worth saving.

Photo of ChugginOil
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small bottle shared with a few BA's.

This brew pours very still. Zero head, a few bubbles, no lace.

The nose is a deep current scent that is sweet prominent. There is also an amount of toffee-like notes that add to the sweetness.

The taste surprises me because there is a nice tartness that went unnoticed when smelling this brew. The sweetness offered by the currents is soon matched with an abundant amount of semi-sweet tartness. I am enjoying the balance here for sure.

The mouthfeel is pretty awkward for the style because the way this beer sits in the glass. It is so calm without any sings of carbonation but once the sip is taken, boom!, a lip smacking tartness is soon experienced .

Overall, this is a very unusual, wine-like brew that takes on some unfamiliarity in the visual department but makes up for it when tasted. I was uneasy but now satisfied.

Photo of Labonix
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice deep amber/red color. The aroma is a tarty fruit with a little bit of funk. This beer has an amazing taste to it. It has a sweet and tarty fruit taste to it. I think its more tart than sour and I could easily drink a whole 750 bottle to myself.

Photo of Verecund
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheRealBigC
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having this one shortly after trying Supplication, I will admit that I was a tad dissappointed with it. Only because Supplication is too amazing to be succeeded by anything.

This one has a similar body to Supplication - reddish brown with some small bubbles constantly bubbling, but a thinner head due to the alcohol. The alcohol also cuts some of that tartness while preserving the oaky, cherry notes. Goes down kind of dry like a champagne.

Realistically, Russian River knocked it out of the park again and they've clearly demonstrated that they dominate not only with IPAs but also sour/wilds. I give the upper hand to Supplication, but try both!

Photo of bulletrain76
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Draught at the brewpub. Brown color with a red tint and white head. Darkly vinous, tart, and oaky aroma. The flavor is quite sour with lots of oak and sour fruit. Malty underneath, with a less alcohol that I was expecting. Richly smooth and medium-full body. High-gravity sours are new to me, and I sort of miss the light, refreshing quality that you get in a lighter option, but this is really great stuff regardless.

Photo of PatronWizard
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Third beer in the line up at Mauerhan's. This one offered up by yours truly. Everyone else here already has one cellared, but it takes big ass balls to open one. Sparse notes, apologies.

Pours a deep burgandy with a decent head.

Smells pretty lovely. Tart, cherries, mouth watering. Big time reminds me of New Glarus Belgian Red.

Then the taste. Still reminds me of the NGBR, but with an added sourness. Sour isn't blatantly up your ass like most, so it's actually enjoyable.

Alcohol is completely invisible and at 10% I would actually buy this again whereas most sours I wouldn't.

Overall: beats Temptation as my favorite sour to date

Photo of bashiba
4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear amber with a thick tan head that disappeared as quickly as it came.

The smell is dominated by the sour tartness of the bacteria with just a hint of vinous wine and blackberry.

The flavor is nicely sour with dark blackberry and grape flavors coming through along with a heavy oaky and cedar barrel flavor. Has a bit of leathery and tobacco flavor coming through as well.

The mouthfeel is dry and a bit puckering.

Nicely done American Sour, the Cab barrel and Blackberry add a little something extra that is nice.

Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 750mL corked and caged bottle purchased from Matt at Capone's in Norristown. Poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint because, well, it was the only clean glass I had.

Appearance: A pop of the cork and a slow pour into my glass reveals a dark, ruby red colored brew. Very dark, almost black, but not quite as you could pick up the blood colored hues in the light. Only light I see coming through is around the outside of the glass. A tan/brown head develops, about a fingers worth, fizzy like soda or seltzer water, which relatively quickly recedes to a thin layer on top of the beer.

Smell: Funky. Fruity. I could pick up the currants that the bottle indicates are in there, as well as some oak sweetness. Maybe some other dark fruit aromas? Sweetness from the Cabernet Sauvignon/Oak barrels it was aged in comes through as well, it's probably the most predominant smell I pick up.

Taste: Very sour. Puckering, malicious sour flavor, but that's a good thing. This might be the most sour beer I've had. I get a touch of fruity sweetness before the sourness takes over. Once the sour subsides, it's a sweet oaky, red wine flavor, and this is where the currants come through. As the beer warms, the sourness dissipates slightly and the back end of the sip becomes a lot sweeter, and the currant and other fruit flavors become much more predominant.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light. Very fizzy on the tongue. Very puckering. In fact, after swallowing each sip, my mouth would still involuntarily pucker from the residual sourness. Pretty cool.

Drinkability: Wouldn't mind if this was in a 375mL or a 22oz'er. Delicious beer, but the more it warms the more I had to labor through it. Certainly a treat though.

This was my first RR Sour beer, and it has inspired me to seek out their others.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. BAtch number 002X1 which means it was bottled 3/30/2009.
The beer pours a rich chestnut with deep ruby highlights and fizzy beige colored head foaming up about 2 cm and fading to the thinnest of edge layers at a rapid pace.
Aroma is dominated by tart fruit, cherries and red grapes with some deeper raisin notes. I actually get a little bit of sweetness mixed in on the nose as well. No hops or ABV hits on the scent.
First sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation. Easy drinking physical traits on this beer.
Flavor is tart and sour fruit through and through the sampling. I get red grapes and plums, unripe plums anyway. A little bit of sweet sugaryness but finishes very dry and tart after each swallow.
the 10% is well hidden by the tartness, making this beer go down a little quicker than may be advised.
A nice sour brew, a little one-dimensional, but it is what it is a fruity tart brew.
Definitely worth trying if you like mouth puckering beers!

Photo of david131
4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of sevopie
4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Murky reddish-brown with a thick tan head.

Smell - Currant, vinegar, slight oak, a touch of brown sugar, and a bit of apricot or pear.

Taste - Very tart fruit flavors, namely the currants and apples with a bit of the apricot/pear again. Vinegary a bit, but all of it hides the alcohol fairly well. Very, very dry/astringent on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick and dry, a thin but plentiful carbonation.

Drinkability - I'm not a huge sour fan, but I had to try this one. Definitely a pleasant beer, though the tart can be a bit overwhelming at times. If it wasn't $20 a bottle I would probably revisit this.

Photo of myatomicpolygon
4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 004x4

Appearance- poured into a wine glass a light amber red with golden honey highlights and a small layer of white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a ring around the glass

Smell- leather, barnyard, slight vinegar, grape tannins, currant

Taste- barnyard funk, wood, and tartness up front with a dry currant finish. good balance and complexity of flavor. the tartness from the bacteria and funk from the brett is put in check by the sweetness from the fruit and the oak.

Mouthfeel- crisp, dry, refreshing, lively

Drinkability- alcohol is well masked, may be a bit too sour and tart for some due to the style...but well balanced with the fruit and easy to drink...but hard to find on the East Coast...and when you do it comes with a high price tag.

Photo of steve8robin
4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a fan of sour ales, but have tried some that I enjoy. Might as well try one of the top rated. 375ml bottle, batch 005X2E...

A: A deep reddish brown with no head at all. Decent.

S: Smells of some very tart cherries upfront with a bit of bready rye and energy drink. Some very faint apple on the backend. Good.

T: Hmm, a nice tart cherry blended well with some sugary malts. A very nice blend here, not too over-sour. An earthy breadiness to this one in the middle with some energy drink hints on the backend. Good.

M: Full body with a great carbonation. Finishes with a tartness. Good.

D: For a sour, this is so well blended. Not really overpowering in any area. Very good.

All in all, this one definitely did surprise. This definitely is tart, but is so well blended that it makes this easy to drink. If you like sours, this will be like the holy grail of well blended sours. If you're looking for the most puckering brew around, this is not. It's puckering, but is so well blended.

Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i was pretty hyped up to try this. poured into a tulip, great color. not much head but that was expected.

nose is very earthy, dirt, leaves, touch of dark cherry/fruit.

very dry, dark fruit, bright acidity, touch of chocolate. mild oak, slight vinous character, earthy, vinous, touch of alcohol.

lower carbonation, fairly drinkable. might age my other bottle for a few years.

Photo of BlastBeats
4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL bottle of Russian River Consecration - batch number 7.

Appearance: Consecration pours a burnt maroon color with a thin, whispy white head and a relatively translucent body despite the bottle conditioning.

Smell: the Cabernet Sauvignon barrels really come through in the nose; theres a strong, unmistakable smell of red wine. I was expecting the brettanomyces to be a little more pronounced, but it wasn't really contributing much to the aroma on this one.

Taste: undeniably tart, yet not mouth puckering. The bacteria (lactobacillus and pediococcus) impart this souring flavor, yet seem to play well with the addition of currants as well as the lingering Cabernet Sauvignon components. The high ABV imparts a nice warming sensation, but isn't really perceptible otherwise.

Mouthfeel: Consecration is medium bodied and finishes with a wine-like dryness.

Overall: an interesting beer to be sure, and the only barrel aged offering from Russian River I've ever had (Supplication and Temptation are in the fridge). It was certainly enjoyable, but I wasn't really blown away.. And I'm not sure if I'd be willing to buy it online again and eat the cost of shipping. Now if I lived in California it would probably be a different story.

Photo of drink1121
4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with kfsv034.
A- Poured into a Duvel tulip, pours a dark brown-red color. Initial couple inch head, then quickly disappears. It fizzes almost like coke. THe looked and everything reminds me of Coke.

S- Sour, not much tart. I get vinegar with some dark fruits. Wine characteristics.

T- Take the smell and exaggerate it and thats what u get in the taste.

M- Very thin, but not in a bad way. Just compared to other 10% beers its just thin. I think its appropriate for the beer though. it fits.

D- For a 10% sour, its pretty damn drinkable. I think the the thin mouthfeel contributes to this.

Photo of 05Harley
4.05/5  rDev -10%
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.

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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