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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,467
Reviews: 1,072
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 1,500
Gots: 1,503 | FT: 115
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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Ratings: 4,467 | Reviews: 1,072
Photo of augustgarage
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood - 5/20/2010. Served in a generic snifter.

Clear burgandy body which glows a luminous cerise when held up to the sun. Large very active ivory head diminishes rapidly to a collar ringing a Ukiyo-e cloud.

Vinuous, cidery character suggests a Flanders Red initially - unusual aromatics...

Light rosé flavors intermingle with cherries, wild strawberries, a bit of simple syrup, and a bloom of citrus-laden tart hops which spread across the mid-palate. Vague wild "cat piss" notes emerge as well, but they actually work here.

Not that I have a bottle open next to it, but any resemblance to the base beer (Salvation) seems to have vanished...

Medium-light bodied, a bit slick but still moderately carbonated.

I may need to re-visit this one in the bottle, as (with the exception of their IPAs) I usually prefer RR in that modality...

Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at a Portland co-op, because that's the sort of town Portland is. Anyways, I split the bottle with a couple friends and was worried the sour and funky flavors, but they actually mild compared to some of the guezes I've tried. Instead of being a big, beat you over the head sour beer, the tang compliments the fruit, estery yeast, and mellow dark malts. I should also say that for 10%, this is as drinkable as any good beer is going to be.

Photo of KMcG
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.  The color is red-brown and clear with little head development.  The carbonation from the refermentation is evident.

The aroma is reminiscent of a cab, but fruitier and with some slight maltiness.  

The taste oaky, sour fruit, and wine flavors. Dry.

This ale is quite carbonated, like champagne.  Medium body, but heavy with 10% alcohol. 

Photo of CruisaC
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into my New Belgium glass
An "extra" from walows, thanks man, been wanting to try this one for a while

This is my first RR sour. Been fortunate to try Pliny and Damnation and, not that they need my approval, have come away impressed.

Pours deep raisin with a touch of ruby. A 1 cm head quickly comes and goes and leaves no trace.

You can smell the acidity that awaits, not much hint of fruit and instead a healthy dose of barnyard

tart, like a cherry with all of the sugar removed. You can tell there has been fruit there, but I couldn't have told you currants. Very enjoyable overall but I have been on a major sour kick

nice mouthfeel and not overly carbonated.
I could drink this one again; RR is more of a pain to get and I have a supplication, temptation, and sanctification waiting in the wings. It will be interesting to compare this "more commonly" available RR sour to a couple that tend to be a little more hard to get (especially to me)

Photo of mooseo
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.68oz bottle poured into tulip. Batch 006.

A - Dark maroon in color with a small, tan head.

S - Dark fruits (plum and cherry) mixed with a strong oak characteristic. Very earthy, with a hint of alcohol coming through as well.

T - A complex flavor of black cherries and grapes immediately hit, followed by a mild sourness and tartness. Very sweet and fruity. Hints of oak and other earthy spices come out on the backend. The sourness tends to linger on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied, with a prickly, mild carbonation. Finishes dry.

D - I'm new to sours and this was the first one that I actually enjoyed. It has a wonderful array of flavors backed by a nice sour funkiness. The high alcohol content is hardly noticeable, making this a very drinkable brew. The taste seems to only get better as it warms. Overall, an excellent offering from Russian River and so far, my favorite sour.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchill's during Churchill's Renaissance

Batch 2

Look: Pours a darker shade of brown with some red highlights 1/8 inch head and not much retention with some spotty lace

Smell: Dark fruits some tartness and oak

Taste: I was expecting this to be much more tart and sour but I think the age has done wonders for this beer. It is has some delicious sour berries with the black currant especially coming through some nice tart and sour sting with a bit of funk

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin body with medium carbonation and slightly tart

Overall: This is a damn fine example of a american wild ale I really enjoyed this and was glad I tried it

Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one!

Batch 001X2, cage-corked bottle.

Pours hazed deep mahogany with a styro-foamish head that thins.

The smell is of red grape - vinuous with currants and oak. Some tart black cherry as well.

The taste is of tart black cherries with black currents. Some and sour, funky with some wood. A firm darkish maltiness supports it. It has a vinuous, dry finish.

It is effervescent. Alcohol there, but reasonably well-hidden.

In some ways wine-like, but with a funky, malty character. Well-balanced - sweet and sour but not too much in one direction. An interesting, delicious, unique, sipper.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TCHopCraver (the supplier of this rare treat), BuckyFresh, and zoso1967 for the tasting party that included this brew. 8/21/10

The pour is a dark reddish hue mixed with a good deal of brown. The head appeared brownish then faded to white. Agitating this beer will manually create more head. When swirling the glass, splotchy bubbles gather across the glass and collect in mild lacing.

The smell yields a subdued cherry tartness, woody oak, caramel, banana, and lemon.

The taste is quite tart with lots of sour iron like feel. Further in the taste is more sour with a cigar/tobacco like aftertaste. There are also some spicy, peppery notes.

The mouthfeel is light and refreshing and certainly gets my saliva glands going. A nice drying finish concludes this rarity.

This is a solid drink. It is so sour that I want more to believe how sour it is.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a HotD Tulip glass.
Batch 006.

A - Pours a cola brown with a lively, foamy tan head. Good retention.

S - Tart cherry, red wine, spices.

T - Woody, red wine, funky, tart.

D - Tons of carbonation, light to medium body, fizzy.

O - Looks like another winner from Russian River.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this from a skull-cracklingly thick clear glass goblet. A thin ring of rose-colored foam rode the meniscus momentarily. Juicy, lustrous, gem-like burgundy color.

The oak-aging is immediately apparent in the aroma, although I initially mistook it as bourbon barrel-aged due to a perceived faint smokiness. It's quite amazing how 'freshly-cut' the oak character comes across. Soft sour cherry is the next most discernible smell, followed by perhaps some vanilla custard.

Having been weaned mostly on (and recalling best) Monk's and Duchesse (and, yeah, through the years I've randomly had other various lambics/sours/wilds), the sour grip on the tongue with this was revelatory, though I'd like to believe not the most potent out there. In fact, it 'grips' tightest through the first few sips and, once accustomed to it, it's wonderful.

In addition to the somewhat sharp sourness in the flavor, there's a dry cherry, or maybe even raspberry, fruitiness - but not much. The oak comes out more mellow than in the aroma. And, why and from what, I don't know, I'm tasting bourbon - mostly up front - but it fades by the finish, which is vaguely reminiscent of champagne. Vaguely.

Definitely a complex, interesting beer. Wish it came out this way more often.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, batch 005X2E. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a small fairly dense off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a ring of lacing fairly quickly. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour cherry, green apple, raisin, plum, fig, red wine, oak, clove, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, light vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak barrel, and fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big sour cherry, green apple, raisin, plum, fig, red wine, oak, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, light vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruity/earthy sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, green apple, raisin, plum, fig, red wine, oak, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, light vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak barrel, and fruit flavors; with a great sweetness/sourness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, acidic, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome fruited wild ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak barrel, and fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 005x2F. Thanks to Arbitrator for the bottle and to angrybabboon for sharing it.

Appearance: Pours a relatively clear garnet with some deeper brown hues. Head is off-white and drops to a small bubbly collar in short order. Minimal carbonation. Deep reds.

Smell: Big hit of wine. Cabernet jumps and drops a big grape/wine punch. That distinct Russian River level of lactic sour. Some nice leather and dark cherry as well. Mild citric backing. Some vinegar as well. Oak and a big floral hit. Almost chocolatey at times. Some underlying malty sweetness.

Taste: Massive oak. Sherry, Cabernet, and some cider vinegar. Acetic with a nice level of citric and lactic sour. Mild funkiness builds as the beer warms. Some nice grass and some caramel sweetness mild chocolate is masked by a bigger punch of leather and dark fruit. Tart cherry. Oak. Woody with a mild dampness. Tart.

Mouthfeel: Minimal carbonation laced through a nice, smooth body. Lingering tart dryness.

Overall: Great. A nice blend of sour and sweet and wine.

I've tried this several times. The old bottles are insane. So complex and interesting. The newer bottles are great as well, but they push a lot more acetic and tart. Not a bad thing, just a thing.

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 007

Pours brown, no head from the slow pour. Bubbles like rootbeer or champagne.

Smells like red wine, not so much on the funk, but it's there, has some fruitiness.

Taste is of tart wine from start to finish, plenty of grape from the barrel. Finished like wine in the aftertaste.

Feels very light and champagny. Bubbly on the tongue.

Overall, I still don't know if I would call this beer. Definitely more focused than the Supplication, but not as complex. While I really liked this concoction, I won't be seeking either out. Then again, I wouldn't turn it down either.

DOA

Photo of srandycarter
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark bourbon color, not much head, leaves fast to ring. Big pop when opening. Small tight bubbled lacing.

S - Tart cherries, crisp, some yeast and fading malt tones.

T - Taste replicates smell to a tee.

M - Well carbed, tartness fades and dry finish. Quality stuff.

D - ABV well hidden. Tartness does not tire easily. Think I am getting used to fine sours.

Photo of beergod1
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 750 ml. Pours a transparent dark amber with a thin, light tan head. Complex aroma of sweet dark cherries and oak. Starts with nice biting carbonation and tart complex oak and cherries with some other dark fruit notes and good acidity toward a slightly warming finish. Shared with 3 other people, Damn I'm a nice guy.

Photo of WeedKing4
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was able to try this at the brewery. Poured dark rosey amber. Very sour but I preferred supplication. There's a little bit more of booze In the taste with a more malty finish.. Makes your mouth pucker though. This brewery sure knows what it's doing with sours.

Photo of Lerxst
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Joey for this one.

A-Pours a ruby/brown with a 1/4" off white head that faded quickly and left no lacing.

S-Tart dark fruit, a slight red wine smell, a bit earthy.

T-Sour plums, cherries, granny smith apples, a bit spicy. Very tart all the way through.

M-A crisp carb bite, yet still smooth, on the lighter side of medium body.

D-Its a sipper to be sure, but it goes down easily enough.

A very nice effort from Russian River.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with ruby highlights that had a half finger head and very little lacing left on the glass. I love beers that have a nose like this one which consisted of oak funk, wine vinous characters, acidic sour notes, apples, and currants. You can definitely tell its gonna have some sour tartness. Sour vinegar currants strike first on the palate with oaky traits from the barrel, citric lemons, and cherry accents; nice sourness. The beer was medium body with a good amount of carbonation with a sweet sour and dry finish. It drank very well and is very tasty but for some reason everytime I drink a consecration I get a hangover. I guess I have overlooked the 10ABV and I always seem to drink a 750ml bottle to the neck..

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Kegger37
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
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 BuckeyeBeers
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Brez07
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a few times before and finally decided to review. Split about about 2 months ago at the SMBDC sour meeting. 3-4oz served in a tasting glass. Batch 4x4

A: Nice dark amber color. Leaves a ring of white head

S: Nose is basically a fruit medley. Grape, strawberry, cherry. Some funk. Some tartness from the fruit. I might even detect some currant

T: Sour right up front. Dry fruit follows once you get accustomed to the tartness. A bit of sweetness gets through, but definitely hindered by funk

M: Medium. After a few sips the sourness died down a bit, but still very present. Dry, wine-like finish

D: Definitely a great sour. A bit drier then most. I think I prefer Supplication though due to a bigger fruit presence

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle. Batch 008.

A: Cherry coloration with a very thin lacing of head. The beer is actively moving in the glass; a geyser rises from the middle and and turbulates the beer. Light legs.

N: Sour cherry, currant, powerful acids. Very vinous, plenty of wine grapes, and the oak is noticeable. Light blackberry. New leather and some funkiness.

T: Wow, lots of currants. There's a pleasant sour pie cherry in the background, and the oak and acids are moderated well. Some tangerine /lemon zest. I do get some light tobacco/leather flavors. Grapes and a little bit of raisin. Has a lot in common with the cabernet sauvignon barrel.

M: Light and very, very well carbonated. I am getting a surprising amount of alcohol, though.

O: A sterling beer that I've passed over too many times to count. While off chasing the newest sour from around the block, Consecration beckons us back to its sublime, balanced fruitiness. Delicious.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. It's from Batch 005X2E. Poured this one into my Lost Abbry tulip.

A: Pours a fairly clear amber color. Basically no head. There was a good pop on the cork. But not a lot of carbonation. Lacing is non existent. You do catch some little alcohol feet.

S: I am getting the customary Flemish Red type smells off this one, but the complexity is amped with some of those vinous notes from the red wine barrel. I get some tart dark cherries and vinegar notes as well.

T: It's a more mild tart on the tip of the tongue. Then you get that tart dark cherry flavor that I have come to love. It's very smooth, and mellowed by the oak barrels I would assume. You do pull some of that leather and wood that red wine would add as well. You can't taste the 10% at all, as I thought that was a little high for the style. it's completely masked.

M: This is a lighter, medium mouthfeel for me. It's very drinkable and pleasant.

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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,467 ratings.