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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,080
Hads: 4,747
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.22%
Wants: 1,599
Gots: 1,630 | FT: 121
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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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Reviews: 1,080 | Hads: 4,747
Photo of alpineclimber
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to rmaste6282 for this bottle.

A 375ml bottle caged and corked, poured into a tulip glass. A good frothy head attempted to form but quickly dissipated to a ring of bubbles.

The nose on this one is very interesting, sweet like bubble gum, phenolic, sour and tart cherry.

Taste is great, a nice balance of tart dark fruit with a dry finish. Not much sweetness in the taste as the nose would leave one to believe.

Pretty good overall. The bottle lacks carbonation but I am not complianing, that's a reality with bottle conditioned beers. The alcohol is very well hidden in this one. (597 characters)

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

Poured into a Stone RIS. Not sure on batch, but I am pretty sure it was the most recent one to date.

A: Pours a reddish-brown, translucent, with no foam.

S: Smells of barnyard funk, red win, and plums.

T: sour cherries and red wine, barnyard funk, with hints of vanilla and oak.

M/D: very little carbonation, medium body. Fruity and sour. I drank this after a cantillon rose de gambrinus, and I knew this was good, but it was tough for the Consecration to follow the Cantillon. (481 characters)

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

Batch 001X4

A: Pours an almost completely opaque shade of dull murky brown with undersaturated dark amber hues. Massive -- for a sour -- loose, cask-like light brown head fills the glass as beer gushes all over my god damn leather upholstery. The head quickly recedes to nothing but a faint ring.

S: Mildly sour vinous aromas. Currents are surprisingly detectable. Also substantive hints of the cabernet barrel, with a slight aromas of brown sugar or chocolate in the background. Aromas is much less intense than I would have imagined.

T: All the flavors of the nose mingle together. Flavors are not extremely sour, nor are they strongly reminiscent of vinegar, but acidic. The palate is flooded with muted vinous flavors that turn tangy and a tad dry near the finish. Sour-grape tinged alcohol burn can be felt long after certain sips.

M: The feel is smooth, if only slightly hefty. Carbonation is certainly there and a bit tingly, but like every other quality in this beer, its subtle.

D: I'm not sure what to say about this beer right now. I think it could use some time in the cellar. I find myself longing for some of the funky brett aromas and flavors which never really materialize for me. Is this a world class brew? Certainly. But I would take a Cuvee de Castleton over it at this stage of ripeness. It absolutely pushes the envelope in blurring the lines between wine and beer. (1,393 characters)

Photo of DearthVader
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml poured into my Bruery tulip.

Pours brown with glowing amber tones around the edges. Poured aggressively and received nothing but a few bubbles. No head whatsoever, and also left no lacing.

Smell is of a tart berries. I can't really pick up anything else but it's still very nice even though it's lacking complexity.

Taste is of fig and sour sour berries. Again? Lacking in complexity but very enjoyable nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth. The Brett is definitely present, but not puckering. That's exactly how I like my sours. Also leaves a lingering tingle on the back of your tongue. Very nice.

Yet again a solid offering from RR! (651 characters)

Photo of MarcatGSB
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into La Fin Du Monde tulip. Thanks to Damico for really hooking me up on a recent trade! Batch 004X4.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown/almost purple color with no head (is that normal?). No lacing.

Nose: Well some definite funk and wild berries. Blackberries, currants, and cherry. Some oak linger.

Taste: Great sour character. Initial blast of lemon tartness. Deep cherry, some Pinot Noir notes, okak, and lively vinegar. Great flavor profile.

Mouth: Puckeringly tart. The alcohol is well hidden and allows the fine currant flavor and dry puckering to come through.

Drink and Overall: I gotta knock the appearance for lack of carbonation. I expected a little more head, and therefore more nose. It was wonderful, but I will update if I taste again with different reaults. (786 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a sampling glass. Batch 2, version 2. Thanks to imagineiii for sharing!

Pours a deep dark amber with a small head with almost no lacing. Very carbonated which makes it look really nice. Very funky and sour, there's some cider and vinegar to it. Very sharp on the tongue, it gets a bit better as it warms up. Really cool and worth trying. (378 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 006

A: Pours a reddish/chestnut brown with mahogany highlights. Very thin head that dissipates quickly. Thin lacing and low carbonation.

N: Apple juice, red grapes, maybe blackberries, oak, vanilla and a hint of Brett. You can also smell the Cabernet Sauvignon aromas left over from the barrel aging.

T: Very big tartness upfront which makes it hard to identify what I'm tasting. Possibly a mix between vinegar, red wine and lactic acid. This is followed by a sharp acidic fruitiness of apple cider, red grapes/wine and what could only be the Currants. There is also some raspberry going on. Wood/barrel/saw dust becomes apparent in the finish along with some tobacco that seems to balance everything out in the end.

M: Light-medium bodied, tart, sour, clean and very dry.

O: Complex, but I feel my sour taste buds just haven't developed as of yet. Comes off a little bit harsh and is focused more on red wine flavors. I do enjoy some of the flavors though especially the woodiness and the tobacco in the finish. The nose smells absolutely phenomenal. I will respect it for what it is. (1,096 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 3x3

A: Pours a plum red with excellent clarity. No carbonation evident despite exceedingly audible 'pop' when cork came out. Looks like a Pinot Noir honestly - beautiful.

S: Grape skins, farm, funky horse blanket. The cab bals come through here. Nicely woven with the bacteria in the juice.

T: Wow, grapes, oak, grain. French oak. straw, currants play nicely here too. Very complex beer, hard for me to articulate everything going on here.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation. Leaves palate a little dry.

O: Excellent sour. I prefer the supplication series, but this is a close second from RR. Good job again Vin. (627 characters)

Photo of JimsArcade
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful reddish-brown with little head. The smell is reminiscent of pure cranberry juice. Tart cherries and tannins dominate the palate with a medium body. It's akin to a dry Oud Bruin. It's a sipper for sure, meant to be savored not sessioned.

I have to admit, while I really like this beer, I can find similar Belgian offerings cheaper and more easily. It's worth drinking but it's not worth what you have to pay or go through to obtain. (450 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from batch 002x1 poured into my duvel tulip. received from mikeyv35 on DLD. thanks! very excited to try this one.

A- this one pours out a dark cola colored body with a beige colored head that starts off tall and then quickly fizzes away. little spots of lacing are left behind.

S- very vinous and different. a little bit of red wine vinegar, raisins, and red grapes. definite odor of wild yeast/bacteria. some scents from the barrel. not as sour smelling as i was expecting.

T- the taste is equally complex and different as the smell. red wine vinegar comes through loud and clear. the sourness i was expecting comes through more subdued as the smell would indicate. leather, soft cheese, and lots of cherries, red grapes, green apples, and raisins. not a trace of the alcohol.

M- medium to full bodied and highly carbonated. about what i was expecting from a big wild belgian dark ale. leaves the mouth feeling very dry.

D- this was very easy to finish. that was pretty unexpected for something this big. not the most sour or funky beer ive tried, but one ill try to get again so i can see how it develops. (1,129 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Mikkeller tulip. Batch 7 and 375ml bottle

A - Dark, reddish brown with a tiny white head that only sits in the edge. The red is definitely the color you would find in a big red wine. Minimal carbonation and rather clean looking

S - Oak, lemon, wheat grass, and currants. Has a tart, almost sweettarts quality to it.

T - Very tart up front with almost a cherry warhead like quality. As the beer moves, it has lemon and oak that come through. The sour, tartness comes through strong in the finish as well as a slight alcoholic bite

MF - Highly carbonated with a medium body. The carbonation goes well with the tartness and helps the flavors linger on the tongue

O - Very tart sour from Russian River with only a slight funkiness to it. This only really brings the tart was but it is almpmost too tart for me to pick up anything else in it. (861 characters)

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, tawny-amber color with a bubbly eggshell colored head. Average retention and spotty lace.

Smells of lemonheads and cherry clan like most of RR sours but this is heavier on the cherry side. A touch or tart Chardonnay as well.

Taste is much different than the other RR sours and opposes the nose. Quite the variation of flavor ranging from Chardonnay and wet horse blanket to mildly tart cherries and finishing with a dry wheat like character.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Pretty dry yet fairly tacky.

Overall this is far better than I thought it'd be. Not bad. (602 characters)

Photo of musicforairports
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 6. Into a tulip.

Clear and brown-ish. No lacing, pretty much no head. Looks kind of like flat cola.

Smell like oak, plums, currants, leather, vinegar, funk.

Flavor is tart, but not terribly sour. Dark fruit flavors and oak up front, dry and not sweet, finishing with a vinegar sourness and noticeable heat from the alcohol. The ABV is well-hidden, though.

Mouthfeel is barely carbonated and light. It works.

This is a good sour and very easy to drink for the high ABV. I found Supplication tastier and more complex, though, with noticeable wine-barrel flavors. I'd love to try an older batch of Consecration. (620 characters)

Photo of jdklks
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a transparent rusty brown color that shines with amber and almond highlights. little head on a slow pour, but this one doesn't lack carbonation, that's for sure. it smells of red wine and even whiskey, and the fruity notes are intensified from the grape aroma of the wine. there is a strong scent of wood from the barrel aging. very nice smell all around.

wow. its carbonated like champagne, extremely sour and tart. the red wine is strongly present, and the fruitiness adds a sweetness that is very pleasant up front, though it resembles fruit candy, and is nearly as sugary (in fact, the aftertaste is reminiscent of sweet-tarts). acai berries and raisins come to mind. some slight alcohol notes through the middle, accompanied by an aged "woodiness" that, though subtle, is perhaps the best characteristic of the flavor.

the mouthfeel is thin and light, as the bubbles explode fiercely all over the palate. its sticky and stays with you for a while. drinkability is no doubt limited to this 750ml bottle. i would prefer less, actually, but since its here ill drink it. (1,081 characters)

Photo of rayjay
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Original bottling bought at Ledger's right from Ed. Poured into a small (12 oz) stemmed goblet.

Pours a fairly brite clarity with a deep wooden brown color. A big head rises up and disappears completely in a hurry, leaving absolutely no lace at all. It self-poured a bit of itself out of the bottle when the cork was removed.

Aroma has much depth and complexity and includes rich black currants (like preserves), green apple candy, sour cherries, vinegar, dark tobacco, sweet malts, and red wine.

Flavor is more of the same, with a strong medicinal note and a gentle tart blanket draped over everything else. Similar to a Flemish Sour Red with the malt bill but also has it's own thing going on. Alcohol is COMPLETELY disguised, no easy feat at 10-some-odd-% abv. No heat or esters either, no sign of stressed yeast. Lacto and pedio are the main contributors to the funk, and brett is certainly in there too. Finishes dry and similar to red wine. Some tannins.

Mouthfeel is gentle and friendly, no stickyness or chewyness, and a gentle fine carbonation.

Drinkable which is dangerous since the strength is cleverly hidden. Not extremely delicious so I'm not clammoring for the next sip, but certainly not bad at all.

I liked this beer very much, but to me Compunction, Supplication, and Toronado are far superior. You can't go wrong, but for the heafty price tag I'd rather drink a Rodenbach Red. Cheers! (1,410 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a lovely cola brown that turns into a dark cherry when held to the light. The head is a narrow collar of white. This is really a lovely beer.

Smells of tart and sour funk with cranberry, currants and strawberry. There's a spicy, almost floral sting behind this too that seems a bit like alcohol, but it blends too closely to the tartness to tell. Deep beneath is a very mild prune and raisin which adds a lot of depth and balance.

Tastes dry and tart with a floral touch of cork and crisp dry green pepper that dries the tongue. There's a sweetness up front that delivers under-ripe strawberry and gooseberries. The carbonation seems to lift the dryness off the tongue with the sweet fruitiness seemingly hiding underneath. The CO2 sting almost makes this almost minty.

Feels quite frothy and wild, perhaps a little over done. The carbonation also seems to mess with the flavor in a distracting sort of way. I get the impression that I'm missing some of the flavor due to the wild carbonation.

Over all I thought this was quite tasty, but not as impressive than other wild ales, especially those offered by RR. The big downfall for me was the carbonation. Maybe I should just swirl my glass for a few minutes? (1,230 characters)

Photo of glazeman
3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber, corked and caged, into a snifter. Split with airohead2001, many thanks buddy!

A: Medium brown with ruby red. one finger off white head that fades supper fast into nothingness. No lacing.

S: There's a lot of sweet fruit smells in this beer. It is intense smelling, pleasant, and complex. There's tart cherry smell, a little cinnamon, some alcohol at the finish. To me this smells a lot like Wisconsin Belgian Red actually, but with a little bit more funk perhaps. I don't get much oak for this being oak aged.

T: Unfortunately this beer smells much better than it tastes. It's pretty one-dimensional in terms of the sweet fruits. Also, I feel that the high level of carbonation masks the flavors

M: This beer has a very high level of carbonation and is definitely on the thin side. Both of which are appropriate for the style, but also large in part define the beer. Nice aftertaste.

D: For a 10% ABV beer, the ABV is undetectable and the beer goes down easy. The drinkability is somewhat limited by the high carbonation in my opinion, as I feel that if I drank this too fast or in too high of quantity I would get the hiccoughs or an upset stomach. Overall, an interesting beer though, that I am glad I got the opportunity to try. If I was blind folded though, you'd be hard pressed to convince me this wasn't champagne. (1,333 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra in a trade. Recent batch (July). Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a slightly hazy ruby garnet hue with a fizzy one finger head that fades nearly immediately. Hard swirls produce fleeting wisps.

S - Currants, vinegar, wine barrels, light funk, faint alcohol. Quite pleasant. Not too sour though.

T - Taste is considerably more sour than the nose. Powered smarties, currants, cherries, light leather. Oak tanins, a faint chocolate. The fruits almost come across as syrupy. The flavour is there, but...I just don't like it. I like black currants too so I'm kind of confused as to why I'm not digging the taste.

M - Mouthfeel is spot on for the style. Nice and crisp, alcohol hidden quite nicely.

O - Overall, I'm not sure if its the syrup like flavour aspects of this or what but I'm just not digging it. I want to like it, hell, I want to love it. Unfortunately though, I do not. (910 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enormous thanks to msubulldog25 for his generosity on this one. This was basically a gift, in that I didn't trade for it, and he simply offered it. Wotta guy.

Poured a fluffy, audibly crackly head. Color borders on black, but is more of a very, very dark brown.

Aroma is mostly wood and extremely young grapes. Has a generally vinous, weedy, unripe and exotic smell. You know you're in for something unique just by smelling it.

Flavor is exceedingly vinous and acidic. Lots of young dark fruit, mostly berry. Wood is present but subtle and supportive only. Tartness in both flavor and feel (makes the mouth pucker). Quite dry and spritzy, like champagne. Lightly pasty like an intense red wine, but that could just be the tartness talking. The feel is something to get used to, but if reviewing to style, it's wonderful.

I have to be in the mood for this sort of beer (which has a lot in common with an Oud Bruin), and it's generally not the sort of thing I'd reach for if given many other choices, but the quality and character is clearly on a high level. Very glad to have tried it. (1,088 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (584 characters)

Photo of liquidcraft
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Red and fizzy. This was sour, like a beer brewed with warhead candy. The taste crosses the line of tart to sour, its much like a white wine or champagne. It was hard to pick out much of the flavor over the sourness, but it was certainly different and enjoyable. I would love to drink this again, but not tonight. The flavor is intense, and while fun, does not promote drinking much of it. (388 characters)

Photo of neobob187
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, Batch 006.

A: Absolutely no head when poured from the bottle. You can see a very small amount of bubbles collected at the bottom of the glass, but other then that, no carbonation really looking at it. The color is a deep mahogany red.

S: I don't get as much of the currants as some have described. I'm getting more of a balsamic sour funk with deep fruit notes. As it warms you also definitely get the wine barrels it was aged in. Very dry funk to the nose.

T: For 10% this beer is definitely very drinkable. However the taste doesn't quite wow me. I had a Supplication earlier in the year and despite this beer's amazing description, I found Supplication to be more complex in the flavor. But that's just me. The taste is a really nice tart sour up front, but it finishes with a fruity sweet character. Figs, cherries, and some musty wine notes are all present.

M: Very lightly carbonated and tart on the back of the palate.

O: Overall I enjoyed this beer, but it didn't wow me the way I thought it would. Still, for an American Wild Red Sour Ale I found it to be quite pleasant. I will have to branch out and try the other wild ales Russian River makes because both Supplication and Consecration were very unique and interesting beers. (1,268 characters)

Photo of mtwentz
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a not full liter growler into a duvel tulip.

I got this ale, what, 4 days ago. I was a little disappointed that the tender left about an inch of air, but fortunate enough to get a growler of this delicious liquid (how do you spell beverege?).

Pours a deep purplish red. I poured from a height to revitalize some carbonation, though the ceramic plug Did give a nice pop. The off white foam disappeared almost immediately.

Smells like wine vinegar, slight dill, maybe a tinge of cranberry or some tart red berry.

The mouthfeel is soft across the palate and coats the lips like a soft red wine. Theres the dill again and sourness that gives way to more of the cranberry/currant tones. Theres a bit of sugar that I can actually feel light up endorfins, but the ale finishes somewhat dry. Makes the saliva glands leak with the sourness. (847 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Nice clear ruby dark red color. A small off white head is here. Not much lacing at all.

Nice aroma of plum. There is just a bit of sweetness to balance out the tart aroma.

The flavor mimics the aroma almost exactly. There sour flavor is nicely balanced here, allowing for a nice malt flavor to shine through. The complexity of the plum flavors are nicely accompanied by a bit of spiciness.

The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is softer than a lot of other wild ales (because of the relatively high ABV). This is very good, but not one of my favorites from Russian River. Still, this gives a unique flavor that one can't find elsewhere. I still look forward to trying this one again (hopefully soon). (736 characters)

Photo of Takahiro
3.94/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch 006x2E

A: deep brown, almost no head

S: red wine, grapes, some funk saying "hello" in the background

T: vinegary sour in tandem with lemon-peel like bitterness. sourness is not overwhelming. some alcoholic warmth in throat. lingering sweetness from alcohol

M: dry, but flavors (alcohol sweetness) lingers on your tongue for a while.

O: great sipper. I notice alcohol strength in my throat, but does not feel like it in my mouth due to its dryness. This beer is not sessionable. (488 characters)

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,080 ratings.