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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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1,096 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,096
Hads: 4,851
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 1,626
Gots: 1,694 | FT: 126
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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Reviews: 1,096 | Hads: 4,851
Photo of BMMillsy
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery. Poured to a Ynibroue tulip glass. This one pours dark reddish purple with a hint of brown and a one finger off white head that dissipates quickly in a fizzy furry.. Aroma is strong vinous cabernet notes, sour vinegar, black cherry and other fruits. Flavor is a beautiful medley of dark cherries and sour vinegar, some bold wine like notes, other fruits, and a bit of booze intermingled with oak on the back end. Super tart and sour with nearly spritzy high carbonation. Heavy bodied and a big beer that can probably sneak up on you. Good stuff.

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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Well you cant knock color, red, light carbonation and clear.
S-clear brett and cranberry fruit smells
T- much more tart than I expected. The fruit balances nicely but it does seem a little harsh. The bacteria comes through but it com9letely covers up the belgian yeast strain it starts with.
O- A must have for a sour lover, not a great introductory sour. Ill take any bottle up for grabs, it sucks.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had two bottles from batch 006, IIRC, I had them for 25 months. One bottle went to a share this past Saturday, one I enjoyed with my wife.

A- Reddish brown color with a fluffy head. The head is off-white with some red-wine staining. It fades quickly to a ring. Lots of bubbly carbonation, no lacing.

S- Cabernet wine, oak woodiness, leather, and earthiness.

T- Cabernet, sour yeast, spicy, dark fruit and earthiness.

M- Lots of full body masculinity. Very tart with tingly carbonation. Dry finish with lingering flavor.

O- This could be the beer that launches me into more and more sour drinking.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.1/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark copper color, white head.

S: Dark cab notes in the nose as well as some dark fruit.

T: Cabernet-like flavors of red grape, but sour, and heavy. It definitely picks up the wine profile form the barrels, but the dark fruit from the beer style shines through, along with oak and the combination is wonderful.

M: Medium-full bodied, light carbonation, but a bit astringent.

O: Pretty much what you'd expect given the style of the beer, the style of the wine barrels, the talent of the brewers and the addition of wild yeast. It's delicious.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/8/2012 - 12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass. Batch 8.

A: Slow pour to keep yeast sediment (not much was evident) in the bottle. A fizzy head forms, but quickly disappears and leaves no lacing. Beer is a pleasant cordovan color.

S: Cabernet and sour Brett. Just a hint of the currants.

T: Strong sour ale, but the Cabernet and Brett work really well together. Not picking up currants as I expected. High carbonation leads to dry finish. Amazingly, no alcohol heat despite 10.0% ABV

M: A bit champagne-like, thin and dry.

O: Nobody does sour ales like Russian River. Expected more fruit a la their Supplication sour cherry ale, but this is very good.

Aging another bottle for a year; we'll see what it's like then.

1/10/14 - Well, that time flew by...

A: Slow pour again due to possible yeast accumulation (none in evidence). Smaller head than before, also quickly disappears. Still plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles. Either same color or a tiny bit darker

S: Cabernet and sour Brett. Strongly recommend serving at cellar temp as opposed to refrigerator to let the currant notes, such as they are, come through.

T: Very strong sour at refrigerator temp, out of balance at that point. Almost overwhelming. Warming helps a little.

M: Seems a bit more full-bodied, still no alcohol burn, but does induce quick drying.

O: Aging did not seem to improve this at all.

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Photo of rudzud
3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of Dope
4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 071813

A: Pours a beautiful dark ruby red. Tall and short lived fizzy tan head. Head fades out very quickly as mentioned, with nary a speck of lacing in sight. Decent retention at least, oddly enough.

S: Very fruity - berry-like mostly. Not very sour, just a little tart red wine and some leathery and oaky tannins. Currants are there but very subtle.

T: Okay, definitely more sour in the flavor. Lots of tart berries up front (presumably the currants). Not super vinegary but a very distinct underripe sour fruit flavor. Mild and tart red wine adds to the affect in the middle and also adds some complexity. Not a whole lot of oak, just a little bit of dryness in the aftertaste.

M: Surprisingly medium bodied, light and dry for 10% ABV.

O: Big sour fruits in this one. No major acetone, vinegar or even the typical citric acid. Just mouth puckering sour fruits. Very interesting. Big, sharp, bold flavors throughout. Almost no sweetness, all tartness with a drying aftertaste. Pretty unusual for a 10% ABV beer of any style. I'm not a huge fan of wine barrel beers but this is still a quality brew.

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Photo of mick303
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two bottles, bottled (07/18/13)
Had at 4 moths (11/23/13), 375 ml corked bottle into tulip:
A – dark brown, with ruby highlights, brandy appearance with no lacing.
S – sour cherry, dark fruits, an aged but lively current note, some oak with an inviting balanced sourness throughout. Aggressive but balanced.
T – you pick up some of the jammy Cab Sauv character and then dryness toward the end, works perfectly together with the sourness and intense dark fruits. Coating smooth tart and sour character, with some of the wine oaky tannins. Doesn’t feel overly sour at all with a dry finish and a balanced clean body.
M – initial carbonation fades off fairly quickly but still drinks so well. Alcohol presence is remarkably absent. Sourness integrates perfectly well giving a full bodied feel and a slick film on the finish. Steller.
A interesting and perfectly balanced blend of winey dark fruits, oaky dryness and a strong bretty sourness that feels so well-made, still a bit of liveliness to it and it balance is great. Nothing artificial or cloying. Delicious throughout, such a killer wild ale and you pick up all the elements that go into it really nicely and the end result is delicious.

Had aged ….

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Photo of vinny21bal
4.94/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The cats meow. I love Russian River Sours. They are second to non. Temptation is my favorite in the line of sours but this one is amazing as well. A little bit of the old world funk, and some nice barrel flavor as well. They have also mastered the perfect sour taste. Not like Love Child where it taste artificial and just pure sour. I recommend this beer to anyone.

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Photo of Roguer
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fizzy cream-colored head, quickly dissipating, but settling in at about 1/4 finger. No lacing. Brew is purplish-brown and opaque, with light highlighting the edges.

Smells strongly of wine, funk, sweet yeast, Brett, and berries. Similar to a Flanders red. Tart and sharp, but not overpowering.

Flavor is delicate and complex; superbly balanced. Wine, tobacco, grapes, a light but musty funk carrying an edge of cheese, berries, just a bit of vinegar. Very, very light sweetness, and a light, lingering sourness.

Lively and tart, slick and oily, medium-light but smooth and definitely a sipper. Surprisingly wet finish.

An absolutely superb sour, ticking all the right boxes. Reminds me of a vintage Rodenbach in its balance, complexity, and subtlety.

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Photo of impending
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75


at the source. Served a deep cheery purple walnut, beautiful garnet backlit, minor froth minor stay, minor lacing.

intoxicating aroma
outstanding depth, so many nuances you can focus on
plum, sour cherry, oaky, vinous

the flavor is up to the task promised by the scent
one of the few brews that makes my mouth water while drinking it
all the fruits, tart to perfection, sometimes tobacco

mouth tingling shy of medium

simply fantastic

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Photo of themind
4.87/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you like Cabernet Sauvignon this beer is for you! Looks awesome period! mouth watering. The aroma is an amazing wine, sour mix. The taste is the best BA wine brew I have ever had. I truly feel this beer is incredible. It's like an awesome beer and wine were mixed perfectly. A top notch, World Class beer that the brewmasters at RR should be proud of. I would buy this again in a second. Just wow! awesome beer!

Bottom Line: Amazing beer period! the only bad part is I am an IPA fiend!

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 7/18/13. Poured into Bruery snifter.

Appearance is dark ruby, mahogany, clear but hard to see through. No head.

Smell is dark fruits, mild red wine, sweet fruit snacks, red berries.

Taste is dark fruit, currants, red wine tannins, tart, some oak character.

Mouth feel is medium light, dry finish like a wine. Prefect amount of light carbonation.

Overall this is another fantastic sour from Russian River. The flavor profile keeps changing with each sip. Will seek out again

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Photo of WTKeene
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 007 (James Bond!) (This is either 2011 or 2010, not sure which) poured from a cellar aged bottle into a snifter. So awesome to finally get this!

Appearance: No head to speak of. Hazy, vermilion on the bottom, the beer becomes more burnt orange toward the top. Really beautiful colors here.

Smell: A bit of oak, a hint of funk. Smells sour, like I'd expect a flanders oud bruin to smell. I can get a bit of red wine in there too, maybe a little brown sugar. I like this more than I do most sour smells.

Taste: Wow, thats sour. I'd say it's a vinegar kind of sour, which isn't bad in this context. Perhaps lemon might be a better way to describe it. The currants this is supposedly aged with aren't really coming through. Closer to the end I begin getting some of the red wine character. The tiniest bit of bitterness, but also a little bit of sweetness on the end. This style of sour isn't my favorite, but this is very nice.

Mouthfeel: Really nice. Lots of carbonation, which is awesome in this style. It's light and very drinkable.

Overall: Glad I finally got a chance to try this after months of begging my californian friends to send me some. Really solid brew. Not sure I'd seek out a whole lot more of it, but it's very good.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a snifter. Man am I excited for this one

A: Amber colored is the best way to describe it. A tiny bit of lacing. Poured with a loose head that dissipates. Pretty beer.

S: light fruits. Definitely smells of apple and pear and smells sour.

T: The sourness on this is perfect. It's delicious and not overdone. Congrats to them for not having a contest on making the most sour beer. Anyway, also taste of apple and some plum. Delicious.

M: Incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Can't believe its 10%. The layered flavors mesh well at the end and make this a real treat.

O: Being that I live on the east coast it's a bit of a bummer I won't be able to try this again soon. I very much enjoyed it and would be happy to have it again.

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Photo of TruePerception
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Russian River Consecration: wild ale aged in cab barrels with currants added, aged 4 to 8 months, 10% ABV, popped with a smoky haze, soda-like carbonation, head fades instantly to nothing; Appearance: deep reddish brown with dark sediment, constantly rising bubbles; Smell: grape must sourness upon opening bottle, lots of sourness, dark grapes, tart cherry, tartaric acid, currant, hint of lime, faint woody note; Taste/Mouthfeel: very complex, starts out with a sharp acid and Acerola cherry (short, yet strong), followed by a big fruity Cabernet dryness with pronounced leather as it passes the front of the tongue, finish for this overlaps next flavor set, finally banana peel and more bright acid, which finishes slowly, long and low; really good.

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of lunarbrew
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark amber red with a lot of fizz and little head to speak of. Not much lacing and a lot of apparent (champagne-like) carbonation.

Lots of red fruit (cherry, currant) with big red wine nose. Lactic is big. Tart apples. Sour fruits. blah blah blah. Smells and looks like an fruity oud bruin. My kind of beer. Can't wait.

This is phenomenal. I like this much better than Supplication. Flavors are bold, very complex, and quite tart. The wine flavor is big but not overpowering. Definitely get the red grape on the back end and even some tannin bitterness. Sour cherry and currant again, naturally. I also get a vinegar flavor, but it's subtle. Not exactly red wine vinegar, but almost balsamic. Or is it apple cider? I can't put my finger on it. Absolutely incredible flavor.

Mouthfeel is great. Medium bodied, high champagney carbonation. Tannin on the backend.

This is an amazing sour. I defiantly have a world yet to explore, but this is the sour flavor (at least) I have been looking for. Perhaps it's a more obvious beer than supplication (the only other RR sour I've had), but I appreciate that aspect. I really really enjoy this.

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Photo of joe1510
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Batch 001X2

This bottle comes from one of the best traders out there, BitterBill, thanks again Bill! Consecration pours like a Coke with the same dark body bordering on black with burgundy highlights and a fizzy, easily rising dirty tan head. The head rose to two fingers in height and fizzled rather quickly to a solid cap with streams of active carbonation rushing up the sides of the glass to revive the suds. Cascading drink lines stick to the snifter after each swig.

The nose on this wild is insanely interesting and unique. Huge notes of currants and buttery oak simply jump from the glass. The aromas stack like legos. Under the barrel aging and currant addition there are deep notes of cabernet, black cherry, an earthy cocoa, and a squeeze of lactose. The oak aging brings vanilla to the table and I keep getting a hint of black licorice that, oddly enough, seems to fit near perfectly. Along with some warming walnuts start to show themselves; crazy. Consecration gets my smeller working overtime.

Tartness washes over my tongue from the get go, just enough to cause a little pucker. Currants again take the lead throughout. A touch of cola sweetness comes across mid palate. The complexities are nearly dizzying. The oak meshes with the cabernet, vinous flavor and the currants perfectly. Zesty black cherry hits on the swallow along with a touch of anise and dusty cocoa. I wouldn't have expected to find the anise and cocoa qualities in this beer but they work amazingly well. I've only begun to scratch the surface on the complexities of this brew.

The body is incredibly light and airy when taking the abv into consideration. Each drink just rolls across the tongue with ease while a lively, but far short of prickly, carbonation works its magic. The finish is tartly sweet; impressive.

There is not a touch of noticeable alcohol in this beer which makes it a dangerous drinker. The flavors keep me coming back as soon as the last drink is swallowed. The tartness on the finish keeps me coming back for more.

Russian River does it yet again with this incredible brew. Consecration is an incredibly unique libation that I honestly can't get enough of. I will be getting more bottles in the future, without a doubt. Thanks for this treat, Bill!

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Photo of UnderPressure
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very dark red/light brown beer. Clear. Head faded to nothing very quickly. Some lacing.

I can't get enough of this aroma. Extremely sour and tart. Dark fruit some sweetness and a little bit of spice. A really complex aroma. I can't wait to start sipping.

Wow. Amazing flavor. Extremely complex. Sweet and puckeringly tart at the same time. Very acidic. A little bit like Smarties or SweetTarts, but much more sour.

Thin to medium bodied beer with a highly carbonated and slick mouthfeel. A very very dry everlasting finish.

An excellent sour beer. One of the best I've had. Though, I like Supplication better. This one is darker and much more harsh on the tongue.

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Photo of MRsojourner
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

beautiful burgundy color with little to no head that just makes a outline of bubbles around the glass.
wonderful aroma of deep oak and red cabernet wine with a nutty aroma as well.
Taste is initially brown and caramel malts but is soon followed by sour and tart flavors that are so clean and devoid of vinegar. the barrel really shines through to the point where i forget im drinking a beer.
the mouthfeel is slick and smooth just leaving a hint of carbonation on the tongue.
overall it's wonderful and truly bridges the gap between beer and wine imo. glad i have one more but wish i had more than that

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Photo of SadMachine
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a muddy brown with a small head that vanishes quickly. A tiny bit of carbonation is visible. It sure isn't pretty!

S- Thank God the smell is a vast improvement over the look! Tons of sour and funky notes. Barnyard funk and hay are prevalent, with tart cherries coming through big as well. A good bit of granny smith apple, and a touch of dark fruits (figs/currants/raisins etc.). This smells like it will be a delicious tart monster!

T- Wow, this is crazy with tons of tartness and unexpected flavors! It's definitely more boozy than expected. White grapes and the cabernet barrel is definitely evident. The tart cherries and granny smith apples are there as well. The tart bite is a bit much and isn't balanced quite enough with other flavors. Don't get me wrong, I love mouth puckering sours, but this just is lacking that extra something to make it world class.

M- The mouthfeel is thicker than most sours, but w/ the high abv this is understandable. Decent carbonation and a distinct boozy finish round it out.

O- Overall this is a very good sour that could just use some refinement and balance.

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Photo of thebigredone
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A little nervous as to how this would turn out, as the cork had slime around the bottom even thought his was store upright. Had to wipe some sludge from the inside of the neck prior to pouring.

Pours a translucent purple-red with no visible head. Plenty of streaming carbonation.

Smells sour red fruit and chocolate.

Taste turns out just fine. Sour and oak, with an underlying flavor that I can only assume is the currants.

Overall, another solid American sour from RR. But at $12 a bottle, not something I would seek out again. I sincerely wish they would cut the cost of these brews in half to make them somewhat affordable.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 375ml C&C bottle into a Hill Farmstead stemmed Tulip.

Appearance- Dark mahogany/tawny with quick half finger off white head that left a nice ring around the top.

Smell- Big. Definantly some currant up front mixed with the red wine barrel. Tart plums and oak with mild funk. Malt forward smell. Rich with dark fruits abound.

Taste- Plums, currants, cherries, oak. Sweet and malty with light snap of tartness that fades into straight currants and cherries. Great lingering tastes. Very rich and full. Very light booze taste.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated with medium thickness. Very full feeling. Light tartness, not enough to make a face pucker.

Overall- Very nice barrel aged fruit forward wild. Reminiscent of Crooked Stave's sour quad. A good candidate for sharing with another person.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.91/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 013113 printed on the bottle. I must say, I'm rather excited about this beer, as it is the first RR brew I am having, and have heard nothing but good things about them. I will try to not let that influence my rating.

I poured slowly per the bottle's instructions. I receive a half finger of dull tan colored head that dissipates almost as soon as I'm done pouring. This leaves no froth on top, but a constant flow of bubbles is noticed on the surface. No lace.

It smells of red wine, cherries and raspberries.

The taste is red wine and raspberries. You get a little funk as well, almost like a light dank woodiness. The alcohol is well disguised.

This is rather light bodied. It goes down quickly and leaves a film on your tongue.

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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,096 ratings.