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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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1,094 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,094
Hads: 4,845
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 20.18%
Wants: 1,627
Gots: 1,690 | FT: 125
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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:
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: 1,094 | Hads: 4,845
Photo of mabermud
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle.

Look: Looks like cola. Steady stream of tiny bubbles. No head.
Smell: Sweet and tart.
Taste: Salty, sweet, and tart. Nice barrel with faint wine notes.
Feel: Thin and watery. Short to medium finish that has a substantial amount of lather.

Overall - Sours aren't my cup of tea, but this one is solid. I like Sang Royal or Noir a bit better.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My extremely good and awesome buddy Jon Passow, who as of a few months ago became the Manager of Barrel Room Operations at Anderson Valley Brewing Company, sent me this in a package from northern, CA a few months ago along with some other awesome beers from Russian River. This is the last beer from that package and I was saving it until tonight. Poured out of a 12.68 oz bottle into one of my tulip glasses. POP! goes the cork as I pulled it out of this bottle. This beer pours a clear, dark amber color with somewhat bright ruby and copper highlights when help up tot he light. This beer appears to be quite carbonated indeed, as even about 5 minutes or so to after being poured there is still a nicely audible hiss of the fizz created from the many streams of bubbles a rapidly rising to the beer's surface. The head/carbonation/foam reminds me a lot of soda pop being poured into a glass, only the hiss of the fizz lasts much, much longer here than it ever has with any soda pop I ever poured into a glass. Had a slightly off white/tan head about 1/3 of an inch thick. Aromas of roasted currant and a slight caramel malt presence along with a nice hint of oak and cherry and cranberry tart. The taste is pretty much the same, with a slight toasted caramel sweetness that gives way to currants and a nice cranberry and cherry tart sweetness along with a nice musty funk that gives way to subtle vinegar and an even subtler hint of salt. In some ways I'd say the flavor profile is laid back in a sense here, and it works very well. It certainly has a fair amount of sourness to if, but it is not in your face overwhelming your taste buds and making a huge fuss about it. Has a clean and dry finish and the sour tartness likes to hang out on the back of the tongue in the aftertaste. This is one beer that I wish my glass was never ending of. To quote my good friend Passow "This is a beer that is so good that you can drink it in bed and it will lull you to sleep." Has a crisp, slightly prickly, yet smooth and frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Simply an excellent beer all around! Much thanks to my friend for sending this one to me!


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Photo of Dikfour
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: A very clear yet dark ruby to tawny depending on angle and light. Very interesting. What little head fizzled off immediately much like a cool soda pop.

Smell: Roasty Currant up front. Little yeast funk. Little oakyness.

Taste: Tart. Dark Fruits. Hard caramel. Little bit of leather. Musty. There is so much going on in this beer. Wow. The alcohol is a little hot on the finish but overall a great job of masking/incorporating it into the flavor profile.

Feel: Finish is medium-dry to Dry. Pretty silky soft Cab tannin. Lovely.

Overall: Delightful, delicious, adventurous and unique. A special brew that will often occupy my beer fridge.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown, dark but great clarity, plenty of fine carbonation, fizzly champagne-like tan-red head that makes a quick exit and leaves only a collar.

S: Cherry and cranberry, tart. Some red wine notes come through, although it smells lighter than cabernet sauvignon to me (but my wine palate sucks).

T: Bright cherry, red grape, mild puckering sourness, some tartness/funk. Very light woody note, like cork. Flavors last a decent while, but not long enough. Pretty dry.

M: No gritty saccharine or syrup, just crisp prickly carbonation. Too easy to drink.

O: Incredible fruit flavor, good funk, and decent puckering ability. The lack of that outright sourness is my only personal gripe, if you can even call it that. Otherwise just about a perfect representative of the style, and still damn good (possibly unequaled) in my book.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Ben last night, thanks man. Batch 008, bottled in 2011. Sheeeeitttt.

This one pours a clear dark red, with a small head, and no lacing.

This one smells super tasty, cherries, currants, red wine vinegar, oak, and red wine.

This has clearly aged very nicely, it's nuts that it's 10% ABV, you wouldn't know. So much sour dark fruit here, lots of currants, and a nice sour cherry flavor as well. There's some dry mustiness, along with a pretty puckering sourness, about a 7/10 on the unofficial sour scale. So. Good.

This is light bodied, with a crisp, super tart, and very juicy mouthfeel, along with a moderate but lively level of carbonation.

Probably the best sour I've had from Russian River, it was just so enjoyable.

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Photo of KBS
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The first few sips were not fantastic for me but thought it was a completely different experience as it opened up and warmed. Loved the 2nd half as the barrel came through. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Tele
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle (11.06.14)
Consumed: 5.24.15

A: 4.5 Pours a clear, reddish-brown. The one-inch, light tan head lasts about a minute leaving good lacing.

S: 4.5 Love the aromas coming off this beer. A bit of funk comes in first, but after the beer has a chance to open up for a couple minutes, currents, cherries (with a slightly medicinal aroma), oak, vinegar, and even a bit of chocolate come through.

T: 4.5 Like the nose, there is a really pleasant fruitiness playing off the dark malts and oaky tannins. The flavor is somewhat tart, but what’s really impressive is how the acidity and sweetness go back and forth.

M: 4.75 Perfect carbonation and very clean feeling. The body is rich enough to feel substantial, while the slightly dry finish leaves you wanting another sip.

O: 4.5 Consecration is consistently one of my favorite sours and never disappoints. With all the great flavors and aromas going on, you could really sit and contemplate this beer for a long time; but it’s also so easy drinking, you could just sit back, take it all in, and enjoy. As much as I enjoy the bottles, I think I prefer this beer slightly when on draught.

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

Opaque brown/reddish draft pour with off white foam. Sour cherry nose. Red wine and sour cherries with a little funk from yeast. Medium mouthfeel, tongue is bathed in tart funky fruit. This is simply terrific.

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Photo of One1Asterisk
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. What a fantastic beer. Enjoyed with a salmon salad lunch, and this was by far the star of the show. Immediately, the ruby color had me excited. Normally I am not a fan of sour beers, this was traded to me. Wine was strong on the nose, great smell. Tasted and felt amazing. Absolutely does not drink like 10%, very well crafted. I will always be searching this beer out.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just outstanding. Bottle dated 11-4-14 poured into HF stem glasses. Smell is red wine dominated, with oak and a hint of sourness making an appearance. Taste is incredible, like a sour, carbonated red wine. I received both this and Supplication together in a trade, and I actually preferred this. My "desert island" sour.

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Photo of minterro
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Holy shit I passed my thesis defense. This is my celebration beer!

A&S: Murky red, semi lively beer. Off white fizzy head dies right away. Potent aroma including elements of red (and also surprisingly wine) wine, earthy tones, and mild tartness

T&M: Much more tart than I expected, not quite at a puckering level. Some touches of sour tones. Initially it has a winey aftertaste, and then it transforms into more of a malty tone, pretty interesting. On the higher side of medium carbonation and medium body.

Overall: Really solid and very unique. These very winey tones mix in with a tart sourness is pretty unique, other beers are doing this, but not quite in the same way. Pretty short non-descriptive rating of this beer, but honesty it was pretty darn good.

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: dark Auburn, very light lacing. S: oak, fresh grapes, some acidity. T: oak, a bit of cab sauv, tart, fresh red grapes, dried currants, a pleasant touch of red wine vinegar, the tartness lingers. F: light mouthfeel, champagne-like carbonation with small tight bubbles.

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Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I am jealous of people who have any stable access to russian river's amazing sours.
Pours a dark ruby red
Smells amazing, dark fruits, subtle red wine, currants
Punches you in the mouth with the puckerness. I can taste the red wine and fruit
Finishes in a way that leaves you salivating for more.
World class stuff right here

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Photo of dmgeng
3.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of the top rated sours in the country and I finally got one from my buddy Randy!

A - Rich burgundy color when poured but is a red-tinged brown color in the glass. Slightly cloudy from the yeast with a nice white head but subsides to nothing after a minute or two.

S - The smell is fruity and very complex. It is vinous with the currants and typical cab grape fruit notes. There is some alcohol, some fruit esters, and some soft Belgian character present. There is some sour and some oakiness but the dark fruit character is true.

T - The first sip just explodes with red wine vinegar! The sour makes you pucker from the front to the back of the palate. After the initial sour punch the complexities come out. There is a fruit character more like Cabernet and not as much like the currants. There is the sweetness of the malt, oak, and some Belgian character but it is very subtle in comparison to the strong sour character.

M - Medium to light mouth-feel with light carbonation. Like a sour soda that has fizz initially but dies down and for 10% ABV it is much more like a wine than a Belgian strong ale.

Overall, a very interesting beer. I was not expecting the full on sour, red wine vinegar, shock to my palate when I first cracked this open. It is a unique experience with a distinct sour and then sweet/complex nature. It is also very thin for what the base beer is and very much like a sour wine. I would not recommend this unless you like sours and have a heart for a bolder sour experience. I could see someone liking it but at an "rAvg: 4.5" I was expecting more flavor and less sour.

Glass- Tulip

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was was SO SOUR, but SO DELICIOUS. It literally made my entire body pucker. The wine comes thorugh nicely and the mouthfeel is on point. I aged mine for about 1.5 years and it drank so smoothly after.

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

Look: Nice clear ruby amber color with a light head and hints of lacing

Smell: Currant, red wine

Taste: Currant, red wine, light fruit, oak

Feel: Light body, good carb, dry finish

Overall: Another amazing brew from Russian River

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ poured into a tulip. Appears reddish brown with a thin cap that is not sticking. Aroma is sour cherries (the currants?), vinegar, barrel notes of oak and grape, plus tobacco and the yeast/bacteria funk. Flavors start with puckering tart cherry, ease into light fruit sweetness, and end with those drying red wine elements. Medium-full bodied, silky texture, active carbonation, and a dry finish. Complex and interesting overall.

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Photo of demon
3.57/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle. Bottled on 08/11/14. Enjoyed 02/22/15. I had heard nothing besides greatness about the Russian River Brewing Company, and with an interest in sours, I knew I had to try Consecration. Ended up scouting this guy out and shelling over $16 for a 375 ml bottle! Damn! The most expensive beer I have ever purchased to date (by far!).

A: Murky/turbid due to being fermented in the bottle. Amber to slightly purple color. Very nicely carbonated. Poured pretty foamy, but the head died off rather quickly.

S: First impression was a very strong alcohol smell followed by wine/currants. Light Cabernet aroma. Surprisingly to me, this beer doesn't pack whole lot of aroma.

T: Currants, oak, and wine were the first flavors I distinguished. You can definitely tell that this is aged in Cabernet barrels. Not very sour compared to other sour beers I have had before. Not overpowering at all. Sweet, but not too much so. Dry funky flavors pull their way though--I'm thinking it's the Brettanomyces. Dry finish. Champagne-like effervescence. Tamarind notes found in the aftertaste.

M: Leaves the tongue with a tannic feel. Must be from the barrel.

O: Overall, this beer is very dry, very oaky, very wine-like, lightly acidic, with a strong alcohol taste. I hate to sound sacrilegious, but this beer really didn't do it for me. It just wasn't what I was looking for. If I really wanted all of those wine flavors, I might as well have gone with wine. I have found a few Belgian sours to be more pleasurable and interesting to me, but it is obvious that many people get very excited about this beer, so I couldn't not recommend it. At this price point though, I think I'll be holding off for a while before reevaluating this interesting creation.

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Photo of Sandalwood
3.84/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time tasting a sour. Pours a purple wine color with a little head and plenty of carbonation. Not much lacing, but quite a bit of suds. The odor is champagne like, fruity, lie de vin, farmhouse, yeasty, metallic, wine like. The taste is very crisp, fruity, peach, grapefruit, currants, champagne like, wine, dried fruits and dry sour on the back end.

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Photo of barczar
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lightly medicinal phenols and floral character in aroma. It's a bit funky.

Flavor is tart and sour, with a dry finish. The currants add citric acid complexity to the lactic already present. Belgian character is definitely dominated by the wild yeast.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip glass

A: Amber color with some light coming through around the edges, lots of carbonation streaming off the bottom, looks pretty thin, no head.

A: Big sour tart aromas up front, getting some of the spice and Cabernet coming through, smells great.

T: Big sour upfront, some spice, tart, funk, definitely picking up the Cabernet, oak, very dry finish, alcohol is well hidden for 10%.

M: Mouthfeel is very dry, watery, not much on the feel.

O: Very good beer, the quality just comes through on this, not as sour as I thought it would be, very dry, alcohol is well hidden, I don't have too much experience with sours but I am hoping to sample more to get a better grasp on them.

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

A-pours a rusty brown murky color with small tan head a staying very fresh collar thru out
S-dark fruits,tobacco , earthy dank wood notes with red wine tannins
T-oak and tobacco with wine tannins and follows the nose with sour cherries and sour fruit
M-mild tart and sourness with with dark malts fruits
O-delightful sourness in a mild way delicious to sip like a fine wine

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Photo of boognishIPA
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really enjoyable! Fizzy champaign like carbonation makes it a fun feel. You can taste the Cab from the barrel, the 10% is covered well. Cherries, very nice amount of sourness. A+

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Photo of aleigator
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to Michael for the bottle.

Pours a fiery dark red color, with a fizzy, small head.

Smells of an intriguing tart funkiness, part barnyard, part sour, fermented fruit. Both smells blend very well together, supported by a pleasant, wooden malt note. The currants got a sweet, pungent hint to them, which enhances their sour aspect. The fruitiness turns even more present, while the brew warms up.

Begins with musty, wooden malts, joined by prickly currants, on which a dry, funky sourness settles, accompanying the fruity acidity. The barrel character provides wooden oak qualities, setting the balance of the beer. Then the sourness gets even dryer and more acidic, drying-out the tongue. Drinks dangerously easy, the alcohol is extremely well hidden. Finishes with matured, slightly wooden, leathery malts, with the addition of ripe grapes, while the tartness covers the outside of my teeth, leaving back a melange of joung currants and slick acidity.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Warheads in a bottle with a barrel presence. The kid inside jumps for joy when I have this beer, reminiscent of summer days spent at the now defunct local movie theater. Terrific beer that should come with a warning.

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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,094 ratings.