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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,236
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
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Gots: 1,339 | FT: 95
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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 Gushue3
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4x4 poured into my Hill Farmstead glass from their Saison fest.

A- Pours a hazy deep red with lighter hazy pink on the outside. Smaller white head goes away quickly. Body looks beautiful

S- nice tart funk with some acidity and sweet dark fruit.

T- Nice upfront tart with sweeter fruit shortly after. Darker musky earth tastes follow up in the rear. Nice complexity and multiple flavors.

M- Light mouthfeel with heavy carbonation. Dry crisp finish that has a tart lingering. very nice.

O- Really nice all over, looks and tastes great. Wish this was on shelves around here

Photo of jmadrigal2
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this out of the bottle.

The appearance was brown/red color with little head.

Smelled of cherry, hint of alcohol and a hint of tamarind

Taste is similar to the smell. Sweet fruity taste at the start but quickly turns tart. The tartness does not linger long and ends mildly sweet.

I like this beer a lot and always pick up a bottle to enjoy whenever I can.

Photo of BBP
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- cherry brown. Slight head. Slight lacing as well.

S- Aroma is a little soft and doesn't capture the intensity. It is smooth and nice though.

T- cherry and grape. Slight blueberry and pomegranate. A decent amount of the cabernet sauvignon. Very wine-like. Sour in a tannin way. Incredible character though.

M- medium full. Moderately dry finish.

D- Very sour to the point where it compromises drinkability. That being said, it's got a ton of character. I'm curious to see how age affects this.

Photo of kojevergas
3.8/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml brown glass bottle with an intricate cork+steel wire cap served into a hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations were high as this is me second favourite brewery in the world and me favourite in the Americas.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and poor retention. Colour is a dark copper with the potential for overcarbonation, judging by the bubbles. It's appealing in a generic sense.

Sm: Aroma consists of souring hops - which aren't overpowering like some lambics, wine, grapes, mild wood notes, and some lactic notes. Aroma is of moderate to mild strength.

T: A very complex taste, consisting primarily of souring hops but with a wine "shell" around it. Some cedar comes through, particularly from the midpoint through the climax. If berries are present, they're buried. The finish smacks of grapes, which closes out the flavour nicely. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Very smack your lips pleasant due to the grape finish - sort of a slight Welch's commercial effect. It's smooth and wet all around, but perchance a touch too thick. Overcarbonation is slight but existent.

Dr: It hides its ABV very well, and has some great complex flavours, but does suffer from some minor issues, namely overcarbonation. I could see this getting better with age, but it'd be very difficult to drink more than one. It's nice to kick back and enjoy after returning from work, but sippers only go so far. Excellent value in California.

Photo of Tucquan
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful, dark, clear, tawny red with a few bubbles.

S - Sweet, delicate floral notes that is missing from the bottle. Also a lovely, sour component.

T - Currant flavor is more fresh than the raisin-like flavor it has in the bottle. Sourness and yeast of course. The tannin's aren't as pronounced. Finshes dry.

M - Light=medium body and light carbonation. Smooth, mildly crisp and refreshing.

D - Really excellent. I like it even better than when I first had it on-tap at the RR brew pub as I've learned to better-appreciate this style.

Photo of BeerTwins
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We really enjoyed this ale. The label does not mention that is a sour. But it turned out to be an excellent example of the style. Poured a rich burgundy color with a faint aroma of currants. The sourness is very refreshing. Currents and rich cabernet wine flavor is evident from the start. The flavor grows more complex as the beer warms adding hints of tobacco and figs.

Photo of beerfan99
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2x1 - 750 ml bottle

A: Dark reddish brown in color and clear. Carbonated enough to create a small white head.

S: Very sour smell, typical for a Russian River sour. The currants and cabernet aromas come through loud and clear.

T: Excellent. Very tart and sour, but is palate pleasing. The fruit currants are definitely noticeable as is the flavor from the cabernet sauvignon oak barreling.

M: Feels bubbly feel and medium bodied.

O: Another great wild ale from Russian River. I have been lucky enough to have multiple vintages of Consecration. I am partial to the earlier batches of this beer, batches 1 and 2 being my favorites. Later batches are very similar, but don't seem to have the same levels of oak and fruit flavor.

Photo of Cinderbike
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown, clear, with a quickly dissipating tan head.
S - Dried fruit, tobacco, barnyard (brett funk). More fruit comes out as it warms. Some vinous aromas as well.
T - Sour, "sweaty", cherries, oak, some notes of sherry and vanilla.
M - Full bodied and dry. Typical for a sour.
O - One of the best American sours, bar none. Give me another pint.

Photo of kaips1
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a bottle i missed in a box on a trade, this is a batch 5, 375ml bottle

this poured a nice clean no head pour, into a fading dark amberish color, not cloudy but completely opaque. the nose of this beer screams currants and sour tangy goodness. a very vinous aroma accompanies the fruit sour. this beer keeps reminding me of supplication which should be kinda expected. the taste is a very short lived wineish like flavor with a little brett funkyness there. this one is a lively beer like the rest of the RR sours. the carbonation kinda takes away from the taste.
overall its awesome and a good drinker, you dont know its 10% abv at all while you drink it.

Photo of metal850
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours red-brown, with slight haze and a light haze that quickly drops to nothing.

S: Vinous, particularly white wine and oak, with a nice sourness and slight funk.

T: Sour and funky, the funk is incredible complex, acetic, sweet brett flavor, just amazing, lingering grape skin aftertaste and a slight alcoholic warming.

M: Medium carbonation and a light body for such a big beer.

O: Delicious, such a complex funk.

Photo of biglobo8971
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into RR tulip. The color is a rich burgundy with just a faint head with faint lacing. Very effervescent and bubbly. Can taste the wine and sweetness, easy to drink, with each drink changing slightly. Slight tartness with an after taste of sweetness. Probably my favorite "tion" beer. Will continue to seek this one out.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Russian River : Consecration

12 oz corked and caged bottle. Pours a rich mahogony/ruby color, more or less clear and a small fizzy head forms and crackles away. Aroma is big and wine like, alittle alcohol peaks through, and then theres the funk which all make for a complex nose. In the taste, almost sweet and sour with grape notes, oaky tannins, bitter brett offering a strong sour, and alcohol is almost un-noticed. Malt body is more or less overrun by these strong flavors, but there is a light touch of caramel. Its all about the lovely sour in this beer though, and the delicate flavor of currents. The feel is medium bodied and semi dry. Overall, this is one hell of a beer and I wish I could get it all the time with a reasonable price tag. Mighty fine.

Photo of camil1mj
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled and poured into my Bruery snifter.

A: Deep crimson/brown with 1 finger foamy white head. Minimal lacing.

S: Sweet vinegar.

T: Dry dourness with an overwhelming taste of vinegar. It the gives way to fruity-wine undertones.

M: Light to medium body witha good amount of carbonation.

O: I like sours so far, but I don't think I was ready for this one.

Photo of claytong
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

batch 004x5

appearance - big head off controlled pour right after decorking. a dark sherry red. very active at first. almost opaque. head dies off pretty quickly and almost no lacing is left except a bit at the rim

smell - oak and whiskey right after the bottle is opened, then after pour brett and cherries, some currants i suppose but mostly just smells like cherries. sugar and caramel and a bit of wine. the only reason its not a 5 is because of the oak and whiskey dying out so quickly and brett and cherries dominating so heavily.

taste - oak on first sip comes in the strongest. brett and sour cherries rule afterwards. some tannins. very nice but wish the oak would come in a bit more.

mouthfeel - silky smooth a bit sugary. carbonation is funny. thought it might be overcarbonated but if anything its under. body is dead on.

Photo of CuttDeez
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark amber brown body. Hues of red crimson and leather wood. Big thin bubbly head that fizzes and dies quickly.

S - A great sour funk on the head. That is mixed with some sweet fruits and slight sugars on the front. Then a great amount of oakiness in the middle and end to smooth it out.

T & M & D - strong but not overwhelming sourness up front. The mouth opens to a good mix of sweet tart fruits like unripe apples and some dark fruits and currants. Then The oak comes in allowing the sour to die a little and making the finish sweet and candy like. Very smooth on the palate. The beer is crisp and carbonated making it refreshing.

O - very complex and tasty beer. The sour level is perfect and the fruit profile mixed with oak makes each sip interesting and tasty. I have a few in the cellar and I'm excited to see what age does to it.

-Cheers

Photo of ehammond1
4.95/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2009/Batch 2)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

(Aged 2 years)

Dark cherry red and auburn, bordering on brown, with a thin khaki head. Spotted lacing down the glass.

An incredible array of aromas that come together magnificently: sweet cherries and currants provide the primary sweetness, tart, biting, stinging sour notes leap from the glass, all smoothed out by an inviting, welcoming aroma of rich wood, earth, and vanilla.

The taste is just as spectacular as the nose. I've had this beer a number of times, and this 2-year-old version has been by far the standout. The sourness is still there, biting and stinging, balanced with the rich, earthy, and sweet flavors from the fruit, all alongside the rich yet subtle notes from the barrel. There's an underlying sticky toffee sweetness coming through I don't remember in previous versions, and, as always, there isn't the slightest hint of a 10% ABV.

Smooth, light yet full, crisp, and refreshing.

An absolutely perfect, infinitely complex, sour ale. I'm happy Josh ordered this 2-year-old bottle, as I can never keep myself from opening the ones I buy for myself.

An all-time favorite of mine.

Photo of Tripphop
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a murky brown color, glows in the light, slight haze to it. Head is pithy and large bubble, doesnt generate much. Looks very oily and slick. Aromas are of soured grapes and dark fruit. A hint of oak woodiness can be found, but the buggies really jump out at you. Flavor is mellow and soft, bunches of sour fruits and a mellow caramell, oak, nuttiness to the finish. Warming on the palate, the body doesn't lend itself to the abv, but the finish reveals a little heat once warmed. Very nice brew, mellow, perfect sour level and nice funk to it.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.9/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this beer on friday night. Sat down with several freind and tried all the RR sours! I am new to sours and willing to give them a chance. Why not start with some of the best?

reviewed from notes.

Appearance: light brown bodied beer with redish highlights. White whispy head with lots of small bubbles.

Smell: Cranberries, oak and wine.

Taste: Cranberries and currant. Tannins and oak. Moderate sour taste of vinegar takes over the taste and finish of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Prickly and clean mouthfeel.

Overall: Interesting sour beer. Not my favorite sour we had that night, but its decent!

Photo of drcarver
3.38/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I am not a huge fan of sour ales. Let's start with that.

A - pours medium brown with a small head. Head recedes leaving little lacing on down and some traces down the side.

S - sweet smell of wine dominates. grapes and tanins with little alcohol at the end.

T/M - overwhelmingly sour throughout though sweet at the front. bits of fruitiness. a leathery taste towards the back. leaves a steel like feel to the tongue but have a clean finish.

O - its sour alright.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.95/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to Millerbuffoon for this 375mL brown glass cork and caged number. Batch 004X3.

Pours a ruddy, reddish brown, mostly clear with very thin head. Nose smells sour right off the bar (yes, I know sour is not a smell). Wine barrels and red wine vinegar, plus raisins soaking in vodka come to mind, a hint of smooth leather and a suggestion of cranberry.

Palate is vinegar sour right off the bat. Flavors of leather, dried cranberry, used wine barrel, earthen clay and plum mix together. Good complexity, quite sour, long finish, but rather still (in terms of carbonation).

Not my favorite RR sour. Still love me that Temptation. I will say that the AVB is really well hidden... This is FFO Flemish reds.

Photo of dgilks
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bottle of batch 2X1. Thanks to the kind friends who brought it back from the US for me.

This pours a clear but dark brown colour with rich, ruby highlights. The light tan head dissipates quickly but still leaves a little ring of bubbles around the glass. About as much as can be hoped for in a sour beer with this level of alcohol.

Rich, sweet fruity aroma with those red currants really shining come through first. Next is a vinous, leathery, funky aroma with a lovely crispness to it. Good definition too.

The flavour is good but not spectacular. I get a nice balance of sweetness and sourness with the fruitiness really coming through. There's a bit of funk too. The main problem for me is the astringent, mild bitterness that comes through the finish. While I love the flavour this bitterness detracts for me.

There's a medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. This is good but the astringency also lets this down.

Overall, a very good beer. It looks great, smells great and tastes good with just a small astringency problem which comes from the use of barrels and bugs. A great effort by RR and I look forward to trying more of their sours if and when I make it to California.

Photo of pmarlowe
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 005 (375ml). RR 'tion glass.

A: Dark reddish amber, almost brownish like you would expect with an aging wine. Only a ring of off white head. Not much retention, and no lacing.

S: Funky red wine and red currant and oak/cinnamon/spice from the barrel treatment. Black cherry in the secondary. Faint dark dried fruit as it warms up.

T: Currant, brett, spice (pepper, cinnamon), red wine. Tart but a grade below mouthpuckering. A touch of sweetness. Long finish.

M: Crisp. Carbonation is on the higher end. Medium bodied.

O: This is definitely my favorite of the easily available sour 'tion beers (Supplication, Sanctification, Temptation). A sour beer for red wine lovers.

Photo of Wreckoncile
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 006 Poured from 375ml into Chimay goblet

A - Poured like a cocacola at first; fizzy with a quickly appearing and quickly diminishing head leaving no lacing. Also similar in color, although hazy. At first, I was planning on rating the appearance much lower due to the lack of a stable foam, but what it revealed when it disappeared was the most active fluid surface I'd ever seen on a beer, bubbles wisping around and dancing carbonation on the surface that showed me an active beer. Makes me feel like I'm about to drink a living thing, which I really dig.

S - Strong upfront dark cherry tartness with a very muted malty note underneath that seems to tessellate perfectly in place with the tartness. An almost tannic like red wine aroma as well, that reveals a bit of sourness at the end of the tart.

T - Very wine-like in flavor, as could have been expected, with an extremely sour bite to finish it off. The sourness chased away the dark fruit notes I got in the nose, but that doesn't bother much, as the sourness accentuates the citrusy flavor of the hops. No hoppy bitterness, preserving the flavor of the hops, while allowing all the bitterness to flow from its sourness. Altogether solid flavor profile that beguiled me at first and commanded my full attention.

M - Crisp and effevescent, and yet somehow still managed to be silky... I'm really not sure how this overall texture was pulled off, but its one of a kind. Hides it's booziness well in the medium body.

O - This particular beer confused me more than anything. Granted, I've not had much experience with sours to date, but I still imagine this has greater depth than most. I'd say its sourness in taste overpowered some of the darker fruits that the scent gives off, and the final product ends up tasting a bit like a carbonated grapefruit juice without any sweetener. But there is much more here. As it warmed, I felt that the malt I detected in the nose came out a bit more, but the yeastiness was seemingly lost in the sour. I enjoyed this, and have a bottle in the cellar that I look forward to revisiting in a year's time to see how it changed.

Photo of Sideswipe
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a tulip. Batch 006

A- Deep mahogany color. Minimal head dissipates rapidly leaving a thin ring of tan bubbles hugging the outside of the glass.

S- Aroma of sweet dark berries and brett. Smells acidic and funky.

T- Starts out tart and sour with a nice flavor from the currants coming in mid palate. Notes of berry and oak from the cab barrels are present in abundance. Barnyard funk is present throughout, and the finish is semi dry with a lingering tartness.

M- Feel is medium with a nice prickly level of carbonation which works well with the tartness of the beer.

O- One of my favorite Russian River brews. The wonderful meritage of sour, tart currants coupled with the complexity of the oak and Cabernet make for a very enjoyable sour experience. Highly recommended!

Photo of kbnooshay
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a glorious garnet red color with no head at all. No lacing. Smells like a sweet red wine and fruit. Tastes like currants. The sweetness of the candy like currants balances well with the sour tart dryness. Tastes like cinnamon. Closest thing I've had to a sour red wine. Little carbonation. Medium feel. Brilliant.

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,236 ratings.