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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,999 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,999
Reviews: 1,042
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.8%
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Gots: 1,261 | FT: 88
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:
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 Risser09
3.08/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

375ml poured into a flute - fridge - batch 004x4

Appearance: Pours a dark red, but mostly brown color with absolutely no head. This might be a bad bottle. It is a little cloudy but shows no other signs of life.

Smell: Medicinal, cabernet, currant and not much else. I suppose there is a little bit of tobacco.

Taste: Sticky sweet but also sour and acidic. A tart taste of currant and other dark fruits is met with that typical cabernet taste. Some wood and plenty of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very unlively, with no carbonation, but lots of flavor and wine inspiration. Medium to heavily bodied. Tart, acidic, sweet and woody.

Drinkability: This beer had so much hype around it that it pains me to begrudge it so much. It needs more attention to detail. Head, head retention, aroma, mouthfeel all need to be seriously reconsidered before releasing to the public. I feel like this beer was sold just to get it out of the brewery for some $$$.

Risser09, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of Soneast
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Sprecher snifter at fridge temp. Pours a clear, brown color with amber highlights. Grows a thin, fuzzy head, that disappears instantly.

The aroma has a very tart quality, almost like a dry white whine, but juicier, if that makes sense? A touch of vinegar, oak and some tart green fruit and some "cidery" character.

The flavor is quite intense, starting out with a sour balsamic vinegar note, leading into some tart cherry and oak flavors. the finish is sour...leaving a pretty nice, not-quite sweet, fruit flavor on the palate.

I've had this a couple times now and I really just love that acidic, balsamic vinegar character of the beer. The flavors are quite intense, and yet this beer isn't really a "palate destroyer" like IPAs/DIPAs. Ultimately, I could drink this ALL THE TIME if it were available in Wisconsin. As is, I'll just hafta enjoy the hell out of it when I can.

Soneast, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of philbe311
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Popped open on the last night of vacation - Batch 004x4

A - One fingers worth of audibly fizzy light to medium tan head fades away in rapid succession... Blink and you may miss it... Zero lacing or collar... A translucent rich medium ruby red color... Scattered moderate carbonation throughout can be seen bursting through the top...

S - Exquisite and regal... Berries... Cherries, both sweet and tart... Cider like qualities... Touches of wood and leather... A very subtle hint of vanilla... Intoxicating....

T - Slightly tart fruit in the form of berries and cherries to start... Bursting with lactic acid... The pinot noir vinuous notes run a muck... A bit of funkiness... Quite intense... A bit of alcohol induced heat...

M - Medium bodied... Heavy... Slightly syrupy and sticky... Puckering... Minimal carbonation... Prickly... On the dry side of the ledger...

D - A serious sipper... The sour tartness is uber potent... Lots of depth and complexity... Teetering on overbearing... I really have mixed feelings on this after each sip...

philbe311, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of nataku00
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a short snifter at a local bar. Due to poor lightning, I can't really comment on the exact color, but it was likely a very dark red.

Smells of dried berries and sour funk, with a hint of oak.

Taste of tart fruit right up front, but finishes smooth due to the oak. Lingers on the tongue with the currants and oak primarily, with the sour notes disappearing.

A very rich beer that coats the inside of your mouth if you swish it around. No carbonation in the glass that I had.

Due to the intensity of the upfront sourness, it requires sipping. Took me an hour to finish a 10 oz glass as I was letting the flavors transform in my mouth with each sip, until it fades and I take yet another sip.

A very delicious beer.

nataku00, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to MCLK for this as an extra! Batch 003X3. Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Pours a deep reddish brown with a two finger off white head that subsides to one quickly. Lots of carbonation rising to the top and makes a fizzing like a soda. Maintains decent lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of yeast, bread, sour apple, and grapes. The flavor is of sour apple, grapes, very subtle alcohol, and citrus. It has a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was the first Wild Ale I had tried back at a tasting and it got me interested in the style. This is a very nice blend of flavors all in one package that makes my taste buds jump for joy after every sip. If you have not tried any Wild Ales, this might be a good place to start.

thagr81us, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of mentor
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 004X4. Pours a half finger of off-white head (dirty tan?) over a murky ruby orange-rust liquid. Smells very odd. Brettanomyces, cherries, waxy wood, clean alcohol, mild chocolate, sting that comes across as peppery or ginger-like.

In the mouth, puckering dry and effervescent. Strong lactic tang, lemon, brett funk, white grape, mild acetic, and strong dry wood character. Think cherry balsamic vinegar meets fermented cherry pop-tart-filling 'gone wild'! The finish and aftertaste stings with acid and a very dry lingering cherry and lemon. Light body and very sharp carbonation. Typical american wild ale.

mentor, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of jpmclaug
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Batch 003x4

A - Dark cherry colored red with a nice cherry glow. Tiny circle of off white head rests on top

S - Nice sour smell on the nose. A hint of soured grapes lies in there. The aroma makes me think this one is going to take advantage of my tongue and make me like it. Can really smell this one without swirling or sticking my nose close to it.

T - Definitely picking up the Cabernet barrels. A nice sour grape taste in there with a hint of the oak. Reminds me a lot of a nice Cabernet with a big hint of funk and a huge punch in the face of sour. This is a really good brew.

M - medium body with a nice hint of carbonation.

D - Really drinkable for the ABV and style. My girlfriend made a huge pucker face so I'm thinking these really punishing sours are a little easier for me to handle than most. I really enjoyed this and wish I could get more easily. Will definitely grab this again if I can.

jpmclaug, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of zoolzoo
3.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks peacebone116!

Batch 004x1

A: Amber/Mahogany, bubbly. The etched "D" at the bottom of my Duvel tulip is having a field day. Never seen this thing work so hard. A little tornado in my glass. A thin white cap and a thick ring remains.

S: Red wine vinegar, lactic sour goodness, tinge of alcohol. Good, not terribly complex.

T: Wow, lots of tannins. Really getting the Cabernet barrel and grapes. Mouth puckering sourness and vinegar once again. Not as lively as Supplication; fittingly "darker" all around and Im not just referring to appearance. 10% huh? I cant taste it.

M/D: Prickly, medium bodied. I can feel the 10%, but I cant taste it, that must count for something. A top sour, just not as "vibrant" as some others I have had.

zoolzoo, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of mikeyv35
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 06/19/2010
Batch: 03x2
Type: 750ml. Bottle
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

Poured a ruby red in color, w/ no head, only a few bubbles on the outer edge, that left no lacing. The nose was of tart cherries, currants, funk, spices, and oak. Taste was amazingly tart, w/ notes of sour cherries, black currants, and oak. Mouthfeel was thin, but lush due to great carbonation. Drinkability was tremendous as most wild ales are.

Nice movie beer that I will most likely be drinking again very soon.

mikeyv35, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of garuda
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 004x1 Consumed 7-29-10

A - Pours a beautiful ruby red, and changes colors colors to amber, mahogany and purple depending on its angle to direct light. A thin tan head has little retention that clings to the outside of the glass with numerous streams of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. A wee bit of lacing after each sip.

S - Very vinous-like character up front with a bit of sour cherry tartness on the back end.

T - Follows the nose a bit, but the oak aging really comes through nicely. Sourness is just a little tart in the first few sips, but then really packs a punch by the end of the glass.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, super dry finish, with sourness accumulating after each sip. Nice warming character from the booze by the end.

D - My first wild ale, and I am certainly impressed. Alcohol presence is hidden extremely well. Very complex, well balanced.

garuda, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monks.

A - Great looking brown/reddish body deep in color.

S - Smelled sweet and sour, fruity and delicious.

T - Alot of fruity wine flavor on the palate. This one is sour, dry and delicious. Semi sweet with some citrus and slight warming alcohol.

M - Moderately carbonated and so smooth and soft. Very crisp taste and mouthfeel makes this one enjoyable. Dry and sour/sweet through the whole sip.

D - This beer was incredibly tasty and crisp and refreshing. To me that makes it very easy to drink. The alcohol wasnt overwhelming.

Notes - First time I had this beer and it was fantastic. Had it along with the Charcouterie platter full of meat, cheese and fruit and paired nicely.

BeerForMuscle, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of klikger
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Russian River (and then at Toronado - twice).

A - Light brown, with a fair amount of red when held in the light. There's a fair amount of off-white head and a substantial bit of lacing develops as the minutes pass.

S - Funky yeast and red wine are evident right away. Vinegar is also accessible, as is the essence of summer fruits.

T - Chocolate-covered cherries strike first, with a punch of citrus bitterness (yet not due to hops) afterward. The middle is more of the latter - lemons in droves with lime and cranberry. The back half is brett-ified, palpable funkiness, with notes of raspberries and dried montmorency cherries.

M - Like velvet - medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and ultra-smooth.

D - Again, smooth. Utterly drinkable, with well-hidden alcohol.

What a beer - there's nothing left to say.

klikger, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Monk's Cafe

A-pours a flat looking reddish copper color that is quite clear and has virtually no head.

S-the nose is very big, lots of vinous red wine characteristics with a faint earthy tone to it. very little oak with the sweet currant in the back. just a hint of acidity in the back but light.

T-nicely balance, sweet red wine, dark red grapes, nice sourness to it, hints of oak underneath. tart cherries and currants add sweetness to it with a light spice in the back.

M-this has a smooth and medium body with huge carbonation and a crisp dry finish. very nice feel to it!

D-awesome beer, great vinous characteristics with a light barrel aging and great balance of sweetness to sour. the spice adds some kick and this is a beautiful very wine like brew.

cpetrone84, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of nectar14
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 750 mL, enjoyed with da wife.

A: Dark caramel amber color, piling up a decent lace of foam that fizzes down to just a thin film.

S: Sour funkiness, a bit of dark fruit, slight malt. Inviting.

T: Delicious and comforting. Rich but not heavy with tart fruit, malt, and a small touch of caramel. Lovely.

M: Cuts nicely on the palate and has cleansing acidity. Easy to drink.

D: Though 10%, it goes down nicely.

One of my favorites.

nectar14, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of thatsfine
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

By the time it was served to me there was no head. Left no lacing. Dark cherry red. Really a beautiful looking brew.

Berry juices and lemonade to the nose.

Definitely get berry and fruit juices up front, later some wine characteristics. Then a bitter taste, like lemon juice. I was in awe after my first sip. Alcohol is hidden well, especially at 10%. Awesome.

Very carbonated, but man this beer is smooth. Could definitely slam the whole bottle. But might be in a little trouble. Will buy this again whenever I see it. Absolutely worth the money. Worth searching for. Very new to the style of wild ales but this was one hell of a start.

thatsfine, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of Lazerlobe
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 004x2

Poured a deep garnet with a quick, frothy head that fizzled in mere moments.

Smells of some dark berry juice, lemon spritzer and some fusel alcohol.

Immediate pucker inducing lemon tartness with big juicy berry (having never had a currant, I'll have to assume that is what it is). Quick burst of effervescent fizz that delivers the berry wallop. The tartness and berry break down leaving some soggy wood that is a bit unpleasant.

Overall this is a wonderful wild but I am still becoming familiar with the style. I'm not sure what is up with the finish but the rest of the beer is solid.

Lazerlobe, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a caged & corked bottle into a Chimay goblet. My first SUPER AWESOME RR beer and first ever Wild...I AM EXCITED. Batch 004X4.

A- pours a dark reddish shade of brown with a half finger head that fades nearly instantly...I assume that is par for the course since I gave this an aggressive pour. Some of the head sticks around on the top of the glass and around the edges...it just LOOKS evil, like some sort of witches brew...god its awesome, constantly bubbling.

S- strong cherries with a bit of a tartness to them. Getting some of an aroma of a wine type flavor as well. Great.

T- holy wow...awesome sour, tart, killer cherries. Its only mildly puckering...but I don't care. It kicks ass. The oak flavor seeps through a little bit too. Perfection.

M- well carbonated, great body. Balance is fantastic with the tartness.

D- the sourness could be a little offputting to some...but not me. I love this. It packs a punch though, but you can't really taste the booze at all...dunno if I could handle more than one without my tastebuds being shot. Unreal beer

bigfnjoe, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.22/5  rDev -6%
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..

Gobzilla, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of SShelly
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow this seems to be on draft everywhere now.

Pours is a crystal clear dark amber with a big bright white head.

Aroma is tart and crisp, some malt sweetness.

Big tart, acidic burst with sweet darkfruit behind, no real bitterness to speak of, leaves a giant burst of sweet and tart in the back ofhe mouth.

Oh so tasty, can really only have one at a time but man what a winner.

SShelly, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of Brew33
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Consecration 375 ml bottle corked and caged received via trade. I was really impressed with Supplication so I traded for some more RR Wilds and this one was fantastic.

The color is is strange. In ambient light it looks ruby red but when put to direct light it shows amber and almost traces of orange. The aroma is very vinous, sour but not too sour. Tons of grape.

The flavor is damn near perfect. It's sour but the sour is just a part of the whole. It isn't dominant at all. It plays it's part. Lots of red wine flavor, the barrels impart the perfect amount of wood and wine flavors. I don't pick up a ton of fruit flavor but just an underlying sweetness. Unreal.

The mouthfeel and carb are spot on for the style and the drinkability was exceptionally high for the ABV and style. All in all, one of the best American Wild/Sours I've had. Incredible balance of flavors. Well done.

Brew33, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle - batch 3x4 - served into a tulip glass

Pours a translucent russet sort of brownish red. When held directly to light it looks like autumn leaves. Not much head from this beer, which surprises me a little. About half a finger's worth of khaki foam.

Lots of stuff going on in the nose. Balsamic vinegar, lactic sourness, aloe, tart cherries, lemon juice, musty leather, blackcurrant, a maltiness akin to a light brown ale, Christmas spice, white wine, cranberry. Lovely.

The tart cherries and blackcurrants are very forward on the palate. There are hints of lemon and persimmon too. There is a ashy/leafy astringency that doesn't register to me as coming from hops; I think it is the char quality from the oak barrels. Whatever it is it is helpful. This isn't really all that funky; the tartness and lactic sourness shine much brighter here. The finish is all tart cherry and lightly browned malt. Each sip reveals different fruits - orange, strawberry, black cherry, kiwi. Yes, plenty of kiwi as the beer warms. This is a beer that defies a concrete write-up.

There is a certain thickness to the mouthfeel. It isn't big but the size of the body is conducive to the malt backbone that tries to shy away to the background. This is fairly uncarbonated, which is plenty fine. This feels "right" on the tongue. Flavor-wise this is supremely drinkable. The 10% ABV and prohibitive cost of over $20 a bottle limits the score on the drinkability. Then again, this beer hides its ABV so very well.

This is pretty delicious. Well worth trading for; better still if you can purchase it retail. Far from my very favorite sour beer but that doesn't matter because Consecration is plenty delicious.

Reaper16, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of STEG
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to enelson for this one. Poured a plum mahogany color into a tulip, one finger khaki head that recedes quickly. Smell is currants and raisins up front with slight tobacco notes and some sour apple in there too really wonderful complex stuff. Taste is wonderful, sour, but not too sour it could be compared to sour plum juice with brett there really is too much complexity here to identify. Mouthfeel is light and slightly oily. Very little alcohol presence makes this extremely drinkable.

STEG, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

10oz poured into a large flute glass

A: Pours a deep brown with a cream/tan head that shrinks to a ring and leaves little to no lacing.

S: Smells funky, tart, sour, bit of freezer burnt ice cream, nail polish, lemons, and cat pee. (Not all bad smells)

T: The taste is incredibly tart and sour, lots of grapefruit and lemons with some funk. The more it warms, some bubblegum comes through.

M: The feel is creamy yet astringent.

D: Decent drinkability.

This was a really great beer. As a wild ale, I expected funk, but I never expected the amount of lemony sourness. I was expecting a more beer type sourness, like more funk to it. At times it was almost like drinking lemon juice with beer, and it was great. This was a great continuation of sour beers for me. I can't wait to crack open my others.

VoiceOfTheSoul, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Anaz
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this several times before, this time was on tap at Pizzeria Basta, Boulder CO.

The head on this beer dissappates quickly, and leaves a few bubbles hanging desperately around the rim and in a Rorschacht pattern in the center that looks like a monkey-cow kind of thing. THe color is like copper and the heart of a big piece of amber.

The smell is amazing, oaky, slightly winey, with some beautiful funk, kind of like if Aretha Franklin sat in with George Clinton and the P-Funk Allstars and did something slow.

The taste is sour cherries wrapped in oak magic, with a tart tang like underripe strawberries in some fantasy world where they were actually something to look forward to. The carbonation is perfect and cleanses and elevates the chorus of flavors.

This beer drinks really well, wish I hadn't finished the last of the keg. To all the Boulderites before me, I salute you, to all those who didn't partake, you missed out. Can't wait to have this again, but I did see a bottle a few days ago...

Anaz, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of henrysunset
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz on tap @ brouwers.

Looks red with gauzy tan head. Smell is sweet and sour with obvious cherry and strawberry.

Taste is good, but not as sweet and smooth as the duchesse. A tiny bit vinegary. A bit oaky, almost whiskylike.

A litle dry and not totally smooth, but very good.

henrysunset, Jul 15, 2010
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,999 ratings.