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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,235
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
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Gots: 1,338 | 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 Genghis22
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 005 x 2F
375ml chilled, poured into a tulip.

One of my favorite RR beers, just finally reviewing it.

A - Pours a rich, dark caramel amber color. Nice tight white head, which hung on for a few minutes.

S - Tart, sour, twangy, with hints of wine and sugar. The cabernet is very apparent. Cherries, raisins, currants and touch of artificial grape smell (like grape candy).

T - Tart. Not so much sour as it is tart. Very wine like. Lemon, horse blanket and sweet fruit combine in a whirlwind of flavors. The tongue is almost over stimulated. The wine comes through and the aftertaste is all cab.

M - Full bodied, but not heavy or chewy. Coats the mouth nicely. Tight, clean and prickly carbonation. Fits the beer perfectly. The alcohol is almost indectable, except for the slight drying effect it has on the tongue.

D - Dangerously drinkable. This beer is sweet and tart which keeps the palate refeshed. I never get tired of drinking this beer, and am thankful that I have easy access to it. A fantastic beer. Caution is advised though, 10% abv will sneak up on you in a hurry!

Photo of sherm1016
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 04x2, 375ml Bottle purchased at LaBodega Wine and Spirits in Riverside CA. Pours a clear, beautiful reddish-brown color with little to no head. Aroma is fruity and sour. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is a clean sour with hints of fruit and oak. Extremely smooth. I said it about Supplication, and I'll say it about Consecration: I would drink this every day if money and availability would allow.

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

Batch 004x3.

Body is clear reddish brown, like tea. Poured easily to a half inch head, which dissipates quickly to a ring, with no lacing.

Aroma of cabernet wine, currant, malt, tea leaves, alcohol, leather.

Tastes of cabernet wine upfront, with currant and sour citrus tastes in the mid-plate, some vanilla, finishes dry with a lingering sourness and some spice. It is delicious, with a well-defined and intense wine infused sourness. It is mouthwatering sour, but not puckerish. There is not much of a malt backbone to this, which is unusual for a beer. I get some port-like quality to it as well, perhaps from the currants. There is no trace of tannins either. For a wild ale, it is also not funky.

Body is light and carbonation is low, giving this a winey mouthfeel. Alcohol is evident, furthering the wine analogy.

This is a beer with a big flavor, but one that also seems not to be a beer. I could drink a couple glasses of this.

Photo of cooch69
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consecration pours a deep amber brown. It has a small and tight yet pretty fluffy head. A wee bit clouded as well.(We don't need no stinkin filtering).

Wow this beer is a trip to the wild side. And I'm a big fan of that side. The nose is really Bretty and musty. Scents reminiscent of a barn in the fall.

Taste was much more exotic than the nose would suggest. Almost like a big sticky semi strong cheese. The beer clung to the palate as well as a cheese would too. This beer was not that sour(if your looking for a Gueuze like tartness don't come here) however it was very balanced between sweet, sour, and even a bit of saltiness. The sweetness was in the finish as the initial sip is pretty dry. A little bit of caramelly bisquit malts in the back and no hops to speak of.

This beer was a nice addition to the quality and craftsmanship of not only RR but what American beers are and what they are becoming. Good quality beer but is it worth the price tag? You be the judge.

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

It pours a cloudy red/brown topped by the briefest skim head, finally almost a bare cap.

Incredible aroma, dark fruity and tart, light funk, silkier yeasty notes, you can really get the currants, not much barrel in the bouquet, a merest hint of wine and vanilla.

Wowwww, what a flavor. these darker fruit notes fit so well with the funkier and more tart aspects, superbly balanced. The sip gets increasingly tart, but the fruit holds it in balance. Never seems vinegary,just a very clean vinous and deep ripe fruit. Finally the funk reappears, perfectly, creating a tart finish that doesn't overpower. As it warms some flowery and herbal notes come in to every of the flavors, and it gets stupidly complex and delicious. Only my tenth highly rated wild ale, Consecration is now my favorite.

Spritzy and bright on tongue, amazingly light on palate for so much flavor, and a finish that makes all other wilds I've tried seem inadequate.

Drinkability is off the charts. If I'd had more wilds under my belt this might have gotten a five

Impression: Sadly a plane ticket will be required for my next taste of this. If you see this get it and try it ferabsolutesherrrr!!.

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

Pours out a amber color with white head. Not a lot of foam - and it fades quickly. Holding up to the light, you see that it's a deep orange tinged with pink highlights.

Smells great - sour acetic notes dominate, but there is some wine as well and fruit underneath - strawberry, currents - and a bit of wild yeasty funk.

Taste - again sour acetic flavor is strong - like an extreme green apple - then a with a strong wine profile creeps in before finishing with a bitter grape skin taste.

Definitely heavier than temptation and supplication - but perfectly carbonated and pleasantly dry.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 375 bottle courtesy of my buddy Steve on the West Coast (who is drinking Younger as this is being typed). Poured gently in to a Duvel glass, there isn't much heading here, though the color is nice. It is almost Dubbel-ish, coming out a murky rose color. Nose is full of tart fruit, strawberry, raspberry, sour funk, and a hint of dark chocolate. Mild sourness hits the palate at first, with an aftertaste of juicy stone fruit to round things out. Alcohol is nowhere ti be found on this one. Mouthfeel is medium, with the sourness always present, but never overbearing. The balance here is incredible, as is the case with pretty much all RR beers I have tasted. RR makes the wine of the beer world IMO, except more textured and delicious than most wines I have encountered. Russian River, please come to Massachusetts soon. Cheers

Photo of notchucknorris
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Hazelnut brown. The color actually reminded me a lot of maple syrup.

S: Shows a lot of effects from the aging in cabernet barrels. Along with the smell of cab, I picked up dark fruit aromas, currants, black cherries, blackberries and a hint of caramel.

T: Jammy with an oaky presence, brett, a nice sour bite, currants, raspberry, black cherry and some of that wonderful cab flavor. This is a wonderful beer and shows absolutely none of its high ABV. Scary drinkable.

Photo of levifunk
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - light brown pour. clean clear pour. little head.

s - oak, tart cherry, some booze....but its 10%.

t - tart cherries, tons of oak. More booze than I would like in a Wild, but still very nice.

m - lighter body. very nice carbonation...especially given the high abv.

overall - its not my fav. RR, but its very nice. I just don't think it needs such a high abv. it is very drinkable for a 10% beer though!

Photo of airohead2001
3.55/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part V of epic RR tasting including Tempt, Sancti, Beati, Suppl, and Consec. I've had this one before, but having it at the end of this tasting makes it all the better.

Appearance is dark red with very little head. The smell is bourbon, cherries, vanilla, and raspberries. As good as the smell is, the taste is quite a letdown - lemons, sour grapes, slight biscuit, bitters, and booze; really though, none of these flavors meld into anything too good. The drinkability is fair, but the sourness and the overall blandness of the taste makes one glass of this beer just plenty.

Photo of washingtonydc
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smuggling isn't known as a noble profession--its operators have been called everything from mules to nerf herders. Yet, as I crossed state lines with a cache of Russian River in tow, I felt more than an adrenaline-fueled thrill--I felt a pentecostal wind sweeping me onward and upward, giving my smuggled Consecration a heavenly imprimatur.

This rush continued once I uncaged and uncorked the 375ml bottle. A thick, luscious, tan head rapidly diminished to nothingness, without a trace of its once mighty presence. I poured it into a tulip glass, its mahogany taking on shades of plum and the beer appeared almost as if it were glowing from within the glass. Consecrated indeed! Its smell put me in a Proustian fit, immediately recalling childhood trips to Napa Vally where I was only allowed to merely smell the corks of the once-full bottles around me. The aroma was strong notes of fresh grapes and strawberries with an undercurrent of oak. Sipping the beer brought forth cherries, plums, and grapes--it was deliciously sour with a backbone of earth (no hiding the bit of brettanomyces in this beer). It finished with a hint of sweet raspberries. Its mouthfeel was a bit sticky, but nicely bodied. It makes for a fine sipping beer--the sort of beer you give a wine drinker who normally scoffs at beer.

Russian River, as is its habit, has deeply impressed me once again. It somehow has mastered the act of transubstantiation--it is able to take a worldly object and transform it into something heavenly, something sacred, indeed, something consecrated.

Photo of Trueant1
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

batch 5x 02

deep amber red with a nice thin white head.
Smells of old fermented apples and spice up front. Alcoholic in the nose as well. American wiskey and vanilla come through too.
Sour perfection on the first sip. Deeply sweet and sour! Estreme bitter with an alcoholic bite. Perfect in your face bitter/sour balance!
With such a bitter/sour taste, a nice fizzy champagne like mourthfeel to complement. Works and blends perfect as a result. Try this one, you will want to sip it again and again, than buy
another one to do it all over again!

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

375ml bottle poured into a Russian River '-tion' glass. Bottle provided courtesy of Exiled, thanks Jason!

Batch 004x3

This is really my first foray into the American Wild Ale category, a style quite unique with so much differentiation between the many beers within it. Some could be barnyard funky, some mouth-puckeringly sour. Russian River wilds are renowned for being of the sour variety, and are just frequently referred to as the RR Sours. I got this specific beer a few months ago in a trade and was waiting for a good time to open it, but just decided on a whim to throw it in the fridge today as I pretty much had nothing left waiting for me there. Good enough for me!

A - The cork releases with a huge pop, reassuring me that my caution in holding tight wasn't for naught. Even after just opening it, a slow rising wisp brings aromas of sour cherries. A deliberate pour unleashes a modest 1-finger, almost pure white head that is noisy as hell. Lots of hissing as it sheds some carbonation. Very active head, even after most of it quickly fades away. It reduces to thin, small islands floating on top of the beer, and multiple nucleation points let carbonation quickly rise, hit the surface, and then quickly disperse to the edges of the glass, leaving a nice ring there. The body is pretty normal looking; a dark golden brown amber with great clarity. As the glass empties, there's not much lacing left behind.

S - Moving to the nose, it's very difficult to decipher everything that's going on here. There's a little bit of funk here, but not overwhelmingly so. I can easily tell the cherries are tart and are going to impose a ton of sourness. Some light malts as well. There's something incredibly familiar about this beer but I can't place it for the life of me. Maybe some solvent smells? Not sure but each time I smell I get something different. Smells a bit of wine.

T - After the first sip I'm a bit stunned. In a way that makes me surprised and excited that beer can take so many different shapes and forms and keep bringing new things to the palate. There's so much going on here as well. Sour cherries, blackcurrants, grapes, a bit of oak from the barrels... it's all here. The alcohol is very well hidden as well which could be a blessing or a curse. The solvent note from the smell is back here and lends itself to a bit of a medicinal characteristic. At first the beer is very tart, but as the palate acclimates to it, it becomes a bit easier to drink, yet sometimes I liked to swish it around just to get the puckering sourness back.

M - Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Sourness lingers throughout the whole mouth after drinking this. Great feeling.

D - Drinkability is high. Dangerously drinkable for the ABV, I'm excited that my one of my first entrances into Wilds went over so well. Guess it didn't hurt I went with a pretty solid contender, but I can definitely see myself drinking more of this and even more of the RR sour portfolio.

Also, for some reason, I am getting a vibe of cool forests when drinking this, not exactly sure why, but it's a great, relaxing feeling.

Photo of eagles22
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: One finger head that dimishes quickly with a nice deep dark reddish brown body

Smell: loads of sour cherries and funky oak

Taste: very tart/sour cherries which makes your mouth pucker. Also you get a nice malty and funky backbone on this brew which compeletly hides the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: full body and nice carbonation on this brew

Drinkability:high for 10.00% but if I drink a 750ml bottles im pretty well done.

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

On-tap at O'Brien's, San Diego.

Pours a dark reddish brown color with no head. Aroma full of malts and cherries; slightly sour, but not overwhelmingly so. Dark malt flavor with some nice sour cherry flavor. Medium-bodied with minimal carbonation. Darker than most sours I've had - I like the additional malts here, it works well.

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

After taking a trip to Belgium several months ago, I wasn't sure if I was ever going to see a culture that featured sours so much, if at all. Luckily I found some Russian River stuff in LA.

Poured from the 750mL caged and corked bottle into a tall flute.

A: The beer appears brown upon pouring but is pure red when held to light. Overall it is a rusty/amber sort of color, topped with a massive tan head that lasts quite a long time, finally settling down to a constant 1.5 - 2 fingers.

S: Very tart aroma, with acidic cherry and some fig coming through at first, then a nice bready, pie-crusty, biscuity malt comes through for an instant. It's then covered again by some acidic, funky, tart notes. Wild yeast makes a big appearance here. Then sour apple, more cherry, and slight medicinal character come through. So much complexity here. Awesome aroma.

T: Malty at first with some pie crust. Then the funk gets heaped on. Very sour character comes through here with slight cherry but more dark fruit notes and a hint of medicinal and alcohol. Insane midpalate and finish in which it's impossible for me to pick out some of the flavors. Yeast. Dark fruits. Bread. Sweet cereal. Tobacco. Wood. What the hell? This is great.

Notes: Not for the faint of heart. This is definitely a sour-lover's beer. Work up to this one. You'll be glad you did.

Photo of cavemanlawyer
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap today at Saraveza in Portland.

While I will state up front that I prefer Supplication, having this on tap was a real treat. It is my #2 Russian River sour.

On the initial whiff, you get light sour cherry / , currant-sweetness . It is surprising how sweet it smells compared to the taste. You can detect hints of the funk and sour to come, but it takes a moment to develop. Nice and musty, complex, and very pleasant aroma.

My only complaint is that it is a bit effervescent, at least straight from the tap, which affects the mouth feel and taste just a bit. I found that by holding it in my mouth and swirling a bit, it really reduces tha carbonation and brings out the flavor.

It is impossible to tell this is 10% just by drinking it. No alcohol hits the palate whatsover. Amazing drinkability on this one.

Love this and all of the RR sours. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up...

Photo of corby112
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Pours a deep ruby color with golden mahogany edges and a two finger frothy off-white head. Good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that coats the glass with large chunks of soapy lacing.

Funky, musty aroma with lots of earthy oak tannis, dry brett and vinous dark fruit. The barrel aging is very prominent in the nose with lots of red wine character. Hints of grape, currant, tart cherries and other dark berries as well as oak and subtle vanilla. This is complimented by the funky/barnyard/horsey notes.

Full bodied, intensely tart and puckering with slight acidity and some soft carbonation up front. Very funky with lots of musty, dry brett/bugs as well as a sour vinegar flavor that lingers over the barrel and vinous dark fruit notes into puckering dry finish that leaves me drooling for more. As in the aroma, the barrel character is prominent with earthy oak, slight vanilla and a prominent red wine/dark fruit flavor. Hints of grape, currant cherry, plum, raisin and other dark berries.

This beer has an incredible balance of tart, acidic, funky sourness and sweet, vinous dark fruit and it is the perfect blend of the wine and craft beer worlds.

Photo of trodersark
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark amber color with a nice 3/4 inch light brown head.

S: RIght off the bat, I could smell a lot of funky Bretty smells. You can also smell a little but if the currant and fruityness that goes into the sour

T: Very effervescent, and extremely tangy and sour. You can definitely taste the sourness from the currents and the oaky flavor lingers as an aftertaste.

M: Medium body, yet very light, enjoyable, effervescent mouthfeel

D:10%??? Doesn't feel like 10% at all, extremely easy to drink!

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375ml poured into St. Bernardus chalice. From Blue Dog of Lansdale's shelf. Batch 004X1. Brewed 3/25/2009 and bottled 2/2/2010. Cork came out with no difficulty at all.

A- Dark sludgey blood-tinged brown. No head. Effervesces very fine bubbles.

S- Lots of brett funk and sour fruit. The currants are definately lending a unique character to this brew! Present are also some rich malts that are reminding me of actually barleywine.

T- Very sour. Sweet, dark citric qualities are dominating from the currants. It has a similar quality of good red wine. A nice bitter edge way on the backburner means that this beer means business. I had chapped lips when i drank this, and it burns each crack so good. The

M- Fantastic all considering! Carb is perfect quality. Medium body with a very tangy, bright feel. It does get a little overwhelming.

D- This does not taste alcoholic.

Photo of greenmonstah
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle into DFH snifter. Batch 002x1, bottled 3/30/09 and tasted 1/20/11

A - Pours a deep red-brown with half a finger of light brown head.

S - Brett funk that I recognize from Supplication, but with a hint of the currants and a fruity sweetness. Almost like a funky red wine.

T - Very tart and sour. A deep sourness dominates your palate. The brett flavor from Supplication is present, as are currants. I don't know enough about wine to say that I was tasting Cabernet, but I was definitely tasting "red wine" to some degree. There is also a bit of dark cherry flavor present. It is very similar to Supplication.

M - Medium body with active carbonation and a very dry finish.

D - So impossibly easy to drink for a 10%. No booze at all. Delicious and a real joy to experience such a unique beer. High marks because of the ease of drinking compared to the ABV.

Photo of GarrettMD
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark red in color, 1 finger head at the pour but it is gone in an instant. Not even a lacing of bubbles in my glass.

S - Brett yeast is the predominant aroma. Not much else is coming through but the brett is so overpowering nothing should be able to come through. Smells exactly like Supplication, with a hint of currants in the background.

T - Once again, I haven't had many wild beers, so I can't place the tastes as well as most might be able to, but the sour flavor of the wild yeasts is predominant to me. Dark fruits, specifically the currant and some cherry which could be coming from the yeast.

M - Medium bodied, low carbonation, both expected with this beer. Finish is dry and sour with some sweetness from the fruits.

D - Very drinkable, ABV doesn't seem like it's close to 10%. One of the most sour beers I have ever had, but still surprisingly easy to drink and go back for more.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came out brown with red hues to it. Minimal head to the beer. Aroma of funk, cranberry, cabernet, cherry and oak.

Taste, excellent, tart, yet substantial, tannins dry out the mouth, wood flavor melds with everything else. Slight cherry flavor. Even though very red and brown in appearance, comes off very dry. Currants, brown sugar.

Extremely drinkable, alcohol doesn't seem to be present at all. Couldn't give it a perfect 5, it is just too expensive to get a perfect score.

Loved having this in the bottle as well, the cork was all twisted to one side, so you knew there was lots of carbonation in there (not too much though).

Photo of jsanford
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 01x2. Struggled to get the cork out, bad boy was in there good! Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. The one inch foamy white head quickly dissipates, leaving no haze or lacing. Aggressive carbonation is highly visible.
S - Wow, there's a lot going on here. Tart red berries (currants and raspberries), red wine vinegar, cinnamon, oak, vanilla, brown sugar and funk. Insanely complex.
T - Incredibly sour, tastes of red wine, more red berries, brown sugar, oak and tobacco. Flavors rise and fall as this beer warms up, not unlike a nice red wine.
M - Medium-thin body with sharp, stabbing carbonation. There's a dry, puckering effect on the palate, just completely numbs out your mouth.
D - While this is certainly a sipper, I had absolutely no problem drinking the bottle (almost) by myself.

Photo of Duhast500
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

The color is a clear ruby red with a slight finger of foamy white head that leaves fast and there is no lacing on the glass.

The smell is woody with some barely-wine like aroma. Some currant and raisin aroma. There is a hint of DR. Pepper there in the background as well with a sugary flavor that is hard to place.

The taste is sour at first, there is a bit of sour cherry flavor that hits the tongue and spirals though the taste buds. The oak is there in the back and is boarding the fruit and sweet malty flavor from getting away before the sour flavor makes things crooked.

The feel of this beer is pretty big, there is a large flavor and it finds its way down but has an aftertaste that lasts and lasts. Smooth is the feel but there is a punch coming at the end

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,235 ratings.