Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.56%
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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 eagles22
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
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 -3.8%
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 +0.7%
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 +6.2%
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 +4.9%
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 +7.8%
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 +1.8%
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 -2.2%
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 -6.7%
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 -0.4%
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 +1.1%
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 -0.7%
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

Photo of tobin
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brew pub

Came to the table with a nice looking dark brown with a thick tan head that dissapated to about 1/4" and stayed there. Not alot of sticky lacing though.

Smells of alot of bret funk with tart cherries and some oak.

Taste is wonderful hands down best sour I have had so far. You can really taste the wine notes from the barrels and the oak and bret mixed with the malts is sublime. Wonderful

Mouthfeel is perfect for this beer. Couldn't ask for more.

Drinkability is high and is a beer I wish I had more of!

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From notes: (Have also had by the bottle.)
Had on tap at Toronado. Pours a deep amber/red with minimal head and no real lace. Not too surpeizing for the ABV. Smells like sour grapes and funk with a sweetness at the end. Taste-wise it is hard to pick things out through the sour. There is some sour, some funk and bread (along with a few things that I can't put my finger on. I'm surprized at the lack of booze being that it's the big 10. Perfect mouth for a good sipping beer. I've been enjoying the slowly fading aftertaste.
I prefer Temptation or Supplication but I'll rate this high anyway being that it is still an amazing sour. Thanks again Russian River (and thank you bartender for the free beer!)

Photo of Dspohn
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL, Batch 03X2, 2008 I believe so this ones a few years old, poured into a DFH signature glass.

Pours a very dark garnet color, almost ruby when held to the slight, lots of small champange sized bubbles that settled into a nice collar. The nose is restrained but inviting, sour dark fruits, figs and dates. Earthy, damp, musty are things that came to mind. The flavor is unquestionably more sour, very acidic, chalky, very dry. Has almost a chocolately, earthy component, not unlike characteristics I get from some belgian quads, definitely interesting. Oak from the barrel aging is also noticable. High ABV with this one compared to some other Russian River wild ales, the body is a little more full, the malt a little more perceived. After having this fresh on tap at the brewpub and after a couple years in the bottle, I prefer the older and bottled version.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Tanish brown, 1/2 head with some lacing.

SMell - Cherries, oak whiskey. Yeast and alcohol

Taste - Sour cherry, thin and dry. This really reminds me of a table wine. The oaked whiskey and yeast sour this even more.

Mouthfeel - Its thin, dry, and sour. Whole mouth is soured. Palette gets numbed from the alcohol, better eat and have water after this one.

Drinkabilty - The alcohol is masked good, this is a session beer, and quite good for a sour ale. I could drink this again, its not the sour monster then supplication is. Wine drinker would enjoy this for sure.

Photo of ekardz
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 004x2

Aggressive pour leaves almost no head and little carbonation with a reddish amber color. Smells like a red wine, sour grapes, cherries, and smell the currants. Tastes like a sour red wine, picking up lots of tart flavors and light citrus. Light bodied with little carbonation and a dry finish. Very easy to drink, and @ 10% can sneak up on you quickly, just getting into sours, and this was a nice one to enjoy.

Photo of nniicckkww
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 005x2F brewed 12/1/2009 bottled 10/17/2010

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a chalice. The corked came out easily with a nice 'pop.' Fizzy rusty head of about an inch quickly dissipated. Reddish, brown color with a slight cloudiness.

Aroma of red wine, musty wet wood and leather. Mouthwatering. Lively carbonation that leads into a fruity, tartness followed by leather and earth. Dark fruits. Finish is long and smooth, yet acidic at the same time. Perfectly balanced sourness. In a blind taste taste, I could not tell if this was 4% or 10% abv. Amazing.

A very complex beer.

Photo of LazyL
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an experiance. This is not your grandfathers beer. Not unless he came from a small town in the middle of nowheres ville Europe.

The colour is beer bottle brown with some hot pink tones in the light. The nose is amazing. Real tart scents of cranberry and mild oak. A bit over carbonated but seems to work with this weird concoction. This taste more like a lambic to me. The fruit notes are extremly strong in this one. A bomber is definately to be shared as this is a late night sipper. The 10% doesnt hit you over the head but the tartness does. Reminds me of a cranberry fruit wine from our area. They used cab sauv barrels and there is a real wine influence here. A little Pinot Noir maybe. If you know a wine guy, this would be an interesting bottle to show off at a late night get together with some cheese and crackers.

Beer? This is somthing a bit beyond beer. Perhaps it needs it own catagory. Glad I tried it for the experiance but not a beer for watching the game tonight. This is unique and very different. As this is is quite a long review, I have had quite a few sips and I must say as both it and I warm up, that it is growing on me. Sort of like those sour candies that you just cant stop eating.

Photo of spree92
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting brew. Batch3x3. Hazy pour. Deep burgundy highlighted by a pink tones. This one packs a punch.
Apple, berries and earthyness are strong. You can even smell the tatrness of this beast.
ABV at 10% isn't that noticeable but this, to me, is a true sour. Thick, heavy and sticks around.
Super happy I tried and not close to what I was expecting.

Photo of myatomicpolygon
4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 004x4

Appearance- poured into a wine glass a light amber red with golden honey highlights and a small layer of white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a ring around the glass

Smell- leather, barnyard, slight vinegar, grape tannins, currant

Taste- barnyard funk, wood, and tartness up front with a dry currant finish. good balance and complexity of flavor. the tartness from the bacteria and funk from the brett is put in check by the sweetness from the fruit and the oak.

Mouthfeel- crisp, dry, refreshing, lively

Drinkability- alcohol is well masked, may be a bit too sour and tart for some due to the style...but well balanced with the fruit and easy to drink...but hard to find on the East Coast...and when you do it comes with a high price tag.

Photo of THECPJ
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/10/2011

A: sour cherries, very tart, semi-sweet

Ap: amber-red with a small white to off-white head (the top layer of the glass only) that dissipated very quickly. absolutely no lacing.

B/T: moderate carbonation, lots of tiny bubbles dancing on my tongue

Af: definitely sour! taste like tart cherries, a little bit of sweetness in the mix

O: sour cherry sippin' beer

Cheers!
The CPJ

Photo of khumbard
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Tieman for this ridiculous EXTRA... you are the man.

Batch 004x2. Pours a dark amber color, little to no head. A constant stream of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass keeps it from being completely still. Smell has a good amount of funk with some fruitiness behind. Taste is sour, but not over the top. Just enough lactic sourness for my liking. The currents are there, but in good balance. Starts off slightly sweet, and finishes dry, funky, and sour. Delicious. Mouthfeel is lively. The 10% is no where to be found, the nature of the style hurts drinkability slightly... but I could drink quite a bit of this one. RR is the king of American made sours, and this one is near the top.

Photo of larryi86
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375 mL bottle poured into a tulip, Batch 004x1

A- Hazy reddish/brown color with almost no head.

S- Sour barn yard funk, hints of fruit and oak.

T- Sour and tart lemon/citrus flavors up front at really dominate taste in a great way. Juicy citrus fruit flavors. Nice funky finish that has some bitterness and hints of oak.

M- Crisp, smooth, refresh.

D- Almost too easy to drink. 10%ABV is not noticeable at all. This is just a great sour ale that is worth trying if you like sours. I wish this was easier to find around me, so far this is the best sour that I have had.

Photo of Swimsum
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found some old reviews. This was sampled with ThreeWiseMen on 10/18/10. Batch 2 into Duvel tulip.

Pours out a nice dark red, almost mahogany like color. Ivory colored head emerges from this. Held to the light can see very active carbonation. Head settles to thin layer on top of beer. In light the body lights up to a brilliant ruby. Head stays around for whole session but no lacing is present.

Most sourness with red currants that are very prevalent. This is the first time having this and it honestly smells amazing. Really like the red currant smell.

Tart and sour just like the smell. Much more sour than I thought it was going to be (haven't had a lot of sours up to this point). However, as the session went on was able to get used to the sourness. The currants make themselves known as well. By the end of the glass, this became really balanced for me and I really wasn't even noticing the sourness, was more of a subtle sourness. Very nice.

This was pretty well carbonated. I have no idea if it is too high for the style or what but I felt a good amount of carbonation when the beer was on the tongue. Regardless, I really like how this feel goes down.

Amazingly drinkable. I wasn't sure what to expect in regards to sourness but this is very well done and taste great. I'll be buying this a lot many times over and over.

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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