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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,338
Reviews: 1,057
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
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Gots: 1,417 | FT: 104
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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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Photo of birchstick
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 004x4

Picked this one up in Colorado the previous summer and have been waiting patiently to crack it since. It survived its cage almost getting blown off due to elevation change and an accidental freeze in the fridge...let's see what's in the bottle

A - pours a brownish red with a small head with a ton of bubbling carbonation. More of a deep red with shades of brown.

S - smells of vinegar, sour notes, a bit of brett funk...sour smelling overall

T - starts off with sour notes of lemon that pucker and lock up your mouth. The sourness is cut into by acidic vinegar tones which helped bring down the sourness. On the exhale you can taste the sour flavors and a lot of vinous oak-soaked cab notes on the finish...this taste lingered far down the palate, almost like I washed down my drink with some cab. A bit of brett funk and mushroom hung over everything but it was hard to tell exactly when on the palate it came in. Really nice complexity.

M - Really nice carbonation and good body to it

D - This beer showcases to me why RR is considered one of the top, if not the top, wild ale producer in North America. Really nice complexity that makes this stand out from some of the other sours / wilds I have tried. I am going to have to get some more of this one for sure.

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

375ml Russian River Consecration Batch 004X1, served at cellar temps, poured into a 500ml Mother Earth tulip.

This is a beautiful beer. It's a deep garnet red with just a wisp of head that quickly dissipates like soda bubbles. The effervescence carries a lot wine notes: black peppery, damp oak, crushed and blackberries, with just a whiff of earthy funk. The acid and alcohol and definitely present in the nose and on the palette. The wine notes dominate, with big fruitiness, leather, tobacco, and a dry tannic oak finish . The currants add a bit of jammy, creamy fruit. The finish is boozy with just a slightly tart and minerally finish. There is a bit of lingering funk that coats your tongue. Very tasty and complex. Great beer. Thanks Vinnie for making this.

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

A: Small, rapidly dissipating head. Slightly cloudy garnet color.

S: currants and vinegar. Really mouth-watering.

T: Currant on the front of the tongue, followed by a little apricot and wood. This bottle was only mildly sour, although I've had more sour pours of this beer in the past.

M: Moderately carbonated with a long, fruity finish

O: Damn good. My only complaint is that it's gotten easy enough to get around here that it's no longer the treat that it used to be.

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

Thanks to Smarcoly for sending this bottle out in a trade as an extra. Shared with Emmaus217 on April 25, 2011 before he left for the military today.

Batch 005x2F
Corked and Caged 375mL bottle into a Cigar City snifter

A- Pours a beautiful dark ruby red with a nice 1 finger white head that almost immediately disappears. No lacing to speak of either. A great looking beer.

S- A fantastic sour funk that makes way to the dark fruits and old leather as it warms in the glass. Reminds me of a nice red wine.

T- Great tartness up front with grapes, a hint of currants, sweet acidity, kind of like a sugar covered lemon, and a great sour back end. Very enjoyable.

M- Perfectly carbonated with a nice dry finish. Slightly thin, but in a good way that doesn't overpower the more defining parts of this beer.

O- Very impressed. This being my first Russian River wild ale, I was expecting a great funky beer and came away with just that. A perfect send off beer for my best friend, Emmaus217. Good luck man.

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

Poured into a Stone RIS. Not sure on batch, but I am pretty sure it was the most recent one to date.

A: Pours a reddish-brown, translucent, with no foam.

S: Smells of barnyard funk, red win, and plums.

T: sour cherries and red wine, barnyard funk, with hints of vanilla and oak.

M/D: very little carbonation, medium body. Fruity and sour. I drank this after a cantillon rose de gambrinus, and I knew this was good, but it was tough for the Consecration to follow the Cantillon.

Photo of harrymel
3.98/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 3x3

A: Pours a plum red with excellent clarity. No carbonation evident despite exceedingly audible 'pop' when cork came out. Looks like a Pinot Noir honestly - beautiful.

S: Grape skins, farm, funky horse blanket. The cab bals come through here. Nicely woven with the bacteria in the juice.

T: Wow, grapes, oak, grain. French oak. straw, currants play nicely here too. Very complex beer, hard for me to articulate everything going on here.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation. Leaves palate a little dry.

O: Excellent sour. I prefer the supplication series, but this is a close second from RR. Good job again Vin.

Photo of Azurescens
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375mL corked and caged bottle, batch 005x1F poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 4/23/11

A: Pours a clear dark red with thin tan head that dissipates seconds after being poured leaving no film or lacing around glass.

S: Sweet and sour with dark fruit, brett funk, a hint of oak and some alcohol. Smells similar to a red wine with some funk, sourness and spice from the currants.

T: Sweet dark fruit with some lacto sourness, barnyardy funk and a touch of oak. I can really taste the currants much more than I picked up in the aroma. The sour wine aroma in the nose doesn't really carry over to the taste, this is definitely a sour ale from start to finish.

M: The light carbonation is amplified by the tingling acidic sourness on my tongue. Nice smooth medium body finishes on the dry side and leaves fruit and spice flavors lingering in my mouth.

O: Solid sour ale, tastes great but I would drink a Supplication over this any day. The currants add a nice unique flavor to compliment the sourness and sweet fruit. Drinks really well for a 10% ABV ale, the alcohol is barely noticeable.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch-005X2E

A - Pours a dark ruby brown color with an off-white head.

S - Red wine comes out strong along with lots of clean wood. Dried cherries, musty old church-like funk.

T - Sweet/sour cherries, tart raspberry quickly overtakes any sweetness with a lactic acidic bite. Malty sweetness barely bleeds through with notes of faint cocoa. The finish is a sensation of having plum/grape skins on your tongue along with a sharp punch of acidic sour right at the end.

M - Low prickly carbonation, thin body.

Wine and wood are strong components. Sharp and sour with lots of tart fruit character and was nice to have some good funk in there as well.

This would go great with grilled goat cheese filled mushrooms.

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours out as a pretty nice wine like Amber Red color. The head vanishes quickly after the pour and just leaves a thing white film on top of the beer. The smell is super tart smelling, very acidic like vinegar. The taste is of sour cherry and stomach acid similar to a Geuze Lambic. The after taste leaves a dry mouthfeel in the back of your tongue. It makes you want another sip but since I'm not into this style too much it's almost unwanted. The mouthfeel is similar to a red wine in my opinion. It's an awesome beer for those who like the Wild Sour Ales but it's just not for me.

Photo of palma
4.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark cherry amber body. Small fizzy off white head fades rather quickly to a thin ring lace.

Aroma: funky bread, wet leather, some nuttiness, and currant. Very musty. Tobacco. Hint of vinegar. The mustiness and tobacco are a little too potent IMO. I don't particulary like them especially at this level. After tasting the beer, the aroma becomes more pleasing.

Taste: sweet cherry/plum upfront followed immediately by a strong sour tang. Although the sour is strong, it takes a backseat to the sweet dark fruit flavors. Finishes very dry with the lingering taste of bitter apple skins on the back of the tongue. Exceptionally complex.

Mouthfeel: bright and airy. Very champaign like.

Drinkability is extremely high for such a high alcohol beer. This is 10% and if you like sour beers, you can really pound this stuff. It might be a good thing that it's expensive.
Drink it at cellar temperature or even almost room temperature, - the beer opens up and more sweetness shows rather than the sour. Complexity improves the drinkability as you want to keep drinking to simply figure out what it is you are tasting. The dryness also contributes to this great drinkability.

One of the top wild ales in the world. I like some of the other russian river wilds better (i.e Supplication, Compunction), but this one is still very good.

Photo of muttyd
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 005X1F

Poured into a RR Belgian chalice glass (seemed fitting?). Garnet body with a fizzy offwhite head that rapidly fizzy away quickly. Aroma is filled with oak & red wine notes; cherries, plums, grapes. Very barnyard-like funky aroma. Flavor is bracingly sour, funky, and oaky. The sweet fruity characteristics really shine in the flavor as well. Finishes bone dry with a mouthwatering astringency. Bubbly/prickly on the tongue with a rather light body. To top everything off, the alcohol is extremely well hidden, making this one incredibly drinkable brew. Russian River knows how to make beer.

Photo of smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Batch 004X1. Thank you slentz for the trade!

No head off the slow pour, what little there was, was a light tan brown that quickly faded and left the smallest of all collars. Body color is a gorgeous dark red and brown cherry, very wine like looking.

A nice simple tartyness that isn't overpoweringly sour. Cherry like fruit sensation. Not even any heat really coming off for this high abv. Standard funky barnyard to go with it, musty and dank, slightly dry. No sense of oak from this at all.

Classic tart and viscous sour, but sort of boring. Sour cherries also. Almost red wine vinegar but not quite. Sort of one dimensional. Fairly alright for mouthfeel light bodied, warming in the stomach, and coating snap feeling mid palate with some spice. Strangely I get a feeling for summer sausage when having this beer. I want paprika with this.

Overall alright but sort of pedestrian. Feels like a food beer than for casual drinking for me. It will do.

Photo of zhanson88
4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a medium amber color with about a finger of off-white head forms that has pretty average retention and minimal lacing. Some carbonation is present, but not a whole lot.

Smell: Funk and mustiness are present, but not real strongly. A bit of sourness as well, and quite a bit of oak, along with some darker fruit character; possibly plum and/or currant.

Taste: The plums and currants come out first, followed by strong mustiness and acidity. Out of Temptation, Supplication and Consecration, this beer is assuredly the most sour. A definite lactic sourness noted that is biting, and combines with the oak character very nicely. This is absolutely the highlight of this beer.

Mouthfeel: This beer is definitely medium bodied, but is lacking a bit of carbonation for my taste. Fairly low for the style, but still good. Overall, a good wild ale that really satisfies if you're looking for something sour. I wish the other aspects of this beer were as good as the taste, because it is good.

Photo of snaotheus
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz corked bottle split into three samplers

Pours a nice dark rubyish color, with only a little head. Smell is sweet and sour, and in a little way, quite wonderful. Maybe some dark grapes, maybe a little cherry.

Taste is very tart, a little plummy, a little dark bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin, a little filmy. Overall, I'm enjoying this more than the Sanctification in the other glass.

Photo of messyhair42
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review on BA. This beer is so outstanding I feel I must review it.

Appearance: Poured into an oversize red wine glass, pours red-brown with a thin head that disappears quickly. Using a headlamp to give it some backlight reveals a steady stream of bubbles rising to the top

Smell: Leather funk, and like spontaneously fermenting raspberries.

Taste: Like it smells, tart on the back of the tongue, caramel sweetness. I've had barrel aged beer and brett soured beer before, but never together, and this is nothing like I've tasted in either case. Its complexity changes as it warms to room temperature; the currant flavors come out more and the sourness is much more pronounced. it develops a creamy softness that balances out the flavors. the 10% alcohol is completely masked by the other flavors and textures. has a very long finish that tastes like a full bodied cabernet. the finish is complimented by a well aged asiago and a single sip of Islay single matl scotch

Mouthfeel: the carbonation tickles the tongue almost as much as the sourness.

as a whole this beer is amazing, will probably drink again as a special occasion.

Photo of eclaycamp
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had the opportunity to have this on three separate occasions. Once at GABF, and twice at home with some bottles I was able to find while out there. The beer at first is unassuming. It pours a cloudy, hazy, mahogany with a small, tiny head. Then you smell it. Smell is oaked funk. Very sour, with a sufficiently huge aroma. First taste is an explosion on the tongue, with a huge sour note exploding outwards midway through the first taste. Wow. That's really all I can say. Must be tasted to be believed. The standard bearer for sour beers. . Pliny gets all the press but this beer deserves all the accolades - and more. Most assuredly up there with my favorites of all time.

Photo of Marty30
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle served at 55 degrees,poured into a snifter.Batch 5 I believe.

A. Big pop as I take out the cork,Pours a beautiful ruby red,especially held upto the light.Very clear and lots of carbonation.A one finger head leaves as quickly as it came and left no lacing what so ever.

S. Big red wine smell, sour grapes pucker my mouth before I even taste (I'm a sour greenhorn) in anticipation.Definately picking up the oak in the nose,And A bit of the alchohol.

T. At first very sour and dry! I can't explain to much I do get some of that barn yard smell along with sour grapes. What I like best is it mellows out in the end with the oak.

M. Medium feel is nice. prickly carbonation stings the pallet.

Overall this is only my second sour ever and I enjoyed it quit a bit.I have another in the celler, interested to see what age does to it.Try this if you have not tried it yet.

Photo of Kemmerlin
4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: medium brown reddish color with a light creamy colored head unfiltered and full bodied look.
S: so many aromas...black licorice, raspberry, currant, Belgian like yeast, and the sourness comes in the back of the nose.
T: a sour raspberry cocoa blend a bit of nuttiness and like banana at the end.
M/D: crisp and dry like a fine wine never had that from a beer. All this blends together well and creates one very drinkable beer.

Photo of oline73
4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on-tap at Capone's during the Russian River event. Poured into a goblet. This was Batch 1.

Appearance: Pours an opaque reddish brown color with a layer of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Sour fruity vinegar with a hint of sweetness. I'd say it is very wine like.

Taste: Just like the smell, I'm picking up sour fruit and vinegar notes, but much smoother here than in the smell. I can taste oak, and red wine. All the flavors are in perfect balance. The finish is warm from the alcohol, very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly mild carbonation. The finish is dry and woody.

Overall: I haven't found a sour beer that I like better than this one. The flavors are so well balanced, and the alcohol isn't anywhere to be found. Very smooth.

Photo of aglose45
4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001 on tap at Capone's

A: Pours a very dark brown with a cherry hue. The head is ivory to tan colored, and leaves a thick lacing on the walls of my glass.

S: Funk up front, leaning towards barnyard, not much leather. The signature 'Tion aroma follows the funk. The currant and raisins wrap up the nose and give it a nice balance.

T: The funk and sour are muted compared to the nose. There fruit flavors are muted a little, but what has seemed to have faded the most over time is the funkiness. More recent batches have a more pronounced flavor.

M: Medium bodied, with nice prickly carbonation, and a lingering sourness.

D: This is a great beer, but not as good as fresher batches, IMO.

Photo of socaltay
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is very sour with notes of fruit. The appearance is a brandy color with red hints coming through. The taste is sour, but in the best way possible. It is a perfect example of a wine-barrel aged beer. My favorite sour ale at the moment by far. Hopefully my local store will have some more soon. Russian River Brewing really has their act together with a great variety of top notch beers coming out, I have yet to be disappointed.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.75/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375ml corked and caged bottle. Batch 005X2F...

A - Pours an amber/brown with a one finger tan head that dissipates almost immediately...

S - Smells of various fruits; cherries, green apples, and mixed berries. Don't detect any heat in the scent...

T - The cherries and mixed berries from the scent come through with a little oak. Ends on a tart note with some heat making an appereance. Abv is noticeable, but is not over the top. Very smooth and well ballanced...

M - Medium bodied with lots of carbonation...

O - Not my favorite style, but something I enjoy from time to time. Glad I finally tried this one. Solid example of the style, and something I will be definitely be picking up again...

Cheers...

Photo of avaccani
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 004X2

Poured into a New Belgium Tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear Mahogany with a very small off white head that vanishes into a fine ring that follows the glass down.

S - I am getting some Brett funk, leather, barnyard, some dark fruit, figs, plum, and a touch of oak.

T - Sour, Tart, Puckering Tart, oakey, and fruity in that order. Sourness starts off on first sip, followed by a nice tartness that increases until it puckers you. Then some of the oak is shining through followed by the dark fruit. Simply amazing. An incredible showcase of flavors.

M - On firt glance your thinking full bodied, but this is really light on the tounge. Very deceiving on carbonation. The sourness makes you feel like it has alot of carbonic bite, when in reality it is very lightly carbed.

O - This is the best sour I have ever had. The complexity is overwhelming. This is so masterfully crafted that it rivals the finest Bordeaux blends. This should be on every beer lovers bucket list.

Photo of jradams76
4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade from Beerdy! Thanks!

A: Nice dark amber color. Leaves a small ring of white head

S: You can smell the sourness and the hints of fruits with this one.

T: First sip is sour, sour and guess what more sour. Dry fruit follows once you get accustomed to the tartness. A hint of the fruit sweetness gets through but then followed by the sourness.

M: I imagine I was drinking a dry red wine instead of a beer.

D: A great sour that is pretty dry. This was my first sour which I was excited about and scared about if I would like it. Cant wait to try more sours!

Photo of Jesse13713
3.57/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks goes out to MadVermin who sent this as part of our trade! Seems a little short filled unfortunately.

Appearance - Much darker than the other Russian Rivers I've had. No head or froth upon pouring at all. The carbonation is hard to judge on this. Overall, an opaque deep red and brown color. Looks quite sweet and honestly a little flat.

Smell - A little sweeter side to the traditional sour smell of Russian River beers. Some light cherry and perhaps some other fruits as well. Light lemon in the distance. Definitely a heavy oak flavor all-throughout.

Taste - Sour and tart on the front. I immediately notice the translation of light cherries from nose to mouth. A fairly heavy lemon zest throughout; while retaining a certain amount of sweet fruit.The power of the lemon, ethanol, and carbonation are perhaps a little to much and cause some sort of upset in my throat. I very oddly taste chocolate in my mouth after the finish.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - My initial response after my first drink was that this was a heavy-bodied beer. But it soon mellowed out to be pretty average-medium bodied. Sour and tart with a hint of sweetness. Heavy carbonation becomes clear upon my first drink. Slight sourness left on the lips. Nice to sip and enjoy. Ethanol is hidden quite well but stands out at times. I think I would prefer sanctification over this one.

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 4,338 ratings.