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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,043
Reviews: 1,044
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
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Gots: 1,267 | FT: 88
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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 gpioski
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my very first "sour ale":

Menu says American wild ale with currants and aged in oak barrels.

A- dark red-brown. no head. decent carbonation.

S- cherries. sourness. clear hints of pinot nior wine. oak aromas.

T- Really dry. Almost tastes like a glass of wine. Can definitely taste the wine notes from the barrel. cherries/grapes/currants. Very tart and sour. No traditional beer flavors present.

M- nice texture. definitely bites back with dryness. nice carbonation. tart, but refreshing. also has a bit of alcohol bite.

D- Tasty and refreshing, but ABV makes it a bit difficult to have more than one...

Awesome, but definitely an acquired taste. My wife liked it, but one of the other wives hated it. Hop heads might not like it.

gpioski, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, served in a flute

Arrived at my table with an almost completely faded yellow head that fell to just a thin layer of foam and left some stray lines here and there. The body sat a translucent, dark mahogany and had streams of bubbles moving swiftly to the top of the glass.

The aroma is lacking a little punch. Oak and caramel with balsamic notes dominating. Some dark fruit skins are apparent, but lay low, along with some old leather.

The fruit comes out to play much more so on the flavor, balancing out the acidic, tart, balsamic flavor. Dark cherries, red and green grape skins along with oak woodiness and a finish of dry tobacco. The flavor profile reminds me a lot of red wine. Deep, vinous fruits, tart and a dry, tobacco/leather finish.

The alcohol is well buried here. Light to medium body with prickly carbonation and a light, crisp, dry finish. I liked how the finish was more fruit and leather than balsamic.

For the style, I found this to be amazingly drinkable. The tartness never overwhelmed, and the dark vinous qualities were able to shine through, bringing a welcome balance.

ColForbinBC, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 001X2 750ml bottle into a big tulip twice watching the Breaking Bad premiere. Bottle date is 12/26/08 so this is at about 15 months in the bottle. Review #600. I reviewed this off tap but wanted to get a bottle version in.

Dark dried blood brown out of the bottle, once layered in the glass, Consecration casts a deep dark mahagony brown and appears ruby red mixed with iced tea brown. Champagne like medium tan loose bubbled foam rose up buzzing with vigor yet it dwindles quickly with the same amount of vigor. No lacing from this, which I always get off the tap.

The smell on this is heaven, 15 months worked out the kinks and this is exibiting true integration with the fruit, yeast, malt and wild bug additions. The currants while faded are still a pleasure to sniff while it's backed by some Belgian abbey yeast. Chocolate from the malts which are just coming out and a certain kind of funkiness on the light side.

Bang, zoom, to the moon, this is where it's at. Up front sqeezed currant juice mixed in with some sweet malt and accidity on the tounge. Tastes of chocolate, figs, tobacco and some wild yeaat playing nice with with the Sauvignon taste, which is marvelous and my second favorite wine barrel beer behind Temptation. The wine influence just builds with time and with the 15 months on this bottle, the wine has taken front stage with the currants fading. A funky Wine beer with fruit influence in the back, I like it.

Pretty tame on the mouth when cold out of the bottle or tap for that matter but overall this is acidic, funky, mildly tart and fruity. A nice step above medium with perfect carb thats crisp at times, non existant at times, and a beast at times with sharp pricks to the tounge depending on temp and what portion of the bottle your drinking. At times my mouth got hot for a few seconds but that's it. Towards the end of the bottle the dregs kind of muted the acidic nature of Conse. A lot of variations on feel of this beer and I think Batch one is perfect, or near perfect.

Try to drink a aged bottle of this to yourself sometime, it's a treat and goes through many changes over three hours. The wine is huge, the funk is light, the fruit is fading but still large. This got me a pretty tipsy. I'm feeling this 10 percent, this is drinkable, but it will do damage, I can't wait for the smaller bottles. I plan to drink the rest of my batch 1 bottles in another 15 to see where this goes.

BARFLYB, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of cbutova
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The third RR beer I tried at TJs in PA yesterday. Could this day get any better? Another awesome wild ale. Served in the same glass as Supplication, oversized flute like shape. Comes out with a dark red-brown color which light can get through, not much. The head and cloud are missing but I have never really seen a wild ale with one. The ring around the edge leaves sticky suds behind but no real lacing. The smell is a very nice blend of oak wood and sour lambic. Some dark toasty/caramel malt shines through leaving me with a very interesting beer ahead of me. The taste comes down to sour fruit, oak and brown ale malt hints to me, in a very nice way. The sour and barrel wood notes compliment each other very well and the brown ale malts help back up the sour nicely. Not very complex to me but very cool and creative. Mouthfeel is nice. Moderate body with moderate carbonation and good cream. Not as solid as Supplication but still very nice. A coat of sour oak and malt is left on the tongue. This one gets very sour to me after a while, one glass is the perfect quantity for this great beer. The price was awesome and so wasn't the flavor. RR is great to me so far.

cbutova, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of IrieJackalope
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this on a recent trip out to the RR brewpub in Santa Rosa. $22/bottle, but after trying a few glasses of the stuff at the pub I knew it was well worth the price.
I poured it into my Russian River goblet and was greeted by the tangy smell of Brett and the other wild yeast that Russian river uses to make their sours pack the punch they do. The color is deep, deep red, almost purple. Aromas of sour fruit, currents mainly, waft from the glass. The taste is just as lively and tangy as the smell, perhaps even more so. There's also a good deal of wine flavors here, in addition to the yeast and fruit elements. Surprisingly drinkable for a ten percent beer. This was the beer that made me fall in love with sours, and every time I drink it the moth puckering sensation reminds me of why I will never look at beer the same way again. This is an absolute must for sour fans, and highly, highly recommended for adventurous souls looking to break away from the usual.

IrieJackalope, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of afausser
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: A loud pop as it's uncorked. Pours into a Brooklyn tulip as if it's quite alive, with about two fingers of very volatile and quickly dissipating head. Heavy soda-like carbonation is evident from the bubbles, and is, I'm certain, the only reason there's any bubbles around the edge of the glass, and in fact, across the top of the glass. I'm curious to see how this one will hold up after sitting out for a bit--right now it seems to be something to be contended with. The color itself is almost mahogany, but it's slightly closer to brown tones than red ones. The brew is dark, but clear--just hard to see through because of the depth of tone. How fascinating.

Smell: As I've been writing the appearance notes, the smell has diffused into the rest of the room and I can smell it from several feet away. Smells amazing--sweet and sour all at once, and particularly reminiscent of sour power on sour skittles (down to the little bit of sugar that is throw into that mix). White vinegar notes are also heavily present, and quite mouth-watering, as well as sweet and sour cherries, slight red wine, and balsamic vinaigrette. Below the surface are slight leather and tobacco notes, as well as a bit of oak. Slight chives in the smell.

Taste: Excellent sour taste that manages to blend in wonderful vinegar notes without being overwhelming and tasting like straight white vinegar (though I don't necessarily mind those, either...). A lot of dark and earthy notes--bitter tobacco, leather, earth, and oak--are nicely blended in, and I'm getting a lot more fruit out of it than i did in the nose--sweet and sour cherries, grapes, raisins, bitter cranberries. A LOT of red wine notes in this one--which I suppose makes sense given the barrels. Slight bitter aftertaste that makes the darker notes and red wine stand out as more prominent. I don't want to understate the sour notes, as they're definitely there, but this is so extremely well-crafted that the complexity and depth of the other notes is almost surprising. Gets sweeter as it warms. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is very nice. The intense, soda-like bubbles mentioned in the appearance are not nearly as daunting as they appeared. It's nearly perfectly--if not undercarbonated. Slight very pleasant aftertaste as described above. Light to medium bodied and goes down smoothly and quickly.

Drinkability: Drinkability is extremely excellent given the 10% ABV. Extremely well crafted and delicious, and the alcohol is not at all apparent.

afausser, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of SirSketch
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A fluffy head with large bubbles fades quickly. Foggy crimson color with some darker highlights.

S - The aroma has all the complexity of a Belgian sour along with a decent malt nose. The cab sav and currants blend perfectly to add to the complexity.

T - Great interplay of sour and malt characteristics. Tart as a Rodenbach Grand Cru, but leaves you with a sweet aftertaste with still being dry somehow. Tartness and bubbly carbonation reminiscent of champagne. Subtle oak rounds out the flavor.

M/D - Dry and sticky. Fills out the mouth then washes it clean. Overall, an absolutely fantastic beer! Different aspects of this beer seem to contradict one another, but somehow combines to make one intricate beer.

SirSketch, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001 cellared in cold storage.

Forceful pop from the cork, made it a few yards into the other room even :D Gunsmoke emitted from the bottle, thankfully not a gusher. The tawny brown beer produced an uprising of tan foam, that was fizzy and fairly short lived. It faded to an ever present ring that clung to the edge.

Damp leather, tobacco, slight brown sugar and balsamic sweetness in the nose. Reminiscent of best-in-class Oud Bruins like Oerbier Reserva and Haandbaak. Fairly restrained wildness, pretty accessible to the wild/sour ale novice.

Sustained tartness at first, moving into sour territory before dissipating quickly. Lingering aftertaste of leather and tannic dark fruit skins, currant and black cherry. Dry mild oak and wine grapes imparted from the Cab barrels. Pretty clean and full of sour fruitiness. Well carbonated, lending to an effervescent feel.

Paired with cheese, the acidity is more obvious, and scrubs the palate clean.

emerge077, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of samie85
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on 2/27/10 at Falling Rock Tap House.

A- Pours a nice mahogany color with a little bit of white head.

S-Acidic and cherry with some oak notes.

T-Dry and acidic cherry sour with some earthy, clay-like flavors that I also found in Temptation. It tastes like what wet clay smells like.

M- It has a wine-like dryness that kind of sticks with you and it's well carb'ed.

D-Not as easy drinking as Temptation due to the dryness, but still a great beer.

samie85, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of MrDanno96
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Started with a big fluffy head, but quickly dissipated to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. A deep amber color that appears to be a dark brown if not held up to light.

S: Slightly acidic with lots of sour dark cherry - can't wait to taste it!

T: A great mix of sweet berries (cherry, raspberry) and acidic sour. Incredible balance between the two. Some earthiness comes through in the finish as well - tobacco and leather, reminiscent of a dry French red wine.

M: Borders on medium body with a long dry finish. Some puckering sourness lingers on the tongue.

D: Not quite as good as Supplication, but still a great concoction. A great brew to sip on and appreciate.

MrDanno96, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a snifter as final beer at the Lion's Pride's Belgian Beer Dinner (past of their first Belgian beer Fest). It is a clear beer with a dark plum color. There isn't much head, just a thin off-white ring of foam where the beer touches the glass. The nose is just amazing, with notes of port, sherry and a bit of wild, sour yeast. I can taste sour grapes, both white and red; each has a distinct flavor profile. There is a warm alcohol ester aftertaste. It tastes incredible. There is a medium body with a ton of carbonation. The alcohol vapors feel great. The carbonation and sour flavors leave a little tingle on my tongue after I swallow. As a single glass pour, the beer is very drinkable. If I ever found myself in possession of a full bottle, I'd want to split it with a friend.

ToasterChef, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of csmiley
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Batch 001x2. Served in Russian River tulip.

A - Pours mostly dark brown with a fair amount of garnet that shows around the edges. The tan head come to about an inch before quickly receding. It ends up a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing is moderate. Overall this is a good looking brew that makes me long for a 4.25 rating option.

S - Sweet with cherry up front. Could be some white grape mixed in as well. Notes of fig and alcohol also prominent. Alcohol is not overwhelming though. Shows signs of bread and granola midway to end. Light oak comes through at the very end. Another wish for the old 4.25 button here.

T - Very tart out of the gate. Green apple, grape and sour cherry all come through in one way or another. Alcohol is definitely in the flavor but seems muted against pretty big tart and sour front end. It has a nice musty wet hay / farmhouse middle going for it. Mild wood flavors seem to come and go throughout. Some of the malty flavors finish it up. Caramel and fig mostly. Very nice, overall.

M - Medium bodied with a very active carbonation level. The tickling on the palate works well for this beer. It almost has a champagne feel to it. Finish is bone-dry and tart at first. Then a touch of sweetness comes into the mix as well.

D - Drinkability is very good. Very, very nice balance of flavors in this brew. 750ml? No problem. One would never guess this one at 10% until it was probably too late. Didn't really know what to expect opening this one up and I must say I'm pleasantly surprised. The initial tartness is a blast at first but quickly drops to a moderate level that just...works. Very happy I got the chance to try this one out.

csmiley, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of alpinebryant
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

002x2 6/18/2008 3/31/2009 Abbey Ale Yeast Rockpile

Pours a dark cherry red with very clear body, a white head that laces around the edges and stays.

Smell of sour cherry, brettynomyces, oak, grapes , currants, and raisin.

Taste of currants mixed with grape juice, a non educated beer drinker could think it passes as a wine. Extremely tart and sour flavors from wine barrel aging with 4 different strains of wild yeast, this beer is very complex and tasty. Where some wild beers taste slightly offensive, this one tastes delicious and has balanced flavors where one particular side doesn't overshadow the other flavors, oak perhaps being the strongest. Wine barrel aging, lacto, and fruit additions all complement the flavors in this delicious treat.

alpinebryant, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of BeerGodz
4.97/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On Tap @ Monk's Cafe

Look: Deep crimson, slight haze, thin head with little lacing

Smell: Brett funk, dark fruit, caramel, oak, and malt

Taste: Up Front: Lemon zest, white grape, malt. Finish: brett funk, oak at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a light/medium carbonation. It got even creamier as it warmed up!

Drinkability: Tart, incredibly smooth, and refreshing! Does not get more drinakble than this?

Overall Impression: This was the first Wild Ale I've had since Victory's Wid Devil - a beer I disliked so much I almost dumped it. Almost. Having said that, I was unsure how this would beer would go over with me. Upon the first sip, my skepticism was gone! This is without a doubt the most complex beer/ale I've ever tasted!!! First the aging in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels was obvious. The brett was a perfect compliment to the complexity of this amazing ale. It's kinda like a cross between a wine and a beer, and not a cheap version of either. If this is not Nectar of the Godz, I don't know what is.

BeerGodz, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of Patrick999
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 002X3. I've had this before, but this is the first time I've had a bottle all to myself.

Poured into a thin Ommegang goblet. Burnt red with a tan head that recedes to a thin ring.

Rush of apple orchard aroma as soon as I pop the cork. Apple and a lot of grape from the cabernet barrels. Smells powerfully vinous with some leathery Brett character as well.

One sip...yes indeed, this is still one of the best sours out there. Actually, to simply call it "a sour" is to do it a bit of disservice. It's sour, but only moderately so, blending very well with the woody vanila, dak fruit and wine tannins. Generally on the dry side, but this particular bottle is slightly sweeter than I remember it being. That's OK, though, I'm not complaining. ABV-wise, you do sense that this is a huge beer at 10%, but you don't really taste it. Warming and in the aftertaste, a goosey/fishy character that I sometimes get with big cabernets.

Airy, spiky feel. A little acidic burn on the way down the gullet.

At this level, drinkability is pretty good, though it certainly will take some time to down the 750.

Patrick999, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of prototypic
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch #001x2

Many thanks to guinnessdoc for his efforts in getting this bottle. You went out of your way for me, Josh, and I won't forget it.

Consecration pours a dark cherry color. It's very clear and looks a little scarlet with backlighting. An active, tan head covers the top. It simmers down quickly and leaves very little lace behind.

The nose is interesting. Initially, it smells quite vinous and features strong grape and cherry notes. Light dark fruit notes of raisin and prune are noted. There's even a bit of a berry scent noted. Oak is very prominent. Suffice it to say that its aging in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels made quite the impact. It smells earthy and musky, but the presence of Brett isn't overly apparent. There's a mild funky smell, but it's subtle. Alcohol is masked very well. I'm not getting much for a 10% beer. Bottom line - Consecration is very deep, complex, and delicious smelling.

The flavor keeps the pace. It kicks off with an explosive mix of berries, dark fruits, and sour cherry. It's a phenomenal combo. There's a sour, vinegar-esque flavor, but it's only moderate in terms of intensity. I wouldn't characterize it as ultra-sour. Oak adds a lot of character to the flavor. Earthy and musky notes linger throughout. Brett adds a touch of funkiness to the mix, but it plays a bit part in this grand act. Saying the flavor profile is deep and complex is really an understatement. But, it's impressive in that all of those flavors shine. It's not convoluted at all. Everything comes through. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but isn't strong by any stretch. This is very impressive stuff.

The body feels light/medium. Carbonation is active, but the bubbles feel light. It's very creamy and smooth. Drinkability is as high as it gets, especially for a Wild Ale of its stature. This stuff goes down like a dream. It's difficult to sip because it's so damn tasty.

I approached Consecration with quite a bit of skepticism. I recall hearing how much it blurred the line between wine and beer. Personally, I don't think that's the case. It's very much a beer, and that's not a close question. It has some vinous qualities, but they complement its Wild Ale qualities rather than compete with them. Russian River really has a special creation with Consecration. I don't know how the other batches stack up, but this one's a dandy. Do yourself a favor and seek it out.

prototypic, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml. bottle. Batch 003x3. No bottling date listed on the label. Thanks to 7ways for the trade on this one! Poured into a Russian River Belgian style glass.

A: Deep crimson hue with a thick off-white head that settles rather quickly. Lacing and head retention are minimal, as expected, but carbonation is fierce.

S: Barnyardy funk shows up first, but it's soon overtaken with some sour currant, caramel malt, and toasted oak. Hops are almost non-exixtent here.

T: Much like the aroma, but more. Hints of cherry, cassis, and spice dominate, while caramel-like malt lies behind. The brett adds earthiness, along with some funk. It's what I would call "terroir driven." Finish is quite tart, dry, and the influence of cabernet can be noticed.

M: Rather full-bodied for the style. However, one wouldn't notice it's strength just by sipping it. Flavors are complex, and the finish lasts a lifetime.

D: I could drink this one everyday if I had access to it. It's probably in my top five brews of all time. If beers were to be classified like wines, this would truly be be at the top tier. Russian River is the Domaine Leroy or DRC of beer.

WYVYRN527, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a 1/2" off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a mild sourness in the nose along with a nice barrel aged aroma. The crystal malts seem to mellow the overall sourness. The taste is more laid back as well. It's easy drinking. I cannot believe this is a 10% abv. beer. I could drink this all night. It has a more moderate sourness than Beatification. It's also a darker beer with some crystal malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is very drinkable. It's tasty and not overly "wild".

WesWes, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of Tdizzle
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3

A- Poured into a Bruery tulip glass, Consecration pours a clear, deep reddish-brown color. A flash of hissing off-white foam quickly dissolves to a bubbly ring along the inside of the glass, leaving no lacing behind.

S- Acidic tartness is backed by pronounced notes of oak barrel and red wine. The black currants impart a nice dark fruit character to the aroma and the high alcohol content yields a touch of heat. There's a slightly vegetal, earthy quality to the smell that I can't quite pin down.

T- The taste is intensely sour, though it's more of a citrus fruit sourness accented by vinegar. Notes of oak barrel and earthy red wine break through the puckering tartness right before a lightly dry finish leaves flavors of ripe dark fruits on the palate. The initial sourness is far more intense than Supplication or Temptation, but this sourness tapers off quicker as the backing flavors take over. The 10% ABV is well-hidden.

M- The feel is full-bodied with a good amount of active carbonation bubbles.

D- The flavor is sublime, but Consecration lays a bit heavier on the stomach than Russian River's other sours due to the 10% ABV, the highly acidic sourness, and the richer dark fruit element. Still, I was easily able to navigate my way through two large pours of this complex beer.

Tdizzle, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of jdense
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Saraveza 2.18.10 poured into Chalice, good size pour (12 oz.).

Minimal head, quick dissipation, no lacing to speak of. Dark amber body. Faint dried fruit in the nose, little hop presence. Taste is of tart dried cherries, no noticeable hops, a bit of funk (Brett?) pucker powered brew. Dry attentuated finish. At this ABV not sessionable, one is enough, but quite drinkable. Not quite in the league of Cascade Brewing/Raccoon Lodge, but this was a very tasty sour, certainly worth seeking out for fans of the style.

jdense, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of Damian
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz./750 ml bottle
Batch 001X3
Acquired in a trade with BrewerB
Served in a tulip

The beer poured a nearly clear, chestnut brown color with orangey-red tinges when held to the light. The frothy, bubbly, light tan, one-finger head displayed terrific retention. Drops of lacing cascaded down the sides of the glass with each sip.

The aroma instantly hit me with a blast of tartness. Quite sour and acidic. Dark, woody and slightly leathery. Berry-like. A touch musty and funky, but the funk was rather restrained (compared to the sourness).

The flaxor profile was quite similar to the nose. Earthy and fruity with distinct oaky, red wine-like notes. (Apparently this was from the Cabernet Sauvignon barrel aging.) Super tart, particularly on the back end. Acidic with notes of balsamic vinegar. A subtle, berry flavor was also noticeable. The finish was very oaky, tannic and dry. As the beer warmed, some caramel malt sweetness appeared up front.

The mouthfeel was light and fluffy. Creamy and frothy with a crisp, sprightly effervescence.

Despite the intense, acidic sourness of this brew, I found it to be quite drinkable. Frankly, I was blown away by the fact that this is a 10% ABV wild ale. Quite impressive alcohol masking.

Although I enjoyed this beer, it was not quite as full-flavored or as complex as I was hoping it to be. Regardless, this is another noteworthy release from Vinny and company at Russian River.

Damian, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of willjschmidt
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle (batch 001X4) into a Russian River barrel aged beer glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a red hue. A fizzy head quickly fades.

S: Wine, vinegar, sour fruits.

T: Sour cherries, tart and sour finish. It's pleasantly sour. I probably would not have picked up the currants if not printed on the bottle. A bit of oak. Slightly sweet undertones.

M: Very high carbonation.

D: I'm typically not too big a fan of Russian Rivers sour ales but this one was my favorite.

willjschmidt, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of yourefragile
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

10.5 oz pour into a tulip at Union Jack's. One of these times I'll do a more thorough review from a bottle, but this will suffice for now....

This is a great beer for catching wine enthusiast's or non-beer believers off guard in what they think a beer can be. Glass is filled carefully and slowly to the lip, leaving no room for a head and initially served a little too cold. Color is a murky, reddish brown, fairly clear and viscous looking. Strong vinous aroma, balanced and alternating oaky, mild vanilla sweetness with acidic funky dark fruit sourness. Flavor is deep, dark and complex. At colder temps the sour and funky dominates ripe apple, cider-like, tart cherries, berries, Brett-funk, etc. Warming up this becomes much more complex as the sweeter wood flavors reveal themselves and turn this into even more of a sipper. Sharp mouthfeel, fuller bodied and moderate carbonation and lingering finish, relatively dry. I still prefer Supplication to this, but that's not really a bad thing. Not easiest to approach of the RR wilds if you're not a fan of the style, but if you are this is exceptional.

yourefragile, Feb 16, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap into a Chimay goblet at the Bier Stein in Eugene.

Beautiful dark red color, quite similar to the bottle. No head whatsoever. Very unique looking beer.

Smell is black cherry a little booze, overall surprisingly subtle, and I would have expected a little more funk.

Taste is much like the smell, black cherry with great smooth sourness up front. Hardly any funk present. Finishes with complex sourness and a subtle aftertaste.

Surprisingly fizzy, the texture that you would expect from a 10% beer. You can smell the alcohol, but it is completely masked in the flavor.

I have yet to fully enjoy a sour experience, so maybe its just not my thing.

YOOJ, Feb 15, 2010
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4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky, Hellish red colour, brown mostly but with an ominous red tinge. Modest beige head sinks to a rim at the top. Lace is fairly nice, sticky sheets but not very clingy. Bit of cloud in the body. Nice colour, otherwise fairly impressive.

Lots of character on the nose - mostly sweet, with lots of fruit, berries and currants on there. A very sweet, almost creamy character comes up behind, a bit of caramel sweetness, some light toffee and some light milk chocolate notes. Also on there is funk, a hint of leather, pongy brie, barnyard animal notes. Lots of oak as well, and even some vanilla. Funk is slight - just a nice whisper lingering at the back of the nose, which is not just very nice - it's divine in fact. Superbly complex but balanced, just gives a lot without demanding. Incredible.

Taste is sour all over that. Starts off quite acidic, with a sharp citric twang to it, and the flavour of that continues to the mid without ever going overboard and being puckering, or painful. It's almost like the mid is 'cut off' by the flavour of the currants, which comes through fairly late but just in time it seems to clip off the puckering sourness. Really impressive effect with tart, underripe berries on the front, really seems painful, then a sweet-but-tart currant character and plenty of rich, fruity flavours on the back - prunes and currants and a big brandy alcohol warmth. Hints of oregano and other mixed herbs as well complete a really excellent, interesting palate profile. It gives you all the power of the funk but without the intensity or harshness. A challenging brew, but very, very enjoyable.

Slick and dry on the feel, really. Lots of body but never thick or syrupy, goes down well and although the puckering flavour is so expertly cut off, the sensation is still there, and the mouth feels a little sucked dry at the end. Good for the style though.

An excellent, extremely thirst-quenching, interesting, pleasant, beer. I could go on. An excellent choice to be my #500 review.

laituegonflable, Feb 12, 2010
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 4,043 ratings.