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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,416 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,416
Reviews: 1,067
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 1,480
Gots: 1,473 | FT: 110
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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 JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Lous Gueuze glass.

Pours a deep garnet with a thin, off white head that drops very quickly.

Aromas of sour cherries, horse blanket, some dark fruit.

Flavors of dark sour cherries, horse blanket.

Mouthfeel is bitter, dry and sour. Sourness is very mouth puckering.

Overall a very good wild ale.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful auburn color, mostly clear, not much head but there's some sparse lacing.

Very tart, funky and vinegary smelling, with overtones of cherries. Not much else is going on really, but it does smell wonderful!

Lovely tasting stuff. Very sour, with vinegary overtones, currants and cherries fill out the fruity flavors too, followed by a pungent sour brett funkiness.

Feel is pretty light and zesty, with high acidity and light carbonation, leaving a lingering sour cherry aftertaste. Not much alcohol taste for 10% ABV.

Another great Russian River beer. Not that much different from some of their other sours, but they all are quite delicious.

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

Had this at Toronado's 3rd anniversary. Love that place!
As a celebration for there anniversary they popped open a bottle of batch #2. What luck right?

So overall I really liked it. I wish I had other batches to compare to. This one is very sour some probably wont like how sour this is but I definitely would recommend if you love sours.

Smell was very similar to other consecrations very sour, tart, vinegar, I smelt a little creamy banana.

Color was red with little bit of brownish hues. good carbonation similar to other consecrations.

taste was sour, tart, creamy with a little bit of vanilla and tangy grape/cherry sourness with tingle on the back of the throat.

I had a Malhuer 12 before they gave us this and I had to finish it after the consecration, it gave the Malhuer a big hop characteristic which was kinda interesting. So i don't recommend tasting other beers after this one.

Thank you Toronados!

Photo of SDDanC
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 002 from 5L bottle

Pours an amber/ruby color with almost no head. just a tad lingered. Nose of wild cherry, wine vinegar, and vanilla. mouth feel is great, perfect amount of carb. taste of sour cherry and vanilla, almost a hint of white zinfandel in end to go along with the booze bite. i did not find this overly sour, it was balanced nicely with the wine/cherry/vanilla flavors

Photo of TheDudeRules
2.9/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my trusty Darkness snifter.

Batch 003 from a 750ml bottle.

Let me start by saying I know people go apeshit for this beer. I get that I am possibly a minority on not liking this style. The fact is, I rate a beer based on how it tastes to me. Style aside.

Pours a reddish ice tea color with a bit of off white head. Brett sour funk with a bit of vanilla note. Incredibly sour and tart. Puckering even. After I'm done praying this sip gets over with I do notice a booze bite on the backend. Overly tart and something I really don't wish to have again.

I'm getting stinkeye from the crowd on this one. Maybe rightfully so. Last I checked though I don't get mad if you dislike the ipa or stout in your glass.

Photo of HosP
3.66/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared a 750ml bottle at DLD with friends. Opened up a 375ml since I vaguely remember it before.

A- Pours brown in color, maybe hints of red almost ruby depending on the light. Very little head to speak of though.

S- Very strong notes of vinegar, tartness. Tough to get much else through it. Maybe hints of cherry, but very little.

T- Follows the nose pretty close. Lots of tart, brett, sourness up front and throughout. There is maybe some fruit, cherry taste sprinkled in. The tartness dominates the other flavors though.

M- Medium body, low carbonation. Very acidic and works over your throat.

O- Lots of sourness. The one I had a DLD didn't seem to be as sour, but has some age on it. Wouldn't be able to drink another bottle of this in the same night. Always fascinated with sours like this, try to pull out more flavors, this one was tough to do though.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Garnet red body with a bubbly head. No lasting head or lacing which speaks for the high ABV.

S: Obviously a sour and funky aroma with notes of currants, light oak, and cherries. Has a strong vinous quality to it.

T: Mouth puckering flavor. Flavors of cherries, white grapes, oak, brett, vinegar, a some currants. Very dry finish.

M: Very tannic mouthfeel; nice & bubbly carbornation; light to medium body.

O: I've been slowly getting myself into sour beers and this one was a nice one. Great representative of the style, but a sipper nonetheless. I can only handle one bottle at a time. More mild then some of the sours I've had which made this one more enjoyable for me.

Photo of Pencible
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 004x4
A: This poured a hazy dark copper with almost no head.
S: It smelled like musky oak and sweet currants and prunes, with some sour white grapes and wild yeast.
T: It tasted like puckering sour and tart currant and black cherry, with some wild yeast and sweet raisin and musky oak. It had a lasting clean and sour/tart aftertaste.
M: It was oily and slick with lots of natural carbonation. Very nice body.
D: This was a highly complex beer that was delicate but powerful. The scent and taste and body were all awesome. It wasn't overly puckering either, and the alcohol was undetectable (scary!), so this was very inviting to continue drinking. Could be aged for a long time, but very nice fresh. An excellent sipping wild ale, which I might enjoy over other Russian Rivers due to it's depth and balance.

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

Served on tap at the Russian River Brewpub into a snifter

A- Poured an opaque dark brown with ruby highlights with no head, but tiny carbonation bubbles around the top.

S- The aroma was very strong of a cabernet, it was pretty surprising at first, I did not expect the cabernet aroma to be some prominent. Also a nice sweet cherry aroma

T- Strong cabernet taste, strong very sour cherry taste, and dark fruit, and vinegar acidic notes

M- High acidity and very high carbonation, my tongue was in heaven

O- This beer is unlike anything I have had before. The wine characteristics were so prominent and the sourness and acidity of the beer made this a very tasty and memorable beer. This is the first beer my wife has ever enjoyed too, so I was pretty impressed.

Photo of birdman200
4.82/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Ruby red and dark mahogany color. Head dissipates fast, with minimal lacing.
S: Huge red wine and rye smell, with dried fruits. Absolutely phenomenal smell, unlike anything I've ever had before.
T: Huge cabernet sauvignon taste, dry like wine with woody taste (from barrels).
M: Huge carbonation, plays well with other nuances of the beer.
D: AMAZING. By far best beer I have ever had. For $17 for a 375mL it was totally worth it. Thank you Russian River.

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

375ml bottle, Batch 5. It was acquired in a recent trade with BrewerB, thanks again Brian! This beer pours a fig like brown with reddish/purple highlights and an off white head that laces the glass. It smells of tart cherries, currants, grape skins, and moderate brett funk. It tastes sour cherries, tree bark, tannins, brett, and light alcohol. It drinks medium in body for a wild with a moderate amount of alcohol, but for 10% it is well hidden. It has a sharp, dry finish. Overall this is definitely a fine beer but certainly not the best I've had to date.

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

Batch 5
served chilled into bruery tulip.

Color: A deep mahogany with shades maroon at the core. Forms a clear bubbly head that disappears quickly. No visual lacing left behind.

Nose: Sourness form the brett and other wild yeast and bacteria used to brew this beer. Dark cherries are evident along side the currants and faint tobacco. Oakiness creeps up toward the end.

Palate: Nicely carbonated makes for an easy drink. The abv is well masked through the beer, hardly noticeable. The dark cherry coat the tongue followed by little waves of oak and tobacco. The currants are not very evident here.

Finish: Long and a tad dry. Crisp with oak and cherry. Complex and drinkable, really well crafted beer with the right amount of sourness.

Rating: 94 out of 100. Not as good as Supplication or Temptation, but extremely solid.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with friends couple nights ago.

A: Dark reddish brown with a very bubbly off white head that dies quick to nothing. Plenty of carbonation evident.

S: Acidic lactic aroma with the bitter currants definitely featured. Some plums and cherries in there, the oak and wood tannins also poke through. Dark sour smell that we all love from Russian River.

T/F: Classic Dry Russian River Sour in Feel and Taste. Buttery oak, dark fruit, and sour lactic notes that make for a bitter back of the palate and a semi sour feel over all, not as much as I expected actually. A well carbonated medium feel and a taste thats lacking too much complexity or sweetness, but is definitely good.

O: Not my favorite from Russian River, but a nice beer overall still!

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 30 April 2011
Glass: Standard snifter
Type: 12fl oz corked and caged....batch 5? can't remember

Beer flight, taken from notes:

Appearance: Slightly cloudy cooper-brown, no head, no lacing

Smell: Touch of oak, (maybe cedar, don't know my woods super well), SOUR currants, spice

Taste: Not overly sour currant, some oak

Mouthfeel: Oak makes a great combo with the wild yeasts

Overall: Anyone could drink this forever. Excellent beer, great sourness.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Genghis22 for the bottle.

Batch 005x2F

Glowing deep amber colored body. Clear and free of sediment. Two finger antique white head is set atop. The head recedes rather quickly, slight ring left around the top. Very visible carbonation.

Very pleasant aroma. Currant, vinous aroma is rather prominent. The sweet aroma up front really balances out the sour vinegar like twang.

The flavor has an unexpected balance. The BSDA base is much more evident than what I would have imagined. Cracker malt, fig and tobacco flavors lie under the tart fruity bite. The sour flavor is biting up front but smooth out as the beer moves towards the back of the palate.

Medium bodied though lighter on the tongue. The carbonation is moderately high. The finish is quite dry and pleasant. Slight linger fruity tartness left lingering on the tongue.

Excellent beer. Flavors are a bit more layered than what I expected, retains the flavor of the base beer quite well. The higher Alcohol is well hidden, the 10% abv is barely noticed. This is just another reason I wish I had access to Russian River. Outstanding beer from a world class brewery.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review adapted from notes taken 10/19/10

Appearance: A rich amber brown color with a small beige head that turns into great lacing

Smell: Complex, to say the least - sour, funky, oak, hints of red wine and vinegar - a lot of strange smells at once but they work together very harmoniously

Taste: Remarkably, wonderfully sour - tart, with an interesting sharp level of funk - some fruits like cherries, figs, grapes - some dark fruit bitterness - consistently puckering - some malts in here, too - tastes more dark and cooked than some other sours I have encountered, which really sets this apart

Mouthfeel: I described this as "elegant and luxurious" and I stand by that - a medium body with some carbonation, super smooth

Overall: Another win for Russian River

This beer is fantastic. It shares some qualities with the other sours I have had (Temptation, Sanctification), but it has its own personality. It is a bit on the dark side, and I highly approve.

Update: 9/15/12

Another bottle... And this beer is magic. Just, magic. Dear Russian River: I love you.

Update: 11/10/13

Drinking batch 001x4. This is like a whole new beast. And it's amazing. I'm tempted to upgrade my ratings here (which are already stellar), but I guess that's not fair. This is the definition of epic.

Photo of joecast
3.92/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 005x2E poured into a chimay chalice.

Nice pop when the cork is released. Pour is quite lively, sort of the opposite of a big thick stout. Absolutely no head at all on this. A bit disconcerting but seems like it's not unusual. Carbonation is soda pop high. Color also is light brown soda. Quite light, almost orange when held to light. Fairly clear, the sediment has settled nicely at the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma has a nice mix of sour and sweet. Green apple cider, candy sweet tarts (yes, my vocabulary for describing this style is quite limited).

Very dry tart flavor. Not sour as such. Cider comes to mind again. Quite nice but not what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is very light and makes this easily drinkable. And the abv is completely hidden almost to the point that I would BS. Not in any way does this present like a 10% beer.

A bit disappointing and one dimensional after Supplication. Not sure if there is a recommended drinking temp for this style but a bit more sour kick comes through as it warms and it gets more of an overall presence which helps define the beer. Would like to try another bottle some day as this ones now gone. Enjoyable but didnt leave much of an impression.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml corked bottle from Tim. Batch 004x1-- that was bottled 2/2010, brewed 3/2009.

Appearance: Its a beautifully clear reddish-brown beer. There was some off white head initially with a hard pour, but it faded to nothingness in seconds. As it sits, its still, but attractive.

Smell: Sour and vinous. Dry cab sav aromas (currants and oak). Sour cherries and leather. Musty and with a touch of balsamic.

Taste: Quite sour and tannic, but neither quite cause a pucker. Sour fruit, dirty basement, and sweaty saddle. The cab sav is very assertive, but not overbearing in the way I found the pinot in Supplication. From the middle through the finish, echoes of the base beer-- maltiness and some phenolic spiciness-- are tasted. Finishes very dry.

Mouthfeel: Low level of carbonation. Sticky dry tannins on the tongue, like you expect with cab sav.

Drinkability: A delicious and complex sipper. The sour is assertive, but not overbearing, as is the wine flavor. As I said before, I thought Supplication was to wine-y, this one is just right.

Photo of DearthVader
3.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml poured into my Bruery tulip.

Pours brown with glowing amber tones around the edges. Poured aggressively and received nothing but a few bubbles. No head whatsoever, and also left no lacing.

Smell is of a tart berries. I can't really pick up anything else but it's still very nice even though it's lacking complexity.

Taste is of fig and sour sour berries. Again? Lacking in complexity but very enjoyable nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth. The Brett is definitely present, but not puckering. That's exactly how I like my sours. Also leaves a lingering tingle on the back of your tongue. Very nice.

Yet again a solid offering from RR!

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

A: a dark ruby read with high carbonation and about a 2 finger head

S: Mostly brett with a hint of cherries and oak

T: Lots of brett up front but who says thats a bad thing. Some oak and cherries come though, mild tartness, enjoyable.

M: Well carbonated, creates a nice puckering sensation. Hint of dryness

D: I love RR sours and initially this was my favorite. Seems like a fair amount of batch variation with consecration but nonetheless a great beer by RR

Photo of alexhahn82
2/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A. Meh
Smell Meh
Taste. Meh
Mouthfeel. Meh
Overall. Meh.

This is meant to be a valid criticism of this beer. This is a back to back tasting of Consecration and Supplication.

I openly challenge anyone and everyone to do a blind tasting of these beers. They are interesting in their own way, but all I see them as is a vessel to deliver the bitter strain of yeast that they have in common. This beer is nothing more than sour, you cannot taste the currants or anything. RR Cornered the DIPA.TIPA market with the Pliny's and is in search of a new thing, unfortunately it does not deliver. These beers are nothing more than sour.

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip on 5/6/11.

Pours a dark amber with beautiful amber hues when held to the light. Head dissipates quickly leaving no lacing at all.

Smells wonderfully tart with berries and funk, I like it but it lacks complexity.

Taste is absolutely mouthwatering. The sour funk has a wonderful balance with the sweet berries and tobacco musk. I have trouble enjoying sours but this is very exceptional and I really do enjoy this brew.

Mouthfeel is light in weight and has an awesome tingle that dances down the tongue leaving a resin aftertaste of tobacco.

Overall this is just great and I am going to stop writing now and just enjoy it while it lasts. Good RR, good job.

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

375 of awesomeness. Pours a reddish brown, only slightly hazed. 1 finger head that doesn't stay long. Aromas of red wine and oak and so much more. Taste is tart with the oak and red wine notes, slight vinegar aroma. Overall another very tasty sour one of the best I've had.

Photo of Airyk12
3.47/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a slight ruby tint. No head to speak of.

Smells tart, followed by fruit; cherries and currants, with strong vinegar.

Taste definitely follows the nose, with strong fruitiness and vinegar tartness. Too much brett... Hints of cherries and currants, but mostly vinegar. Alcohol noticeable, but not strong at all.

Highly acidic feel, with some carbonation. Not too smooth, but that's a sour for you.

After all the hype, including the price, I was unimpressed. I was expecting an eye-opening sour experience, and I got what I consider an average experience. Maybe some more aging would have improved it; I don't know. Just underwhelming all around.

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

A: The color is light brown with red hints when held up to the light. The head is off-white and quickly dissipates to a thin lace.

S: Right off the bat you can smell the tartness of this beer. Also present is some cherry notes with the slightest bit of a woodsy aroma.

T: The taste is much like the smell, a bit of a sour bite to it (as is expected). The cherries are probably the most dominate flavor in the beer but there is also hints of wood.

M: Light medium body with light carbonation. The feel is obviously sour.

D: This beer is sour, of course, but it is a very easy drink, unlike other sours out there. The 10% ABV is hardly noticeable, the beer is very smooth and well balanced.

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,416 ratings.