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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,143
Reviews: 1,046
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,397
Gots: 1,300 | FT: 89
Brewed by:
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 billshmeinke
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip at 50 degrees. Review 200! Batch 004x3.

A ruby amber color with bubble rushing to the top. One finger of white head that exhibits awesome retention. Not a lot of lacing left behind.

The smell is sour with vinous red grapes, vanilla, oak, tannins, and rose petals.

The taste is sour with dark cherries, vinous red grapes, vanilla, oak, tannins, raspberries, and a hint of tobacco. Some leafy hops in the background.

Fairly light on the palette which is surprising. Slick and oily. A bit mouth puckeringly sour.

I probably wouldn't want to drink a lot of this, mostly because of the price, but it is delicious.

billshmeinke, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Arbitrator for this one.

Bomber poured into Bruery tulip. Batch 003x1.

A- Pours a deep burgundy that lets a small amount of light in around the edges. A finger's worth of head that dissipates fairly quick and leaves no lacing behind.

S- Some funk and a good amount of oak. A little bit of leather and some tart cherries. Just a hint of alcohol sneaks out. Some dark fruits can also be found in there as well.

T- A big red wine presence right away. Some mellow oak and some sweet cherries. A nice bit of sour but not overwhelming. Maybe a touch of cranberry.

M- Lighter bodied with a nice carbonation. Very dry on the finish and like noted above, sour but doesn't make the mouth pucker.

D- A very complex beer that hides the 10% very well. Overall, great balance. Probably my favorite offering from RR thus far.

Wisconsinality, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one even tops Stille Nacht Reserve '96 as my all-time favorite beer...there is little I can say, other than to delineate its complexity thusly...Chocolate, coconut, currant, caramel, candied orange, coriander, celeriac, radish, the requisite horse blanket, and barnyard funk, rhubarb, lemon zest, lots of tobacco, black pepper, walnut, tangerine, acanthus leaf/bay leaf, cherry skin, strawberry, kiwi, balsamic vinegar, sweet cream butter, cigarette ash, kale, ginger, cardamom, Branston pickle, pineapple, and pink grapefruit are somehow all orchestrated meticulously, and even seamlessly, into the absolutely hands-down best beer I've ever had the delight to savor...the body is creamier than I've ever experienced in a sourale, and the 10% alcohol really allowed all those aforementioned flavors to blossom to their absolute fullest If any of you real beer aficionados get the chance to try this one, don't let the $22 price tag scare you off. After all, it's a 25.4 0z. dose, and, believe me, it's cheap for what it is.

Impfan, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split and paired with some fetalicious

Batch 001x1

appearance: slightly alarming label - poured into a few new glarus flutes, dark garnet-mahogany body, active fizzy tan head that recedes to nothing very quickly. active carbonation present

smell: lovely - cranberry, tart cherry, oak, currants, vanilla, funky brett

taste: I was a big fan of this one on my SF trip this past winter and am glad to have another bottle downstairs after this one. Tart fruits dominate the palate - cranberry, black cherry. The cabernet barrels provide a really nice vinous body with highlights of sharp oak and vanilla throughout. Russian River is my favorite domestic brewery - that's for sure.

mouthfeel: tart and lively, vinous with active carbonation

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of Exiled
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle - Batch 001x1

Pours a dark amber color with an off white head. Smell is sour, funk, brown sugar, raisins, vanilla, and oak. Taste is sour cherries, brown sugar, dark fruits, funk, and oak. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Overall this is another great sour from Russian River.

Exiled, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark iced tea color with an oily residue cap and no lacing.

S - Smells of sour/unripe cherries, funky yeast/bacteria, and slight vinegar.

T - Tastes of sour cherries, vinegar, and red wine (from the barrels it was aged in probably). Nice and sour and delicious.

M - Fizzy carbonation. Dry on the palate. Saliva inducing from the sourness.

D - Very, very good beer. I will definitely buy this again, but the price is pretty steep. Overall a great wild ale and another great beer from Russian River.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of axeman9182
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to psiweaver for sending this 375 ml bottle along from the west coast. Batch 004x2 indicates it was bottled on 2/3/2010, and it was poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours a rusty brown, with red highlights when held up to the light. What little off white head does form immediately fizzles out. Given the style of beer and the ABV though, this isn't really a surprise and I'll just focus on the gorgeous color of the beer. The nose was easily appreciable even as I first poured the beer, and it's an awesome mix of horse blanket funk and sweet dark fruits, with just a hint of vinegar skulking around as well. The straight up sourness of the beer is much more prominent in the taste, and especially while the beer is still cold it overpowers the fruits and funk. The balance does improve some as the beer warms. While not overly thick, the beer absolutely coats my mouth, and there's a subtle carbonation highlights the sour flavors. While the beer is plenty tart, it shows up on the front of the palate, so by the end of each sip I'm ready to go for the next one. In addition, there's no heat at all from the beer, impressive at 10%. A great beer from Russian River (in other words, par for the course for them), and one I'll be looking to acquire more of in the future.

axeman9182, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of Adamdc
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #004x4. Bottled on 3/25/09. Drank on 6/22/10. Poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Deep ruby body with quickly dissipating head. Very active carbonation. No lacing whatsoever.

S: Very woody, bretty aroma---the funk here is very nice! There's a pervading dark fruit aroma that must be from the currants---seems like raisins and cherries. There's a slight vinegar aroma lingering also.

T: There's a lot going on here and it's changing with each sip. There's no doubt about the barrel-aging here---lots of oak. The brett (again) is very nice and raisins, dates, cherries, plums and even a touch of lemon. Through all this I'm even getting some of the yeast. No perceived alcohol whatsoever.

M: I would say that the mouthfeel is thin to medium. The beer actually coats the palate somewhat but I wouldn't say that it's 'thick' by any means. Just right for the style.

D: Well, at 10% abv I'm not perceiving any alcohol and the 'sourness' is by no means 'over the top' so put me down for a few more. Very drinkable!

I haven't had alot of sours so I'm no expert but this was a very enjoyable glass of beer. The science behind these sour ales really amazes me. Thanks RR!

Adamdc, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of ChadQuest
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look is solid. large head that passes quickly, leaves a solid clear body that is amber. is the color of rich mahogony wood, deep and sophisticated.

Funky bretty smell, of dark fruits, from the currants i would assume, but they really do come through. woody and winey, bit of vinegar.

Starts off with a bit of sweetness and tart that mix around and then fade into a big sour dry aftertaste. leather and wood, grapefruit on the finish, green apples, dark fruit.

great high carb mouthfeel, and i could drink this all the time until the 10% gets me, which is the only thing keeping it from being a higher score there. lovely beer.

ChadQuest, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to hophead101 for sending me this bottle.

Batch 001x1, sampled June 19, 2010.

The beer pours a clear dark red color with a white head. The aroma is awesome. I get lots of brown sugar, oak, vanilla and a low amount of tartness. The flavor is brown sugar, medium tartness, dark fruits, vanilla and oak. Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel. This beer matured into a wonderful drink. It was tried alongside Sanctification, Temptation, Supplication and Beatification and I think this beer was easily the star of the show.

Mora2000, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of beardedpeter
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first review of anything:

Deep, clear, red-brown. Small, but deliberately present head.

Woody, mellow, with a hint of sour berry.

Of course sour, a bit of chard. oak, lager like finish, but cabernet complex.

Light and void-filling, igniting all sides of the tongue, perhaps providing a sense of 'what's been missing' due to its completely rounded flavor.

Both refreshing and complicated at the same time, every sip is a new experience. Admittedly sour, not initially for everyone, but will grow quickly on some. Pair with goat cheese on sourdough with fresh red grapes on the side. Complex like a wine, but refreshing.

beardedpeter, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of ricke
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 001x3.

Reddish brown with a medium-sized tanned/off-white head that leaves a lot of lacings.

The aroma is malty with a noticeable funky and lactic character. Notes of wet wood, mud, grass and tart fruit. A herbal note as well, perhaps anise.

The flavor is full with a nice malty foundation and tart fruit notes. Lovely tart currant flavors coupled with grass. Overall, the flavor development is really pleasant and integrated. The finish is very very dry considering the ABV, and has a light bitterness to it beneath a sour fruitiness.

Full-bodied and smooth with a semi-sticky mouthfeel.

This is a very impressive beer. Considerably sour and no sign of the alcohol, almost hard to believe it's 10%. Good craftsmanship.

ricke, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of hawks10
4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle - Batch 004X5, poured into my Russian River tulip...

Pours a truly beautiful dark brown/mahogany with nice ruby highlights...three fingers of light tan head forms and quickly vanishes into a tiny bit of white film hanging around on the top of the beer...

Slight tart aroma, mostly cherries with a bunch of the oak from the barrels coming through, it almost overshadows most of the tart and fruity aromas...A lot of barnyard funk comes forward when I swirl the beer a bit...

Dark and tart to begin...spicy and sour dark fruits gives it a dark wine characteristic. Dry from the oak, earthy and leathery, pretty good but nothing spectacular...

Medium bodied but sticky, decent carbonation makes for a lively drink. Lingering wine like sourness and a bit of spice...

Pretty good sour, a little heavier and darker than I usually like my sours, definitely prefer a fresh Supplication to a fresh Consecration...

hawks10, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of beagle75
3.35/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Tustin Brewing Company; a ten-ounce serving poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Clear, reddish-amber color with a small amount of white head that quickly diminishes to a patchy residue and ring of foam.

S: Weak ascetic odor with slight urea. While it sounds repulsive, the overall mildness of the smell keeps it from being overpowering.

T: Taste begins very sour and also fruity. The taste of wine is diminished and blends well with the other flavors of currants and stone fruits. An aftertaste rapidly sets in consisting of strong, assertive oak and bready yeast. The flavor of the yeast is noticeable in every sip and I find myself looking forward to it--not what I expected to find in this beer. There is no flavor of alcohol detectable.

M: Viscosity is thin but not watery or distracting. Moderate carbonation could be less, as it seems to exhaust the palate by the end of the serving.

D: This beer is truly a challenge, both in terms of alcohol content as well as flavor. It is most similar to another Russian River sour, Supplication. Neither drinks as easily as some other American-brewed sour brown ales such as The Bruery's Oude Tart or Jolly Pumpkin's La Roja. Be warned before you open a large bottle of this beer for yourself--you would have to love sours unconditionally to enjoy all 750 ml.

beagle75, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. 10% ABV, Serve in a tulip, Batch 003X1.

Thanks to Wisconsinality for bringing this one to the RR tasting!

A - Despite the tall pour, absolutely no head and no bubbles on top of the still slightly dirty brown amber color. Mahogany in the deep parts. The head could possibly be removed from the alcohol level.

S - Dark fruit holds up a lightly toasted amber malt aroma. The currants add a nice blend of fruitiness to the red wine hint that increases in strength as it warms up. The wine blends very well with the wild aroma of damp barrel and barnyard funk.

T - Very sour with a strong, almost overpowering tart funkiness. The cab barrel aging is almost overshadowed fully. Slightly fruitiness from the currants in the background blend well with the wine very nicely.

M - Medium-bodied with a strong sour-tart texture that's almost a bit too much. The lingering finish lasts forever and is fairly crisp with a harsh but complex kick.

D - This beer is fantastic but, damn, the sour finish and resulting sensation is harsh, even for a guy who loves sours. I'm thoroughly enjoying it but it is a a bit much to drink. Sharing the bottle is perfect.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes to wisconsinality for sharing this bottle with us.

Poured into my tulip the beer is a rusty brownish red with minimal head. Tiny flecks of soapy lace cling for dear life around the glass.

The aroma is mostly tart cherries. The wood is very pronounced with a good dose of booze that heats up my nostrils. Not much funk for a wild. The barrels must negate it.

The flavor is mostly tart cherry with a bit more funk than the nose. The alcohol is present in every sip but not so much that it offends. It has a very nice balance of sweet and sour.

Medium body with light carbonation. A touch dry in the finish.

Overall a bit more of a boozy kick is felt with this one compared to the other RR wilds. Still super drinkable and tasty.

beerwolf77, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of chalsk
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 4. Pours a deep amber brown color with a medium off white foam head. Has an aroma of vinegar and cherry. Has a sour, tart taste with hints of cherry, some grapes as well. Very excellent sour brew. I have been very impressed with this brewery. Ready to move to Cali and hang with Vinne. Just good stuff.

chalsk, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at resurrection ale house.

A- comes to me with no head. A hazy deep chestnut with a red glow.

S- murky dank fruit and funky wood. A background sweetness hidden in the murk. Slightly herbatious with some mint and thyme.

T- sour and woody with funky fruit and old buggy oak. Herbatious with thyme, oregano, some mint, grassy with some vineous hits. Long tart finish.


M- medium body and about the same in carb. Small bubbles at first them growing and exploding. Dry with a nice pucker.

D- how this pulls in at 10 abv ill never know but damn! Super good stuff and not to buggy, but can something be to buggy?

oglmcdgl, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ericfb18 or perhaps Beerzebub for the hook-up. I can't remember where this particular bottle came from.

A - It pours a cranberry-mahogany hue, slightly hazy, with a short-lived fizzy white head.

S - It smells certainly quite tart, with Band-Aid nuances and currant apparent and available. Similarities abound to dry reds like Chianti. Some alcohol on the nose. Reminiscent of Haandbakk, only less tart and insane.

T - Initially, it tastes quite sour, with much less fruit available in the gustatory than is present in the olfactory. As it develops, I start to appreciate it for being a very balanced sour, in terms of not too lactic, not too acetic, etc. Lingering Band-Aid towards the end, with a huge mouth-watering finish. Good stuff, not mind-blowing.

M - Dry and effervescent with a finish that bridges the gap between astringent and mouth-watering,

D - Very solid example of the style; not the best, but damn good.

ktrillionaire, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL corked and caged bottle split, poured into a tulip. Batch #002. Huge thanks to wisconsinality for sharing this!

(A)- Pours a deep and dark ruby red color. Produced an off-white head, but dissipated quickly down to nothing.

(S)- A light, but spicy red fruit aroma with a dry oakiness and a brief but present hay/straw/funk. Brief bits of vanilla and raisins here and there, but very subtle.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. Lively spicy red fruits with an oak dryness.

(M)- A big carbonation level with a good balance. Where is that big 10%ABV? Definitely integrated well. Spicy yet fruity at the same time.

(D)- Yet another great wild ale from Russian River! Stronger than the others, but still has that delicate yet pronounced funk and sourness. Great Stuff! The abv could really sneak up on you if you had a whole bottle of this to yourself.

sweemzander, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of coalcracker
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours without any sort of head. Just a little carbonation. Medium brown in color.
Smell: Quite funky with a touch of fruit in the background.
Taste: Tart and sour upon first taste, but a wave of fruits and a little sweetness then present. Alcohol is well-hidden.
Mouthfeel: Thin to medium mouthfeel.
Drinkability: If you don't mind the tartness, then drink away. I think this is a very drinkable wild ale.


Overall: Hard to predict how wild ales will present. This was a tasty wild that is best consumed with respect.

coalcracker, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of branimal9
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled 6/9/2010 at the Upstate BA Gathering at Barley's Greenville. Not sure who brought us this tasty brew, but thank you, generous soul!

Cloudy, murky brown in color, with ruby highlights. Aroma is sour, musty and woody. Flavor hits with sour cherry coupled with a nice oaky barrel flavor. Tart with a slightly dry finish. Haven't had many sours, but this one was quite a treat.

branimal9, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of djmichaelk
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draft at Toronado SF, Memorial Day.

A - The color of apple juice with a hint of pink. Not much in the way of head or lacing at all. I actually had someone ask me if I was drinking juice... in Toronado. Hmph.

S - Wow, much more tartness and sourness than I was expecting. This really slapped me in the face at first. Plenty of apple, berry, and malt vinegar. You can smell this beast from three feet away. The appearance really does NOT do it justice.

T - At first, there's a ton of sour fruit -- currants, blackberries, and red grapes, followed by sour apples, maybe some candied sugar, and finally that lactic sourness, malt vinegar. Really a ton of depth here, I keep getting something different every time I take a sip. Outstanding flavor.

M - Very nice, although maybe just a bit thin towards the finish. Fairly dry, which probably contributed to how fast I finished the glass.

D - Well, the ABV is very well hidden, which didn't give me a problem. But the tartness might keep me from having more than one in a sitting, which is less a fault of this beer and maybe just my reaction to the style.

O - Great; I could definitely see myself starting out with one of these every time I stop in there.

djmichaelk, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 002 750ml courtesy of Beerman777 into a Duvel tulip.

A: Dark plum body with a half inch of frothy off-white head. Quick dissipation and light lace. Could do with more carbonation.

S: Sour and wild, with vinegar and sour berries asserting dominance. Some vanilla and cranberries, with sourness far outweighing sweetness. Quite nice.

T: Starts out with intense sour cranberry, then some vanilla, then more intense berry tartness. Wave after wave of puckering goodness. Perfect balance of sourness and complex flavor. Fantastic.

M: Medium bodied, with carbonation that starts out a little sharp and becomes plush and forgiving.

D: I'm splitting this with a couple friends, and I'm glad that's the case. A whole bottle would be a real (delicious) chore.

Notes: Wow. Thanks, Steve, for hooking me up with such a tasty treat. I still have yet to be disappointed with a Russian River brew, and I just can't wait to crack the Supplication in my cellar.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this from a skull-cracklingly thick clear glass goblet. A thin ring of rose-colored foam rode the meniscus momentarily. Juicy, lustrous, gem-like burgundy color.

The oak-aging is immediately apparent in the aroma, although I initially mistook it as bourbon barrel-aged due to a perceived faint smokiness. It's quite amazing how 'freshly-cut' the oak character comes across. Soft sour cherry is the next most discernible smell, followed by perhaps some vanilla custard.

Having been weaned mostly on (and recalling best) Monk's and Duchesse (and, yeah, through the years I've randomly had other various lambics/sours/wilds), the sour grip on the tongue with this was revelatory, though I'd like to believe not the most potent out there. In fact, it 'grips' tightest through the first few sips and, once accustomed to it, it's wonderful.

In addition to the somewhat sharp sourness in the flavor, there's a dry cherry, or maybe even raspberry, fruitiness - but not much. The oak comes out more mellow than in the aroma. And, why and from what, I don't know, I'm tasting bourbon - mostly up front - but it fades by the finish, which is vaguely reminiscent of champagne. Vaguely.

Definitely a complex, interesting beer. Wish it came out this way more often.

Bouleboubier, Jun 06, 2010
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,143 ratings.