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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,006 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,006
Reviews: 1,043
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,384
Gots: 1,261 | FT: 88
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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5/5  rDev +11.4%

tinypyramids, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The color is a red brown bubbly beer. It almost looks like a dark Shirley Temple. Tons of big bubbles and carbonation.

The aroma has a sour funk, but there’s tons of wine tannins, lots of vinous, oak, a bit of dark fruit. However, the tartness does really stand out on this. It’s vinegar and Flanders sourness.

The flavor is vinegar tart, but then there’s tons of red wine and then some oak character. The tartness is actually hidden away as the beer warms up and blossoms to become a very red wine flavored beer. There really is not an alcohol flavor as it is like 10% ABV.

The mouthfeel on this is almost like a Coke-Cola. Tons of large bubbled carbonation that just rolls all over the tongue.

The huge wine flavors mean that you want to share this beer. I wouldn’t want 375ml myself. A good amount is to share it with someone.

This beer really stands out for me having had it next to Supplication. I preferred this actually. It’s so interesting because I’ve never had a beer that has had more red wine character in it that this. This for me is probably the best Wild Ales I have had. What a treat. It’s so different and amazing.

dar482, Jun 20, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

PriorDoubleDark, Mar 14, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

fsck, May 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

mrkinnex, Jan 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

thlf84, Oct 29, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

MrFootstones, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

sweatervest27, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Trevor_Burke, Jun 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

tomholland, Jan 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

ajzy, May 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

SourNotes, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Ak555667, Jul 14, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Joecaddie, Nov 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

eblythe1, Oct 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

beef13, Jan 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

scjolson, Jul 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

davegray, Nov 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

schoun, Apr 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

MNPikey, Oct 26, 2013
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
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Abnrml, Mar 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

originalgoat, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

sidewaysscott, Sep 10, 2014
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 4,006 ratings.