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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,856 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,856
Reviews: 1,036
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 1,360
Gots: 1,200 | FT: 84
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 Airyk12
3.48/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Airyk12, May 04, 2011
Photo of Devi0us
3.5/5  rDev -22%

Devi0us, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Blanco
3.5/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

amber brown color with a thin white head. no lacing whatsoever. Head fades to nothing rather quickly. smell is capital Potent of funky sourness. I don't know how to describe the taste, but it's intensely sour, with dark fruit notes. zingy mouthfeel.

overall: the lesser of all the RR sours, but still not bad. price was $22 a bomber (Batch 3) which is much lower than prices for others.

Blanco, Mar 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

mattkooler, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Ribsandwhiskey
3.5/5  rDev -22%

Ribsandwhiskey, Feb 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

bsm80x, Jul 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

frankthetank86, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of alcstradamus
3.5/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for the trade Christian

Pours a very dark shade of brown, looks black in low light. A solid two fingers of very lively head rises up but falls quickly, leaving a thick persistent collar around my 25 oz. snifter. Smell is very mild funkiness, tart apples, caramel, grapes, a hint of oak barrel as well.

Taste is a mouth puckering mash of grapes, apple skin, strong oak presence, vinegar, caramel, and dirt. Very complex but the oak comes through a tad too much leaving a dryness on the palate that I don't care for. Medium bodied and like I said very dry. This is a very impressive beer but not really my cup of tea quite yet (still so/so about sours).

I will revisit this again next year and see if my opinion has changed.

alcstradamus, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of sansho
3.5/5  rDev -22%

sansho, Feb 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

MykelJH, Mar 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

krl2112, Aug 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

siddhartha, Feb 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

Yoopermk, Oct 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

vma, Mar 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

Robloc303, Sunday at 02:28 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

esktime, Jul 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

Scalawags, Dec 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

jethroe, Jan 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

HopsintheSack, Aug 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

hombrepalo, Jan 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

cletusdog, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of Stunner97
3.5/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- light brown in color with little to no head or foam, only very small amount of bubbles to be seen slowly streaming

Smell- little bit of funk and tartness on the nose, currants, can really almost smell the tartness

Taste- you get a little bit of the wine and oak, also a little bit of the currant, but the predominant flavor is just strong sharp sourness, you really don't taste the alcohol at all but the funk and sour is strong,

Mouthfeel- very light and crisp, sour and tart feel, just very light and crisp

Overall/drinkability- while this beer was better then many of the other sours I have tried it still just is not my thing, i just simply don't get it, i can appreciate the complexity and strong flavors of this beer but to me these are just super hard to drink, i mean when i say this beer is sour its super super sour like lemonhead sour, certainly a unique experience but for me just not enjoyable really beyond the novelty

Stunner97, Feb 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

dominic4beer, Feb 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

nkelley77, Jul 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

CityofBals, Jan 31, 2013
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,856 ratings.