1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

4,155 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,155
Reviews: 1,047
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,401
Gots: 1,301 | FT: 90
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Consecration Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,155 | Reviews: 1,047 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of cfrances33
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Good Dog Bar in Philly on 7/6/12. Served in a wide mouth tulip.

Pour: Reddish copper with no head at all. Decent carbonation.

Smell: Funky cherries all the way. Some must, but really the cherries dominate.

Taste: Tart cherries and hay must. Cabernet oakiness provides a woody aspect.

Mouthfeel: Slick and oily, much like a cabernet. Not overly sour, but tart for sure.

Overall: Good, but probably my least favorite of the RR sours I have so far (sanctification > supplication > consecration)

cfrances33, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of BelgianBeerPope
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

BelgianBeerPope, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of dm123
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

dm123, Saturday at 09:09 AM
Photo of Jdotswizz
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Jdotswizz, May 30, 2014
Photo of thedirtystayout
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

thedirtystayout, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of coz
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

coz, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of SchuStar
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

SchuStar, May 26, 2013
Photo of Ewmalina
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Ewmalina, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Pearlstreetbrewingco, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

prune colored ale with little head, aromas of brett and bread.. taste is all funk moderated by sweet flavors of currents and red wine... Awesome sour flavor with depth and concentration... mouth puckering! Another RR sour winner...

Ready4aHeady, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of klink40
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

klink40, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Azrael
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Azrael, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Zaso
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Zaso, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I believe this was batch 004, but I can’t be sure. Pours a reddish brown hued body, with almost no head, and no lacing at all. Looks more still, by far, than expected. Strange.

Aroma is packed with prominent oak, mustiness, funk, sweet currants and sour cherries, slight vinegar underneath. Taste has all this and more; it’s fruity, sour, a bit tart and oaky. Not an over-the-top sour warhead-type beer, just well integrated sourness with the oak and a touch of vinegar. The currants are fairly subtle, with more tart cherry flavor than anything else. Definite must and funk; vinous, slightly sweet, very complex.

Medium bodied with low carbonation; I would have preferred a crisper, livelier, and cleaner feel, although the finish is quite dry. Interesting beer to be sure, curious about the stillness of this particularly bottle. Very good, but not as appealing as Supplication, Sanctification, or Temptation for my money.

tobelerone, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of aglose45
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001 on tap at Capone's

A: Pours a very dark brown with a cherry hue. The head is ivory to tan colored, and leaves a thick lacing on the walls of my glass.

S: Funk up front, leaning towards barnyard, not much leather. The signature 'Tion aroma follows the funk. The currant and raisins wrap up the nose and give it a nice balance.

T: The funk and sour are muted compared to the nose. There fruit flavors are muted a little, but what has seemed to have faded the most over time is the funkiness. More recent batches have a more pronounced flavor.

M: Medium bodied, with nice prickly carbonation, and a lingering sourness.

D: This is a great beer, but not as good as fresher batches, IMO.

aglose45, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of Scott1020
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Scott1020, May 17, 2014
Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

chippo33, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of Jpirkle2715
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Jpirkle2715, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of nlmartin
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

nlmartin, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of afallon86
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

afallon86, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of WesFoxlove
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

WesFoxlove, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of oldp0rt
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

oldp0rt, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of lpstar
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

lpstar, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of jklecko2
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

jklecko2, Sep 28, 2013
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,155 ratings.