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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,088
Hads: 4,801
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 20.18%
Wants: 1,611
Gots: 1,662 | FT: 125
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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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Reviews: 1,088 | Hads: 4,801
Photo of SierraFlight
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beachwood BBQ poured into a tulip. Appears reddish brown with a thin cap that is not sticking. Aroma is sour cherries (the currants?), vinegar, barrel notes of oak and grape, plus tobacco and the yeast/bacteria funk. Flavors start with puckering tart cherry, ease into light fruit sweetness, and end with those drying red wine elements. Medium-full bodied, silky texture, active carbonation, and a dry finish. Complex and interesting overall.

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Photo of demon
3.57/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle. Bottled on 08/11/14. Enjoyed 02/22/15. I had heard nothing besides greatness about the Russian River Brewing Company, and with an interest in sours, I knew I had to try Consecration. Ended up scouting this guy out and shelling over $16 for a 375 ml bottle! Damn! The most expensive beer I have ever purchased to date (by far!).

A: Murky/turbid due to being fermented in the bottle. Amber to slightly purple color. Very nicely carbonated. Poured pretty foamy, but the head died off rather quickly.

S: First impression was a very strong alcohol smell followed by wine/currants. Light Cabernet aroma. Surprisingly to me, this beer doesn't pack whole lot of aroma.

T: Currants, oak, and wine were the first flavors I distinguished. You can definitely tell that this is aged in Cabernet barrels. Not very sour compared to other sour beers I have had before. Not overpowering at all. Sweet, but not too much so. Dry funky flavors pull their way though--I'm thinking it's the Brettanomyces. Dry finish. Champagne-like effervescence. Tamarind notes found in the aftertaste.

M: Leaves the tongue with a tannic feel. Must be from the barrel.

O: Overall, this beer is very dry, very oaky, very wine-like, lightly acidic, with a strong alcohol taste. I hate to sound sacrilegious, but this beer really didn't do it for me. It just wasn't what I was looking for. If I really wanted all of those wine flavors, I might as well have gone with wine. I have found a few Belgian sours to be more pleasurable and interesting to me, but it is obvious that many people get very excited about this beer, so I couldn't not recommend it. At this price point though, I think I'll be holding off for a while before reevaluating this interesting creation.

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Photo of Sandalwood
3.84/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time tasting a sour. Pours a purple wine color with a little head and plenty of carbonation. Not much lacing, but quite a bit of suds. The odor is champagne like, fruity, lie de vin, farmhouse, yeasty, metallic, wine like. The taste is very crisp, fruity, peach, grapefruit, currants, champagne like, wine, dried fruits and dry sour on the back end.

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Photo of barczar
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lightly medicinal phenols and floral character in aroma. It's a bit funky.

Flavor is tart and sour, with a dry finish. The currants add citric acid complexity to the lactic already present. Belgian character is definitely dominated by the wild yeast.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip glass

A: Amber color with some light coming through around the edges, lots of carbonation streaming off the bottom, looks pretty thin, no head.

A: Big sour tart aromas up front, getting some of the spice and Cabernet coming through, smells great.

T: Big sour upfront, some spice, tart, funk, definitely picking up the Cabernet, oak, very dry finish, alcohol is well hidden for 10%.

M: Mouthfeel is very dry, watery, not much on the feel.

O: Very good beer, the quality just comes through on this, not as sour as I thought it would be, very dry, alcohol is well hidden, I don't have too much experience with sours but I am hoping to sample more to get a better grasp on them.

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a rusty brown murky color with small tan head a staying very fresh collar thru out
S-dark fruits,tobacco , earthy dank wood notes with red wine tannins
T-oak and tobacco with wine tannins and follows the nose with sour cherries and sour fruit
M-mild tart and sourness with with dark malts fruits
O-delightful sourness in a mild way delicious to sip like a fine wine

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Photo of boognishIPA
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really enjoyable! Fizzy champaign like carbonation makes it a fun feel. You can taste the Cab from the barrel, the 10% is covered well. Cherries, very nice amount of sourness. A+

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Photo of aleigator
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to Michael for the bottle.

Pours a fiery dark red color, with a fizzy, small head.

Smells of an intriguing tart funkiness, part barnyard, part sour, fermented fruit. Both smells blend very well together, supported by a pleasant, wooden malt note. The currants got a sweet, pungent hint to them, which enhances their sour aspect. The fruitiness turns even more present, while the brew warms up.

Begins with musty, wooden malts, joined by prickly currants, on which a dry, funky sourness settles, accompanying the fruity acidity. The barrel character provides wooden oak qualities, setting the balance of the beer. Then the sourness gets even dryer and more acidic, drying-out the tongue. Drinks dangerously easy, the alcohol is extremely well hidden. Finishes with matured, slightly wooden, leathery malts, with the addition of ripe grapes, while the tartness covers the outside of my teeth, leaving back a melange of joung currants and slick acidity.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Warheads in a bottle with a barrel presence. The kid inside jumps for joy when I have this beer, reminiscent of summer days spent at the now defunct local movie theater. Terrific beer that should come with a warning.

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Photo of KidDoc
4.5/5  rDev +2%

I was in San Diego for Beer Week and SD Taproom had a Russian River tasting. I was in pursuit of Pliny the Elder but got there too late. The only beer left was the Consecration. I am not generally a big fan of the sour beers but this was fantastic. The high alcohol was well-hidden under the many layers of flavor. One of the best beers I have ever had. I can't wait to get the chance to try other beers from this brewer

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Photo of mtomlins
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle had 1.5 yeas of age.

Pours a crystal-clear cola-like reddish-brown with a thin fizzy head that fell fast leaving no lacing or collar. The nose is really nice, ripe fruit (cherries and raspberries), raisins and a nice tart acidity. The taste is fruit forward with ripe cherries and raisins at the finish with hints of oak, tobacco, plum and vinous notes. The body is medium light and very smooth and in no way reflects the 10% ABV, most likely aided by the lively carbonation. This is flat out, just a delicious, well crafted beer!

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another from the RR Wild Ale share. Great beers all around, this one was one of the best in the bunch. I get a lot of sourness and funk from this beer.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look 10/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 93/100

Real nice balanced wild ale. A tad sour with real strong wine notes... Cherry, Grape, Oak, Green Apple, Cigar, Berries, Soda, Vinegar (think wine) a touch of Vanilla and Raisins. Nothing like I have ever had. I will say I thought 'Temptation' was a bit more satisfying for me. The more I sip, the more my palette really begins to crave it. Amazing carbonation. Overall, I would love to have this or any Russian River readily available~

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Photo of JonahNW
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Tulip pour at City Beer in San Francisco, and in several 375 ml bottles since. Rich but subtle; chocolatey, tart and a pleasant smidge syrupy. Hardly poundable, but a fantastic treat.

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Photo of winningwes91
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a gorgeous dark ruby red color with a pinkish white head. Smells of sour cherries, vinegar, some oak, and some more overly ripe fruits. Wow. The taste opens up the palate with a smack of tartness that follows with sour apples, cherries and wine. Dryness throughout helps to balance out the sourness. Super dry finish. Wow. RR really killed it here. Probably my favorite sour to date. World-class stuff.

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Nose: dark dried fruit – figs and prunes, earthiness, slight funk, lemon.
Deep mahogany body with a slight chill haze.
Palate: tart, dark dried fruit some faint grape notes, cherry, currants, with some malt in the background.
Medium body and medium high fine, soft carbonation.
Tart fruit flavors linger long through the finish into the aftertaste.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours a purple/brown with little to no head. Smells very sour. Fig, cherry, wet bread. Can't really smell the wine. The taste is very tarte with notes of tobacco, tannins, wine, and an old wooden flavor to finish it off. One of my favorite sours.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All around, all good things. Like at my cousin Gesamina's wedding, there is nothing but glorious Cabernet Sauvignon flavors poppin' everywhere. My sweet hell...like if Mount Pompeii erupted this goodness instead of lava, this dang sucker is on full blast like roar.

No more, just get this, my peeps.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark rich, deep red, almost brown. Small tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is of dark cherry, currants, some funk, metals, blackberry, earth.

Taste begins with an almost sweet cherry flavor that quickly sours. Nice fruitiness to this beer as well as some slight terroir as wine people would say. Mid-palate returns to a big dark cherry/ black currant flavor that lingers on to finish nice and clean with a sour spike right at the end that puckers the lips and dries the tongue.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Fairly dry.

Overall a very good beer. Not my first sour, but the first sour I can say I have truly enjoyed.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark red, little head, medium body, rather piercing candy sour taste that lingers, raspberry notes, candy cherries, very tart. Excellent dark sour ale.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

A dark ruby colored beer with a nice dense ivory colored head on top. Rich and fruity up front on the nose. The currants come through nicely here. First sips gives a great introduction to this beers wild side. Not immensely sour, but a nice tartness with a bit of a vinegary note and sour cherry. Nicely carbonated and a fairly smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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...

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Photo of BeerDawgs
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Bottled on 2/11/14. Opened on 8/15/14

A - Amber red with a tiny bit of clarity, a touch of head.

A - Oak from the barrel, wine, cherries

T - Strong ale, with an oaky wine barrel flavor. It does not get any better than this

M - Medium body, oily slick

O - Incredible beer! One of my favorites of all time

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Photo of B-Nut-GoBlue
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Won't add much that hasn't already been touched upon, but...

Bottled 2014-02-11. Poured on 2014-08-13. Delicious as could be. Not sure what this is like super fresh or with another 5-6 months to put it at a year old, but right now it's uber-tasty. Wish I could come across more in an easier fashion and I cannot wait to try again and try it's brother/sisters (Supp, temp, Beat, etc.).

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Photo of JohnG190
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle date 07.18.13. Pours a ruby brown with a thin, quickly dissipating off white head. No lacing. Lots of dark stone fruit and vinegar on the nose with gobs of oak, vanilla and red wine, what an aroma! Incredibly complex. Sour on the tongue with lots of oak, vanilla, red wine and black cherry. Ends slightly bitter but doesn't last long. The complexity helps tame the 10% ABV. Medium bodied with silky mouthfeel. Carbonation is intense initially but overall rather light. Finishes dry. Overall, a beautifully crafted American Wild Ale that takes its place in the pantheon of great sours!

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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,088 ratings.