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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,986
Reviews: 1,042
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 1,383
Gots: 1,251 | FT: 85
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 nectar14
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 750 mL, enjoyed with da wife.

A: Dark caramel amber color, piling up a decent lace of foam that fizzes down to just a thin film.

S: Sour funkiness, a bit of dark fruit, slight malt. Inviting.

T: Delicious and comforting. Rich but not heavy with tart fruit, malt, and a small touch of caramel. Lovely.

M: Cuts nicely on the palate and has cleansing acidity. Easy to drink.

D: Though 10%, it goes down nicely.

One of my favorites.

nectar14, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of thatsfine
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

By the time it was served to me there was no head. Left no lacing. Dark cherry red. Really a beautiful looking brew.

Berry juices and lemonade to the nose.

Definitely get berry and fruit juices up front, later some wine characteristics. Then a bitter taste, like lemon juice. I was in awe after my first sip. Alcohol is hidden well, especially at 10%. Awesome.

Very carbonated, but man this beer is smooth. Could definitely slam the whole bottle. But might be in a little trouble. Will buy this again whenever I see it. Absolutely worth the money. Worth searching for. Very new to the style of wild ales but this was one hell of a start.

thatsfine, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of Lazerlobe
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 004x2

Poured a deep garnet with a quick, frothy head that fizzled in mere moments.

Smells of some dark berry juice, lemon spritzer and some fusel alcohol.

Immediate pucker inducing lemon tartness with big juicy berry (having never had a currant, I'll have to assume that is what it is). Quick burst of effervescent fizz that delivers the berry wallop. The tartness and berry break down leaving some soggy wood that is a bit unpleasant.

Overall this is a wonderful wild but I am still becoming familiar with the style. I'm not sure what is up with the finish but the rest of the beer is solid.

Lazerlobe, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a caged & corked bottle into a Chimay goblet. My first SUPER AWESOME RR beer and first ever Wild...I AM EXCITED. Batch 004X4.

A- pours a dark reddish shade of brown with a half finger head that fades nearly instantly...I assume that is par for the course since I gave this an aggressive pour. Some of the head sticks around on the top of the glass and around the edges...it just LOOKS evil, like some sort of witches brew...god its awesome, constantly bubbling.

S- strong cherries with a bit of a tartness to them. Getting some of an aroma of a wine type flavor as well. Great.

T- holy wow...awesome sour, tart, killer cherries. Its only mildly puckering...but I don't care. It kicks ass. The oak flavor seeps through a little bit too. Perfection.

M- well carbonated, great body. Balance is fantastic with the tartness.

D- the sourness could be a little offputting to some...but not me. I love this. It packs a punch though, but you can't really taste the booze at all...dunno if I could handle more than one without my tastebuds being shot. Unreal beer

bigfnjoe, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with ruby highlights that had a half finger head and very little lacing left on the glass. I love beers that have a nose like this one which consisted of oak funk, wine vinous characters, acidic sour notes, apples, and currants. You can definitely tell its gonna have some sour tartness. Sour vinegar currants strike first on the palate with oaky traits from the barrel, citric lemons, and cherry accents; nice sourness. The beer was medium body with a good amount of carbonation with a sweet sour and dry finish. It drank very well and is very tasty but for some reason everytime I drink a consecration I get a hangover. I guess I have overlooked the 10ABV and I always seem to drink a 750ml bottle to the neck..

Gobzilla, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of SShelly
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow this seems to be on draft everywhere now.

Pours is a crystal clear dark amber with a big bright white head.

Aroma is tart and crisp, some malt sweetness.

Big tart, acidic burst with sweet darkfruit behind, no real bitterness to speak of, leaves a giant burst of sweet and tart in the back ofhe mouth.

Oh so tasty, can really only have one at a time but man what a winner.

SShelly, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of Brew33
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Consecration 375 ml bottle corked and caged received via trade. I was really impressed with Supplication so I traded for some more RR Wilds and this one was fantastic.

The color is is strange. In ambient light it looks ruby red but when put to direct light it shows amber and almost traces of orange. The aroma is very vinous, sour but not too sour. Tons of grape.

The flavor is damn near perfect. It's sour but the sour is just a part of the whole. It isn't dominant at all. It plays it's part. Lots of red wine flavor, the barrels impart the perfect amount of wood and wine flavors. I don't pick up a ton of fruit flavor but just an underlying sweetness. Unreal.

The mouthfeel and carb are spot on for the style and the drinkability was exceptionally high for the ABV and style. All in all, one of the best American Wild/Sours I've had. Incredible balance of flavors. Well done.

Brew33, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle - batch 3x4 - served into a tulip glass

Pours a translucent russet sort of brownish red. When held directly to light it looks like autumn leaves. Not much head from this beer, which surprises me a little. About half a finger's worth of khaki foam.

Lots of stuff going on in the nose. Balsamic vinegar, lactic sourness, aloe, tart cherries, lemon juice, musty leather, blackcurrant, a maltiness akin to a light brown ale, Christmas spice, white wine, cranberry. Lovely.

The tart cherries and blackcurrants are very forward on the palate. There are hints of lemon and persimmon too. There is a ashy/leafy astringency that doesn't register to me as coming from hops; I think it is the char quality from the oak barrels. Whatever it is it is helpful. This isn't really all that funky; the tartness and lactic sourness shine much brighter here. The finish is all tart cherry and lightly browned malt. Each sip reveals different fruits - orange, strawberry, black cherry, kiwi. Yes, plenty of kiwi as the beer warms. This is a beer that defies a concrete write-up.

There is a certain thickness to the mouthfeel. It isn't big but the size of the body is conducive to the malt backbone that tries to shy away to the background. This is fairly uncarbonated, which is plenty fine. This feels "right" on the tongue. Flavor-wise this is supremely drinkable. The 10% ABV and prohibitive cost of over $20 a bottle limits the score on the drinkability. Then again, this beer hides its ABV so very well.

This is pretty delicious. Well worth trading for; better still if you can purchase it retail. Far from my very favorite sour beer but that doesn't matter because Consecration is plenty delicious.

Reaper16, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of STEG
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to enelson for this one. Poured a plum mahogany color into a tulip, one finger khaki head that recedes quickly. Smell is currants and raisins up front with slight tobacco notes and some sour apple in there too really wonderful complex stuff. Taste is wonderful, sour, but not too sour it could be compared to sour plum juice with brett there really is too much complexity here to identify. Mouthfeel is light and slightly oily. Very little alcohol presence makes this extremely drinkable.

STEG, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
4.03/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

10oz poured into a large flute glass

A: Pours a deep brown with a cream/tan head that shrinks to a ring and leaves little to no lacing.

S: Smells funky, tart, sour, bit of freezer burnt ice cream, nail polish, lemons, and cat pee. (Not all bad smells)

T: The taste is incredibly tart and sour, lots of grapefruit and lemons with some funk. The more it warms, some bubblegum comes through.

M: The feel is creamy yet astringent.

D: Decent drinkability.

This was a really great beer. As a wild ale, I expected funk, but I never expected the amount of lemony sourness. I was expecting a more beer type sourness, like more funk to it. At times it was almost like drinking lemon juice with beer, and it was great. This was a great continuation of sour beers for me. I can't wait to crack open my others.

VoiceOfTheSoul, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Anaz
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this several times before, this time was on tap at Pizzeria Basta, Boulder CO.

The head on this beer dissappates quickly, and leaves a few bubbles hanging desperately around the rim and in a Rorschacht pattern in the center that looks like a monkey-cow kind of thing. THe color is like copper and the heart of a big piece of amber.

The smell is amazing, oaky, slightly winey, with some beautiful funk, kind of like if Aretha Franklin sat in with George Clinton and the P-Funk Allstars and did something slow.

The taste is sour cherries wrapped in oak magic, with a tart tang like underripe strawberries in some fantasy world where they were actually something to look forward to. The carbonation is perfect and cleanses and elevates the chorus of flavors.

This beer drinks really well, wish I hadn't finished the last of the keg. To all the Boulderites before me, I salute you, to all those who didn't partake, you missed out. Can't wait to have this again, but I did see a bottle a few days ago...

Anaz, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of henrysunset
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz on tap @ brouwers.

Looks red with gauzy tan head. Smell is sweet and sour with obvious cherry and strawberry.

Taste is good, but not as sweet and smooth as the duchesse. A tiny bit vinegary. A bit oaky, almost whiskylike.

A litle dry and not totally smooth, but very good.

henrysunset, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of Knownfactor
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark amber, very little head. Aroma: Oak, Cherries, sour, sweetness. Taste: very sour currants/cherries/plums. very complex and oakey. Finish is very sour and leaves my mouth watering for more. Best sour I've had and for a 10% brew i could drink this all night.

Knownfactor, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 002X3

Purchased at the brewery in Fall, 2009 and consumed while playing original Nintendo on July 12, 2010. Decadence.

A: A thin and flat appearance, ruby-tinged brown hued with very little head and virtually no retention or lacing. Upon the second pour, the head is very fizzy and fades almost instantly with a hissing sound.

S: Cherries, oud bruin, wild yeast, wood. This beer smells very complex.

T: A lot of flavors going on here. Everything I named in the aroma, plus a funky tartness that makes my lips pucker and my throat tingle. Really profound and complex, this beer is very intriguing and enjoyable. Many sours in the 10% or above abv range are considerably harsher than this.

M: Acetic, vinegar finish that grows stronger over time. Puckering finish that makes the cheeks (on your face) pucker and cringe (in a good way).

D: I'm taking on the whole 750mL tonight, but this is certainly a good candidate for splitting amongst a few friends.

Huhzubendah, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of TJBurgess
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#20, something special from the fridge for the World Cup final.

Big thanks to Stevefinny for this. 750ml Batch 002x01. Poured into a tulip.

A: Brownish maroon with a head that disappears like a scared turtle's. Nothing great, but the resurgence of effervescent bubbles is pretty cool. 4.0

S: Brett nosebomb with tart cherry and oak. Again, not overwhelming but still pleasant. 4.0

T: Tart fruitiness with a dry, oaky finish. Initial taste has a domineering sweet funk, but the oak comes on strong and dry at the end. Great balance between two opposing tastes. 4.5

M/D: Big carbonation and effervescence keep such a great clean taste. I love the thickness of a stout, but this is the complete opposite and so well done that I really appreciate it just as much. The 10% is essentially nonexistent. I couldn't drink this every day, but the complexity and style is something I would enjoy on a semi regular basis. 4.5/4.5

TJBurgess, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml into pint glass.

A- Muddy brown, a bit fizzy. Not very appealing.

S- Dark berry fruit, mild vinegar twang. Cherries? Black raspberries? Cranberry?

T- Very fruity, moreso than I was expecting. There is a sour, tart fruit note and some red wine similarities, kind of vinous. Oak dryness finishes. Very unique. Tasty.

M- Drying, not too sweet, and impressively enjoyable at 10%.

D- Moderately high. I think I like temptation better but this one is right up there. A supremely tasty beer. I'll be seeking this one out again. The intense fruit really makes this a stand-out beer.

ShogoKawada, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Thanks to G311 (and the Mathmagicland BIF) for this beast!

My first RR wild, so let's do this. It pours a translucent dark garnet topped by a fizzy tan foam that's just too effervescent to exist for very long, kinda like those crazy man-made elements at the end of the periodic table. The laser etch at the base of my glass must be workin', 'cause a perpetually resurgent ring o' fizz is dancing around on the surface. Good times. The nose comprises a good amount of funk, oak, sour grapes, sourdough, prunes, and a touch of a bleu cheese/ranch blend. I can only assume this is one of those wild/sour beers. Am I right? Regardless, the fizzy ring continues to mock the lack of perpetual motion machines out there. The taste is a new kind of melange for me: sour berries, sour apples, rye bread, a slight bit of vinegar, extra sweet toffee in background spurts, some of that blue cheese again, and an underlying current of oak. I'm both pleased and intrigued, leading to a clear desire for more of this. The body appears to be a whispy medium, with a surprisingly slight carbonation and a very smooth, fluid feel. Overall, a very tasty and interesting brew. Simply put: get some!

TMoney2591, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of chcfan
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle of Batch 4 Bottling 3 into Russian River "tion" glass

Consecration was my introduction into sours in 2009. As I recall (and from what I've read from the brewer) that version was a little more sour than what I am drinking at this moment.

It's still a wonderful beer, and I'm picking up more from the Cabaret Sauvignon. While has warming properties, I don't think you could accurately call it "hot." Most sours are one-and-done for me because they are really strong on the palate, but for the style, I find Consecration to be very drinkable.

chcfan, Jul 07, 2010
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
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,986 ratings.