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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,045 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,045
Reviews: 1,044
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,384
Gots: 1,269 | 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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Photo of woosterbill
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 002 750ml courtesy of Beerman777 into a Duvel tulip.

A: Dark plum body with a half inch of frothy off-white head. Quick dissipation and light lace. Could do with more carbonation.

S: Sour and wild, with vinegar and sour berries asserting dominance. Some vanilla and cranberries, with sourness far outweighing sweetness. Quite nice.

T: Starts out with intense sour cranberry, then some vanilla, then more intense berry tartness. Wave after wave of puckering goodness. Perfect balance of sourness and complex flavor. Fantastic.

M: Medium bodied, with carbonation that starts out a little sharp and becomes plush and forgiving.

D: I'm splitting this with a couple friends, and I'm glad that's the case. A whole bottle would be a real (delicious) chore.

Notes: Wow. Thanks, Steve, for hooking me up with such a tasty treat. I still have yet to be disappointed with a Russian River brew, and I just can't wait to crack the Supplication in my cellar.


woosterbill, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this from a skull-cracklingly thick clear glass goblet. A thin ring of rose-colored foam rode the meniscus momentarily. Juicy, lustrous, gem-like burgundy color.

The oak-aging is immediately apparent in the aroma, although I initially mistook it as bourbon barrel-aged due to a perceived faint smokiness. It's quite amazing how 'freshly-cut' the oak character comes across. Soft sour cherry is the next most discernible smell, followed by perhaps some vanilla custard.

Having been weaned mostly on (and recalling best) Monk's and Duchesse (and, yeah, through the years I've randomly had other various lambics/sours/wilds), the sour grip on the tongue with this was revelatory, though I'd like to believe not the most potent out there. In fact, it 'grips' tightest through the first few sips and, once accustomed to it, it's wonderful.

In addition to the somewhat sharp sourness in the flavor, there's a dry cherry, or maybe even raspberry, fruitiness - but not much. The oak comes out more mellow than in the aroma. And, why and from what, I don't know, I'm tasting bourbon - mostly up front - but it fades by the finish, which is vaguely reminiscent of champagne. Vaguely.

Definitely a complex, interesting beer. Wish it came out this way more often.

Bouleboubier, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark amber in color with a short 1/4" head that falls to some thick surface bubbles.

Smell: yeast, sour fruits, and some woodiness makes up a pleasant but different aroma.

Taste: yeast, red wine, woodiness, tart cherries, and a moderate bitterness. Alcohol is mildly noticable. Sourness is strong here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with some significant dryness at the finish.

Drinkability: slow sipping beer and the sourness is a bit strong so one will not look for more than a glass in a session.

Gavage, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of rwf08
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty freakin excited about this little guy. Got'em through a trade with Damico. Good guy, shipped first, no issues.

Batch 001x2. Had to do some research but apparently this is the first batch bottled on the 2nd day. Cheers to me!

Pour into a Duvel glass from a 750ml bottle.

A: The color of black or chai tea. Very very dark maroon color, clear though but very dark indeed. Soft pillowy white head on top. Not thick, not thin, just in the middle. No lacying to be found.

S: The smell reminds me of La Folie. Funky, tart, plumy, and juicy. Some light wood notes come through as it warms. Good cherry notes in there as well. Some almond in there too.

T: Cherries, currant, tart funk, and some sweetness. Some other stone fruit qualities. Earthy must and oak flavors on the end.

M: Thin and fizzy, still able to coat the tongue though. Good carbonation and a nice dry finish.

D: Drinks better as it warms. Not a sessionable drink but something to enjoy on a warm summer night. I really like this beer and would like to try other RR sours. So far the best American Wild I have had so far.

rwf08, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of theghost3
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent, ruby/medium brown with no head. There are some bubbles present at the beginning, and I see a little bit of floating yeast particles. No lacing.

Smell is sour fruits--unripe cherries and currants mainly. The smell is also vinous, just like cabernet sauvignon. Taste is really tart, fruity. There are flavors of unripe cherries, red grapes, and even cranberries. There are also traces of yeast and oak. Mouthfeel is very acidic, carbonated and medium-bodied.

This is a sour delight. Reminds me a lot of a geuze, but with hints of red wine. Rather complicated. This is probably not for everyone, but everyone should try it.

theghost3, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of liquidcraft
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Red and fizzy. This was sour, like a beer brewed with warhead candy. The taste crosses the line of tart to sour, its much like a white wine or champagne. It was hard to pick out much of the flavor over the sourness, but it was certainly different and enjoyable. I would love to drink this again, but not tonight. The flavor is intense, and while fun, does not promote drinking much of it.

liquidcraft, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of IronLover
3.9/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light caramel red color. Color made me think of a light bourbon. Very light head that dissipates quickly. Lots of soda like carbonation.

Very sour fruity aroma. Taste is a tangy, fruity and sour, with oak undertones. Can definitley taste the currants. Nice light flavors are still able to slip through the sour flavors.

Nice light body. Easy to drink with a dry red wine like finish.

IronLover, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of david131
4.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A clear, red liquid with a quick to rise and fall head that pretty much disappears as quickly as a cola head.

S- Sour fruits, funk, and oak. A little on the soft side, but it is excellent.

T- Loads of oak, sour fruit, funk, and some currants. Very sour and oaky. Lacking some complexity.

M- Tart and sour with a lasting woody presence. Very dry.

D- A little one dimensional and a wood presence that is a little too forward. Still, I enjoyed this beer and the alcohol content is pretty well hidden.

Overall, for $25 for 750 ml this is not worth the money, but it is not a bad beer at all.

david131, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of bonsreeb85
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Garnett/maroon with tons of active carbonation. Not the best head retention though.

The nose is a thing of beauty. Very fruity(cherry, currants, rasberry)oak, funk, tart, brett, barnyard.

THe flavor is just as if not more complex than the aroma. Vinous, tart(not overly so) fruit sweetness adds complexity, but tartness rules this castle. No alcohol detected!

This beer is well carbonated. It is very interesting in the way that the body drinks medium, but it definately has some weight and depth to it. Wow! this is one of the best MF in the biz!

Wow, if I was ever on the fence about sours, this beer has officaily converted me. Wallet: I am sorry, get ready for a beating.

bonsreeb85, May 31, 2010
Photo of BigIrishman
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

100th review

Appearance: Pours a deep red with a quick bubbly head and a silky texture leaving no lace and a slight bit of residue on the glass.

Smell: You can smell the tartness right away. Once cut there is a ton of fruit and funk underneath. There is some dark cherry mixed with red grape. The funk is prominent and wonderful.

Taste: One of the most balanced sours I've ever had. The tartness is underlaid with wonderful red grape and cherry. There are some nice curants and spices interweaving through the taste. There is also a nice complex funk from the yeast going through. Absolutely wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a quick bite from the carbonation, overall fairly heavy for a beer this bubbly.

Drinkability: This beer is a rockstar in the sours category. I could have this everyday but I'd rather save it for a special occasion.

BigIrishman, May 31, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood - 5/20/2010. Served in a generic snifter.

Clear burgandy body which glows a luminous cerise when held up to the sun. Large very active ivory head diminishes rapidly to a collar ringing a Ukiyo-e cloud.

Vinuous, cidery character suggests a Flanders Red initially - unusual aromatics...

Light rosé flavors intermingle with cherries, wild strawberries, a bit of simple syrup, and a bloom of citrus-laden tart hops which spread across the mid-palate. Vague wild "cat piss" notes emerge as well, but they actually work here.

Not that I have a bottle open next to it, but any resemblance to the base beer (Salvation) seems to have vanished...

Medium-light bodied, a bit slick but still moderately carbonated.

I may need to re-visit this one in the bottle, as (with the exception of their IPAs) I usually prefer RR in that modality...

augustgarage, May 28, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OOoooh yeah! I've been waiting to have some of this for a while now. I tried it a few times in the past and it's so delicious, but now I finally got to sit down, share the bottle with friends, and write a review. Batch #003, aged a bit, not sure exactly. Got this thanks to trades with Solomon420 and RaulMatisse.

A: Light fizzy head fades instantly over a semi clear rosy red mahogany colored beer.

N: Some nice sour fruits dominate. A little wild yeast is on the top with that, not funky barnyard wet horse Brett but more the sour fruit tangy delicious Brett, although there is just a touch of a barnyard aroma. A little oak at first, which seems to come out more as it warms. A little bit of a malty aroma, with slight sweetness. Just an overall great sour tangy fruit aroma.

T: WOw, so deliious. My mouth is watering from the first sip to half an hour after finishing it. Lots of sour fruits and deliciousness just pours out at first. A little tangy sour cherry fruit. The some malty flavors, a little sweet malt and toasty flavor. A slight wild yeast Bretty flavor, again more the sour fruit Brett than wild barnyard funk, but just a touch of the latter. The Brett overall is pretty mild. Some oak comes out as well, mostly in the background at first, but then starts to get a little more prevalent as it warms.

M: Trillions of bubbles, big carbonation, with a good body.

F: Dry finish, with some lingering mouthwatering goodness. It has a hint of sweetness but mostly dry, leaving the mouth ready for the next hit. Lots of lingering sour tangy fruit, a little sour cherry. A touch of wild Brett lingering on the finish, little funk even which seems to be a little more on the finish. Breaddy malts also come through. For being 10% there's no real booze, it drinks so well. This is a super delicious amazingly awesome sour. I wish so much we could get it around here, or even better if I could brew this myself. Sooo tasty.

jlindros, May 26, 2010
Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.08/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice reddish brown that turns to a beautiful deep ruby when held in front of a light. Almost no head is present, but a bit of lacing is left behind. The carbonation is easily visible, and never dies down by the time the beer is finished.

Smells solid. Sour up front, with a hint of oak and some different fruits (can't pick out which fruits specifically from the nose.)

Taste just isn't up to par with the smell or the expectations. I will say that this is only my second sour, with the supplication I had two days earlier my first. The supplication was absolutely incredible, and is probably my favorite beer now. This one, though, just doesn't do it for me. The sourness doesn't take up enough of the fruity characteristics and instead reminds me almost of pure vinegar. There is a slight fruity sweetness to it which saves it from being really bad, but the vinegar flavor is too prominent to make it anything more than average. I really wanted to like this one as much as supplication, but it just wasn't even close. Real disappointment.

Batch 003x1.

HURTemHIZZY, May 25, 2010
Photo of berpwillie
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

batch number 003x1. pours a hazy ruby brown color with good tan head and good lacing. lots of lively fizzy carb almost reminds me of a soda pop. hints of wine and oak are apparent. maybe a bit of fizzy fruityness as well. light body, thin slick texture, and very long flavor duration. finishes a wonderful sweet and tart. couldn't ask for a better brew. hard to tell between this and supplication which i like better. wouldn't change anything about either of them. i guess for now they'll have to both remain tied a top my list of favorite beers.

berpwillie, May 24, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.85/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After an unreasonably arduous brewday, I need something good to relax me and the funk was calling me. Poured into a tulip. Batch 003x4.

Cork pull gave a spirited pop, but then the beer inside got pissy and decided to spill out a bit over the top. Not really overcarbonated, but given the day I just had, I'm not surprised that this beer was out to get me. Anyway...

4.0 A: Dark mahogany color and hazy. Looks like I might have gotten the yeast in an uproar. Two fingers of fizzy off white head that acts and falls like the head on a can of Coke.

4.0 S: Nose is pleasant, but pretty simplistic for a sour. On the acid front, the only thing that comes through with any power is acetic acid, which could be amplified by the currants. Latic acid is soft if it is even there at all. I can smell the barrel, but wouldn't have any idea that it was Savignon if I didn't read the label. Black currant and cherry fruitiness underlying.

4.0 T: Quite a lot more going on in the taste than in the nose. The first thing that struck me was a tongue paralyzing astringency, but this dies down upon additional sips. Very musky as well. The Cabernet makes an big appearance in the taste and actually this tastes more like a soured wine than a soured beer. Though there is a touch of vinegary-ness, there is a lot more lactic acid, though surprisingly not too tart. Tannins with currant and raisin fruitiness. Though I appreciate complexity, the big bold flavors are each too aggressive on their own and fail to mesh harmoniously.

3.5 M: Lighter medium. Good moderate amount of fizzy carbonation. Astrigency on finish that lingers. Alcohol is noticeable, but seems more like 7% than 10%.

3.5 D: Not bad, but seems like there are too many flavors competing without any direction.

DavoleBomb, May 24, 2010
Photo of BS68280
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jyoungsbcp for hooking me up with this trade, I have been looking forward to this beer for a while, and warming myself up to sours (falling in love with them). Poured into my trusty DFH signature glass.

A: A reddish brown that is dark but surprisingly clear. A quarter inch or less of an off white head

S: Smells kind of like someones apple cider went bad. Sour apples with a bunch of funk.

T: Tastes like sour apples with a bunch of sour, funk and sour funk. A sharp sour finish to it.

M: Smooth, but well carbonated. Acidic.

D: I am in love with sours. At 10% this is way up there when it comes to sours, goes down incredibly easy.

BS68280, May 22, 2010
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375ML Bottle poured into a tulip.

Reddish, clear medium brown body. Small head with no lace. Sour aroma of fruity esters, cherries, funky Brett, and balsamic vinegar; no hop aroma.

Sour berry flavors are vibrant and balance is definitely present. No woodiness present and the finish is currant sweetness.

A taste and drinkability promoting carbonation level; not too high to slow you down, and not to low to damage mouthfeel and taste. Light bodied and tongue coating.

Supremely well balanced between sweet and sour, and dangerously drinkable. The alcohol is expertly hidden and the flavors work very well together. Just enough fruit flavor and sweetness without overtaking the sour aspects. Flawless...

TheJollyHop, May 21, 2010
Photo of psiweaver
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich brown/golden color. A thin head that pours off white and is very thing. very light carbonation.

S: sour funky smell with lots of apple and citrus and a somewhat funky brown ale smell.

T: rich and complex with loads of sourness and a sharp finish that lingers on the tongue. Very delicious and great sour character.

M: rich and smooth in the mouth with some bite and sourness.

D: Great to sip and enjoy, not one you are going to be pounding down but all in all very delicious and complex.

Fantastic beer very delicious one of my favorite sours. I can't wait to try some of the other sours from Russian River.

psiweaver, May 20, 2010
Photo of Lerxst
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Joey for this one.

A-Pours a ruby/brown with a 1/4" off white head that faded quickly and left no lacing.

S-Tart dark fruit, a slight red wine smell, a bit earthy.

T-Sour plums, cherries, granny smith apples, a bit spicy. Very tart all the way through.

M-A crisp carb bite, yet still smooth, on the lighter side of medium body.

D-Its a sipper to be sure, but it goes down easily enough.

A very nice effort from Russian River.

Lerxst, May 20, 2010
Photo of Bluetick
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I usually never drink a beer with fruit added to the mix (in this case currents), but I love Russian River and constantly tell myself I'm blessed to live close by. So... I bought a 750mL of Consecration - it's not cheap $22 a bottle.

Now for the review....

A: Nice copper/ruby

S: Smells like red wine at first, then you can smell some currants and "regular" beer smells

T: Tart like a sour beer should be. The first thing you test is the sour, then you you can taste the currents, the Cabernet oak barrel, and traditional beer flavors. It leaves I nice finish of sour cherries.

M: Wonderful effervescent feeling on the tongue!

D: I never heard of sour beers until I first started to go regularly to the the Toronado. At first, I didn't like them, but they grow on you quickly.

Consecration is an excellent "sour beer" (aka Brettanomyces). I got my money's worth with this one. The alcohol does not over power it at all, in fact it's subtle.

Consecration is a perfect example of the "new era" of experimental micro-brews.

Beers like this really make you wonder why you ever drank PBR, Bud, or Corona. Consecration is one beer raising and bettering beer's reputation (ruined by the macro brews).

Bluetick, May 17, 2010
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lagunitas beer circus. Poured into a 4 ounce sample glass the shape of a small pilsner glass. Light ruby colored body with a small light beige head. Aroma is of very tart and funky dark fruits. Can't pick out any specific fruit in particular. Taste is mouth puckering funky tartness to the extreme. Very fruity. The barrel aging adds depth and complexity. Delicious all around and I'm sure very satisfying to someone in the mood for some serious funk.

KickbacksSteve, May 16, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a 750 mL bottle (003x4) into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma. Big thanks to Drink1121 for this one.
A: Ruby deep brown, it poured with a thinner head that died to a good cream collar.
S: Raisins and prunes, sour red wine with a nice oaky characteristic, leafy hops, and cabernet.
T: Sour, with cabernet and oak, cranberry and cherry (mostly from the currants), with a moldy, leafy hops on the finish.
M: Thinner and spritzy.
D: Awesome. I could finish the whole bottle and more.

ne0m00re, May 14, 2010
Photo of pastradul
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Some friends picked up a bottle at B.L.A.H. for my birthday.

Pours a dark burgundy, with a slight pink head a little less then an inch thick. it goes away pretty quick.

the currents really come out in the beer! Gives it an earthy dry smell, lots of fruit sweetness is upfront with a bit a tartness on the nose.

The taste and mouth feel is just amazing. very smooth mouth feel with a slight tingle of carb on the tongue. Up front is a strong tart hello, then followed by a very sweet taste of blackberries followed by currents.

Really a great beer! I think I might like this more then supplication?

pastradul, May 14, 2010
Photo of pmccallum86
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an awesome mahogany cherry red with a small to medium sized head that dissipates quickly. Great dark maroon copper color in body, it looks great for a dark sour.

Smell is funky, some vinegar and barrel notes come through here.

Taste is of big funkiness, some oak comes through as well as vinegar and other sour notes. Some subtle horseblanket and prevalent leather come through. Very tart in the finish, quite a good sour. Another great one from Russian River.

Mouthfeel is of medium carbonation with a light dry finish. My moth waters after the finish for quite a while.

Quite drinkable for a sour of 10% ABV, I like this beer quite a bit and will seek it out in the future.

pmccallum86, May 14, 2010
Photo of andyfrancis
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful deep reddish brown in a tiny snifter. Bubbly and more bubbly. Smells of the currants with some sour notes. On tasting, bubbles attack every exposed part of my mouth, giving birth to a flavor explosion. Is it wine? ale? sour? wood? Delcicious. Best of all, for having a such great, complex taste, it doesn't kill your palate. This my favorite of the Russian River 'tion beers. It's a good beer to give a swill drinker a taste of, exposing them to what's possible with a little creativity and experimentation.

andyfrancis, May 12, 2010
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 4,045 ratings.