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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3148
Reviews: 1003
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 10.07%


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
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Chizoad

California

4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this on many occasions, and it is a classic. Every time on-tap though, and like Temptation, I suspect it's better in the bottle with a little age on it.

Small bit of foam but rapidly dissipates, leaving no lacing. Very pretty, clear brown beer with edges having a light amber hue.

Heavenly smell that hints at wine, salt, sourness, oak, slight malt. The taste is nearly identical, and has depth to it that makes you want to take more and more sips. Not overwhelmingly sour either which keeps the mouthfeel well balanced. Perfect carbonation.

Highly drinkable. I would give this a 5 but it can get sour and a little cloying after a while.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 23:40:25 | More by Chizoad
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dragonWhale

New York

4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How I love the Eastside..

8 oz into a snifter. This is a medley of the gods. Yes, there are currants here, but there is so much more, and it is hardly about the fruit so much as about the magnificence of of the blend. Sharply sour, there is a slight fruit funk to it but blending in well with the minimal malt presence.
The clear amber looks absolutely glorious in the glass, sturdy and lovingly giving its all to you, astute beer drinker. Smells and tastes sharp and slightly fruity, currants. An absolute treasure, a pleasure. It rips its flavor into your throat, forcing you to appreciate or die trying. The alcohol comes out a bit but the sour dominates the profile. This is a magical beast, worthy of all praise.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2010 00:15:27 | More by dragonWhale
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boMD

Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have had this many times on tap. Lets talk about a Saraveza pour. Ruby hue with a beige head. Tart, funky tones, with oak and yeast on the nose. Well carbonated which balanced the alcohol and tart, sour characteristics. I could feel the alcohol going down my esophagus which was pretty warming. Some flavors of oak and wild yeast which was noticeable but not as smooth and tart/sour as I would hope. And the currants were very subtle and in the background mostly and a little in the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2010 20:46:08 | More by boMD
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oregone

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rockin good.
First beer that I'd serve in a proper (read: good) wine glass. And that's how I do.
Just all around excellent with pronounced vinous qualities and aggressive but evolving and complex character. Not as seductive as the Temptation, nor as drinkable, but certainly better than the Supplication which lacks the charm of the former and the strength of this.
Ruby crimson appearance with very active effervescence. Small bubbles.
Smells of hide and the barrels it was aged in. Oak, Northern California Cabernet. New shoes and old cars. Dried tart cherries. Pedro Ximenez sherry.
Feels very crisp in the mouth, which suits this as it could become too intense without the refreshment. I've heard this element of this beer criticized, but I think that it is a good fit here. Refreshing. Pierces the cheeks and a hint of sharpness on the tongue.
Taste is extravagant. Fruit up front, with cherry and currant being predominant. Grapey on the back palate. Earthiness and woodiness weave through.
Very drinkable. Can and have sipped this for hours. The effervescence and tartness pace the consumption, and the quality keeps you coming back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2010 08:48:16 | More by oregone
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Pipmeister

California

4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap here at Tustin Brew Co for Russian River week.

A- Nice bronze/cherry hue, very clear with pretty much no head which is expected. Very good looking brew.

S- Very sour smelling with a faint hint of fruitiness. Hard to pick out one exact smell though, pretty much just smells like sourness, crisp.

T- Pucker up, this one packs a punch that rivals warhead sour gum. Good clean dry finish, very crisp with some pommegranite lightly in the background.

M- Once again, very clean and dry. Similar to champagne with dryness.

Overall it's an excellent beer that provides that perfect sourness.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2010 00:10:49 | More by Pipmeister
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jgasparine

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the tap at Kraftwork in Philly on 9/3/2010 with virtually no head no lacing. A completely still garnet colored body... optically clear... virtually no carbonation.

S- The nose is laced with aromas of cherry and a heavy musty phenolic. The nose is somewhat simple until the beer warms... where a number of malty, vinous and dark fruit esters emerge.

T- In the mouth it's a complete rollercoaster. It starts out with some sweet crystal malts, which are met with some dark fruit esters. On the mid-palate, some mild hop bitterness is met with a moderate lactic, slightly acetic sourness, which builds tremendously with a kick of savory melanoidin and an echo of oak in the finish. Lingers incredibly on the tongue. The dynamic range of this beer is incredible!

M- Medium body accentuated by a very soft, delicate carbonation. There's a mild to moderate astringency there, that works well for the style. A little slick oily texture there. Wonderful.

D- So incredibly dynamic. And the EtOH is SOOO well-hidden, it's amazing!

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2010 00:09:53 | More by jgasparine
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Axic10

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1 on-tap at Teresa's Next Door.

Appearance: Dark brown with a thin ring of head, much dark than the batch 3 which a friend was drinking.

Smell: Funk, pinot noir, strong wine aroma.

Taste: Holy sour. Tart cherries, strong bitter sour flavor with a slightly subdued Brett character coming through.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Drinkability: One of the readily available (seasonal or when they release it at least) Russian River sours. I really enjoy this beer and get it whenever I see it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2010 03:01:38 | More by Axic10
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Russian River Consecration

served on tap at Monk's Belgian Cafe in Philadelphia, PA

Appearance: Dark brown, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: Whoa! Cabernet wine and oak

Taste: Like wine- grape, sweet-tart, and a sourness.

Mouthfeel: Medium

Overall:
Sour beers aren't really my forté, but this tasted like wine and sweet-tarts. It was odd and flavorful. It was also a tad too sweet for my taste.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2010 03:49:26 | More by megahurts4
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localhost

California

4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I lack the proper adjectives to describe the taste of this beer. I have had it both in a bottle and on top now, most recently on tap. It is extremely sour, yet has an amazing flavor.

Pours dark red with very little head, looks very inviting. Smells very sweet and sour. The taste is a complete explosion of fruity sourness and sweetness. I'm not sure what exactly i'm tasting, all i know is that it is strong and i like it. My mouth was a little dry afterward but not much more than other beers. Even though this beer is incredibly sour, i found myself ordering more than one in a row, so i would say the drinkability is pretty good. Definitely a sipping beer, but still amazing overall.

Long story short: buy it and drink it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2010 04:16:28 | More by localhost
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fcaf

Washington

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had two pours from the local Belgian pub and two bottles from the supermarket. Both showed a beautiful reddish-brown color with a small head. The taste was sour without being gaudy about it, with a balancing sweetness that covered the high ABV almost entirely.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2010 23:13:05 | More by fcaf
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Monk's in philly. review from notes.

A - A lovely copper brown color with golden hues and barely any head or lacing.

S - Remarkably cherry and tart, along with some hints of alcohol and red wine.

T - Highly sour and acidic up front, but the sweeter currant flavors quickly balance the taste before an amazingly unique wine flavor starts to kick in. Smacking of dark fruit, oak, and red wine, the ale quickly warms you as the 10.5 abv is almost nonexistent until finally creeping in towards the finish, creating a rush of boozyness which isn't overwhelming.

M - Bubbly, sticky, tart, and dry.

D - Possibly one of the easiest drinking wild ales I've ever had, especially at 10.5%. You can sense the alcohol in the finish, but it's tough to only have one, especially on tap.

These are expensive, and worth every penny. Absolutely delicious, refreshing, vibrant, exciting, and pleasant to drink. I only wish we could get RR in NJ, but at least Philly is within striking distance.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2010 22:38:11 | More by xnicknj
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried on tap at Monk's "Speakeasy" on Wednesday 8/18. Review from notes.

This highly sought after sour pours a reddish brown with amber hues and an impossibly deep body. Carbonation is modest, as is the head and lacing. Takes on a bronzy red wine vibe when held to the light. It's incredibly attractive and arousing.

Aromas are a Sour Patch Kids fan's dream come true. Vinegar, tart berry, a blanket of musk and a whiff of a brown ale's buttery notes are equally on display. The whole package is striking, as is the profound blast of sour that stings the nose from first sniff.

Flavor is like biting into a Warhead hard candy (in the best way). Face puckering sour cherries, Belgian brown ale malt, an oakey wood barrel musk and the fruity sweetness of a Flanders Red all perfectly round out the flavor.

This is the best of the style (in my humble opinion) and I think the delicate balance is the reason. It moves so smoothly from tart blast to malt to musk without ever losing focus or leaning on the sourness as a crutch.

It's also criminally easy to drink for its bombastic 10%. It's even easier to consume on tap and (after trying it at a bar and from a bottle) it just feels so vibrant and flavorful right from the keg.

A must try!

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2010 04:06:28 | More by deapokid
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stonelis

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap. deep dark red in color. First taste was a blast of sour cherry. Carbonation was a bit odd, kind of like a mellow champagne. citrus, lemon. This beer was just amazing as it warmed there was flavors of oak, rum, brandy. This beer is a real treat for the taste buds, sensations of all types. A slightly sour finish. My wife even liked this one and she hates beer!

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 21:25:19 | More by stonelis
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at RR

Pour was a deep ruby with bright amber orange. Little to no head.

Lots of currants up front. Nice sourness really blends well with the currants. Light oak and dark grape really blend well. There was. A strong vanilla presence that really irked me. I have had consecration many times, every batch, and this is the first time I have tasted this. Not sure if it is a tap thing. I was not digging it.

Lots of carbonation with a very dry feeling.

This was my first time having this on tap. Id hate to score this low if it is a one off because it destroys from the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 04:51:25 | More by hooliganlife
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biggied

California

4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a dark reddish shade of brown with a half finger head that fades nearly instantly. 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- 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 too much for some...but not me. I love this. It packs a punch though, but you can't really taste the booze at all. First class sour from RR.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2010 03:24:24 | More by biggied
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nataku00

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a short snifter at a local bar. Due to poor lightning, I can't really comment on the exact color, but it was likely a very dark red.

Smells of dried berries and sour funk, with a hint of oak.

Taste of tart fruit right up front, but finishes smooth due to the oak. Lingers on the tongue with the currants and oak primarily, with the sour notes disappearing.

A very rich beer that coats the inside of your mouth if you swish it around. No carbonation in the glass that I had.

Due to the intensity of the upfront sourness, it requires sipping. Took me an hour to finish a 10 oz glass as I was letting the flavors transform in my mouth with each sip, until it fades and I take yet another sip.

A very delicious beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2010 02:23:42 | More by nataku00
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monks.

A - Great looking brown/reddish body deep in color.

S - Smelled sweet and sour, fruity and delicious.

T - Alot of fruity wine flavor on the palate. This one is sour, dry and delicious. Semi sweet with some citrus and slight warming alcohol.

M - Moderately carbonated and so smooth and soft. Very crisp taste and mouthfeel makes this one enjoyable. Dry and sour/sweet through the whole sip.

D - This beer was incredibly tasty and crisp and refreshing. To me that makes it very easy to drink. The alcohol wasnt overwhelming.

Notes - First time I had this beer and it was fantastic. Had it along with the Charcouterie platter full of meat, cheese and fruit and paired nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2010 02:42:54 | More by BeerForMuscle
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klikger

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Russian River (and then at Toronado - twice).

A - Light brown, with a fair amount of red when held in the light. There's a fair amount of off-white head and a substantial bit of lacing develops as the minutes pass.

S - Funky yeast and red wine are evident right away. Vinegar is also accessible, as is the essence of summer fruits.

T - Chocolate-covered cherries strike first, with a punch of citrus bitterness (yet not due to hops) afterward. The middle is more of the latter - lemons in droves with lime and cranberry. The back half is brett-ified, palpable funkiness, with notes of raspberries and dried montmorency cherries.

M - Like velvet - medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and ultra-smooth.

D - Again, smooth. Utterly drinkable, with well-hidden alcohol.

What a beer - there's nothing left to say.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2010 22:35:27 | More by klikger
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Monk's Cafe

A-pours a flat looking reddish copper color that is quite clear and has virtually no head.

S-the nose is very big, lots of vinous red wine characteristics with a faint earthy tone to it. very little oak with the sweet currant in the back. just a hint of acidity in the back but light.

T-nicely balance, sweet red wine, dark red grapes, nice sourness to it, hints of oak underneath. tart cherries and currants add sweetness to it with a light spice in the back.

M-this has a smooth and medium body with huge carbonation and a crisp dry finish. very nice feel to it!

D-awesome beer, great vinous characteristics with a light barrel aging and great balance of sweetness to sour. the spice adds some kick and this is a beautiful very wine like brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2010 14:47:53 | More by cpetrone84
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SShelly

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2010 04:15:16 | More by SShelly
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VoiceOfTheSoul

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2010 06:07:40 | More by VoiceOfTheSoul
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Anaz

California

4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2010 04:17:45 | More by Anaz
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henrysunset

Washington

4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2010 01:06:42 | More by henrysunset
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beagle75

Iowa

3.35/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Tustin Brewing Company; a ten-ounce serving poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Clear, reddish-amber color with a small amount of white head that quickly diminishes to a patchy residue and ring of foam.

S: Weak ascetic odor with slight urea. While it sounds repulsive, the overall mildness of the smell keeps it from being overpowering.

T: Taste begins very sour and also fruity. The taste of wine is diminished and blends well with the other flavors of currants and stone fruits. An aftertaste rapidly sets in consisting of strong, assertive oak and bready yeast. The flavor of the yeast is noticeable in every sip and I find myself looking forward to it--not what I expected to find in this beer. There is no flavor of alcohol detectable.

M: Viscosity is thin but not watery or distracting. Moderate carbonation could be less, as it seems to exhaust the palate by the end of the serving.

D: This beer is truly a challenge, both in terms of alcohol content as well as flavor. It is most similar to another Russian River sour, Supplication. Neither drinks as easily as some other American-brewed sour brown ales such as The Bruery's Oude Tart or Jolly Pumpkin's La Roja. Be warned before you open a large bottle of this beer for yourself--you would have to love sours unconditionally to enjoy all 750 ml.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2010 23:22:36 | More by beagle75
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at resurrection ale house.

A- comes to me with no head. A hazy deep chestnut with a red glow.

S- murky dank fruit and funky wood. A background sweetness hidden in the murk. Slightly herbatious with some mint and thyme.

T- sour and woody with funky fruit and old buggy oak. Herbatious with thyme, oregano, some mint, grassy with some vineous hits. Long tart finish.


M- medium body and about the same in carb. Small bubbles at first them growing and exploding. Dry with a nice pucker.

D- how this pulls in at 10 abv ill never know but damn! Super good stuff and not to buggy, but can something be to buggy?

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2010 17:57:03 | More by oglmcdgl
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,148 ratings.