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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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world-class

3,726 Ratings
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100
world-class

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Ratings: 3,726
Reviews: 1,033
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 1,342
Gots: 1,165 | FT: 84
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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IPAIsaac

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

11-25-2013 02:37:42 | More by IPAIsaac
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itsthepleats

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

11-24-2013 21:07:55 | More by itsthepleats
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.59/5  rDev +2.5%

Two bottles, bottled (07/18/13)
Had at 4 moths (11/23/13), 375 ml corked bottle into tulip:
A – dark brown, with ruby highlights, brandy appearance with no lacing.
S – sour cherry, dark fruits, an aged but lively current note, some oak with an inviting balanced sourness throughout. Aggressive but balanced.
T – you pick up some of the jammy Cab Sauv character and then dryness toward the end, works perfectly together with the sourness and intense dark fruits. Coating smooth tart and sour character, with some of the wine oaky tannins. Doesn’t feel overly sour at all with a dry finish and a balanced clean body.
M – initial carbonation fades off fairly quickly but still drinks so well. Alcohol presence is remarkably absent. Sourness integrates perfectly well giving a full bodied feel and a slick film on the finish. Steller.
A interesting and perfectly balanced blend of winey dark fruits, oaky dryness and a strong bretty sourness that feels so well-made, still a bit of liveliness to it and it balance is great. Nothing artificial or cloying. Delicious throughout, such a killer wild ale and you pick up all the elements that go into it really nicely and the end result is delicious.

Had aged ….

11-24-2013 15:19:46 | More by mick303
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Skrypt

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +6%

11-24-2013 06:32:40 | More by Skrypt
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Zkscharf

California

4.75/5  rDev +6%

11-24-2013 03:31:50 | More by Zkscharf
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

11-23-2013 05:32:59 | More by Powderhornphil
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vinny21bal

Illinois

4.94/5  rDev +10.3%

The cats meow. I love Russian River Sours. They are second to non. Temptation is my favorite in the line of sours but this one is amazing as well. A little bit of the old world funk, and some nice barrel flavor as well. They have also mastered the perfect sour taste. Not like Love Child where it taste artificial and just pure sour. I recommend this beer to anyone.

11-23-2013 04:55:32 | More by vinny21bal
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Saltee

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

11-23-2013 04:12:23 | More by Saltee
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daveydapoolman

California

4.75/5  rDev +6%

11-22-2013 21:52:20 | More by daveydapoolman
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cbros

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +6%

11-22-2013 15:15:47 | More by cbros
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Janis_Hoplin

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

11-22-2013 06:02:58 | More by Janis_Hoplin
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fredmugs

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

11-22-2013 04:22:47 | More by fredmugs
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jeff1973

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

11-22-2013 02:29:33 | More by jeff1973
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Ysgard

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +6%

11-21-2013 14:21:56 | More by Ysgard
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DrinkDANK1

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +6%

11-20-2013 17:02:55 | More by DrinkDANK1
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22Blue

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

11-20-2013 01:21:22 | More by 22Blue
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N3ptune

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

11-19-2013 22:33:35 | More by N3ptune
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Mknght

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +6%

11-19-2013 10:50:20 | More by Mknght
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pourmeadrink

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

11-18-2013 14:07:17 | More by pourmeadrink
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Zaximus

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +6%

11-18-2013 04:27:58 | More by Zaximus
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07Bigben01

California

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

11-18-2013 01:22:09 | More by 07Bigben01
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.16/5  rDev -7.1%

Pours a half finger of quickly-fading beige head, leaving a nice thin rim. Brew is a lighter, nutty brown; almost clear brown on the pour, but a solid, strongly translucent reddish-brown in the glass. Lacing is basically nonexistent.

Sweet yeast, wild funkiness, and a tart sour are all present: very complex. Difficult to identify many individual aromas: grapes, dark fruit, and wild yeast are most prevalent, with a slightly sweet and cheesy funkiness at the end.

Immediately sour, with a tartness that maintains throughout the experience. The cheese funk comes into play on the back-end. Red grapes and Cabernet Sauvignon are very apparent. There's a very light sweetness present, but the sour flavor is by far the most powerful and overwhelming.

Medium to thin mouthfeel, but with a nice oily residue. The tartness makes it difficult to drink this particularly fast, despite the mouthfeel. Slight sting; the sourness doesn't quite make me pucker, but it does wake up the taste buds throughout my mouth. Noticeable foaming.

I don't have a ton of experience with sours, although I've had a few wild ales. This is exceptionally well crafted and smooth. It might not be the most accessible sour or wild ale, as it's definitely not an intro beer, but it's so well made, it should be enjoyable even to novices (like me).

Thanks to JayORear for this trade!

11-17-2013 23:58:09 | More by Roguer
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Morockm

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

11-17-2013 23:01:00 | More by Morockm
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twloco

Washington

5/5  rDev +11.6%

11-17-2013 22:27:05 | More by twloco
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impending

California

4.74/5  rDev +5.8%

A+

at the source. Served a deep cheery purple walnut, beautiful garnet backlit, minor froth minor stay, minor lacing.

intoxicating aroma
outstanding depth, so many nuances you can focus on
plum, sour cherry, oaky, vinous
delicious

the flavor is up to the task promised by the scent
one of the few brews that makes my mouth water while drinking it
all the fruits, tart to perfection, sometimes tobacco

mouth tingling shy of medium

simply fantastic
cheers
jd

11-17-2013 00:54:57 | More by impending
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,726 ratings.