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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,326 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,326
Reviews: 1,057
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 1,451
Gots: 1,411 | FT: 107
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:
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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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

- Bottled on 11-Feb-14
- 375mL bottle poured into stemless wine glass on 23-Nov-14
Overall, this is the standard grape/wine brown sour that I gauge all others of similar type. This one's nearly flawless. So glad my taste developed the appreciation/love for this.
Love wine-influenced beers, especially sours. This one's perfect for the holidays.

- Batch unknown
- 375mL bottle poured into stemless wine glass on 13-Sep-12

- Batch #8
- 375mL bottle poured into stemless wine glass on 9-Jun-12
Definitely get the sour currants, the grapes from the Cab, the earthy wood element from the barrel. Med bodied with great carbonation. Some heat that's warming and inviting. Most expensive of the 4 RR sours I've tried, but definitely gonna get another bottle.

- Batch unknown
- 1oz. tasting pour off tap @ Hollingshead Deli on 7-Jul-10
This was my first sour experience and it tasted like liquid Warheads. Couldn't appreciate it.

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Arenbeer
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7floz bottle into a tulip glass

Batch 006

A- Pours a beautiful dark reddish brown with 1 finger of off white head that sizzles away quickly due to tons of carbonation.

S- Lots of funk/lactic notes front from all the different wild yeasts, also some cherry and currant notes as well. Definitely getting some darker grain aroma's in the background with slight vinous notes as well. The barrels come through but don't overpower and blend perfectly. Nice and complex

T- Just like the aroma. Funky barnyard and tart sourness up front and with a good amount of musty oak. The currants create a nice fruit profile and also getting lots of cherry with slight vinous grape flavors. Hard to put my finger on everything

M- Medium bodied with champagne like carbonation and a nice tart sour finish that drys the mouth making you want more and more.


Photo of stxSS07
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

B6 into a Duvel Tulip

A- Huge pop off of the cork. Pours a deep mahogany/ruby red with a finger of tight off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin cap.

S- Big mix of lactic sourness, sweet cherry/currant, oaky barrel notes, and some vinous and funky character as well. Really complex.

T- Again, a huge combination of lactic sourness, bretty funk, and surprisingly more fruity sweetness than I found in the nose. I really start to pick up more of the alcohol and barrel notes as the brew warms.

M- Very light, refreshing, and dry. Lively carbonation helps erase any sense of a 10% abv, but the warming in the throat and stomach reveals the true monster.

O- Another home run from RR. Extremely drinkable and I never would have guessed that this brew was 10% abv. This will join Supplication on my constant "wants".

Photo of dogfishandi
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to youradhere for this bottle!

375ml. cork and caged bottle at about fridge temp. shared at a small tasting. batch 006

pours out a darkish red/ brown color with just some thin light tan colored head eventually fading to a ring. minimal lacing.

fruity and funky. the ideal american wild aroma, yet pretty standard for the style. barnyard bretty funk, smells tart, a bit of dark fruits.

a very nice asseritive lemon citrus tartness gets you off the bat. lots of barnyard funk which mostly rules the taste. a bit of dark fruits, and a slight berry flavor, almost a bit winey.

dry and tart, the sourness is really felt all over the palate and sticks around for a bit. hides the ABV very well.

gotta love that classic, in your face russian river sourness! a very solid wild that i would never turn down, but perhaps not the best amongst all the RR sours.

Photo of draheim
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle (batch 003X3) poured into a snifter. Pours a clear mahogany with minimal head, champagne carbonation. A ring of bubbles forms around the edge of the glass.

Aroma is tart cidery funk w/ bright notes of sour fruit and oak. A slight solvent aroma lingers.

Taste is tart, sour, oaky and fruity. Lots of wine notes, really dry on the palate. Almost a combination of a lambic, cabernet, and champagne. Really interesting beer to pick apart; complex.

This is not a beer I would drink every day, but definitely worth revisiting once in a while.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.22/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a HotD Tulip glass.
Batch 006.

A - Pours a cola brown with a lively, foamy tan head. Good retention.

S - Tart cherry, red wine, spices.

T - Woody, red wine, funky, tart.

D - Tons of carbonation, light to medium body, fizzy.

O - Looks like another winner from Russian River.

Photo of dbmernin83
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Number 5 in my RR -tion quest.

Batch 006

Pours a very deep, dark burgundy with an off white head that lasts for maybe 2 minutes.
Sour cherries, red wine on the nose. This is gonna be a tart one.
The first two sips are extremely tart. Sour cherry is all I taste. Then I settle into the beauty. The tartness yields red wine, oak. Tannic.
Carbonation is on, this is the thickest of the sours by RR and the only evidence that it is the highest in alcohol.
In terms of drinkability and personal taste, I prefer the more delicate Temptation and Sanctification. With that said, this is still a phenomenal brew.

Photo of tony223366
4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From my beer journal. Reviewed on October 18, 2011.

A: Really dark brown amber body. Nice head at first, but it quickly went away. Gorgeous looking beer.

S: Really rich aroma. Cherries and dark fruits followed by the distinct tartness. Oak characters interplay throughout.

T: Rich malts turn quickly over to cherries then right to lactic sourness. Finishes earthy and tannic. Really long finish that just works.

M: Medium body with lots of carbonation.

O: Infinitely drinkable. I have absolutely no idea where these ABVs are hiding. Looked down and it was already half gone. Wish it wasn't so expensive because this is one of my favorite beers of all time.

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,326 ratings.