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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,140
Reviews: 1,046
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,396
Gots: 1,296 | FT: 87
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 greenmonstah
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle into DFH snifter. Batch 002x1, bottled 3/30/09 and tasted 1/20/11

A - Pours a deep red-brown with half a finger of light brown head.

S - Brett funk that I recognize from Supplication, but with a hint of the currants and a fruity sweetness. Almost like a funky red wine.

T - Very tart and sour. A deep sourness dominates your palate. The brett flavor from Supplication is present, as are currants. I don't know enough about wine to say that I was tasting Cabernet, but I was definitely tasting "red wine" to some degree. There is also a bit of dark cherry flavor present. It is very similar to Supplication.

M - Medium body with active carbonation and a very dry finish.

D - So impossibly easy to drink for a 10%. No booze at all. Delicious and a real joy to experience such a unique beer. High marks because of the ease of drinking compared to the ABV.

greenmonstah, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of GarrettMD
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark red in color, 1 finger head at the pour but it is gone in an instant. Not even a lacing of bubbles in my glass.

S - Brett yeast is the predominant aroma. Not much else is coming through but the brett is so overpowering nothing should be able to come through. Smells exactly like Supplication, with a hint of currants in the background.

T - Once again, I haven't had many wild beers, so I can't place the tastes as well as most might be able to, but the sour flavor of the wild yeasts is predominant to me. Dark fruits, specifically the currant and some cherry which could be coming from the yeast.

M - Medium bodied, low carbonation, both expected with this beer. Finish is dry and sour with some sweetness from the fruits.

D - Very drinkable, ABV doesn't seem like it's close to 10%. One of the most sour beers I have ever had, but still surprisingly easy to drink and go back for more.

GarrettMD, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came out brown with red hues to it. Minimal head to the beer. Aroma of funk, cranberry, cabernet, cherry and oak.

Taste, excellent, tart, yet substantial, tannins dry out the mouth, wood flavor melds with everything else. Slight cherry flavor. Even though very red and brown in appearance, comes off very dry. Currants, brown sugar.

Extremely drinkable, alcohol doesn't seem to be present at all. Couldn't give it a perfect 5, it is just too expensive to get a perfect score.

Loved having this in the bottle as well, the cork was all twisted to one side, so you knew there was lots of carbonation in there (not too much though).

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of jsanford
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 01x2. Struggled to get the cork out, bad boy was in there good! Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. The one inch foamy white head quickly dissipates, leaving no haze or lacing. Aggressive carbonation is highly visible.
S - Wow, there's a lot going on here. Tart red berries (currants and raspberries), red wine vinegar, cinnamon, oak, vanilla, brown sugar and funk. Insanely complex.
T - Incredibly sour, tastes of red wine, more red berries, brown sugar, oak and tobacco. Flavors rise and fall as this beer warms up, not unlike a nice red wine.
M - Medium-thin body with sharp, stabbing carbonation. There's a dry, puckering effect on the palate, just completely numbs out your mouth.
D - While this is certainly a sipper, I had absolutely no problem drinking the bottle (almost) by myself.

jsanford, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of Duhast500
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

The color is a clear ruby red with a slight finger of foamy white head that leaves fast and there is no lacing on the glass.

The smell is woody with some barely-wine like aroma. Some currant and raisin aroma. There is a hint of DR. Pepper there in the background as well with a sugary flavor that is hard to place.

The taste is sour at first, there is a bit of sour cherry flavor that hits the tongue and spirals though the taste buds. The oak is there in the back and is boarding the fruit and sweet malty flavor from getting away before the sour flavor makes things crooked.

The feel of this beer is pretty big, there is a large flavor and it finds its way down but has an aftertaste that lasts and lasts. Smooth is the feel but there is a punch coming at the end

Duhast500, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of tobin
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brew pub

Came to the table with a nice looking dark brown with a thick tan head that dissapated to about 1/4" and stayed there. Not alot of sticky lacing though.

Smells of alot of bret funk with tart cherries and some oak.

Taste is wonderful hands down best sour I have had so far. You can really taste the wine notes from the barrels and the oak and bret mixed with the malts is sublime. Wonderful

Mouthfeel is perfect for this beer. Couldn't ask for more.

Drinkability is high and is a beer I wish I had more of!

tobin, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From notes: (Have also had by the bottle.)
Had on tap at Toronado. Pours a deep amber/red with minimal head and no real lace. Not too surpeizing for the ABV. Smells like sour grapes and funk with a sweetness at the end. Taste-wise it is hard to pick things out through the sour. There is some sour, some funk and bread (along with a few things that I can't put my finger on. I'm surprized at the lack of booze being that it's the big 10. Perfect mouth for a good sipping beer. I've been enjoying the slowly fading aftertaste.
I prefer Temptation or Supplication but I'll rate this high anyway being that it is still an amazing sour. Thanks again Russian River (and thank you bartender for the free beer!)

OBeerMeGreatOne, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Dspohn
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL, Batch 03X2, 2008 I believe so this ones a few years old, poured into a DFH signature glass.

Pours a very dark garnet color, almost ruby when held to the slight, lots of small champange sized bubbles that settled into a nice collar. The nose is restrained but inviting, sour dark fruits, figs and dates. Earthy, damp, musty are things that came to mind. The flavor is unquestionably more sour, very acidic, chalky, very dry. Has almost a chocolately, earthy component, not unlike characteristics I get from some belgian quads, definitely interesting. Oak from the barrel aging is also noticable. High ABV with this one compared to some other Russian River wild ales, the body is a little more full, the malt a little more perceived. After having this fresh on tap at the brewpub and after a couple years in the bottle, I prefer the older and bottled version.

Dspohn, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Tanish brown, 1/2 head with some lacing.

SMell - Cherries, oak whiskey. Yeast and alcohol

Taste - Sour cherry, thin and dry. This really reminds me of a table wine. The oaked whiskey and yeast sour this even more.

Mouthfeel - Its thin, dry, and sour. Whole mouth is soured. Palette gets numbed from the alcohol, better eat and have water after this one.

Drinkabilty - The alcohol is masked good, this is a session beer, and quite good for a sour ale. I could drink this again, its not the sour monster then supplication is. Wine drinker would enjoy this for sure.

wvsabbath, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of ekardz
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 004x2

Aggressive pour leaves almost no head and little carbonation with a reddish amber color. Smells like a red wine, sour grapes, cherries, and smell the currants. Tastes like a sour red wine, picking up lots of tart flavors and light citrus. Light bodied with little carbonation and a dry finish. Very easy to drink, and @ 10% can sneak up on you quickly, just getting into sours, and this was a nice one to enjoy.

ekardz, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of nniicckkww
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 005x2F brewed 12/1/2009 bottled 10/17/2010

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a chalice. The corked came out easily with a nice 'pop.' Fizzy rusty head of about an inch quickly dissipated. Reddish, brown color with a slight cloudiness.

Aroma of red wine, musty wet wood and leather. Mouthwatering. Lively carbonation that leads into a fruity, tartness followed by leather and earth. Dark fruits. Finish is long and smooth, yet acidic at the same time. Perfectly balanced sourness. In a blind taste taste, I could not tell if this was 4% or 10% abv. Amazing.

A very complex beer.

nniicckkww, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of LazyL
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an experiance. This is not your grandfathers beer. Not unless he came from a small town in the middle of nowheres ville Europe.

The colour is beer bottle brown with some hot pink tones in the light. The nose is amazing. Real tart scents of cranberry and mild oak. A bit over carbonated but seems to work with this weird concoction. This taste more like a lambic to me. The fruit notes are extremly strong in this one. A bomber is definately to be shared as this is a late night sipper. The 10% doesnt hit you over the head but the tartness does. Reminds me of a cranberry fruit wine from our area. They used cab sauv barrels and there is a real wine influence here. A little Pinot Noir maybe. If you know a wine guy, this would be an interesting bottle to show off at a late night get together with some cheese and crackers.

Beer? This is somthing a bit beyond beer. Perhaps it needs it own catagory. Glad I tried it for the experiance but not a beer for watching the game tonight. This is unique and very different. As this is is quite a long review, I have had quite a few sips and I must say as both it and I warm up, that it is growing on me. Sort of like those sour candies that you just cant stop eating.

LazyL, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of spree92
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting brew. Batch3x3. Hazy pour. Deep burgundy highlighted by a pink tones. This one packs a punch.
Apple, berries and earthyness are strong. You can even smell the tatrness of this beast.
ABV at 10% isn't that noticeable but this, to me, is a true sour. Thick, heavy and sticks around.
Super happy I tried and not close to what I was expecting.

spree92, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of myatomicpolygon
4.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 004x4

Appearance- poured into a wine glass a light amber red with golden honey highlights and a small layer of white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a ring around the glass

Smell- leather, barnyard, slight vinegar, grape tannins, currant

Taste- barnyard funk, wood, and tartness up front with a dry currant finish. good balance and complexity of flavor. the tartness from the bacteria and funk from the brett is put in check by the sweetness from the fruit and the oak.

Mouthfeel- crisp, dry, refreshing, lively

Drinkability- alcohol is well masked, may be a bit too sour and tart for some due to the style...but well balanced with the fruit and easy to drink...but hard to find on the East Coast...and when you do it comes with a high price tag.

myatomicpolygon, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/10/2011

A: sour cherries, very tart, semi-sweet

Ap: amber-red with a small white to off-white head (the top layer of the glass only) that dissipated very quickly. absolutely no lacing.

B/T: moderate carbonation, lots of tiny bubbles dancing on my tongue

Af: definitely sour! taste like tart cherries, a little bit of sweetness in the mix

O: sour cherry sippin' beer

Cheers!
The CPJ

THECPJ, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of khumbard
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Tieman for this ridiculous EXTRA... you are the man.

Batch 004x2. Pours a dark amber color, little to no head. A constant stream of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass keeps it from being completely still. Smell has a good amount of funk with some fruitiness behind. Taste is sour, but not over the top. Just enough lactic sourness for my liking. The currents are there, but in good balance. Starts off slightly sweet, and finishes dry, funky, and sour. Delicious. Mouthfeel is lively. The 10% is no where to be found, the nature of the style hurts drinkability slightly... but I could drink quite a bit of this one. RR is the king of American made sours, and this one is near the top.

khumbard, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of larryi86
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375 mL bottle poured into a tulip, Batch 004x1

A- Hazy reddish/brown color with almost no head.

S- Sour barn yard funk, hints of fruit and oak.

T- Sour and tart lemon/citrus flavors up front at really dominate taste in a great way. Juicy citrus fruit flavors. Nice funky finish that has some bitterness and hints of oak.

M- Crisp, smooth, refresh.

D- Almost too easy to drink. 10%ABV is not noticeable at all. This is just a great sour ale that is worth trying if you like sours. I wish this was easier to find around me, so far this is the best sour that I have had.

larryi86, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Swimsum
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found some old reviews. This was sampled with ThreeWiseMen on 10/18/10. Batch 2 into Duvel tulip.

Pours out a nice dark red, almost mahogany like color. Ivory colored head emerges from this. Held to the light can see very active carbonation. Head settles to thin layer on top of beer. In light the body lights up to a brilliant ruby. Head stays around for whole session but no lacing is present.

Most sourness with red currants that are very prevalent. This is the first time having this and it honestly smells amazing. Really like the red currant smell.

Tart and sour just like the smell. Much more sour than I thought it was going to be (haven't had a lot of sours up to this point). However, as the session went on was able to get used to the sourness. The currants make themselves known as well. By the end of the glass, this became really balanced for me and I really wasn't even noticing the sourness, was more of a subtle sourness. Very nice.

This was pretty well carbonated. I have no idea if it is too high for the style or what but I felt a good amount of carbonation when the beer was on the tongue. Regardless, I really like how this feel goes down.

Amazingly drinkable. I wasn't sure what to expect in regards to sourness but this is very well done and taste great. I'll be buying this a lot many times over and over.

Swimsum, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Beejay
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HUGE Thanks to DmanGTR for this. Been dying to try some RR stuff!!

A: Pretty clear considering, and a beautiful deep copper amber. The head consists of larger white bubbles, which soon dissipate to a ring of white bubbles.

S: Sweet and fruity with sour backing it up. With a hint of caramel. There is a slightly syrupy smell mixed in with a lovely sour scent.

T: The first sip is a sour punch in the face. There is a nice fruit flavor in the finish that I rather enjoy.

M: Medium thin body, very high carbonation, and puckering. The finish is fairly dry.

D: Very nice indeed. This beer could define the category.

Beejay, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of cetherid
3.9/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a tulip

A.

A dark maroon color, when held up to the light you get the reds to come out. Its relatively clear and a head that is pretty much non existent.

S.

Funky sour smell with some wine characteristics. Musty smell, a little oak, and some dark fruit like cherries coming out. (the currants I'd imagine). I've been on a lambic kick lately and I love the aroma of this as it similar, yet different.

T.

A sour dominant beer. The first taste you get is sourness and it lingers for quite awhile. The other flavors are hard to pickup because of the sourness, but I get a little fruity red wine in there with a dry finish.

M.

light bodied. Carbonation is there (but doesnt look like it from the appearance) You get the acidic feeling on the tongue and a nice dry finish.

D.

A little low in this category because of cost, availability, ABV, and taste. I think the taste is good, but not so good that I have to try another.

cetherid, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of cjacobsen
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Batch #003 poured into a snifter. Hazy brown with little to no head.

Smelled like wine, had the defined cabernet nose to it. Somewhat sweet and was dry and earthy.

Taste was sour that turned into a mild sweetness. The lingering sourness had sense of a shot of lemon juice and other citrus.

It's got a hefty tartness but it doesn't put off and it's really good.

I feel like there should be more to say about this but there really isn't. It's a straight forward, fantastic sour ale. It's a fantastic beer that is very drinkable and extremely enjoyable.

cjacobsen, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of garbercury
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the generous CaptainRedBeard for this generous extra! Figured this Bell's over RR voter would show some much needed love to a great brewery! It does not have to be one or the other...

A--Rusty reddish hue, not that much lacing or retention.

S--Classic funk smell, you can also really smell the currants in this, barnyard funk baby.

T--Wonderful sour flavors highlighted by a touch of cherry and currants. Oak really comes through, sweet, tart, really, really, tasty.

M--Good feel. Silky and not over carbonated.

D--Supplication is still my favorite, but this is a damn fine beer. I am consistently impressed by the sours turned out by RR. Obviously, this is a must try if you are a sour fan.

garbercury, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of 2BDChicago
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch # 004X2

A: Golden-amber, with mahagony tones. Clear though bottom of bottle has a slight haze. Little to no foam.

S: The first whiff gives one the indication of a very special brew. Oak barrel influenced, soured, semi-dark fruits. It's inviting and mysterious.

T: First impression is refreshingly tart and dry. The after taste is unbelieveably enticing but I can't separate the various flavor notes. It's a complex blend of taste sensations, and all morphing together then separting, but in the end very inviting. Never would guess the high abv in tastings.

D: RR has taken beers to a different level, which I mean in the most respectfull way. The aroma is as almost as attractive as the taste. As a fan of Imperial Stouts and big IPAs, at times I don't think I have the sosphistication for sours and wild ales, but this brew is easy to understand. The subelty of the complexity of this brew is the amazing skill of the brewer. So, the downside of loving RR is the difficulty in obtaining. Joy of the hunt.

2BDChicago, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of kwjd
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on-tap at Toronado in San Francisco. Pours an amber-brown colour with thin off-white head. Great head retention and lacing down the glass. Smells of sour cherry with some vinegar and maybe some raisin. Huge sour flavour, but also a little bit of candy sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel. I think I finished this off a little bit too quickly.

kwjd, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of LiquidBread219
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= It appears amber maybe a little bit brown when held up to the light it's kind of like a rose color.

S= To me I pick up on cherries, some sour apples kind of smells like a wine almost.

T= The taste is really amazing I believe this is the first time I've been exposed to this style and I really like it. It kind of starts off sweet and then turns sour dig it.

M= Good carbonation. I think the carbonation kind of balanced the bitterness and sours in this one.

D= I think this is a great beer would love to try more.

LiquidBread219, Dec 29, 2010
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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