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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,862 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,862
Reviews: 1,036
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 1,361
Gots: 1,200 | 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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Photo of zoso1967
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful dark brown color with red hues. Nice tan head fades quickly. This beer has fairly restrained carbonation. Sourness is evident in the aroma from the first whiff. Apple cider vinegar mixed with brown sugar and fermented berries. Wow, this tastes amazing. Tons of sour, tart cherries, berries, citric acid and vinegar. This is backed up by a dark sugar, caramely malt base with what seems like a hint of vanilla and a bit of spice. Also has a bit of a red wine like quality. Quite tasty and begging for another sip. Fairly full bodied with a somewhat sticky finish. The sour helps balance off the sweetness in the finish. Also worth mentioning that for being it goes down quite smooth. Cannot detect the 10% ABV at all. For the style I would say this is quite drinkable. I think I will have another!

zoso1967, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Saraveza in Portland, OR in a snifter

Appearance - Nice foamy head, moderate lacing, dark brown copper appearance

Smell - Fruit aromas

Taste - Has a cider/wine taste, some citrus, very sour

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, medium-light thickness, a bit tingly on the tongue

Drinkability - Delicous beer. Highly regarded and worth it. Could easily finish a 750mL bottle if I wasn't driving anywhere.

djbreezy, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of SiphonKing
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazing barrel-aged sour beer from Russian River. Thanks Cole for having this brought in from the West Coast for some Midwest beeries. Lots of sour and delicious puckery taste to this beer. The currants add a rasiny almost fruity aftertaste to the palate. The Cab. barrel must have had a hand in adding some sort of tannic quality to the beer but it is not overpowering. The sour really shines through. Excellent time in the barrel and very delicious. A true sipping beer and a worthy treat!

SiphonKing, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of hayesez
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with vasdef42. Thanks for the hook-up and extreme generosity, Jared!

Shared with my wife and poured into my New Belgium tulip glass (also courtesy of vasdef42). We've been stuck on this Wild Ale kick and have enjoyed trying several new beers!

This one presents a dark copper pour leaving a bit of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Against the wishes of Russian River, I swirl the good stuff and top off my glass. A light brown two-finger head is perched atop this brew and the sediment muddies it, and the rest of the beer, just a bit. When held to the light, the beer shines a deep red.

The smell was surprisingly mild. Not as much funk as I would expect, but I could definitely get a whiff of the sour. Hints of dark red fruits with vinous tendencies.

The taste is an intense tart and sour. The red wine is definitely there, as well as the dark fruit. A lighter medium-bodied beer that has a divine lingering astringency. It ended up being a bit much for my wife...but that just means more for me. The 10% alcohol was not detectable at all. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer...seems to be commonplace for Russian River.

Consumed on 1/27/2010

hayesez, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of hardy008
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 003X3. Pours a ruby brown color with a tan head which did not last long. After I opened the bottle, I went to put the corkscrew away and could smell the beer from 10 feet away. Smells of sour cherries, currants, vinegar, oak, and some vanilla. So far, this is hands down the best tasting sour ale I have had. The taste matches the smell almost perfectly, except the vinegar is muted, and the cherries are more tart than sour.

Finishes dry, with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. The alcohol is well hidden for 10%. Light, fizzy carbonation, and medium bodied. Very smooth for a sour or wild ale. Very drinkable.

hardy008, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of davod23
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 3 poured into my Bruery tulip.

Pours a deep, clear garnet. A light beige head rises up and fizzles away immediately - and I do mean immediately. I barely had time to note the color before it was gone. Ah well, that's expected in a big sour like this one. Holding the beer up to the light, there are the most beautiful shimmering golden highlights. Beautiful.

Smell is good. I believe that I am sensing a pattern where my lowest score for my reviewed beers tends to be on the aroma. I don't know why that is - but often I wish that the aroma was more in my face. That's the case here. I am getting plenty of sour fruit here, mostly currants, red berries and perhaps a bit of raisin and cherry. Smells sour. A hint of the barrels, and I can detect red wine from the cabernet. Very inviting, if not as robust as I would like ideally.

Taste is superb. Massive sour fruit kick, currants and berries mostly. This is sour, but not puckeringly so - there is a sweetness that offsets it nicely. Tannic, oaky. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Robust. Especially full mouthfeel for the style. The lack of head belies the active carbonation.

I drank a full 750 of this two nights ago, and I'm doing it again tonight. This is INSANELY drinkable for a 10% American Wild. Insane.

This is my second-favorite Russian River sour behind Supplication. Highly, highly recommended.

davod23, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of Fweezle
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this bottle of batch 1 sitting in the cellar and decided to crack it open.
Pourned a murky reddish brown with a soda fizz head that dissipated as quickly as it formed. Smell was really great. Deep musty wood, a hint of barnyard and sour fruit. Taste rivaled the tartness of La Folie, bracingly sour. I couldn't believe it. A healthy dose of barnyard funk intermingled with red wine tannins and oak wood. Almost spicy. Outstanding. Mouthfeel was light, not too fizzy but kept a nice sour tartness on the tongue. Not thin by any means. Drinkablility was pretty good although it was a little rough getting the last bit down. I could feel the glands in my jaw start to swell a little bit, and my mouth was getting pretty dry from all the tartness, but didn't change the amazingness of this beer. 10%? No way.

Fweezle, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle, provided by a BA member, this beer was a murky, copper color. The head was similar to the color of toasted wood, the retention was ok as a thin collar and the lacing in spots. The aroma was big and sweet with dark fruits, grapes and raisins, currants, sweet dough, alcohol and candied fruit. Like an alcohol infused fruitcake! The flavors were very similar to the aroma but aggressively tart. Highly acidic which was further pronounced by the alcohol punch and I tasted the additions of kirsch as well as some funky, musty wood. The currants truly came through on the finish giving the brew a unique character. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation light/medium. For 10% it was very drinkable and an excellent example of the variety and complexity available within the American Wild Ale style.

thekevlarkid, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An impromptu Consecration vertical broke out at a recent tasting, we were able to sample batch 1, 2, and 3 side by side. I am happy to report that they are very similar.

Batch 001 - Beer is brown and clear, there is no head and only slight carbonation. The aroma is a mixture of sweet and sour (but not of the Chinese food variety). Really great sour / tart flavor with a hint of malt in there, really shocking. Beer finishes slightly dry overall. There is also a hint of oak and funk at the end, very slight.

Batch 002 - Again, it is clear and brown but this time the carbonation a lot higher. Large bubbles rise through the beer quickly, still no head. The aroma is slightly sweeter but is still very sour. The beer has the same sour notes at the batch 001, in fact they are pretty much the exact same flavor but this one has a slight bitterness to it. I think the bitterness helps accent the oak flavors in the back.

Batch 003 - This one appears slightly lighter than the other two, but just slightly. Still brown and clear. Not as bitter as the Batch 002 but just as sour. Some oak notes in the back.

Overall this is a top notch sour, one of my favorites by a lot. All three were great and I would have them again.

drabmuh, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of snpub540
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am just beginning to venture into the world of sour and this is going to keep me here for sure.

A pop and some whisps of smoke on taking the cork out. Poured a brown hue with some amber highlights when held up to the light. Vigorous pour brought about a fizzy head that dissappeared very quickly. Lots of carbonation at first that settled down into a playful dance of bubbles.

My nose was first hit with a vinegar sourness, but in a good way. Also scents of green apple and cherry. At this point I was a little intimidated.

The first taste is almost mouth puckering, but then the crisp and sweet green apple flavor kicked in. Also some sour cherry notes in there. Finally a dry woody finish. Very vinous in its qualities.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and crisp. The carbonation was wonderful, adding another amazing aspect to this beer. It's amazing that it has taken me this long to venture into sour beers or anything from RR for this long. Definately an amazing treat.

snpub540, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 002x01

Appearance: Pours a tawny brown with, dare I say it, currant highlights; the beer opened with an explosive sound and, though I feared a gusher, it poured with a nice head that dissipated rather quickly, leaving the occasional splotch of lace

Smell: Sour balsamic vinegar, toned down with sweeter elements of cherries, currants and a massive quantity of oak and leather

Taste: Starts out sweet but puckery with developing sour fruit flavors of currants, figs, green apples and tart cherries as well as leather, cocoa and loads of horseblanket; after the swallow, the wood really comes through to complement the potpourri of flavor into the long, persistent finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, silky smooth, with a puckering mouthfeel but relatively low carbonation

Drinkability: A stunningly bold achievement; may be the best thing Russian River produces

brentk56, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of cvstrickland
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork-in-cage bottle, courtesy of Murchmac. Thanks, Tim!

The well-rested, cellar-cool bottle yields its stopper with a vigorous *poof* and a high-speed blast of funky fruitiness. Poured into my Maredsous goblet, Consecration is quite clear when held before the light and ruby-hued amber in color. This barrel-aged beauty sports an effervescent, quick-fading cap of grainy beige foam, and active carbonation roils continuously to the surface. A soft sheet of slumping non-stick lacing follows the liquid to its terminus at the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is pungently fruity with a mildly acidic malt-vinegary edge. Notes of cherry, sugary dates, soft green leaves, and a snap of spice are cleanly accented with dry oak and a drop of vanilla.

The taste is crisply fruity with a musky, tannic, vinegary bite. Notes of tangy cherry-laced cider vinegar are grounded in a mild earthy funk and sharpened with a splash of naked acidity, tooth-squeaking tannins, and a big fat dose of lively carbonation. The profile is propped up with a cool dry oakiness laced with vanilla that lingers long into the aftertaste. Successive pours with increasing amounts of lees in suspension offer a growing notion of woody nuttiness, and a touch of soft dark fruits and a pleasantly-buggy note of dank, muddy, twangy wildness accent the entire experience.

The drink is light-medium in body with vivacious carbonation. The fluffy, refreshing, tangy nature of the brew belies the otherwise invisible 10% ABV and lends itself to being quaffed more quickly than is likely advisable. Good stuff, Murch, and thanks again!

cvstrickland, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle Batch 001x2. Acquired in a trade and has been aging in my cellar since. Poured into a snifter. Consumed last night.

A-Body is a very hazy translucent medium mahogany hue. Pours with an approximately 1 finger foamy off-white head but this quickly fades pretty quickly leaving only a thin collar.

S-Nose has a very pungent acidic tartness from and is all that I noticed initially. With a deeper look aromas of oak, cigars, red wine, and cherry pits are also noted.

T- Much like the nose the flavor initially is dominated by a sharp acidic sourness all the way through with a very clean finish. With a deeper look and as one becomes more accustomed to the sourness the oak barrel flavor comes through as well as red wine and tobacco-more so with the finish than initially. Its interesting because the more you sip the more complex the beer becomes and the more you notice. The slightest alcohol

M- Exceptionally smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Body is thick, velvety smooth, and rich.

D- Wow. This is another excellent sour from the folks at Russian River. Delicious, rich, and complex. This beer has aged very well so far and is certainly a slow sipper. This should definitely be shared- 750ml is too rich for one person in one sitting. This is a beer that I would love to have again.

PittBeerGirl, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of spointon
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 750ml brown bottle into a stemmed goblet. This bottle was from "Batch 3", sent to me by the great BA Schmittymack.

A= Poured a very clear deep reddish brown color with a short lived 1/2" off-white head. There was a ton of active carbonation release...a constant stream of gas rising out of this brew.

S= A heady, complex array of malt, lactic sourness, brett funk, fruity sweetness, wood, red wine, and hints of chocolate and tobacco. Entirely captivating.

T= Every bit as good as the smell if not better. The acidic sourness was there throughout, but was never overpowering. Lots of malt sweetness and what I believe was a bit of candi sugar made it through to the taste buds. Complex fruity/tart notes of currants & cherries. The wild yeast components gave flavors of light vinegar and a refreshing edge. I was particularly happy with the hints of oak and red wine still lingering in the taste. Subtle yet delicious. Finished dry, tart, and crisp.

MF= Medium bodied with a very active and crisp carbonation. Entirely refreshing to the mouth.

D= This was balanced, complex, and extremely refreshing. Dangerously drinkable for the ABV. A world class beer for sure!

spointon, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of DrJay
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3 (002X3).
Clear chestnut brown with a fizzy/soapy, short-lived beige cap. It looked a lot like a glass of Coke, with not much head or lace to speak of. It was a light gusher too, so watch out. Aromas of tobacco leaf, cherries, berries, currants, earthy with a light funk, red wine, strawberry seeds, hint of cocoa. More earthiness as it warms. The flavour was a combination of fruity and earthy, chocolate covered raisins, berries/currants, a bit tart but very pleasant and non-aggressive in this character. Faint vinegar, light woody oak, green berries. Mild alcohol and warmth in the finish with a lingering berry sweetness. Medium bodied and off-dry, moderate carbonation after the initial loss of aggressive carbonation (it took about 20 minutes to clear from the bottle), a bit of woody astringency. I really liked this one. Nicely balanced with complex fruit flavours.

DrJay, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of joepais
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Santa justn for sending this my way.
Bottle split three way's among friends in tulip glasses. It had a slight head off white that just went away. The body of the brew was a red to brown.

The aroma was by far the best sour I have smelled in a while there were currants, chocolate covered cherries and funk. This is one complex brew. it had a light carbonation but If I was to hand it to some of my European relatives the would immediately think this was some sort of carbonated red wine. It was fruity and slightly tart to the taste. This is a great wild one of the best I have had.

Drinkability was what I expected. I took my time with the brew and enjoyed every drop and a hour after the glass was gone I wanted more.
It's a world class brew from a world class brewer

joepais, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of CrellMoset
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle courtesy of bmanning. Batch 002x3, poured in to a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark cognac-hued - sort of a orange raisin, a slightly-hazed burnt amber - that's clear enough in a vacuum that you can see some cloudy, suspended yeast when you hold this attractive beer up to the light. The head is precisely what you would expect on a 10% wild ale - it's eruptive, fizzy, and fades as quickly as it rises up. I'd estimate that it lasts in any significant form a mere fifteen seconds, and at least ten of that is supported on the backs of thousands of small, mercurial bubbles. The effervescence on this bottle is fierce, but that much was obvious from the pop of the cork - it ultimately fades down to a more controlled, lackadaisical, less dense, but still consistent, even though by this point it's only supporting the thinning, balding ring of fuzz around the rim of the glass. The lacing is again what you'd expect from a beer of this style, glittery, and largely runny, with only frail, thin tendrils clinging ever so infrequently.

Aroma: I served this one relatively warm, but give it even more time to warm to let it truly shine. The base beer is wonderfully rich, decadent even, and you can smell its pungency even beyond the swarm of Brett notes - huge caramel, rum-soaked raisins, buttery toffee, and faint boozy alcohol provide the base for an amazing array of complex, interlacing tart, sour, fruity, and lactic notes. The lactic notes intermingle with the slightly buttery notes and the caramel sugars in the base beer - dulce de leche? - but that's almost an afterthought in this aroma. Tart fruity notes are dominated by the currants, but the tartness lends apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, and melons. And don't forget the slightly funky, moderately and faintly cheesy Brett note, the vinous tannins, nor the moderately woody, toasty barrel notes.

Taste: It's taking me a while to get ahold of what I'm tasting here. The base beer is more well hidden here than it was in the nose, or I suppose a better way to put it would perhaps be that I taste sour more pungently than I smell sour. Or something. The sweetness is nonetheless potent, showcasing brown sugar, huge caramel notes, and dark fruit sugars. Slightly acetic, acidic sourness intermingles with a huge, vastly complex array of fruit notes - kiwi, green apples, currants, plums, red grapes - and the slew of green, vinous, leafy, tannin-y, and wooden notes. Some thick, barnyardy Brett beautifully accompanies the lactic sourness here, and the mild alcohol note that's here is well buried under the sweet'n'sour combo. The Brett and sweetness intensifies as it warms, enhancing the sweet side of the sweet'n'sour duo, rendering a darker, more savory beer - indeed, as it hits warm temperature, I'd say it's about a 1:1 ratio.

Mouthfeel: Unbelievably soft. A seemingly irrelevant but really not-so-much anecdote: my favorite band is Steely Dan, and my favorite thing about Steely Dan is how their music - oftentimes showcasing complex compositions with bright, competent instrumental work and upbeat tempos - is juxtaposed against their lyrics, which can range from perverse to downright morbid. The mouthfeel of this beer is the Steely Dan of mouthfeels. After the initial blast of carbonation has fallen off (during which time it's, yes, admittedly a little explosive, uneven, fluffy), this is a smooth, gentle brew, which is wonderfully juxtaposed with the sweetly pungent and sourly potent one-two kick that the flavor profile of this brew is all about. It's quite the dichotomy, but the seemingly inharmonious combination works wonders on the palette.

Drinkability: There was a time not too long ago when I'd have rated the taste and aroma of this one well below the mouthfeel and appearance. Sours have grown on me since then, and this is one of the best I've had. The sweet and sour combo almost reminds me of an Oud Bruin in places, but there's enough sourness here that it falls firmly in the right place (and it's also probably not purely funk enough). It's hard for me to give anything that's 10% abv a drinkability that's too high, ergo the score on this one, but it's still pretty amazing. This one seems like one you couldn't age too terribly long without it getting violently carbonated, but I would have liked the pure Brett on this one to be a little more pungent (something that would only come with additional age) - I'd love to try Batch 001 right around now, or to get a current bottle and let it sit for 2, 3 years. A phenomenal brew, brimming with complexity, aromas, and flavors, this one would have paired well with some Roquefort or Stilton ... had I had any. Curses!

CrellMoset, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of rwdkosak
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby with a foamy head that doesn't linger long and settles to a ring for the rest of the drink. Smell is of light sour note of currant. Taste is clean, sour, currant again with nice full oak flavor that balances well to the finish leaving a great aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good as well with pleasant carbonation, a great sour. Drinkablility is lower simply because of the 10% ABV but could easily have a couple of snifters of this.

rwdkosak, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Still sipping on the 3767 ... entering this one in from a couple different paper notes ... both of these previous bottles came from Onecrazybreeze... Brianne is awesome.

Batch 001X2

Thin head with a deep brown brew that is pretty cloudy when held to a light.

Very rich aroma.. very fruity and only mildly funky... tart berries.. whaffs woodiness .. grape bubblegum or soda..

tannic berry skins and an abundant fruitiness... some black cherry essence... maybe even some black caps... more oak than the nose .. a little lactic ... some wet leather and wild strawberry essence shows as it warms ... fantastic body for a sour... carbonation seems abundant but helps balance the slightly heavier mouthfeel ...

I still have a few bottles ... but I think some age is going to do wonders... Thanks again Brianne... You are a peach.

3.5/4.5/4.5/5/4.5

JohnGalt1, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of drink1121
4.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with kfsv034.
A- Poured into a Duvel tulip, pours a dark brown-red color. Initial couple inch head, then quickly disappears. It fizzes almost like coke. THe looked and everything reminds me of Coke.

S- Sour, not much tart. I get vinegar with some dark fruits. Wine characteristics.

T- Take the smell and exaggerate it and thats what u get in the taste.

M- Very thin, but not in a bad way. Just compared to other 10% beers its just thin. I think its appropriate for the beer though. it fits.

D- For a 10% sour, its pretty damn drinkable. I think the the thin mouthfeel contributes to this.

drink1121, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of kfsv034
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a duvel tulip shared with drink1121 thanks to zestar for the bottle

A - it poured a crimson color with huge head that bubbled down quickly. almost like a coke fizzes down it was weird never seen anything like that in a beer.

S - smells of vinegar, raisin, fig, plum, slight funk smell

T - pretty much the same as the smell, strong vinegar, raisin, fig, plum, pretty sour, some cabernet flavors, and a hit of oak on the backend.

M - wine like

D - alcohol is masked very well, but I'm feeling it after only half of the beer.

kfsv034, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of ATPete
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

Pours a red wine like brownish purple hue with a small head. Funky, mildly vinous nose with some wood character and currant fruit. Wine-like, tannic and sour with no alcohol note apparent. Dry and very ripe with a fresh fruit note, the skin of the currant and the Cabernet barrels harmonize wonderfully. A truly nice beer, i was lucky enough to enjoy a little less than half of this bottle and enjoyed every sip thoroughly. This bottle is worth the 25$ charged, share it, for a full 25oz may be a bit much to the tongue.

ATPete, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of kornkid8600
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The taste is of oakiness, dark fruits, currants, a lot of the wine flavors really come in. Smells amazing, its a lot like wine, but its well carbonated, infact when the cork came off it started overflowing immediately.

Poured into a stemless wide sniffer. The bubbles kept flowing up from the bottom of the glass once it was poured. Dark brown, little head that disappears quickly, little lacing. It has a tart and sour taste, its pretty sour, but its actually pleasant.

If you're a beer noob I'd probably wait a bit as there's a lot of complexity, keep trying other stuff, heavier stuff. Because I had my friend's sisters try it and they gave that puckering look from the sourness.

I can't really fault the beer, but $23 is a LOT of money for beer. If it was 10-12 bucks I'd pick it up all the time, but this is something you should try once.
I'm still going to go try the other Russian River sours as I come across them.

Batch 04x04

kornkid8600, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of darklordlager
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark caramel/nutty colour with a ruby hue. Initial large head dies down to a mere coating.

S: Dark fruit, currants, sour tropical fruits. Sour grapes with a floral scent with mild alcohol lingering.

T: Sour cherries, dark fruit, sour light molasses. Currants, prunes and cranberries.

M: Medium carbonation and slightly syrupy, yet a bit dry.

Fantastic offering form Russian River--the best of the night in the Belgian/sour tasting that was had. ISO.

darklordlager, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split with friends at a New Years tasting. Batch 2x3.

Pours a dark plum color with no head. White ring circles what appears to be a tasty wild beer!

Smell is James Brown Funky. We're talking "can I count it off?" kind of funk. 1, 2,3, 4, Brett, Sachh, Lacto, Pedio - hit me. Vinegar, lemon, and cherry join the funky foursome to make a great nose complete.

Taste is perfect. Seriously. Perfect. Deep sour backed with oak, dark fruits, tobacco, cabernet, and a touch of vinegar make this so deep and defined that there really is no comparison to other beers out there. This IS that good.

The brilliant, lively carb and finish combine with a great body to make this beer simply a pleasure to drink. Someone should let Maurice Sendak know, the Wild Things are at Russian River.

Honestly, one of the most enjoyable beers I've ever had!

jampics2, Jan 06, 2010
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,862 ratings.