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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,049 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,049
Reviews: 1,044
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,386
Gots: 1,270 | 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 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
Photo of Chambic
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12.23.09 at City Beer Store.

Had to have this 1x1 on the spot, and also snagged a few to replace my 1x3s.

A: beautifully dark with vinous viscosity, hardly any head

S: serious funk on the nose that mellows

T: brett upfront, yummy yeast, and a hint of dark, tart fruit

M: like a cabernet Champagne (move over chard, pinots noir and meunier)

D: the first time I had this, I enjoyed the 750mL myself. I'd easily do it again, but I love to share this love. If it's on tap, this is usually all I have.

Chambic, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of lackenhauser
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Somewhat muddy chestnut color. Opened with a loud pop and quite the foamy pour but quickly settled down to a thin layer of tight bubble. Fruity aroma, big red wine presence to it. Extremely complex flavor. Deep dried fruits, sour grapes and a slight caramel like taste. Oakey, woody, Heavy blast of brett lasts a while. Complexity just gets deeper and deeper. Great body,very lights and crisp. The heavy carbonation level makes it very bright on the tongue. Just a killer beer in general. Sure wish this one lived closer.

lackenhauser, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle to a tulip. Batch # 003x1.

What does one do when he shows up to a bar looking for a quick $5 pint and stumbles upon a big, pricey bottle of Consecration? (That was a rhetorical question.)

A: The body is dark, murky & pruney-brown colored with a small bubbly head, light brown in color. It made an appearance and then, all at once, took off like it stole something. Interesting to say the least but I'm not at all impressed at this point.

S: Thank goodness...Nothing short of phenomenal! First and dominant aroma is the yeast bill which is heavy barnyard, sweat and meat. The bottle boasts of the brettanomyces, lactobacillus, saccharomyces & pediococcus, all wild yeast strains as far as I know. And why not? They combine to assist in one of the most uniquely aromatic brews I've ever tried. The malt and hops are hard to separate but I get hay/straw and flower respectively. An entire orchestra of fruit flavors: dark and ripe fruits of raisin, plum, red grape, currant & date provide the sweet flavors while the white grape & raspberry supplement with sour and tart. A bit of prune and dried fig come to mind as well. No mistaking the vinous nature of Consecration either. The oaky wood and earthy cabernet sauvignon components (plus hints of tobacco) are deep rooted.

T & M: The flavor duration is tantalizingly long and slow, making it impossible not to savor each sip. Moderately sweet and harshly acidic (but in a stimulating way). The mouthfeel is somewhere on another planet. The carbonation level is atmospheric. The finish is WILDLY astringent. The body is fuller than a woman in a 'plus-size' department store. I love it!!!

D: If I can drink an entire 750 by myself, you can too.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Goliath
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue. The initial pour produced almost no head, but that's most likely due to a quick pour in an effort to stop the bottle from foaming open.

The aroma is quite nice. The mouthwatering tart aroma of brett is screaming up front.
There's some nice dark ripe fruits, caramel, apple, oak, and some of the cabernet barrels come through as well.

The taste is quite nice. There's some really nice darker malts giving caramel notes up front. There's also some nice fruit flavors and a fantastic showing of brett which just makes the mouth water for more. It's really fun and quite nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very high dose of carbonation which really sets the the beer off.

Drinkability is high. The flavor profile on this beer is fantastic which just brings you back for more. The abv is easily managed and well incorporated. All in all this is a really solid beer.

Goliath, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of scifan
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked bottle recieved in a trade with NCBeerFan. Batch number 002x2. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light with a nice head that quicly fades to a small ring around the glass. It leaves no lacing. Smells mostly of barnyard, and hay. Sweet sour fruit dances in the background. Also nice oak flavors in there as well. Sour fruits dominate the palate. Nice oak flavors in there as well along with the hints with of cabernet. The mouth puckering sourness leaves me wanting another sip after sip. Loads of carbonation but that's expected with the style. Not a hint of the 10% alcohol. This is my first true sour and I can't wait to try more.

scifan, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of DanOLeary
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3

Aroma: A reasonably light aroma of sour ripe cherries and green apple skin. Little to no hop aroma. Slight hint of alcohol spice.

Appearance. Light mahogany brown with excellent clarity. Thin but lasting off white head holds a light lacing along the side of the glass.

Flavor: A sharp bite of green sour apple skin hits your tongue and cheeks with next to puckering sourness. As an ale brewed with Brettanomyces this is highly expected and enjoyed. The malt profile is hidden in the background until your tongue recovers from the sour bite, then there are complexities of bitter cherry and faint oak in the finish. This beer finishes extremely dry with another bite of sourness left on the lips as reminder.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with effervesant carbonation. There is a puckering sensation from the Brett but again this is expected and done well to enjoyment. Finishes crisp and very dry.

O: This beer is not for the weak of heart or mind. Among the sours Consecration Batch 3 is demonstrating the finer points of this brewing art. The sourness hits you on the tongue and in the jaw muscles like a sour apple with each refreshing sip.

DanOLeary, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of pwoods
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged brown bottle, poured into a chalice. Batch 1

A: Pours a cherry cola color. Nice head on the pour with loose, but decent retention. Nice lacing.

S: This batch is getting pretty funky now. Nice barnyard aromas, leather, and some soft wood. Nice tart fruits.

T/M: The sour and tart flavors are really developing which is surprising given that this is a 10% sour. Lots of tart courants and under ripe apples. Some good funk going on with the leather and oak adding nice depth. Body is medium to medium light to strong carbonation... maybe a tad too strong.

D: Drinks amazing for 10% and keeps getting better with age.

pwoods, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of david18
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

It's 11 AM PST and I was able to try this beer for the first time, being on the west coast. My only complaint is that 10% alcohol this early is going to catch up on me.

Excellent beer. Dark brown, not opaque and very clear. The head is very fizzy, light golden brown, behaving like a sour typically behaves (fizzy). Flavor is excellent. The combination of oak, sour and currant blend into a perfect flavor that I will enjoy all day (hoping I'll sip it slowly).

If this were lower in alcohol, it might be a little more versatile but otherwise this is excellent and worth the $20 price tag.

david18, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of hrking
3.83/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of those beers that drinks more like a wine than a beer. Aged in wine barrels and carrying the flavors over into the finished product with a unique character added to the tartness of this beer. All the RR products are made to the highest of standards by one of craft beers true master brewers! I recommend trying all their brews if you can get your hands on them..

hrking, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of hopenator
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am overwhelmed with appreciation for this tasty beverage. Pours dark amber/ruby (my lighting is not very good) with almost nonexistent white head. Feels very smooth in my mouth, and mouth-puckeringly sour. With grape, floral, and oak tones, it almost tastes like a fine red wine--maybe a Syrah?--and I mean that in a good way.

hopenator, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brillant amber hue that is flat in color and appearence. No head at all with zero lace. Good for the style. The aromas are bold and big on wine. Tons of sour red fruit with hints of sweet tarts, funk, and cherry juice. Inviting. The sweet tarts come thru as does a bit of crushed aspirin. Beneath that is a wonderful mix of red fruit that is heavy on the cherries. Winey sourness pushes thru along with bits of wood, and vineous qualities. Medium in body, a bit sharp on the tongue with a dry finish.

Anthony1, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of vacax
4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 001x4. 750 mL bottle, cage and mushroom cork presentation. Dark brown with blood red highlights in color with a restrained creamy tan head. The head is an anomaly for a sour in my experience, which usually seem to be paltry or enormous, but this one just sits and retention is rock-like in longevity.

Aroma is tart with red and dark fruit - currants, cherries, prunes. An almost candy-like sweetness is there as well, along with wild critters providing some lacto, pedio notes plus a spot of musty funk to round it out. Taste has a nice fruit and malt sweetness with currants and some tart cherry coming out of the woodworks. In congruence with the sweet cherry pie is a load of pedio driven sourness that peaks on the midpalate. A slight funk has accented the dark fruits in this after being cellared a year, reminding me of a new world tip of the hat to old world Flemish red style ales. Tart fruit and earthy finish. Feel is medium with a very delicate and luscious carbonation that again reminds me of some greats such as Rodenbach Grand Cru.

What have I learned here tonight? Like all the other Russian River sours, this one just gets better with age. I have never been a big of a fan of Consecration as most beer geeks have seemed to be, but after tasting this batch 1 some time later I think I may be converted. Really tasty, recommended for cellaring.

vacax, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of SpdKilz
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 100th Review! I can't think of a better beer to review on this small milestone on BA.

Poured from a 750ml Bottle. Batch 002x3

Appearance - Poured into my RR sniffer with about a finger of quickly dissipating head which leaves little to no lacing. Held up to the golden yellow sun on its way down on the horizon, the beer lights up a brilliant cherry cola color, reminiscent of dark burgundy.

Smell - The distinct barnyard, sour funk immediately penetrates the air as I inhale deeply from the glass. Wet hay, leather, and earthiness. This is followed by the more sour/tart dark fruit smell such as under-ripe dark cherries and raisins. A lot going on but everything seems to fall into place.

Taste - Holy sour. The first sip my mouth instantaneously puckers up for what turns out to be a very interesting experience. Oak on the forefront followed by extreme tartness which make one envision biting into extremely under-ripe cherries. This wanes to the slight (not as prevalent as in the nose) barnyard funkiness that honestly is only there for a moment before I get a very strong black licorice ending flavor. This is odd - I have never so distinctly tasted, in my opinion, legitimate non-fake flavored black licorice spices in a drink. To say the least, it has taken me quite a few sips to sort out this beer. Thus far, everything I was expecting and more. Definitely more of a "darker" wine-like sour whereas Temptation seems much "lighter" in taste, body, and flavor.

Mouthfeel - Dry, crisp, medium to high carbonation. Finishes tart and dry, making you reach for another sip.

Drinkability - This one is a sipper for sure. The extreme tart/sour/funk flavors make this a beer that is best enjoyed over a longer period of time. Don't get me wrong, this is quaffable no doubt, but there is no reason to do so. Additionally, the alcohol is well hidden and I get just a slight warming after each sip. A very enjoyable sour/wild ale.

SpdKilz, Dec 20, 2009
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,049 ratings.