Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,247
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.56%
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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 OStrungT
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark mohogany color. My wife said it has a slight purple tint to it, but I didnt see it. I might need glasses though. It boasts a light tan head. The head fades slowly, leaving a nice lacing.

This beer has a mild tart aroma. I can smell some grapes also. It smells wine like, probably because it is aged in wine barrels, you think? It also smells slightly fruity, with some cherry and black currants. A slight oaky aroma is also present.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Tart, and a little sour, with a slight fruity flavor of grapes, cherries and black currants.

This beer hides the alcohol well. It leaves a tart aftertaste. Carbonation is perfect.

This beer would probably not be the best session beer. It is high in alcohol, and it is easy to forget that since it is so easy to drink.

Overall: This beer is yet another outstanding wild ale from Vinnie and Russian River. I love it, as I expected. If you ever get the chance, do not hesitate to try this beer.

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consecration Batch 001x2. 750ml bottle poured into a Russian River tulip glass.

The pour is a nice dark, opaque, burgundy color, hints of brown and garnet when held to the light. There is a bit of tan colored head, very bubbly and light that comes to the top of the beer as it’s poured, but it dissipates very quickly leaving behind a few speckles of film and a nice off white ring around the glass with no additional lacing. The aroma is great, loads of currants jump out of the glass, moderate vinegar and acetic acid with a hint of funk, some vinous wine aromas with some nice sweet oak aromas from the barrel. The fruit is really dominant in the nose, which is great news considering the age of the beer and fruits tendency to fade out of the both the nose and the flavor profile of an older beer. The flavors are a bit harsher, still a strong amount of bitter, tart currants, dark plums and bing cherries are all noticeable fruit flavors. There is more vinegar than the nose suggests, the nice layer of grape-like wine flavors comes out as well but while this beer is certainly sour, it’s definitely more tart than an off putting, mouth puckering sour. The finish is a bit more astringent, sweet yet oak plays with the dirtier red wine-esque flavors, a bit of alcohol warms the throat as it goes down, and the bitter currants make a final appearance. The body is nice and carbonated, very prickly, which doesn’t help the astringent finish to the beer, but isn’t overly sharp and abrasive, still retains a nice level of smoothness.

Verdict: This is fantastic, this beer is aging gracefully although I would be weary of aging it too much further as the currant flavors could easily drop off leaving behind a bit of a vinegary mess. The fruit flavors are nice and tart and impressively potent which is all one can hope for in an aged beer. If you have the opportunity to try a vintage sour from Russian River, make no mistake, you will be well rewarded.

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3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of joecast
3.93/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 005x2E poured into a chimay chalice.

Nice pop when the cork is released. Pour is quite lively, sort of the opposite of a big thick stout. Absolutely no head at all on this. A bit disconcerting but seems like it's not unusual. Carbonation is soda pop high. Color also is light brown soda. Quite light, almost orange when held to light. Fairly clear, the sediment has settled nicely at the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma has a nice mix of sour and sweet. Green apple cider, candy sweet tarts (yes, my vocabulary for describing this style is quite limited).

Very dry tart flavor. Not sour as such. Cider comes to mind again. Quite nice but not what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is very light and makes this easily drinkable. And the abv is completely hidden almost to the point that I would BS. Not in any way does this present like a 10% beer.

A bit disappointing and one dimensional after Supplication. Not sure if there is a recommended drinking temp for this style but a bit more sour kick comes through as it warms and it gets more of an overall presence which helps define the beer. Would like to try another bottle some day as this ones now gone. Enjoyable but didnt leave much of an impression.

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4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had consecration out of a crappy plastic cup in the physics department at Melbourne University. It was a delicious. Like always, a super smooth wild ale from Russian River. Sour and bitter to just the right degree with notes of funk and lemon.

A: Cloudy brown colour with a crappy head. 3.5

S: Bitter funk and lemon. 4

T: Sour lemon flavour with some bitterness. Bitter and delicious. 4.5

M: Foamy 4

O: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy mahogany with a moderate fizzy head. Little lacing.

S: A bit of funk mixed with vibrant, ripe currants and raisins. A light, stale cellar smell.

T: Very tart with an intense citrus zest flavor and funky acidity. A mild red wine taste. Big and complex.

M: Full-bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Lingering acidity and tartness.

D: Not my favorite RR wild ale, but still outstanding and worth the $25 price tag.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a snifter as final beer at the Lion's Pride's Belgian Beer Dinner (past of their first Belgian beer Fest). It is a clear beer with a dark plum color. There isn't much head, just a thin off-white ring of foam where the beer touches the glass. The nose is just amazing, with notes of port, sherry and a bit of wild, sour yeast. I can taste sour grapes, both white and red; each has a distinct flavor profile. There is a warm alcohol ester aftertaste. It tastes incredible. There is a medium body with a ton of carbonation. The alcohol vapors feel great. The carbonation and sour flavors leave a little tingle on my tongue after I swallow. As a single glass pour, the beer is very drinkable. If I ever found myself in possession of a full bottle, I'd want to split it with a friend.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 2x3 Poured into a tulip 750 ML bottle
Thanks to Forgetfu for this in a massive trade

A-- Poured a dark brown and settled dark black cherry color. Good amount of haze. No head at all. A little bit of off white film on the sides of the glass but not much else. on swirling the glass got some head but went bye quickly.

S-- Sweet and sour. Very well balanced nose. Get Cherry, oak, straw, and barn.

T-- Sweet to immediate massive sour cherry pucker. Cherry sweet tart on steroids. Or is that I mean Oak. Really like how it goes from sweet cherry to massive sour tart cherry and then Oak hits.

M-- Lots of carbonation in the mouth but still a medium feel about it. Light in the front but gets heavier in the back. A lot of cherry or citrus acidity and cherry sourness in the back. Not that much cherry sweetness in the front but it is there. Can totally see where this is becoming a sour bomb as the sweet is seriously dropping off in this and the sour is taking over in this.

D-- ABV hit me very early in this. Still very good and very drinkable. Very good with all the sourness but I wanted more of the cherry sweetness in this. It is a sipper due to the sourness but in some odd way that is what makes it so addictive. The flash of sweet and the huge sour kick. Very much like a cherry sweet tart and a better version of one.

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4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 002X3. I've had this before, but this is the first time I've had a bottle all to myself.

Poured into a thin Ommegang goblet. Burnt red with a tan head that recedes to a thin ring.

Rush of apple orchard aroma as soon as I pop the cork. Apple and a lot of grape from the cabernet barrels. Smells powerfully vinous with some leathery Brett character as well.

One sip...yes indeed, this is still one of the best sours out there. Actually, to simply call it "a sour" is to do it a bit of disservice. It's sour, but only moderately so, blending very well with the woody vanila, dak fruit and wine tannins. Generally on the dry side, but this particular bottle is slightly sweeter than I remember it being. That's OK, though, I'm not complaining. ABV-wise, you do sense that this is a huge beer at 10%, but you don't really taste it. Warming and in the aftertaste, a goosey/fishy character that I sometimes get with big cabernets.

Airy, spiky feel. A little acidic burn on the way down the gullet.

At this level, drinkability is pretty good, though it certainly will take some time to down the 750.

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of hwwty4
3.38/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRC1313 for leaving this at my house after a pretty profound Saison tasting.

Poured a new 375ml into my Dogfish Head snifter. Fairly positive its the first batch in the new 375's but I have already recycled the bottle without looking at it. This beer pours a prune brown with just a hint of a tan head that leaves no lacing. Very little carbonation leaving no bubbles. The aroma is extremely fruity. Tart organic cherry juice with prunes and dates mixed with just a hint of fresh oak. It terms of tartness, most of it seems to coming from a lactic twang. The flavor is much the same. Sour cherry juice dominates the flavor profile. Hints of fig and date come thorough behind the cherry. Oak comes through at the very tail of the profile. Major lactic acid presence. It really feels one dimensional. This is really one of those beers that no matter how dirty your teeth are, they come out feeling clean. The mouthfeel is very full for a sour. Really enjoyable. It really feels full on the palate and finishes extremely dry. Great. I've been lucky enough to have every batch of Consecration. While it is a good beer, I dont think its in the realm of Russian Rivers other sours or in the top echelons of American Wilds.

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,247 ratings.