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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,044 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,044
Reviews: 1,044
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,385
Gots: 1,268 | FT: 88
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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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

chadwicktorres, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of KAP1356
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. 375 ml bottle marked Batch 004X4 poured into a Vistory tulip...

A - Pours a dark brown color with no real light shining through. A very small cream colored head forms and recedes to a small, bubbly collar.

S - Acidic notes of vinegar and tart cherry. Oak, vanilla, some cabernet infuences as well. The sweetness from the fruits and the barrels mix well with the sourness.

T - Sweetness and sourness mix quite well here. Flavors of grape, cherry, oak tannins, and Brett funk. There's a tartness from the fruits that adds nicely to the lactic acidity going on. Really nice flavors.

M - Medium bodied beer with ample carbonation. Smooth and crisp with a slight dryness on the finish.

O - I enjoyed this one, although it was not as good to me as Supplication and Temptation. Really great American Wild from Vinnie.

KAP1356, Dec 06, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

spw109, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of billshmeinke
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip at 50 degrees. Review 200! Batch 004x3.

A ruby amber color with bubble rushing to the top. One finger of white head that exhibits awesome retention. Not a lot of lacing left behind.

The smell is sour with vinous red grapes, vanilla, oak, tannins, and rose petals.

The taste is sour with dark cherries, vinous red grapes, vanilla, oak, tannins, raspberries, and a hint of tobacco. Some leafy hops in the background.

Fairly light on the palette which is surprising. Slick and oily. A bit mouth puckeringly sour.

I probably wouldn't want to drink a lot of this, mostly because of the price, but it is delicious.

billshmeinke, Jul 05, 2010
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

mbs11, Feb 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

sludgegnome, Apr 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

huntermop, Apr 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

Retail1LO, Apr 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

fdig23, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of kaseydad
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let the first Consecration experience begin.

Let it warm a little in the 750 ml and finally popped the top, went in for a sniff and was met by foam slowly pouring out and directly into the nostril and some on the floor. If I didn't have four more bottles I would have been pissed.

Pours a beautiful burgundy red and also a little brown with a nice small ring of foam around the snifter.

A slight vinegar aroma with whiffs of cherry as well. Currants are also present. Awesome!

Whoa! The taste is something I have never experienced before. Off the first sip I have a brain explosion of different things. There are so many things going on with this beer that it is hard to express. I taste subtle vinegar, cherries and a lil ol school funk. There is a slight acidity on the swallow but not unpleasant in the slightest. Very complex but amazing! It makes my mouth water at the finish...almost making me want to drink more to satisfy the craving. I oblige.

The drinkability for me is very high as the alcohol hides well in this beer for a 10%er.

Awesome, amazing beer that everyone should try at least once for the experience. This beer deserves the praises and ratings it has received. Very well done from one of my favorite Nor Cal breweries.

kaseydad, Mar 12, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Jeffrey2310, Apr 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

WVUbrew, Nov 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

topdown, Aug 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Beeradelphia, Aug 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

vissai, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of Smurf2055
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark ruby, almost cola colored. Bit of alcohol legs. Almost no head.

Smell is very cherry, little bit like unsweetened kool-aid. Very strong smell.

Taste is crisp and tart, lots of cherry up front. Oaky and almost smokey flavor.

Medium bodied. Delicious sour, probably my favorite out of Russian River.

Smurf2055, Jul 15, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml corked bottle from Tim. Batch 004x1-- that was bottled 2/2010, brewed 3/2009.

Appearance: Its a beautifully clear reddish-brown beer. There was some off white head initially with a hard pour, but it faded to nothingness in seconds. As it sits, its still, but attractive.

Smell: Sour and vinous. Dry cab sav aromas (currants and oak). Sour cherries and leather. Musty and with a touch of balsamic.

Taste: Quite sour and tannic, but neither quite cause a pucker. Sour fruit, dirty basement, and sweaty saddle. The cab sav is very assertive, but not overbearing in the way I found the pinot in Supplication. From the middle through the finish, echoes of the base beer-- maltiness and some phenolic spiciness-- are tasted. Finishes very dry.

Mouthfeel: Low level of carbonation. Sticky dry tannins on the tongue, like you expect with cab sav.

Drinkability: A delicious and complex sipper. The sour is assertive, but not overbearing, as is the wine flavor. As I said before, I thought Supplication was to wine-y, this one is just right.

rapidsequence, May 12, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Flabbyjandro, Aug 11, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Again, thanks to mrstevens for breaking this one out yesterday. Poured into my CCB snifter.

A: A murky sienna color. The pour dropped a nickel of foamy white head that faded rather quickly and didn't leave much lace.

A: Sour dark fruits, and notes of wood. Red grapes, apples, red wine, and oak. I get a bunch of sour notes, that warn me of what's to come.

T: Yup, this one's sour. Probably the sourest of wilds I have yet to try. More wine and woody oak. Sour dark fruits, cherry, blackberries, apples, and barnyard funk. Finishes rather dry and tart.

M: Medium body, high levels of carbonation. This one has a bit of a bite to it.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is somewhat lower. This one is extremely sour. Overall, I had this one back to back with Supplication, and let me tell you, it dosen't hold a candle. It is a little too sour for my taste, and the oak and wine barrels, while good, didn't do it for me in this brew. I liked it, just didn't love it. Skal.

Gtreid, Apr 25, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Williaar, Feb 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Stum-pub, Jun 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

sourdog, Mar 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Prospero, Feb 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

brheuer, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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