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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,593 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,593
Reviews: 1,025
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 1,339
Gots: 1,127 | FT: 78
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 Roguer


4.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a half finger of quickly-fading beige head, leaving a nice thin rim. Brew is a lighter, nutty brown; almost clear brown on the pour, but a solid, strongly translucent reddish-brown in the glass. Lacing is basically nonexistent.

Sweet yeast, wild funkiness, and a tart sour are all present: very complex. Difficult to identify many individual aromas: grapes, dark fruit, and wild yeast are most prevalent, with a slightly sweet and cheesy funkiness at the end.

Immediately sour, with a tartness that maintains throughout the experience. The cheese funk comes into play on the back-end. Red grapes and Cabernet Sauvignon are very apparent. There's a very light sweetness present, but the sour flavor is by far the most powerful and overwhelming.

Medium to thin mouthfeel, but with a nice oily residue. The tartness makes it difficult to drink this particularly fast, despite the mouthfeel. Slight sting; the sourness doesn't quite make me pucker, but it does wake up the taste buds throughout my mouth. Noticeable foaming.

I don't have a ton of experience with sours, although I've had a few wild ales. This is exceptionally well crafted and smooth. It might not be the most accessible sour or wild ale, as it's definitely not an intro beer, but it's so well made, it should be enjoyable even to novices (like me).

Thanks to JayORear for this trade!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 23:58:09 | More by Roguer
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West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +6%

11-03-2013 01:36:53 | More by WVUbrew
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

11-21-2011 05:27:10 | More by Callmecoon
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4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- This was a 6oz pour in chalice with almost no head. Dark cranberry red in color. This looks tasty.

S- There really isn't much of a smell, but there is a slight metallic smell, with a bit of a slight acid smell.

T- This is where the magic happens. Very tasty, loads of sour cherry, with a touch of the currants. As this warms up its more of a sour Cabernet Sovereign. For me the sourness is tasty and mostly cherry.

M- Great feeling mouthfeel, good amount of carbination, not too much but just exactly what you would want.

D- Very easy to drink, almost too drinkable. But after 3 6oz glasses it does start to get a bit heavy in your stomach, but it is still tasty to say the least and super drinkable for 10%.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 03:38:45 | More by Wetpaperbag
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

04-05-2014 00:09:23 | More by pearljam118
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4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle of Batch 4 Bottling 3 into Russian River "tion" glass

Consecration was my introduction into sours in 2009. As I recall (and from what I've read from the brewer) that version was a little more sour than what I am drinking at this moment.

It's still a wonderful beer, and I'm picking up more from the Cabaret Sauvignon. While has warming properties, I don't think you could accurately call it "hot." Most sours are one-and-done for me because they are really strong on the palate, but for the style, I find Consecration to be very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 00:38:24 | More by chcfan
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +6%

03-18-2013 03:08:29 | More by MadScientist
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New York

4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a cloudy red/brown topped by the briefest skim head, finally almost a bare cap.

Incredible aroma, dark fruity and tart, light funk, silkier yeasty notes, you can really get the currants, not much barrel in the bouquet, a merest hint of wine and vanilla.

Wowwww, what a flavor. these darker fruit notes fit so well with the funkier and more tart aspects, superbly balanced. The sip gets increasingly tart, but the fruit holds it in balance. Never seems vinegary,just a very clean vinous and deep ripe fruit. Finally the funk reappears, perfectly, creating a tart finish that doesn't overpower. As it warms some flowery and herbal notes come in to every of the flavors, and it gets stupidly complex and delicious. Only my tenth highly rated wild ale, Consecration is now my favorite.

Spritzy and bright on tongue, amazingly light on palate for so much flavor, and a finish that makes all other wilds I've tried seem inadequate.

Drinkability is off the charts. If I'd had more wilds under my belt this might have gotten a five

Impression: Sadly a plane ticket will be required for my next taste of this. If you see this get it and try it ferabsolutesherrrr!!.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 21:47:01 | More by cavedave
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

10-06-2013 03:05:55 | More by rdooley
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4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 rate. Bottle, batch 001x4. Pours a clear cola color with a fizzy lil’ head. Oak, brett, sweat, and some nice red fruits in the nose. Beautiful explosion of flavors going on here. This one REALLY needs to sits at room temp for a bit before it blooms, it should not be served cold. Sour cherry, grapes, some really pleasant woody vinegar, dry vinous flavors. Really really nice. One of the best from Russian River.

I'll edit tthis to state that this beer doesn't age particularly well in my experience, but is fantastic fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 11:49:48 | More by JAXSON
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

01-13-2013 20:41:53 | More by MordorMongo
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4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red brown body, no head.

Tart, Flemish nose, rich.

Awesome, Flemish red type ale with powerful tartness which is not very dry because a lot of the tartness is coming from currants.

Just the right amount of body.

Pretty great; much like what I hoped it would be.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 23:42:39 | More by zaphodchak
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1.5/5  rDev -66.5%

01-19-2013 18:43:10 | More by wattoclone
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

01-02-2013 20:30:05 | More by ant880
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +11.6%

05-28-2013 00:09:20 | More by JCam9981
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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

10-03-2013 19:01:38 | More by EB1
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4.03/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Lous Gueuze glass.

Pours a deep garnet with a thin, off white head that drops very quickly.

Aromas of sour cherries, horse blanket, some dark fruit.

Flavors of dark sour cherries, horse blanket.

Mouthfeel is bitter, dry and sour. Sourness is very mouth puckering.

Overall a very good wild ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 01:12:16 | More by JamnesCameron
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

04-16-2012 02:42:07 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #007

A - Deep cherry color with a tinge of brown. The bubbly one finger head fades quickly.

S - Plum, oak and sour cherry. Smalls pretty much in step with a wine.

T - Sour red cherries, dark fruits, plums and a little bit of malt. There is an oak characteristic that is throughout.

M - Medium bodied, effervescent carbonation.

O - A pleasing sour! I'd expect no less from Russian River.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 23:33:17 | More by cvm4
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

09-23-2012 22:20:44 | More by Googs
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

06-27-2014 19:58:11 | More by Stum-pub
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

11-14-2011 21:48:50 | More by kkrez
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

01-31-2012 16:01:44 | More by phingdong
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

11-14-2011 17:40:28 | More by throwback
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

04-18-2012 13:50:39 | More by yergermeister
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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