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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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world-class

4,406 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,406
Reviews: 1,065
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 1,479
Gots: 1,466 | FT: 107
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:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 10-31-2008

Belgian-style dark ale aged in American oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with currants.
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Photo of Murrhey
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap in a snifter at Tustin Brewery in Tustin, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger and a half white head, low retention. Fluffy white lacing. Ruby red color. Marbled carbonation.

S- Black currant smell. Very sweet with some notes of sourness. Unique.

T- Very sour with wine notes. Very nice with some non-beer essences. Sour and sweet all at once.

M- Very light and vinous feel. Heavily carbonated.

O- Never had a beer like this. Good beer. Making me excited to try more Russian River.

Photo of Denzo
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of korguy123
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this gem.
Batch 006 into my Lost Abbey tulip.

A- Clear grape juice colored pour. Half finger fizzy off white head quickly disappears into obscurity leaving little wisps on top. Lacing is zero.

S- These oak barrels add a sweetness that help compliment the funkyness you find in a wild ale. Currents, grape juice, red wine, vanilla and sour apple with a touch of lemon.

T- Typical lemon, grape skin and cranberry tartness. It isn't over the top sour but still makes your mouth water. Currents are evident but more subdued than the nose. There is a dryness that I would attribute to the oak and the brett. The funk meter is sitting around 7 out of 10.

M- Light bodied, lively carbonation. Mouth watering with a quick dry finish. Slight aftertaste.

O- Another check mark beside the RR "ion" beers and I have yet to be disappointed. This isn't my favorite so far but that does not make it anything short of spectacular.

Photo of greg4579
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of alcstradamus
3.53/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for the trade Christian

Pours a very dark shade of brown, looks black in low light. A solid two fingers of very lively head rises up but falls quickly, leaving a thick persistent collar around my 25 oz. snifter. Smell is very mild funkiness, tart apples, caramel, grapes, a hint of oak barrel as well.

Taste is a mouth puckering mash of grapes, apple skin, strong oak presence, vinegar, caramel, and dirt. Very complex but the oak comes through a tad too much leaving a dryness on the palate that I don't care for. Medium bodied and like I said very dry. This is a very impressive beer but not really my cup of tea quite yet (still so/so about sours).

I will revisit this again next year and see if my opinion has changed.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of kevanb
4.59/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of MisterClean
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Boonville

A - Pours mahogany with a 2 fingered cappuccino head. Dissipated moderately slow and left little lacing.

S/T - Brett, grasses, caramel, and tasted as if aged in some sort of a red barrel. Maybe cab sauvignon.

M - Full-bodied and well balanced. The brett is really sour and tangy. Very cloying.

D - Great overall. Not sure if I could finish a whole tulip pour.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Reaper16
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle - batch 3x4 - served into a tulip glass

Pours a translucent russet sort of brownish red. When held directly to light it looks like autumn leaves. Not much head from this beer, which surprises me a little. About half a finger's worth of khaki foam.

Lots of stuff going on in the nose. Balsamic vinegar, lactic sourness, aloe, tart cherries, lemon juice, musty leather, blackcurrant, a maltiness akin to a light brown ale, Christmas spice, white wine, cranberry. Lovely.

The tart cherries and blackcurrants are very forward on the palate. There are hints of lemon and persimmon too. There is a ashy/leafy astringency that doesn't register to me as coming from hops; I think it is the char quality from the oak barrels. Whatever it is it is helpful. This isn't really all that funky; the tartness and lactic sourness shine much brighter here. The finish is all tart cherry and lightly browned malt. Each sip reveals different fruits - orange, strawberry, black cherry, kiwi. Yes, plenty of kiwi as the beer warms. This is a beer that defies a concrete write-up.

There is a certain thickness to the mouthfeel. It isn't big but the size of the body is conducive to the malt backbone that tries to shy away to the background. This is fairly uncarbonated, which is plenty fine. This feels "right" on the tongue. Flavor-wise this is supremely drinkable. The 10% ABV and prohibitive cost of over $20 a bottle limits the score on the drinkability. Then again, this beer hides its ABV so very well.

This is pretty delicious. Well worth trading for; better still if you can purchase it retail. Far from my very favorite sour beer but that doesn't matter because Consecration is plenty delicious.

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Blanco
3.5/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

amber brown color with a thin white head. no lacing whatsoever. Head fades to nothing rather quickly. smell is capital Potent of funky sourness. I don't know how to describe the taste, but it's intensely sour, with dark fruit notes. zingy mouthfeel.

overall: the lesser of all the RR sours, but still not bad. price was $22 a bomber (Batch 3) which is much lower than prices for others.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stealth
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfection. If I had to choose between drinking milk or Consecration for the rest of my life I think my brain would implode from the sheer impossibility of deciding. If Jesus really did turn all that water into wine, it was really Consecration.

Seriously, this beer is the f'n best thing ever. The pour comes out the same shade of brown as the bottle's label. It reminds me of root beer in its appearance and slight carbonation bubbles steadily rising. There isn't a whole lot of brett funk in the aroma, but more of a wine aroma. A friend said 'paint stripper'. I said that's the smell of 'awesome'. I can't write a review that would adequately describe the taste of this brew, or do it any justice. It's tart, sour, but not overly so. Your mouth waters after each drink, begging for one more taste. It has the perfect balance, allowing you to drink this endlessly. Despite being a heavy-hitter at 10% ABV, you do not taste it at all. The warmth from it comes through, but that is it. Consecration finishes with an dryness that finishes its statement of 'Yes, you are drinking the most epic shit ever'.

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3.25/5  rDev -27.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.24/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.9/5  rDev -13.3%

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,406 ratings.