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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,602
Reviews: 1,026
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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billshmeinke

California

4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 22:46:59 | More by billshmeinke
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mbs11

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +11.6%

02-07-2013 00:30:56 | More by mbs11
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woodchip

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +6%

12-23-2013 15:34:55 | More by woodchip
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1424IpA

California

3.25/5  rDev -27.5%

01-25-2013 01:38:43 | More by 1424IpA
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

04-09-2013 12:49:47 | More by Retail1LO
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

09-29-2013 14:09:53 | More by fdig23
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cp45

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +6%

04-15-2013 02:53:09 | More by cp45
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510a

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +6%

02-19-2013 01:39:38 | More by 510a
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark amber red with a lot of fizz and little head to speak of. Not much lacing and a lot of apparent (champagne-like) carbonation.

Lots of red fruit (cherry, currant) with big red wine nose. Lactic is big. Tart apples. Sour fruits. blah blah blah. Smells and looks like an fruity oud bruin. My kind of beer. Can't wait.

This is phenomenal. I like this much better than Supplication. Flavors are bold, very complex, and quite tart. The wine flavor is big but not overpowering. Definitely get the red grape on the back end and even some tannin bitterness. Sour cherry and currant again, naturally. I also get a vinegar flavor, but it's subtle. Not exactly red wine vinegar, but almost balsamic. Or is it apple cider? I can't put my finger on it. Absolutely incredible flavor.

Mouthfeel is great. Medium bodied, high champagney carbonation. Tannin on the backend.

This is an amazing sour. I defiantly have a world yet to explore, but this is the sour flavor (at least) I have been looking for. Perhaps it's a more obvious beer than supplication (the only other RR sour I've had), but I appreciate that aspect. I really really enjoy this.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 03:12:44 | More by lunarbrew
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

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

A: Pours a deep dark ruby red with some mahogany mixed in. A one finger tan foam head that dissipates slowly. Ample amounts of carbonations.

S: Lots of dark fruit, plums, raisin, cherries, currants/black berries, leather and dark tannins. Reminds me of a 'red wine' smell to it.

T: The cherry flavor to me is the most predominant. The cherry flavor is slightly on the tart side. Good amounts of oak and currants as well.

M: Leaves a dry tartness on the palate, similar to red wine.

D: I was one and done with this beer, not because it is bad, because it wasn't. The higher ABV made this beer a one and done for me.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2009 13:47:29 | More by IronCitySteve
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cyrushire

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

01-30-2014 06:27:28 | More by cyrushire
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Beeradelphia

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +6%

08-22-2012 08:14:32 | More by Beeradelphia
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Smurf2055

Washington

4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2013 04:34:45 | More by Smurf2055
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sukwonee

Washington

5/5  rDev +11.6%

03-02-2012 05:55:27 | More by sukwonee
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rapidsequence

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 00:47:41 | More by rapidsequence
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kaseydad

California

4.61/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 01:14:16 | More by kaseydad
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Beer21

Florida

5/5  rDev +11.6%

05-06-2013 07:07:14 | More by Beer21
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HoppySeb

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +6%

06-09-2014 20:01:56 | More by HoppySeb
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Boston_Steve

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -10.7%

09-02-2013 20:22:35 | More by Boston_Steve
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BKotch

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

01-13-2014 03:52:34 | More by BKotch
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

11-15-2011 08:55:29 | More by ithinkimasofa
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nanobrew

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

11-14-2011 18:39:34 | More by nanobrew
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jeonseh

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Mikkeller tulip. Batch 7 and 375ml bottle

A - Dark, reddish brown with a tiny white head that only sits in the edge. The red is definitely the color you would find in a big red wine. Minimal carbonation and rather clean looking

S - Oak, lemon, wheat grass, and currants. Has a tart, almost sweettarts quality to it.

T - Very tart up front with almost a cherry warhead like quality. As the beer moves, it has lemon and oak that come through. The sour, tartness comes through strong in the finish as well as a slight alcoholic bite

MF - Highly carbonated with a medium body. The carbonation goes well with the tartness and helps the flavors linger on the tongue

O - Very tart sour from Russian River with only a slight funkiness to it. This only really brings the tart was but it is almpmost too tart for me to pick up anything else in it.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 01:11:54 | More by jeonseh
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BDeibs

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

05-22-2014 01:53:51 | More by BDeibs
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csustar001

New York

5/5  rDev +11.6%

04-16-2012 01:45:30 | More by csustar001
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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