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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,043 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,043
Reviews: 1,044
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,385
Gots: 1,267 | 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%

MonkeyBread, Jun 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

fox227, Dec 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Beer21, May 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

TheRuss9585, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

After my foray into Sours with a Rosso e Marrone, I knew I would love this beer...I was right. It does so many things well. The wine and vinous qualities definitely shine in the aroma as well as flavor. The currants add a nice amount of complexity, with the sourness being refreshing and crisp.

This beer is a sipper and one to ponder over, but the drinkability makes it hard for me to savor it. Simply marvelous. CANNOT wait to crack open Supplication and compare the two.

Cheers!

ironchefmiyagi13, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of BigMike
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 003x1

Poured into my Russian River Goblet. Reddish caramel color. Pretty clear with tons of effervesence. 1 finger of thin soapy looking head that disappears rather quickly.
A bit of dried fruit and vinegar with lots of wine characteristics. A small touch of alcohol on the nose with a real pleasant amount of funk.
An initial touch of sweetness on the tongue gives way almost instantly to a mouth Pickering sourness. Lots of dark dried sticky fruit, leather, and funk. The wine barrel flavor definitely comes through as well.
Mouthfeel is a bit acidic and very carbonated.
One of the best wild ales around. The new 375ml bottle size
is awesome.

*From notes taken on 6-22-10

BigMike, Aug 18, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Dirtinabottle, Jun 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Walkerjgt, Jul 31, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

salthemonster, Dec 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Ristaccia, Saturday at 11:18 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

PappyVans, May 17, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev -5.6%

Wayne17, Sunday at 03:23 AM
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

blabaer, Oct 26, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -13.1%

udubdawg, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of nataku00
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a short snifter at a local bar. Due to poor lightning, I can't really comment on the exact color, but it was likely a very dark red.

Smells of dried berries and sour funk, with a hint of oak.

Taste of tart fruit right up front, but finishes smooth due to the oak. Lingers on the tongue with the currants and oak primarily, with the sour notes disappearing.

A very rich beer that coats the inside of your mouth if you swish it around. No carbonation in the glass that I had.

Due to the intensity of the upfront sourness, it requires sipping. Took me an hour to finish a 10 oz glass as I was letting the flavors transform in my mouth with each sip, until it fades and I take yet another sip.

A very delicious beer.

nataku00, Aug 06, 2010
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1.5/5  rDev -66.6%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

jarrgal, Jun 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

EB1, Oct 03, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 006. Poured from a slightly chilled bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Very dark ruby-amber pour with low carbonation for a bottle conditioned beer. The head is thin and dissipates quickly. The nose is sharp with tart dark fruit notes like cherries and currants. There is also a grapey, wine-like tone to it.

The beer has a medium body, firm mouthfeel, and a strong sour character. Cherry and currant flavors provide a fleeting sweetness and are quickly overtaken by intense sour oaky flavors. The beer finishes dry and acidic, just like a wine, and leaves you salivating for another sip.

Like all of their sours, this gem from RR is worth seeking out. As good as it is, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as Supplication, which for my palate has a nearly perfect balance between sweet and sour. This beer is probably more for fans of intensely sour beers.

deadonhisfeet, Jul 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Bwagner1122, Oct 12, 2013
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KG710, Jul 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -33.2%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

comfortablynirm, Jan 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

rjp217, Apr 23, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from trading with Alen. Thanks for the chance dude!

Batch 002x2

A- Pours a deep burgundy brown color with a massive off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing. The bubbles hiss as the head fades down to a nice half inch ring.

S- Lots of vinous and dark fruit aroma with a bit of funk and yeast scents. Plenty of oak and vanilla with red grapes.

T- Incredibly tart dark cherries and red grape initially. Black berries and currants with a vinegar-like sourness. Definetely some Brett funkiness flavor in there. Even if I had not known that this was aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, I would have been able to guess it easily. A splash of tobacco and oak with an unmistakable tannin dryness. This one takes a few sips to warm up to. The alcohol is almost non-existent and only leaves its mark with a bit of a warming effect that occurs just after half of the bottle is gone.

M- Medium body with loads of carbonation. The bubbles glide across the tongue dispersing the flavor evenly throughout. Incredibly dry finish.

D- Wow, this is one tremendously complex brew. This could easily bridge the gap between beer and red wine. A breed all of its own.

projectflam86, Sep 22, 2009
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 4,043 ratings.