Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,242
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
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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 ChrisPro
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this multiple times and finally getting around to it from notes:

On tap at the brewpub on 6/30/09. Poured a beautiful dark burgundy with a cream head. Mild aroma with hints of berries. There is a mild sweet flavor, but ultimately the brett and sour currants take over. This has great flavor, with touches of sweetness, then a very well balanced bitter finish. The hype is worth it.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From notes: (Have also had by the bottle.)
Had on tap at Toronado. Pours a deep amber/red with minimal head and no real lace. Not too surpeizing for the ABV. Smells like sour grapes and funk with a sweetness at the end. Taste-wise it is hard to pick things out through the sour. There is some sour, some funk and bread (along with a few things that I can't put my finger on. I'm surprized at the lack of booze being that it's the big 10. Perfect mouth for a good sipping beer. I've been enjoying the slowly fading aftertaste.
I prefer Temptation or Supplication but I'll rate this high anyway being that it is still an amazing sour. Thanks again Russian River (and thank you bartender for the free beer!)

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of BostonHops
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.68oz bottle served in a snifter.
batch 005

review #400

pours a deep amber / borderline chestnut tone with ruby highlights while yielding a very short-lived 1/4" tan head. no lacing. bold nose opens with a blast of currants. sour / tart with notes of cherry, vinegar, and maybe a touch of oak.

wow, flavor really impresses, following, even exceeding the aroma. wild ales have never much appealed to me on the whole, but this beer demonstrates what one can be if done right. leave it to russian river to accomplish that feat: just very impressively crafted. sour to the point of slight puckering but not overdone. virtually no trace of the 10% ABV. medium bodied with lively carbonation.

overall, a hell of a sour. of the few dozen or so different wild ales i've sampled, this is on a very short list for overall best. neck and neck with temptation.

(originally reviewed: 09-20-2011)

Photo of DNICE555
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

200 hundredth review!!!! Poured into my delirium tremens tulip in the new apt

A: A red brown body with a white head that dies withing the first minute.

S: Vinegar, Granny Smith apples, grapes, sour patch kids, very vivid.

T: So complex. Vinegar, apples, sour patch kids, grapes, champagne.

M: Carbonation is very high at first. Bottle pops like a cap gun. Dies down very quickly and mellows out.

D: Nobody does IPAs and sours like RR. Damn. This is sour to die for.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of litheum94
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml C&C. Batch 003*2. Reviewed on 6/6/11. Enjoyed with my wife on our 5th Anniversary.

Deep, red brown body, nearing copper. Very scant, tan head.

Loads of balsamic vinegar on the nose. Sour cherries, oak and a slight band aid smell. This has definitely gotten a little funkier with age.

Deep and alluring cabernet grape flavors, followed by a whopping vinegar sourness. Fleshy, tart cherry flavors. Very active body, with a champagne like effervescence.

The sour components of this have stepped up with some age on it, but it is still a fantastic beer.

Photo of Pahn
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Batch 004x4, so brewed 3/25/2009, bottled 2/5/2010. Thanks to BA msulinski, who included this as a very generous extra in a recent trade.

Appearance: Free pour yields a quarter inch fizzy white head that dissipates immediately. Pours a semi-translucent dark red orange and leaves occasional short lived spots of lacing.

Smell: From the bottle: Dark fruit, red wine, vinegar. Fruity. In the glass: Tons of oak at first. Dark fruit, red grapes. With warmth, chocolate and a faint mustiness come out. That deep grape/red wine/dark fruit almost mushroom-like note from the taste comes out with time as well.

All told, the smell doesn't "come together" as greatness, but it does enhance the flavor, and all its elements are very good.

Taste: Whoa, this beer delivers the sensory adventure you want from an expensive American wild ale.

First sip starts smooth and oaky, then yields a giant fruit and tobacco hit with a cutting acidity. Finishes boozy and oaky. Second sip starts out with deep, complicated and unique notes of grapes and currants, which last for a second or two before the giant acidity hits and the flavor opens up with chocolate, tobacco, cabernet sauvignon, oak; all robust and well balanced.

This is a hell of a beer. With warmth and time, lots of different flavors come out; a heavy molasses note, greater basement/dungeon depths, etc. I don't think you can seriously grade a beer like this below a 5... it's accomplishing exactly what the brewer intended, yielding a too-many-to-keep-track set of distinct flavors that are all bold and complimentary. Perhaps one could argue that it's too hot (or too acidic), but the flavors are bold enough to justify it and then some.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Very carbonated. Super acidic; almost too much so. Long finish.

Overall: My gut reaction was to give this a 5.0 for greatness. Then I thought, "well, there's other flavors, oak influences, etc in other beers that I prefer to this one..." Then the great, leathery, grape/currant/red wine flavors completely won me over.

Another classic from Russian River. Worth trading for or paying its hefty price tag. Excellent.

Photo of Goliath
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue. The initial pour produced almost no head, but that's most likely due to a quick pour in an effort to stop the bottle from foaming open.

The aroma is quite nice. The mouthwatering tart aroma of brett is screaming up front.
There's some nice dark ripe fruits, caramel, apple, oak, and some of the cabernet barrels come through as well.

The taste is quite nice. There's some really nice darker malts giving caramel notes up front. There's also some nice fruit flavors and a fantastic showing of brett which just makes the mouth water for more. It's really fun and quite nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very high dose of carbonation which really sets the the beer off.

Drinkability is high. The flavor profile on this beer is fantastic which just brings you back for more. The abv is easily managed and well incorporated. All in all this is a really solid beer.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of mithrascruor
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at O'Brien's, San Diego.

Pours a dark reddish brown color with no head. Aroma full of malts and cherries; slightly sour, but not overwhelmingly so. Dark malt flavor with some nice sour cherry flavor. Medium-bodied with minimal carbonation. Darker than most sours I've had - I like the additional malts here, it works well.

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4.72/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 4,242 ratings.