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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,560 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,560
Reviews: 1,024
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 1,327
Gots: 1,118 | 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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VaTechHopHead


4/5  rDev -10.7%

01-08-2013 23:22:20 | More by VaTechHopHead
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light caramel red color. Color made me think of a light bourbon. Very light head that dissipates quickly. Lots of soda like carbonation.

Very sour fruity aroma. Taste is a tangy, fruity and sour, with oak undertones. Can definitley taste the currants. Nice light flavors are still able to slip through the sour flavors.

Nice light body. Easy to drink with a dry red wine like finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 03:12:52 | More by IronLover
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Boilerfood

Indiana

4/5  rDev -10.7%

05-26-2013 18:08:26 | More by Boilerfood
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DaveHS

California

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch 001X4 750ml bottle.

A-Pours burgundy/brown with cherry highlights and 3/4 inch of chocolate milk colored head. Reduces quickly, leaving almost no lacing.

S-Tart cherry/blackcurrant acidity, reminiscent of a good lambic. Moderately funky aromas of brett/horse blanket.

T/M-Age has been kind to this one. The intensely tart fruit flavors have held up for the most part. Strong flavors of balsamic reduction and maraschino cherries. The finish is aggressively tart, with a hint of brown sugar.

O-One of the best sours to come out of Russian River. I could see this going another 2 years at least.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 23:41:06 | More by DaveHS
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mscudder

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

05-28-2013 01:04:09 | More by mscudder
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kevanb

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 04:01:51 | More by kevanb
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Houser

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

12-17-2013 14:58:24 | More by Houser
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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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wdarcy77

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

03-25-2013 14:38:54 | More by wdarcy77
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aorloski

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +6%

01-17-2013 16:18:11 | More by aorloski
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wyatt13

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

12-10-2013 15:23:00 | More by wyatt13
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johnyb

Florida

4/5  rDev -10.7%

02-05-2014 13:54:24 | More by johnyb
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JellyJacket

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

03-10-2013 03:11:27 | More by JellyJacket
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Agold

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.6%

11-14-2011 09:04:17 | More by Agold
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Mark000

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

02-16-2012 00:06:48 | More by Mark000
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

01-18-2013 16:07:32 | More by HopsHopenstein
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topdown

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

08-06-2013 20:49:49 | More by topdown
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JKV96

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

03-31-2014 00:40:59 | More by JKV96
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Beerenauslese

California

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 004x3.

Body is clear reddish brown, like tea. Poured easily to a half inch head, which dissipates quickly to a ring, with no lacing.

Aroma of cabernet wine, currant, malt, tea leaves, alcohol, leather.

Tastes of cabernet wine upfront, with currant and sour citrus tastes in the mid-plate, some vanilla, finishes dry with a lingering sourness and some spice. It is delicious, with a well-defined and intense wine infused sourness. It is mouthwatering sour, but not puckerish. There is not much of a malt backbone to this, which is unusual for a beer. I get some port-like quality to it as well, perhaps from the currants. There is no trace of tannins either. For a wild ale, it is also not funky.

Body is light and carbonation is low, giving this a winey mouthfeel. Alcohol is evident, furthering the wine analogy.

This is a beer with a big flavor, but one that also seems not to be a beer. I could drink a couple glasses of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 03:37:21 | More by Beerenauslese
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +6%

01-28-2014 02:30:46 | More by xdefeatsy
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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -21.9%

02-06-2013 13:53:11 | More by browniewithnuts
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Piddmeista

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

09-07-2013 01:01:06 | More by Piddmeista
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Skunkdrool

California

4.75/5  rDev +6%

05-31-2013 22:27:45 | More by Skunkdrool
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml. bottle. Batch 003x3. No bottling date listed on the label. Thanks to 7ways for the trade on this one! Poured into a Russian River Belgian style glass.

A: Deep crimson hue with a thick off-white head that settles rather quickly. Lacing and head retention are minimal, as expected, but carbonation is fierce.

S: Barnyardy funk shows up first, but it's soon overtaken with some sour currant, caramel malt, and toasted oak. Hops are almost non-exixtent here.

T: Much like the aroma, but more. Hints of cherry, cassis, and spice dominate, while caramel-like malt lies behind. The brett adds earthiness, along with some funk. It's what I would call "terroir driven." Finish is quite tart, dry, and the influence of cabernet can be noticed.

M: Rather full-bodied for the style. However, one wouldn't notice it's strength just by sipping it. Flavors are complex, and the finish lasts a lifetime.

D: I could drink this one everyday if I had access to it. It's probably in my top five brews of all time. If beers were to be classified like wines, this would truly be be at the top tier. Russian River is the Domaine Leroy or DRC of beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 07:08:28 | More by WYVYRN527
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Gtreid

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Again, thanks to mrstevens for breaking this one out yesterday. Poured into my CCB snifter.

A: A murky sienna color. The pour dropped a nickel of foamy white head that faded rather quickly and didn't leave much lace.

A: Sour dark fruits, and notes of wood. Red grapes, apples, red wine, and oak. I get a bunch of sour notes, that warn me of what's to come.

T: Yup, this one's sour. Probably the sourest of wilds I have yet to try. More wine and woody oak. Sour dark fruits, cherry, blackberries, apples, and barnyard funk. Finishes rather dry and tart.

M: Medium body, high levels of carbonation. This one has a bit of a bite to it.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is somewhat lower. This one is extremely sour. Overall, I had this one back to back with Supplication, and let me tell you, it dosen't hold a candle. It is a little too sour for my taste, and the oak and wine barrels, while good, didn't do it for me in this brew. I liked it, just didn't love it. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 17:52:27 | More by Gtreid
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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