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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,842 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,842
Reviews: 1,035
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 1,358
Gots: 1,199 | FT: 84
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 jamie2dope
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%

A 375 bottle courtesy of my buddy Steve on the West Coast (who is drinking Younger as this is being typed). Poured gently in to a Duvel glass, there isn't much heading here, though the color is nice. It is almost Dubbel-ish, coming out a murky rose color. Nose is full of tart fruit, strawberry, raspberry, sour funk, and a hint of dark chocolate. Mild sourness hits the palate at first, with an aftertaste of juicy stone fruit to round things out. Alcohol is nowhere ti be found on this one. Mouthfeel is medium, with the sourness always present, but never overbearing. The balance here is incredible, as is the case with pretty much all RR beers I have tasted. RR makes the wine of the beer world IMO, except more textured and delicious than most wines I have encountered. Russian River, please come to Massachusetts soon. Cheers

jamie2dope, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of tswater
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

tswater, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of Unchi
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Unchi, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of davey101
3.9/5  rDev -13.1%

375ml, batch 004x2. Poured into an over sized wine goblet. Received as a super generous extra from Plenum, thanks a ton man!

A - Pours a dark brown with red tint. Very clear and bubbly. No real head to speak of, but there's some nice action going on around the edges of the glass.

S - Tons of currants, cherries, and oak. The finish is very musky and funky.

T - Extremely sour. This is probably the most sour beer I've ever had, even more so than the Belgian lambics and guezes I've tried. Cherries and oak. The sourness masks a lot of the fruit flavors, but the brett funk is on full display. Delicious.

O - This was a very good beer and I'm glad I got to try this. Its not on par with the belgian sours, but this is a very impressive american wild. It was my first RR'ion beer and from what I read this is the bottom of the tier. Can't wait to try some of the other ones.

davey101, Jun 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -22%

HopsintheSack, Aug 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

OnryAndMean, Aug 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

jarrgal, Jun 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Houser, Dec 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

lonewolfcry, Aug 11, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

GennyCreamAle, Jun 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

marct, Dec 11, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

July2Nov, Mar 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

salthemonster, Dec 27, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Beer21, May 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

curlybird, Jul 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

mscudder, May 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

sukwonee, Mar 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Diomede, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

csustar001, Apr 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

DSlim71, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.98/5  rDev -11.4%

Pours a clear, tawny-amber color with a bubbly eggshell colored head. Average retention and spotty lace.

Smells of lemonheads and cherry clan like most of RR sours but this is heavier on the cherry side. A touch or tart Chardonnay as well.

Taste is much different than the other RR sours and opposes the nose. Quite the variation of flavor ranging from Chardonnay and wet horse blanket to mildly tart cherries and finishing with a dry wheat like character.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Pretty dry yet fairly tacky.

Overall this is far better than I thought it'd be. Not bad.

MrVonzipper, Dec 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -16.5%

EB1, Oct 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

afksports, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

CarolinaKev, May 26, 2013
Photo of Roguer
4.16/5  rDev -7.3%

Pours a half finger of quickly-fading beige head, leaving a nice thin rim. Brew is a lighter, nutty brown; almost clear brown on the pour, but a solid, strongly translucent reddish-brown in the glass. Lacing is basically nonexistent.

Sweet yeast, wild funkiness, and a tart sour are all present: very complex. Difficult to identify many individual aromas: grapes, dark fruit, and wild yeast are most prevalent, with a slightly sweet and cheesy funkiness at the end.

Immediately sour, with a tartness that maintains throughout the experience. The cheese funk comes into play on the back-end. Red grapes and Cabernet Sauvignon are very apparent. There's a very light sweetness present, but the sour flavor is by far the most powerful and overwhelming.

Medium to thin mouthfeel, but with a nice oily residue. The tartness makes it difficult to drink this particularly fast, despite the mouthfeel. Slight sting; the sourness doesn't quite make me pucker, but it does wake up the taste buds throughout my mouth. Noticeable foaming.

I don't have a ton of experience with sours, although I've had a few wild ales. This is exceptionally well crafted and smooth. It might not be the most accessible sour or wild ale, as it's definitely not an intro beer, but it's so well made, it should be enjoyable even to novices (like me).

Thanks to JayORear for this trade!

Roguer, Nov 17, 2013
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,842 ratings.