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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,235 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,235
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,429
Gots: 1,341 | FT: 95
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 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.

Photo of cnbrown313
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.

Photo of Stum-pub
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Anonymous1
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of chcfan
4.13/5  rDev -8%

Photo of dcloeren
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of dagubna
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of nzerbe
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Wolberjs
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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

Photo of Gosox8787
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to IdrinkGas for the chance to try this. Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a snifter. Batch 004X4.

Appearance: Dark brown with a reddish hue. No head whatsoever on the pour. Lots of carbonation on the pour.

Aroma: Lots of barnyard funk right off the bat. The sour element is defintiely there, but it is balanced nicely by some fruitiness.

Taste: The sour hits hard upfront. Currants and grapes add the fruit element here. Everything is in really good balance with the barnyard notes from the yeast. Nice, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Heavy carbonation that becomes less as this sits. Light body, with a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: At 10% ABV and with all the flavors in here, this is definitely a sipper. For a sipping beer though, I could enjoy sipping on this all night.

Overall, a really great wild ale and one that deserves all its recognition. Highly recommended.

Photo of DangerDawg
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 4x4

A: Poured into my Duvel Tulip, this brew pours a beautiful mahogany. The head retention is surprisingly non-existent, which is a huge let down for such a spectacular looking brew.

S: The aroma is that of fermented sour dark fruits, figs, bruised apples and a little grape. Sugar plumbs and cider wrap up the aroma.

T: The flavor is wonderfully sour tang with a sweet side. This brew is the perfect combination of sweet and sour. A good strong malty backbone prevents this brew from going over the tart edge. Flavors evident in the nose include sugar plumbs, cider vinegar, and dark fruit.

MF: Mouthfeel is a tad to light, and can improve, but no real complaints.

D: Drinkability is just perfect. Delectably sour, and at 10%, I cannot even tell except by the warmth in my tummy.

Overall, if you're new to sours, let this brew warm up. The tart will take the back seat, and the dark fruits and sugars come to the forefront. An expertly crafted brew, this can be enjoyed by anyone.

Photo of 1424IpA
3.25/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of ChaseTheAce
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Hophead717
3.25/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of Dirtinabottle
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of samie85
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on 2/27/10 at Falling Rock Tap House.

A- Pours a nice mahogany color with a little bit of white head.

S-Acidic and cherry with some oak notes.

T-Dry and acidic cherry sour with some earthy, clay-like flavors that I also found in Temptation. It tastes like what wet clay smells like.

M- It has a wine-like dryness that kind of sticks with you and it's well carb'ed.

D-Not as easy drinking as Temptation due to the dryness, but still a great beer.

Photo of Pecan
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of lonewolfcry
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of patm1986
4.22/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the notebook

Hulmeville Tap, Poured into 10oz Goblet.

A- purple, maroon, dark, dark red. no head. just settlement. it sits in the glass, ready to unleash some fury. staring into it, it resembles a mystical well from a fairy tale; jump in.

S- pungent. initially, highly fermented prune, grape, fig, orange. alcohol tininess. the aroma is deep. put your nose right inside the glass and inhale greatly. the sourness of grapes and citrus, a little vanilla, dominate the deeper, nose-in-glass inhalation. medley of sharp fruit aromas.

T- acidic, tart fruit. very dominant combo of grape, cherry, and citrus, like an old fruit salad with orange zest. the alcohol is present throughout. though as a wild ale, alcohol presence is to be expected, however, the pure phenol flavor just isn't there; it's in the fruit, which is pleasant.

M- it has a great deal of carbonation, which is nice, but it seems to taste more of a fruit/veg beer in that carb body rather than having a thicker body like a gueze like i don't know why i expected; it's somewhere in-between the two.

D- the carbonation makes this pleasant and on-going-ly interesting. the flavors and aromas are really nice, and it's great to end with or sit-on for a while just staring, swirling, and smelling. but i don't think i could have more than one. maybe i could.

consecration would be nice with some food--thai, indian, duck confit, gelato, chocolate?--actually, that sounds good.

Photo of Casey3236
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jroberts8811
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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