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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,603 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,603
Reviews: 1,026
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 1,340
Gots: 1,126 | 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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birdsellam

Indiana

5/5  rDev +11.6%

01-09-2013 17:12:38 | More by birdsellam
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sludgegnome

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.7%

04-26-2012 04:03:40 | More by sludgegnome
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

375ml poured into a flute - fridge - batch 004x4

Appearance: Pours a dark red, but mostly brown color with absolutely no head. This might be a bad bottle. It is a little cloudy but shows no other signs of life.

Smell: Medicinal, cabernet, currant and not much else. I suppose there is a little bit of tobacco.

Taste: Sticky sweet but also sour and acidic. A tart taste of currant and other dark fruits is met with that typical cabernet taste. Some wood and plenty of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very unlively, with no carbonation, but lots of flavor and wine inspiration. Medium to heavily bodied. Tart, acidic, sweet and woody.

Drinkability: This beer had so much hype around it that it pains me to begrudge it so much. It needs more attention to detail. Head, head retention, aroma, mouthfeel all need to be seriously reconsidered before releasing to the public. I feel like this beer was sold just to get it out of the brewery for some $$$.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 01:45:31 | More by Risser09
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Capones sour event into a small tasting glass.

A: A darker reddish brown with tiny off white small head. No glass lacing.

S: Sour fruits with some slight notes of wood.

T: Ok, here is where this beer shines. What a complex array of sour fruits that are just sheer mouth puckering. The dominant fruit flavor I could not pick out, but I assume it's current since that is what the bottle says (I've never had currents). So sour currents, apple, grape and maybe some raspberry coupled with some oaky woody and vanilla flavors. A hint of sweetness is there to offset the tart flavors, but this is far from sweet. Funny thing is I don't get any yeasty flavors or funk, just the sour. Hops come in at the end to bitter the finish. Wow, hella lot going on here.

M: Full, prickly, coating, puckering with just a hint of alcohol.

D: Medium to good for such a sour beer.

Overall this is so different, but so good. If you love wilds/sours, this beer is for you. Complexity really makes this beer a one of a kind. Very nice, glad I got to try such a rare beer on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2009 21:49:38 | More by Kadonny
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Booner818

California

4.75/5  rDev +6%

02-20-2014 01:27:10 | More by Booner818
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brheuer

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +11.6%

03-24-2013 23:07:22 | More by brheuer
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fehrminator

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -10.7%

03-02-2013 23:06:27 | More by fehrminator
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Hellpop65

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

04-23-2013 21:27:54 | More by Hellpop65
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appetiteforparis

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

12-28-2012 23:53:54 | More by appetiteforparis
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huntermop

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

04-02-2014 04:49:51 | More by huntermop
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leedorham

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

01-21-2013 16:18:42 | More by leedorham
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John11486

California

5/5  rDev +11.6%

02-08-2012 22:34:49 | More by John11486
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Casey3236

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +6%

10-28-2013 22:57:21 | More by Casey3236
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ncvbc

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

07-26-2014 23:49:40 | More by ncvbc
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curlybird

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.7%

07-19-2014 14:02:25 | More by curlybird
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kbnooshay

New York

4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a glorious garnet red color with no head at all. No lacing. Smells like a sweet red wine and fruit. Tastes like currants. The sweetness of the candy like currants balances well with the sour tart dryness. Tastes like cinnamon. Closest thing I've had to a sour red wine. Little carbonation. Medium feel. Brilliant.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 06:20:02 | More by kbnooshay
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vissai

California

5/5  rDev +11.6%

02-19-2014 17:40:53 | More by vissai
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Jeffrey2310

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

04-23-2013 19:26:23 | More by Jeffrey2310
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thnx to channan for the bottle. Opened together with papaeugene.
Look: the beer pours a brown-red color with a very small head.
Smell: malts, sour berries, wood, sour apples, grapes and citrus
Taste: Medium sourness, full of fruits like citrus, grapes and currants, oak. Finish is dry and tart
Mouthfeel: A bit too thin body with low-medium carbonation.
Overall: A very nice beer, bit high in the alcohol, but still dangerously drinkable. I prefer the puckering funky sourness of the Belgium wilds though.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 23:17:40 | More by rvdoorn
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml Batch III poured into a snifter. "Consecration is a dark Belgian style ale aged in American oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. Not only do we use Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, & Pediococcus, we also add currants to beer while it is aging in the barrels"

Appearance: Clear and deep rust brown with a small, dark, "soda" head that fizzed away rather early and left no lacing whatsoever. 3/5

Aroma: Fruity with strongest notes of cherries and some currants with warmth. But the aroma, in my opinion, was eclipsed by intense, one-dimensional sourness. Decidedly funky nonetheless. 3.5/5

Taste: A clean and intensely sour beer, with minor hints of the base beer. Unfortunate, in my opinion. Wood is felt, but mostly mouth puckering sour, and that's it. Well, the funk is unmistakable, but for a sour brownish ale, Supplication was definitely better. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Like its other brethren, medium bodied, yet quite clean with a long, oaky finish. 4.5/5

Overall, my least favorite among the bunch and only because the base beer, and fruit, seem to have lost to sourness & funk. Did too many cooks (bugs) ruin the broth? 3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 11:22:24 | More by tewaris
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

4/5  rDev -10.7%

11-17-2011 19:21:24 | More by nathanjohnson
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everetends

Alabama

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

750 ml bottle sent to me by the great rhinos00. This was actually the beer I was most excited about that he sent me in the Gentleman's Club BIF. This beer is special to me because it is the official beer that is helping me celebrate this Pen's Cup victory tonight. Big night for a big beer. Served up in a tulip, lets do this shit. Batch #1

A: Pours a dark brown in color. It actually does have some varied colors in here with an almost red/ruby/plum color coming across. I think a nice plum hue is the best way to describe the look, nice! Kinda a hint of dark red wine. The beer is pretty opaque, not seeing any light come through and I can't see through it for sure. The head was huge and when I popped the cork, there was a good amount of overflow coming out of the bottle. The head is almost a light brown in color and is about two fingers in height. Sadly, it falters quickly and I am getting no lace on the glas. Ah well, still a good looking brew.

S: Smell is nice for sure. Getting the Cab wine barrel aging for sure. Nice dark grape presence with a nice robust aroma. Then the sour kicks in. Getting some nice sour granny smith apples and some tart dark cherries coming across. A nice touch of some red wine vinegar in here bringing even more tart qualities. The oak is there with a slight sweetness coming from a touch of vanilla along with that nice wood. Very nice and absolutely appetizing. Well played, sir.

T: Nice red wine vinegar up front, bringing the sour and tart first and foremost. Slapping you across the face with sour flavors. The fruits are some really tart green apples, dark ass cherries, and touch of sour and grainy pear. Really nice cab flavor comes across with dark grape acidity and a touch of the tannins. The grapes are dark and heavy but they still have a sweetness to them. Yet again you get that slight hint of oak, but the wine and grape translates a lot more. Just the slight sweetness from the vanilla from the oak creeps in. That sour really translates and the brett makes its presence known for sure with a slight touch of funk. Maybe just a touch of tobacco on the back end that brings that rich and dark earthiness. SOOOO, nice.

M: Medium in body that has a really nice carbonation (maybe a bit of a suprise). Actually pretty damn crisp and thirst quenching. Has a nice drying quality to it that is just enough to keep you pulling from the glass. The feel is tart and puckering but never gets unpleasant. ABV is nicely hidden where the drying quality is the most prevelant quality. Not really getting much warmth out of this beer from the ABV. The aftertaste is all the tart and sour flavors just mingling pleasantly on the palate. Awesome here.

D: Not a problem to drink at all. Sometimes I have a problem with some sours and wilds, but this one is easy to take care of. Actually refreshing as hell and has a nice and light drinkable quality. never have a problem taking another pull. A well crafted beer from start to finish. Sure I could use a bit more head and lace but screw it, the flavor, aroma and feel more than make up for that lack. Drink it if you got it. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 05:23:07 | More by everetends
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DerrickW

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +6%

07-29-2014 01:23:24 | More by DerrickW
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ahbithwabm

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +6%

05-31-2014 19:16:07 | More by ahbithwabm
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kzoobrew

Michigan

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

Big thanks to Genghis22 for the bottle.

Batch 005x2F

Glowing deep amber colored body. Clear and free of sediment. Two finger antique white head is set atop. The head recedes rather quickly, slight ring left around the top. Very visible carbonation.

Very pleasant aroma. Currant, vinous aroma is rather prominent. The sweet aroma up front really balances out the sour vinegar like twang.

The flavor has an unexpected balance. The BSDA base is much more evident than what I would have imagined. Cracker malt, fig and tobacco flavors lie under the tart fruity bite. The sour flavor is biting up front but smooth out as the beer moves towards the back of the palate.

Medium bodied though lighter on the tongue. The carbonation is moderately high. The finish is quite dry and pleasant. Slight linger fruity tartness left lingering on the tongue.

Excellent beer. Flavors are a bit more layered than what I expected, retains the flavor of the base beer quite well. The higher Alcohol is well hidden, the 10% abv is barely noticed. This is just another reason I wish I had access to Russian River. Outstanding beer from a world class brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 02:02:28 | More by kzoobrew
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,603 ratings.