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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,742 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,742
Reviews: 1,034
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 1,345
Gots: 1,173 | 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 jeonseh


3.98/5  rDev -11.2%

Bottle poured into Mikkeller tulip. Batch 7 and 375ml bottle

A - Dark, reddish brown with a tiny white head that only sits in the edge. The red is definitely the color you would find in a big red wine. Minimal carbonation and rather clean looking

S - Oak, lemon, wheat grass, and currants. Has a tart, almost sweettarts quality to it.

T - Very tart up front with almost a cherry warhead like quality. As the beer moves, it has lemon and oak that come through. The sour, tartness comes through strong in the finish as well as a slight alcoholic bite

MF - Highly carbonated with a medium body. The carbonation goes well with the tartness and helps the flavors linger on the tongue

O - Very tart sour from Russian River with only a slight funkiness to it. This only really brings the tart was but it is almpmost too tart for me to pick up anything else in it.

09-16-2012 01:11:54 | More by jeonseh
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South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%

Served on tap at Falling Rock in Denver, into a tulip glass

From notes taken on 1/6/2012
I was really excited to find this on tap

A: Dark amber red with 1 fingers width of snow white colored head which quickly dissipates down to and outter rim and leaves no lacing.

S: Strong red wine and sour grapes, sour apple and brett aromas with a hint of sour pear. Also a unique whisky like aroma.

T: Complex flavor profile, there is certainly a lot going on. Sour apple and sour grapes, plus some other grape flavors of the non sour variety. The brett is certainly noticed, and there is a touch of a whiskey like oak flavor. Towards the end of the drink the cab sauv flavors start to come out, although still not as strong as I anticipated. There is a great lingering aftertaste after every sip. The prominent flavors are certainly sour fruits and wine, although neither to the degree that I expected. Very good.

M/D:Bubbly, champagne-like mouthfeel, and each sip finishes dry like a good red wine. Heavy carbonation, medium bodied, good drinkability. I never would have guessed it is in double digit ABVs/ Perfect mouthfeel.

O: Overall, an excellent beer. Very unique, and a must try for fans of sours, wild ales, and unique beers in general.

02-16-2012 02:47:26 | More by zac16125
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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

5/5  rDev +11.6%

03-24-2013 23:07:22 | More by brheuer
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

06-15-2012 20:48:50 | More by scottyshades
Photo of JustinMatthew


4.97/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured at the Russian River & Taco Bonanza into a little chalice.

Pours mahogany in color, barely opaque and no head. Smells delicious.. Slightly vinegar/ tart and sweet. taste is a blast of tart and and mild sweetness. A little vinegar, currants, and slight oak all balanced perfectly. After taste is all oak.. Some vanilla and currants very mild overall. This sour beer leaves me begging for another sip!

11-20-2011 21:37:52 | More by JustinMatthew
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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

06-22-2013 03:02:53 | More by ajs4bd
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

02-16-2012 00:06:48 | More by Mark000
Photo of Roguer


4.16/5  rDev -7.1%

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!

11-17-2013 23:58:09 | More by Roguer
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

04-23-2013 21:27:54 | More by Hellpop65
Photo of seaoflament


4.13/5  rDev -7.8%

Dark caramel color with some red highlights when held to the light, a good inch of foam.

Brett and vinegar on the nose, sweet fruits like raisins, caramel malts, vine, a touch of alcohol, oak, some green apples, nectarine, currants, brown sugar. Quite complex. A slight herbal aroma too.

Big currant and grape flavor, leather, and oak. Quite tart and dry on the tongue. Lemon in the finish. A little better once it warms up. Some bitter citrus flavors in the end, a little nutty and toast in the aftertaste.

A bit thin in the middle, would benefit with some more malt dept.

02-26-2009 02:15:45 | More by seaoflament
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

04-02-2014 04:49:51 | More by huntermop
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

01-08-2013 23:22:20 | More by VaTechHopHead
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

05-26-2013 18:08:26 | More by Boilerfood
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

06-16-2013 12:01:33 | More by craft_shannie
Photo of DaveHS


4.38/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

03-20-2011 23:41:06 | More by DaveHS
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

08-06-2013 20:49:49 | More by topdown
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4.43/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

02-08-2011 03:37:21 | More by Beerenauslese
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

01-28-2014 02:30:46 | More by xdefeatsy
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

10-06-2013 03:05:55 | More by rdooley
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

03-25-2013 14:38:54 | More by wdarcy77
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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

12-10-2013 15:23:00 | More by wyatt13
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

02-05-2014 13:54:24 | More by johnyb
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