Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,076
Hads: 4,707
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
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Gots: 1,594 | FT: 121
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 10-31-2008

Belgian-style dark ale aged in American oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with currants.
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Reviews: 1,076 | Hads: 4,707
Photo of kbanks13
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Popkas for trading this one to me a little while ago.

Batch 002X003 poured into a Delirium snifter with a color of dark cherry wood with brighter shades of red when held to the light. Loose tan head that is gone in a flash with little lacing. Smells of yeast, must and horse blanket. Lots of wood, cherry and vinous aromas, too. Taste is a wonderful blend of oak and sweet fruits with a tart lemon flavor, like a good red wine but with a sour twist. Not anywhere near overly tart or overly sweet, the two are in perfect balance. Subtle grain characteristic in the background. Clean on the palate with no real lingering tastes. Medium carbonation with a light body that has a sweet flavor but a dry and puckering finish. Drinks surprisingly easy for a 10% ABV beer. I will have to trade for more of this and try it fresh too. (835 characters)

Photo of oldn00b
4.91/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks a little thinner than expected - light loose head forms and fades immediately.

Copper/Amber color, absolutely clear.

Nose is bright with deep aroma of currant and black cherry.

Sour is huge, lots of pucker and an extra bitter aspect comes through big. A lot of depth and character. Brilliant bright fruit mixed with dark ripe fruit. Sour, abrasive in some aspects and delicate in others.

This is a fantastic beer. (428 characters)

Photo of Doc_Hops
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Consecration pours a gorgeous, deep, ruby red. The head is a slightly tan color but it goes away just as quickly as its poured.

S- Just like its counterpart, Supplication, the wine barrel aging plays a big roll in the smell. Dark, rich, wine notes come through first giving way to the currents added to the mix.

T- Wow. Incredibly sour yet a bit of sweet mellowing on the back end. What a dry taste as well. Cherries, currents, and event an interesting malty sweetness going on.

M- Absolutely no head yet an interesting, effervescent feel to it. Fuller bodied than Supplication yet just as easily drinkable. Still can't get over how dry it is as well. It's in perfect balance.

O- Wonderful beer. Incredibly complex and balanced. So much going on here and yet so simple. Hard to describe but very easy to enjoy...and has an incredible kick at 10.00%... For a wild, I'll take it!.

Serving Type- 12oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Thanks for reading. (974 characters)

Photo of Wackyfoot
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub, shocked that I got a 16 oz pour when I was expecting a 10, but it was a bargain at 6.75. Dark cherry red pour with a hazy tan head that lingers. Very sour aroma of cherries and plums with a light vinous smell to it as well. The flavor is like a sour fruit explosion in your face: cherries, grapes, blackberries, and a nice wine thickness. Very nice carbonation in the mouth and a nice malt profile as well. Hopefully my future experiences with sours will match up to this one. (499 characters)

Photo of SiphonKing
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazing barrel-aged sour beer from Russian River. Thanks Cole for having this brought in from the West Coast for some Midwest beeries. Lots of sour and delicious puckery taste to this beer. The currants add a rasiny almost fruity aftertaste to the palate. The Cab. barrel must have had a hand in adding some sort of tannic quality to the beer but it is not overpowering. The sour really shines through. Excellent time in the barrel and very delicious. A true sipping beer and a worthy treat! (491 characters)

Photo of DanOLeary
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3

Aroma: A reasonably light aroma of sour ripe cherries and green apple skin. Little to no hop aroma. Slight hint of alcohol spice.

Appearance. Light mahogany brown with excellent clarity. Thin but lasting off white head holds a light lacing along the side of the glass.

Flavor: A sharp bite of green sour apple skin hits your tongue and cheeks with next to puckering sourness. As an ale brewed with Brettanomyces this is highly expected and enjoyed. The malt profile is hidden in the background until your tongue recovers from the sour bite, then there are complexities of bitter cherry and faint oak in the finish. This beer finishes extremely dry with another bite of sourness left on the lips as reminder.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with effervesant carbonation. There is a puckering sensation from the Brett but again this is expected and done well to enjoyment. Finishes crisp and very dry.

O: This beer is not for the weak of heart or mind. Among the sours Consecration Batch 3 is demonstrating the finer points of this brewing art. The sourness hits you on the tongue and in the jaw muscles like a sour apple with each refreshing sip. (1,149 characters)

Photo of DrewOSU
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bonus beer consumed at Cincinnati BA RIS tasting on 3/5/2009, hosted by Yetiman420

A: Pours a dark amber to light brown. ½ inch tan and watery head. Sudsy light lacing on side of glass.

S: Sour, musty, tart, cider quality, with a little bit of funk. Big nose.

M/T: Very light mouth feel. Huge pucker to the back of the jaw on first taste, followed by a consistent rush of sour on the tongue. Finishes very dry without aftertaste.

D: Very light and dry, minimal to no aftertaste. Huge drinkability. (504 characters)

Photo of fatmusic14
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Its days like this that I wish I had a tulip glass.

Pours like a shaded version of burnt sienna. Head generated quickly resembles that of a Soda, and disappears just as fast. Zero Lacing

Smell blasts scents of pine and berries. Smells like a Spring morning.

Tastes tart, but no overpowering - with a really hard to define flavor profile (sour, bitter, hint of sweet). Aftertaste leaves something to be desired. Mouthfeel lacking.

Very good beer. (450 characters)

Photo of steadydose
4.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 001x2

Cork removed with a good pop, which let some mist out of the bottle along with scents of fruits.

A: Poured into an oversized tulip wine glass. Beer is amber/brown, with reddish highlights. High clarity. Khaki head dissipates quickly, no lacing stays on glass as beer disappears.

S: Initial smell was that of cherries. More sour than sweet most of the time. Lots of oak with just a touch of funk. As the beer opens up and warms 20 minutes later, more aromas of sweetness are present. My final glass from the bottle smelled even better with cabernet scents surfacing. Bottle says currants were used in this beer. I have never had currants knowingly, but I'm guessing there like cherries. Overall, impressive.

T: Sour cherries dominate, oak is present throughout. The cherries/ currants are sour most of the time, but the sweetness is almost there, almost noticeable, but never really makes its way completely. Beer is perfectly tart and acidic, Alcohol is hidden well. Long finish for a beer. Is this beer still?, or a beer wine hybrid. Lots of complexity and layers to this beer, which got better over the course of the bottle. Amazing.

M: High carbonation which contributed to a thicker body and mouthfeel. I enjoyed the amount of carbonation in this one. Clean finish.

D: Consecration is an amazing beer. Highly drinkable. I can not wait to have another bottle of this stuff, and see how it evolves with some cellaring. (1,439 characters)

Photo of FreightTrain
4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown with a big, fizzy, tan head made up of large bubbles.

S- Delicious dark fruit, the currants are really noticeable. Tartness for sure. Grape as well, a definite wine smell.

T- Quite sour and lots of fruit at the beginning. Really delicious on the finish: the cabernet and brett meld to form a wonderful buttery tart taste.

M- Excellent soft mouthfeel with spritzy carbonation.

D- Drinkability is inhibited by the intensity of the acidity, which is really accentuated by the tartness of the currants. Of course its delicious, although not my favorite RR beer, but difficult to drink a whole bottle in one sitting. (635 characters)

Photo of Dspohn
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL, Batch 03X2, 2008 I believe so this ones a few years old, poured into a DFH signature glass.

Pours a very dark garnet color, almost ruby when held to the slight, lots of small champange sized bubbles that settled into a nice collar. The nose is restrained but inviting, sour dark fruits, figs and dates. Earthy, damp, musty are things that came to mind. The flavor is unquestionably more sour, very acidic, chalky, very dry. Has almost a chocolately, earthy component, not unlike characteristics I get from some belgian quads, definitely interesting. Oak from the barrel aging is also noticable. High ABV with this one compared to some other Russian River wild ales, the body is a little more full, the malt a little more perceived. After having this fresh on tap at the brewpub and after a couple years in the bottle, I prefer the older and bottled version. (865 characters)

Photo of KidDoc
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

I was in San Diego for Beer Week and SD Taproom had a Russian River tasting. I was in pursuit of Pliny the Elder but got there too late. The only beer left was the Consecration. I am not generally a big fan of the sour beers but this was fantastic. The high alcohol was well-hidden under the many layers of flavor. One of the best beers I have ever had. I can't wait to get the chance to try other beers from this brewer (427 characters)

Photo of Cedromar
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with my lady. Batch 1x003.

Pour gives a lovely ruddy ruby color with mild bubbles that don't stick around, I guess they were feeling shy.

Smell of a nice sour Cabernet.

The taste is wonderful, sour, funky, fruity. Currants up front then the sour acidity followed by the leathery brett.

Mouthfeel is again wonderful, good carbonation.

I could drink this again and again and again. However, this ranks behind Supplication and Beatification for me. (465 characters)

Photo of Westsidebuddha
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at 7-11 in Highland Park, Calif. Batch 002X1.

Pop open the bottle and notice the scent of cherries. A very good smell. Poured a dark red color into a glass. Slight head on top with lots of tiny bubbles bursting on top. A very nice sour taste on the first sip. Not overwhelming with a nice sour back end.

I been hearing how good this beer is and I'm glad I tried it. Also glad the price I paid for wasn't wasted (It's a wee bit up there). Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice sour taste. The carbonation is caused by the refermenting in the bottle and it definitely shows in the glass and the way it pops in your mouth. I could drink another one easily but I'm gonna have to break my piggy bank for that. Wow, look at the fizz of that second pour and the smell. This is good! (793 characters)

Photo of nectar14
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 750 mL, enjoyed with da wife.

A: Dark caramel amber color, piling up a decent lace of foam that fizzes down to just a thin film.

S: Sour funkiness, a bit of dark fruit, slight malt. Inviting.

T: Delicious and comforting. Rich but not heavy with tart fruit, malt, and a small touch of caramel. Lovely.

M: Cuts nicely on the palate and has cleansing acidity. Easy to drink.

D: Though 10%, it goes down nicely.

One of my favorites. (439 characters)

Photo of Anaz
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this several times before, this time was on tap at Pizzeria Basta, Boulder CO.

The head on this beer dissappates quickly, and leaves a few bubbles hanging desperately around the rim and in a Rorschacht pattern in the center that looks like a monkey-cow kind of thing. THe color is like copper and the heart of a big piece of amber.

The smell is amazing, oaky, slightly winey, with some beautiful funk, kind of like if Aretha Franklin sat in with George Clinton and the P-Funk Allstars and did something slow.

The taste is sour cherries wrapped in oak magic, with a tart tang like underripe strawberries in some fantasy world where they were actually something to look forward to. The carbonation is perfect and cleanses and elevates the chorus of flavors.

This beer drinks really well, wish I hadn't finished the last of the keg. To all the Boulderites before me, I salute you, to all those who didn't partake, you missed out. Can't wait to have this again, but I did see a bottle a few days ago... (1,006 characters)

Photo of silentdonkey
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Beachwood BBQs cellar. Consecration #2. Bottle 2x1.

A: Beautiful deep cabernet reddish brown with a nice one finger head upon pouring that diminishes almost immediately. Leaves little to no lacing as you drink it down.

S: Unbelievable nose of oak, currants, leather, dark fruits, slight brett funk, and vinegar.

T: Exactly what I was hoping for! It follows in the footsteps of the nose but is so much more complex. It starts off with a nice tart and vinegar sourness with a hint of leather that mellows into plum, currant, chocolate, truffle earthiness, cherries, and cranberry. It finishes with a little tinge of oak and red wine. There is a nice warming effect mid taste from the alcohol that does not burn or linger. Just enough to let you know its 10% abv.

M: Medium-full body with the perfect amount of carbonation. Coats your tongue and pallet perfectly so you can pick up on all of the nuances.

O: Such a fantastic beer. I'm glad I had one of the older batches that has had time to develop. I could see this beer having a more upfront sourness and vinegar taste. Since it had time to mellow out a bit the sourness is quite faint and upfront. It allows the flavors of the dark fruits, chocolate, and oak to really shine in the finish! (1,261 characters)

Photo of tim9887
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small corked & caged bottle, poured into a glass. Pours a deep, dark reddish amber with off-white head that subsides almost immediately. Vinegar, booze, and fruit are evident in aroma. Vinegary flavor combines with a sharp lemony acidity. Dry fruity finish. Light on the palate and has an almost champagne-like carbonation. Very tart, sour, complex. Drinkable for an ale of this strength. VERY enjoyable!!! (406 characters)

Photo of Zaplt
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer was shared three ways (hobojon and DaveJanssen) poured meticulously and artistically into a tulip La Chouffe glass. Batch - 002X1

Appearance - The color was a deep dark amber, surprisingly clear. Lighter head with a lack of lacing.

Smell - Complex with initial sweetness slowly enveloped by a fruity (raisin), and bready smell with a strong funk ensuing. The sour funk (which I described as barnyard) was not too overwhelming, but quite pleasant)

Taste - The first sip knocked me off my feet. Many layers of flavors - Amazing layers of sweetness/funkiness/mild malt. Tart/sour funk very apparent after first sip - wonderfully balanced - the sweetness was very strong, more so than expected but well balanced with the sour funk and malt and countless other tastes words cannot portray. Wine character and oak evident from aging.

Mouthfeel - Generally high carbonation but not unpleasant. Sweet and full considering.

Drinkability - Lovely beer - one of the most drinkable soured beers I have ever tried. Will gladly recommend to experienced beer lovers and inquiring minds concerning innovative soured beers. Go Russian River go! (1,137 characters)

Photo of rwdkosak
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby with a foamy head that doesn't linger long and settles to a ring for the rest of the drink. Smell is of light sour note of currant. Taste is clean, sour, currant again with nice full oak flavor that balances well to the finish leaving a great aftertaste. Mouthfeel is good as well with pleasant carbonation, a great sour. Drinkablility is lower simply because of the 10% ABV but could easily have a couple of snifters of this. (444 characters)

Photo of JonathanG
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a sample of this at Hops & Pie, in a Great Divide tulip. Thanks Leah!

A: reddish brown, with a light sheet of head.
S: a little barnyard, along with currants, and oak.
T: currants, integrated oak, and again a bit of barnyard.
M: nice and sour, with good acidity. An excellent food beer.
O: Reminds me of wine, and that's a good thing. Very food-friendly, and nuanced similarly to a Cabernet with a bit of age on it.

I have only tried a few of the Russian River offerings, to-date, but would definitely seek this out again. Fantastic stuff! (545 characters)

Photo of neobob187
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, Batch 006.

A: Absolutely no head when poured from the bottle. You can see a very small amount of bubbles collected at the bottom of the glass, but other then that, no carbonation really looking at it. The color is a deep mahogany red.

S: I don't get as much of the currants as some have described. I'm getting more of a balsamic sour funk with deep fruit notes. As it warms you also definitely get the wine barrels it was aged in. Very dry funk to the nose.

T: For 10% this beer is definitely very drinkable. However the taste doesn't quite wow me. I had a Supplication earlier in the year and despite this beer's amazing description, I found Supplication to be more complex in the flavor. But that's just me. The taste is a really nice tart sour up front, but it finishes with a fruity sweet character. Figs, cherries, and some musty wine notes are all present.

M: Very lightly carbonated and tart on the back of the palate.

O: Overall I enjoyed this beer, but it didn't wow me the way I thought it would. Still, for an American Wild Red Sour Ale I found it to be quite pleasant. I will have to branch out and try the other wild ales Russian River makes because both Supplication and Consecration were very unique and interesting beers. (1,268 characters)

Photo of nniicckkww
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 005x2F brewed 12/1/2009 bottled 10/17/2010

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a chalice. The corked came out easily with a nice 'pop.' Fizzy rusty head of about an inch quickly dissipated. Reddish, brown color with a slight cloudiness.

Aroma of red wine, musty wet wood and leather. Mouthwatering. Lively carbonation that leads into a fruity, tartness followed by leather and earth. Dark fruits. Finish is long and smooth, yet acidic at the same time. Perfectly balanced sourness. In a blind taste taste, I could not tell if this was 4% or 10% abv. Amazing.

A very complex beer. (586 characters)

Photo of TJBurgess
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#20, something special from the fridge for the World Cup final.

Big thanks to Stevefinny for this. 750ml Batch 002x01. Poured into a tulip.

A: Brownish maroon with a head that disappears like a scared turtle's. Nothing great, but the resurgence of effervescent bubbles is pretty cool. 4.0

S: Brett nosebomb with tart cherry and oak. Again, not overwhelming but still pleasant. 4.0

T: Tart fruitiness with a dry, oaky finish. Initial taste has a domineering sweet funk, but the oak comes on strong and dry at the end. Great balance between two opposing tastes. 4.5

M/D: Big carbonation and effervescence keep such a great clean taste. I love the thickness of a stout, but this is the complete opposite and so well done that I really appreciate it just as much. The 10% is essentially nonexistent. I couldn't drink this every day, but the complexity and style is something I would enjoy on a semi regular basis. 4.5/4.5 (922 characters)

Photo of Krevee
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on 04/29/10
Poured from 750ml bottle into a Bruery tulip

A - The beer pour a dark red. Looks similar to a red wine. Has very minimal white head that faded away rather quickly. Virtually no lacing while drinking.

S - The smell is very interesting with lots of unique flavor profiles. I can smell the wine barrels that it was aged in. It has hints of oak and a stronger alcohol as well such and bourbon maybe. It has a very tart smell to it as well with dark sweet fruits in the mix.

T - I had one half glass with dinner and enjoyed it but it didn't seem that sour/tart to me from what I had read about this beer, but when I poured myself a full glass later in the evening the second glass seemed much more tart/sour. I can definitely taste the red wine from the barrel aging along with some oak. Has sweet fruit tastes to it as well. I can't distinguish the individual fruits though. I can also taste the current in the beer. The beer is very tart and dry on the back half. It is quite tasty but is definitely a sipping beer.

M - Mouthfeel is medium to high amounts of carbonation with a lighter body to the beer. Good for the style but you can't take very large sips of it.

D - This beer hides its ABV well, but is not something that I can drink a lot of in a sitting. Because it is so tart it much be sipped and savored so I don't think I would have more than a glass or two at a time. Its refreshing for the first glass but after that the ABV starts to hit you. Good beer overall and for the style. (1,516 characters)

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,076 ratings.