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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,160 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,160
Reviews: 1,047
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 1,403
Gots: 1,306 | FT: 90
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 Blanco
3.5/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

amber brown color with a thin white head. no lacing whatsoever. Head fades to nothing rather quickly. smell is capital Potent of funky sourness. I don't know how to describe the taste, but it's intensely sour, with dark fruit notes. zingy mouthfeel.

overall: the lesser of all the RR sours, but still not bad. price was $22 a bomber (Batch 3) which is much lower than prices for others.

Blanco, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of moonknight31
4/5  rDev -10.9%

moonknight31, May 10, 2013
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 7 poured into a Great Lakes Christmas Ale snifter. thanks bubica!

body is a cloudy reddish orange. Head was soda pop fizzy. Like a dark gueuze.

Acidic sourness initially. All the lovely Brett smells come into play nicely. Light red wine (maybe thats the Cabernet barrels) is hidden underneath all of it.

Nice gueuze-like sourness, but its balanced by a wine like smoothness. What separates Consecration from other gueuzes is the sweetness. Its light, and sits light. The initial gueuze sourness hits you in the mouth, then fades with a wave subtle sweetness that leaves your mouth coated with that sweetness. As I work my way through the beer, it has wine-like qualities that make it even better. The booze is felt with a tingle on the tongue. a 10% Wild?!

Its not as sour as Belgians, but the overall balance is very refreshing.

I love the way this thing feels. Its not Belgian, but its damn close!

VncentLIFE, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of wiltznucs
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

wiltznucs, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of yamar68
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep, dark lively cranberry/mahogany with a short lived inch of off-white head. Perfect, beautiful lacing and just wisps of retention remain after a few short seconds.

The nose is exceedingly tart... subtly funky bits of red wine, fresh grassy notes, overripe fruits, lemongrass, and so much more. I can hear the beer fizzing and hissing as I take each whiff.

Dark and sour indeed. Very dry wood character smothered with tart wine notes. Sour grapes, abstract acidity, funky preserves, the woody/earthy notes tend to linger.

A beer that's hard to really describe concisely in words. It's a must-try for anyone even remotely interested in the vast creative potential of this beloved liquid we call beer.

yamar68, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of brpendergast85
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

brpendergast85, Oct 27, 2014
Photo of TheRuss9585
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

TheRuss9585, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Casey3236
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Casey3236, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of funkyaudio
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out dark brown black with thin brown foam which quickly falls. Smells is sweet and funky with some wood. Taste is fizzy with nice tartness. Great sour cherry notes with some funk present. Dry finish with great sticky sweetness. One of their best beers.

funkyaudio, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of Jeffrey2310
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Jeffrey2310, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of nataku00
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a short snifter at a local bar. Due to poor lightning, I can't really comment on the exact color, but it was likely a very dark red.

Smells of dried berries and sour funk, with a hint of oak.

Taste of tart fruit right up front, but finishes smooth due to the oak. Lingers on the tongue with the currants and oak primarily, with the sour notes disappearing.

A very rich beer that coats the inside of your mouth if you swish it around. No carbonation in the glass that I had.

Due to the intensity of the upfront sourness, it requires sipping. Took me an hour to finish a 10 oz glass as I was letting the flavors transform in my mouth with each sip, until it fades and I take yet another sip.

A very delicious beer.

nataku00, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 006. Poured from a slightly chilled bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Very dark ruby-amber pour with low carbonation for a bottle conditioned beer. The head is thin and dissipates quickly. The nose is sharp with tart dark fruit notes like cherries and currants. There is also a grapey, wine-like tone to it.

The beer has a medium body, firm mouthfeel, and a strong sour character. Cherry and currant flavors provide a fleeting sweetness and are quickly overtaken by intense sour oaky flavors. The beer finishes dry and acidic, just like a wine, and leaves you salivating for another sip.

Like all of their sours, this gem from RR is worth seeking out. As good as it is, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as Supplication, which for my palate has a nearly perfect balance between sweet and sour. This beer is probably more for fans of intensely sour beers.

deadonhisfeet, Jul 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

comfortablynirm, Jan 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

PappyVans, May 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

ahbithwabm, May 31, 2014
Photo of udubdawg
3.9/5  rDev -13.1%

udubdawg, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of ChaseTheAce
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%

ChaseTheAce, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of csustar001
5/5  rDev +11.4%

csustar001, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of djre4orm
1.5/5  rDev -66.6%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Rempo
3/5  rDev -33.2%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

KCBeerNerd, Jun 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -27.6%

Mikeluzzjr, Mar 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

weonfire, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of rdooley
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

rdooley, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of projectflam86
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from trading with Alen. Thanks for the chance dude!

Batch 002x2

A- Pours a deep burgundy brown color with a massive off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing. The bubbles hiss as the head fades down to a nice half inch ring.

S- Lots of vinous and dark fruit aroma with a bit of funk and yeast scents. Plenty of oak and vanilla with red grapes.

T- Incredibly tart dark cherries and red grape initially. Black berries and currants with a vinegar-like sourness. Definetely some Brett funkiness flavor in there. Even if I had not known that this was aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, I would have been able to guess it easily. A splash of tobacco and oak with an unmistakable tannin dryness. This one takes a few sips to warm up to. The alcohol is almost non-existent and only leaves its mark with a bit of a warming effect that occurs just after half of the bottle is gone.

M- Medium body with loads of carbonation. The bubbles glide across the tongue dispersing the flavor evenly throughout. Incredibly dry finish.

D- Wow, this is one tremendously complex brew. This could easily bridge the gap between beer and red wine. A breed all of its own.

projectflam86, Sep 22, 2009
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,160 ratings.