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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,849 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,849
Reviews: 1,035
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 1,359
Gots: 1,198 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

JellyJacket, Mar 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

rdooley, Oct 06, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +2%

Consecration Batch 001x2. 750ml bottle poured into a Russian River tulip glass.

The pour is a nice dark, opaque, burgundy color, hints of brown and garnet when held to the light. There is a bit of tan colored head, very bubbly and light that comes to the top of the beer as it’s poured, but it dissipates very quickly leaving behind a few speckles of film and a nice off white ring around the glass with no additional lacing. The aroma is great, loads of currants jump out of the glass, moderate vinegar and acetic acid with a hint of funk, some vinous wine aromas with some nice sweet oak aromas from the barrel. The fruit is really dominant in the nose, which is great news considering the age of the beer and fruits tendency to fade out of the both the nose and the flavor profile of an older beer. The flavors are a bit harsher, still a strong amount of bitter, tart currants, dark plums and bing cherries are all noticeable fruit flavors. There is more vinegar than the nose suggests, the nice layer of grape-like wine flavors comes out as well but while this beer is certainly sour, it’s definitely more tart than an off putting, mouth puckering sour. The finish is a bit more astringent, sweet yet oak plays with the dirtier red wine-esque flavors, a bit of alcohol warms the throat as it goes down, and the bitter currants make a final appearance. The body is nice and carbonated, very prickly, which doesn’t help the astringent finish to the beer, but isn’t overly sharp and abrasive, still retains a nice level of smoothness.

Verdict: This is fantastic, this beer is aging gracefully although I would be weary of aging it too much further as the currant flavors could easily drop off leaving behind a bit of a vinegary mess. The fruit flavors are nice and tart and impressively potent which is all one can hope for in an aged beer. If you have the opportunity to try a vintage sour from Russian River, make no mistake, you will be well rewarded.

kevanb, May 24, 2012
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4.61/5  rDev +2.7%

Let the first Consecration experience begin.

Let it warm a little in the 750 ml and finally popped the top, went in for a sniff and was met by foam slowly pouring out and directly into the nostril and some on the floor. If I didn't have four more bottles I would have been pissed.

Pours a beautiful burgundy red and also a little brown with a nice small ring of foam around the snifter.

A slight vinegar aroma with whiffs of cherry as well. Currants are also present. Awesome!

Whoa! The taste is something I have never experienced before. Off the first sip I have a brain explosion of different things. There are so many things going on with this beer that it is hard to express. I taste subtle vinegar, cherries and a lil ol school funk. There is a slight acidity on the swallow but not unpleasant in the slightest. Very complex but amazing! It makes my mouth water at the finish...almost making me want to drink more to satisfy the craving. I oblige.

The drinkability for me is very high as the alcohol hides well in this beer for a 10%er.

Awesome, amazing beer that everyone should try at least once for the experience. This beer deserves the praises and ratings it has received. Very well done from one of my favorite Nor Cal breweries.

kaseydad, Mar 12, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev -4.7%

Reviewed from notes. 375 ml bottle marked Batch 004X4 poured into a Vistory tulip...

A - Pours a dark brown color with no real light shining through. A very small cream colored head forms and recedes to a small, bubbly collar.

S - Acidic notes of vinegar and tart cherry. Oak, vanilla, some cabernet infuences as well. The sweetness from the fruits and the barrels mix well with the sourness.

T - Sweetness and sourness mix quite well here. Flavors of grape, cherry, oak tannins, and Brett funk. There's a tartness from the fruits that adds nicely to the lactic acidity going on. Really nice flavors.

M - Medium bodied beer with ample carbonation. Smooth and crisp with a slight dryness on the finish.

O - I enjoyed this one, although it was not as good to me as Supplication and Temptation. Really great American Wild from Vinnie.

KAP1356, Dec 06, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -13.1%

Clear light caramel red color. Color made me think of a light bourbon. Very light head that dissipates quickly. Lots of soda like carbonation.

Very sour fruity aroma. Taste is a tangy, fruity and sour, with oak undertones. Can definitley taste the currants. Nice light flavors are still able to slip through the sour flavors.

Nice light body. Easy to drink with a dry red wine like finish.

IronLover, Jun 02, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Beeradelphia, Aug 22, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a very dark ruby, almost cola colored. Bit of alcohol legs. Almost no head.

Smell is very cherry, little bit like unsweetened kool-aid. Very strong smell.

Taste is crisp and tart, lots of cherry up front. Oaky and almost smokey flavor.

Medium bodied. Delicious sour, probably my favorite out of Russian River.

Smurf2055, Jul 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

topdown, Aug 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

huntermop, Apr 02, 2014
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4.84/5  rDev +7.8%

SuperHop18, Aug 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

MonkeyBread, Jun 14, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev -1.3%

375 ml corked bottle from Tim. Batch 004x1-- that was bottled 2/2010, brewed 3/2009.

Appearance: Its a beautifully clear reddish-brown beer. There was some off white head initially with a hard pour, but it faded to nothingness in seconds. As it sits, its still, but attractive.

Smell: Sour and vinous. Dry cab sav aromas (currants and oak). Sour cherries and leather. Musty and with a touch of balsamic.

Taste: Quite sour and tannic, but neither quite cause a pucker. Sour fruit, dirty basement, and sweaty saddle. The cab sav is very assertive, but not overbearing in the way I found the pinot in Supplication. From the middle through the finish, echoes of the base beer-- maltiness and some phenolic spiciness-- are tasted. Finishes very dry.

Mouthfeel: Low level of carbonation. Sticky dry tannins on the tongue, like you expect with cab sav.

Drinkability: A delicious and complex sipper. The sour is assertive, but not overbearing, as is the wine flavor. As I said before, I thought Supplication was to wine-y, this one is just right.

rapidsequence, May 12, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev -15.8%

Again, thanks to mrstevens for breaking this one out yesterday. Poured into my CCB snifter.

A: A murky sienna color. The pour dropped a nickel of foamy white head that faded rather quickly and didn't leave much lace.

A: Sour dark fruits, and notes of wood. Red grapes, apples, red wine, and oak. I get a bunch of sour notes, that warn me of what's to come.

T: Yup, this one's sour. Probably the sourest of wilds I have yet to try. More wine and woody oak. Sour dark fruits, cherry, blackberries, apples, and barnyard funk. Finishes rather dry and tart.

M: Medium body, high levels of carbonation. This one has a bit of a bite to it.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is somewhat lower. This one is extremely sour. Overall, I had this one back to back with Supplication, and let me tell you, it dosen't hold a candle. It is a little too sour for my taste, and the oak and wine barrels, while good, didn't do it for me in this brew. I liked it, just didn't love it. Skal.

Gtreid, Apr 25, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

A - Slightly hazy dark copper / ruby red color. Fizzy light tan head, rose about 2-3 fingers and receded to a mm or so of froth. Not much lacing.

S - Acidic notes of vinegar and tart cherry. Oak, vanilla, some cabernet infuences as well. The sweetness from the fruits and the barrels mix well with the sourness.

T - Tart and tangy brett flavours dominate the palate up front but. The full spectrum of flavours shows up in the middle, with currants, sour cherry and oak all combining to create a complex flavour profile. The funky/sour flavours return in the finish and linger a little bit in the after taste.

M- Light bodied, lively carbonation. Mouth watering with a quick dry finish. Slight aftertaste.

O - Another RR sour knocked of my list and a great one at that. I like Cabernet wines so I figured I would like this and it came through.

SkiBum22, Jan 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

fehrminator, Mar 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

MNBeer1017, May 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Mark000, Feb 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

brheuer, Mar 24, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev -2.4%

a: clear amber color, nice white head with good lacing, good bubbly activity
s: a lot going on here -- yeast, oak, moderate caramel sweetness, can almost smell the carbonation
t: after a few drinks, this settled to a very nice mix of yeast/malty beer-ness with bubbly sparkling wine -- in a good way. finishes very clean, but continues with good balance of malty sweetness, tart fruits and bubbly bliss
m: as mentioned, carbonation a very big part of this beer, with mixes of medium to lighter body feeling, but the ride was nice throughout. alcohol is light.
d: i tried to age this a bit, but only got about 4 months in...still a very nice balance of characteristics -- the beer portions won out enough to maintain this as a beer. over-priced, but very enjoyable

belgbeerdrinker, May 13, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

nanobrew, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

ncvbc, Jul 26, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

jeonseh, Sep 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

JCam9981, May 28, 2013
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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