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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,984 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,984
Reviews: 1,042
rAvg: 4.49
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 1,380
Gots: 1,251 | FT: 85
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
Photo of rdooley
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

rdooley, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of zac16125
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

zac16125, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of DCLAguy11
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

DCLAguy11, May 05, 2014
Photo of sukwonee
5/5  rDev +11.4%

sukwonee, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Skunkdrool
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Skunkdrool, May 31, 2013
Photo of Booner818
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Booner818, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of ArtZan
5/5  rDev +11.4%

ArtZan, Oct 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Diomede, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of DSlim71
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

DSlim71, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of kevanb
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.98/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, tawny-amber color with a bubbly eggshell colored head. Average retention and spotty lace.

Smells of lemonheads and cherry clan like most of RR sours but this is heavier on the cherry side. A touch or tart Chardonnay as well.

Taste is much different than the other RR sours and opposes the nose. Quite the variation of flavor ranging from Chardonnay and wet horse blanket to mildly tart cherries and finishing with a dry wheat like character.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Pretty dry yet fairly tacky.

Overall this is far better than I thought it'd be. Not bad.

MrVonzipper, Dec 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Zonian1, Dec 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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

CarolinaKev, May 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Casey3236, Oct 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

HopsHopenstein, Jan 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Quackus, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep dark ruby red with some mahogany mixed in. A one finger tan foam head that dissipates slowly. Ample amounts of carbonations.

S: Lots of dark fruit, plums, raisin, cherries, currants/black berries, leather and dark tannins. Reminds me of a 'red wine' smell to it.

T: The cherry flavor to me is the most predominant. The cherry flavor is slightly on the tart side. Good amounts of oak and currants as well.

M: Leaves a dry tartness on the palate, similar to red wine.

D: I was one and done with this beer, not because it is bad, because it wasn't. The higher ABV made this beer a one and done for me.

IronCitySteve, Nov 09, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Mark000, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of Domvan
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Domvan, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of andrewinski1
3.95/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Nice clear ruby dark red color. A small off white head is here. Not much lacing at all.

Nice aroma of plum. There is just a bit of sweetness to balance out the tart aroma.

The flavor mimics the aroma almost exactly. There sour flavor is nicely balanced here, allowing for a nice malt flavor to shine through. The complexity of the plum flavors are nicely accompanied by a bit of spiciness.

The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is softer than a lot of other wild ales (because of the relatively high ABV). This is very good, but not one of my favorites from Russian River. Still, this gives a unique flavor that one can't find elsewhere. I still look forward to trying this one again (hopefully soon).

andrewinski1, Dec 21, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

inspektor, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -10.9%

johnyb, Feb 05, 2014
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,984 ratings.