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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,563
Reviews: 1,024
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 1,330
Gots: 1,119 | FT: 78
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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leschkie

California

4/5  rDev -10.7%

01-02-2012 02:47:38 | More by leschkie
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vacax

California

4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 001x4. 750 mL bottle, cage and mushroom cork presentation. Dark brown with blood red highlights in color with a restrained creamy tan head. The head is an anomaly for a sour in my experience, which usually seem to be paltry or enormous, but this one just sits and retention is rock-like in longevity.

Aroma is tart with red and dark fruit - currants, cherries, prunes. An almost candy-like sweetness is there as well, along with wild critters providing some lacto, pedio notes plus a spot of musty funk to round it out. Taste has a nice fruit and malt sweetness with currants and some tart cherry coming out of the woodworks. In congruence with the sweet cherry pie is a load of pedio driven sourness that peaks on the midpalate. A slight funk has accented the dark fruits in this after being cellared a year, reminding me of a new world tip of the hat to old world Flemish red style ales. Tart fruit and earthy finish. Feel is medium with a very delicate and luscious carbonation that again reminds me of some greats such as Rodenbach Grand Cru.

What have I learned here tonight? Like all the other Russian River sours, this one just gets better with age. I have never been a big of a fan of Consecration as most beer geeks have seemed to be, but after tasting this batch 1 some time later I think I may be converted. Really tasty, recommended for cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 04:11:52 | More by vacax
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curlybird

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.7%

07-19-2014 14:02:25 | More by curlybird
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birdsellam

Indiana

5/5  rDev +11.6%

01-09-2013 17:12:38 | More by birdsellam
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Gtg642

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +6%

11-15-2011 13:54:46 | More by Gtg642
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Grebdioz

Texas

5/5  rDev +11.6%

12-28-2011 02:52:11 | More by Grebdioz
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jayhawk73

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 006

Pours a dark ruby red color w/ a sliver of a head on it. It looks very similar to a glass of wine, or a port. Head is gone within 10 seconds. Small amount of lacing on my glass, not much there at all. Nose is wonderfully complex. Wine, port, berries, funk, sweetness, some yeast all in there. Really opens up as it warms and airs out. Zero alcohol in the nose. I have a feeling I'm really going to like this one. Taste is equally good. Sour, but not overly so. All the smells really come out, and the flavor just blows my taste buds out of the water. cherries and some oak come out as the beer opens up. This is a very tasty Wild Ale, and I can't believe that it's 10% ABV. Mouthfeel is medium, w/ good carbonation and a dry finish. Almost a wine-like dry aftertaste. Overall this is a fantastic beer, and I would buy this one again in a heartbeat. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 21:50:25 | More by jayhawk73
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4x4 poured into my Hill Farmstead glass from their Saison fest.

A- Pours a hazy deep red with lighter hazy pink on the outside. Smaller white head goes away quickly. Body looks beautiful

S- nice tart funk with some acidity and sweet dark fruit.

T- Nice upfront tart with sweeter fruit shortly after. Darker musky earth tastes follow up in the rear. Nice complexity and multiple flavors.

M- Light mouthfeel with heavy carbonation. Dry crisp finish that has a tart lingering. very nice.

O- Really nice all over, looks and tastes great. Wish this was on shelves around here

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 00:20:30 | More by Gushue3
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vicsju1991

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.6%

03-12-2013 03:10:49 | More by vicsju1991
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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

10-30-2012 05:17:30 | More by jaminjohnson
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Booner818

California

4.75/5  rDev +6%

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

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 01:33:49 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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ThreeFishes

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

01-28-2014 04:12:47 | More by ThreeFishes
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fehrminator

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -10.7%

03-02-2013 23:06:27 | More by fehrminator
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

02-20-2013 00:27:25 | More by mmcnaughton
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Goldfishman

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

03-08-2014 00:06:10 | More by Goldfishman
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MNBeer1017

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

05-03-2013 01:08:30 | More by MNBeer1017
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hayesjw

California

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

04-28-2012 16:35:58 | More by hayesjw
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ahbithwabm

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +6%

05-31-2014 19:16:07 | More by ahbithwabm
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Beezee

Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.6%

02-18-2012 06:22:07 | More by Beezee
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AOShabaz

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +6%

06-07-2014 23:39:15 | More by AOShabaz
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Lunch

Maryland

5/5  rDev +11.6%

11-17-2011 06:56:35 | More by Lunch
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Grabbed some bottles of this from my local supplier La Bodega. Thanks for carrying some sweet stuff in a beer wasteland such as Riverside.

Poured into my Russian River Barrel aged snifter. Pours a nice looking dark brown with a thick tan head that dissapated to about 1/4" and stayed there. Not alot of sticky lacing though.

Smells of alot of bret funk with tart cherries and some oak. Smells like this is gunna be awesome.

Taste is wonderful hands down best sour I have had so far. You can really taste the wine notes from the barrels and the oak and bret mixed with the malts is sublime. Wonderful

Mouthfeel is perfect for this beer. Couldn't ask for more.

Drinkability is high and usually I can't drink that many sours in a row but I could drink the entire 750 by myself but I'm being nice and sharing it with a buddy. Glad I bought a couple.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 07:15:16 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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adamant1912

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

01-29-2013 19:05:05 | More by adamant1912
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tsauce2

Indiana

5/5  rDev +11.6%

10-05-2013 01:29:07 | More by tsauce2
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 3,563 ratings.