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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,617 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,617
Reviews: 1,026
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 1,339
Gots: 1,130 | 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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imyourhero21

California

5/5  rDev +11.6%

02-28-2013 19:21:07 | More by imyourhero21
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mjw1200

Ohio

5/5  rDev +11.6%

07-18-2013 22:46:29 | More by mjw1200
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BucBasil

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After taking a trip to Belgium several months ago, I wasn't sure if I was ever going to see a culture that featured sours so much, if at all. Luckily I found some Russian River stuff in LA.

Poured from the 750mL caged and corked bottle into a tall flute.

A: The beer appears brown upon pouring but is pure red when held to light. Overall it is a rusty/amber sort of color, topped with a massive tan head that lasts quite a long time, finally settling down to a constant 1.5 - 2 fingers.

S: Very tart aroma, with acidic cherry and some fig coming through at first, then a nice bready, pie-crusty, biscuity malt comes through for an instant. It's then covered again by some acidic, funky, tart notes. Wild yeast makes a big appearance here. Then sour apple, more cherry, and slight medicinal character come through. So much complexity here. Awesome aroma.

T: Malty at first with some pie crust. Then the funk gets heaped on. Very sour character comes through here with slight cherry but more dark fruit notes and a hint of medicinal and alcohol. Insane midpalate and finish in which it's impossible for me to pick out some of the flavors. Yeast. Dark fruits. Bread. Sweet cereal. Tobacco. Wood. What the hell? This is great.

Notes: Not for the faint of heart. This is definitely a sour-lover's beer. Work up to this one. You'll be glad you did.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 07:44:20 | More by BucBasil
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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

01-30-2012 04:33:53 | More by slimntubbs
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craft_shannie

Indiana

5/5  rDev +11.6%

06-16-2013 12:01:33 | More by craft_shannie
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Travisnin

Idaho

5/5  rDev +11.6%

09-13-2012 06:39:28 | More by Travisnin
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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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jbuddle

New York

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

01-16-2013 21:47:04 | More by jbuddle
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Andreias21

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

08-25-2013 22:50:11 | More by Andreias21
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RayUF07

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

04-06-2014 04:04:01 | More by RayUF07
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leschkie

California

4/5  rDev -10.7%

01-02-2012 02:47:38 | More by leschkie
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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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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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stevec32

New York

4/5  rDev -10.7%

12-05-2012 13:28:32 | More by stevec32
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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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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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Roguer

Connecticut

4.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a half finger of quickly-fading beige head, leaving a nice thin rim. Brew is a lighter, nutty brown; almost clear brown on the pour, but a solid, strongly translucent reddish-brown in the glass. Lacing is basically nonexistent.

Sweet yeast, wild funkiness, and a tart sour are all present: very complex. Difficult to identify many individual aromas: grapes, dark fruit, and wild yeast are most prevalent, with a slightly sweet and cheesy funkiness at the end.

Immediately sour, with a tartness that maintains throughout the experience. The cheese funk comes into play on the back-end. Red grapes and Cabernet Sauvignon are very apparent. There's a very light sweetness present, but the sour flavor is by far the most powerful and overwhelming.

Medium to thin mouthfeel, but with a nice oily residue. The tartness makes it difficult to drink this particularly fast, despite the mouthfeel. Slight sting; the sourness doesn't quite make me pucker, but it does wake up the taste buds throughout my mouth. Noticeable foaming.

I don't have a ton of experience with sours, although I've had a few wild ales. This is exceptionally well crafted and smooth. It might not be the most accessible sour or wild ale, as it's definitely not an intro beer, but it's so well made, it should be enjoyable even to novices (like me).

Thanks to JayORear for this trade!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 23:58:09 | More by Roguer
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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
Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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