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Consecration - Russian River Brewing Company

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3,727 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,727
Reviews: 1,033
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 1,342
Gots: 1,166 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +6%

10-06-2013 03:05:55 | More by rdooley
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

05-03-2013 01:08:30 | More by MNBeer1017
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

07-31-2014 17:05:13 | More by Walkerjgt
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

01-21-2013 16:18:42 | More by leedorham
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

02-08-2012 22:34:49 | More by John11486
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

04-23-2013 19:26:23 | More by Jeffrey2310
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

4.65/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured a glorious garnet red color with no head at all. No lacing. Smells like a sweet red wine and fruit. Tastes like currants. The sweetness of the candy like currants balances well with the sour tart dryness. Tastes like cinnamon. Closest thing I've had to a sour red wine. Little carbonation. Medium feel. Brilliant.

08-07-2011 06:20:02 | More by kbnooshay
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3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

10-03-2013 19:01:38 | More by EB1
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

06-27-2014 19:58:11 | More by Stum-pub
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4.15/5  rDev -7.4%

Thnx to channan for the bottle. Opened together with papaeugene.
Look: the beer pours a brown-red color with a very small head.
Smell: malts, sour berries, wood, sour apples, grapes and citrus
Taste: Medium sourness, full of fruits like citrus, grapes and currants, oak. Finish is dry and tart
Mouthfeel: A bit too thin body with low-medium carbonation.
Overall: A very nice beer, bit high in the alcohol, but still dangerously drinkable. I prefer the puckering funky sourness of the Belgium wilds though.

07-30-2011 23:17:40 | More by rvdoorn
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3.58/5  rDev -20.1%

375 ml Batch III poured into a snifter. "Consecration is a dark Belgian style ale aged in American oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. Not only do we use Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, & Pediococcus, we also add currants to beer while it is aging in the barrels"

Appearance: Clear and deep rust brown with a small, dark, "soda" head that fizzed away rather early and left no lacing whatsoever. 3/5

Aroma: Fruity with strongest notes of cherries and some currants with warmth. But the aroma, in my opinion, was eclipsed by intense, one-dimensional sourness. Decidedly funky nonetheless. 3.5/5

Taste: A clean and intensely sour beer, with minor hints of the base beer. Unfortunate, in my opinion. Wood is felt, but mostly mouth puckering sour, and that's it. Well, the funk is unmistakable, but for a sour brownish ale, Supplication was definitely better. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Like its other brethren, medium bodied, yet quite clean with a long, oaky finish. 4.5/5

Overall, my least favorite among the bunch and only because the base beer, and fruit, seem to have lost to sourness & funk. Did too many cooks (bugs) ruin the broth? 3.5/5

06-28-2011 11:22:24 | More by tewaris
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

11-17-2011 19:21:24 | More by nathanjohnson
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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

5/5  rDev +11.6%

05-28-2013 00:09:20 | More by JCam9981
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4.43/5  rDev -1.1%

750 ml bottle sent to me by the great rhinos00. This was actually the beer I was most excited about that he sent me in the Gentleman's Club BIF. This beer is special to me because it is the official beer that is helping me celebrate this Pen's Cup victory tonight. Big night for a big beer. Served up in a tulip, lets do this shit. Batch #1

A: Pours a dark brown in color. It actually does have some varied colors in here with an almost red/ruby/plum color coming across. I think a nice plum hue is the best way to describe the look, nice! Kinda a hint of dark red wine. The beer is pretty opaque, not seeing any light come through and I can't see through it for sure. The head was huge and when I popped the cork, there was a good amount of overflow coming out of the bottle. The head is almost a light brown in color and is about two fingers in height. Sadly, it falters quickly and I am getting no lace on the glas. Ah well, still a good looking brew.

S: Smell is nice for sure. Getting the Cab wine barrel aging for sure. Nice dark grape presence with a nice robust aroma. Then the sour kicks in. Getting some nice sour granny smith apples and some tart dark cherries coming across. A nice touch of some red wine vinegar in here bringing even more tart qualities. The oak is there with a slight sweetness coming from a touch of vanilla along with that nice wood. Very nice and absolutely appetizing. Well played, sir.

T: Nice red wine vinegar up front, bringing the sour and tart first and foremost. Slapping you across the face with sour flavors. The fruits are some really tart green apples, dark ass cherries, and touch of sour and grainy pear. Really nice cab flavor comes across with dark grape acidity and a touch of the tannins. The grapes are dark and heavy but they still have a sweetness to them. Yet again you get that slight hint of oak, but the wine and grape translates a lot more. Just the slight sweetness from the vanilla from the oak creeps in. That sour really translates and the brett makes its presence known for sure with a slight touch of funk. Maybe just a touch of tobacco on the back end that brings that rich and dark earthiness. SOOOO, nice.

M: Medium in body that has a really nice carbonation (maybe a bit of a suprise). Actually pretty damn crisp and thirst quenching. Has a nice drying quality to it that is just enough to keep you pulling from the glass. The feel is tart and puckering but never gets unpleasant. ABV is nicely hidden where the drying quality is the most prevelant quality. Not really getting much warmth out of this beer from the ABV. The aftertaste is all the tart and sour flavors just mingling pleasantly on the palate. Awesome here.

D: Not a problem to drink at all. Sometimes I have a problem with some sours and wilds, but this one is easy to take care of. Actually refreshing as hell and has a nice and light drinkable quality. never have a problem taking another pull. A well crafted beer from start to finish. Sure I could use a bit more head and lace but screw it, the flavor, aroma and feel more than make up for that lack. Drink it if you got it. Great beer.

06-13-2009 05:23:07 | More by everetends
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

10-12-2013 18:21:57 | More by Bwagner1122
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4.38/5  rDev -2.2%

Big thanks to Genghis22 for the bottle.

Batch 005x2F

Glowing deep amber colored body. Clear and free of sediment. Two finger antique white head is set atop. The head recedes rather quickly, slight ring left around the top. Very visible carbonation.

Very pleasant aroma. Currant, vinous aroma is rather prominent. The sweet aroma up front really balances out the sour vinegar like twang.

The flavor has an unexpected balance. The BSDA base is much more evident than what I would have imagined. Cracker malt, fig and tobacco flavors lie under the tart fruity bite. The sour flavor is biting up front but smooth out as the beer moves towards the back of the palate.

Medium bodied though lighter on the tongue. The carbonation is moderately high. The finish is quite dry and pleasant. Slight linger fruity tartness left lingering on the tongue.

Excellent beer. Flavors are a bit more layered than what I expected, retains the flavor of the base beer quite well. The higher Alcohol is well hidden, the 10% abv is barely noticed. This is just another reason I wish I had access to Russian River. Outstanding beer from a world class brewery.

05-14-2011 02:02:28 | More by kzoobrew
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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

4.53/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

01-29-2011 07:44:20 | More by BucBasil
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Glowing purple red with a thin layer of light brown head.

The nose gives vanilla,oak,cherries with a slight vinegar smell and a vinous syrah like character.

The taste reveals plums,dried fruit,cranberry,blackberry,a mild alcohol presence and a quick flash of sour.

The carbonation is lively on the tongue and the finish is dry with dark fruit character. Great head retention and nice lacing. THE BURGUNDY OF BEER.

09-02-2009 05:18:53 | More by brownbeer
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4.47/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a root beer color with almost no head (from a growler). The small head that is there quickly dissipates. The heavy aroma of sourness has me sniffing for a tad longer than usual. First sip is a puckering sour with wild yeast notes completely in charge. A wine flavor slips through the bitterness. Even with a somewhat low carbonation, the mouthfeel here is excellent. Truly an amazing beer. WOW!

12-14-2008 17:22:33 | More by ATLbeerDog
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4/5  rDev -10.7%

12-14-2011 05:05:05 | More by PhineasGage
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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

4.75/5  rDev +6%

03-18-2013 03:08:29 | More by MadScientist
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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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