Aging RR Consecration?

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by troughnbrew, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. troughnbrew

    troughnbrew Aficionado (100) Maine Feb 28, 2010

    Any advice on what amount of aging is/is not appropriate for stronger sours? I've been keeping Consecration for about two years (the last 750 ML bottling, whenever that was, probably late 2010). Thanks for your thoughts.
  2. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) California Jan 27, 2012

    Vinne says 3 years right on the bottle for that beer.
  3. stealth

    stealth Advocate (680) Minnesota Dec 16, 2011 Verified

    Older = better, imho. I've had consecration past the '3 year' limit and it was extraordinary.
  4. jtmartino

    jtmartino Advocate (515) California Dec 11, 2010 Verified

    That's one beer that keeps getting better and better. So damn underrated around here (Bay Area) with everyone trying to get sours from everywhere else.
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  5. starrdogg

    starrdogg Advocate (615) District of Columbia Jun 21, 2010 Verified

    My personal experience with Consecration is that age doesn't necessarily make it better or worse, just different. I love that beer fresh, so maybe I'm not the best person to ask, but aging it just mellows the flavors a bit. The older bottles I've opened weren't as acidic or tannic as fresh bottles.
  6. forgetfu

    forgetfu Savant (290) Colorado Jul 27, 2007

    I'm definitely a fresh consecration fan. Fresh, it's one of my favorite beers. With age, it's not my thing.
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  7. drgarage

    drgarage Initiate (0) California Aug 19, 2008

    Last year, we had a batch 1 750 (it was three years old at that point). Very different from fresh. Really intensely sour, crazy dry, thin body, and the carbonation had faded considerably. Still great, but not necessarily better than fresh. It would be your taste buds deciding which you prefer.
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  8. I had a batch 2 a few months ago that tasted pretty damn good.
  9. Very well put. This matches my batch 1 experience from spring of 2012...although I wouldn't have called the mouthfeel thin, even though it was *thinner* than it is when fresh.
  10. chcfan

    chcfan Advocate (620) California Oct 29, 2008

    They changed the recipe for batch 4, so the fresh Consecration really is a slightly different beer. Earlier batches were more sour. It's still great, but I prefer B1-B3. We did a B1-B7 vertical this summer and did not have any carbonation issues with earlier batches, either. That sounds like and aberration.
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  11. jtmartino

    jtmartino Advocate (515) California Dec 11, 2010 Verified

    Not only were earlier batches more sour, the longer you sit on them the typically more sour/drier they get. I feel that fresh Consecration has a full, rich flavor, but a lot of sweetness that I like to see fade a bit.