Consecration | Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian-style dark ale aged in American oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with currants.

Added by Gueuzedude on 10-31-2008

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Photo of BigGold
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had poured from 12.7-oz., corked and caged bottle, label stamped bottled on "071816," gift from friend, into tulip. So that's what currants taste like?

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Photo of kitch
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 375ml corked and caged bottle, bottled on 4th April 2016, poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.

Appearance: A dark reddish brown colour with a two finger light tan head that dissipated quickly while leaving only slight lacing.

Aroma: Lots of oak, cherry, blackcurrant, grape and red wine.

Taste: Sweet-ish blackcurrant and cherries followed by sourness, oak, red wine, vinegar and light funk.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: This was just like drinking red wine with carbonation. There was no sign of the 10% ABV, and although I thought the aroma was better than the taste, both were still good.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a reddish brown color with about a 1 finger head. Quickly fizzles out and left with just a few patches of bubbles here and there. Hazy. Nice Ruby hue.
Smell: Fruity aroma. Grape, plum, raspberry. Not as intense as some sours. Slight sour hint, slight vinegar.
Taste: Tastes like a fine wine right up front. A rush of sour fruit then comes through. Only slight vinegar hints, but mainly sour grape, plum, and a bit of a citrus undertone. Starts off sweet, dries out slightly. After the soured fruit notes fade out, I'm left with flavors from the barrel aging: slight charred oak and nuts, hints of vanilla. Get some caramel and malt throughout.
Feel: Medium+. Feels thicker (syrupy) at first, then seems to thin out / flatten.
Overall: Very good. Russian Rive is very impressive. How can they put out one of the best DIPAs and also have outstanding barrel aged sours? This one was pricey, but well worth it. $15.00 for a 375 ml bottle. It has some champagne aspects and some flavors that resemble some Gruits that I have had in the past - maybe the earthiness of the currants contributed to this. Very pleased with this one. I finally crossed this one off of my Beer Bucket List.

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Photo of Prager62
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle with a partially visible date code of 05/2?/14 poured in a wine glass.

Look- Pours a deep transparent mahogany color with a couple centimeters of rapidly settling off white foam. It looks like a glass of spirits.

Smell- Red wine, wood tannins, crushed red grapes, a mild mint like spice, alcohol and mild band aid funk.

Taste- Red wine with a slightly spicy bite, oak tannins, tart grapes and brett funk.

Feel- Light and slick up front with a tart very dry finish.

Overall- Another world class sour from Russian River. A palate pleasing mix of complex wine barrel with tartness and funk that isn't obnoxious. The fact it was cellared for nearly three years may have had something to do with that. Whatever the case, it's top notch!

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Photo of beergoot
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unique bottle info: BOTTLED ON: 031315

Hazy, brownish-copper body; very thin, fizzy head. Brett funk induced aromas of dark malts, figs; spicy, peppery, pseudo-anise herbal quality; unknown berry or grape-like qualities. Sour and phenolic flavors, well-balanced; wine-like notes; some alcoholic notes; fermented cherries. Medium-heavy body; tart and biting; mostly dry, woody finish.

A powerful, flavorful wild ale that, in this aged sample, teases and tantalizes the palate with subtle suggestions of dark malts, crazed suggestions of brett funk, and mouthwatering elements of fruity tartness and oak dryness.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.86/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Brown with a copper tinge when held to the light. Moderately cloudy, no visible carbonation, and a finger of beige head.

Smells sour, fruity, dry, cellar, funk and cob webs. Hints of macaroni, dark wooden oak barrels, and hints of nail polish.

Dry, sour, fruity, oak barrels, macaroni, funk, fermented grapes, and hints of red wine.

Dry, sour, tannic body with a hugely foamy carbonation. Well hidden alcohol content.

A masterpiece of a brew, complex, memories of Cantillon Brewery, and of my visit Russian River last September. I got this bottle then. Bottled on April 4th, 2016, drinking it March 27th, 2017, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Very wine like and complex, dry and foamy, its pleasant on all levels and is right up there with the best of them in my book.

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Photo of haazer
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 03/13/15, 12.7 oz bottle.

Big gun smoke from the cork.

Pours with a highly fizzy, slightly tan head that starts high but dissipates quickly. The carbonation is very evident still after 2 years. Pour starts out a copper and turns to a deep amber. Bubbles all over the bottom of the glass and intermittently rises up.

The smell is of what I assume to be currants as it has quite a fruity bouquet. Definitely getting the Cab wine aroma in here, with a small amount of wood on the back end. No alcohol aroma at 10%. Nose is great.

The taste compliments the nose in many ways. This beer is basically a cab, but the fruit takes over and it's not dry. The initial flavor is like a wine, but seamlessly blends in the fruity currant flavor, and then some tangy acidity on the back end. The sourness is very subtle. Not really much wood that I pick up except maybe in the aftertaste. Alcohol not present except for a little warming sensation going down. There is a mild tobacco flavor as the beer warms but in no way is this off putting.

The mouth is full bodied with a mid level carbonation despite the highly carbed appearance. I don't know how but this is a refreshing, thirst quenching 10% sour.

I've been wanting to try this beer for a long time. It did not disappoint. This is easily the most balanced sour I've ever had. What is crazy is how refreshing and thirst quenching this is, for a sour at 10%. I would love to have a crack at this fresh. However, I paid $19 for this 12.7 oz beauty. I will certainly pay attention to events and alerts of local establishments when this comes on tap, it's hard to justify spending the $ for a bottle, but it is so good. If you see this and have the extra $ laying around I HIGHLY recommend.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Total flavor country in the Russian River! This $20, hard to find bottle will deservedly go down as one of the most exemplary sours I've had the pleasure of consuming. Sour, but not too sour; sweet in the beginning, dry in the finish; a bit of the Belgian yeasty funk, and packed with so much depth and complexity, it'll make your head spin! Highlights are currants and a bit of more berry sweetness, a superb balance between oaky barrel character, yeast, & fruit. Not going to be hard to convince myself to get another bottle someday.

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Photo of Buck89
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2016. Poured a hazy copper/rusty brown color with a fleeting tan head that left no trace. Nose was big wood, oak, red wine, caramel, candied apples, plum, and hay. The taste was along the same lines with tart cherries, grapes, oak, currants, plums and bread. The alcohol was hidden and there was a slight warming on the finish. Fantastic.

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Photo of senglish7
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Almost 2 years of age on this one. I was getting a sweet and wine-y smell on the nose. Taste was sour, somewhat tart, and yet still crisp. Not my typical hoppy liking, but this one was special.

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Photo of richdeneault
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

from the bottle - dark barrel aged beer using 100% cabarnet sauvignon barrels...refermented in the bottle to create its carbonation.

as good as a sour beer gets!

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Photo of zimm421
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brown with ruby red hints and a thin tan head. The nose is funky and fruity with a good oak and wine presence. The taste starts out sweet with currants, a hint of cherries. This is followed up by oak, red wine, funk and good sourness. There's a hint of acetic acid, but as it warms this moves to the background. Overall, it's a very good sour with great fruitiness, barrel and wine presence.

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Photo of gibgink
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015, poured a couple hours after Supplication. Very similar look, in that it pours what I would describe as a muddy brown. Good amount of funk on the nose, but there was also a wood character coming through. Well balanced taste profile, with a slight tartness with a hint of sweet. Once again, the barrel itself lets you know that it is there. Giving the feel a boost because this is definitely a shining example of the "I cannot believe this is 10%". No alcohol presence whatsoever. 2nd time actually having this beer, and it was just as good as the first time.

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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage:

Darker than supplication and less of a head

Smells of cherries, currants, vanilla and brown sugar (hint of horse blanket)

More sour than supplication, in all honesty in comparison a let down

Worth trying but I highly favor supplication :)

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best reasons for visiting the west coast, aside from the spectacularly beautiful outdoors, is all the great beer, especially Russian River. I finally had a chance to buy a Consecration, and while $20 is pretty steep (at a good beer store in San Diego), it was absolutely worth it. What a fantastic wild ale!

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Photo of CNoj012
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6/17/15, consumed 2/7/17

This beer pours a translucent garnet amber that almost looks brownish if it isn't held up to the light. There is an extremely fizzy, one finger khaki head that dissipates almost immediately and leaves no lacing whatsoever.

Smell is very strong cabernet, oak, vinegar, cherries and other dark fruit. There is a slight hint of something else sweet almost caramelish that becomes more noticeable as the beer warms.

Taste is similar with the added layer of tobacco and some funk. Starts off slightly sweet with the dark fruit, but transitions nicely to sour funky vinegar and wine with a touch of oak.

Feel is medium, crisp and very well carbonated. The finish is extremely dry exactly like a good cabernet. Cannot believe this beer is 10% abv with how smooth and easy drinking it is.

Overall this beer is excellent. This is my second RR sour, and although I slightly prefer Supplication, this beer is still fantastic.

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Photo of Erikshegda1994
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best sour I have ever had. Its sour flavor is so smooth you can gulp it down with ease if you wanted to. With nice flavors of red wine that round out the entire flavor. If you like sours you need to try this beer.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/6/14; drank 6/24/15 @ California Split.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Opaque brown/purple rust appearance with champagne bubbles throughout.

Almost no khaki head; no lace.

Rich cherry & red wine notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Rich cherry & red wine flavors; balanced & quite tasty. Not too sweet, not too tart; extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375 mL, bottled on 7/18/2016.

Pours with a ruby red color and translucent. There's a small off-white head that quickly fizzles out into nothing. No lacing on the glass.

Wow, the aroma is powerful and I could smell it as soon as I started to pour the beer. Massive red wine notes with cherry and vinegar. I don't think I have ever had a beer that resembles red wine in the aroma as much as this one. Fantastic! So far, this reminds me a lot of a Flanders Red or Oud Bruin.

Red wine coming through again in the flavor but that's when the heavy sourness hits you. More of that cherry too, and the vinegar really cuts through.

The biggest drawback of this beer for me is in the feel. The carbonation is fizzy and it feels a little thin. Luckily, the aromas and flavors are so strong that they mask the thin aspect of the beer really well. No trace of the 10% ABV at all.

Thanks to Jesse for bringing this bottle from California!

#161 Top 250 Beers; #25 Top Rated - California; #25 Top Rated - Pacific; #13 Top Rated - American Wild Ales.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Description: Clear with no head and deep, ruby color that reminds me of bourbon or even cola. Smell is rich and complex with a big hit of oak and cabernet followed by some dark fruit: just as promised. The taste unfortunately does not live up to the aroma and is instead dominated by red wine with little to no dark fruit. As a result, it's somewhat dominated by sour flavors. Carbonation is medium to high, which is more than expected from the appearance. Feel is a little on the thin side.

Suggested food pairing: Sharp cheese/cheddar

If you like this beer then should also try: Red wine...I really don't have a beer to compare this to.

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) This one was not what I expected. It's definitely a good and somewhat unique beer but my gripe with the sourness: overwhelmingly sour with no dark fruits or anything else to mellow it out left it feeling imbalanced. This bottle was pretty fresh and may have benefited from some aging. Worth trying if you get the chance but I'd suggest letting it rest a while.

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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First had 10/25/14 at Iron Abbey. The best sour I've ever had, period. Great dark ale base, but the barrel aging with chocolate, and currants really adds depth. Touches of tobacco and cabernet seal it. Beat out the Duchesse for my favorite sour.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked bottle poured into a snifter

Fizzy one finger off white foam cap settles to a thin layer of bubbles atop a ruby brown liquid

Aroma of Cabernet, fruit vinegar, cherries, oak

Taste of red wine, cherries, oak. Flavor improves as it warms to room temperature

Tart on the top of the tongue, low sudsing, whiff of alcohol

Very good sour

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Photo of t0talimm0rtalz
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional quality sour. I typically am pretty love/hate with Russian River. I am in love with this beer.
L: Nice hazy dark ruby brown, minimal head that fades quickly
S: Smells of red wine, oak and of course you get a funky and fruity vinegar hint to it
T: Cherries, plums, oak, grapes and a hefty portion of sour. Not really sure what a current tastes like so, I can't judge that part of the flavor.
F: Very smooth, full bodied, yet light. Perfectly balanced.
This beer is very close to perfect. I've had this and supplication come off medicinal tasting in the past. But for the most part this one never fails to impress.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark but clear garnet, loud and fizzy at first but settling to slightly sparkling wine.

Smell is peppery oak, hint of dark red wine, and grape gummies with a slight acetic twang, but overall very enticing.

Dry and tanniny, spicy and slightly acetic, the Cab Sauv is very apparent. I get that peppery oak again, with red grape, red wine, black cherry, and plum. There's a slight burn in the sourness, but it's welcome. This is very well made, and just so deep and complex.

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Photo of Houseofmuaddib
3.69/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Russian river brewing... The name alone brings its own gravitas. The cabernet barrels really add a great depth, cheers. However I really wanted more sour less of the forced second fermentation. A lot of bubbles. Nice if you find it, nothing to stalk out like pliney the possibly overrated...

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