Consecration | Russian River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,311
Reviews:
1,167
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
9.3%
 
 
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Ratings: 5,311 |  Reviews: 1,167
Photo of WaterFurnace
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WillCarrera
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, batch number 008, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark red mahogany color, produces a thin tan head that recedes to a thin collar, leaves no lacing.

S- Fruity and tart, currants and cherry, also woody with oak and some vinous aromas, the aroma is really nice.

T- Incredible flavors on this beer. Considerable tartness, which is lactic and minimally funky, very nice oak barrel and red wine flavors, fruitiness from currants, beneath all of this is a really nice caramel malt center. I'm not getting any booze at all on this, which is pretty awesome for 10% ABV.

M- Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, smooth and a bit sticky, dry finish, great job on this.

O- An incredible beer, hugely complex, blends tartness, barrel character and malt perfectly, this is really excellent stuff.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle - batch 3x4 - served into a tulip glass

Pours a translucent russet sort of brownish red. When held directly to light it looks like autumn leaves. Not much head from this beer, which surprises me a little. About half a finger's worth of khaki foam.

Lots of stuff going on in the nose. Balsamic vinegar, lactic sourness, aloe, tart cherries, lemon juice, musty leather, blackcurrant, a maltiness akin to a light brown ale, Christmas spice, white wine, cranberry. Lovely.

The tart cherries and blackcurrants are very forward on the palate. There are hints of lemon and persimmon too. There is a ashy/leafy astringency that doesn't register to me as coming from hops; I think it is the char quality from the oak barrels. Whatever it is it is helpful. This isn't really all that funky; the tartness and lactic sourness shine much brighter here. The finish is all tart cherry and lightly browned malt. Each sip reveals different fruits - orange, strawberry, black cherry, kiwi. Yes, plenty of kiwi as the beer warms. This is a beer that defies a concrete write-up.

There is a certain thickness to the mouthfeel. It isn't big but the size of the body is conducive to the malt backbone that tries to shy away to the background. This is fairly uncarbonated, which is plenty fine. This feels "right" on the tongue. Flavor-wise this is supremely drinkable. The 10% ABV and prohibitive cost of over $20 a bottle limits the score on the drinkability. Then again, this beer hides its ABV so very well.

This is pretty delicious. Well worth trading for; better still if you can purchase it retail. Far from my very favorite sour beer but that doesn't matter because Consecration is plenty delicious.

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Photo of drewone
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fathers Office, served in a short flute glass.

Deep red, small head.

Very subtle fruit with a touch of sourness, not a strong bouquet.

Complex layering of fruit, tarts and sours. Small amount of acidity.

Mouth puckering and carbonation play well off of each other. A weird mix of a sipper and a quaff-er.

This is a beer that every time I have I enjoy more, it just keeps getting better. I think I like it more than supplication now.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby with a fine white head. Slightly cloudy.

Big bretty armoa with clove and cherry notes. Some dark fruit, wood, funk, and horse blanket. Big, fantastic nose.

Cherry taste up front that goes into a cab/merlot red wine character that is bretty and ends on a bitter/sour kick. Slight wood-aged complexity sneaks in.

Medium to light body and high carbonation work quite well.

This is a fantastic beer that has a big red wine character.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Acquired in a trade from chalupa_batman, thanks!

A- Pours a clear amber body with a fizzy white 2" head that rises and reduces quickly to leave zero lacing or head.

S- Smells similar to the other RR wilds, but it's a little more wine-forward. I get an acidic berry/cherry/fermented fruit aroma with leather, wood, must, and dry red wine. Some spices and vinegar are in the background. Smells awesome.

T- Quite tart with sour cherry, green apple, and woody oak notes upfront that develop into red wine (cabernet is definitely present). Red wine vinegar and musty notes are in the background. Leaves a sour taste on the palette. No booze detected.

M- Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation.

Another world class impression of the American Wild by RR. The cabernet barrel aging really adds a whole new dimension of complexity to this beer. Well done.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gosox8787
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to IdrinkGas for the chance to try this. Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a snifter. Batch 004X4.

Appearance: Dark brown with a reddish hue. No head whatsoever on the pour. Lots of carbonation on the pour.

Aroma: Lots of barnyard funk right off the bat. The sour element is defintiely there, but it is balanced nicely by some fruitiness.

Taste: The sour hits hard upfront. Currants and grapes add the fruit element here. Everything is in really good balance with the barnyard notes from the yeast. Nice, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Heavy carbonation that becomes less as this sits. Light body, with a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: At 10% ABV and with all the flavors in here, this is definitely a sipper. For a sipping beer though, I could enjoy sipping on this all night.

Overall, a really great wild ale and one that deserves all its recognition. Highly recommended.

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Photo of sallorific
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duhast500
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

The color is a clear ruby red with a slight finger of foamy white head that leaves fast and there is no lacing on the glass.

The smell is woody with some barely-wine like aroma. Some currant and raisin aroma. There is a hint of DR. Pepper there in the background as well with a sugary flavor that is hard to place.

The taste is sour at first, there is a bit of sour cherry flavor that hits the tongue and spirals though the taste buds. The oak is there in the back and is boarding the fruit and sweet malty flavor from getting away before the sour flavor makes things crooked.

The feel of this beer is pretty big, there is a large flavor and it finds its way down but has an aftertaste that lasts and lasts. Smooth is the feel but there is a punch coming at the end

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Photo of mcallister
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honestly it looks like cheap american Cabernet Sauvignon slightly oxidized. Bricking maroon with some purple hints. Really nice looking with a spritzy brown head that faded into nothing nearly instantly.

Black currant, black cherry, black raspberry galore, hints of tart funky brettanomyces. Wood shows well. Slight bit of oxidation, leather, barn yard.

Just a fabulous outrageously tart acidic wild ale. Black fruit dominates obviously driven by the black currant with full bodied berry, tart cherry, black raspberry and plum. Thickly tart with brett and a bit tannic from the oak. Mouthfeel is a blast of spritzy carbonation and acidity. Brett shows well throughout and keeps things fresh. Wish I could afford more of these.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/15/08- Had on tap at the Bistro Barrel Aged fest in Hayward, CA.

Presentation- Via the tap into small taster size glasses.

Appearance- Auburn colored pour, slightly murky but ultra fine yeast sightings if any. No real head and slight lace remnents.

Smell- Large amount of sour berries and lots of brett sourness and barnyard notes.

Taste- Unlike other supperb Wild Ales by RR, this one has some serious depth. Or at least thickness and a more fruity base other than just sourness. Cherry, raspberry, blackberry...can't really tell what berry (although I think it's cherry). Very sour with sharp acidic flavor. Winelike taste due to the cab barrels used for aging. Almost seems like some mild sweetness trys to creep in, but can't get it's head through the door.

Mouthfeel- Very full mouthfeel for a Wild Ale. Sharp and ultra clean with a medium crisp carbonation level.

Drinkability- Right up there with all the other Wild Ales Vinnie brews, one of my new favorites. Winner of the fest IMO.

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Photo of MathiasO
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sideswipe
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a tulip. Batch 006

A- Deep mahogany color. Minimal head dissipates rapidly leaving a thin ring of tan bubbles hugging the outside of the glass.

S- Aroma of sweet dark berries and brett. Smells acidic and funky.

T- Starts out tart and sour with a nice flavor from the currants coming in mid palate. Notes of berry and oak from the cab barrels are present in abundance. Barnyard funk is present throughout, and the finish is semi dry with a lingering tartness.

M- Feel is medium with a nice prickly level of carbonation which works well with the tartness of the beer.

O- One of my favorite Russian River brews. The wonderful meritage of sour, tart currants coupled with the complexity of the oak and Cabernet make for a very enjoyable sour experience. Highly recommended!

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Photo of urwithdave
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mrstevens for sharing this one! Drank from my ccb snifter. Batch 001/003.

A- Pours dark ruby, almost brown in color. Very little head that quickly disappears. Minimal lacing left.

S- Sour, sour, and sour! I'm thinking I'm gonna love it. There are grapes, dark fruits, and vinegar present.

T- I def get the red wine notes! Very mouth puckering, this thing is sour! Dark fruits including red grapes, plums, and a faint raisan. The vinegar I get in the nose is also present, however, it's not overwhelming. A nice oak rounds it out.

M- Like I already mentioned, this just strips your tastebuds. Good carbonation level and a pretty dry finish.

D- I could easily have drank the whole bottle. I'm looking forward to trying the batch #2! I liked this more than the supplication, which we drank right b4 this.

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Photo of WestCoastBeerDude
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap, served in a flute

Arrived at my table with an almost completely faded yellow head that fell to just a thin layer of foam and left some stray lines here and there. The body sat a translucent, dark mahogany and had streams of bubbles moving swiftly to the top of the glass.

The aroma is lacking a little punch. Oak and caramel with balsamic notes dominating. Some dark fruit skins are apparent, but lay low, along with some old leather.

The fruit comes out to play much more so on the flavor, balancing out the acidic, tart, balsamic flavor. Dark cherries, red and green grape skins along with oak woodiness and a finish of dry tobacco. The flavor profile reminds me a lot of red wine. Deep, vinous fruits, tart and a dry, tobacco/leather finish.

The alcohol is well buried here. Light to medium body with prickly carbonation and a light, crisp, dry finish. I liked how the finish was more fruit and leather than balsamic.

For the style, I found this to be amazingly drinkable. The tartness never overwhelmed, and the dark vinous qualities were able to shine through, bringing a welcome balance.

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Photo of MikeBogert53
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cavedave
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a cloudy red/brown topped by the briefest skim head, finally almost a bare cap.

Incredible aroma, dark fruity and tart, light funk, silkier yeasty notes, you can really get the currants, not much barrel in the bouquet, a merest hint of wine and vanilla.

Wowwww, what a flavor. these darker fruit notes fit so well with the funkier and more tart aspects, superbly balanced. The sip gets increasingly tart, but the fruit holds it in balance. Never seems vinegary,just a very clean vinous and deep ripe fruit. Finally the funk reappears, perfectly, creating a tart finish that doesn't overpower. As it warms some flowery and herbal notes come in to every of the flavors, and it gets stupidly complex and delicious. Only my tenth highly rated wild ale, Consecration is now my favorite.

Spritzy and bright on tongue, amazingly light on palate for so much flavor, and a finish that makes all other wilds I've tried seem inadequate.

Drinkability is off the charts. If I'd had more wilds under my belt this might have gotten a five

Impression: Sadly a plane ticket will be required for my next taste of this. If you see this get it and try it ferabsolutesherrrr!!.

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Photo of kidzord
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChrisP802
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Resuin
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375 mL bottle into a stemmed glass. This is batch 8 which I believe was bottled early/mid 2012 so has a couple years on it.

Appearance: Pours a medium-dark red/brown and leaves a hint of off-white head that fizzles away in an instant, to nothing.

Smell: Big cabernet, oak, grapes, currants, vinegar, some funk, leather. Really big red wine influence here, but softer.

Taste: Leather, cabernet, oak, currants, sour cherries, grapes, lemon, vinegar. Finishes fairly dry. Very complex, and a really nice experience.

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation with a medium, very wine-like body. Finishes a tad dry but the alcohol is really well masked for 10%. Really smooth.

Overall: Really well done beer, and the age has done wonders. Many cabernet qualities, but much softer and a little funk. Really an excellent drinking experience.

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Photo of Dizzydsmith
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brewandbbq
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from the fridge, batch 001X4.

Pours mahogany with a burnished ruby hue and a short head of beige that dissolved as quick as cola. A placid surface with zero lacework for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off with acid-laced red wine, dark fruits, tannic skins, and vineous funk. Hints of wet sock on oak, cedar, spruce resin, cinnamon and the trademark juniper/quanine RR yeast. Earthy, tannic, fruity, and vineous.

Medium bodied with a quenching, puckering mouthfeel. Slick and crisp.

Cherries, Currants, grape must, robust wine, and vineous malt start the palate. A swift tartness steps forward as well as warming alcohol, lush fruit, pine bark, cedar dust, and oakey undertones.

Finishes with a lingering tartness, an extreme vineousity, and an incredible depth of flavor.

What a great beer. Side by side vs. T20 I prefer this one. Much more depth of flavor and juicier. Not quite as funky and dry as the T20 though. I can only see this getting better with age also. Yikes.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
4.41 out of 5 based on 5,311 ratings.
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