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
Ranking:
#113
Reviews:
1,178
Ratings:
5,381
pDev:
8.91%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 5,381 |  Reviews: 1,178
Photo of RNbeerfan
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of illidurit
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #600!

Poured into a tulip glass. Root beer color with a deep amber tinge. Dark but mostly clear. Nice beige head fizzles out due to the acidity. Aroma is sour raisins and currants with a striking cabernet character that blends into the overall profile better than any other wine barrel-aged beer I've had. A brown sugar note emerges once my nose acclimates to the acidity of the aroma. Maybe even a little bourbon and light alcohol too. Very complex smell. Flavors of jammy wine, berries, raisins, oak, vinegar, brown sugar, and a bunch more I can't even articulate. Definitely improves as it warms up. Ridiculous complexity all around. Mouthfeel is rich and well carbonated with delicate bubbles. A joy to drink. RR just can't miss.

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Photo of Igotmypistola
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Goliath
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue. The initial pour produced almost no head, but that's most likely due to a quick pour in an effort to stop the bottle from foaming open.

The aroma is quite nice. The mouthwatering tart aroma of brett is screaming up front.
There's some nice dark ripe fruits, caramel, apple, oak, and some of the cabernet barrels come through as well.

The taste is quite nice. There's some really nice darker malts giving caramel notes up front. There's also some nice fruit flavors and a fantastic showing of brett which just makes the mouth water for more. It's really fun and quite nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very high dose of carbonation which really sets the the beer off.

Drinkability is high. The flavor profile on this beer is fantastic which just brings you back for more. The abv is easily managed and well incorporated. All in all this is a really solid beer.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark caramel/nutty colour with a ruby hue. Initial large head dies down to a mere coating.

S: Dark fruit, currants, sour tropical fruits. Sour grapes with a floral scent with mild alcohol lingering.

T: Sour cherries, dark fruit, sour light molasses. Currants, prunes and cranberries.

M: Medium carbonation and slightly syrupy, yet a bit dry.

Fantastic offering form Russian River--the best of the night in the Belgian/sour tasting that was had. ISO.

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Photo of ChrisinRI
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of okcommuter
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Llewellyn9
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was definitely intriguing. Poured a foamy tan head that quickly dissipated. The color was amazing, an almost plum purple.

Smell was acidic yet sweet, berries and red wine break through the vinegar. No hops, but who needs 'em when you got brett?

Taste and mouthfeel were no doubt puckering, but this was an extremely well balanced ale. Beautiful red wine and berry notes are perfectly complemented by the acidity. No alcohol present whatsoever. An expertly done ale. I have to say this beer makes me reconsider my previous ratings.

This beer is complex and intriguing, I could probably finish off a bottle of this by my self, but maybe not much more.

Loved it...

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Photo of tpd975
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks goes out to Gillard for coming through with this gem.

A: Pours a brillant amber hue that is flat in color and appearence. No head at all with zero lace. Good for the style.

S: The aromas are bold and big on wine. Tons of sour red fruit with hints of sweet tarts, funk, and cherry juice. Inviting.

T: The sweet tarts come thru as does a bit of crushed aspirin. Beneath that is a wonderful mix of red fruit that is heavy on the cherries. Winey sourness pushes thru along with bits of wood, and vineous qualities. Yummy.

M: Medium in body, a bit sharp on the tongue with a dry finish.

D: I had several glasses.

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Photo of nectar14
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 750 mL, enjoyed with da wife.

A: Dark caramel amber color, piling up a decent lace of foam that fizzes down to just a thin film.

S: Sour funkiness, a bit of dark fruit, slight malt. Inviting.

T: Delicious and comforting. Rich but not heavy with tart fruit, malt, and a small touch of caramel. Lovely.

M: Cuts nicely on the palate and has cleansing acidity. Easy to drink.

D: Though 10%, it goes down nicely.

One of my favorites.

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Photo of Svyturys30
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kkleu357
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a slightly cabonated deep reddish brown. Nice oak wine aroma. Taste is nice and tart, but smooth and sweet at the same time. Can really pick up on the oak.

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Photo of Overlord
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow.

Pours a clean amberish brown that glistens with a wicked orange tint when held to light. Tight frothy white head belies the brew's color.

Smell is heavy on the funk, acidic fruit, and oak. The taste is just heavenly. So smooth, so dangerously drinkable. Crazy oak, just the right amount of funk, a definite acidic sourness that's offset by the light sweet notes of barely-ripe-currants and vinegary citrus. There's a real vinous/wine undercurrent that provides an interesting base. Touching off the wine base is a cherry/raspberry (is that what currants taste like?) bite.

Just fantastic. Great champagne-esque bubbly mouthfeel. Russian River has hit the perfect blend of sour and sweet fruit.

**As I continue to drink this, the theme of this beer is "balance." Just perfectly in harmony.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of macktbone
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at the brewery on PTY release day 2-2-09.
Batch 2

A- Red hue with whiskey like body. Heaven help you if that's what you expect.

S- Sour grapes, lime, a touch of rum.

T- Tart cherries, sour patch kids, mold, oaky finish compared to batch 1.

M- Crisp and Clean.

D- IF you like sours this 10% beauty will bathe you in joy and happiness. It makes me smile.

Images of Friar Tuck and RobinHood flow from the glass. Just think of making a sour mead between battles with the sheriff of Nottingham. Arrows and barrels everywhere, the beer conjurs such strong emotion response.

Let us fight a revolution for the Hop Nation.

Keep in mind I wrote this at the brewery towards the end of a very long Russian River day. Thought I should re-write it a month later and laugh about it again.

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Photo of Bryan_Schmidt
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of djbreezy
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Saraveza in Portland, OR in a snifter

Appearance - Nice foamy head, moderate lacing, dark brown copper appearance

Smell - Fruit aromas

Taste - Has a cider/wine taste, some citrus, very sour

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, medium-light thickness, a bit tingly on the tongue

Drinkability - Delicous beer. Highly regarded and worth it. Could easily finish a 750mL bottle if I wasn't driving anywhere.

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Photo of 7Sport
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pencible
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 004x4
A: This poured a hazy dark copper with almost no head.
S: It smelled like musky oak and sweet currants and prunes, with some sour white grapes and wild yeast.
T: It tasted like puckering sour and tart currant and black cherry, with some wild yeast and sweet raisin and musky oak. It had a lasting clean and sour/tart aftertaste.
M: It was oily and slick with lots of natural carbonation. Very nice body.
D: This was a highly complex beer that was delicate but powerful. The scent and taste and body were all awesome. It wasn't overly puckering either, and the alcohol was undetectable (scary!), so this was very inviting to continue drinking. Could be aged for a long time, but very nice fresh. An excellent sipping wild ale, which I might enjoy over other Russian Rivers due to it's depth and balance.

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Photo of Jessee
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful beer that comes out in a dark purple haze color. The head fades away fast, but leaves a light ring around the edge of the glass. Not a strong nose, but certainly got a little sour fruit (cherries and grapes). The bright taste with the sour finish was wonderful. It was not overpowering, but just perfect in finish. And the flavor kept on for a long time after, causing me to buy another 2. One for aging.

Served in a snifter.

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Photo of lzepplin01
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bumatnet
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I am jealous of people who have any stable access to russian river's amazing sours.
Pours a dark ruby red
Smells amazing, dark fruits, subtle red wine, currants
Punches you in the mouth with the puckerness. I can taste the red wine and fruit
Finishes in a way that leaves you salivating for more.
World class stuff right here

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a caged & corked bottle into a Chimay goblet. My first SUPER AWESOME RR beer and first ever Wild...I AM EXCITED. Batch 004X4.

A- pours a dark reddish shade of brown with a half finger head that fades nearly instantly...I assume that is par for the course since I gave this an aggressive pour. Some of the head sticks around on the top of the glass and around the edges...it just LOOKS evil, like some sort of witches brew...god its awesome, constantly bubbling.

S- strong cherries with a bit of a tartness to them. Getting some of an aroma of a wine type flavor as well. Great.

T- holy wow...awesome sour, tart, killer cherries. Its only mildly puckering...but I don't care. It kicks ass. The oak flavor seeps through a little bit too. Perfection.

M- well carbonated, great body. Balance is fantastic with the tartness.

D- the sourness could be a little offputting to some...but not me. I love this. It packs a punch though, but you can't really taste the booze at all...dunno if I could handle more than one without my tastebuds being shot. Unreal beer

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Photo of Grodd87
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 5,381 ratings