Consecration | Russian River Brewing Company

5,328 Ratings

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 5,328 |  Reviews: 1,167
Photo of johnny_chimpo
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sjdevel
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Casey_L
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prager62
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
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 SteveD082791
3.83/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of varian7
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergoot
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Randy92592
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of realstuart
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of patre_tim
4.86/5  rDev +8%
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 jheimbigner
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pcshotsauce33
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of icemanls4
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gregaroo
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shafaegalo
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheAnk
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of soundaurora
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spinrsx
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Bristol Farms Palm Desert for around $15.

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Photo of haazer
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +4.9%
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 Drel
3.34/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of shareallthebeer
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Noles9585
4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Buck89
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 5,328 ratings
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