Consecration | Russian River Brewing Company

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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

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Reviews:
1,154
Ratings:
5,244
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
9.3%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,154 | Ratings: 5,244
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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Photo of rypkr
3.77/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Zero lacing. No detectable alcohol on pour. Incredible nose. Taste is bitter dark fruit, tart, and oxidized. Bottle date is 4-4-16 and all I taste is cardboard. Feel is dry, full, and dry.

Overall I'll skip drinking again.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice sour beer from Russian River. Dark color, no head. Dark fruit look. Very sour bite on the taste. Tart berry and can taste the wine as well. Very smooth.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

**
11/11/16

Bottle(07/18/26) to tulip glass.

LOOK: Deep mahogany color, soda like beige head that disappears within seconds.
AROMA: black cherry wishnack. Dark fruit, esters, yeast.
TASTE: tart berry, grape, wine,
FEEL: Very alive, very light.

Thought by the description that i would like this better than Supplication, but I remember that being better than this is.

**

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

Reddish cola color. Great dry, dusty, musty nose. Wonderful tart finish from the currants. Nice aged sour. Similar to La Folie from New Belgium but less malty. My new favorite.

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/16.Poured into a stemmed glass a brownish tinged amber with a fluffy pink colored head atop that was quick to fade.Lacitc notes,sour cherries,and vanilla toast stand out most in the nose,not overly funky but quite sour.Well rounded palate with that sour cherry element than the toasty oak with a hint of the cabernet that it housed,light vanilla in the finish.I'am not a sour fan by any means but this is just full of layered flavors and sourness gives it brightness upfront.Quite worthy of it's lofty rating.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: a rich chocolate brown. head disappears quickly.

S: lactic, oakiness, some notes of faded chardonnay

T: rich berries, cherries, raw cacao beans, oak, something like an orange liquor. Wonderfully complex and deep.

F: almost like the most full bodied cognac you can imagine. Smooth.

O: this is a fabulous sour, a real treat.

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

Serving: 375 mL bottle ("bottled on: 040416") poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Hazy, tawny reddish brown with a sparse head of off white foam; spotty lacing.

Smell: Plenty of lactobacillus - tart vinegar and some funky barnyard; and some nice dark fruit.

Taste: Layers of flavor. Tart wine vinegar leads the charge with notes of currant and dark fruit, roasted malts, charred oak and fleeting savory, umami notes.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with smooth but lively carbonation.

Overall: Nice mix of darker malts and lighter tart notes; complex but balanced.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Popped and poured a 2014 bottle, poured dark reddish brown with minimal head and lacing. Very much wood forward, nice fruity nose and the taste followed suit, with a little pucker factor and vinegar. The fruits were minimal, but it was an older bottle. Damn good beer. Looking forward to trying a fresher bottle.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pretty red brown color. Brilliantly clear. Not much head left, as I type this.
Smell is kinda musty, is a good, game-animal kind of way. Red fruits, fruitcake.
Flavor is sweet, sour, slightly bitter, salty. Very, very complex. Sweetness from cherry-plum flavors. Sour notes from grapefruit rind. Bitterness of licorice & molasses & iron. Salty like... vegemite? Hard to place. Good though.
Mouthfeel is moderate, lighter on its feet than one might expect from the color and the depth of flavor.
Finish is nice - bitter depth. Definitely a beer, not a fruit cocktail.
Overall - special. One of the few deeply flavored beers that I enjoy. There are some notes I don't like, but altogether this beer just works.

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

375 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 3/13/15, had on 5/28/16.

Pours a mostly opaque, deep ruby, with a two finger, quickly dissipating head and some lacing. Fair amount of streaming bubbles. Smell is malt, currants, grapes, some cherries, red wine- more as it warms, tobacco, Belgian yeast, some oak, some black pepper when fully warmed. The taste also begins with the malt, then tart currants, some cherries and vanilla, raisins, some red wine and oak, tobacco- less than the nose. some sourness as it warms. Good level of tartness throughout. So flavorful. Smooth, dry, great body, refreshing.

First off, a huge shout out to Rambo, at Rambo's Longhorn Liquors in Estes Park, CO, for this one. Didn't have to bring it out for a tourist passing through.

A very unique flavor, well blended. The currants are prevalent, if not dominant, which can't be easy to do. Worth all the accolades it receives.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Get a lot of wine barrel and some strong pucker when it starts cold, but as it warms the other flavors come out. Very sweet and fruity, although I wouldn't have guessed currants if it didn't say so.

Overall it's extremely drinkable and something even non sour drinkers might like.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a dark brown, close to amber hue with off-white colored head that quickly settles to a ring. Loud fizz, not much lacing going on.

Aroma definitely is cranberry and red wine foward with hints of hay and belgian-like yeast. Oak and wood is very dominate in the background, and even more dominate as it warms.

First thing I noticed with the taste is this pop of cherry, mixed with sour apple. Hints of red wine and sweet tart. Oak is definitely noticeable in the back end, giving it this nice earthy yeast profile.

Mouthfeel is fizzy and carbonated like most sours. Thin bodied, and 10% abv definitely not detectable. Overall more tart than sour. Wouldn't consider this beer as complex as supplication(only other RR sour I've tried), but possibly more balanced. Easy drinker, highly suggested.

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Photo of yung_peli
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep clear mahogany, 2 finger off-white head, decent retention.
AR: Dark fruit, plum, currant, red wine, oak.
T: Follows nose, sweet fruit on the palate, oak and red wine on the finish, ABV completely hidden.
M: Medium light body, medium carbonation, dry w/ a slightly sticky finish.

My favorite RR sour from the bottle. Some of the other 12.7oz bottled sours are overly oaky and tannic. This one is beautifully balanced.

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

This review is going off of memory from awhile back: it was a great beer. It was like drinking a jelly filled donut taste-wise. I haven't been able to find it in stock anywhere ever since the one time, but I keep an eye out for it.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage poured into a tulip. Red wine, some vinegar, maybe a bit of dark fruit, moderate tartness. A solid, unique offering but was expecting more.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours rich red/purple, low carbonation and a short head. Smells of wine, fruit and funk. Taste is wine-centered but with dark fruit and funk. Dry, and fades even more dry. This is actually quite an approachable sour despite having so much in common with a cabernet. Really cool and different experience.

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4.41 out of 5 based on 5,244 ratings.
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