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:
5,288
Reviews:
1,164
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
9.3%
 
 
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Photo of greinert21
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bum4ever
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 RajaSTL
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of al2913
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 Grackos
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | 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 JeremiahFick
4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of devilmakesthree
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of UGA45211
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 7irondave
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ADG2995
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesLeung
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nickcm26
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mssexauer
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of BubbleBobble
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of matthewrdale
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of WolverineFan1243
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lemmy187
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
4.41 out of 5 based on 5,288 ratings.
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