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:
#106
Reviews:
1,183
Ratings:
5,414
pDev:
8.89%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 5,414 |  Reviews: 1,183
Photo of bbadger
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Fusebuddy
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drone
3.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of codynevels
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of retry4z
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not too sour, but with a complex yet drinkable profile. Dark appearance.

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Photo of Lantern
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 005x2F. Thanks to Arbitrator for the bottle and to angrybabboon for sharing it.

Appearance: Pours a relatively clear garnet with some deeper brown hues. Head is off-white and drops to a small bubbly collar in short order. Minimal carbonation. Deep reds.

Smell: Big hit of wine. Cabernet jumps and drops a big grape/wine punch. That distinct Russian River level of lactic sour. Some nice leather and dark cherry as well. Mild citric backing. Some vinegar as well. Oak and a big floral hit. Almost chocolatey at times. Some underlying malty sweetness.

Taste: Massive oak. Sherry, Cabernet, and some cider vinegar. Acetic with a nice level of citric and lactic sour. Mild funkiness builds as the beer warms. Some nice grass and some caramel sweetness mild chocolate is masked by a bigger punch of leather and dark fruit. Tart cherry. Oak. Woody with a mild dampness. Tart.

Mouthfeel: Minimal carbonation laced through a nice, smooth body. Lingering tart dryness.

Overall: Great. A nice blend of sour and sweet and wine.

I've tried this several times. The old bottles are insane. So complex and interesting. The newer bottles are great as well, but they push a lot more acetic and tart. Not a bad thing, just a thing.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of brystmar
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On draft at the RR brewpub.

Dark copper pour, as usual. Consecration really needs to warm up to at least 60 degrees before being consumed. The taste and smell improve tremendously as it warns.

Rich bouquet of Cabernet barrels and Belgian tartness in the nose. Oak in the background. Waiting anxiously for the Glade / RR collaboration for household aroma solutions.

Tart cherries and other fruits start things off. Strong Cabernet flavors bring a wine-like character to this brew. Active body stings your tongue with bubbles. Not sure what else to write -- this is noticeably better on draft, and it's utterly amazing.

I feel so spoiled sitting here and ordering another pour. I'm eternally jealous of you locals who can enjoy this every day.

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Photo of Roze
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of kmoen
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dddddddd
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scotv
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of boogerisu
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 CNoj012
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
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 JohnnyHopps
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I give reluctant props to the local sports team which purchased this brew for me.

The beer, poured into a tulip glass, gave a reddish brown hue with a modest head. The head rapidly disappears, giving a better look at the beer. The initial taste immediately caused me to think of a tart lemon candy. Though as the flavor develops, one can sense sour red fruit flavors that are rounded by oak chips. There are a certain vinegar notes, typical of a sour present. The spiciness leads well into the aftertaste which ends the experience on a dry note. The modest level of carbonation allows the flavors to linger and develop. Of course, this is improtant because Consecration is a complex beer.

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Photo of Budinetz
5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of kbutler1
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Batch 1 x 3. Differing finishing yeast than the current iteration. Pours a dark rust colored brown that starts with a nice head that quickly dissapates. Funky sour aroma with hints of fruit and a slight oakiness. The initial taste is not quite as sour as I would have expected but still has some sourness notes. I'm told new bottles are more sour than this batch. Slight sweet taste followed by funk then sour.
Light mouthfeel.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.77/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes to wisconsinality for sharing this bottle with us.

Poured into my tulip the beer is a rusty brownish red with minimal head. Tiny flecks of soapy lace cling for dear life around the glass.

The aroma is mostly tart cherries. The wood is very pronounced with a good dose of booze that heats up my nostrils. Not much funk for a wild. The barrels must negate it.

The flavor is mostly tart cherry with a bit more funk than the nose. The alcohol is present in every sip but not so much that it offends. It has a very nice balance of sweet and sour.

Medium body with light carbonation. A touch dry in the finish.

Overall a bit more of a boozy kick is felt with this one compared to the other RR wilds. Still super drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle poured into a teku.

Appearance - Light brown hue.

Smell - Sour, vinous!

Taste - Tart yet smooth, sour citrus, vinous, delicious!

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation, very nice!

Overall - Worth the tick.

Grade (A)

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Photo of lovindahops
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decided to keep going with our Russian river night. Poured from bottle slowly

A- consecration pours lovely reddish brown with flushing to the edges of the glass. A slight haze is evident in the the body the brew.

S- An AWESOME combination of cherries, earthy scent, tobacco, brett, and oak. Not to mention some other musty fruit and the Cabernet components mingling together. So complex yet so smooth and exponentially spiking with flavor. What a combination of themes going on!

T- a sour taste of cherries are meshed with the tobacco earthiness. Just a splendid wine flavor that blends with the oakiness from the barrel aging. The vast properties of the brew lead to an amazing taste experience. Really smooth and drinkable

M- a bit syrupy but the smoothness of the flavor pulls it through

O- Incredible wild ale that takes so many different properties and delivers with a fantastic brew. Not many beers like this in the world. Will be trying to find a way to get more

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 07 18 13
Drank 01 24 14

Down the middle pour brings forth a thick off-white foam that quickly fizzles down to nothing. Deep burnt orange body when held to the light that is filled with carbonation zinging all around.

The aroma is full of the souring bacteria, gets a little funky, currant, and cherry. Comes off like an Oud Bruin.

Plenty of fruitiness comes off with currant, red grape, and tart apple. The oak from the Cabernet barrels comes out slightly. Nice little musty funk hangs out at the end. No hint of the 10%.

Fairly smooth medium body. Medium tartness on the palate. Finishes dry.

Nicely balanced for such a big sour beer. Really well done beer that has great Cab qualities imparted into it.

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Photo of aleigator
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to Michael for the bottle.

Pours a fiery dark red color, with a fizzy, small head.

Smells of an intriguing tart funkiness, part barnyard, part sour, fermented fruit. Both smells blend very well together, supported by a pleasant, wooden malt note. The currants got a sweet, pungent hint to them, which enhances their sour aspect. The fruitiness turns even more present, while the brew warms up.

Begins with musty, wooden malts, joined by prickly currants, on which a dry, funky sourness settles, accompanying the fruity acidity. The barrel character provides wooden oak qualities, setting the balance of the beer. Then the sourness gets even dryer and more acidic, drying-out the tongue. Drinks dangerously easy, the alcohol is extremely well hidden. Finishes with matured, slightly wooden, leathery malts, with the addition of ripe grapes, while the tartness covers the outside of my teeth, leaving back a melange of joung currants and slick acidity.

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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 5,414 ratings