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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,305
Reviews:
1,165
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
9.3%
 
 
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1,659
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Photo of Wisconsinality
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Arbitrator for this one.

Bomber poured into Bruery tulip. Batch 003x1.

A- Pours a deep burgundy that lets a small amount of light in around the edges. A finger's worth of head that dissipates fairly quick and leaves no lacing behind.

S- Some funk and a good amount of oak. A little bit of leather and some tart cherries. Just a hint of alcohol sneaks out. Some dark fruits can also be found in there as well.

T- A big red wine presence right away. Some mellow oak and some sweet cherries. A nice bit of sour but not overwhelming. Maybe a touch of cranberry.

M- Lighter bodied with a nice carbonation. Very dry on the finish and like noted above, sour but doesn't make the mouth pucker.

D- A very complex beer that hides the 10% very well. Overall, great balance. Probably my favorite offering from RR thus far.

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Photo of PatronWizard
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Third beer in the line up at Mauerhan's. This one offered up by yours truly. Everyone else here already has one cellared, but it takes big ass balls to open one. Sparse notes, apologies.

Pours a deep burgandy with a decent head.

Smells pretty lovely. Tart, cherries, mouth watering. Big time reminds me of New Glarus Belgian Red.

Then the taste. Still reminds me of the NGBR, but with an added sourness. Sour isn't blatantly up your ass like most, so it's actually enjoyable.

Alcohol is completely invisible and at 10% I would actually buy this again whereas most sours I wouldn't.

Overall: beats Temptation as my favorite sour to date

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Photo of nicole309
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Los1324
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of BugTownPub
5/5  rDev +13.4%

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

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

Photo of sohearn
3.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TH28
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

310ml bottle. 9/17/15 bottle date. Appearance: Deep brown, clear, with a ruby red hue. Fizzy carbonation on the pour, with an off white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma: Vinous sour cherry upfront, slight oak and berry character. Lactic acid noticeable. Taste: Rich malt sweetness, loads of dark fruit character, some light toasted oak, and a Cabernet note shows up on the swallow. Lactic sourness strong throughout, but builds to sharp bite at the finish. Mouthfeel: Medium body with a high carbonation. Very little evidence of the 10% ABV. Finish: Lingering cherry and lactic tartness Overall: An outstanding sour brown. Loads of dark fruit flavor highlighted by cherry, with a Cabernet vinous character throughout. Amazing complexity for a sour

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Photo of alaimoa
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a deep red with very little head that doesn't linger for more than a few seconds. Definitely has a unique smell of raisin, Cabernet wine, champagne and sour dark fruits like prunes or dates. Initial taste is one of a rolling bubble champagne but complex taste where I really got some of the red wine flavors. Overall very delicious and a fairly heavy hitter for a wild on the alcohol content.

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Photo of Dawkins
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of douginromeo
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of SteveTheBrit
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of rudylaw
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to our line buddy for cracking this open and sharing with my cohorts at DLD '09!

A nice, deep red color... like cherry cough medicine... which I happen to find gorgeous. Oh yeah, the perfect tan head is all right too!

Lots of currant in the nose... some cherry, oakiness and funk.

Catching a lot of currant in the taste along with sour cherries and raisins on the back end. This is magnificent.

Wild Ales are not usually my bag, but how can you turn down a healthy and free 6oz pour? I'm glad I did... this stuff is incredible. Perhaps it was the muted funkiness that I loved so much, but Russian River continues to do no wrong.

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Photo of surlytheduff
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 004x2. The cork opened with a solid pop, leaving a trailing wisp of water vapor rising slowly out of the neck of the bottle. A brisk pour into my Duvel tulip resulted in a bit under a half a finger of offwhite foam sitting atop an effervescent dark amber colored body. The head disappeared pretty quickly, but the there was a steady hiss of carbonation from the bubbles shooting up to the surface of the glass. Nose was light vinegar, tart cherries, brett, oaky and vineous.

Taste was dried fruit, like cherries and currents. Also got cranberry and red grape. The oak flavor that was so strong in the smell is much more subdued in the taste. There is a slight bit of alcohol warmth, but it is surprisingly not noticeable. Mouthfeel was medium, with a good amount of tingly carbonation and a dry finish. The beer was tart, but not over-puckeringly so.

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Photo of vonnerbeer
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Jdotswizz
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of SDG1070
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MRVermont
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Brez07
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a few times before and finally decided to review. Split about about 2 months ago at the SMBDC sour meeting. 3-4oz served in a tasting glass. Batch 4x4

A: Nice dark amber color. Leaves a ring of white head

S: Nose is basically a fruit medley. Grape, strawberry, cherry. Some funk. Some tartness from the fruit. I might even detect some currant

T: Sour right up front. Dry fruit follows once you get accustomed to the tartness. A bit of sweetness gets through, but definitely hindered by funk

M: Medium. After a few sips the sourness died down a bit, but still very present. Dry, wine-like finish

D: Definitely a great sour. A bit drier then most. I think I prefer Supplication though due to a bigger fruit presence

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Photo of jrnyc
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of greenmonstah
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle into DFH snifter. Batch 002x1, bottled 3/30/09 and tasted 1/20/11

A - Pours a deep red-brown with half a finger of light brown head.

S - Brett funk that I recognize from Supplication, but with a hint of the currants and a fruity sweetness. Almost like a funky red wine.

T - Very tart and sour. A deep sourness dominates your palate. The brett flavor from Supplication is present, as are currants. I don't know enough about wine to say that I was tasting Cabernet, but I was definitely tasting "red wine" to some degree. There is also a bit of dark cherry flavor present. It is very similar to Supplication.

M - Medium body with active carbonation and a very dry finish.

D - So impossibly easy to drink for a 10%. No booze at all. Delicious and a real joy to experience such a unique beer. High marks because of the ease of drinking compared to the ABV.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Bonko_the_sane
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
4.41 out of 5 based on 5,305 ratings.
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