Consecration | Russian River Brewing Company

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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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Photo of MrFootstones
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of stoutfiend27
4.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle sent to me by genghis22 ..poured into multiple glasses

a-ruddy burgundy ruby color...large fluffy off white head...carbonation was there

s-fruits...lactic acid smell....musty blanket....vinegar....prunes and slight nose of currants and some cheery and wood

t-sour and sour..vinegar...fruitiness and barnyard..wood and slightly tanic..sour cherries...finishes sour...

m-acidic and sour...hits the mouth hard...finishes acidic but smooth

d-750 is almost too much....but it is so enticing that it brings you back for more abv is well hidden would have never guessed it was 10%...

overall i fear that my review will not do it justice as i really am at a loss for much complexity i dont know how to describe it...thanks james for the truly warming house warming...

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Photo of cubbyZilla
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bmh_the_legend
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AshburnWineShop
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of coriswrasse
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of GimmeGumballHead
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of HopFace
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Seamus
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ACY73
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of AussieActor
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Wolvesinthetaproom
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sinistermadman
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 002X3

Deep crimson in color with a head maintained by a continuous carbonation stream. Sour aroma with a mild mustiness.

Taste is almost perfectly balanced. Initial sourness melds into some wonderful fruit nuances. Just the right amount of sourness for my tastes. Tartness livens up the mouthfeel, while the beer remains very refreshing and non-cloying. Extremely drinkable at 10%. Well done sirs. Well done.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

batch 5x 02

deep amber red with a nice thin white head.
Smells of old fermented apples and spice up front. Alcoholic in the nose as well. American wiskey and vanilla come through too.
Sour perfection on the first sip. Deeply sweet and sour! Estreme bitter with an alcoholic bite. Perfect in your face bitter/sour balance!
With such a bitter/sour taste, a nice fizzy champagne like mourthfeel to complement. Works and blends perfect as a result. Try this one, you will want to sip it again and again, than buy
another one to do it all over again!

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 4truth
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours a cloudy ruddy brown. Very similar to muddy water. The aroma is very acidic with just a small hint of berry flavored. There was almost no head at all. The taste is tart and sweet, but not overly so in either category. The drinkability is absolutely tremendous for any alcohol level. To have a beer at 10% that goes down like fruit juice is an awesome feat of brewing.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of amphion1065
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle into an oversized tulip. Batch 006.

Consecration pours a murky, blood red. There's a brown, sand-colored head that dissipates fairly quickly. A few legs on my glass. From appearances alone (minus the head, of course), this could pass for red wine.

A funky, deep, and complex nose. There's an almost pungent, abrasive sourness and funk at work. Underneath that funk is an aroma of currants and, to a lesser degree, cherries. I would almost describe the smell as vinegary.

Wonderful vinous sourness in the taste. The red wine characteristics of this beer shine beautifully. Again, I can pick up some currants and cherries. Even though this is a young bottle, the funk is quite strong. There's not even a slight hint of alcohol in the taste. With so many strong flavors competing for attention, the balance is spectacular.

So smooth, with perfect carbonation. I hate to keep referencing wine, but this is lush enough to merit that comparison. For such a sour beer, this is very easy to drink.

My favorite sour from RR's regular lineup. Big but not brash, simultaneously over-the-top in flavor yet somehow restrained, this is fantastic. I would love to see the funk develop in an older bottle, but alas, I'm an impatient man.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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1/5  rDev -77.7%

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 5,381 ratings