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:
#122
Reviews:
1,181
Ratings:
5,400
pDev:
8.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 5,400 |  Reviews: 1,181
Photo of scxcrunner
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jroberts8811
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of eldoctorador
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of smi69
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Bottle, taster flight at Wades Wines in Westlake, CA.

Pours with almost no head, a deep burgundy color tinged with rust brown.

A subtler aroma than the 2013 Supplication, but there are a lot of red wine qualities with currants and cranberry becoming very noticeable and pairing with aromas of oak as well.

Similar to the aromas but more potent. Apple, cranberry, and oak come through for me, but overall it’s a lot of dried fruits that come together so well. Subtler hints of red wine and tobacco come through as well. An impressive 10%.

Subtle, sharp, seltzery carbonation. Thin body, tart and funky.

Arguably my favorite sour from RR. Supplication is hard to beat, but this 2014 batch of Consecratjon might take the cake.

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Photo of 1Sundown2C
3.5/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much just a Belgian strong put in barrels. No currants, nothing outstanding. Maybe an old bottle? Bottled 2013

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Photo of jakemn91
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Philcassella
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am by no means a sour aficionado; rather, label me a neophyte at best. I AM, however, a big wine lover (cabs especially) and the cab barrel influence in this beer really strikes me, as do the currants. The ABV is hidden very well. This is one of the better dark sour ales I've ever had. Seek and enjoy!

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of neenerzig
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My extremely good and awesome buddy Jon Passow, who as of a few months ago became the Manager of Barrel Room Operations at Anderson Valley Brewing Company, sent me this in a package from northern, CA a few months ago along with some other awesome beers from Russian River. This is the last beer from that package and I was saving it until tonight. Poured out of a 12.68 oz bottle into one of my tulip glasses. POP! goes the cork as I pulled it out of this bottle. This beer pours a clear, dark amber color with somewhat bright ruby and copper highlights when help up tot he light. This beer appears to be quite carbonated indeed, as even about 5 minutes or so to after being poured there is still a nicely audible hiss of the fizz created from the many streams of bubbles a rapidly rising to the beer's surface. The head/carbonation/foam reminds me a lot of soda pop being poured into a glass, only the hiss of the fizz lasts much, much longer here than it ever has with any soda pop I ever poured into a glass. Had a slightly off white/tan head about 1/3 of an inch thick. Aromas of roasted currant and a slight caramel malt presence along with a nice hint of oak and cherry and cranberry tart. The taste is pretty much the same, with a slight toasted caramel sweetness that gives way to currants and a nice cranberry and cherry tart sweetness along with a nice musty funk that gives way to subtle vinegar and an even subtler hint of salt. In some ways I'd say the flavor profile is laid back in a sense here, and it works very well. It certainly has a fair amount of sourness to if, but it is not in your face overwhelming your taste buds and making a huge fuss about it. Has a clean and dry finish and the sour tartness likes to hang out on the back of the tongue in the aftertaste. This is one beer that I wish my glass was never ending of. To quote my good friend Passow "This is a beer that is so good that you can drink it in bed and it will lull you to sleep." Has a crisp, slightly prickly, yet smooth and frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Simply an excellent beer all around! Much thanks to my friend for sending this one to me!

Eric

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.18/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of draheim
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle (batch 003X3) poured into a snifter. Pours a clear mahogany with minimal head, champagne carbonation. A ring of bubbles forms around the edge of the glass.

Aroma is tart cidery funk w/ bright notes of sour fruit and oak. A slight solvent aroma lingers.

Taste is tart, sour, oaky and fruity. Lots of wine notes, really dry on the palate. Almost a combination of a lambic, cabernet, and champagne. Really interesting beer to pick apart; complex.

This is not a beer I would drink every day, but definitely worth revisiting once in a while.

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4.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 004x2

A - Ruby, mahogany with champagne like effervescence.

S - Cabernet Sauvignon, earthy funk, currants, cherries, oaky tannins and balsamic vinegar.

T - Mixed berry sweetness that quickly changes to a biting sourness with a touch of balsamic vinegar. Dark fruits, sour cherry, Cabernet with a hint of alcohol.

M - Medium body with a lot of carbonation. Light pucker on the finish.

D - Vinous complex beer with a touch of alcohol. Solid sour ale.

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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 5,400 ratings