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:
5,289
Reviews:
1,164
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
9.3%
 
 
Wants:
1,661
Gots:
1,906
For Trade:
133
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Ratings: 5,289 |  Reviews: 1,164
Photo of derkfromwi
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 007 Poured into wine glass

A: Thin white head that disappears quickly, reddish orange-brown color, decent to good carbonation,

S: Cab sauv, black currants, lemon zest, vinegar, funkiness

T: Spices, tart and sour, tabacco, black currants, Cab, earthy and funky

M: Full-bodied, good prickly carbonation, smooth, good aftertaste

O: Very good stuff, a very drinkable sipper sour

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Photo of GTB
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Photo of LambicKing
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Buck89
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2016. Poured a hazy copper/rusty brown color with a fleeting tan head that left no trace. Nose was big wood, oak, red wine, caramel, candied apples, plum, and hay. The taste was along the same lines with tart cherries, grapes, oak, currants, plums and bread. The alcohol was hidden and there was a slight warming on the finish. Fantastic.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Photo of Modernrickk
4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mmulebarn
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Beer4B
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BeerDawgs
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Bottled on 2/11/14. Opened on 8/15/14

A - Amber red with a tiny bit of clarity, a touch of head.

A - Oak from the barrel, wine, cherries

T - Strong ale, with an oaky wine barrel flavor. It does not get any better than this

M - Medium body, oily slick

O - Incredible beer! One of my favorites of all time

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark ruby with ample bubbles into my Russian River glass. A little bit of light brown head at first, fading after a few seconds.

Tart smell with lots of sour cherry and a little bit of the red wine barrel present. A little musty brett blanket as well.

Taste follows although it's not quite as sour as I would expect from the nose. Lots of deep red wine characteristics. Heavy oak, dark fruits and a little leather along with a musty brett presence.

Medium mouthfeel and carb.

Great sour although I still prefer Supplication. If you are a red wine fan as well as a wild fan, this will up your alley.

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Photo of HarmonMW
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of ricecracker420
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bbadger
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of codynevels
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of harsley
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Lantern
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Photo of brystmar
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
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 tclipse
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drone
3.99/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of retry4z
4.5/5  rDev +2%
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 snowmageddon
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
4.41 out of 5 based on 5,289 ratings.
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