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:
1,185
Ratings:
5,424
pDev:
8.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1,662
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1,943
Trade:
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Ratings: 5,424 |  Reviews: 1,185
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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Photo of CoolEthan
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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

Photo of heddar33
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of JoelClark
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of wellsnb
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of brewcrew76
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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Photo of magictrokini
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap @ O'Briens TION night. Was easily the best beer of the night. Poured deep mahogany with a thick, creamy off-white pillow for a head. Light lacing. Delicious tart cherries-and-red wine aroma blended with more currants, tobacco, and a nice funky wood. Smooth, slightly carbonated mouthfeel. The taste really follows through on the aroma. Vinuous, red-wine overtone with tart cherries and the funky yeast flow throughout the beer. Slight white wine vinegar with Granny Smith apples. A pleasant rich, oaky flavor in the finish gives the brett and cherry/currant flavors a subtle sweetness. Awesome beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of cadaugherty
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of mick303
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two bottles, bottled (07/18/13)
Had at 4 moths (11/23/13), 375 ml corked bottle into tulip:
A – dark brown, with ruby highlights, brandy appearance with no lacing.
S – sour cherry, dark fruits, an aged but lively current note, some oak with an inviting balanced sourness throughout. Aggressive but balanced.
T – you pick up some of the jammy Cab Sauv character and then dryness toward the end, works perfectly together with the sourness and intense dark fruits. Coating smooth tart and sour character, with some of the wine oaky tannins. Doesn’t feel overly sour at all with a dry finish and a balanced clean body.
M – initial carbonation fades off fairly quickly but still drinks so well. Alcohol presence is remarkably absent. Sourness integrates perfectly well giving a full bodied feel and a slick film on the finish. Steller.
A interesting and perfectly balanced blend of winey dark fruits, oaky dryness and a strong bretty sourness that feels so well-made, still a bit of liveliness to it and it balance is great. Nothing artificial or cloying. Delicious throughout, such a killer wild ale and you pick up all the elements that go into it really nicely and the end result is delicious.

Had aged ….

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of rypkr
3.77/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Zero lacing. No detectable alcohol on pour. Incredible nose. Taste is bitter dark fruit, tart, and oxidized. Bottle date is 4-4-16 and all I taste is cardboard. Feel is dry, full, and dry.

Overall I'll skip drinking again.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, batch number 008, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark red mahogany color, produces a thin tan head that recedes to a thin collar, leaves no lacing.

S- Fruity and tart, currants and cherry, also woody with oak and some vinous aromas, the aroma is really nice.

T- Incredible flavors on this beer. Considerable tartness, which is lactic and minimally funky, very nice oak barrel and red wine flavors, fruitiness from currants, beneath all of this is a really nice caramel malt center. I'm not getting any booze at all on this, which is pretty awesome for 10% ABV.

M- Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, smooth and a bit sticky, dry finish, great job on this.

O- An incredible beer, hugely complex, blends tartness, barrel character and malt perfectly, this is really excellent stuff.

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3.5/5  rDev -22%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of DoctorB2B
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of WesM63
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of jtladner
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 5,424 ratings