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:
5,288
Reviews:
1,164
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
9.3%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of q33jeff
3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

**
11/11/16

Bottle(07/18/26) to tulip glass.

LOOK: Deep mahogany color, soda like beige head that disappears within seconds.
AROMA: black cherry wishnack. Dark fruit, esters, yeast.
TASTE: tart berry, grape, wine,
FEEL: Very alive, very light.

Thought by the description that i would like this better than Supplication, but I remember that being better than this is.

**

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of impending
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

A+

at the source. Served a deep cheery purple walnut, beautiful garnet backlit, minor froth minor stay, minor lacing.

intoxicating aroma
outstanding depth, so many nuances you can focus on
plum, sour cherry, oaky, vinous
delicious

the flavor is up to the task promised by the scent
one of the few brews that makes my mouth water while drinking it
all the fruits, tart to perfection, sometimes tobacco

mouth tingling shy of medium

simply fantastic
cheers
jd

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of lunarbrew
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark amber red with a lot of fizz and little head to speak of. Not much lacing and a lot of apparent (champagne-like) carbonation.

Lots of red fruit (cherry, currant) with big red wine nose. Lactic is big. Tart apples. Sour fruits. blah blah blah. Smells and looks like an fruity oud bruin. My kind of beer. Can't wait.

This is phenomenal. I like this much better than Supplication. Flavors are bold, very complex, and quite tart. The wine flavor is big but not overpowering. Definitely get the red grape on the back end and even some tannin bitterness. Sour cherry and currant again, naturally. I also get a vinegar flavor, but it's subtle. Not exactly red wine vinegar, but almost balsamic. Or is it apple cider? I can't put my finger on it. Absolutely incredible flavor.

Mouthfeel is great. Medium bodied, high champagney carbonation. Tannin on the backend.

This is an amazing sour. I defiantly have a world yet to explore, but this is the sour flavor (at least) I have been looking for. Perhaps it's a more obvious beer than supplication (the only other RR sour I've had), but I appreciate that aspect. I really really enjoy this.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.68/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle, batch 004x4. Sent to me by boatshoes. I was totally stoked to see this one in there.

A- The color of this beer is basically the same color as the label. The carbonation fizzes up a head violently fast. It doesnt even get done gathering before its gone. No lacing, no head, not even any bubbles. Thats not always a bad thing when it comes to a sour though, I suppose.

S- This is a good smelling beer though. Very acidic. Lots of vinegar that stings the nostrils. A healthy dose of horsey funk. A nice woodiness is also apparent. Red wine, currants and glue come in subdominately.

T- Quite sour. The phrase "ass puckering" has been going around this site since Overlord coined it. Its beers like this that keep that phrase alive. Very acidic, one of the more acidic beers Ive tasted. Again, a considerable amount of funk. Lots of old, beat up oak barrel, and cellar door. Tartness that is akin to very under ripe berries. Wow this is strong on wood (to write in a very stream of conscience manner). Vinegar, unripe plum skin. Pretty aggressive.

M- Very biting. Very dry. It leaves a grape juice acidity in the mouth as it strips your palate bare.

D- Very aggressive. I think I feel it trying to upset my stomach. I like it nonetheless. This beer will let you know what it thinks of you, and it doesnt think to highly of your attitude.

This beer in one word: Rancorous.

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Photo of zac16125
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Falling Rock in Denver, into a tulip glass

From notes taken on 1/6/2012
I was really excited to find this on tap

A: Dark amber red with 1 fingers width of snow white colored head which quickly dissipates down to and outter rim and leaves no lacing.

S: Strong red wine and sour grapes, sour apple and brett aromas with a hint of sour pear. Also a unique whisky like aroma.

T: Complex flavor profile, there is certainly a lot going on. Sour apple and sour grapes, plus some other grape flavors of the non sour variety. The brett is certainly noticed, and there is a touch of a whiskey like oak flavor. Towards the end of the drink the cab sauv flavors start to come out, although still not as strong as I anticipated. There is a great lingering aftertaste after every sip. The prominent flavors are certainly sour fruits and wine, although neither to the degree that I expected. Very good.

M/D:Bubbly, champagne-like mouthfeel, and each sip finishes dry like a good red wine. Heavy carbonation, medium bodied, good drinkability. I never would have guessed it is in double digit ABVs/ Perfect mouthfeel.

O: Overall, an excellent beer. Very unique, and a must try for fans of sours, wild ales, and unique beers in general.

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3.91/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Proteus93
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch number 001X1.... not too sure what it means, but shared by Joe at a tasting along with a number of sours. Thanks!

A: An iced tea brown with a golden sugary tone in there. Head forms quickly, but breaks down fairly quickly. It continues to bubble up and create new life that almost spontaneously breaks down again.. intriguing.

S: Rich malts, plenty of funky aromas, and a beautiful oakiness. All the scents blend together almost magically. This is amazingly pleasant. The currants are not really noted, unless I give it a swirl, and still they are quite modest.

T: Tart and woody, with a mix of yeast flavours all over the place... funky, peppery - a nice, warm alcohol.

M + D: Starts quite carbonated - though this calms the more I swirl it, naturally. The flavours hold on for quite a while, and the warming on the way down makes for a pleasant sipper. A great beer, with plenty of complexity to keep the nose and palate busy.

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Oxymoron
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Catalyst. Sampled a murky rust colored red with not much in the way of carbonation. Some ruby red hues around the edges of the glass. Some minor viscous notes that was a bit of a surprise.

The nose comes out more as it warms. Some nice subtle notes that blended very nicely with every component. There was a light fruity note, that came across more like a tart cherry aroma than anything else. Some underlining citrus notes adds to that depth. Some lighter funk notes with some horse blanket and subtle almost bretty aromas. A mostly acidic but some underlining vinegar notes. Some yeast aromas, but overall just a really good mix of fruit, funk and sour.

The taste is amazing. I try to be more descript but this is really good. And it gets better as it warms. To start out there is a light malt taste upfront but is quickly replaced with a mix of a tart earthy cherry, like a bing cherry, and a sweet fig, currant taste. There is a nice acidic flavor that comes out nicely but balances really well. As it warms and as you palate adjusts to the sour, more funk and malt notes comes out. Some lighter chocolate and an almost Special B like malt flavor come out, but its just so subtle to the taste. Some funk notes come out too, with a light barn yard and spicy undertones. Some yeast notes as well. The sourness retains through the full taste and even as it warms. A mild sweetness in the finish that really enhances the fruitiness for a cleaner taste.

The body is closer to moderate than dry. Extremely clean for being so much on the ABV side. Carbonation is low but ok as it really lets all the different flavors come out. Just really impressed with the balance between fruit, funk and sourness. Overall a fantastic beer being so fresh

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
4.41 out of 5 based on 5,288 ratings.
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