Consecration | Russian River Brewing Company

5,269 Ratings
no score
Send samples

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

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 5,269 |  Reviews: 1,161
Photo of Gerasimos
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Joshpu
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of timotao
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev -15%

Photo of kevb08
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of kingjohnh
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of MonkeyBread
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of blackpoolmatt
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of MNBeerGeek
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of LakerLeith
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Bramsigman
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of HuaiDan
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of blindmike
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Biff_Tannen
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of DrunkAl
3.75/5  rDev -15%

Photo of GatorLCA
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of JLeet
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of ChrisAlbertine
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Endtro
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of MarcWP
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Re-review for the sake of seeing how it stacks up nowadays. Fresh bottle poured into Russian River stem.

Pours a murky brown with mahogany highlights. Head to one finger and settles to a nice full ring around the edge of the glass with froth islands in between. Sharp tan colored head.

The aroma like Supplication is very wine barrel forward. Awesome Cabernet marries blackberry, raisin, black cherry, tart plum, and whiffs of cola. Oak and vanilla join the party making the nose on this about as enticing as they can get.

Flavor is on the same track as the aroma. Everything is there with the Cabernet still having a major influence. The dark fruits are leathery and sweet. Oak muscles through from the mid palate to the finish and the vanilla teases at being creamy but that whole circus is shut down quick when a dry, tannic grip takes hold on the finish. The 10 percent abv is hidden very well. Still tastes worldclass.

Body is a solid light medium. Carbonation is still velvety and prickly given the higher abv encountered compared to its siblings. Dry, mouth puckering finish and overall mouthfeel. Never too sour.

This still hangs with the best of them. My preference has always been Supplication and I've had many more Supplications than Consecrations in my life. But this right now is tasting as good as the Supplication I had the other night. They are really toe to toe and I may even be enjoying this a bit more but possibly because I hadn't had it for a good while. A classic, a legend, still wowing to this day.

 1,531 characters

Photo of FightinIrish88
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of dannyfayy
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of hwy395
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of SourMeTimber
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
4.41 out of 5 based on 5,269 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.