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:
5,268
Reviews:
1,160
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
9.3%
 
 
Wants:
1,660
Gots:
1,897
For Trade:
133
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Ratings: 5,268 |  Reviews: 1,160
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Patrick2012
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark red amber with a quickly dissipating white head.
S: Red Wine, dark aroma. Very Sour smelling and intense.
T: Sour wine, cabernet sauvignon. Intense flavor. Very bitter.
M: Bitter aftertaste sits in your mouth for a while.
O: A delicious Sour Ale by Russian River.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of hitter114
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: No head at all glowing amber mahogany in color
S: Fresh and a bit funky (funky fresh) cherry
T: Fantastic Cab, Cherry taste... 7/10 sourness
M: Nice and grippy but also refreshing
O: really liked it, very unique but to the point, very good bench mark for sours from russian river

Tried one after a little bit of age, much more of the current taste cherry falls in the background, as it warms you taste that base beer more, most definitely a good ager

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Rick760Sd
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of arash1000
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of dsuedbeck
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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

Bottled in September, 12oz to snifter

Pours a muddy red with high carbonation, no head at all and moderate lacing. Aroma of sour cheery, apple, citrus, with a sweet malt backbone. All the standard ingredients to a sour. Taste follows the nose well, sour cherry, tart apple, grape, oak, berries, sweet malts, and some alcohol. Feel is full bodied with a good tingle on the tongue. Very juicy, makes my mouth water. Overall a solid sour from Russian River. Can't wait to see how this beer ages

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of fatmusic14
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Its days like this that I wish I had a tulip glass.

Pours like a shaded version of burnt sienna. Head generated quickly resembles that of a Soda, and disappears just as fast. Zero Lacing

Smell blasts scents of pine and berries. Smells like a Spring morning.

Tastes tart, but no overpowering - with a really hard to define flavor profile (sour, bitter, hint of sweet). Aftertaste leaves something to be desired. Mouthfeel lacking.

Very good beer.

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4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle (bottled on 9/14/12) into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear garnet color with light bubble streams rising slowly to the surface. It has no head and appears kind of still.

S: A blast of sour funkiness blends well with dark fruits and a light tobacco aroma. Very inviting.

T: Nearly identical to what was promised in the aroma. It is a wonderful blend and balance of sourness, dark fruits and a minor tobacco characteristic.

M: Medium bodied and an essentially still feel. It has a dry and puckering finish.

O: This is a pretty amazing wild ale. It is perfectly balanced in its flavors and is a fantastic example of the style. Highly recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Beers of California

#36

Bottled Date: 9/14/12

A: Magohony brown with hues of currant red. Slowly poured into a large wine glass with minimal head but active carbonation.

S: Acetic acid berry sweetness with layers of wood and tobacco in the background. Mostly a sour prickling sensation in the nose which let's me know that there is going to be a sour astringent kick to this brew.

T: Sour berry sweetness with a balsamic vinegar astringency up front. There are also notes of sea salt, wood, leather, prunes and tobacco with a middle layer of chewy brown bread. Some warming vinous alcohol comes through in the finish. Overall mostly sour with a pleasant sweetness, hint of saltiness and beautiful layers of subtlety from the Cab barrels and malt.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation which really adds to the overall experience of the brew.

O: I love the Russian River sours which really showcases the ingenuity, creativity, and wine background of brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo. Consecration marries a dark sweetness with a balsamic vinegar bite with wonderful subtleties inbetween.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
4.41 out of 5 based on 5,268 ratings.
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