Consecration | Russian River Brewing Company

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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

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Ratings: 5,268 |  Reviews: 1,160
Photo of Auracom
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yay, very glad to try this one. 6-7 oz. poured in my FFF Rastal on September 2nd, 2012.

A - Deep ruby-maple coloring. Soft, light tan head. Quickly reduced down to a ring around the edges. Marginal lacing. Big alcohol legs for a sour.

S - Cherry pits and currant sweetness, lemon acidity, black peppercorn, a touch of oak and cabernet grapes.

T - A rich wild ale here. Well-rounded, ripe currants. Red grapeskins. Strawberry jam. Even unripe blueberries. Light vinegar bite. Moderate sourness.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, semi-dry finish. Definite alcohol warming in the backend.

D - A bigger, juicier sour variant from RR. I'm not sure it has the finesse of Supplication but it touches that nice jam sweetness without offsetting the good sourness. Nice brew, easy recommendation.

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Photo of BobbySRCA
5/5  rDev +13.4%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of brewblues82
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Googs
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of uustal
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark maroon/purple. Very rich color. Strong aroma of cabernet grapes, cherries and blackberries. Flavor begins with puckering cherry and blackberry notes. Very nice. Followed by big tobacco notes, some of the best I've had in a beer. Bits of oak as well. Big bold and sweet cabernet wine notes on the finish. Great sweetness to balance out the beginning tart berry and cherry flavors. A big, bold sour. Very worthy of the Cab barrels it was aged in as it picks up a lot of this bold wine's flavor profile. Excellent.

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Photo of DennyCrane
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of funkyaudio
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out dark brown black with thin brown foam which quickly falls. Smells is sweet and funky with some wood. Taste is fizzy with nice tartness. Great sour cherry notes with some funk present. Dry finish with great sticky sweetness. One of their best beers.

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Photo of Holland
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: ruby colored with minimal head when poured cold, just a broken up ring of bubbles on the edge of the glass. Very dark.

S: sourness, sweetness, cherry

T: it's so deliciously sour with some cherry, some vinous, and a finish with the tartness and a bit of sweet malt flavor.

M: undercarbonated for my liking when it's cold, and that really doesn't change much as it warms. Feels smooth yet has bite to it with the acid.

O: fantastic, even worth the $18 or more it sells for here in Philadelphia. Wish it had a bit more carbonation, but it's one delicious beer. This was a batch 5.

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Photo of Aduardo
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of KajII
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a clear deep dark mahogany brown with a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that dissipated in 1-2 seconds and basically had no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was very complex and enticing with a dark grain malt and funky Brett yeast and possessed notes of dark fruit (red grape and black currant), a bit of oak cask and a boldly tart red wine presence.

The taste was sweetly tart and a tad acidic and had strong currant and grape notes throughout, with the finish having a bold and somewhat dry sour wine alcohol taste. The flavor lingered on the taste buds for a bit more than an average duration following the swallow, with a really wonderful sour fruity taste lasting quite a bit longer.

Mouthfeel was right below medium in body with a really smooth dry texture and an almost champagne like carbonation.

Overall I can not express how much I enjoyed this particular brew, it was sweet and fruity yet bold and sour with a fantastic lingering lip smackin’ taste. By far the best Russian River brew I have had to date. I highly recommend if given the chance, that you most definitely give this one a try...

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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 jeonseh
3.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Mikkeller tulip. Batch 7 and 375ml bottle

A - Dark, reddish brown with a tiny white head that only sits in the edge. The red is definitely the color you would find in a big red wine. Minimal carbonation and rather clean looking

S - Oak, lemon, wheat grass, and currants. Has a tart, almost sweettarts quality to it.

T - Very tart up front with almost a cherry warhead like quality. As the beer moves, it has lemon and oak that come through. The sour, tartness comes through strong in the finish as well as a slight alcoholic bite

MF - Highly carbonated with a medium body. The carbonation goes well with the tartness and helps the flavors linger on the tongue

O - Very tart sour from Russian River with only a slight funkiness to it. This only really brings the tart was but it is almpmost too tart for me to pick up anything else in it.

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Photo of ffOpusx
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of ReeseMax3
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Tomlin091744
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of cde1218
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Agent009
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Etan
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle (batch 008). generously sent to me by Colby. Thanks!

A: Pours a rich, purplish mahogany with a small light tan head.

S: Red wine vinegar, oak, dark berry sweetness, lots of Cabernet tannins.

T: Mildly sweet, earthy currants and vinegar meld well with red wine and oak notes. Bretty funk and more wood, subtle vanilla. Strong tartness fades into the dark, juicy barrel and currant flavors. Bit of wine-like booziness in the finish.

M: Light-bodied yet chewy - lots of red wine tannins stick to the mouth. Crisp carbonation.

O: Delicious. Awesome barrel character. I can't believe this beer is 10%.

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Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay Chalice

Appearance: minimal head, cloudy, chestnut brown in color, some sediment, low carbonation

Smell: cherry, sour mix, and vinegar

Taste: cherry, red wine grapes, sour mix, and vinegar

Mouthfeel: sour, light bodied, medium carbonation but very prickly..

Overall: A very good American Wild Ale worthy of a special occasion. I love the wine-like qualities in this one--although I do prefer Supplication. This one is a complex sipper that I would pick up in a heartbeat if I could find it.

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Photo of BeerThursdays
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really like this one.

Reddish brown color with small off white head. Lots of sour in the nose. Red wine vinegar, cherries and oak. Taste is a nice sour cherry with dark fruit. Full bodied and decent carbonation. Overall one of the best sours out there. Dont waste time trying to age it. Perfect fresh.

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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
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