Consecration | Russian River Brewing Company

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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

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5,313
Reviews:
1,167
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
9.3%
 
 
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Photo of danh53
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with red and orange hues. Definitely get oak and red wine character on the aroma with currants and some citrus. Oak jumps out on the taste which I like and I'm surprised how prominent the dark fruits are considering this is a year old. Lots of wine flavor with dry finish with lots of oak tannins. The citrus adds brightness and complexity. The alcohol is present in a nice way adding heft and a little edge without ever taking center stage. Mouth feel is medium to full and very drinkable.

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Photo of hopley
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Got to try this thanks to rencelas. Poured into Schlafly large tasting glass. Pours dark brown with a reddish tint. Smell like plum and cherries. Taste is very sour but very enjoyable. I could share a 750ml of this but not drink one by myself. Overall a great first sour for me from RR.

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Photo of Erick_G
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Wow this seems to be on draft everywhere now.

Pours is a crystal clear dark amber with a big bright white head.

Aroma is tart and crisp, some malt sweetness.

Big tart, acidic burst with sweet darkfruit behind, no real bitterness to speak of, leaves a giant burst of sweet and tart in the back ofhe mouth.

Oh so tasty, can really only have one at a time but man what a winner.

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

Russian River Consecration 375 mL bottle, batch 007
Poured into Duvel tulip on July 21, 2012.

Appearance 4
Pours a dark to medium brown with slight plum red tinge. Very thin covering of head that nearly completely dissipates.

Aroma 4
Tart sour nose predominance, with slight dark fruit/grape note. Also tart candy notes.

Taste 4.5
Initially a strong tart sourness, which really coats the palate well. Very complex taste. I get notes of sweet malt, tart candy, & lemon. Sourness comes in a quite sharp burst, then drops off, though there is a moderate to strong amount of sourness that lingers on palate throughout. Midway through I can pick up the malt, and late on the palate there is hint of the red wine notes from the barrel. Together, the flavors are great; there is a lot going on, but it is refined and polished. I felt hat the barrel aging adds a balance to the sourness – there is almost a tannin dryness at the end. At the very end, almost in the aftertaste, can pick up the current flavor.

Mouthfeel 5
Moderate thickness, low carbonation, great almost puckering sourness that coats entire mouth. Nice slight viscosity to the beer. Super enjoyable!

Overall 4.5
Lives up to the hype. Incredible sour with great power, but also great balance. 10% alcohol is extremely well hidden and allows the beer to be more full bodied. Very, very easy to drink. A world class offering – reminds me of Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien. Only wish I could have this as a regular offering – the west coast beer drinkers are lucky. Highly recommend.

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

On tap (had bottled as well) served in nonucal glass

A - clouldy Garnett brown with one finger rose head with poor rentention and minimal lacing

S - Cab Sav. Currants, funky fruity yeast, cherries.

T - Drink a currant cherry lambic, a cabernet Sav, and a tastes if tobacco and you have got this gem. Sour and warming

M - med body, mod-high carbonation, sticky

O - Yum. A gentlemans beer.

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Photo of Roguer
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fizzy cream-colored head, quickly dissipating, but settling in at about 1/4 finger. No lacing. Brew is purplish-brown and opaque, with light highlighting the edges.

Smells strongly of wine, funk, sweet yeast, Brett, and berries. Similar to a Flanders red. Tart and sharp, but not overpowering.

Flavor is delicate and complex; superbly balanced. Wine, tobacco, grapes, a light but musty funk carrying an edge of cheese, berries, just a bit of vinegar. Very, very light sweetness, and a light, lingering sourness.

Lively and tart, slick and oily, medium-light but smooth and definitely a sipper. Surprisingly wet finish.

An absolutely superb sour, ticking all the right boxes. Reminds me of a vintage Rodenbach in its balance, complexity, and subtlety.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
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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Photo of wallbj
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Big thanks to ericfb18 or perhaps Beerzebub for the hook-up. I can't remember where this particular bottle came from.

A - It pours a cranberry-mahogany hue, slightly hazy, with a short-lived fizzy white head.

S - It smells certainly quite tart, with Band-Aid nuances and currant apparent and available. Similarities abound to dry reds like Chianti. Some alcohol on the nose. Reminiscent of Haandbakk, only less tart and insane.

T - Initially, it tastes quite sour, with much less fruit available in the gustatory than is present in the olfactory. As it develops, I start to appreciate it for being a very balanced sour, in terms of not too lactic, not too acetic, etc. Lingering Band-Aid towards the end, with a huge mouth-watering finish. Good stuff, not mind-blowing.

M - Dry and effervescent with a finish that bridges the gap between astringent and mouth-watering,

D - Very solid example of the style; not the best, but damn good.

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Photo of Cartr1dgeBased
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Batch 005X1F

Poured into a RR Belgian chalice glass (seemed fitting?). Garnet body with a fizzy offwhite head that rapidly fizzy away quickly. Aroma is filled with oak & red wine notes; cherries, plums, grapes. Very barnyard-like funky aroma. Flavor is bracingly sour, funky, and oaky. The sweet fruity characteristics really shine in the flavor as well. Finishes bone dry with a mouthwatering astringency. Bubbly/prickly on the tongue with a rather light body. To top everything off, the alcohol is extremely well hidden, making this one incredibly drinkable brew. Russian River knows how to make beer.

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Photo of mikedogg195
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

From notes: (Have also had by the bottle.)
Had on tap at Toronado. Pours a deep amber/red with minimal head and no real lace. Not too surpeizing for the ABV. Smells like sour grapes and funk with a sweetness at the end. Taste-wise it is hard to pick things out through the sour. There is some sour, some funk and bread (along with a few things that I can't put my finger on. I'm surprized at the lack of booze being that it's the big 10. Perfect mouth for a good sipping beer. I've been enjoying the slowly fading aftertaste.
I prefer Temptation or Supplication but I'll rate this high anyway being that it is still an amazing sour. Thanks again Russian River (and thank you bartender for the free beer!)

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 005X1F. Poured from a 375 ml cork n caged bottle into a La Chouffe tulip.

A- Pours a dark copper, ruby color with a 2 finger tan head. Lots of bubble coming to the surface with minimal lacing.

S- Honey, dark fruits (blackberries, cranberries, raspberries), vinegar, straw

T- Caramel, toasted malts, vinegar, sour dark fruits, oak, spices and light pepper.

M- Medium body and high carbonation. Effervescent, acidic, and some dryness at the finish.

O- 7/10 sourness. Another good sour from RR. Light sweetness, with vinegar and dark fruits make this a well balanced sour. I would take Supplication over this but this is still close.

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

Batch 002 750ml courtesy of Beerman777 into a Duvel tulip.

A: Dark plum body with a half inch of frothy off-white head. Quick dissipation and light lace. Could do with more carbonation.

S: Sour and wild, with vinegar and sour berries asserting dominance. Some vanilla and cranberries, with sourness far outweighing sweetness. Quite nice.

T: Starts out with intense sour cranberry, then some vanilla, then more intense berry tartness. Wave after wave of puckering goodness. Perfect balance of sourness and complex flavor. Fantastic.

M: Medium bodied, with carbonation that starts out a little sharp and becomes plush and forgiving.

D: I'm splitting this with a couple friends, and I'm glad that's the case. A whole bottle would be a real (delicious) chore.

Notes: Wow. Thanks, Steve, for hooking me up with such a tasty treat. I still have yet to be disappointed with a Russian River brew, and I just can't wait to crack the Supplication in my cellar.

Cheers!

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

Russian River Consecration, batch #007. Poured into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip glass.

Decent clarity through a murky coppery-orange color. Looks brown without a light backdrop. Little head after raising the bottle during the pour. An eggshell ring holds thick. 3.5

So much pucker in the nose. Faint sweetness matching tart berries (currants). Alcohol, barnyard funk, hay, lemon, unripe raspberry, barrel wood, and a tannic red wine. Nice aroma/fumes. 4.5

Not super sour, as I might have expected. Rounded vinous barrel, heaps of critter funk, tart currants, lemon juice, wild flora tang, and thin malts. Some aged hop hopping that bitters the beer a bit in the finish. Slightly acetic. Maybe even lactic. Has a great big cabernet vibe. Very much like a soured red wine, full of tannins and oak characteristics. Hints of blackberry, tobacco, and bitter almond. Fabulous. 4.5

Younger bottle shows some nice spritz, especially in the finish. Medium-thin body is a bit surprising for a 10% beer. So is the near-absence of strength in the taste. A tame but welcoming mouthfeel, overall. 4.0

This is a top-notch sour. I've heard these (and other) RR sours can go downhill after some aging, but I'm excited to check in on my batch #006 in a year or two. A must try. 4.5

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Photo of kaips1
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a bottle i missed in a box on a trade, this is a batch 5, 375ml bottle

this poured a nice clean no head pour, into a fading dark amberish color, not cloudy but completely opaque. the nose of this beer screams currants and sour tangy goodness. a very vinous aroma accompanies the fruit sour. this beer keeps reminding me of supplication which should be kinda expected. the taste is a very short lived wineish like flavor with a little brett funkyness there. this one is a lively beer like the rest of the RR sours. the carbonation kinda takes away from the taste.
overall its awesome and a good drinker, you dont know its 10% abv at all while you drink it.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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#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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Photo of nickd717
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Russian River, Toronado, and City Beer, and also bottles from Russian River, City Beer, Ledger's, and K&L Redwood City. Batches 1 and 2. So I've gotten to know this beer fairly well. It's one of my favorite sours out there.

A - Dark burgundy color with a substantial off-white head.

S - Fruity with red berries and a sour, funky bite.

T - Tartness well-balanced with some sweet malt, currants, sour cherries, vinous notes, oak, and barnyard funk. Not too sour. Incredibly complex.

M - Smooth palate, fairly full, with tartness lingering on the palate. Really nice, sharp and a little dry on the finish with noticeable acidity.

D - Really drinkable for the style and ABV. You would never guess it's a 10-percenter.

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

Photo of SirElton
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
4.41 out of 5 based on 5,313 ratings.
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