Consecration | Russian River Brewing Company

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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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Photo of KMachHops
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KBS
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The first few sips were not fantastic for me but thought it was a completely different experience as it opened up and warmed. Loved the 2nd half as the barrel came through. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern, Olde City during their sour week.

Poured into a tulip, dark ruby red color with about one finger of hesd which dissipates quickly leaving very little if no lacing.

Aromas of dark fruit, cherry/fig. Red wine gone bad.

Taste is sour and tart. A slight bit of sweetness for balance.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with some carbonation, dry, very dry.

Very drinkable, you hardly notice the 10% ABV on the finish. Becomes more funky as it warms. I like this beer...

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Photo of zeff80
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, white head that left a little lace.

S - It smelled of oak (and a little bourbon) with a strong yeasty aroma. Light caramel notes, too.

T - Great sour bite grabs you at first sip. It tasted spicy and yeasty, too. Almost like a brown ale with brett. A nice funky flavor.

M - This was very smooth and soft with a nice dry finish. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a really good wild yeast ale. The aging served it well.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Large foamy off white head with moderate retention and ok lacing. Nice orange red color.

S- Earthy and woody aroma with hints of cedar and oak. Nice big tartness in the aroma as well.

T- Strawberries, cherries, some oak, grassy bitterness and large tartness that I have come to expect form American Wilds. Also some really nice sweetness, caramel and vanilla. Very tasty beer.

M- medium bodied beer with waves of sweet oiliness balanced by dry bitterness and puckering sour.

So far this is one of my favorite wild ales, it is very sour but yet still has nice sweetness and great complexity. I can't wait to try more wilds from Russian River!

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Photo of DemoniChris
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AdamSteve
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jayli
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from G311 via Nobody Wants to See a Beer Geek Naked 3! So a monsterous THANK YOU goes out to him! This is a long awaited want.
750mL Batch 002x3
Poured in to my Brooklyn tulip

A: This beer pours a clear, mahogany brown color with a 2 finger of sudsy khaki colored head. This one was actually a bit of a gusher. Head recedes rapidly leaving minor spots of lacing on the glass and a ringlet around the edge of the glass that holds the whole way through.

S: Nose is sour, sour, sour. Lots of sour grape notes, mild funk, perhaps a hint of soured cherry, and oak.

T: Taste starts off with semi-sweet fruity notes mingled with a bit of oak here that cut a bit of the acidity. Middle has a very brief presence of hay, grassy notes and and LOTS of funk. Those light hay notes are quickly overcome by a bite your ass sourness that is the photonegative of the start of this beer. Nice sharp, sour grape flavors hit you and hang a bit on the tongue afterwards.

M: Medium body, moderate to high carbonation, starts of out extremely dry then becomes a bit prickly, and finishes bone freaking dry!

D: Goes down easily, very tasty, major kick, somewhat filling, very good representation of style. I can't believe that I passed on this when at RR last year. Oh how a year can make such a difference in opening up your palate...

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Photo of Corson
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rbreslin
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Front_Ranger
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lemmy187
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stimulus
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a tulip. Batch 004, bottling #4.

A: Pours a clear amber with virtually no head.
S: Funk from the Brett, and sourness from dark fruits.
T: Sour currants with funkiness from the brettanomyces and a smooth oak finish.
M: Light body with a medium carbonation.
D: Very drinkable. Sour, but no trace of alcohol. Pretty good.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trouble's afoot, no doubt about it. The dark ruby is evidence. Perfect clarity and little head, but what becaps the brew remains throughout. Not really an eerie feeling, but a restlessness, as a cloudy, windy, brooding day is apt to be - one can tell it's not right. There's a dark shape. They must not catch up.
The aroma of lambic, lambic sour. Each individual one is there, showcased, though the mighty brett overrides at long last. The pediococcus adds an extra twist to the otherwise normal blend of saccharomyces and brett. And the rest of the mix too, the basket-full, the nuts, bread, figs, dried apricots, grapefruit peel.
Ride North! They are coming for us!
Brandishing but a pike, the tastebuds assaulted by a complex sweet and sour: a light bready/date-like sweetness, destroyed in short order (not so soon... why? Where's the plot?) by the immense sourness that leaves the rest of the mouth frozen.
At least it isn't raining. We may make the range before dark. At least it's dry. Intensely dry. Stifling. Astringent. Drier than anything from Belgium, save a 10-year old of some sort.
Make for the hills. Ride. Do not look back at the looming thunderstorms, they are not there. Ride. Your freedom is at stake, your entire world. You must not let them catch you. Ride for your life.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 375 bottle courtesy of my buddy Steve on the West Coast (who is drinking Younger as this is being typed). Poured gently in to a Duvel glass, there isn't much heading here, though the color is nice. It is almost Dubbel-ish, coming out a murky rose color. Nose is full of tart fruit, strawberry, raspberry, sour funk, and a hint of dark chocolate. Mild sourness hits the palate at first, with an aftertaste of juicy stone fruit to round things out. Alcohol is nowhere ti be found on this one. Mouthfeel is medium, with the sourness always present, but never overbearing. The balance here is incredible, as is the case with pretty much all RR beers I have tasted. RR makes the wine of the beer world IMO, except more textured and delicious than most wines I have encountered. Russian River, please come to Massachusetts soon. Cheers

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Photo of gpioski
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my very first "sour ale":

Menu says American wild ale with currants and aged in oak barrels.

A- dark red-brown. no head. decent carbonation.

S- cherries. sourness. clear hints of pinot nior wine. oak aromas.

T- Really dry. Almost tastes like a glass of wine. Can definitely taste the wine notes from the barrel. cherries/grapes/currants. Very tart and sour. No traditional beer flavors present.

M- nice texture. definitely bites back with dryness. nice carbonation. tart, but refreshing. also has a bit of alcohol bite.

D- Tasty and refreshing, but ABV makes it a bit difficult to have more than one...

Awesome, but definitely an acquired taste. My wife liked it, but one of the other wives hated it. Hop heads might not like it.

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Photo of readbaron
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a amber color with white head. Not a lot of foam - and it fades quickly. Holding up to the light, you see that it's a deep orange tinged with pink highlights.

Smells great - sour acetic notes dominate, but there is some wine as well and fruit underneath - strawberry, currents - and a bit of wild yeasty funk.

Taste - again sour acetic flavor is strong - like an extreme green apple - then a with a strong wine profile creeps in before finishing with a bitter grape skin taste.

Definitely heavier than temptation and supplication - but perfectly carbonated and pleasantly dry.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle into DFH snifter. Batch 002x1, bottled 3/30/09 and tasted 1/20/11

A - Pours a deep red-brown with half a finger of light brown head.

S - Brett funk that I recognize from Supplication, but with a hint of the currants and a fruity sweetness. Almost like a funky red wine.

T - Very tart and sour. A deep sourness dominates your palate. The brett flavor from Supplication is present, as are currants. I don't know enough about wine to say that I was tasting Cabernet, but I was definitely tasting "red wine" to some degree. There is also a bit of dark cherry flavor present. It is very similar to Supplication.

M - Medium body with active carbonation and a very dry finish.

D - So impossibly easy to drink for a 10%. No booze at all. Delicious and a real joy to experience such a unique beer. High marks because of the ease of drinking compared to the ABV.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lak9ers
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Lelampp
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ridglens
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split with a couple BA buddies, Poured into three snifters.

Pours a thin head at first, which quickly dies to a creamy ring around the edge of the glass. appearance is pretty decent, beer looks very nice with some back lighting, a burnt brown glow. smell is not what i expected (having no idea what to expect), and is FULL of rich butterscotch, caramel, and toffee. dome darker fruits come out as well (can't place specifics, but very sweet), and a rush of sour apples. damn great smell. taste follows suit, very sweet caramel toffee with some sweet malt. the sourness is not as intense as other RR offerings (it is still the main theme though!), but it actually complements the sweetness very well and doesn't overpower the rich flavor profile. mouthfeel is where this one falls a little short for me. it's a little thin, especially for a richer tasting beer. the carbonation was just a hair much, though not distractingly so. the drinkability is good, balanced flavors and not tongue destroying sourness, and pretty light (see mouthfeel)

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Photo of sweemzander
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL corked and caged bottle split, poured into a tulip. Batch #002. Huge thanks to wisconsinality for sharing this!

(A)- Pours a deep and dark ruby red color. Produced an off-white head, but dissipated quickly down to nothing.

(S)- A light, but spicy red fruit aroma with a dry oakiness and a brief but present hay/straw/funk. Brief bits of vanilla and raisins here and there, but very subtle.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. Lively spicy red fruits with an oak dryness.

(M)- A big carbonation level with a good balance. Where is that big 10%ABV? Definitely integrated well. Spicy yet fruity at the same time.

(D)- Yet another great wild ale from Russian River! Stronger than the others, but still has that delicate yet pronounced funk and sourness. Great Stuff! The abv could really sneak up on you if you had a whole bottle of this to yourself.

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Photo of Shawn_Money
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to Ommegang flute

A: dark dark red to brown colored with almost no head and a thin white to gray lacing. This stuff is dark but looks clean despite being completely opaque, the fruit clearly has a effect here

S: There is a slight smell of alcohol that i first detect along with the must of a cabernet barrel that is pretty powerful. I think I can smell some dark fruit in there, but its not pungent and might be a stretch. More barrel then other RR beers I've had but not much else.

T: The first thing i notice is the cabernet barrels give a lighter wine taste then the other RR sours i have had but it is there with plenty of strength and works well. I have never had currents before but you can taste the dark fruit in there as it is quite tart though it is not overwhelming. There is a little sour in there and this reminds me of fruit juice, but the sour lasts through the finish.

M: It is thin and oily but not super oily, there is a small bite from the yeast/barrels but not that much and it could be stronger. Regardless it goes down very easily considering the abv which I can't taste or feel at all. The carbonation's there though lacking as this has more of juice feel.

O: So I really liked this beers but it is not my favorite RR sour. It has some sourness and tartness but not enough imo and could do with a little more carbonation. Though that is really just nitpicking as this is a fantastic beer that I highly recommend.

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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 5,386 ratings