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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Reviews: 1,160 | Ratings: 5,259
Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First had 10/25/14 at Iron Abbey. The best sour I've ever had, period. Great dark ale base, but the barrel aging with chocolate, and currants really adds depth. Touches of tobacco and cabernet seal it. Beat out the Duchesse for my favorite sour.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caged and corked bottle poured into a snifter

Fizzy one finger off white foam cap settles to a thin layer of bubbles atop a ruby brown liquid

Aroma of Cabernet, fruit vinegar, cherries, oak

Taste of red wine, cherries, oak. Flavor improves as it warms to room temperature

Tart on the top of the tongue, low sudsing, whiff of alcohol

Very good sour

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Photo of t0talimm0rtalz
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional quality sour. I typically am pretty love/hate with Russian River. I am in love with this beer.
L: Nice hazy dark ruby brown, minimal head that fades quickly
S: Smells of red wine, oak and of course you get a funky and fruity vinegar hint to it
T: Cherries, plums, oak, grapes and a hefty portion of sour. Not really sure what a current tastes like so, I can't judge that part of the flavor.
F: Very smooth, full bodied, yet light. Perfectly balanced.
This beer is very close to perfect. I've had this and supplication come off medicinal tasting in the past. But for the most part this one never fails to impress.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark but clear garnet, loud and fizzy at first but settling to slightly sparkling wine.

Smell is peppery oak, hint of dark red wine, and grape gummies with a slight acetic twang, but overall very enticing.

Dry and tanniny, spicy and slightly acetic, the Cab Sauv is very apparent. I get that peppery oak again, with red grape, red wine, black cherry, and plum. There's a slight burn in the sourness, but it's welcome. This is very well made, and just so deep and complex.

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Photo of Houseofmuaddib
3.69/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Russian river brewing... The name alone brings its own gravitas. The cabernet barrels really add a great depth, cheers. However I really wanted more sour less of the forced second fermentation. A lot of bubbles. Nice if you find it, nothing to stalk out like pliney the possibly overrated...

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Photo of rypkr
3.77/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Zero lacing. No detectable alcohol on pour. Incredible nose. Taste is bitter dark fruit, tart, and oxidized. Bottle date is 4-4-16 and all I taste is cardboard. Feel is dry, full, and dry.

Overall I'll skip drinking again.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice sour beer from Russian River. Dark color, no head. Dark fruit look. Very sour bite on the taste. Tart berry and can taste the wine as well. Very smooth.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75


Bottle(07/18/26) to tulip glass.

LOOK: Deep mahogany color, soda like beige head that disappears within seconds.
AROMA: black cherry wishnack. Dark fruit, esters, yeast.
TASTE: tart berry, grape, wine,
FEEL: Very alive, very light.

Thought by the description that i would like this better than Supplication, but I remember that being better than this is.


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

Reddish cola color. Great dry, dusty, musty nose. Wonderful tart finish from the currants. Nice aged sour. Similar to La Folie from New Belgium but less malty. My new favorite.

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/16.Poured into a stemmed glass a brownish tinged amber with a fluffy pink colored head atop that was quick to fade.Lacitc notes,sour cherries,and vanilla toast stand out most in the nose,not overly funky but quite sour.Well rounded palate with that sour cherry element than the toasty oak with a hint of the cabernet that it housed,light vanilla in the finish.I'am not a sour fan by any means but this is just full of layered flavors and sourness gives it brightness upfront.Quite worthy of it's lofty rating.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: a rich chocolate brown. head disappears quickly.

S: lactic, oakiness, some notes of faded chardonnay

T: rich berries, cherries, raw cacao beans, oak, something like an orange liquor. Wonderfully complex and deep.

F: almost like the most full bodied cognac you can imagine. Smooth.

O: this is a fabulous sour, a real treat.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 375 mL bottle ("bottled on: 040416") poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Hazy, tawny reddish brown with a sparse head of off white foam; spotty lacing.

Smell: Plenty of lactobacillus - tart vinegar and some funky barnyard; and some nice dark fruit.

Taste: Layers of flavor. Tart wine vinegar leads the charge with notes of currant and dark fruit, roasted malts, charred oak and fleeting savory, umami notes.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with smooth but lively carbonation.

Overall: Nice mix of darker malts and lighter tart notes; complex but balanced.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Popped and poured a 2014 bottle, poured dark reddish brown with minimal head and lacing. Very much wood forward, nice fruity nose and the taste followed suit, with a little pucker factor and vinegar. The fruits were minimal, but it was an older bottle. Damn good beer. Looking forward to trying a fresher bottle.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pretty red brown color. Brilliantly clear. Not much head left, as I type this.
Smell is kinda musty, is a good, game-animal kind of way. Red fruits, fruitcake.
Flavor is sweet, sour, slightly bitter, salty. Very, very complex. Sweetness from cherry-plum flavors. Sour notes from grapefruit rind. Bitterness of licorice & molasses & iron. Salty like... vegemite? Hard to place. Good though.
Mouthfeel is moderate, lighter on its feet than one might expect from the color and the depth of flavor.
Finish is nice - bitter depth. Definitely a beer, not a fruit cocktail.
Overall - special. One of the few deeply flavored beers that I enjoy. There are some notes I don't like, but altogether this beer just works.

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Photo of stortore
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 3/13/15, had on 5/28/16.

Pours a mostly opaque, deep ruby, with a two finger, quickly dissipating head and some lacing. Fair amount of streaming bubbles. Smell is malt, currants, grapes, some cherries, red wine- more as it warms, tobacco, Belgian yeast, some oak, some black pepper when fully warmed. The taste also begins with the malt, then tart currants, some cherries and vanilla, raisins, some red wine and oak, tobacco- less than the nose. some sourness as it warms. Good level of tartness throughout. So flavorful. Smooth, dry, great body, refreshing.

First off, a huge shout out to Rambo, at Rambo's Longhorn Liquors in Estes Park, CO, for this one. Didn't have to bring it out for a tourist passing through.

A very unique flavor, well blended. The currants are prevalent, if not dominant, which can't be easy to do. Worth all the accolades it receives.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Get a lot of wine barrel and some strong pucker when it starts cold, but as it warms the other flavors come out. Very sweet and fruity, although I wouldn't have guessed currants if it didn't say so.

Overall it's extremely drinkable and something even non sour drinkers might like.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a dark brown, close to amber hue with off-white colored head that quickly settles to a ring. Loud fizz, not much lacing going on.

Aroma definitely is cranberry and red wine foward with hints of hay and belgian-like yeast. Oak and wood is very dominate in the background, and even more dominate as it warms.

First thing I noticed with the taste is this pop of cherry, mixed with sour apple. Hints of red wine and sweet tart. Oak is definitely noticeable in the back end, giving it this nice earthy yeast profile.

Mouthfeel is fizzy and carbonated like most sours. Thin bodied, and 10% abv definitely not detectable. Overall more tart than sour. Wouldn't consider this beer as complex as supplication(only other RR sour I've tried), but possibly more balanced. Easy drinker, highly suggested.

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Photo of yung_peli
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep clear mahogany, 2 finger off-white head, decent retention.
AR: Dark fruit, plum, currant, red wine, oak.
T: Follows nose, sweet fruit on the palate, oak and red wine on the finish, ABV completely hidden.
M: Medium light body, medium carbonation, dry w/ a slightly sticky finish.

My favorite RR sour from the bottle. Some of the other 12.7oz bottled sours are overly oaky and tannic. This one is beautifully balanced.

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

This review is going off of memory from awhile back: it was a great beer. It was like drinking a jelly filled donut taste-wise. I haven't been able to find it in stock anywhere ever since the one time, but I keep an eye out for it.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage poured into a tulip. Red wine, some vinegar, maybe a bit of dark fruit, moderate tartness. A solid, unique offering but was expecting more.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours rich red/purple, low carbonation and a short head. Smells of wine, fruit and funk. Taste is wine-centered but with dark fruit and funk. Dry, and fades even more dry. This is actually quite an approachable sour despite having so much in common with a cabernet. Really cool and different experience.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black cherry Amber color. Aroma is tart with dark fruit with some boozy wine notes. Flavor is tart and wine up front, you get some oak and dark fruit after. Leaves a little warmth in the mouth on the finish. Has a soft smooth feel and overall really delicious.

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Photo of Mind_the_Glass
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Look:small bubbles around rim, no head, cola/dark red wine in color.
Smell: a little sour pronounced wine no noticeable fruit.
Taste: a little alcohol burn, raisin, tobacco.
Feel: nice carbonation.
Overall: very nice barrel aged sour.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man RR nails it every time. By now the beer nerds are bored with these same old wine BA sours from northern CA but seriously they're kinda perfect. Funky, fruity, rich flavors and aromas. Vinous and oaky. Would age well. Good now. Go get some.

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Photo of frontrangefart
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured at backcountry pizza. Smells like straight gummy worms. Weird for the smell of a beer. Delicious taste. Definitely taste the Cab in there. But this is a super acidic beer. It's gives me a heart burn every time I try it and the carbonation is a little to high. Like drinking a soda. I dunno, RR, I think the hype is undeserved.

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