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: 5,260
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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Photo of gandres
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tap to glass @ Russian River Brewing tap room@ Santa Rosa,CA
A: Brown; medium head goes away fast, lacing
A: like basi/sugarcane vinegar
T: medium sourness,
MF: smooth
OA: Very good beer for the style,ok to repeat, not to look for- not my preferred style,
Drank: April 14, 2016

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very dark brown with some dark red edge to it. Small head, off white, almost tan like, 1/4". Aroma hits those currant, cranberry, red wine, cabernet grape, dark cherry and oak forest notes.

Taste, wow, this is a big sour, almost bitter, astringent tannin like effort. Probably the most challenging of all their wild ales, even though the alcohol is still amazingly well hidden. Its a pricey beer that keeps going up, but as far as the darker more Belgian inspired wild ales over here, it is still one of the best.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coppery dark brown with a minuscule ring of foam. Smells like new Sharpie. Unmistakably like Sharpie marker. Maybe "musty" if I have to use beer lingo? I like Sharpie smell. Tastes like tart red wine, bitter bakers chocolate, nutmeg and a fuzzy back end.

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Photo of TH28
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

310ml bottle. 9/17/15 bottle date. Appearance: Deep brown, clear, with a ruby red hue. Fizzy carbonation on the pour, with an off white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma: Vinous sour cherry upfront, slight oak and berry character. Lactic acid noticeable. Taste: Rich malt sweetness, loads of dark fruit character, some light toasted oak, and a Cabernet note shows up on the swallow. Lactic sourness strong throughout, but builds to sharp bite at the finish. Mouthfeel: Medium body with a high carbonation. Very little evidence of the 10% ABV. Finish: Lingering cherry and lactic tartness Overall: An outstanding sour brown. Loads of dark fruit flavor highlighted by cherry, with a Cabernet vinous character throughout. Amazing complexity for a sour

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Photo of Myotus
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Poured gently at 48°F from a 375ml bottle (bottled on 13Mar15) into a tulip. Consumed on 18Feb16.
LOOK: Pours with a half fingers worth of white foam that shrivels into a partial line within 25 seconds. Dark red in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are small in size and moderate in quantity. Lacing is thin and almost non-existent.
SMELL: Very strong aromas of sour green apple entangle with strong aromas of tobacco and spicy red wine, mild hay, oak, and earthy yeast aromas, and subtle tart/sweet currant aromas.
TASTE: Very strong sour green apple and strong spicy red wine flavors first bombard the palate. This is definitely not a beer for those who are beginning their trek into sours. Strong tobacco and mild hay flavors immediately follow the initial taste. Mild oak, earthy yeast, and tart/sweet currant flavors are the last to make their debut as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Full-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough due to the carbonation levels. Finishes with a strong dryness. A mild alcoholic warmth can be felt as it goes down the throat.
NOTE: As beer warms, the red wine flavors becomes stronger. I'm not big on red wines, but this was brilliant. Even though the wine shined through, it played very well with the other flavors.

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4.41 out of 5 based on 5,260 ratings.
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