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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3/5  rDev -33.2%

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3/5  rDev -33.2%

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3/5  rDev -33.2%

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3/5  rDev -33.2%

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3/5  rDev -33.2%

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3/5  rDev -33.2%

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3/5  rDev -33.2%

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3/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of Risser09
3.04/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

375ml poured into a flute - fridge - batch 004x4

Appearance: Pours a dark red, but mostly brown color with absolutely no head. This might be a bad bottle. It is a little cloudy but shows no other signs of life.

Smell: Medicinal, cabernet, currant and not much else. I suppose there is a little bit of tobacco.

Taste: Sticky sweet but also sour and acidic. A tart taste of currant and other dark fruits is met with that typical cabernet taste. Some wood and plenty of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very unlively, with no carbonation, but lots of flavor and wine inspiration. Medium to heavily bodied. Tart, acidic, sweet and woody.

Drinkability: This beer had so much hype around it that it pains me to begrudge it so much. It needs more attention to detail. Head, head retention, aroma, mouthfeel all need to be seriously reconsidered before releasing to the public. I feel like this beer was sold just to get it out of the brewery for some $$$.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.15/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice reddish brown that turns to a beautiful deep ruby when held in front of a light. Almost no head is present, but a bit of lacing is left behind. The carbonation is easily visible, and never dies down by the time the beer is finished.

Smells solid. Sour up front, with a hint of oak and some different fruits (can't pick out which fruits specifically from the nose.)

Taste just isn't up to par with the smell or the expectations. I will say that this is only my second sour, with the supplication I had two days earlier my first. The supplication was absolutely incredible, and is probably my favorite beer now. This one, though, just doesn't do it for me. The sourness doesn't take up enough of the fruity characteristics and instead reminds me almost of pure vinegar. There is a slight fruity sweetness to it which saves it from being really bad, but the vinegar flavor is too prominent to make it anything more than average. I really wanted to like this one as much as supplication, but it just wasn't even close. Real disappointment.

Batch 003x1.

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3.17/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.2/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.23/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -27.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -27.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -27.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -27.6%

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3.29/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 5,444 ratings