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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1,151
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5,229
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4.41
pDev:
9.3%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,151 | Ratings: 5,229
Photo of senglish7
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Almost 2 years of age on this one. I was getting a sweet and wine-y smell on the nose. Taste was sour, somewhat tart, and yet still crisp. Not my typical hoppy liking, but this one was special.

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Photo of richdeneault
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

from the bottle - dark barrel aged beer using 100% cabarnet sauvignon barrels...refermented in the bottle to create its carbonation.

as good as a sour beer gets!

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Photo of zimm421
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brown with ruby red hints and a thin tan head. The nose is funky and fruity with a good oak and wine presence. The taste starts out sweet with currants, a hint of cherries. This is followed up by oak, red wine, funk and good sourness. There's a hint of acetic acid, but as it warms this moves to the background. Overall, it's a very good sour with great fruitiness, barrel and wine presence.

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Photo of gibgink
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015, poured a couple hours after Supplication. Very similar look, in that it pours what I would describe as a muddy brown. Good amount of funk on the nose, but there was also a wood character coming through. Well balanced taste profile, with a slight tartness with a hint of sweet. Once again, the barrel itself lets you know that it is there. Giving the feel a boost because this is definitely a shining example of the "I cannot believe this is 10%". No alcohol presence whatsoever. 2nd time actually having this beer, and it was just as good as the first time.

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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage:

Darker than supplication and less of a head

Smells of cherries, currants, vanilla and brown sugar (hint of horse blanket)

More sour than supplication, in all honesty in comparison a let down

Worth trying but I highly favor supplication :)

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best reasons for visiting the west coast, aside from the spectacularly beautiful outdoors, is all the great beer, especially Russian River. I finally had a chance to buy a Consecration, and while $20 is pretty steep (at a good beer store in San Diego), it was absolutely worth it. What a fantastic wild ale!

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Photo of CNoj012
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6/17/15, consumed 2/7/17

This beer pours a translucent garnet amber that almost looks brownish if it isn't held up to the light. There is an extremely fizzy, one finger khaki head that dissipates almost immediately and leaves no lacing whatsoever.

Smell is very strong cabernet, oak, vinegar, cherries and other dark fruit. There is a slight hint of something else sweet almost caramelish that becomes more noticeable as the beer warms.

Taste is similar with the added layer of tobacco and some funk. Starts off slightly sweet with the dark fruit, but transitions nicely to sour funky vinegar and wine with a touch of oak.

Feel is medium, crisp and very well carbonated. The finish is extremely dry exactly like a good cabernet. Cannot believe this beer is 10% abv with how smooth and easy drinking it is.

Overall this beer is excellent. This is my second RR sour, and although I slightly prefer Supplication, this beer is still fantastic.

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Photo of Erikshegda1994
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best sour I have ever had. Its sour flavor is so smooth you can gulp it down with ease if you wanted to. With nice flavors of red wine that round out the entire flavor. If you like sours you need to try this beer.

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

Bottled 11/6/14; drank 6/24/15 @ California Split.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Opaque brown/purple rust appearance with champagne bubbles throughout.

Almost no khaki head; no lace.

Rich cherry & red wine notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Rich cherry & red wine flavors; balanced & quite tasty. Not too sweet, not too tart; extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

375 mL, bottled on 7/18/2016.

Pours with a ruby red color and translucent. There's a small off-white head that quickly fizzles out into nothing. No lacing on the glass.

Wow, the aroma is powerful and I could smell it as soon as I started to pour the beer. Massive red wine notes with cherry and vinegar. I don't think I have ever had a beer that resembles red wine in the aroma as much as this one. Fantastic! So far, this reminds me a lot of a Flanders Red or Oud Bruin.

Red wine coming through again in the flavor but that's when the heavy sourness hits you. More of that cherry too, and the vinegar really cuts through.

The biggest drawback of this beer for me is in the feel. The carbonation is fizzy and it feels a little thin. Luckily, the aromas and flavors are so strong that they mask the thin aspect of the beer really well. No trace of the 10% ABV at all.

Thanks to Jesse for bringing this bottle from California!

#161 Top 250 Beers; #25 Top Rated - California; #25 Top Rated - Pacific; #13 Top Rated - American Wild Ales.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Description: Clear with no head and deep, ruby color that reminds me of bourbon or even cola. Smell is rich and complex with a big hit of oak and cabernet followed by some dark fruit: just as promised. The taste unfortunately does not live up to the aroma and is instead dominated by red wine with little to no dark fruit. As a result, it's somewhat dominated by sour flavors. Carbonation is medium to high, which is more than expected from the appearance. Feel is a little on the thin side.

Suggested food pairing: Sharp cheese/cheddar

If you like this beer then should also try: Red wine...I really don't have a beer to compare this to.

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) This one was not what I expected. It's definitely a good and somewhat unique beer but my gripe with the sourness: overwhelmingly sour with no dark fruits or anything else to mellow it out left it feeling imbalanced. This bottle was pretty fresh and may have benefited from some aging. Worth trying if you get the chance but I'd suggest letting it rest a while.

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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

**
11/11/16

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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