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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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep, reddish color with a small, off-white head. Head is gone quickly, with little lacing. Very hazy and effervescent. Carbonation streams to the tops and bubbles for a good while after the pour.

S- Scent is mostly tangy and of sour tones. Most prominent fruit flavors are of cherry or cherry-like fruits. Small amounts of sweetness on the back end. No traces of alcohol on the nose.

T- All sour and funk up front. Dark fruit flavors are the only discernible flavor profile outside of the sour. Transitions into a more tart and acidic sour flavor before moving toward a darker, duller, almost malty flavor. Hints of the yeast flavors are mixed in at the end, and it ends without much sour lingering, but will hints of alcohol dullness.

M- Crisp and light in body, but heavy and punishing in flavor weight. Overall, easy to drink, but would absolutely destroy your palate with sour after a while.

Overall, another world class beer from Russian River. Maybe not quite as good as Supplication, but still a very good sour.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of silentdonkey
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Beachwood BBQs cellar. Consecration #2. Bottle 2x1.

A: Beautiful deep cabernet reddish brown with a nice one finger head upon pouring that diminishes almost immediately. Leaves little to no lacing as you drink it down.

S: Unbelievable nose of oak, currants, leather, dark fruits, slight brett funk, and vinegar.

T: Exactly what I was hoping for! It follows in the footsteps of the nose but is so much more complex. It starts off with a nice tart and vinegar sourness with a hint of leather that mellows into plum, currant, chocolate, truffle earthiness, cherries, and cranberry. It finishes with a little tinge of oak and red wine. There is a nice warming effect mid taste from the alcohol that does not burn or linger. Just enough to let you know its 10% abv.

M: Medium-full body with the perfect amount of carbonation. Coats your tongue and pallet perfectly so you can pick up on all of the nuances.

O: Such a fantastic beer. I'm glad I had one of the older batches that has had time to develop. I could see this beer having a more upfront sourness and vinegar taste. Since it had time to mellow out a bit the sourness is quite faint and upfront. It allows the flavors of the dark fruits, chocolate, and oak to really shine in the finish!

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark reddish brown with a thin head and just a little bit of retention

S: Wow, that smells tart and vinous; grapes, currants, black pepper, apples, vinegar; this smells so awesome

T: Wow, such a delicious and sour beer with loads of grapes, red wine, oak, black pepper, currants, red wine vinegar, apples, mmm

F: Medium body and sticky

O: This is a magnificent beer--sour but so complex and the wine barrels play so well off the tart currants; so damn good

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 375 ml bottle (Batch 8) into a tulip.

A-An uninspired light brown, one-finger head recedes almost immediately and leaves very little lacing. The beer is reddish/brown in color and mostly clear. A few visible streams of thick carbonation appear after the head goes away.

S-Tart and vinous. I got tart red fruit like cherries and cranberries. There is a hint of oak and earth...and some vanilla.

T-The taste follows the smell pretty closely, i.e., a pleasing mix of tart red fruit and some oak. It is not the most concentrated taste, but it is pleasing nonetheless. The brew is pretty sweet throughout and the alcohol is well integrated.

M-Not awful...but probably the weak point for this beer. Medium body and a little undercarbonated for my taste.

O-I like this beer quite a bit, it has a really nice, well-balanced smell and flavor profile that not many brews can match. That being said, the appearance is underwhelming and the mouthfeel is a little dead.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
4.41 out of 5 based on 5,268 ratings.
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