Consecration | Russian River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#100
Reviews:
1,176
Ratings:
5,366
pDev:
8.89%
Bros Score:
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Photo of chitownfanatic21
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrotherDylan
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just a knock down, drag out good beer. Maybe I am getting cynical over today's craft beer culture or nostalgic over chasing this beer, but hands down it sets the standard for American sour beer.

The best part about this beer is the body. So many sours are too thin and lack the sweetness to balance out the tart. Most breweries try to compensate for the sour by adding in a ton of sweet fruit, but RR balances their beers with hearty malt backbones and unfermentable sugars that round out the mouthfeel and tartness at the same time. The 10% abv puts this in a league of its own.

No, its not the best or most forward thinking sour, but it doesn't try to be. It is the most balanced "extreme beer" there is and it is a real treat to drink.

Bottled 3/17

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Photo of Ozymandias
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OEB
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of relynnjr
4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Czequershuus
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a deep purple with a minimal, quickly dissipating head. The aroma is heady and intense, with a strong acetic sour notes, as well as sour cherry jam, blackberry jam, black currant jam, with hints of fig, and graham cracker. The flavor is intense and incredibly complex, with the black currant coming through very strongly, and then a tannic burst that is enormously wine like. There is a chutney tinged, vinegar flavor to the middle, and an almost smoky finish. The mouthfeel is light with bold, bright carbonation. Overall this is an astonishing beer. Probably the best sour I have ever had.

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Photo of Jfinegan
4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jordyc
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mikesobi
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sirnickatnite
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best sours I've ever had ..

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Photo of amesetz
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought this one kinda drunkenly at City Beer store in SF. Made it back to Chico, with a little bit of turbulence... BUT... I'm glad I finally bought and tried one. No head retention but such a balanced out flavor. Low to moderate acidity. I also love the super distinct wood notes in RR's beers. I could drink a lot of this and probably will next time I'm in Santa Rosa or Windsor. Cheers!

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Photo of jtadams69
3.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of penguinBOMB
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MTKATL
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gtwreck45
4.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Vidblain
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was a bit taken aback at how thick this beer is - thick sours generally feel syrupy or cloying to me, but Consecration just felt full and rich. The wine barrels add a ton of complexity and dimension to the beer. The nose is beautiful and delicious, and I couldn't help but drink it fairly quickly. I thoroughly enjoyed this with some spicy Thai red curry - it was an excellent pairing.

Wonderful beer!

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Photo of Afeo
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigZ2214
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TCOlson
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dooleymon
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WRXSTV
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark, Sour and fantastic. Aromas of dark fruit and berries tingle the nose as it pours into glass

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Bottle, taster flight at Wades Wines in Westlake, CA.

Pours with almost no head, a deep burgundy color tinged with rust brown.

A subtler aroma than the 2013 Supplication, but there are a lot of red wine qualities with currants and cranberry becoming very noticeable and pairing with aromas of oak as well.

Similar to the aromas but more potent. Apple, cranberry, and oak come through for me, but overall it’s a lot of dried fruits that come together so well. Subtler hints of red wine and tobacco come through as well. An impressive 10%.

Subtle, sharp, seltzery carbonation. Thin body, tart and funky.

Arguably my favorite sour from RR. Supplication is hard to beat, but this 2014 batch of Consecratjon might take the cake.

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Photo of Hophazzard
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MattMorin
3.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 5,366 ratings
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