Consecration | Russian River Brewing Company

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4.49/5
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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:
#126
Reviews:
1,185
Ratings:
5,429
pDev:
8.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1,662
Gots:
1,944
Trade:
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HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 5,429 |  Reviews: 1,185
Photo of Psilo
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 07/18/16.

Pours a ruddy brownish red. Clear, with an off-white finger of foam which dissipates rapidly, despite being fed by a steady stream of small bubbles from the bottom. The yeast sediment is firmy stuck to the bottom of the bottle, and the careful pour that the label suggests proves unwarranted.

I'm not really a wine drinker, but the initial aroma is strongly red wine-like. 

The taste, as well, is quite winey. Dark fruit, oak tannins, grape skins, and alcohol on the back end. I give my sister a sip (she's a wine drinker), and she says it tastes like "beery wine". And indeed it does. I don't particularly pick out black currants, but I imagine they're a part of the dark fruit flavors.

Lively carbonation, and smooth sipping. Wine flavors and alcohol linger. Very dry.

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Photo of HippieDave56
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hophead__
4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mpenske
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Datdubj1988
3.64/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jripley97
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BennyProfane
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FloydTurbo
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good. Smells better than it tastes. Aroma is slight with a little bit of sour cherry, says it’s refermented on bottle. Enjoy the smooth bite at top of taster, and had some flavours of the Chardonnay but still had some tendencies of beer instead of drinking a glass of wine. Enjoy!

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Photo of Iski100
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dafla67
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zenpiglet
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's a confusing but exciting mix of red wine and beer.

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Photo of vincechan
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rammed96
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dr_Fox
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SirNicholas33
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Kappakoosh
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The most deceptive 10% ABV beer I've enjoyed to-date. I've had beers that mask higher ABV with massive flavors, i.e. super hopping, bourbon barrel aging, tons of malt, massive fruit additions, etc. but this beer does so with seeming simplicity and grace.

Purplish reddish hue with a puffy, soapy head that dimpled, sagged and then faded away.

Aroma and taste is a balanced dance between jammy fruit, oak, funk and tart. There's sweet and slightly puckering fruit that feels like a mélange of berries - blackberry, raspberry - followed by plump red wine grapes and then red wine itself.

Tannic and dry, somehow still light on the palate - this is an awesome example of the style in which the ABV only helps accentuate that sit-back-and-sigh feeling after every sip.

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Photo of Joebooh2
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hcproff36
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Madbum101214
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sjrider
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany color with quickly dissipating white head leaving a tiny ring of bubbly lacing. Nose is dark stone fruit ,currants and funky yeast. Taste follows with a little sweet-tartness and red wine barrel woodiness. May be the best sour I have tried, reminds me of some of the Flemish ales I drank in Belgium.

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Photo of bpa112
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZachMayer14
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stt1118
4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle dated 12/16. Great funk and red wine on the nose. Taste is quite complex. Bright in the beginning, funky and barrel in the middle, extremely tart on the finish. This is a good sour but somehow lacks drinkability and overall harmony in flavor for me.

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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 5,429 ratings