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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,304
Reviews:
1,165
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
9.3%
 
 
Wants:
1,660
Gots:
1,907
For Trade:
133
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Ratings: 5,304 |  Reviews: 1,165
Photo of Keffa
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mancavebeercouch
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RNbeerfan
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Egotist
3.23/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lr300
3.29/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of BigGold
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had poured from 12.7-oz., corked and caged bottle, label stamped bottled on "071816," gift from friend, into tulip. So that's what currants taste like?

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Photo of sgregory
3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavidR_9
4.84/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kitch
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 375ml corked and caged bottle, bottled on 4th April 2016, poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.

Appearance: A dark reddish brown colour with a two finger light tan head that dissipated quickly while leaving only slight lacing.

Aroma: Lots of oak, cherry, blackcurrant, grape and red wine.

Taste: Sweet-ish blackcurrant and cherries followed by sourness, oak, red wine, vinegar and light funk.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: This was just like drinking red wine with carbonation. There was no sign of the 10% ABV, and although I thought the aroma was better than the taste, both were still good.

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Photo of johnny_chimpo
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sjdevel
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a reddish brown color with about a 1 finger head. Quickly fizzles out and left with just a few patches of bubbles here and there. Hazy. Nice Ruby hue.
Smell: Fruity aroma. Grape, plum, raspberry. Not as intense as some sours. Slight sour hint, slight vinegar.
Taste: Tastes like a fine wine right up front. A rush of sour fruit then comes through. Only slight vinegar hints, but mainly sour grape, plum, and a bit of a citrus undertone. Starts off sweet, dries out slightly. After the soured fruit notes fade out, I'm left with flavors from the barrel aging: slight charred oak and nuts, hints of vanilla. Get some caramel and malt throughout.
Feel: Medium+. Feels thicker (syrupy) at first, then seems to thin out / flatten.
Overall: Very good. Russian Rive is very impressive. How can they put out one of the best DIPAs and also have outstanding barrel aged sours? This one was pricey, but well worth it. $15.00 for a 375 ml bottle. It has some champagne aspects and some flavors that resemble some Gruits that I have had in the past - maybe the earthiness of the currants contributed to this. Very pleased with this one. I finally crossed this one off of my Beer Bucket List.

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Photo of Casey_L
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prager62
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle with a partially visible date code of 05/2?/14 poured in a wine glass.

Look- Pours a deep transparent mahogany color with a couple centimeters of rapidly settling off white foam. It looks like a glass of spirits.

Smell- Red wine, wood tannins, crushed red grapes, a mild mint like spice, alcohol and mild band aid funk.

Taste- Red wine with a slightly spicy bite, oak tannins, tart grapes and brett funk.

Feel- Light and slick up front with a tart very dry finish.

Overall- Another world class sour from Russian River. A palate pleasing mix of complex wine barrel with tartness and funk that isn't obnoxious. The fact it was cellared for nearly three years may have had something to do with that. Whatever the case, it's top notch!

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Photo of SteveD082791
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of varian7
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergoot
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unique bottle info: BOTTLED ON: 031315

Hazy, brownish-copper body; very thin, fizzy head. Brett funk induced aromas of dark malts, figs; spicy, peppery, pseudo-anise herbal quality; unknown berry or grape-like qualities. Sour and phenolic flavors, well-balanced; wine-like notes; some alcoholic notes; fermented cherries. Medium-heavy body; tart and biting; mostly dry, woody finish.

A powerful, flavorful wild ale that, in this aged sample, teases and tantalizes the palate with subtle suggestions of dark malts, crazed suggestions of brett funk, and mouthwatering elements of fruity tartness and oak dryness.

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Photo of Randy92592
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of patre_tim
4.86/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Brown with a copper tinge when held to the light. Moderately cloudy, no visible carbonation, and a finger of beige head.

Smells sour, fruity, dry, cellar, funk and cob webs. Hints of macaroni, dark wooden oak barrels, and hints of nail polish.

Dry, sour, fruity, oak barrels, macaroni, funk, fermented grapes, and hints of red wine.

Dry, sour, tannic body with a hugely foamy carbonation. Well hidden alcohol content.

A masterpiece of a brew, complex, memories of Cantillon Brewery, and of my visit Russian River last September. I got this bottle then. Bottled on April 4th, 2016, drinking it March 27th, 2017, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Very wine like and complex, dry and foamy, its pleasant on all levels and is right up there with the best of them in my book.

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Photo of jheimbigner
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pcshotsauce33
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of icemanls4
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
4.41 out of 5 based on 5,304 ratings.
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