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:
5,309
Reviews:
1,165
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
9.3%
 
 
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1,662
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Ratings: 5,309 |  Reviews: 1,165
Photo of haazer
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 03/13/15, 12.7 oz bottle.

Big gun smoke from the cork.

Pours with a highly fizzy, slightly tan head that starts high but dissipates quickly. The carbonation is very evident still after 2 years. Pour starts out a copper and turns to a deep amber. Bubbles all over the bottom of the glass and intermittently rises up.

The smell is of what I assume to be currants as it has quite a fruity bouquet. Definitely getting the Cab wine aroma in here, with a small amount of wood on the back end. No alcohol aroma at 10%. Nose is great.

The taste compliments the nose in many ways. This beer is basically a cab, but the fruit takes over and it's not dry. The initial flavor is like a wine, but seamlessly blends in the fruity currant flavor, and then some tangy acidity on the back end. The sourness is very subtle. Not really much wood that I pick up except maybe in the aftertaste. Alcohol not present except for a little warming sensation going down. There is a mild tobacco flavor as the beer warms but in no way is this off putting.

The mouth is full bodied with a mid level carbonation despite the highly carbed appearance. I don't know how but this is a refreshing, thirst quenching 10% sour.

I've been wanting to try this beer for a long time. It did not disappoint. This is easily the most balanced sour I've ever had. What is crazy is how refreshing and thirst quenching this is, for a sour at 10%. I would love to have a crack at this fresh. However, I paid $19 for this 12.7 oz beauty. I will certainly pay attention to events and alerts of local establishments when this comes on tap, it's hard to justify spending the $ for a bottle, but it is so good. If you see this and have the extra $ laying around I HIGHLY recommend.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Total flavor country in the Russian River! This $20, hard to find bottle will deservedly go down as one of the most exemplary sours I've had the pleasure of consuming. Sour, but not too sour; sweet in the beginning, dry in the finish; a bit of the Belgian yeasty funk, and packed with so much depth and complexity, it'll make your head spin! Highlights are currants and a bit of more berry sweetness, a superb balance between oaky barrel character, yeast, & fruit. Not going to be hard to convince myself to get another bottle someday.

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Photo of Drel
3.34/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Noles9585
4.89/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Buck89
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2016. Poured a hazy copper/rusty brown color with a fleeting tan head that left no trace. Nose was big wood, oak, red wine, caramel, candied apples, plum, and hay. The taste was along the same lines with tart cherries, grapes, oak, currants, plums and bread. The alcohol was hidden and there was a slight warming on the finish. Fantastic.

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Photo of jmg480
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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 cnjosephson15
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 abrodsky
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brandonld23
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Markyg21
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ead73
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhamilyJewels
4.87/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of nfedas
3.51/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 kevinpd58
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 greinert21
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bum4ever
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 RajaSTL
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
4.41 out of 5 based on 5,309 ratings.
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