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
Ratings:
5,304
Reviews:
1,165
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
9.3%
 
 
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1,660
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Ratings: 5,304 |  Reviews: 1,165
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 005x2F. Thanks to Arbitrator for the bottle and to angrybabboon for sharing it.

Appearance: Pours a relatively clear garnet with some deeper brown hues. Head is off-white and drops to a small bubbly collar in short order. Minimal carbonation. Deep reds.

Smell: Big hit of wine. Cabernet jumps and drops a big grape/wine punch. That distinct Russian River level of lactic sour. Some nice leather and dark cherry as well. Mild citric backing. Some vinegar as well. Oak and a big floral hit. Almost chocolatey at times. Some underlying malty sweetness.

Taste: Massive oak. Sherry, Cabernet, and some cider vinegar. Acetic with a nice level of citric and lactic sour. Mild funkiness builds as the beer warms. Some nice grass and some caramel sweetness mild chocolate is masked by a bigger punch of leather and dark fruit. Tart cherry. Oak. Woody with a mild dampness. Tart.

Mouthfeel: Minimal carbonation laced through a nice, smooth body. Lingering tart dryness.

Overall: Great. A nice blend of sour and sweet and wine.

I've tried this several times. The old bottles are insane. So complex and interesting. The newer bottles are great as well, but they push a lot more acetic and tart. Not a bad thing, just a thing.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Mikkeller tulip. Batch 7 and 375ml bottle

A - Dark, reddish brown with a tiny white head that only sits in the edge. The red is definitely the color you would find in a big red wine. Minimal carbonation and rather clean looking

S - Oak, lemon, wheat grass, and currants. Has a tart, almost sweettarts quality to it.

T - Very tart up front with almost a cherry warhead like quality. As the beer moves, it has lemon and oak that come through. The sour, tartness comes through strong in the finish as well as a slight alcoholic bite

MF - Highly carbonated with a medium body. The carbonation goes well with the tartness and helps the flavors linger on the tongue

O - Very tart sour from Russian River with only a slight funkiness to it. This only really brings the tart was but it is almpmost too tart for me to pick up anything else in it.

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Photo of ffOpusx
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of ReeseMax3
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Tomlin091744
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of cde1218
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Agent009
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Etan
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle (batch 008). generously sent to me by Colby. Thanks!

A: Pours a rich, purplish mahogany with a small light tan head.

S: Red wine vinegar, oak, dark berry sweetness, lots of Cabernet tannins.

T: Mildly sweet, earthy currants and vinegar meld well with red wine and oak notes. Bretty funk and more wood, subtle vanilla. Strong tartness fades into the dark, juicy barrel and currant flavors. Bit of wine-like booziness in the finish.

M: Light-bodied yet chewy - lots of red wine tannins stick to the mouth. Crisp carbonation.

O: Delicious. Awesome barrel character. I can't believe this beer is 10%.

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Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay Chalice

Appearance: minimal head, cloudy, chestnut brown in color, some sediment, low carbonation

Smell: cherry, sour mix, and vinegar

Taste: cherry, red wine grapes, sour mix, and vinegar

Mouthfeel: sour, light bodied, medium carbonation but very prickly..

Overall: A very good American Wild Ale worthy of a special occasion. I love the wine-like qualities in this one--although I do prefer Supplication. This one is a complex sipper that I would pick up in a heartbeat if I could find it.

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Photo of BeerThursdays
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really like this one.

Reddish brown color with small off white head. Lots of sour in the nose. Red wine vinegar, cherries and oak. Taste is a nice sour cherry with dark fruit. Full bodied and decent carbonation. Overall one of the best sours out there. Dont waste time trying to age it. Perfect fresh.

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Photo of alecvdpoel
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bradfordjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of SourFab
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of drjman
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

my most wonderful girlfriend hooked this up for me. it almost looks like a glass of rootbeer, brownish in color, lively carbonation, and a faint red glow. the head is excited but quickly receding. the smell is a dead giveaway that this is another russian river sour gem. notes of vinegar, decaying wood, dried plums, caramel corn, and cane sugar unite in an aromatic orgy. the taste is incredible, the currants are obvious up front, but the finish is what makes this beer. its so sour it hurts my jaw. sour more than brett too, its sort of like sucking on a lemon for as long as you can, puckery, funky, and delicious. its too complex to finger all the flavors here, but many many more of these need to be consumed to fully appreciate it fully. the mouthfeel is as perfect as it can be, medium body made light by the effervescent carbonation and tart bone dry finish that somehow makes my mouth water for another sip. how the hell is this 10% abv? it is not at all detectable in the flavor or the feel, and im just waiting on my buzz... overall this may surpass suplication as my favorite russian river brew. they do some incredible stuff out there, and this is the cream of the crop. if i play my cards right my girlfriend might get me another...

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Photo of agaloco9
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Sanjo
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of DioS
4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of beerpadawan
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of FATH3RH0P5
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Drunkonmusic
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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