Consecration | Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
4.5/5
5,332 Ratings
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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:
#101
Reviews:
1,167
Ratings:
5,332
pDev:
8.89%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,662
Gots:
1,911
Trade:
131
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,332 |  Reviews: 1,167
Photo of Proteus93
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch number 001X1.... not too sure what it means, but shared by Joe at a tasting along with a number of sours. Thanks!

A: An iced tea brown with a golden sugary tone in there. Head forms quickly, but breaks down fairly quickly. It continues to bubble up and create new life that almost spontaneously breaks down again.. intriguing.

S: Rich malts, plenty of funky aromas, and a beautiful oakiness. All the scents blend together almost magically. This is amazingly pleasant. The currants are not really noted, unless I give it a swirl, and still they are quite modest.

T: Tart and woody, with a mix of yeast flavours all over the place... funky, peppery - a nice, warm alcohol.

M + D: Starts quite carbonated - though this calms the more I swirl it, naturally. The flavours hold on for quite a while, and the warming on the way down makes for a pleasant sipper. A great beer, with plenty of complexity to keep the nose and palate busy.

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Photo of rodlavers
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Oxymoron
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Catalyst. Sampled a murky rust colored red with not much in the way of carbonation. Some ruby red hues around the edges of the glass. Some minor viscous notes that was a bit of a surprise.

The nose comes out more as it warms. Some nice subtle notes that blended very nicely with every component. There was a light fruity note, that came across more like a tart cherry aroma than anything else. Some underlining citrus notes adds to that depth. Some lighter funk notes with some horse blanket and subtle almost bretty aromas. A mostly acidic but some underlining vinegar notes. Some yeast aromas, but overall just a really good mix of fruit, funk and sour.

The taste is amazing. I try to be more descript but this is really good. And it gets better as it warms. To start out there is a light malt taste upfront but is quickly replaced with a mix of a tart earthy cherry, like a bing cherry, and a sweet fig, currant taste. There is a nice acidic flavor that comes out nicely but balances really well. As it warms and as you palate adjusts to the sour, more funk and malt notes comes out. Some lighter chocolate and an almost Special B like malt flavor come out, but its just so subtle to the taste. Some funk notes come out too, with a light barn yard and spicy undertones. Some yeast notes as well. The sourness retains through the full taste and even as it warms. A mild sweetness in the finish that really enhances the fruitiness for a cleaner taste.

The body is closer to moderate than dry. Extremely clean for being so much on the ABV side. Carbonation is low but ok as it really lets all the different flavors come out. Just really impressed with the balance between fruit, funk and sourness. Overall a fantastic beer being so fresh

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Photo of Schlafly33
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of Ultimate
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Stum-pub
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Fusebuddy
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of wellsnb
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of jwinship83
3.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from batch 002x1 poured into my duvel tulip. received from mikeyv35 on DLD. thanks! very excited to try this one.

A- this one pours out a dark cola colored body with a beige colored head that starts off tall and then quickly fizzes away. little spots of lacing are left behind.

S- very vinous and different. a little bit of red wine vinegar, raisins, and red grapes. definite odor of wild yeast/bacteria. some scents from the barrel. not as sour smelling as i was expecting.

T- the taste is equally complex and different as the smell. red wine vinegar comes through loud and clear. the sourness i was expecting comes through more subdued as the smell would indicate. leather, soft cheese, and lots of cherries, red grapes, green apples, and raisins. not a trace of the alcohol.

M- medium to full bodied and highly carbonated. about what i was expecting from a big wild belgian dark ale. leaves the mouth feeling very dry.

D- this was very easy to finish. that was pretty unexpected for something this big. not the most sour or funky beer ive tried, but one ill try to get again so i can see how it develops.

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Photo of nrs207
4/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of rypkr
3.77/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Zero lacing. No detectable alcohol on pour. Incredible nose. Taste is bitter dark fruit, tart, and oxidized. Bottle date is 4-4-16 and all I taste is cardboard. Feel is dry, full, and dry.

Overall I'll skip drinking again.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jhartley
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of rdooley
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of polishkaz
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of brandonld23
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of klipper
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jooler
4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks and smells like duchesse.
taste is a lot of wine. way too much wine. sour though.
feel is crisp
overall, not bad

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Photo of Prospero
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of srw
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DNICE555
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

200 hundredth review!!!! Poured into my delirium tremens tulip in the new apt

A: A red brown body with a white head that dies withing the first minute.

S: Vinegar, Granny Smith apples, grapes, sour patch kids, very vivid.

T: So complex. Vinegar, apples, sour patch kids, grapes, champagne.

M: Carbonation is very high at first. Bottle pops like a cap gun. Dies down very quickly and mellows out.

D: Nobody does IPAs and sours like RR. Damn. This is sour to die for.

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

Had on-tap at the Pour House in Exton, PA. Poured into a snifter.

L: Pours a deep mahogany color. Thin off-white head with nice lacing.

S: Oak and tartness... citrus... vanilla. Red wine.

T/F: Tart up front, but not a true lip pucker.... more of a sour cherry sensation. Complex and oaky... hints of vanilla and red wine. Gives way to an almost caramel sweetness at the finish and in the aftertaste. Not sure what this beer is but I don't dislike it. In fact... I just may love it. Carbonated and intriguing.

O: What an interesting beer, and I like that in addition to making it sour and exploring the yeast/bacteria mix they also threw in some great flavors and the sweet finish really took me back. It's from Russian River so you know it's going to be well made. Definitely one to be sipped and experienced.

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Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 5,332 ratings
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