Consecration | Russian River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 5,321 |  Reviews: 1,167
Photo of soco89ziegler
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SummitVA
4.29/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 004X4

A - Bottle opens with a dull pop. Pours beautiful ruby brown, but very little carbonation apparent and no head.

S - Bigger barrel character than I've ever noticed on this beer. Stone fruits, a bit of alcohol heat, and, I swear, some diacetyl. Comes across almost as butterscotch when taken in with the barrel character, but there is butter there.

T - Tartness is most apparent, but not hugely sour. This is balanced by a complex sweetness including malt and stone fruits. Buttery character that I feared in the nose is found in the taste, as well. Leaves this bottling tasting sweeter than others I've had. No doubt the Brett needs to dry it up a bit and clean up the diacetyl thrown out by the Pedio.

M - Big and round. The alcohol is there in the finish, but is certainly not overpowering.

D - For a 10% beer, I've always found this to be almost quaffable. Consecration has gotten me into trouble in the past, and if I had another 375 on hand, that would likely be the case again tonight.

Overall: Wish I would have sat on this bottle for another 6 months, but if I had ordered this at a bar, I'd certainly consider ordering a second. Doesn't have the "jfc" factor of other versions I've had, but it's still a beautiful beer.

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Photo of Walken
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Russian River: Consecration (Batch 004X4, Bottled 02/05/10)
375 ml. cork & cage, poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Bottle opens with a pop, pours out hazy dark and amber with a fizzy off-white head of foam that quickly dies down into a solid ring of lace around the edge of the glass.
Odor: Currants show a nice varied aroma, throwing fresh, sweet cherry, tart wine grape aromas. Nose is full, luscious and hints at an aggressive, sour beer.
Consistency: Tart, juicy, solid, highish carbonation takes the edge off the sourness ever so slightly. Pucker up.
Taste: The nose, once again, knows. Incredibly complex set of well-layered flavors going on here. Tart/sour lactic currant with an earthy underbelly of funk. Barrel, hints of dark malt and residual wine flavors derived from the barrel show up to the party. Finish shows more tart juiciness, some fruity alcohol shows its weight and warms the cheeks a bit.

Believe it.

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Photo of emalc
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of hophead247
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first crack at a wild or sour beer, but it was a great new experience..The pour yields a cloudy, glowing, rusty sienna colored body with a lasting, pillowy, cream colored head. Minimal, spotty lacing shows on the glass. Aromas include a dark, fruity malt base rich with currants and some sour cherry. Dry cocoa adds a hint of sweetness, while soft, oaky vanilla lends a perfumy, lightly woody overtone. Traces of bretty funk add an earthy character. Flavors show more dark fruits, primarily tart dark cherry, fig, and currant, mild sourness being tempered by the soft, oaky carress. The body is substantial and semi-dry, perfectly carbonated. I think I may have another style of beer to add to my list

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Photo of Bubbles
4/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Rich_K
4.91/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of punkrkr27
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany pour with a ruby highlight and a short lived, fizzy, off white head. Deep oaky aroma with a strong tartness, sweet rich molasses, and strong aromatic black currants. Rich buttery charred oak flavor with some sweet molasses and caramel in the middle and finishes with black pepper, vinous black currant and a strong lactic sour bite. Dry medium body with loads of carbonation.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of quirkzoo
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark ruby color with a thin head that recedes very quickly.

Lots of lush, ripe berries up front. Currants, very wine like, some tart raspberry and cherry smells. A touch of oak behind the fruit, but it is almost all fruit.

Taste is nicely tart, with the berry flavor really opening up.

Mouthfeel is dry and tart, but very smooth for 10%, very close to wine in it's mouthfeel.

Overall, another solid offering by Russian River, glad I picked it up, a must try for any fan of sour beers with berry characteristics.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bonercityUSA
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cck5
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of kdb150
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lasering
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of N17shelfside
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mdm46410
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml caged and corked bottle (Batch 001x4) and served in a snifter. Generously provided by doubleo. Thanks Kyle! This beer poured a mahognay brown with some ruby highlights and a fizzy, highly carbonated two-finger thick head of tan foam that quickly settled into a lasting cap. Some slippery lacing. The aroma included strong oak, vinous dark fruits, and lightly sweetened tart currants. Some lightly sour notes. Definately a strong wine character. Nice mix of sweet and sour. The flavor displayed a fairly intense oaky, wine barrel character. Tart currants followed by a mellow acidity. A lingering woody, cherry pit note was left on the tongue. The 10% ABV was undetected. Finished mostly dry, but there was still some unexpected sweetness lingering. Medium-bodied with crisp, aggressive carbonation. Very well done. Quite a bit more tart, and not nearly as sour as expected, but it works. A wonderful beer!

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Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97% out of 100 with 5,321 ratings
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