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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
Ranking:
#115
Reviews:
1,170
Ratings:
5,344
pDev:
8.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 5,344 |  Reviews: 1,170
Photo of Lantern
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
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 brystmar
4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On draft at the RR brewpub.

Dark copper pour, as usual. Consecration really needs to warm up to at least 60 degrees before being consumed. The taste and smell improve tremendously as it warns.

Rich bouquet of Cabernet barrels and Belgian tartness in the nose. Oak in the background. Waiting anxiously for the Glade / RR collaboration for household aroma solutions.

Tart cherries and other fruits start things off. Strong Cabernet flavors bring a wine-like character to this brew. Active body stings your tongue with bubbles. Not sure what else to write -- this is noticeably better on draft, and it's utterly amazing.

I feel so spoiled sitting here and ordering another pour. I'm eternally jealous of you locals who can enjoy this every day.

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Photo of emptyglassagain
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tclipse
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chossboss
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of krl2112
3.5/5  rDev -22%

Photo of scotv
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of brycevolk
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of mecmd
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Budinetz
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of kbutler1
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Batch 1 x 3. Differing finishing yeast than the current iteration. Pours a dark rust colored brown that starts with a nice head that quickly dissapates. Funky sour aroma with hints of fruit and a slight oakiness. The initial taste is not quite as sour as I would have expected but still has some sourness notes. I'm told new bottles are more sour than this batch. Slight sweet taste followed by funk then sour.
Light mouthfeel.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes to wisconsinality for sharing this bottle with us.

Poured into my tulip the beer is a rusty brownish red with minimal head. Tiny flecks of soapy lace cling for dear life around the glass.

The aroma is mostly tart cherries. The wood is very pronounced with a good dose of booze that heats up my nostrils. Not much funk for a wild. The barrels must negate it.

The flavor is mostly tart cherry with a bit more funk than the nose. The alcohol is present in every sip but not so much that it offends. It has a very nice balance of sweet and sour.

Medium body with light carbonation. A touch dry in the finish.

Overall a bit more of a boozy kick is felt with this one compared to the other RR wilds. Still super drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.1/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 07 18 13
Drank 01 24 14

Down the middle pour brings forth a thick off-white foam that quickly fizzles down to nothing. Deep burnt orange body when held to the light that is filled with carbonation zinging all around.

The aroma is full of the souring bacteria, gets a little funky, currant, and cherry. Comes off like an Oud Bruin.

Plenty of fruitiness comes off with currant, red grape, and tart apple. The oak from the Cabernet barrels comes out slightly. Nice little musty funk hangs out at the end. No hint of the 10%.

Fairly smooth medium body. Medium tartness on the palate. Finishes dry.

Nicely balanced for such a big sour beer. Really well done beer that has great Cab qualities imparted into it.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the Russian River Brewpub into a snifter

A- Poured an opaque dark brown with ruby highlights with no head, but tiny carbonation bubbles around the top.

S- The aroma was very strong of a cabernet, it was pretty surprising at first, I did not expect the cabernet aroma to be some prominent. Also a nice sweet cherry aroma

T- Strong cabernet taste, strong very sour cherry taste, and dark fruit, and vinegar acidic notes

M- High acidity and very high carbonation, my tongue was in heaven

O- This beer is unlike anything I have had before. The wine characteristics were so prominent and the sourness and acidity of the beer made this a very tasty and memorable beer. This is the first beer my wife has ever enjoyed too, so I was pretty impressed.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.98/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a sampling glass. Batch 2, version 2. Thanks to imagineiii for sharing!

Pours a deep dark amber with a small head with almost no lacing. Very carbonated which makes it look really nice. Very funky and sour, there's some cider and vinegar to it. Very sharp on the tongue, it gets a bit better as it warms up. Really cool and worth trying.

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Photo of chrispoint
5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of rypkr
3.77/5  rDev -16%
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 mythaeus
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of EMV
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of jrohrbacher
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of savagepm
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 5,344 ratings
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