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:
5,288
Reviews:
1,164
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
9.3%
 
 
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Photo of Filabee
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ultimate
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Stum-pub
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle poured into a teku.

Appearance - Light brown hue.

Smell - Sour, vinous!

Taste - Tart yet smooth, sour citrus, vinous, delicious!

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation, very nice!

Overall - Worth the tick.

Grade (A)

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Photo of jwinship83
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
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 VaTechPhilly
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nrs207
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of soupyman10
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brianmandell
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rdooley
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of polishkaz
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of klipper
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DNICE555
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
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 brycevolk
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Prospero
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dkw0063
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of brdc
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Large corked bottle, poured into a tulip.

Dark brown, burgundy highlights, minimal haziness, tan head that is quite fluffy and good looking but shows minimal retention, some lacing. This might be its only "flaw".
Aroma is quite tart, acidic and even vinegary, fruity, with the expected currants but a lot of other dark fruits. Oak makes a cameo appearance, as well as grapes and tobacco.
Rich yet fully carbonated, which makes it quite drinkable. ABV 10 only shows on the bottle; in the glass it is nowhere to be found.
The rich flavor shows multiple notes, including oak, acidity and a nice tartness; multiple fruits, mostly currants and raisins. The tartness and sourness hits you with a nice puckering bite, not excessive but just right.
Vinegar, tobacco, cherries, grapes and even vanilla eventually show up.
This is an incredibly tasty, complex and rich beer that is well deserving of the hype. The best RR I ever had, and I am glad I have more.
The tartness keeps begging for more.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of kevanb
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consecration Batch 001x2. 750ml bottle poured into a Russian River tulip glass.

The pour is a nice dark, opaque, burgundy color, hints of brown and garnet when held to the light. There is a bit of tan colored head, very bubbly and light that comes to the top of the beer as it’s poured, but it dissipates very quickly leaving behind a few speckles of film and a nice off white ring around the glass with no additional lacing. The aroma is great, loads of currants jump out of the glass, moderate vinegar and acetic acid with a hint of funk, some vinous wine aromas with some nice sweet oak aromas from the barrel. The fruit is really dominant in the nose, which is great news considering the age of the beer and fruits tendency to fade out of the both the nose and the flavor profile of an older beer. The flavors are a bit harsher, still a strong amount of bitter, tart currants, dark plums and bing cherries are all noticeable fruit flavors. There is more vinegar than the nose suggests, the nice layer of grape-like wine flavors comes out as well but while this beer is certainly sour, it’s definitely more tart than an off putting, mouth puckering sour. The finish is a bit more astringent, sweet yet oak plays with the dirtier red wine-esque flavors, a bit of alcohol warms the throat as it goes down, and the bitter currants make a final appearance. The body is nice and carbonated, very prickly, which doesn’t help the astringent finish to the beer, but isn’t overly sharp and abrasive, still retains a nice level of smoothness.

Verdict: This is fantastic, this beer is aging gracefully although I would be weary of aging it too much further as the currant flavors could easily drop off leaving behind a bit of a vinegary mess. The fruit flavors are nice and tart and impressively potent which is all one can hope for in an aged beer. If you have the opportunity to try a vintage sour from Russian River, make no mistake, you will be well rewarded.

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Photo of Brewski
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of TrojanRB
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consecration from Russian River Brewing Company
4.41 out of 5 based on 5,288 ratings.
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