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RATINGS: 1272   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.14/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ale with currants added and aged in oak barrels.

When we made the Toronados 20th Anniversary Ale, we had no idea that it would turn out to be one of our favorite barrel aged beers we would ever make. With that said, we have always wanted to make a dark barrel aged beer using 100% Cabernet Sauvignon barrels but, we never were inspired. That is, until we blended five different beers to make the Toronado beer, the tobacco character from the the dark malts blended nicely with the furit character that developed in blending. So, with Concescration we set out to make a barrel beer using all Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. No, we are not saying that this is a replica of the T-rooms anniversary beer, after all, a beer like that can never be duplicated, and, there was no fruit added to that beer as there is with this one. All we are saying is that it gave us great inspiration to brew Consecration.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (13183) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2009
A reddish copper ale with a thin off white head. A beautiful Brett and sour cherry aromas, sour and intense, weird grassy notes, very resinous and woody. In mouth, a superb candy suger, sour apples, cork, and lactic yogurt. Rich and smooth. On tap at brewpub, August 17 2009.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kappldav123 (6015) - GERMANY - AUG 31, 2009
Bottle looks really good, the beer in the glass also. Deep brown, small head, very zippy. Smoky-sourish aroma. Starts fine sourish, not too much, smoky-woody, fine fruity notes of raisins. The alcohol is well hidden. Very well balanced. A great beer! Big thanks to wavers1 for that bottle!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (11498) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2009
the sour did hit the palate, and I am feeling it 10 hours later. The Brett and other enzymes are interesting and adding to the palate message. Yet overall the taste is not that outstanding. Carbonation was above average, and this beverage did work with supper. An experience. Really good looking orangey off-white bubbly head, though a piece of black sediment rolled into the initial pour. Vinegar aroma which I am two minds about, one being the anticipation of a hard rocking palate cleanser, giving it the benefit of the doubt.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 Bottle from zythum, what a generous trader! Batch 1. Pours a dark ruby reddish-brown color with a thick initial head that dies down to patches. The aroma is overall fruity with yeast, berries, sour cherries, and red wine. This is sour, tart and rather dry. More sour than any other RR sour Ive had so far. Aged in Cabernet barrels this clearly has a lot of red wine-like character. Plenty of fruity flavors, sour cherries, tart cranberry and currants. Crisp and tangy with a little bite to it. I start picking up whiffs of vinegar as it breaths as well as some vinegary flavors. Consecration is a very good beer, no doubt about that, but I prefer Temptation or Beatification at this stage. Id love to try the new batch of this beer and compare because its close to being as good as those other two. Any criticism is really unfair, Im giving it a 4.2, just Russian River has set such a high standard in my book, especially Vinnies sours. Everything he brews seems top notch.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2009
batch #1. Tart currants, strawberries, darkl raspberries, with funky tart aromas. Pours dark reddish with no head. Rich currant flavors, with big oak flavor, wood, vanilla, tart dark raspberries, nice sour flavor, not over the top but very enjoyable! A great sour!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (6113) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2010 (750ml bottle thanks to sprinkle, had both batch 1 and batch 2) Pours a ruddy amber/purple, no head. Nose of black olives, salty, slightly sour. Taste is better than the smell with notes of oak, sour black cherries, and finishes nicely sour. Overall this beer is perfectly tart, but perhaps a bit overhyped. Batch 2 was more well rounded and superior to batch 1 in my opinion.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2009
On tap at the Brouwers Cafe. Dark brown pour...had to to a second look to see it was more a dark translucent mahogany. No real head when the glass got to me. Sour dark fruits on the nose....big funk....bit sour flavor, but not overpowering which was a treat. Smoot mouthfeel.....while Im not a huge fan of the sour stuff this one was quite enjoyable...they hit their target with this one. Yum.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2009
This far with me, Russian River has batted 1000, will the streak continue? Pours a very dark red. Head was minimal but I poured it particularly slowly, so thats likely my issue. Smell is sour cherries and grapes with some nice funk. Taste is sour cherry and Brett funk. Awesome! Not insanely complex, just damn good. Mouth is thin to medium with high carbonation. Insanely drinkable, still waiting to try a bad beer from Russian River.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2009
750ml bottle. Nice pop of the cork. Pours a burgundy with a fizzy off-white head. Lots of carbonation on the pour. The aroma is of oak, fruit, wood, tart cherries, and tobacco. Taste is of fruit, oak, wood, and malt. Lots of tary cherry and tobacco flavors. Has some subtle wine characteristics to it as well. Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated, yet very dry. Lingering funky oakiness. The alcohol is well masked by the other flavors. Not as sour as I had expected, but good enough.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Dark amber colour with large bubbles at first that could have easily fooled me for being a Belgian import. Nose has a pleasant sour cherry component, with light vinegar, and fig newton snacks. Just as Im starting to enjoy it the brett funk kicks in and the fair reviewer side of me reminds me that barnyard is supposed to be good here. The sourness dominates on the palate, with cherry taking some background to the fig newtons and vinegar. Finish is long and vinegary, and really smacks you in the face with the flavors. Even if you like the style it is still hardly something that anyone should describe as having high drinkability.


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