Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
4.8/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Bottled on 4/11/13
Poured in a standard tulip glass.
Pours a hazy light amber/orange with lovely peach highlights throughout the body. A small, finger tall, off white cap of a head quickly forms and falls leaving no lacing behind. Which is to be expected of a barrel aged sour ale. The body is gorgeous.
A blast of tart cherries up front, which are positively drenched in some lovely barnyard funk; Musty, dusty hay, leather, light tobacco. The initial blast of cherry seems to be a byproduct of lactobacillus, which are one of the souring bacteria that Russian River(as well as most other sour ale producers) uses in this beer, but underneath the tart and funk is a fabulous aroma that you can only get from fresh cherries. The cherries really add a great, fresh contrast to dusty Brettanomyces in the nose. The aroma is bathed in a thick barrel character from the Pinot Noir barrels; mostly vanilla and slight, earthy pepperiness. A faint, malty sweetness lingers in the background.
Bright, juicy and sour lemon attacks your palate immediately with ripe, tart cherry skins soon to follow. Like the nose, the aggressive sourness is clothed in this musty, dusty barnyard funkiness. Middle of the mouth is when the fresh cherries really come out to play in conjunction with lightly bready malt backbone. The beer finishes VERY dry and sour with lingering notes of sour cherries, bitter lemon peel and a light tannin presence. The barrel comes out more and more as the beer starts to warm; notes of vanilla, cherries and a generic pepperiness.
Fully bodied with an interesting creaminess. High carbonation.
This doesn't become the highest ranked 'American Wild Ale' on Beeradvocate.com without good reason. This beer is absolutely awesome and extremely ahead of its time(for American Craft Beer) when it first came out in the early 2000's. This beer is awesome, and do to it's extreme sourness, I can only recommend it to seasoned sour fanatics.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2013 10:18:40 | More by flayedandskinned
More User Reviews:
4.36/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Ruby red over brownish hues with a tan head that goes quickly. Minimal lacing with big sediment at the bottom. Tart cherries, Pinot noir wine and oak notes in the nose. Big tart cherry flavor supported by wine like qualities cloaked in oaky notes in the background. Tartness is cut toward the end by the malt backbone, making it sour and funky but reeling it in before it gets too far out of line. Puckering and tart with vibrant carbonation and a bone dry finish. A sipper for sure and a fantastically different beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2014 02:57:59 | More by HopBomb515
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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