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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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world-class

4,431 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,431
Reviews: 1,305
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,072
Gots: 1,332 | FT: 84
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brown Ale aged in used Pinot Noir barrels from local Sonoma County wineries. It is aged for about 12 months with sour cherries, brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus added to each barrel. Flavors from the cherries, Pinot Noir and oak balance each other nicely with a little funk from the brett.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2005)
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output01x

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375 mL. corked and caged bottle (Batch 008) into a tulip glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger tan-colored head that slowly fades after a couple minutes to a thin coating and thick foam ring. The body is an amber reddish brown with small, swirling floaties and a great amount of rising carbonation bubbles. Thick lacing clings to the sides of the glass in sheets but always seems to succumb to gravity.

As the beer is poured, aromas of cherries and oak find their way from the crashing liquid to the drinker's nostrils. A closer inspection finds heavy aromas of cider vinegar and black cherries. Some musty funk, oak, and green bananas aromas are also detectable.

Candy-like sour cherry flavors crash into the taste buds at the beginning of each sip. Once the drinker gets past the onslaught of sour cherry, flavors of sweet red wine, cider vinegar, freshly ground pepper, and funk all tantalize the palate. Swallowing the beer lets the sourness quickly peak along with more cherry, red wine, and dirty basement funk. As these flavors fade, the sourness persists as a prickling on the tip of the tongue and a wine-like dryness sets in on the rest of the tongue.

Medium bodied with excessive carbonation, this is one steady sipping beer. The body is light enough to wash over the tongue nicely without ever becoming sticky. The carbonation is like setting a Sour Patch Kids candy on your tongue and taking a swig of Pepsi. It fizzes through every step of the sip but doesn't seem to adversely affect the transmission of flavors. The swallow becomes a bit foamy but does not hinder the experience much. The wine-like dryness at the end of each sip adds to the experience and keeps the drinker reaching for the glass.

If Russian River's Supplication were cheaper and actually available in my area I would drink this daily.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 22:31:48 | More by output01x
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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,431 ratings.