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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,379
Hads: 5,711
Avg: 4.5
pDev: 18.89%
Wants: 2,587
Gots: 1,881 | FT: 130
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2005

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.
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Photo of Jwale73
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of GRG1313. Batch 04x04. Served in my CL tulip at 53 degrees. Pours a pleasant caramel hue with a slightly hazy clarity and a one inch, dense and creamy off-white head embedded with tiny ringlets. Textured bands of lacing are revealed as the brew recedes. Nose expresses tart cherries, a buttery quality and a trace of American Oak. Cherry is much more muted in the flavor profile. There is also a vinegary and citrus character dispersed throughout. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a bright, lively carbonation, some acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands and a semi-dry finish. This is a solid American Wild - not my favorite from this brewer, but quite complex and refreshing.

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Photo of clvand0
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with very little head that falls fast and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly sour, but not nearly as sour as I expected it to be. The flavor is surprisingly smooth. Slightly soured, but very mellow. Some fruits linger on the palate as does a light bit of maltiness. The aftertaste is very inviting. The body is light and the drinkability is very good. Very nice beer.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HUGE thanks to Floydster for hooking me up with this great brew. Batch 003. 375 ml poured into my snifter. I am consuming this as I review it.

A- Body is a very hazy IPA-like amber hue. Pours with a nice, bubbly 1-2 finger head that immediately subsides to a thick collar and has great retention from there. Cloudiness is thick and mostly uniform with some dynamic yeast sediment floating around at the bottom.

S-The first thing that comes to the nose is slightly sour with a big accent on vinegar but a slightly acidic sourness as well. Behind this is sweet orange, exotic fruit, and a hint of cherry as well as a hint of vanilla and oak.

T- Slightly salty flavor upfront accompanied by a slight vinegar sourness. Behind this is some oak and a slight presence of exotic fruit but the cherry is a bit hard to detect. More oak and perhaps cherry pits come through for the finish as the initial sourness and saltiness wears off. What lingers is the remnants of oak and cherry flavors as well as a slight acidic bitterness.

M-High tingly carbonation and medium weight body. Body is not crass but does have a slightly acidic tone to it.

D- This is another great sour from RR. Not as good as their other sours that I have tried, IMO...but still a very very good sour. This one has a bit more of a vinegar presence than the others but is still a very good, well done beer. I am looking forward to Consecration and their other beers that I have not tried yet.

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Photo of fewa
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 003 bottle The beer pours a nice golden-caramel color with a thin head that diminished quickly. Smell: tart, cherry-apple aroma with undertones of oak. Taste, nice and complex: Sweet, smooth entry leads into a tart, semi-funky cherry and sweet apple. Oak and yeast flavors become apparent on the finish; Drying and semi-puckering. Very nice beer

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10 oz pour during San Jose beer week.
I was at RR last week and had Consecration, and I'll preface this review by saying I enjoyed that beer more. Supplication has a very nice bright nose that is fruit-forward, sour,and followed by some in ce brett funk. The taste loses most of the fruit and is extremely vinous. The finish is like licking the side of a wine barrel. Very interesting, but a bit odd with such a disconnect between the nose and taste. I also found myself seaching for those cherries to no avail. Overall, a pretty good beer, but not as balanced as some other RR sours.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a rather fantastic and expensive that for cantillion lovers is a must.

I am finding that american wild ales seem to fall in two categories... failed belgian attempts made sour and stored by knowledgable brewer... and the sour intentionals. This is the latter. there is no intent to save a missed beer style. this was very much so a goal in mind.

pour is orange crimson cloudy with almost no head. White bubbles. Nose of tart. The palate is very much so that as well. Mild wood and floral lambic qualities, cherry tart, the black berry in the finish as a mineral fused with the malt. Could use some more of that. A fantastic quality the unites malt and sour fruit.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle today from South Bay Drugs and Liquor.

Batch 003.

Big pop! Lots of pressure but thankfully not a gusher. Pours a caramel color with some red overtones when held to the light. A frothy white head builds up to about two inches and settles to half within the minute. There are some lacing on the sides of the glass every time I take a sip.

Smell is great. Tart cherries with some wood, funk, sour apples, and pears. The malt is hiding in the background behind the fruitiness, tartness, and funk. Some toasted bread aromas begin to come through as it warms up.

Taste is of a lovely sour and slightly aggressive carbonation on the back of the tongue. It leaves a bit of a salty sensation on the palate and you can feel the acidity travel down to your stomach. It has a big apple taste upfront too and mixes well with the sour cherries. Some vinegar flavors near the finish and lots of sour lemons too. Lots of oak flavors and right now it seems to be suppressing the cherries. Would have scored higher on the taste if I could taste some more cherries.

Mouth-feel is aggressive and punishing with the sourness and carbonation. The fruit seems to come near the finish and in the after-taste. Not as aggressive on the tongue once it warms up but still quite sour.

I need to get some more of this stuff.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little corked bottle poured into a St. Bernardus glass

A little cloudy, orangey-brown, very little head, medium active carbonation. Smell is tart and pleasant, a little unripe orange or maybe grapefruit juice, cherry blossom.

Taste is very tart with a dry chalky twist (which is better than it sounds). Makes me think a little bit of the big white chalky chewable vitamin C pills that my parents used to have (and which I secretly loved). Tartness is strong enough for a big mouthful to twinge my jaws.

Mouthfeel is dry, light, not sticky at all. A little effervescent. I couldn't session any beer this tart, but it's a pleasant, tasty beer.

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Photo of bwmichaud
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured slowly from a 375ml bottle and left the sediment in the bottom. It poured a dark cloudy orange with a perfect head. Smells of cherries, obviously. The first taste if of cherries followed by sour. The sour is not overdone. Quite a nice brew and if you like sour cherries, it's worth seeking out.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 9/25/08. Bottle courtesy of iowaherkeye (thanks Joey!). Pours a cloudy dark orange/light brown with a small tan head. Aroma of tart fruits (some apple, maybe cherry?) and oak barrel. Flavor is quite tart and sour with a small hint of the brown ale. Lots of wood and oak barrel. Some faint grape, wine-like notes in the finish. Superb mouthfeel for a sour. Very tasty and drinkable. I don't really get any cherry flavor from it though.
8/4/9/4/17 (4.2/5)

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Photo of jdense
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 cl pour into Delirium Tremens mini-snifter at Belmont Station PDX 12.1.2010 $5.

3/4 finger brown head, quick dissipation resulting in thin broken layer on top of clear reddish brown body, small trail of very small bubbles rising from bottom of glass. Nose is a bit fruity, some oakiness, horse blanket funk, not picking up a lot of hop aromatics. Taste features a bit of cherry sweetness upfront, a bit more tart than sour, funky backend, musty, some floral hops but not much bitterness, not mouth puckering sour. Mouthfeel just on the light side of medium, pretty sticky. Drinkability is good for style but dont' want to do multiple glasses re palate fatigue. Complex and certainly recommended for fans of the style.

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Photo of Dobby
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber color with high carbonation and about a 2 finger head

S: Mostly brett with a hint of cherries

T: Lots of brett up front but who says thats a bad thing. Some oak and cherries come though, mild tartness, enjoyable.

M: Well carbonated, creates a nice puckering sensation. Hint of dryness

D: I love RR sours but I think this has to be my least favorite. Trying to age some to see if it gets any better but right now id put it in 4th behind Compunction, Temptation, Consecration and Sanctification.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.19/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A prayer to a deity to provide something, what? Pours a murky dark amber color almost boarder line brown. A soft pour did not leave much for a head. Not much on retention or lacing either.

The nose is complex. Some soft malt character with a hint of sourness. A very light subtle fruit aroma with a hint of cherry. Don't know if I would be able to pick it out if I didn't read it on the bottle. Some minor horse blanket but would have liked a touch more. Some oaky note on the back end. Some yeasty notes but kind of hidden with everything going on.

The taste is representative overall. The first taste is a light malt followed quickly by a tart taste with a lemon cherry mix. The tart taste lingers into the finish but blends well. The cherries note is light but hints are there. Some nice sour notes that come out but make way for a funk in the finish. Some leather and horse blanket notes. Some minor butyric notes and a touch of oak notes. Light vanilla. Good acidic finish.

The body is light to moderate. Limited carbonation but ok. The tartness leaves a good finish that really helps. But I would like a bit more complexity.

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Photo of MASPuros
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 003

Poured into my Duval Tulip, lots of bubbles with a 2 finger white head. No lacing. Brilliant clear copper color when held to the light. You can see a little sediment but not much. Overall the beer looks clear with its golden copper color.

Vinegar is very dominant and the first aroma I can detect. I also smell some apple and a slight funk.

Taste is same as smell, tons of vinegar upfront but fades into sour apple or cherry. I can also taste the oak and I get a tart finish that lingers on the tongue. All around smooth the blend is balanced, not much complexity in this brew.

The carbonation is strong but helps with the vinegar taste, like a sparkling wine.

I don't have much to compare this to since this is my first attempt at this style. I have to say I enjoyed it considering this was totally different. It was very drinkable and especially nice with my cheese and crackers. I would have liked to have gotten a bit more sour apple/cherry flavors. I can't wait to try Temptation next!

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375mL bottle into my Duchesse goblet. Got one of these from mikesgroove and one from domtronzero. Thanks guys! This is a review of 004 x 02

A- Hazy orang/red body with a decent sized off white head resting on top.

S - Smell's like this one will be pretty sour. Also picking up hints of cherry. Oak notes are certainly present as well.

T - More funky and less tart than I was expecting. Really clean finish. Some cherry notes but not too much. Plenty of barrel flavor. Earthy notes are also in play

M - medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - A nice sour indeed. Plenty of funk and other good wild notes. Not as sour as I would have liked but I've found that to be the case with most RR sours. I like this one better than Consecration and Temptation bt not as much as some other sours out there. I would certainly drink/buy this one again if I had the chance but wouldn't go too crazy trying to get it.

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Photo of gigaknight
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This offer pours with a bit of carbonation, eventually settles to a thin halo of head around the edges of the glass. Glowing sunburst hue, with blood orange color in the center that radiates outwards into a golden straw yellow. Lots of great bubbling, looks almost like a sparkling wine or cider.

S- Though the strong suggestion of vinegar in the nose may be unpleasing to some palates, it immediately makes my mouth water. Some tart cherry comes through, but mostly a sticky sweet acidity. No hops are detected whatsoever, and the smell of the malt has been so strongly mutated by the sour yeasts that it's unrecognizable.

T- At first sip, a bit of light oaked fruit sits on the tongue for a moment, and then a wave of sour makes its way across the palate. The vinegar notes are expertly married with balanced sweet cherry, and the brown ale base keeps the whole concoction still within beer territory. That being said, the barrel aging and semblance of tannin structure put forth a lot of wine personality in this brew, which is, in my opinion, one of the most attractive things about wild ales. You get much of the character and diversity of fine wines without the high alcohol content (or price tag). The aftertaste sees the bacterial acidity through a slow transformation into a pleasantly mild lemon juice finish. It's fantastic for the style, but personally, I would have liked just a tad more sweetness in the flavor profile. Be it from more malt or treating the cherries differently, this brew might have been driven into my 'all-time-favorites' with a little something more to provide contrast to the sourness.

M- I think the rather high carbonation really works well for this type of beer, contributing to the overall refreshing nature of the style. The light citric flavors, tartness, and sparkling mouthfeel once again almost take this into champagne/sparkling white wine territory, but of course no grape has the gumption to make this ambitiously bold of a beverage.

O- Russian River has cemented it's reputation as one of the best (if not the best) producer of American wild ales, period. I tried not to judge this brew against my preferred vehicle of sour beers (Flanders Reds) and consider it within the parameters of its style. Personal preference aside, this was a masterfully brewed beer that is positively bursting with originality and flavor.

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Photo of donManguno
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed blind. Sent to me by the great AleWatcher.

I enjoyed this beer with a special cigarette while watching The Expendables. It was a thoroughly enjoyable Sunday afternoon.

A: Slightly hazy ruby red color. Poured gently into a Duvel tulip, producing a one-finger cream colored head that recedes very slowly and left something beyond lacing. A film of foam was left on the sides of the glass as it emptied.

S: This beer smells of bacteria. It's very sour and vinous, but not vinegary, some sour cherry but mostly indistinct sourness. I can defenitely detect an oak barrel. I believe this is a Flanders Red. As it warms, the cherry becomes much more prominent.

T: First sip is mouth-puckeringly sour, there are cherries in this beer. Maybe this isn't a Flanders Red, as most of the fruity tartness seems to be from the Cherry. Anyway, I like it. It's also quite dry. Not much else until it gets to about 60º. Now I can taste the oak, and it's much more vinous, like a very dry wine.

M: Velvety. Minimal carbonation, and that's how it should be. Very dry, maybe a little too dry.

D: Excellent sipper.

Batch 005X5

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Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't really pay attention to the batch number...but it's the most recent one..just got delivered from RR last Thursday.

A: Nice hazy reddish orange, fairly interesting color. It almost makes me think of tomato juice (if it were less pulpy). Fluffy head, about a one-finger retention.

S: Strong sour smell-I note sour cherries and the typical citric acid smell of brett beers.

T: Lemony citric acid flavor dominates at first, which I've found is pretty typical for the style. Still, even at first this is more subdued than some of the other sour beers I've had. Once I got used to this, the cherry really came out, along with a funky/woodsy taste. This just got better and better as I drank it with the nuances really coming out by the end of the glass.

MF: Pretty mellow carbonation, a good thing since this doesn't really need any more bite. Not quite mouth-puckering, but it gets the salivary glands working. Syrupy, full, and extremely dry finish. Alcohol is noticable, and by the end it had hit me a bit, but it's not that strong.

O: Best sour beer I've had to date (not that I've had a ton). Very drinkable once you get over the initial shock. I don't know if this will ever be a style that I just love, but this was surely worth the money. If this were more readily available, it would be something I'd try to keep on hand for when the mood struck me.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one! Re-review 12/10.

A-pours a vibrant dark amber with nice red glow to it. The head is a thick and creamy off white leaving a strong lace on the side of the glass.

S-light acidity up front, notes of oak and brett play together, sour cherries come in behind. the aromas are simple yet well integrated.

T-here the brett comes in first, light leathery notes, good dry oak presence that doesn't detract but adds to it, sour cherries are so juicy and vibrant. almost no acidity but a nice bit of sourness to it.

M-medium to light body, very smooth and creamy with a decent bit of carbonation and a semi dry finish that prickles on the back of the throat.

D-this is very simple and straight forward but still very tasty. the flavors blend together very well and it goes down so smooth. it has a great sourness to it with virtually no acidity.

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Photo of MagicJeff
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked bottle into my RR Belgian glass.

Appearance: Deep amber/ruby/almost reddish brown. See a lot of carbonation with a decent head. Head eventually recedes to an 1/8 head.

Smell: Cherries, yeast. Not impressed by the smell or appearance honestly.

Taste: This is where it gets better. Tartness hits you immediately. Immediate cherries into some sweet and sour apple. You can taste the wine from the wine barrels. It all works really well. Love the complexity.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation initially intimidated me but it all works really well. Medium bodied.

Overall: Not for the faint of heart. Wouldn't recommend this for someone's first sour. At the same time, I love the pinot barrel taste and the complexities. Not necessarily the best sour I've ever had but I would certainly recommend. Don't get why so many find this one "world class"...had many European sours that trump this one. Either way, I woould love to try this one on tap to see if I spot anything else. Good stuff.

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks chickencoop
Batch 04x1

Pours a reddish copper, translucent. One finger white head dissipates into a lingering cap. Bubbles everywhere, I can tell this is going to be spritzy.

S: Sour green apples, but musty. Getting alot of brett too.

T: No surprise, immensely tart and sour. But why can I not stop sipping this? Really "fun" to drink. Im thinking more sweet and sour green apples than cherries. Brett funk is melded throughout the entire palate. I had some trouble detecting any wood characteristics, maybe next time?

M: Medium bodied, spritzy carb. Leaves you salivating as if you are drinking something like orange or grapefruit juice.

D: Hmmm. I would have to say drinkability suffers because of acidity. A whole 375 ml gave me a little heartburn. Additionally, any sour can become tiresome to the palate. Excellent beer when you are in the mood for it, a "world class" sour.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown, dark gold in color. Smell is tart cherries and funk. There are also some wine qualities from the barrels as well. Taste is more of the tart cherries and a good amount of the Brett showing as well. Tart and sour on the mouthfeel and non-cloying. A real joy to drink. Everything melds itself together well and no one characteristic dominates. Very good sour.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch 002

I new to expect a gusher and it wasn't too bad. That said, no worrying about a soft pour with this one!

A - Murky reddish brown. Small off white head that settled out really quick.

S - Sour cherry, hints of raspberry, oak and horse blanket.

T - Similar to the aroma but so much more captivating and complex. Sou, but not harsh, swirling malts but nothing singularly identifiable. Brett influenced but not dominated. Wow.

M - medium bodied, lightly carbonated. Tart but just below pucker range.

D - highly drinkable. 9% but one of the least noticeable 9% brews I've ever had.

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Photo of adam42381
4.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Bottled on 1/16/15 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours an opaque copper-orange with a 1/2 finger bubbly snow white head which dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Oak barrel and cherries dominate with a touch of barnyard funk and vinegar. There is a hint of sweetness that balances out the sour aroma. Smells amazing.

Taste: The oak characteristic from the barrel is dominant up front with a blast of sour cherries and lacto sourness in the middle before ending with tannic dryness that leaves a very mildly sour and oaky finish. Overall, the flavor is a bit abrasive and not as balanced as I would have liked.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability. This is a one and done beer for me.

Overall: Very good beer overall. The aroma is by far its best characteristic as it smells truly great. I would definitely recommend trying this beer, but I think it's a bit overrated.

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Photo of haazer
4.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After having two bourbon barrel aged brews, I decided to wipe my palate clean with this crazy concoction.

A- Deep raspberry look. Amber and strawberry hues. Very "pretty" looking beer.

S- Fruity, and ever so funky! Brett aroma is apparent. Sour cherries, dry oak. Leather, sweaty socks, band aids, barnyard horseblanket you name it. Great aroma.

T- Pickles??? Anyone else get this? Sour pickles. The beer itself is mouth puckeringly sour. Bitingly sour cherry pits. Under the sour is a lot of funk. Hay, straw, and horseblanket. Very acidic and lactic.

M- Puckering of course. Light to medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Despite the intensity I could drink a few of these.

O- This is the first sour I've tasted that really blew my palate apart. I'm hard pressed to try and find something more intense than this. This beer is a game changer . Great offering from RR .

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
99 out of 100 based on 1,379 ratings.