Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.75/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Batch #001 w/ four hourglasses. 375 ml bottle purchased probably around two years ago, for around $8.99.
Appearance: A deep orange and ruby color with some haze, though the bottle was careful not to be disturbed. I expected a bigger head, but perhaps it was too cold, though I only chilled it in the fridge for a bit. Still it's pretty striking to look at it, and a swirl or two recharges it nicely.
Smell: Pinot ripeness with hints of raspberry, dark strawberry, tinges of vanilla and oak, candy sourness, and with swirls in between the earthy and more discordant nature comes out, balanced with the ripe fruit aromas. Also some orange and lemon zest with the sourness, and the bacterial and funky nature is wonderfully bizarre and intriguing. So much to love about the aroma, and more complexity to be discovered as it warms.
Taste: Sour candy and tart fruit initially with bursts of earthy bacterial and phenolic funk to spice things up. Just enough sweetness to balance out the dryness, making this feel more like a Saison than any other RR brew I've had. As it warms, the initial bone dryness (and almost vinegar in nature, though more complimentary than discordant) gets a bit sweeter as it warms, or if not sweeter, then more balanced, with layers of flavor changing each second. Finish is dry and extremely long, with so many flavors coming out with the oak, funk, vanilla, fruit, tartness and fruity sourness, and just the effervescence of all of it combined. Wonderfully insane and beautiful overall.
Mouthfeel: Wonderfully crisp and dry with a mouth puckering finish at the end. Can't really find any faults with this at all, as the carbonation with the medium body meld pretty much perfectly, especially with the sour and Saison-like nature of the brew.
Drinkability: This is hard to find in the Richmond area, and a few years ago I got, I think, the last two bottle that Once Upon A Vine had. I still have another one that I'm planning to save for something special, but this one was opened because it's been way too long without trying it. Certainly there are many characteristics related to a Saison, more so than Temptation even I think, but it's truly an experience, and I really hope more folks start to experiment with the style in the future. Worth the $9 in my opinion, but obviously not something you could probably get often (especially since the bottle's slightly over 12 ounces). But still, bravo, this is amazing stuff, and I hope the distribution increases throughout the US as the years go on.
Serving type: bottle
08-21-2007 04:03:42 | More by asabreed
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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