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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,339 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,339
Reviews: 1,298
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,040
Gots: 1,302 | FT: 80
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.

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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 3/1/10

Poured into a Duvel Tulip. Amber with hints of ruby. 1 finger, white head that faded to a thin layer quickly.

Smell had good amount of oak and a nice presence of tart, dark cherries and some acidity.

Taste had good hints of oak. Nice acidity in the finish. Great amount of tartness and dark cherry flavor. Some great puckering that hits you in the back of your cheeks.

Mouthfeel was light body and very dry. High carbonation.

Drinkability was great. Seriously sucks that the bottle was so small. Even with the tartness it was still very drinkable.

Overall, this was very close to Consecration, but some extra tartness and oak presence.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 01:53:38 | More by riored4v
Photo of dbONE


4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in a corked 375 ml bottle from Batch 001.

This thing is a beautiful reddish brown hue.
A very carbonated Burnt amber color holds a foamy head for a good amount of time.

A boastfull aroma knocks the nose with alot a unfamiliar smells from the wild yeast. Sour cherries dominate with just a touch of ground pepper and sweet rotting wood.

The tartness will make you pucker and the tastbuds are bonbarded with sour cherries. You can pick up the vanilla and dry wine from the oak barrel. The head is still lingering around to enhance each sip as it rolls back through the pallett.

Pairing this with a nice rare cut of red meat will bring out some additional characters in the beer. Enjoy this one for awhile, let it warm up a bit and hang on.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 16:29:56 | More by dbONE
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to all of the following great traders for this: RaulMatisse, Solomon420, imperialbeachbrw, Ultraman9000.

Light fizzy head with light lacing, hazy peach orange color.

Nose light Brett and funk, plenty of tart sour fruit, light barnyard, light cherry and berry, touch of lactic acid.

Taste light Brett and barnyard, tons of tart sour fruit, light toasty oak and vanilla, little sour cherry bolotin like, light malty taste, finish is a little flemmy, very mouth watering, light lactic acid, so tasty.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, good carb, mouth watering sour acidic taste.

Overall awesome beer, great tart sourr flavors, nice Brett and wild flavors, nice cherry flavor and touch of oak.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 01:49:47 | More by jlindros
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 375 ML bottle into Duvel tulip.
Got this in the Sour BIF from SleepyDave

poured up a nice white head that rose one and a half fingers above a pinkish/grapefruit colored beaultiful lookin beer. Great lacing too.

Smells cherry. And oaky. Has a hint of wine or grapes too.

Taste follows smell. Has a nice sour bite-- not the mist sour beer ever, but certainly tasty nonetheless. Has an underlying sweetness that compliments the sourness nicely.

Lots and lots of carbonation in this thing!! It feels very fine and velvety though... Like a champagne. Pretty light body that drinks very easy.

Not sure I could drink this all night, but a glass here or there would bean excellent treat.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 02:39:52 | More by AleWatcher
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL poured into Bruery tulip. Batch 4. Thanks to beerwolf77 for this one. Beer#1 of our RR tasting.

A- Pours a light copper with a slight haze to it. A small head, less than half a finger worth of head. leaves good lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Very tart on the nose. Sour cherries and a healthy dose of wood, probably oak. Maybe some grapes and some yeast.

T- The sour doesn't disappoint. Very sour cherries and little malt presence. Maybe some grapes as well. A nice amount of oak in there and just the slightest bit of brett.

M- Very dry finish and makes your mouth pucker from the sourness. A little bit of sweetness but not overly so. Light bodied with good spritsy carbonation.

D- I can see why this beer comes in a 375. It is the perfect amount of this beer. A sipper for sure but leaves me wanting it again. RR has yet to disappoint me.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 02:36:29 | More by Wisconsinality
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #2

Pours a light brown color, cloudy, and with a nice head.

Smells SUPER tart, and cherry like.

This is the most sour beer I have ever tasted. Sour, with a very tart cherry flavor.
It's sour... sour... sour... SUPER sour! Very tart and crisp on the finish, there is also considerable bitterness noted as well.

Mouthfeel is great, carbonation is wonderful.

This is easily the most interesting beer I have ever tried. Highly recommended! It's a bit too funky to be an everyday drinking beer. This is so different... I just think I like Temptation just a little bit better.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 01:08:06 | More by flexabull
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation-Poured out of a 375ml bottle. Batch #007. Clearly mentions to age in a dark cool place which i do intend to do so once i buy another one. Has a nice info section on the back of the bottle explaining the roots and making of the beer. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance-As the beer pours out of the bottle and into the tulip you can see that its a very bubbly beer. The carbonation is present as you can see the bubbles arise from the bottom of the glass. Its a nice redish, mohoghany color thats somewhat see through. I didnt seem to get much head after i poured out the whole bottle. Probably less than half an inch.

Smell-Definitley sour notes rise to the nose once you lean the glass for a good smell. Scents of aged grapes and apples engulf your nose. As the beer is described to be, you can also smell the wine. More on the side of a merlot. If you smell closely you can also smell small amounts of maybe a whiskey alcohol.

Taste-At first sip this beer makes your face crinch kind of like if you were putting a sour gum into your mouth. One droops down and you stretch your mouth back. This beer is sour to begin and continues throughout the drink. Reminds me of a Rodenbach. Grapes are savored and green apples seem to make a presence as smelled.

Mouthful-Its a somewhat light beer. Sits softly on the tongue. It has a crisp, bubbly feel that you get when the beer is resting on the top of the tongue. It finishes pretty clean leaving a dry feel. The alcohol form the beer seems to float to the nose to where you can smell what your drinking. The sourness continues but isnt as strong as you carry on. It does however seem to linger on the sides of the tongues.

Overall-A good solid sour ale for sure. I would drink it again and look forward to aging one much longer. Probably around 6 months to a year. I guess i wouldnt mind if it was a little less sour but its still really good. Glad i encouraged myself to try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 05:18:18 | More by ales4baldo
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a reddish copper color with a nice white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Loud audible fizz, like champagne.

S - great smell of cherries, pinot noir type notes (like jammy fruits), other stone fruits, and a good amount of funk to balance it. Not unlike some krieks.

T - Significantly sour but not unpleasantly, with plenty of fruit flavors dancing around. Sour cherries predominate and there are some apple and pear notes as well. The funkiness is a bit subdued in place of sourness.

M - high prickly carbonation, like a sparkling wine. Finish is a split between dry and silky.

Overall - a superb sour. I can pick out the cherries and the pinot noir barrel aging fairly easily. It's not as funky as some others, which is fine because the flavors are very well balanced. Definitely seek out RR beers if you can.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 02:38:49 | More by HotHands
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml poured into a Russian River "-tion" glass. Big thanks to russwbeck for this!

Batch 007

A - Pours a surprisingly clear, burnt umber brown, similar to the color of an Autumn landscape after the leaves change. It slowly builds a 2-fingered, off-white head with nice retention, especially compared to previous Russian River sours I've had. After it fades, it leaves behind a thick, half-finger cap that is continously fueled by numerous streams of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. The lacing is sticky at times, but it quickly recedes back into the rest of the beer.

S - The nose is full of tart, ripe cherries and a mild amount of grapes as well. A tannic oakiness comes through as well, but it's smooth and leads to a pleasant vanilla aroma. There is a slight amount of vinegar, but it is subdued and kept in check by the other notes.

T - Immediately, the palate is hit with a rush of sourness. It is a little strong at first, but the mouth acclimates quickly and it is very nice. The cherries take the forefront of the taste and they are complex, tart, and pitted. The barrel sneaks in shortly after this, giving it a different turn. I'm actually surprised by how much the oak and vanilla comes through, and the entirety of the beer revolves around this sparring of flavors. It does give it a vast complexity and is very enjoyable.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with decently high carbonation. It's mouth-puckeringly sour at first, but quickly shifts to a cheek-stinging tartness. The tannins last on the palate, which is exemplified by the crisp, dry finish.

D/O - Drinkability is high. This is one of the best Russian River sours I've had and part of that has to do with how complex and smooth it all is. It's easy to distinguish the fruit, the barrel, and the bugs that went into making this, and the final result is a delicious sipper that I am thankful for!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 05:24:03 | More by nhindian
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New York

4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy burnt orange color with a 1/2" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a nice sour cherry scent laid over a mild malt base comprised of pale and crystal malts. The taste is awesome. It has a smooth Belgian brown ale flavor with loads of sour cherries in the taste. It goes down like candy and finishes sour and slightly warm. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a fantastic brew. I love everything about it. I only wish it came in bigger bottles.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 00:27:22 | More by WesWes
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Russian River March 1st.
Cloudy dark ruby with a thick solid ring of white bubbles around the edges with whispy spotty head in the middle of the top of the beer.
I can smell the beer as soon as the waiter set it on the table. Sweet tarts, light hints of vinegar, sour grape, oak and cherry permeate boastfully from inside the glass.
Prominent tart character is first, and once my mouth accepts the initial sour a plethora of flavor shows through. There is a sugary sweetness touched with sour, almost like a pinch of brown sugar soaked in a blend of lemon juices. Once the tart character starts to fade hints of malt sweetness become more noticable along with cherry and the oak. The cherry and oak sneak in to be noticed as I swallow and is has a subtle complimentary relationship with the rest of the taste.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium levels of carbonation.
This beer is very drinkable and is very refreshing. Just a real pleasure to sit and sip on this beer and try to pick up all it has to offer. I look forward to cracking some bottles and exploring further.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2007 20:11:12 | More by Matthew
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, batch 005x1, poured into snifter; big thanks to madvermin for splitting this one with me.

A: Pours a dark amber color, with a hint of mahogany coming through, especially when not in direct light. One finger of foamy white head; good retention with spotty lacing.

S: Great smelling beer- I immediately pick up quite a few of both sour and sweet tones, lots of dark cherries, Brett, and oak.

T: Very tart, with a lot of sweetness behind it- many of the same flavors I'm picking up in aroma (cherries, Brett, oak). Not that much I can say about it, as far as other adjectives go, but a very high quality flavor- very well balanced/complex, with a lingering sour finish.

M: Light/medium-bodied with moderate carbonation; extremely smooth with a pleasant, lingering, sour palate coating after the beer has been swallowed. Can't ask for much more than this.

O: Simply an outstanding beer; one that disappeared from my glass quickly, and certainly one that I will be picking up again.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 10:03:24 | More by AwYeh
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.


Batch 002

Got a nice pop from cork pull, poured a nice slightly cloudy darker orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, some nice sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is of sour/tangy grapes, cherries, citrus, malts, and slight caramel. The taste is sour/tangy, slight malts/hops, ends quite dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is another awesome brew from RR, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 20:15:04 | More by Wasatch
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Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This interesting ale has a nice cherry hue, cherry aroma, and cherry taste. The fine carbonation gives it a refreshing character and champagne-like feel. Really unique and I wish we could get it in Ontario. Thanks to JZED once again for sharing this rare treat from California.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 00:52:37 | More by ecoastman
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy reddish orange with some sdiment and a nice white head that fades pretty quickly. The smell is wonderful- sour cherries and a bit of funkiness. The taste is even better, with an acetic quality to start followed by a long slightly bitter finish. There is some funkiness,but its restrained. There is also a noticeable hit of cherries at the end. I'm putting one of these bottles down for a yewar to see what happens. Very crisp mouthfeel. Eminently refreshing and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2007 23:22:53 | More by Georgiabeer
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a murky reddish brown with a half finger of light brown head that fizzled out as quick as it formed. smell and taste are both very tart and sour. sour cherries lead the charge and are quickly followed up with flavors of wine and yeast, nice tart earthy taste. mouthfeel is very lively with excellent carbonation tickling the tongue. a medium weight body compliments this beer perfectly. a nice dry tart finish doesnt linger long. this is an excellent beer that everyone should have the opportunity to try.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 04:03:04 | More by match1112
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A little treat after hitting 2500 miles on my bike today; 500 more than my goal early this spring.

A- A ruby brown with a big head and incredible lacing. Looks very nice.

S- Sour apples, cherries, barnyard and a little mustiness

T- Sour, tart, with cherries, some sweetness, funk and barnyard then sour green crab apples coupled with a dry finish.

M- Nice lively carbonation, tart and sour on the finish, very smooth on the palate and dry.

D- A world class American Wild that will become if it is not the bench mark for all American Wilds with Fruit produced on a yearly basis. A fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 00:20:19 | More by nas5755
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a tulip:

This brew has some seriously insane lacing over and amber/copper hazy body. From the moment the cork is popped, the room fills with a sour aroma. The nose also has green apple, raisin, and coriander. The taste has pounds of sweet and sour, with a pleasant green apple tartness in the beginning and a sour bitter finish that gives way to a cherry aftertaste. Extremely thick mouthfeel for the style and carbonation that ably delivers flavor. So delicious... I could drink quite a bit of this.

Overall: Supplication was my first sour. Wow, this is incredible. I can't believe what I've been missing.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 18:51:54 | More by schroederm
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3. Had this one on Russian River Day at Teresa's Next Door.

A-Clear amber with a thin white head.

S-Oaky, smoky stopping just shy of charcoal, lots of tart sour cherry notes.

T-Moderate barnyard funky notes, lots of sour cherry juice, other dark fruits like plum, a bit acidic. Nicely complex.

M-Bright sparkling carbonation, rather light bodied.

D-Excellent drinkability for the style. I rarely crave a second wild ale but I'd make an exception for this.


Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 18:12:34 | More by sholland119
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pumpkin, candy flavored orange. Decent head that dissipates ultra-fast yet never really disappears; with tiny bubbles racing to the top and strong lacing. Not bad, not bad at all.

Woof, ouch, kapow! Thick smell, this one smells bold. Immediately I take the hint that this is a sour, and one hell of one at that. Smells like wine, cherries, apples, perhaps some other subtle fruits and a dryness complete the smell scheme.

Very impressive taste. Unique, balanced, refined, invigorating! Syrupy sweetness, cherries, oak. The perfect balance of sweet and sour.

Mouthfeel is exceptional, tastes thick yet light. Bitter yet sugary. Alcohol comes into play but is moderated nicely.

Are you kidding, I could drink these till I'm blue in the face, drinkablity is excellent. One of the best sours out there to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 05:01:35 | More by ptykozoon
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle shared by mrsteves. Poured into my CCB snifter.

A: Cloudy burnt orange color. The pour created a nickel size off whtie head that hung around for a while and left some spotty lace.

A: Sour and funk. I get notes of fruit, probably the cherries, lemon, peach, green apple and sweet malts. A nice bittering hop presence show up, and then is overtaken by a horseblanket funk. Nice.

T: Taste is more of the same, sweet and sour. Notes of tart cherries and other ripe fruit. Bitter hops and sweet malts give way to a puckering sourness. Finishes dry, and smooth from the oak aging, and ohh so tart.

M: Good levels of carbonation, light to medium body. Appropriate for the style.

D and overall impression: Drinkability for any wild is a little on the lower side for me, due to the palate wrecking sourness. But this one is really quite nice. I would have no problem taking down a bottle or two of this one. Overall, probably my favorite sour to date. Really enjoyed my sample, and am excited to have one of my own. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 14:43:04 | More by Gtreid
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a huge thanks to john for being such a generous host, and sharing some truly amazing beers

Pours a hazy deep amber color with a nice off-white head.

nice tart scent up front with hints of cherries and oak, light funk

Taste is pretty close to the nose with a nice blend of sour notes along with cherries funk and oak

The body is a little bit fuller than other sours I had at the tasting

this is a beer that i could drink all day

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 00:46:04 | More by rowingbrewer
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch 007 poured into my stone snifter

a - pours a burnt autumn red with no head, although a steady stream of bubbles coming up

s - sour cherries and apple cider vinegar with a hint of caramel

t - amazing. super tart and mouth-puckering, plenty of apple cider vinegar mixed with lip-smacking cherries. on the sweeter side which complements the tart sourness nicely

m - dry, medium carbonation make this oh so drinkable, with the alcohol almost missing

o - it lives up to the hype. i'll always want more and always gladly will drink this stuff when i'm looking for my sour fix. typical russian river

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 00:45:28 | More by AshleyMiller
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you goes out to B Rob for this one. Brett E. Funk. I'm not even gonna follow the typical review order. This is my favorite beer so far. It was my first sour and you always remember your first. Ha, hi SB! It looked like an IPA with a little bit of redness in it. The taste is amazing, I almost can't describe it. I will definitely be seeking out as many wild ales as I can get my hands on due to this. I can't stop thinking about this beer, its bordering on obsession. Definitely one to seek out. Also, it has a cherry taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 20:20:47 | More by antoines15
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch 006X1

I have been looking forward to drinking this beer for a while now and I have to be honest the beer actually intimidated me at first. I usually don't drink sour beers and I was afraid that because of the style I was going to be really disappointed in the beer.

I got my hands on a few entry level / basic sours to get a feel for them and I liked what I was trying. So last night on my first night of vacation I broke down and opened up the bottle. I poured the 12oz bottle into a snifter glass to find a deep red, amber, hazy body with a bubbly head that dissipated quickly.

The aroma of course was dominated with the sour cherries and oak. I also noticed some dried fruits at the end which gave it more of a sweeter aroma than I expected.

The taste was exceptional, and I was really impressed. There are a lot of different things going on here that just work so well together. The tart cherries, oak, sweetness, and funk. The beer is sour, but its so enjoyable with the sweetness thats balanced in. The carbonation and alochol are just right.

I could go on and on about this beer, it really was a great experience to drink it and I really wish I could get this on a weekly basis. I can say that I am a fan of sours now and look forward to trying more but at the same time the bar is set very high!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 23:54:43 | More by Dan3279
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,339 ratings.