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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,404
Reviews: 1,303
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,060
Gots: 1,322 | FT: 82
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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whatthehull

California

4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tulip

A - cloudy orange/copper sunset, one finger off white beautiful head with tiny bubbles that look like diamonds and a little bit of lacing

S - cherries, a young bottle of red, sweet candy sugar, lots of yummy oak, very yeasty, maltiness, soil and an all around awesome funk

T - sour funky yeast, tight Pinot noir, lots of oak, tons of grain, sweet notes on the back end, tons of cherries, candy sugar, lemon grass and tons of minerals and terrior

M - full bodied, medium acidity, great balance, nice complexity and long finish

D - this is as refreshing as it is interesting. This is something different, but in the most awesome way possible. They aren't kidding when they say "sours" when it comes to this one. But with the wine, cherries and a great sweet back end it is a beer once you have you'll crave again and again

Final thought - at $12 a pop and a nice 7% abv this is a great beer. Hard to find at times, but if you do find one, buy one and age it as well

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 20:18:36 | More by whatthehull
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petacutlasaurus

Maryland

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

Had this one for $17 at Eulogy while traveling in Philadelphia. A steep price, but building in the restaurant's markup, I felt pretty much fine about this pricier pickup, especially since this beer never comes my way. Having had some of their traditional ales (Salvation, Redemption, Damnation), this sour from Russian River really knocked me out.

A lot of people talk about Russian River's sours as if they're of an entirely different stock than their other beers. I can now see why. The balance on this wild ale rivals anything from the best Belgian sours, and has a subtlety that quickly trumps other American brewers like, say, Allagash (not that that subtlety is always a good thing).

Ruby colored with fruity notes that are both vibrant and delicately mixed. There's no unpleasant sharpness challenging or harming the taste. Likewise, the carbonation is just active enough to bring out the subtler notes that might otherwise be lost. Smooth and downright delicious, I can't wait to find this one on tap. Curious how it would compare to that fresh Lou Pepe 2008 I just had...

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 18:03:07 | More by petacutlasaurus
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kzoobrew

Michigan

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

Review # 300. Huge thanks to SpdKilz, Cheers Carleton

Batch 005x4

Cherry brown body, capped by a slim bone white cap. Retention is rather unimpressive, slim head soon becomes a lasting ring. Lacing is surprising especially considering the lack of head.

Slightly acidic tartness coupled with candied cherries ooze from the snifter. Brown malt base provides a sturdy platform for the funky cherry aromas to build off of. Musty rustic smells build with warmth

Biting tartness and sour cherry flavor is puckering up front. Toasted brown malt and subtle chocolate evolves midpalate. Hints of oakiness barely noticeable but pleasant through out.

Light and crisp body with lively carbonation. Dry finish though the combination of sweet and tart cherries linger on the tongue.

Supplication is an absolutely outstanding beer. The balance between tart and sweet, complex and approachable is ridiculous. Drinkablility is amazing, though I say that one bottle would be the perfect serving I am certainly wishing I had another bottle.

Batch 002 Thanks to Oreo

The flavor changes significantly with age. The taste resembles more of a Flanders Red. Puckeringly sour cherry upfront with notes of vinegar. What is lost in complexity is gain in intensity. Still an awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 21:30:39 | More by kzoobrew
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

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

Pours a cloudy walnut brown with reddish hues and a thin off white head that does manage stick around for some time before leaving a thin layer of lacing.

Quite a unique aroma consisting of funky yeast, cherries, pepper-like spice, hints of oak, and vinous grape from the noir.

Sour flavor up front with cherries and grapes, followed by yeast, only faint hints of the oak, and a tart finish.

Medium to light in body with generous carbonation, crisp yet tart, and a bit acidic.

This is an amazing blend of flavors and aromas, but not so dominant that it affects how easy it is too drink. Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 02:54:10 | More by CHADMC3
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.68oz bottle into tulip.

A - Deep orange amber with a small off-white head.

S - Tart cherries, red wine vinegar, oak, earthy dark fruit. Very nice.

T - Sour cherry up front, followed by oak, apple, and sweet red wine. Finish has a nice blend of tart dark fruit, nuts, and woody malt flavors. The sourness is huge initally, but it quickly fades allowing the other flavors to shine through.

M - Smooth, sharp, crisp. Medium bodied and dry.

O - The best sour I've had yet. The balance is perfect and the flavor is incredible. Extremely sour at first, but tamed by a light sweetness and mild tartness.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 03:21:59 | More by mooseo
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TheItalarican

New York

4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle of Batch 4, served in a tulip glass.

Pour: deep and dark burnt orange with minimal white head.

Nose: rich of pinot noir grapes, brett, lemon, and maraschino cherries. It all blends together perfectly; just a joy to sniff.

Taste: Sour cherry flavor is at the forefront, and there’s an excellent balance of brett, oak, and cranberry in the back.

Mouthfeel: Slight club soda finish with moderately heavy tartness.

Overall: A masterpiece in complexity, balance, and straight-out deliciousness.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 17:19:43 | More by TheItalarican
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle poured into a tulip
Batch 008

A: Hazy dark amber brown with a redish hue. 1 fingers width sea foam white head which dissipates relatively quickly to a very small rim and leaves no lacing.

S: Brett, banana, apples, sour cherries, subtle oak and candied sugar.

T: Such powerful flavors. Big tart sourness, banana, apple, sour white grape, Belgium yeast on the finish. There is also an acidic quality, some red wine flavors come on late, and it leaves a lingering sweet after taste of banana. So good.

M/D: Heavy carbonation, medium bodied with a vibrant lively mouthfeel. You could certainly drink multiples in a session.

O: Great beer! Excellent tart sourness with some bready malt rounded out with Belgium yeast.  Well balanced with strong but not over powering sourness.   This is the third RR wild ale I've had the pleasure of drinking. All were fantastic (supplication, consecration, and temptation), I think I may slightly like temptation the best however all are wonderful and I'd gladly drink any of them any chance I could get.  

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 22:41:42 | More by zac16125
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finished an in-depth review and the damn thing didn't save!

I had been saving this for my 2000th review, but then Rutager sent me something I'm sure I'll enjoy more.

A: Amber with a bubbly, cream-coloured head, some retention, shows some leg.

S: Pleasant funk, with a little tart/sour aroma.

T: The lacto & pedo sourness is a bit much for my palate, but I like the funk from the Brett. This is like a Flanders done in the Extreme American style. Leather, steelie mineral, hay, cherry, wheaty biscuit, balanced bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body, quite bubbly, some acidity, crisp, very dry finish.

D/O: I know this is a top 50 brew, but I'm still surprised I really like this (I'm not a sour guy). I'd say this is better than many Belgian brews... though personally, I'd still prefer a New Glarus Belgian Red.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 00:31:10 | More by Derek
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anteater

Oregon

4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful clear amber red in color with a few fine white bubbles lingering on the top

S: Lots of brett funk, vinegar, hay wine and cherry

T: Very straight forward sour, a good combination of dry brett funk and a smoother more vinegary mouth puckering quality. Sweet malt, oak, cherry and wine layered among the sour aspects so well. Very complex.

M: Medium body, that sweet spot between too dry and too juicy

O: Absolutely delicious sour, never gets old

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 16:36:24 | More by anteater
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Supplication 062212 into tulip.

Crystal clear brown pour with ruby highlights. Half finger fizzy snow white head. Lacing is spotty.

Brown sugar, sweet and tart cherries, vanilla, subtle wine notes. Slight acidity, oak notes are subtle and add a wonderful depth too it. Very nice candy aroma.

The sour from the base beer is not over the top, slightly sweet. Throw it in with cherries in a wine barrel and you get a sweet and tart masterpiece with wine and cherry notes fighting for supremacy. Brown sugar, vanilla, oak, red wine and a slight Brett presence. Lingering finish.

High carbonation, light body, slightly sticky on the lips

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 02:04:42 | More by korguy123
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eclipse54

Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 335 mL bottle from FluffyMcTingle; thanks again man! Batch 005x2, poured into my trusty Deschutes tulip.

A moderate pour produces a curious shade of red/peach/blood orange, a rather unique color. About a centimeter of dirty white head that lingers briefly before leaving a ring of bubbles around the surface and a few scattered patches across it. Little in the way of lacing.

The aroma is of tart cherries, some peach, a bit of oak, some funky yeast, hay, straw, and small elements of orange and grapefruit citrus. Really though, tart cherries and a certain white wine essence really carry the nose through in a wonderful fashion.

The taste begins with subtle fruits: cherry, tangerine, grapefruit. It gives way to sour cherry esters, a dry oak flavor, white wine, various light grains, and a hearty dose of funk. The sour really kicks in on the swallow, but subdues quickly.

Plenty of carbonation to keep this one alive, despite the somewhat lacking head. Dry finish that keeps you coming back.

Overall, this is phenomenal. A strong sour cherry presence that plays beautifully off of the more subtle citrus and light grain notes; the wine barrels add an extra layer of complexity that will certainly keep one coming back for more.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 04:50:18 | More by eclipse54
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 10. I've had this beer a number of times, finally getting around to reviewing it.

Pours a clear reddish brown with a medium white head. Smell is top-notch: red wine, cherries, oak and lactic sourness all are in there and combine together quite nicely and make my mouth water. Flavor follows the nose almost exactly, red wine and oak stand out at first, then we get a little bit of the sweet cherries in the middle before a blast of sourness hits on the back end. It's really quite complex and excellent. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with really nice carbonation with a great mouth-coating bite. Overall, this really proves that Russian River's year-round wilds are better than most of the other limited wilds out there. It's a great beer with a lot going on.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 03:05:45 | More by starrdogg
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Amber body with some light tan bubbles on top.

S- Smells like red wine with some oak presence.

T- Wow, unlike any beer I have ever had. Wine-like presence is definitely there, with a blast of sour cherries and oak.

M- Crisp, clean, leaves with a sweet presence.

O- Not really sure what to say, it's unique, different, incredibly complex and an experience in itself.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2012 17:15:17 | More by stephenjmoore
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer that I've had in my possession too long to not have tried yet. A long time want and craving. I picked up another bottle, a newer batch. Batch #007 remains in the cellar, cracking batch #008 open tonight to enjoy. I've read that this beer doesn't age with grace, so I'm excited to try a fresh bottle and even more excited to just TRY it. Russian River Supplication poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

Held to the light, the beer has a light red hue (almost pink-ish) with some brown-ing. Looks red-brown without the light. Eggshell head of an inch is falling slowly, but holding strong. The bigger bubbles are popping sporadically. 4.0

Pungently sour nose with a light spritzy fruitiness. The vinous character is more pronounced than the cherries, but the tartness reminds me of the fruit note. Light cherry, sure, but perhaps white grape with tannins. 4.5

Bretty funk out the wazoo. Lighter-bodied red wine, sour berries, oak, tannic grape skin, straw, oversteeped black iced tea. Mouth-puckering with very little residual sugars remaining. Semi-dry, but very fruity. Heaps of Brettanomyces and tangy Lacto. I pick up some tart red apple, mint, chamomile, and raw basil leaf. A bit husky without being robust. Complexities that are foaming at the mouth. Unreal good. Impressive stateside beer. 4.5

Key in the feel is the proper dose of suds and scrub. Not boisterously carbonated, just ideal for a medium-light bodied American Wild. A beer that should be savored, but drinks too fast for its own worth. That was meant to be a compliment. 4.5

If you're looking for rich fruits and deeply complex malts, this is not the beer for you. There's no hop bite in the tailend (sans a little bitterness), nor is there heavy breath-catching sourness. This wild ale is all about balance, complexity, and drinkability. Scarce in the flaw department, this beer drinks like a great wine. A real shmoozer. Skoals! 4.5

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 02:58:00 | More by thecheapies
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roger617

Indiana

4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Daredevil tulip glass. Bottle date 010714, consumed and reviewed on 7/19/14.

A: Pours a dark copper with a heavy red tint and a little less than a finger of head that reduces quickly and leaves no collar or lacing.
S: I get the funk and cherries up front, with the Pinot noir in the background complimenting very nicely. Smells crisp and refreshing.
T: The cherries take the lead role, with a strong presence of the wine barrel just behind. The sour comes into play more on the back end.
M: High level of carb, as expected. The sourness leaves a pleasant dry finish.
O: Excellent sour ale from Russian River. The flavor and aroma come together extremely well.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 20:37:04 | More by roger617
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dar482

New York

4.49/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer has a golden hazy bronze color.

The aroma is vinegar tart, but really huge on the fruit character. Not as red wine as Consecration. It’s definitely more sour, more sweet, and more sweet than Consecration.

The flavor is hugely. You get a bit of the wine character, but Pinot does not stand out as much as Cabernet for Consecration. The cherry is not huge in there, but you do get a hint of it in the back. The beer is not for those who do not like sours. It really is strongly puckering. One of the most sours beers I’ve had.

The mouthfeel is quite light on this. It does not have a huge carbonation. Despite being in a longer time than Consecration, it does not have as big of wine characteristic.

I was actually a bit disappointed by this. I do love the fruit and sweetness, but the sourness is a bit strong. It could use more complexity. Still a wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 05:42:43 | More by dar482
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.49/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 01-18-2013
Freshness: Batch 082712
Packaging: 375ml brown bottle, corked and caged
Glassware: Teku
Purchased: Mail order

Appearance is a clear, burgundy color (very pretty) with a thin white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little in the way of lacing. Subsequent pour shows some yeast cloudiness.

Aromas are strong and very wine-like, of the red grape variety, plus cherries. Smells suggest a dry and sour beer, with woody and tannin characteristics.

The taste is a shock in a sense, due to the sharp sourness, more so than Temptation I had earlier tonight. Sour fruit (cherries), plus wood/oak notes and funk. The dark grapes lend an acidic quality as well.

Mouthfeel has a very high carbonation level on a medium body. The beer finishes super dry and sour, with some red wine acidity as well.

Overall, this wild ale has some similarities to the Temptation, but is more sour and has flavors of red grapes/wine vs. the white. The aromas and taste are stronger/bolder and more sour here. An Outstanding beer

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 05:50:37 | More by sommersb
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.49/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml C&C bottle dated 12/17/12, popped and poured into a Russian River snifter glass and quaffed today, 4/23/2013. Thanks to powz87 for hooking me up with this amazing wild.

Aroma: Lots of tart cherries and sour + sweet wine grapes, all in a fantastic way. There is a sickly bittersweet scent that reminds me of a good red wine but somehow different- maybe more of the sweet rather than the bitter. A little bit of oak too. Altogether, it's a funky, sour and sweet beer that smells great. The first whiff of the nose made me excited to drink this one. (4.5)

Colour: Pours a hazy dark red-brown, almost a very dark amber with a thick 2cm off-white head that sticks around for about a minute before it bows out, leaving a foamy collar. The lacing is quite sticky and pretty. Overall, a very good looking beer. (4.25)

Flavour: Damn! This thing is sour as hell. Its got that tartness of cherry, but also that funky sourness that I've come to associate with wild yeast (thank homebrew infections). But its also got a delicious underlying sweetness that seems to come from the underlying malt- it's cherry, grape, raspberry all in one. So if that makes sense, its sweet and sour all at once and in an almost overwhelming fashion. I really love the tartness as it sticks with you the entire time, but its complemented very well by the fruit sweetness. Freaking amazing experience! (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Thinner medium bodied brew with excellent carbonation. It's somewhat resinous and coats my tongue in pure sourness along with the fizzy carbonation. The aftertaste is of course sour, with some sweetness all at the same time. It's a true pleasure to drink. (4.5)

Overall: I'm amazed at how good this beer is. It disappeared so quickly- it's that easy to drink and appreciate. Smells great, tastes great and overall deserves its reputation as probably the best AWA out there. Sour as hell yet has its sweetness that makes it an incredible sensory experience. If you hate sours, you should still try this beer. If you love sours, chances are you've already had this beer. So I don't know if my review will contribute anything to this site, except to show how much I love drinking this Russian River brew. World class stuff. (4.5)

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 01:02:09 | More by Stevedore
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DrewskiWhit

Indiana

4.49/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Usually only do full reviews if its really good, really bad or a top want. This was a top want for me. It also happened to be really good.

A very very nice. Bright orange color around the rim as i poured.

S musty. a little funky but not as pungent as i would have thought based on other reviews

T tart!!! It is sour but i would describe it as tart as opposed to sour. Got lots of tart cherries and a funky oaky note. very nice. bitter dry puckering aftertaste.

M again very nice. much less carbonation than other sours ive had

O very good beer. This bottle was only a few months old. With a little age this beer would be incredible. As it is, its very good. I thought it was much more drinkable than consecration and although it is very tart/sour, it could be a good intro to sours for the average ba.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 03:30:30 | More by DrewskiWhit
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Jas45678

Michigan

4.49/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle (dated 12/17/12) into tulip

Pours a copper color with some floaties and a minimal white head. Smell is tart cherries, oak and a little Pinot. Taste is tart cherries and raspberries, I get a little bit of Pinot and oak. Not as tart as I expected. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation and a little dry. Overall it is very good, I just expected a little more due to its current ranking.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 00:43:36 | More by Jas45678
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Brewbacca for sending several bottles a while back. I’ve finely gotten around to trying some and I am very pleased.

Pours a turbulent orange-red with uncanny carbonation and head. It takes a long time to descend but eventually rests as a healthy and easily excitable skim.

Aroma is heavy on cherry vinegar, or what I imagine cherry vinegar would smell like if such a thing exists. Oak and wet animal hide really dominate but light notes of papaya and other tropical fruits do shine through from time to time.

Body is very acidic, quite tart and somewhat sour. Tart cherries with a heavy wood presence dominate. Very bready or cakey with a lot of sour fruit yeast flavor.

Delicious, depthful, and drinkable by the case.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 19:04:02 | More by DaPeculierDane
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nickseevers

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

04-12-2012 21:06:43 | More by nickseevers
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abeerdude

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

05-17-2013 22:04:32 | More by abeerdude
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SkiBum22

New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light redish brown with 1.5 finger head. Decent retention, excellent lacing.

S - Green apples, oak, slight vanilla

T - Taste starts out sour and funky with lots of citric notes. Sour cherries and grapes appear in the middle. Finishes very sour and astringent.

M - Full bodied, medium acidity, great balance, nice complexity and long finish

O - One of the best American Wild Ales I've had. Glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 03:02:28 | More by SkiBum22
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.

Batch 001. Aged in pinot noir barrels for over a year, with sour cherries, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and Pediococcus (oh my!) introduced over the course. Presented in an awesome 375 ml corked-and-caged bottle.

Decanted ever-so-slowly so as not to rouse the sediment, the beer pours a brilliant deep orange with reddish hues. Active carbonation rises to form a half-inch layer of off-white foam that rests at a ringed lace. Big, Lambic-like aroma--tart and barnyardy--but much cleaner, with suggestions of sweet fruits and bread. First sip is an awakening of the senses, with a big smack of tartness and a pleasing acidic sharpness. Sour-cherry flavors run deep, and also provide a gentle sweet- ness and fruitiness to counter the tartness. Suggestions of weathered hops and leafy undertones within light tannins. Cheesy wine and oak provide some background complexities and are cushioned by a layer of Brett breadiness. Finish is very vinous, with a lingering tartness, tannins and a dry, puckering finish.

One of the best examples of American artisan brewing to have met our palates. Period. Don't bother pairing this one with any food. It's to be indulged in on its own. Batch 002 is on sale now at their website ($11), and they'll ship to about half of the states in the US.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 20:50:51 | More by BeerAdvocate
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,404 ratings.