Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,518
Reviews: 1,382
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2,495
Gots: 1,782 | FT: 126
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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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Ratings: 5,518 | Reviews: 1,382
Photo of jtwhicker
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased two bottles in May '15 while visiting RRBC. Tasting first bottle (bottled 1/16/15). Chilled bottle first in fridge for 30 minutes.

Appearance: Poured in tulip glass. Thin white head that dissipates quickly. Looks and pours like rose wine.
Smell: Smell of dark cherries, plum, oak, hint of vanilla or sugar. Slow carbonation bubbles from bottom of glass.
Taste: Tart cherry, Residual taste of wine musk.
Feel: Velvet texture. Mild booze, oak dry finish with wine musk. Not as sour as expected
Overall: Compared to lower end Gose beers, berliner weisses, and other sours, not as pugnant, rather smooth; taste complexity could be contributed to the oak aging?
I really like anything RRBC, but would like to compare to Sanctification, which I have a couple of bottles of as well. Thinking about what this would taste like before aging? Solid investment for instant enjoyment and aging. Strongly recommend for any avid sour ale drinker.

Photo of Vylo
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There are no words, this isn't even my favorite style. Simply the perfect wild ale, absolutely must try if you can get your hands on it.

Photo of Ssippisam
2.66/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Way to sour for me...

Photo of Mattygross44
3.81/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3

I guess sours are just not for me i mean i am a beer drinker if i wanted something like this i would be a wine drinker!! I will stick to my manly big boy beers and leave the sours to the wine lovers. Shouldnt be considered a beer at all!

Photo of searsclone
4.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle to a new Belgium globe glass.

A golden color with pink-ish hue and a long lasting head that is also pink-ish. A lot of sediment settles to the bottom of the glass.

First smell during the pour is overwhelming bananas. In the glass it's horse blanket, cherry, and a woody smell from the barrel.

Taste is instant sour, that easily slides to a sweetness for a dry finish. There's a lot of wood in the middle. More than I can describe, but really great. Probably the best sour I've ever had. Medium bodied and dry, yet still leaves a bit of a syrupy coating on the tongue.

Overall a fantastic beer. Try it if you have the opportunity.

Photo of drew42e
4.41/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours like carbonated iced tea. Nice mild sour aroma and flavor with notes of cherries and can taste the Pinot noir barrels. Great.

Photo of RichKent
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on Tap at RRBC last night.

Possibly my favorite sour ever. Very tart up front and the cherries really shine through. I'm not a big fan of Brett, but it's used perfectly here. Just the right amount of funk (not overpowering) to add to the cherry, pinot, sour from lacto and pedio, with just a hint of oak on the finish = amazing.

Photo of neenerzig
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My good buddy Jon Passow, who as of a few months ago became the Manager of Barrel Room Operations at Anderson Valley, sent me this in a package from northern, CA recently. Bottled on 7/11/14. Poured out of a 12.68 oz bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a clear, deep amber red color with lots of little streams of bubbles continuously rising tot eh beer's surface. Has a head that is about a half inch thick when first poured that settles to a solid 14 to 1/3 inch thick with very excellent retention. Best head retention I've seen on any beer in awhile. Aromas of tart black cherry along with a nice yeasty barnyard like funk that gives way to an oaked sourness along with some tannins and a sweet diacetyl that is rounded out with a subtle but definitely noticeable malt presence. Very complex aroma. Tastewise the tart cherry intermingled with the slightly toasted bready, biscuit malt notes come out first followed by the funky sour notes and oak tannins. Slight vinegar and an almost salty note rounds this beer out. Quite an excellent flavor profile. Extremely complex, yet something that blends together so exquisitely. Has a dry and sour aftertaste. Has a slightly crisp, but mainly smooth and frothy, also somewhat creamy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A damn fine beer here. One of the best I've had in awhile. Excellent drinkability and I'd say a pretty accessible beer for this style. A very enjoyable beer all around here! Worth a try for sure if you can get your hands on it!


Eric

Photo of SteveOOO
3.53/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was good. But not very good.

Sourness was quite underwhelming on a bottle that was cellared for over a year. The taste overall was just not impressive.

Photo of tduecen
4.82/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

was a great beer, even at a year old.... I would love to try a recent one

Photo of calitrie1486
3.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid beer however not my style!

Photo of MikeHBerk79
4.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not my kind of beer, but seems like a tremendous sour.

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Dark brown, almost reddish brown draft pour; thick off white head. Sour fruit nose. Sour fruit, dark cherries, and Pinot Noir peppery plum flavors. Medium lite mouthfeel with sour ball cherry finish. Overall, excellent - more sour than funky - great combination.

Photo of bencren
4.07/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

SO tasty! This is the original that so many are attempting to replicate

Photo of MisterKilderkin
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

a beautiful tasting, and delicious looking beer.

Photo of Belgeko
4.73/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An amazing sour, tastes of a sour candy, with just the hint of that bitterness from a cherry skin that is almost ripe.

Photo of martinimike82
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Don't need to tell you how amazing it is. But it's pretty damn amazing. Tart cherry pie.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding but not like the plinys

Photo of dmgeng
4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this on my second trade but have just been letting it sit trying to gather up the nerve to try it after being wrecked by the Sourness that is Consecration.

A - Vibrant amber color. With rocky white head and great lacing. This beer looks similar to a Dr. Pepper with some malt body.

S - The smell comes off with a fruit bouquet with mostly a tart black cherry smell that is quite nice. After the initial fruit aromas it has complexity. There is a sour character, some oakiness, and some tannins and a wine character from the barrel. In addition to all that there is also a malt, grain, and a sweet diacetyl which really adds depth.

T - With the first sip you get rocked by all of the different flavors but like all of the best beers it is complex but you can dissect it. Initially the cherries, sweet malt, and oak hit the front and then develop quickly in the middle with the sour but still fruity character that is more vinous. On the finish the sour helps cleanse the ton of different flavors but there is enough residual sweet malt, cherry, and grape to keep it tasty.

M - light mouth-feel with high carbonation. The low ABV makes this very easy to drink and the balance of sweet and tart is pleasant.

Overall, a very tasty sour. The cherries really make this beer. I really enjoyed how the fruit flavors blend well with the wine and malt but in a light bodied ale. It isn't like a Lindemans Kriek cherry flavor but more like a dark cherry that rounds out the flavor instead of being a more candy cherry flavor. The sour is a strong contributor being at different intensities throughout the entire taste but is always complimented by some other flavor. This is much better than Consecration because of the balance of cherry, wine, oak, malt, sweet, and sour without the sour really making you cringe or overrunning all the other flavors.

Glass- Tulip

Photo of Swright752
4.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage aged for 3 Years! All I can say is, You wish you had this right now!

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really delicious but not quite as tart as I wanted.....

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong barrel presence with moderate tartness.

Photo of Ian_B
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful amber-orange with a thin head that retains a ring around the glass. Tart funky yeast aromas with a creamy, nutty brown-ale canvas and bright notes of woody oak, acidic Pinot Noir, and sour cherries. Beautiful balance and delicate taste.

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/17/12 not a huge sour guy but a very unique beer. pinot,cherry and yeast combination works towards an amazing combination feel and flavor

Photo of Shane_Gr
4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great sour brown ale. I liked it a lot.

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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