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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Expensive and unusual, this is not for anyone not appreciating tartness. White head on a golden body. Strong aromas, wine and cherry and wood. Complex taste of wine, cherry, wood. Balanced by malt, and while sour is not aggressive on the palate as I wouod expect. A sipper. Up there with the Cantillons but a top 10 beer because of its similarity to wine?
On tap and upgraded, enjoyed at the brewpub. Bold flavours, decent mouthfeels,despite sourness.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2007 04:23:21 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a cloudy deep amber color with a 1 inch head that fades to a small cap. Moderate lacing on this one.

S - Smells like sour cherries and vinegarette. The smell made my mouth water. Very pungent.

T - Tastes of mouth-puckering cherries and wine grapes with a vinegar acidity. Very tasty.

M - This is a very carbonated beer and the bubbles kept coming during the whole 30 minutes it took me to savor this beer. The beer has a sort of bubbly coating effect in the mouth.

D - VERY good. Yes, this is mouth-puckering sour but it is a dry taste and very refreshing at the same time.

The one small bottle I purchased was $12.50, so it is somewhat pricey. However, this is a beer I can see myself buying plenty more of in the future on special occasions.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 04:37:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001. Rusted orange peel with edges of polished brass gleaming under candlelight. The sandstone colored cap has plenty of character, even if it isn't as awe-inspiring as it might have been. A few patches of sudsy lace grace the upper reaches of the glass... while the final pour brings a darker, murkier look that is immensely appealing.

The nose is unquestionably awe-inspiring and lets the sniffer know what's in store when it comes time to soak the taste buds. The word complexity seems horribly inadequate. How about complex complexity? Brown malt, sour cherries and microbe-generated funk. It's all present and it smells fandamntastic!

Supplication is beautiful beer. I don't care how long it took Vinnie to create it (more than one year according to the rear label), it was time well spent. It's obvious that the flavor has held up perfectly well. The body/mouthfeel might be a different story. However, since this is my first bottle, it's impossible to say for sure.

According the Russian River website, this batch is supposed to be less acidic and acetic than subsequent batches. I think it's just right in that regard. Any more acid and flavor and drinkability would have taken a hit. The website also says that cherries are more prominent in 001. It's great that tart fruit dominates, even with so much else going on.

As for the bugs, Brettanomyces was used, as were Lactobacillus and Pediococcus. The horse blanket characteristics of Brett are obvious, as are the smelly feet charcteristics added by the two bacteria. What cheesemakers have known for millenia, brewers are just beginning to discover. That's nothing but good news for craft beer lovers.

The flavor profile is a kaleidoscope of deliciousness. It includes brown malt, fermented sour cherries, a shot of oak-soaked Pinot Noir, fruit vinegar and a lovely funkiness that is anything but overpowering. Warming doesn't change much, but then the beer was mind-blowingly deep right out of the chute.

I'm still not sure what sort of mouthfeel an American wild ale should have. This one is light-medium and the carbonation lacks softness. It still fits the beer very well, however, which is the biggest reason why it hasn't been penalized too severely.

Supplication (noun): humble prayer, entreaty or petition. Mr. Cilurzo, I humbly ask that you do whatever is in your power to return to the days when those of us who reside outside of California were able to have Russian River beer delivered to our homes. Supplication is well worth its lofty ranking on The Top Beers on Planet Earth.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 13:29:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So I finally get to try some Supplication. After having the Beatification last night, I decided to pop this one right after it to see how it was. Batch 003, I grabbed this one right out of the fridge and poured it into a Chimay chalice and allowed it to warm up a touch before deciding to go in for the kill. Huge pop on this one, I probably could have shot the cork across the room! Fantastic looking 375ml bottle, with a nice cork and cage to it in typical Russian River fashion.

Appearance - Poured a very nice looking bright, golden, amber color right out of the gate. A very nice, and slightly hazy looking consistency to it, I did notice copious amounts of bubbles coming up through it, throughout the session. This was a really a very full looking beer already. A gorgeous looking head of about two fingers in height rose up off the top and stayed FOREVER. I actually had to walk in the other room and take care of my son for about ten minutes and came back and it was still there, I was amazed! Thick, and coating side glass lace then trickled down the side of it and really just thickened up the whole thing. This was amazing looking, probably the best I could have ever envisioned it looking.

Smell - The aroma was very nice and tart. Huge aromas of Brett coming off of this immediately, turning the whole experience over to the funk that was in the glass, very nice to see. This was a little bit more sweet on the nose though then some of the other sours I have had, and after a few minutes, the cherries were very much detectable, with a dark sweetness about it. Very bright aroma, that really stuck out at you and welcomed you in. Some light woody aromas as well now as it gets a little warmer, this was turning out to be very nice indeed.

Taste - Ok, so here we go again. The first thing I notice, naturally would be the fully funked out Brett flavor coming through, though I have to admit it seems a little tamer then the Beatification I had last night. Still damn good in its own right though, but some of that deep, resonant sour taste, seems to be a little more tame that what I was expecting, A good bit of sweetness in here, balancing this one out a bit more. Nice notes of cherries riddled throughout this one. Very nice. After the initial wave of Brett, some soothing cherry sweetness rolls in behind it, with some nice tones of wood raveled in throughout as well. Really well blended, the aging is really coming into play here now. Very dry finish with the long lingering taste of sour Brett that as time fades, it does as well, but the zap of cherry sweetness lingered on long past everything else.

Mouthfeel - There was a very nice feel to this one. It came off a little bit fuller then some of the other sours I have had, with more of a rich feel, and loads of carbonation. Never a dull moment here, with a smooth texture, but yet still a crisp finish to it adding a bit of a refreshing touch to it.

Drinkability - This was superbly drinkable. The alcohol was never a factor, and with soo much yeast, I doubt you would ever be able to find it. Nice subtleness with the cherries was just enough to balance this so that you could have easily more then one. I was looking for another right away!

Overall I thought this was wonderful and well worth the price and the hassle to get it. These RR sours are unlike anything else made. It was truly unreal to see these develop and I am glad I have a few to lay down for a while. You really need to go out and get this one if you can find it, it is definitely worth it!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 12:58:22 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from Batch 003 generously shared by Andy yesterday at the tasting.

A: The pour is a hazy, light brownish red (not exactly amber) color with a sticky white head.

S: The cherries have diminished quite a bit from this one in the going on two years since it's release. In their place, a vinegar aroma has started to set in. The oak and funk are still prominent and help to distract you from the acetic qualities.

T: The cherries seem to be lingering a bit in terms of the flavor. The vinegar is not quite as pronounced as it is in the nose, but still detectable. There is also some lactic sourness and a mild Brett funk and definitely dryness.

M: The body is medium with a a slight slickness on the tongue. A moderate level of carbonation provides a bit of dryness to the finish.

D: Just as drinkable as the fresh batch that will be released on Friday. That said, I think this one should be consumed fairly soon, unless more vinegar is your thing in sours.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 19:25:22 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch No. 1 (tasted 6/24/07) and Batch 3 (tasted 4/26/08)

Appearance: Batch 1 pours a hazy amber color with a moderate head that declines to a ringlet and leaves the occasional shard of lace (the less mature Batch 3 has a much bigger head but the rest of the commentary is accurate)

Smell: Sour cherry, vinous pinot, oak barrel and some barnyard funk

Taste: Starts with a characteristic Flanders Red flavor profile with slightly toasted malts that build in tart cherry and chocolate directions by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sourness really builds and joins with the oaky character to provide a balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, creamy carbonation

Drinkability: Batch 1 has been aging in my cellar for two years and has truly benefited from the age; an extraordinary accomplishment; (Batch 3 is a bit raw so if you have patience, wait a couple of years)

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 02:27:42 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep red color ale with a medium foamy slightly off-white head with average retention. Aroma of sour cherries and oak are clearly detectable. Taste has a clear sour cherries feel to it with some distinctive note of acidity and oak. Tartness was delectable but could have been more present. Even though this is an excellent Flemish sour, I though it could have had more tart and more complexity in general (i.e. De Dolle Oerbier Reserva). I’d definitely take more RR Temptation over this any day.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 20:33:57 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful cherry beer with the background of must, funk, sour, and dryness.

Supplication begins with a deep redish-brown color, boardering on rust with it's medium haze. An off white head forms above the beer and soon settles to an intermitten blanket of foam with solid lacing. A fine looking beer indeed.

Very tart, musty, horsey, and sharply of lime and vinegar-like to the nose. Bold cherry aromas take center stage and in tart and under-ripe versions. Amber malts begin to temper the acidic notes with light breads and toast. Slight phenolics give a bit of medecine notes to go along with peppery scent. As with most Belgian Lambics, the aroma promises serious complexity, strength, and depth... let's see.

Crazy intense flavors of tart cherries hold center stage and push the yeast and malt character way down. Cherry notes are complimented by lemons, limes, apples, cranberries, and crab-apples. Funky vinous notes of cider, red-wine or balsamic vingar, musty-dusty earthiness, and aged woods give a lot of flavor and help to intensify the character of the cherry fruits. A salty, minerally flavor also amplifies the sharp flavors quite a bit. Softer malts pad the impact of the yeast and fruit agains the tongue with just enough bread crust and toffee sweetness to remind me that this is indeed a beer.

Acrid, astringent, and mouth puckering up front but the beer holds enough maltiness to give it a bit of cushion on the back side that allows for dryness but not an insatiable astringency. This gives a great clean lactic quality that erases the enamel from the teeth but keeps from the burn in the throat.

This is a delicious beer. With that extra mild malty finish the beer has a more inviting flavor and mouthfeel than say another great sour in Drie Fonteinen fruit sours.

Thanks waltonc, bbehr!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 03:29:22 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got this one delivered today. Poured from the new 375mL style bottle into my tulip glass.

A: Pours a copper/ruby color with a nice two-finger head that is ever-so-slightly pink. Plenty of lacing initially as the head recedes, and some nice legs as it goes down.

S: A good amount of cherry in addition to a hefty amount of lactic sourness. Some oak. The cherry itself isn't over-the-top, but is somehow soothing as I inhale. Also detecting a very modest amount of earthy funk.

T: The cherries bring this beer to a completely different level. Absolutely beautiful how they are integrated--both sweetness and tartness--with the lactic sourness of the base beer. A bit of brown malt underlying the entire brew.

M: Fairly low carbonation on a medium body. Not terribly mouth-puckering, but fairly dry with a nice acidity.

D: Very drinkable, especially considering the style. Good carbonation levels, beautiful fruit, and a beautifully-balanced sourness.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 01:45:38 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy brownish red in color. It poured with a half finger high beige head that has excellent retention properties and hardly died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of Pinot Noir barrels are present in the nose along with notes of oak.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has notes of sourness and cherries, the latter of which particularly stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little acidic on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the balance and complexity of this beer as you could taste all of the flavors in equal proportions.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 19:21:43 | More by metter98
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Big thanks to Hophead101 and the Blind Beers BIF for this beastly extra!

Popped this brew to celebrate my buddy's engagement tonight. Congrats, Alex and Kristin! This bad boy pours a hazy auburn amber topped by over a finger of steadfast white-ish foam. The nose is up front about its bretty sourness, feeling it better to be open with us than try to hide its true feelings. I can respect that. Some tart berries, oak, light vanilla bean, and caramel corn occasionally bubble to the surface as well, but it's always the bretty-ness that looms over them all, all cocky and whatnot. The taste follows this template, with the sourness rocking my tongue fore to aft without much mercy. The brute. The berries return, along with some decidedly sour cherries, some oak, and a touch of butter somewhere behind the wall of bretty fog. The body is a solid medium, with a light carbonation and an almost sticky feel. Overall, a more-than-solid wild child, though I'm not sure how often I could indulge in this treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 04:17:08 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Remarkable! A brilliant beer!

A long-standing bottle pours a clear, deep-crimson-amber body beneath a full head of creamy light tan foam that holds exceptionally well and leaves some very nice lace about the glass. The lacing could be better, but the retention is impressive.

The nose is sparkling with Brettanomyces and tartness; metal, oak, wet and oily leather, acetic acid, uric acid, chalk, must, damp newspaper, wet straw, papaya, plum, citrus rind, and cherry.

It's delicately effervescent in the mouth with a medium body that leaves it quite smooth, a bit airy, and somewhat creamy despite it's initial spritz.

The flavor is just as the nose suggests, but with a much fuller character. The sourness appears upfront; followed by the delicate, tart fruit (cherry, papaya, summer berries); and then mustiness and some very drying oak in the finish.

It's quite simply remarkably bizzare and flavorful, yet somehow completely pulled together and ultimately refreshing! It's astonishingly entincing, enaging, and almost consuming.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 15:06:46 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml caged and corked bottle, batch 04x5. My first Russian River offering, from a grocery store (sigh) in Oregon.

This beer pours a slightly cloudy, but still somehow bright copper hue, with one finger of foamy, moderately creamy pale beige head, which leaves a few broad buttes of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of tart fruit - cherries, mostly, a mild earthy yeastiness, barnyard funk, and a bit of astringent woodiness. The taste is tart, sour cherry, some equally lemon-oriented essences, and some fruity vinegar to mix things up further. A soft graininess underlies all, softened up even more by a mild, endearing funk, part over ripe fruit, part surprisingly inoffensive cheese curds. The carbonation is quite zippy, but adequately restrained, the body medium-light in weight, and just a bit too clipped to be considered outright smooth. It finishes with that tart, increasingly nondescript sourness persisting, alongside a simmering, late-arising yeasty funk.

I like the American craft-brewing tendency of, the higher-quality the beer, the more they want to tell you about it on the packaging...Knowing what went into this offering makes it all the more enjoyable - the sourness, yeast, wood, funk (oh, and actual beer, too!), all kept in balance, yet still rendering a beverage for the adventurous palate. Sort of a more laid-back Cantillon - scary, earth-relationship-affirming, and ultimately tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 22:52:12 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazed, tawny, deep amber/orange, under a fizzy slab of off-whitish foam...

Oooo...sow-wer aroma, wild and funky, citrus and spice at play in the great outdoors...oooo...aaahhh!

A most unusual taste. Full bodied, and utterly weird. Bold fruit, forward and beautifully blended. Cherries are on top, but don't dominate, there's a greater complexity, made more confounding by the tartness that abounds.
Gets mellower as we sip, and wider, too...more open, spacious, ...with incessant bursts of cherry-licious flavor...me, oh, my...

This beer requires a larger bottle, and a momentous occasion, to share with special someones...drinks down deliciously...

A most stupendous creation.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 07:28:25 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Poured with a half-finger of ecru foam that settles to a partial cap and leaves solid lacing. Slightly hazed cherry-wood color, with a nice coppery glow.

S - Sour cherry and oak are the first major impressions. As it warms I get more sweet cherry and other fruits, and vanilla from the wood, as well as some fruity brett notes.

T - Taste is tart and sour cherry, mixed with sharp oak. Less overt sweetness and more wine character. This is a rare case where a touch more malt character would have made things better. Closer to 4.25 than a true 4.5 for me.

M - Initially sticky medium body, that finishes dry and tannic, and with no heat.

D - This is a classic Russian River sour. I could drink this regularly with little complaint other than the holes in my stomach. A must-try for all lovers of things sour.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2010 04:04:48 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from mikesgroove courtesy of the I Want That IV BIF, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 375ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of cherries along with some yeast, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very tart and sour up front with a strong cherry flavor. There's a thin malt character and a mild hops presence. After-taste is also quite sour. If you're into the sour beers, this is a good one for you.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, even though I'm not a big fan of the sour beers, I can appreciate the fact that this is a well-made beer. It's well worth drinking for a while if you're in the mood for the sour style.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 23:37:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 003 bottle, poured into a fluted tulip glass.

Coloration is a burnished orange, leaning into very light shades of brown. Fizzy, wild foam on the first pour that settles down eventually, but rekindles with a swirl.

Alternating aromas of wood and wet stone, then wild yeast spiciness, with the occasional cherry note.

Huge sour cherry and oak, great puckering feel. Lingering spice, cherry pits, flesh, and skins. Aftertaste lingers forever, which reminds you to savor and take your time. Sourness is strong, near traditional Lambic levels. Utterly quenching and satisfying, salivary glands work overtime. Basically Supplication has all the best elements of Flanders ales, turned up to eleven.

It reminds me of Oerbier Reserva, in the level of sourness, wood, and tart berry flavors. They are both aged in wine barrels, possibly a key connection.

Thanks to Weibull & drseamus, who traded me one of these last year.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 23:34:11 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Mad props to Joe1510 for sending me this one!!

Batch 003 pours a semi-hazed caramel with a finger of cream colored head. Not much head retention & or lacing

S: Tart raspberry, hay, & barnyard funk

T: Much berry & apple tartness, barnyard, grassyness up front. Intense lemon tartness, & a smattering of grapefruit, plus some oaky dryness, as this warms. Finishes with tart cherry, bone dryness, a bit of booze tingle, & more dessicated lemon

MF: Puckery, fairly vigirous carbonation, flavors balance out nicely

Drinks pretty easy considering the tart & sour going on here. Not sure i could do more than 2 bottles of this, but certainly the best of this style in a bottle I've ever had. I must for sour beer freaks

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 05:04:25 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.47/5  rDev -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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drabmuh

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is brown and slightly hazy. Form an off white head of small bubbles that falls away leaving some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low. Looks good, not sure what I expected.

Aroma is sweeter than I was expecting for sure. There is also a funky spiciness to the whole thing. I'm interested for sure. What's going to happen next.

OK, I like this beer but this is not my favorite sour, not at all. This was sweet and there is a lot of carbonation in the mouth that accents the sour notes. It ends rather tart but overall its not as sour as the other offerings. Its citric and lactic in nature with a pretty dominant sweetness overall. Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is high. Still a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2010 03:26:13 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

Batch 004x1. The beer pours a clear orange color with a white head. The aroma is a lot of tart cherries with some oak. The flavor is tart cherries, vanilla and some oak. The beer is dry but not as dry as Sanctification. The cherries really make this an excellent beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 04:17:22 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one finger head of bubbly white foam. Nice head retention and left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of cherry and sour notes. There were some mild grape aromas, too.

T - Great sour cherry flavor and some grape.

M - It was very crisp and had a strong puckering bite. A medium bodied ale.

D - This is a really outstanding wild ale. I'm glad I finally got a chance to try one.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 02:55:58 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev -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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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 002; Sampled January 2008
A careful, persistent pour yields a fat-one-finger thick, dingy, tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, light cherry red color. Tart aromatics of acetic acid, lactic acid and moldy cheese are the first thing I notice in the nose. Quite fruity, but it is a sort of non-descript, perhaps berry-like, sweet fruitiness. The barrel character is present, but held well in check by the other aromatic components; touches of vanillin, a backdrop of spicy oak, some hints of butterscotch around the edges and a tannic character that is definitely noticed. The nose is quite funky, teetering on the edge of being off; over-ripe cheese, penicillin and buttery oak notes all contribute to this. Compared to a Lambic, this has quite a bit of acetic acid character to it, which is something I always enjoy if kept to a reasonable level.

Tart tasting, in fact very tart tasting; this is a nice mix of lactic and acetic notes. The lactic acid is the more prevalent not, but I am not sure that the lesser amount of acetic acid is not the most noticed part of the acidity. Flavors of tart cherries, tamarind and star fruit are all noticeable in this exceedingly dry beer. The body actually has a bit of heft to it though, which should be attributed to the barrel contribution and touches of residual malt character. Dry cherry notes, rich (though diluted) balsamic character, . A tannic, tongue coating note in the finish adds spicy almost piquant oak flavors that coat the tongue in a long finish. The barrel adds notes of buttery oak, spicy wood, some soft, creamy vanillin and probably even some berry flavors (assuming that the noticed berry flavors are coming from the Pinot Noir part of the barrel). As the beer warms it really starts to come into its own; the fruit & malt seem to balance the sour notes all that much more and make this even more enjoyable.

This is quite a bit more acetic in character than batch one. This is actually quite hard for a red / brown styled sour beer. An aggressive, but enjoyable, experience if you are into that sort of thing. I like that the oak character is much more integrated (though it still plays a significant role) than it was in batch one, but it still has a little ways to go before it hits that perfect balance between malt and funk / oak. This is still a fantastic beer, but I can't wait to see if Vinnie can dial this in a bit more over the next couple batches.

Batch 001; Sampled July 2005
4/4.5/5/4/5 total=4.6
Pours a hazy ruby red color when held up to the light, an amber color otherwise. The head is thin and tan in color. The aroma is dominated by a fresh oakiness, but, especially when I was pouring this, there is a nice acetic acid note to this that reminds me of a Rodenbach. The nose has notes of buttery oak, hints of cherries, balsamic, and a certain tannic woodiness. The aroma is quite well integrated with a great balance to it, though it does lean toward the acidity, which I am partial to.

The taste is fairly dry, much drier than the pasteurized Flemish beers, but still strikes a malty balance with a bit of caramel complexity to it. The finish is pleasingly acidic, with a leaning towards the acetic side of things. This beer is really well done, I am quite impressed, this is quite a bit farther along than the temptation. The finish has notes of a tannic woodiness, plus a long sour note that lingers along with the woodiness. This beer certainly reminds me of cherries, with a nice fruitiness to it. The more I drink it the more I become enamored of this beer, an authentic Flemish style sour beer that has not been pasteurized. This is quite a bit better, and much more balanced than New Belgium's La Folie. There is a wonderful interplay between the oak, maltiness, and acid character; this is superb and I can't wait to get more vintages of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 03:01:14 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I felt this beer was going to be a challenge for me to get down. Since I'm not a big fan of sour ales if this wasn't a Russian River brew I probably would have just overlooked it. The beer poured out as a sparkling red color with some in there too. The head was fizzy and white and then vanished pretty quickly. The smell of this beer was big, it's stung the nostrils like sex panther a little bit. The smell of tart cherries and oak wood mixed with a big amount of wild yeast explode on nose. The taste of the beer is interesting too, The sour cherries almost make your lips pucker, the sour subsides and leaves you with a nice oak and vanilla smoothness. The mouthfeel is little thin, but has enough flavor to balance out the whole thing. Overall it's a good sour beer, I'm trying to give it praise despite the fact I don't care for the style. I feel that people who enjoy these will definitely enjoy this one too.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 16:56:59 | More by Knapp85
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