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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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5,312 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,312
Reviews: 1,355
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2,406
Gots: 1,716 | FT: 119
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:
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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4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 375 mL corked and caged bottle from Batch 003.

A: The ale is a reddish brown color, like grenadine in orange juice only with a little less haze. A finger plus of highly carbonated foam has left spots of lace around the mouth.

S: Aroma-wise, the ale is just plain funky. The barnyard aromas are hard to avoid, filling the nose with sour cherries, pepper and apple butter.

T: The tartness here surpasses the bite of Temptation, scalding the tastebuds with each sip. Sour cherries follow the tartness, adding a little more depth to the taste. Red wine and vanilla finish out the taste. The ale is incredibly carbonated, adding to the lively taste with each sip.

M: The ale is quite dry from the barrel aging. That, in conjunction with the wild yeasts, creates a beer that stabs the tastebuds with each sip. The complexity is present but you have to appreciate it.

D: The wood, vanilla and funk are incredible. This is a great beer to sip from a snifter.

Photo of HopHead84
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2/23/2010

I've been enjoying the hell out of this beer since its release, so I thought it was time to review it. Bottled batch 004. The beer appears deep orange tinged ruby with a voluminous light beige head, excellent retention, and lots of scattered lacing.

The nose is redolent of tart cherries and lactic character, with a balancing sweet malt presence and apparent wood notes. The fruit is incredibly vibrant, a moderate acetic character is evident, and vanilla is subtle.

The flavor opens with tart cherry flesh and skins, segueing into a moderate lactic sourness and a slightly balancing malty sweetness. Acetic acid character is at a pleasantly restrained lower moderate level, adding balance rather than churning my stomach. Other fruit notes are of grapes and plums, but cherries are most prominent. The finish is tart and lightly tannic with a plethora of fruit and a drying woody sensation. Outstanding. The mouthfeel is dry and soft, with a fitting moderate level of carbonation.

I consumed a growler of batch 004 back in December, but I've been told that a different blend was put into bottles. I enjoy this even more than the first blend, if that's possible, and I shall drink up while the fruit is fresh.

Photo of billab914
4.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 003 poured from a 375 ml bottle into my Russian River tulip glass. Poured a brown/red color with about half an inch of white frothy foam on top. It kept a thin white covering on the beer as I drank it, which made each sip a little frothy and really enhanced the beer. I don't think I could ask for a better looking beer of this style.

Aroma is sour and tart with some grape, cherry and sour candy apple flavors. The taste is not surprisingly sour and tart, but it also has a candy sweet-tart like flavor to it. It has a acidic bite to it as soon as it hits your tongue, and then mellows out a bit to show some of the complex flavors. The cherries come through very nicely in the finish. Awesome flavors and complexity, probably the best tasting of the style I have had.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's very delicious which helps the drinkability out a lot. It's sour, tart and acidic for sure but it's so good and complex drinking it really is a pleasure. Plus I really love anything with cherries involved in it. The acidity is the only thing that would probably get to me if I were to drink too much of this.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of John_M
4.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blue Dog Tavern the other day.

Supplication pours an apricot amber color with fairly good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this beer is quite vinous, showing an iimpressive array of grapes, vanilla, wine and light sour. The flavor profile replicates the nose for the most part, except I'm getting a bit more wine vinegar and sour funk. The sour component definitely dominates the flavor profile, though it's not so over the top as to be unenjoyable. This beer is hugely flavorful with no more than a medium bodied mouthfeel, and the finish is long, winey and sour. This beer has almost an electric component to the flavor profile, at least that's how the sour hits me on the finish. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol nearly unnoticeable. Am not a huge fan of sours beers, but this is pretty fun to drink (though I can't imagine drinking a whole lot of it). However, I confess the sour component does seem a bit more intense on draft then I recall experiencing from the bottle.

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

Batch 003 - sampled April 6, 2009.

Sun blistered cognac that is, quite surprisingly, crystal clear. The complexion is immaculate and its tone radiant. The refermentation in bottle (the same process used in Champagne) was hugely successful at providing carbonation; the capping is firm, thick and thorough. It's said for Champagne that the smaller the bubbles the finer the wine - if these little acrobatic pin pricks are any indication this will be of the usual Vinnie Cilurzo high standard of quality.

Pouring the bottle at arms length I could pick up on the aromatics of fruit vinegar, musty oak and fruit juices. With my nose buried in the glass the funky trio of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus wild yeasts raddle the nose hairs. Its volatile, long-chained molecules then stream up the nasal passage, prancing through a pattern of receptors, before finally tickling the olfactory nerve cell at the bulb of the brain.

It is there, in the brain's olfactory cortex, where higher functions such as memory and emotion are coordinated with the sense of smell. My memory makes the connection to musty, wine soaked oak barrels, butterscotch and cherry juice. The emotion side recaptures the encounters of gueuze in Brussels, it reminisces the Red Ales of Flanders, and remembrance of a tasting in the barrel room in Santa Rosa.

The taste is, put simply, a sour red wine-like Belgian-style ale with tons of complex funk. More specifically, it's an intense fruitiness that includes plum, ripe raspberry, black cherry and red currant flavors. The taste of musty oak is prevalent and the backdrop is a combination of both metallic and malty notes. There are hints of butterscotch, an abundance of vanilla and spicy phenols in low amounts.

The mouthfeel is dominated by an acidic, tannic bitterness and a touch of oxidization. The sourness (which is still well shy of being puckering) imparts a noticeably acetic/vinegary character. There's also a touch of sherry-like character which, along with the brown malts, produces a sweet-and-sour profile (the sour outnumbering the sweet by 2:1). It has all the dryness of a white wine but all the complexities of an aged, vintage red.

I've enjoyed this batch more than the previous (002) but I appreciate the concept of each vintage being unique. Such annual changes burgeon with notions of immortality and evolution; the idea that the beer lives on to provide sustenance even after its grains are spent, the cherries rotted and the yeasts tired. The beautiful tragedy of it is the vintage is consumed and only the memory of it remains; thus conveying the transience of life.

...at least until next year.

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4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375ml batch 007 into a snifter.

pours a light brown with a slight head. smell of cherries..very faint. taste is smooth, quite subtle on the cherries. wine barrel smoothes it out to be quite drinkable.extremely smooth. slight tart. mild body, mild carbonation.

overall superb. love this!

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Dicers
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Caged/Corked

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.

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

375 mL bottle poured into my Allagash chalice, because I broke my RR -tion glass :( RIP RR -tion. May I soon obtain another. Batch 006X2.

Appearance - More red than brown. The color of a dark sherry. Huge head that seems to climb the sides of the glass and cling for dear life. A soft pillow protects the body from the elements.

Smell - The tart fermented cherry aroma is most prominent. Some brett aromas as well. Not terrifically funky. Huge pinot aroma.

Taste - Starts off with a threatening tartness that fades and suddenly returns with a vengeance in the finish. The cherries come through most in the front. Behind the cherries the pinot flavors push through with some tannins and oak flavors. The tartness almost overwhelms the wine in the finish, but as the sour notes fade, the wine shines through. To be honest, I'm not sure I love how strong the wine is, but for right now it's awesome.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and tinglingly carbonated. Very dry in the finish with the tannins from the oak and wine extending the finish.

Overall - Really spectacular. I don't get to drink many sours as good as this one. I can't wait to try the Beatification in my cellar. It tempts me every day. Is there anything Russian River doesn't do well?

Photo of sendbeer
5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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

22oz bottle received via I Want That BIF from flexabull. Corked and caged, Batch 002. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/2" light beige head over the reddish amber brew. Head fades gradullay, with plentiful slow-falling lace. Aroma is bubblegum upfront, with a strong tartness coming in after. Taste is cherries, sweet and then tart. Not noticing the barrel flavors as much as in Batch 001, seems a bit more lambic-leaning. Mouthfeel and drinkability are very nice. Tartness quenches the thirst as a bonus. Not quite as impressive for me as it's predecessor.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Got this bottle from Santa (Prototypic), thanks for the opportunity. Batch 003 375ml

Pours a slightly cloudy orangey amber with a bubbly white head that sticks around forever. I can smell the sour from here while I'm pouring, yum. Upon closer inspection many layers reveal themselves to my nostrils. There's the sour funk, the cherries, the spicy Belgian yeast, bready malt. Just wonderful smelling really. Taste is sour lemons, limes, green apples, some cherries, a bit of acid. Any trace of malt or yeast gets buried in the sour while tasting. Sour fruits galore, but not overpowering. Incredibly drinkable. Very dry finish. Crisp Carbonation, medium body, Creamy dry mouthfeel. Wow this is good! One of the best I've had, although a little more cherry wouldn't hurt.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of liamt07
4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from iguenard, batch 009. 375ml into a tulip.

Browned red, witha finger and change of eggshell head. Moderate retention and good lacing. Nose has oak, cherries, light acetic, mild vinous character, and some underlying sweet malt predominantly masked by the acid. Some underripe apple as well. Taste has sweet oak and malt character initially, and opens up immediately into really juicy cherries, acid and finishes with a subtle pucker. More acidic than directly tart/sour. Shred of alcohol.Mediumhigh carbonation, slight spritz in the conclusion. Complex and fantastically delicious, has all of the qualities I love in a sour.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of beertunes
3.88/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #600 for me. Bottle numbered 04x2. Poured into crystal tulip. Poured a coppery orange amber color with just a trace of tan head that didn't have much retention or lacing.

Some fruit hides behind the upfront vinegary scent, with a bit of yeast adding some funkiness. The flavors were similar, just magnified. The dry bitterness was dominate and the flavors lurk in the background.

Body is good for the style, although I found it a bit thin. Drinkability was good, depending your tolerance for sourness. Overall, a good beer, worth a shot for anyone and a must try for sourheads.

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

On tap @ City Beer. 2011 vintage

A - Dark opaque orange with a thin layer of white head

S/T - Vinegar, bready, tart, slightly puckering sour. Fruity/berry notes. Slightly acidic but not overwhelmingly sour.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation. Dry throughout.

Photo of DrJay
4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from jgaston as part of my BC2 package. Thanks!
Deep, burnt reddish orange with a light haze and short-lived foam. The colour was really gorgeous! The aroma was very earthy and woody, juicy cherry, delicate red grapes, a bit vinous, fruity, with tart berry. Mouthwatering tartness in the flavour with a very light acidic character, sour cherry and vinous, raspberry, woody and oaky. Perhaps a hint of funk. Medium to light bodied with a bit of residual sugar present - still some dryness though. Mild warmth in the finish. This stuff is super tasty! Highly drinkable and a great accompaniment to dinner. I'm glad I have another bottle, but I'd love to have more.

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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