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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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5,242 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,242
Reviews: 1,347
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2,344
Gots: 1,664 | FT: 111
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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Photo of HopDerek
4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Union Jacks Inn on the Manatawny, enjoyed at home in a tulip glass, just like instructed on the cork. Batch 002.

Pours a hazy copper with pink hues with fizzy beige head, little retention and spotty lacing. Smells of sour cherry, citrus zest, caramel, bread, yeast, and red wine. Taste is very tart with lots of sour cherry presence. Beyond that there is a taste of grapes, caramel, oak, brown sugar, and a musty funk. Medium-light in body with good carbonation and lots of tartness and an acidic balance. With a good amount of tart and sour flavors it isn't a beer for everyone, but it is certainly different and at least worth a try. A very unique brew that I wish I had more bottles of. Certainly not sessionable, but nice for a change every so often, especially for dessert.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Patrick999
4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a wine glass. I feel pretty privileged to be reviewing a beer with 803 wants as of this writing. Small bottle, corked and caged. Minor foam upon pouring, but it retains very well, I find. Clear brown.

It has that sour aroma that makes the palate pucker up immediately. Concentrated Sweet-Tarts. Boiled-down Nerds. Lemonheads. The smell of every sour candy I can think of is in here. Some cherry and wood - smells Cantillon-esque. Almost a birch syrup aroma as it warms, I think.

This has excellent flavor. Moderately sour, with just a little apple and cherry, (and I swear some of that birch syrup!) sweetness to set it off. In fact, the more I drink, the less "sour" I notice, and the more I notice a vanilla-cinnamon-birch thing going on. Who knows exactly what the pinot noir barrels did to this - that's probably what I'm tasting. Odd. But exceedingly tasty.

It has a spiky, bright mouthfeel similar to many very good lambics.

It's a given that you will wish this had come in 750s. It's a fun beer to drink, and comparable in quality to the best Belgian lambics, I have no doubt of that.

Photo of neckbeered
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jamie2dope
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thankyou goes to jw347 for sending this bottle my way. This will be my first time drinking a beer from Russian River Brewing Company. Poured in to a wide mouthed wine glass a strawberry color, with a very nice, sizable white head show. Aroma is wonderfully funky, with those micro bacteria showing themselves early on. Lemon juice, sour cherry, vinegar, and a slight dry champaign character are in there too. Taste hits the palate with a wave of sour funk, tart fruit, and a lovely, almost spicy feel. Carbonation is just right, giving it even more of a champaign feel. This is one to let warm up a bit as well, as many more complexities push themselves forward. Drinkability is quite good for this style, as the carbonation helps things out. For me, this resembles a Cantillon beer, which is very impressive, because their beers are so complex. I would say that if anyone wants to get an idea of what this beer tastes like, to grab some Cantillon, assuming that it is available in your area. This is an exceptional wild ale. I cannot wait to try some of the other offerings from Russian River. Cheers

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of davey101
3.79/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 062212. 375ml bottle into a tulip glass. Huge thanks to WesM63, this is a huge want of mine!

A - Pours a clear dark ruby body. Lots of rising carbonation and one finger of off white foam. Minimal lacing and retention.

S - Cherries, oak, vanilla, red wine, and some tart vinegar. Quite nice.

T - Tart cherries and oak. A bit of vinegar and moldy cheese with a long sour finish. Not very well balanced and a bit harsh. Aftertaste is clean with a lasting acetic bite. Not quite at the level of a flanders our bruin. Super sour and just a bit jumbled when it comes to the flavors

M - Crisp and lively, medium bodied.

O - Super sour with a nice cherry presence, but this one did not live up to the hype for me. Glad to have had the chance to try it though.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4 and 5 side by side!

A-muddy beige color with a white head. Head retention on the 4 but not the 5
S-fruity smooth and crisp
T-the 4 is a lot more tart and sour than the 5. Nice and fruity combination with the tartness.
M-crisp and smooth. Very smootj
D-nicely drinkable. Wish I had a full glass rather than a taste.

The 4 is better than 5. The age defineitly does this body good.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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