Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,079
Reviews: 1,331
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 2,243
Gots: 1,573 | FT: 102
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2005)
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 002.

A: Poured into Stone IRS snifter, Light brown, reddish, off-white thin head that forms a rung around glass. Effervescent.

S: Could probably smell this a block away. fruit, tart cherries mixed with light oak.

T: tart fruit, vinous.

M: Cidery. Light and prickly on the tongue. Pretty acidic.

Enjoyed this very much. Had a nice rich taste within a relatively light alcohol body. Acidity is its limiting quality, as it somewhat burns on its way down. Otherwise the sour and fruit work very nicely together.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Got this at the Pliny the Younger release. Batch 04 x 1. Poured into a duvel tulip.

Brown/amber/mahogany semi opaque beer. Two and a half finger cream head. Very impressive head retention, and awesome lacing.

Smells of sourness, bready yeast, oak, and a faint bit of vanilla.

Oaky tannins, sourness, brett, cherries, champagne, vague dark fruits (raisins/plumb), and vanilla.

Full bodied, well carbonated, fairly dry and creamy.

Delicious sour ale that keeps you coming back for more.

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

375mL bottle batch # 005x3 consumed 12/19/12

Appearance: Deep bourbon-y brown with a nice tan head

Nose: Cherry candies, tart cranberry juice, sweet caramel, and toasty oak. Really nice combination of aromas.

Taste: Cherry forward, with the caramel and oak underneath. Some of the tart cranberry and strawberry from the Pinot Noir barrels are evident. Complex and a nice balance of tart and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a hint of tannic dryness.

Overall: The cherries get to be a bit much when it warms up but sipping it slowly reveals a complex combination of tasty flavors and aromas.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

I got a chance to try this at the Toronado in San Francisco. Poured into a tiny tulip glass with just a whisp of head atop this dark copper colored beer.

The smell is exactly what I would expect from a wild ale. Lots of winey characteristics, floral aromas and just a funky aroma in general.

Suprisingly balanced and a sourness that is sharp but appealing. Very unique flavors of cherry, wood and a light caramel note. As expected this finishes very dry and puckering. While sipping this more complex cherry notes come on.

Pleasing wild ale which seems simple yet complex all the way through. Maybe it just confused my palate though since I haven't had too many wild ales. This is a tasty ale to say the least.

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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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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

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

Notes from 5-30-10 - poured into a tulip glass - 12.68 Fl. Oz. (375 ML) cage-capped bottle - Batch 04X4

Appearance: Pours deep amber orange with a large, bubbly, creamy, tan head. Nice lacing hangs around.

Smell: Similar to a kriek lambic in many respects. This beer has dark fruit and malt undertones, tart cherries and cellar funk on the nose.

Taste: Malt, wood, and funk all give flavor to attempt to balance the sour cherries, with more success than you might think. However, the sour cherry flavor ultimately wins the day. The beer finishes crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation. The feel is silky smooth at first, but eventually leaves the palate dry.

Drinkability: Very Good. This beer is a sipper, but I just cannot seem to do that! Also, not as balanced as some might like but it hits the mark for me.

Comments: A great beer with fine complexity. Russian river is making some topnotch brews. I have been lucky enough to enjoy two bottles of this wonderful beer.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.63/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle from Tim. Batch 005- that's 2/09 according to the website.

Appearance: There's a bit of rocky head that fades pretty quickly to a thin sheet. A few spots of lacing. The beer itself is a very clear, bright red. Good looking beer.

Smell: Sour cherry, medicinal phenols, oak, and tannic red wine. Musty cellar funk.

Taste: Pretty sour real cherry flavors. It doesn't have medicinal phenols in the flavor like I smelled. Malt flavor hides in the background and is overpowered by the tannic red wine and oak. The wine fades a bit in the long finish and a little sweet fruit and malt comes through with a little funk.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good carbonation, the body of the beer is on the lighter side, but the tannins leave a sticky, furry feeling on the tongue.

Drinkability: I love the sour, fruity, and funky notes, but the red wine and tannins are a little out of control. It limits the overall enjoyment. Beer should taste like beer, this one tastes too much like wine.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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