Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.25/5 rDev -7%
Appearance: Supplication pours a medium orange color with copper highlights and about 2 fingers of white head. This beer is extremely effervescent; tons of carbonation. Both lacing and retention are great. Very good looking beer.
Smell: Lots of funk shows up immediately here, as well as lighter vinegar and sour lemon notes. I also get quite a bit of fruitiness to offset the sour; mainly tart cherries, but also some citrus.
Taste: The taste is decidedly more sour than the nose is. Lots of funk and sour lemon notes. The tart cherry flavors are there, but are more muted, and I get less citrus components on the palate than on the nose. Great tasting beer though, the funk and sourness are quite pleasing.
Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is light, carbonated and bubbly. Very crisp and refreshing. Overall, this is a great wild ale. Really nice balance between fruit and sour. I've got both Temptation and Consecration and am interested to see what I like the best.
04-10-2011 12:29:42 | More by zhanson88
4.65/5 rDev +1.8%
Picked this one up at Once Upon a Vine in Richmond Virginia. Was hoping to save for review #100 but New Years seemed to be a good time to sample it. 375 ml bottle labeled Batch 001.
Golden color with almost no head. Ton of carbonation going on though, which gives this a real lively appearance. Smell is all sour fruit but very inviting. Also some oak and cherry notes. Taste is sour like the smell but not overpowering. There are enough other interesting flavors to make it very enjoyable. Just so much going on i can really single individual flavors out, but in a very balanced way.
The mouthfeel is what made this beer for me. Very champaign like. Supper smooth and so active on the tongue. What an incredibly fascinating beer. I highly recommend this beer to anyone who wants to try something different. Not a typical beer by any means but a great example of creativity in brewing. Wish i had more of these.
01-03-2006 02:15:29 | More by beermanbrian
4.54/5 rDev -0.7%
A: Dark copper color with almost no head.
S: Dark red wine in the nose.
T: Tastes a bit like red wine, dark grapes, and some tartness. Pinot barrels work perfectly with this type of sour.
M: Somewhat astringent, medium bodied, and smoothish.
O: One of the best sours I have ever had.
01-05-2014 19:40:58 | More by BierJager89
4.5/5 rDev -1.5%
Poured from a bottle dated 4/11/13 into a Riedel Cabernet glass.
A - Cloudy, copper in color with a 1/2" head that fades to a faint white ring. Scattered carbonation bubbles float throughout the glass.
S - Sweet and tart cherries on the initial whiff followed by the infamous funk. You can definitely detect the Pinot barrels on the nose. Beautiful fruit and hints of malts on the back end. Very clean aroma!
T - Flavors of oak and sour cherries accompanied by a well balanced tartness and sourness. As a former wine junkie, you can pick up the Pinot on the finish. No presence of alcohol.
M - A wonderful acidity while holding it in your mouth followed by a dryness once swallowed. Not overly sweet and the sourness delivers spectacularly.
O - This was well worth the wait! I've 5 bottles staring at me for months and decided that they had sat long enough. I cannot wait to try some of the year old bottles that I have as this can only get better with age. Seek this out and you will be delightfully satisfied!
10-06-2013 02:44:56 | More by Cubatobaco
4.75/5 rDev +3.9%
A: poured into a Russian River 'tion' glass to a deep reddish brown with a small bone colored head that fades quickly to a collar around the glass
S: smells of sour fruits, some oakyness and tanins, and some slight funk
T: sour cherries up front with some good acetic courness, a bit of vanilla and oak with lingering sourness throughout the drink. swallow brings some tannins and solvent flavors with a bit more vanilla and oak
M: medium in the mouth with soft and slightly prickly carbonation with a slightly dry finish
O: probably the gold standard of american wild ales and sour beers. very good with a great amount of sourness and great flavors. top notch across the board
05-12-2013 06:40:33 | More by SHODriver
4.45/5 rDev -2.6%
Poured into a 7 oz champagne flute and allowed this to warm to about 50 degrees before digging into it.
A: Pours a darkish peach, almost has some brownish color to it. There is a ring of head around the edges of the glass, but as with most wilds that I have tried, the carbonation does not manifest itself in any form of visible head. Additionally, the carbonation seems to be better masked than I have seen in bottled wilds. There are no coarse bubbles on the sides of the glass submerged in the beer (as you would see in soda). This is in stark contrast to the Yellow Bus and Frambozen that I tried at my last tasting of sours.
S: Obviously, one of the dominant aromas is the strong brettanomyces funk, but there is much more to this beer than just sourness. Very evident is a musty and tart cherry character, undoubtedly from the cherries used in the creation of this beer. However, there is also a sweet aspect to this that I did not expect. It doesn't come from any malt profile, so I suspect that it is again the cherries.
T: The first striking thing about this beer once it is on my palate is that it is much more sour than I had initially expected after the aroma was mild and somewhat sweet. This is definitely a Russian River sour, as their yeast strain comes though very evidently. This sour flavor is complemented nicely by an earthiness that comes from the barrel aging, sweetness from the cherries, and an underlying red wine acidity from the pinot noir aging.
M/D: This beer is very desirable on pretty much every level. Despite looking flat, Supplication on tap surprises with a tingly feeling of carbonation that envelops the palate, working with the yeast to give a mouth-puckering feeling. As this was the latest batch of Supplication, I imagine that a couple more months of aging will do this beer a lot of good as the sour notes mature and amplify. However, the flavor and the balance of sweet and sourness in the this beer is impressive, to say the least.
02-02-2010 05:27:34 | More by NittanyBeerFan
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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