Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.7/5 rDev +2.8%
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
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.
01-12-2008 03:01:14 | More by Gueuzedude
4.97/5 rDev +8.8%
12 oz. blue bottle, batch 002, bought at ABC Liquor in Long Beach, CA, on December 10th, 2007,
A: Pours a murky brown, but with a thick, nice, white head that leaves good retention until the beer is drunk, nice lacing there as well, but not a 5.
S: Complex - Brown ale malt, sour cherries - kind of a Warheads/Sour Patch kids smell, but not artificial, real cherries, also balsamic vinegar, tart apples, strawberry, horse blankets and funk, with a hint of gouda or cheddar cheese, red apple peel as well. Possibly the most fragrant, beautiful smelling beer I have ever had.
T: Just as complex as the smell. Tartness and sour cherries at first sip, then the grape skins come in. The pinot noir and barnyard character is there throughout, there is also a light taste of grass and wood, wet hay as well. Once the beer is in your mouth for a couple of seconds, there is this funky hit that is just to die for. Truly fantastic and a brewing work of art.
M: Smooth, acidic, and tart, but it just melts across the tongue at a perfect pH, sublime, definitely has a cidery character to it.
D: This is definitely one of the best beers that I have ever had. I had had it once before when it was first released in stores here in SoCal a few months ago and really liked it, but this time wow. It's so easy to drink, I could have drank it in like 20 minutes, but I milked it for a couple of hours while watching the Santa Clause because it's so damn good. An extraordinary beer, couldn't recommend it more, go buy it, it's worth the price, even if it is about a dollar an ounce.
12-13-2007 20:24:31 | More by Halcyondays
4.33/5 rDev -5.3%
Appearance: pours an amber color with a short 1/2" head that falls to a thick surface foam.
Smell: tart cherries and some funkiness are interesting on the nose.
Taste: tart cherries, some dry earthy / woody tones, some soft ripe fruit sweetness, moderate bitterness, and a a surprisingly well balanced sourness here. Alcohol is barely noticeable.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp and dry throughout. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger inthe mout for a long time.
Drinkability: for the style this is a very drinkable beer. But one bottle is sufficient in a session. Unique and enjoyable beer.
06-13-2010 20:24:59 | More by Gavage
4.08/5 rDev -10.7%
Served on-draught into a 2 oz sampler at Russian River in Santa Rosa. I'd had it in bottled form before, so I knew what to expect. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours a one finger beautiful head of cloudy consistency and murky dark gold/copper colour.
Sm: Bacteria, yeast, souring hops, and funk. A very nice moderate strength aroma.
T: Souring hops, yeast, berries, bacteria, hints of vinegar/wine, and some wild yeast funkiness. Complex and brilliant.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Very complementary of the aroma.
Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV, sourness, and style. Affordable (50 cents per sampler!). I think overall it's better bottle-conditioned.
12-20-2011 03:43:21 | More by kojevergas
4.53/5 rDev -0.9%
12/25/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.
Presentation- Batch #1, the first bottling. Have had in cellar for a good 1/2 year or so. Cute little 375ml or so caged and corked bottle. $7.50 at Ledger's. Seemed pretty steep at the time. Poured into my Duchesse De Bourgogne chalice.
Appearance- Off orange amber hazed pour. Clear on top and a clouded haze downward. Light 1/4 inch head at first and little lace, but I don't think lace is an issue with this beer.
Smell- Barnyard funk and was hoping there would be. Horse blanket and a bit of wet hay. Maybe a bit of cherry and some oak as well. Smells like rotting oak barrels.
Taste- At first, pretty tart, but that soon fades after the swallow. Decent amounts of malt at first and that mixes well with the sour tartness. I guess the malt kinda balances out the tart with a bit of sweetness. The cherry taste comes more predominant towards the middle of end of the bottle. Maybe I should have shook it up ;) Oak flavors are there as well. In fact oak hits first, then the tartness of a lighter tart lambic and them the nice sweetness of malt comes in. I think this is listed as a WIld Ale, but I would almost call it a Oud Bruin.
Mouthfeel- Incredibly clean and crisp taste. Almost no aftertaste at all. Medium carbonation level and while you a drinking the mouthfeel feels medium to full.
Drinkability- Wish I hadn't had the first half of this with cheese. Tried Camambert cheese for the first time and found I didn't like it's salty taste. So, the first part of my beer experience was muted. Thankfully I have another few bottles and can get a couple more before they disappear. Overall a really tasty beer. One that I will be sure to have again, hopefully many times. Quite a production from Vinnie...would you expect anything else though? Can't wait to have it again.
12-25-2005 20:10:11 | More by GClarkage
4.88/5 rDev +6.8%
Sampled on draft at the brewpub in Santa Rosa.
Pours a deep dark cherry red mahogany color which is pretty cloudy and completely opaque. Frothy 1.5 finger off white head with pretty good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves streaks of soapy lacing behind.
I could smell this beer coming my way from across the room. Lots of eRthy brettu funk with a pro
inent barnyard horseblanlet character in the nose. Very vinous with lots of dark fruit balancing out the brett, especially sour dark cherry, grape, plum and raisin.
Funky tart Pickering mouthfeel that isn't acidic in the least bit. Perfect balance of brettu funky sourness, slight malt and sweet dark fruit notes. Lots of spur dark cherrry, vinous grape, raisin and plum. The tart curries really come through and make this beer amazing well balanced and quaffable. The ABV is nearly undetectable and there is a slightly vinegary Pickering aftertaste that leaves me salivating for another gulp. I love this damn beer and am so excited to try it on tap. This further cents my opinion that Russian River is the best brewery on the planet. Sek tuis beer out at any cost, especially on draft.
01-09-2010 08:06:30 | More by corby112
4.05/5 rDev -11.4%
Thanks to PWalk...
Appears an amber/orange with a small white head and streaky lacing.
Smell is of brett, wildness of tart fruit, slight oak barrel aging.
Taste is slightly vinous, wild, and sweet but sour. Maybe some cherries in the mix. Pretty complex.
Mouthfeel is smooth, wine-like, chewy but pleasant, sweet & sour.
09-23-2005 17:38:55 | More by weeare138
District of Columbia
4.53/5 rDev -0.9%
On draft at the brewpub.
Pours a hazy light copper/ruby color with a slightly pink, off white head. Cherry and oak on the nose with potent lactic sourness. Slight earthiness and vanilla on the aroma as well. This batch of draft is not as intensely sour as other bottles I've had. Cherries are a little fruiter and tart, and overall the flavor is sweeter. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation and a dry finish. It is what it is.
12-20-2011 20:12:04 | More by yourefragile
4.5/5 rDev -1.5%
Pours a deep light golden-brown colour, with a fine bubbled and incredibly dense head of white foam. Lacing is superb. Not just patterns, but full sheets of bubbling sticking to the edge of the glass. Odd, slightly chunky static carbonation as it's swirled, as though the bubbles get caught in clumps. Really lovely looking brew.
Very full and very lovely nose of oak, acidity, crushed vegetation, sour fruit, wood shavings... I could go on. Very sharp, extremely oaky and wine-like and extremely intense. Lovely complexity.
Immediate acidity on the front palate, but it mellows just divinely to earthy wood characters, with a hint of cherry pip, green apple skin and a resinous hint of rubbed lemon rind. I love the way it just relaxes on the tongue, giving you the full force of the acidity straight up, before almost melting to something soft and supple. Mouthfeel is crisp and subtle, but it gives this three-dimensional dance throughout, starting rigid and sharp and finishing languid and soft.
What a lovely drop of beer, and a truly excellent wild ale. There are reasons this is rated as highly as it is. In terms of straight complexity, I think I actually prefer RR's Consecration, but this is probably a more true, more pure and more raw example of the genre.
09-18-2010 05:44:56 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.63/5 rDev +1.3%
Poured a reddish/brown color like a port wine with about one finger of an off white head that left lacing throughout. The smell is of cherries with some fruity funkiness, perhaps some fig and some subtle woodness.
The taste was sour but not as sour as expected. A great sour taste that stayed all the way through. A very smooth mouthfeel with the carbonation just right. Very nice and smooth to drink. I need more of this...
10-11-2010 19:36:18 | More by InspectorBob
4.05/5 rDev -11.4%
Ordered a bottle of Batch #2 from the RR online store.
Its a hazy red with a bit of foam. Smells of oak, leather, paint. Tastes tangy and a touch bitter with cherry and pinot flavors for the barrels. Drink this one cool as the fruit flavors come out more. The funky bacteria flavors tend to overtake this one as it warms. A heck of an interesting brew though. I'd take this over Rodenbach any day. Cheers to RR for making weird stuff like this.
03-01-2007 23:50:51 | More by tempest
4.38/5 rDev -4.2%
On tap at RR.
Poured a hazy brown colo with red hues, little white head. Nose is sour cherries and a tartness. Taark cherries and a deeper tartness than Consecration. Pretty sweet, booze and all is well put together, creating a good brew. Mouthfeel has a wine like characteristic. Very good sour and I kept going back to this. So good!
02-07-2010 14:43:41 | More by barleywinefiend
4.33/5 rDev -5.3%
I decided to open this one and share it with a few friends during one of the recent UFC fights. Bottle of Batch 4 poured into an over sized snifter.
A - Pours murky brown, with hints of ruby red around the sides, with a stark white one finger tall head leaving spotty lace down the glass.
S - Smells of tart cherries, damp basement must, light vinegar, funky brett, and some dry oak tannins. This one has aged quite nicely.
T - Starts off with lots of tart cherries up front slowly giving way to a mix of light sweetness, funky brett, strong sourness, and some must. The finish is a mix of tartness and quite a bit of dryness, lingering on the pallet for some time.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dry, tart, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.
O - I still love this beer and it only seems to get better with age. I just wonder how long it can go for. If this one is any indication I would say quite awhile.
08-11-2011 22:52:09 | More by orangesol
4.58/5 rDev +0.2%
Poured a clear orange color with a limited amount of white head that dissovled quickly and left a faint amount of lace on the glass. Nose is a fruity sourness that is somewhat reminescent of oranges. Taste is tart, funky, sour and includes a bit of the previously hinted fruitiness. Light bodied and highly carbonated it has quite a dry finish. As it warms my palate becomes increasingly perplexed as I pick up on tastes of funky must coupled with dry fruits nearly apple-like but sour like a green apple candy. Brett is apparent in both smell and taste without being dominating. Each sip is so drying and puckering that it is hard to stop, put down the glass and stop salivating. This is a very interesting beverage that I found enjoyable and another example of a style I'm not quite familiar with but really enjoy and look forward to trying more.
04-20-2010 18:50:42 | More by stakem
4.43/5 rDev -3.1%
Small bottle, caged and corked, Batch 04x2. Pours cloudy brown ale like, under a moderate medium tan head, that leaves a thicker collar and nicely splattered fine pieces of lacing. Zesty nose, infused with horse blanket, sour cherry, and a faint whiff of gym socks. My reaction tot he first hearty swig was simply "wow", full flavor, sour cherries stinging the taste buds, bretted up, funkathon, love this stuff and so will other sour lovers. worth seeking out and then savoring every time
Thank you Matt at Capone's for hooking me up with this and a few more treats from RR on a recent Philly visit.
05-07-2010 02:55:06 | More by Billolick
4.47/5 rDev -2.2%
Pours a hazy reddish orange with some sdiment and a nice white head that fades pretty quickly. The smell is wonderful- sour cherries and a bit of funkiness. The taste is even better, with an acetic quality to start followed by a long slightly bitter finish. There is some funkiness,but its restrained. There is also a noticeable hit of cherries at the end. I'm putting one of these bottles down for a yewar to see what happens. Very crisp mouthfeel. Eminently refreshing and drinkable.
05-13-2007 23:22:53 | More by Georgiabeer
4.47/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
06-16-2008 01:50:30 | More by akorsak
4.73/5 rDev +3.5%
Bottle share in Hoboken, NJ.
A: Pours a cloudy dark golden orange (almost copper) in color. The beer has a half finger tall dense off-white head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.
S: Some really great traditional aromas for a wild ale - sour/tart cherry, grape skins, hay, and barnyard funk. There are also some herbal and floral notes. Hints of lemon citrus and brett.
T: The flavor of the barrel comes through in this beer contributing some nice oakiness but the flavors really follow the smell. This beer has a decent amount of sourness but is not over the top - there is tart/sour cherries, some funkiness, and a measure of red wine tannins.
M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Prickly.
O: This is a great sour beer and one that I could enjoy drinking very regularly if only it was more easily available. This beer embodies what a sour/wild ale should be. Not overly sour to put off people new to the style but still really great.
04-15-2012 21:31:04 | More by dbrauneis
4.43/5 rDev -3.1%
A: tight bubbles, small to medium head, lacing stays on glass for a while. nice hazy orange color.
S: subtle smell - sour and fruity (grapefruit, mild spiciness). as warms up smells sweater.
T: In the first taste, sourness overwhelms - but on second and subsequent taste sourness is very balanced and drinkable. Taste fruity but I don't detect cherries per say. musty earthness, but not overwhelming.
M: Puckery - silky, great carbonation feel
D: definitively drinkable, very smooth
02-16-2010 05:21:50 | More by drewone
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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