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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,688 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,688
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 2,128
Gots: 1,404 | FT: 92
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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BierJager89, Jan 05, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a bottle purchased at City Beer in San Francisco weeks ago.

The appearance both surprised me and impressed me as I felt that the head on the beer was not typical of other sours I've tried. The head was thick, foamy and frothy and formed a finger and a half thick over the liquid. The beer was copper-colored and semi-opaque.

I was again impressed by the aromas emanating from this gem: sour cherries, dark fruit, and lots of yeastiness. It smelled light and refreshing.

The taste was everything the nose had lead me to expect. There was some wine-like tastes, dark sour cherries, other dark fruit hints, and some yeast. Truly a delicious beer.

I remember thinking this beer was champagne like, with the high carbonation, smoothness and slight creaminess, plus a dryer finish. Supplication feels like so much more than a beer.

Overall, an outstanding beer, even though I kept thinking I was sipping a wine or maybe a champagne, I realized that Supplication is a transcendent brew. There's so much complexity here and so much good flavor. I loved this.

ONovoMexicano, Jan 05, 2014
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4.29/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle aged for about 15 months (forgot date). Batch 009. Also now realize I never did an unaged review.

A: Pleasant chestnut-brown color. I did a very slow pour into a tulip glass and got no head whatsoever. IIRC, there was a small to moderate head on the unaged one.

S: Sour cherries dominate, definite notes of yeast, some malts.

T: Would recommend serving closer to aging temperature as opposed to fridge temperature. Sour cherries again dominate, but in balance, its not overly sour and is balanced by malt sweetness as it warms up. Finish is more sour and pretty dry despite low alcohol.

M: Big difference from unaged bottle is lack of carbonation and it definitely takes away from the overall experience. Light-to-medium bodied, well-balanced.

O: It's Russian River, it's a sour beer, so it's great. Unaged bottle would have scored higher, but this may be an outlier, so can't say definitively whether aging is a good idea or not.

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,688 ratings.