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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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5,165 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,165
Reviews: 1,337
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 2,288
Gots: 1,623 | FT: 112
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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4.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear ruby/amber with a finger of off white head that recedes to a thin cover and leaves decent lacing.

S- The aroma is delightful with sweet and tart apples, sour cherries, and light barnyard funk.

T- The taste is quite sour and tart, but extremely refreshing! Tons of cherries and granny smith apple flavor. The lactic fermentation is obvious while the brett isn't as prevalent.

M- The mouthfeel is perfect for the style, light to medium with high carbonation.

O- Overall an excellent beer! Perhaps not quite living up to the hype as I've had several American wilds that are on par or a bit better, but I was not disappointed at all!

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4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We crack the cage and cork on a bottle of “Batch 006X1”, pouring a brew of burnt sienna coloring into our Founders snifters. It holds a two finger head of creamy, chunky khaki colored bubbles, showing excellent retention. Speckled ridges of lacing are left around the glasses as it goes at a slower pace. Despite our best efforts, thick waves of haze permeate the clarity, with massive chunks of yeasty sediment found here and there. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma is robustly tart off the bat, with musky woodiness, lactic acidity, biting Brett, soured cherry skin and pit, lemon zest, perfumed booziness, juicy yeastiness, and dirty flower water. These blend, sitting high against the filler, base notes of chalk, phenolic plastics, tinny metallics, toasted amber and brown malts, raw barley, and sweeter flesh of the cherries and browned pears. Our first impression is, well, I forget because I’m still trying to get back into my seat after that beastly tongue-punch of a sip. In all seriousness the flavoring is huge, soured, and generously inclusive of all the advertised components, and more. As we sip, the taste takes off with a flash of cidery sweetness before it’s decimated by lemon flesh, monstrous Bretty bite, chemicals and vinyl plastics, lactic vinegar acidity, coppery metallics, drying oaked woodiness, cereal sweetness, and a raw brown malt base. Moving to the peak is bittered fermented dark cherry skins, resiny pinot sweetness and oiliness, moldy lemon rind, metallic zing, and more salty, syrupy brown malts. The end comes with pollen nectar wash, Brett and lacto bite, balsamic vinegar, continued metallics, chalky cherry and red wine grape skins, warming, musky oakiness, and soft booziness. The aftertaste is massively fumy, with bacterial, yeasty airs, and only a slight hint of fusel alcohols, with sourdough breadiness, pumpernickel rind, grapefruity bitterness, juicy Brett, red apple sweetness, toasty pales and browns, puckered red wine, and smoky licorice. The body is medium, and the carbonation is solidly medium, with the prickle, albeit light, adding worlds to the pucker. The mouth is left slick and oily, with final green-stick astringency. Each sip gives soft and creamy slurp, froth, smack, and sticky finishing pop. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks excellently as a sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. Before you even have this guy it does a really, really good job of raising your expectations. Now, often this can lead to one being let down or disappointed, but here you are left feeling neither. Each flavor that you expect is swaddled beautifully in a blanket of soured yeastiness, bacterial infection, and solid base sweetness. The fruity bite adds to both the sweet and sour side of things, while the pinot noir woodiness adds not only flavoring, but helps to fix the mouth in a persistent, but happy, pucker. The ultimate blend is truly wonderful in its simplistic complexity.

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Photo of beagle75
4.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a tulip glass.
Batch 5

A: Slightly hazy, medium amber color with an off-white peripheral ring of small bubbles. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Red fruit--a pleasant combination of berries and cherries--and musty oak are both featured prominently. Bacterial culture is also detectable, although not overpowering or detracting. Qualities suggest extreme transformation of beer-type ingredients, with practically nothing recognizable as malt or hops.

T: Begins off-dry, with dynamic stone fruit and sourness that seems explosively intense at first exposure but becomes quite comfortable as the beer warms. Oak also takes a few beats to develop, but once present it infuses the flavor profile from beginning to end. Some yeast funk turns the middle into a tidy, well-ventilated goat pasture. A whiff of sulfurous bitterness toward the finish is like green wild mustard stems.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and cooling on the palate while acidity is confined to the throat, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: One of Russian River's signature wine barrel-aged wild ales, Supplication excels at finding the happy medium between the golden Temptation and the high gravity Consecration. While the former is overtly wine-affected and the latter is challenging for almost any palate, this is just right. It successfully captures the mood of an authentic Belgian Kriek, at times comparable to lambics and Flanders-style ales. It deserves to be held up as one of the superlative examples of why Russian River beer is so good.

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 5,165 ratings.