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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,675 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,675
Reviews: 1,310
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 2,127
Gots: 1,400 | FT: 91
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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5/5  rDev +9.4%

gamanley, Jan 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

PackerBacker, Jan 05, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +2.8%

375mL bottle into tulip. bottled on 08.27.12.

A: amber hued. slightly hazed. carbonization bubbles everywhere, carefully making their way to the surface. head is a reddish white hue and tightly bubbled. retention is solid. some lacing.

S: acidic. tart. sour cherries. floral. there is a mild chocolate aroma in there too. dry hot chocolate powder. however, mostly barny and beautiful. the cherries add a nice layer of depth.

T: wow, that is sour and then some. after the initial slam, my palate adjusts to the flavor. vinous. sour cherries impart a sweetness as well. reminds me of a cherry pie pastry. hard to discern between the super sweet flavor and the acidic tartness. the finish has a meaty graininess to it. lingering pie crust.

M: carbonation is spot on. bubbly, but not too much to distract from the body. medium bodied.

D: super solid brew. understandable why it is becoming the benchmark for American wilds. great complexity and balance. glad to see the grain peek its head out from a blanket of acidity. if you have the ability to get this, get it.

Jimmys, Jan 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

SDG1070, Jan 05, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

shigg85, Jan 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

MilesF, Jan 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

iKasey, Jan 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

mnjeff, Jan 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

Steimie, Jan 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

RoninTK3, Jan 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

dsauter, Dec 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

Davihaw, Dec 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

msondel, Dec 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

mrbojangles31, Dec 30, 2012
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4.73/5  rDev +3.5%

Not clear on the batch, maybe that indicates 3, but the date is 082712.

The head is a light tan color, creamy, and less than a finher high. It sits atop a clear red amber colored liquid. Retention is light, but otherwise favorable appearance. The aroma is Pinot Noir woodiness, sharp tart cherries, vinegar, sweet and sour/lemon juice, hints at vanilla pleasantly. The taste matches the aroma and then some. Plenty of vinegar, tart cherries, lemon bite, with plenty of Pinot Noir and oaky characteristics, and more undertones of vanilla. Finishes with a mix of sharp sour, oak/vinous, and subdued tart notes. The mouthfeel is light and almost bubbly but not quite. Medium-round carbonation, velvety smooth consistency, and a medium body.

Overall my expectations were high (probably because it's Russian River) but once again they were exceeded greatly. I've now had almost all the RR sours/wilds now and while they differ in certain aspects they have all been nothing short of fantastic. It's like they have different sours to fit your different moods, much like there are types of wines (and the barrels they age these in). Is there a better brewery for this many quality American Wild Ales in the country? I think not.

matttttYCE, Dec 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

abcdefghijkyle, Dec 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

appetiteforparis, Dec 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

mcsauter82, Dec 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Rick760Sd, Dec 28, 2012
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4.8/5  rDev +5%

Poured into a wine glass from a 375ml bottle. Label states it was bottled on "08/27/12."

What a beautiful color this is! Reminds me very vividly of the Cantillon kriek I got to luckily try when I lived in Europe. Because it's a brown ale rather than traditionally a wheat ale, there's a darkened overtone that surrounds the reddish-plumb color. Reflected in the light, delightful amber orange shades reveal themselves. Tiny bubbles of carbonation rise in droves at the sides of the glass, but this is as clear as these Lambic-style beers can get. Jewel-like in appearance, and even with yeast added in, any cloudiness it gains gives it the appearance of an aged, refined beer. Perfection.

The smell is quite tart - not as much as actual Lambics I've had before, but often reminiscing them in full form. The Brettanomyces phenols are not as overpowering as I'd expect, yet at the same time the elements seem to come together in full form here. The woodiness from the Pinot Noir barrels come in droves, but the lemon rind and apple/pear/cherry tart achieved by the Brett strands and cherries are wholly fantastic. It may not be overpoweringly tart overall, but there's barely anything here that resembles beer, which is always a fascinating experience.

The flavor is spot on to tart-like sours, and every sip brings me back to my favorite takes on the beer style. The initial taste is consists of citrus, slight wine-like fruity characteristics, as well as a smooth yet flavorful cherry finish. The sour tart finish is awesome, and the yeast seems to crawl all over the palate with each gulp. The alcohol becomes finally a bit present here, and adds sweetness, but it is the sour flavors that win here completely. The beer is characteristically dry, but the the finish is refreshing in part of the fruits and yeasty finish.

What a beautiful concoction that Russian River has once again delivered. Words cannot recommend this more. It's really complex, but all the flavors meld together that it is really balanced. It's not too yeasty yet nicely sour, not too malty yet quite thickened, not too fruity yet deliciously tart overall. Will be trying more of these wild ales from RR in future for sure.

magictacosinus, Dec 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

purdueflyguy, Dec 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

Shared with RoninTK3. Served from a 12oz bottle poured into a Krombacher Pils glass.

Appearance- Amber/red with short head that faded into beautiful lacing.

Smell- Lemon, vinegar, vanilla/oaky, very very very mild cherry. Light bready yeast.

Taste- Very tart. Lemon, mild cherry, lemon rind.

Mouthfeel- Quite carbonated. Very smooth. Salivating.

Overall- This is incredible. Glad I have another bottle!

Seanniek91, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

shaw87psu, Dec 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

ferrettman687, Dec 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

t0rin0, Dec 26, 2012
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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