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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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5,242 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,242
Reviews: 1,347
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2,342
Gots: 1,664 | FT: 111
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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle in a trade with PlinyElderTouchesYounger – thanks again! Bottle is dated 12/17/12. Poured from a 375 ml. bottle into my Lost Abbey teku glass.

A – Pours a deep red, almost bordering on some purple notes. A frothy white head quickly fizzles away, but plenty of energetic carbonation keeps running all around. I was careful with the pour, so it is perfectly clear without any stray yeast floating around.

S – Big sour grape and apple aromas careen around my sinuses. Whoa momma, this smells nice and tart. A vinegary and funky blend that is amazingly complex. Absolutely mouthwatering.

T – Holy man, this has wave upon wave of flavor, with definite shifts in the flavors that come out during each sip. Tart and crisp acidity transitions to a mix of the red wine barrels and funkiness of the Brett. This is shockingly balanced.

M – The abundant carbonation is a bit harsh, detracting from the mouthfeel a bit in my opinion. A medium-light body that is slightly drying.

O – This is a beautiful beer – brilliant complexity and balance in both the smell and the taste. This was my first Russian River sour – I hope the others are on the same tier because I will most certainly be seeking them out now.

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

Big thanks to Jeff for cracking this with me, the last of the "regular" Russian River sours for me to try. Supplication pours a mildly translucent copper color with some very deep orange-ish hints throughout. Much like the rest of these sours, the off-white head wisps away fairly quickly without leaving anything behind to tell you that it ever existed.

Calling the aroma of Supplication "sour" or "tart" would hardly do it justice - it is extremely tantalizing to the saliva glands from the very first whiff. Sour, black cherries, grapes, apples, huge amounts of vinous notes, most likely from the Pinot Noir barrels. Secondary, yet still integral aromas include vinegar and a solid brazing of wet oak. The funk is certainly hanging about, too; very light horsey aromas, along with some musty cellar, wet hay, and faintly cheesy funk. Highly complex, and a wonderful aroma overall.

Up front, big-time vinegar and vinous flavors immediately jump out and start thrashing my tongue right away. The oak and barrel flavors are also amplified much more on the palate than they were on the nose, coming out heavy with some large grape skins, cherries, and apple. A huge collage of a nearly fifty-fifty split of juicy fruits and more sophisticated vinous flavors. Supplication is exceedingly tart and puckering with a lasting and somewhat acidic sourness that will keep your palate on its toes the whole time.

The tartness may be dominant, but the funk is not to be forgotten. Lots of Brett shines from the middle into the finish; cork, wet wood, light barnyard, and a super dry funk to close everything out. Though it's only 7% ABV, some alcohol characteristics become noticeable upon warming, more so adding another layer of complexity rather than being a nuisance. The mouth feel is dry and crispy with heavy carbonation; thin-medium bodied, wet and slick.

Wow, yet another fantastic Russian River sour. Drinkable beyond belief, as long as you don't mind a stomach ulcer or two. I'd put this one right around the middle of the pack of their regular line-up of sours (which is saying quite a bit, because even the bottom ones in my opinion are still damn good). I prefer this to Consecration and Sanctification, it's a bit more complex and has a better balance of tart and funk. All these sours make me upset that I don't receive Russian River distribution.

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 5,242 ratings.