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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,826 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,826
Reviews: 1,320
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 2,160
Gots: 1,453 | FT: 93
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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3/5  rDev -34.2%

CanConPhilly, Dec 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Plasmamonkey, Dec 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

NickT1218, Dec 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Treb0R, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of iadler
4.2/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Mista for opening this bottle. Batch 10.

A- Pours a translucent ruby red with a thin white cap that leaves no lacing behind.

S- Pungent aroma with tart cherries, red grapes, raspberries, vinegar, vanilla and oak.

T- The taste is toned down a bit with vinegar, freshly pressed cherries, vanilla, red grapes, lemon, brett, juice and some sweet tarts.

M- Medium carbonation with a crisp dry finish.

O- A really well done sour that has a nice balance of tartness, fruitiness and funkiness that isn't too mouth puckering. Would love to have a couple more bottles of this and see how it develops.

iadler, Dec 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Drucifer, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of fatmusic14
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

While I'm relatively new to sours, I've had some impressive variations lately. At my local brew store, I saw Supplication - and knew it came highly recommended. While I've got some work to do on my glassware game, this was served from a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- a beautiful burnt orange, like a Colorado sunset - when the sky looks like its on fire. Deep, rich hues that invoke memories of world travel and freedom. Carbonation bubbles constantly float upwards, in a seemingly endless fashion.

S - Wow. Cherries, Sour, smells like winter and spring at the same time. Refreshingly in your face, but the tartness of the ale really comes through your nostrils.

T - A beautifully put-together sour ale. So complex, with flavors galore. Not overpowering, not too tart, very very well done.

M - my mouth is still watering.

O - At $13 for a pint, I'd buy a 6 pack. Highly, Highly recommend.

fatmusic14, Dec 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

cnbrown313, Dec 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

jnatkins, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

mmikey8, Dec 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

nas4atu, Dec 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

mendvicdog, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of WiscoBrewsco
4.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Blood red with lots of carbonation very little head

Smell - Sweet cherries and a touch of wood smell. Definitely picking up the wild yeasts as well

Taste - Puckering wild tartness, this one takes you for a ride. The sweet rich cherries dance around your mouth as the wild yeasts make tartness abundant. It bites at your tongue all the way down and leaves a wheat like yeast flavor to linger for just a second before being taken back over by the cherries again and leaves your mouth salivating for more. Great stuff

Mouthfeel - Very carbonated and fairly thin but right in line with a sour

Overall - This is one of the best sours I have ever had and once again Russian River hits a home run on sours. I for one will always look to try any sour beer that Vinnie and the team put out as they are always fantastic. My hats off once again

WiscoBrewsco, Dec 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Josiah2729, Dec 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

josephwa, Dec 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

MaudeLebowski, Dec 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Nebergall, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of shleepy
4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel glass from 375mL bottle.

A: Dark amber; fairly fluffy, off-white head.

S: Earthy / barrel-y notes, but some sharp fruit notes cut through them.

T: Medium sourness (though I'm sure it would be rated as fairly intense by novice sour beer drinkers). Dark fruit flavors; not too similar to real krieks, in that regard... Cherry flavor is there, but so are plums. Barrel-aging provides a more earthy kind of wood flavor, rather than the usual strong vanilla notes.

M: The carbonation seems to disperse quickly, providing a very smooth, soft mouthfeel. The alcohol content (albeit not too high) provides a medium-heady body.

O: A balanced and complex sour beer. Along with Temptation and Consecration, it's one of the better Russian River beers (but pales in comparison to Beatification). Just don't compare it to a kriek... it doesn't taste like one, being much darker and heavier.

shleepy, Dec 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

jchlan109, Dec 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

Hoptologist, Dec 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

MSL, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of switzer
4.95/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

purchased, poured (tulip) and drank (slowly) bottle at beer revolution in oakland. the gleam in the bartenders eyes when i asked about it was enough for me.

i waited too long to try this one. despite its hefty price tag ($12), its one i’ll be enjoying from time to time. the reviews on this are excellent and i agree. it feels light, tastes moderately sour and smells so good that its hard to savor. i like this a little more than consecration, but its close.

switzer, Dec 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

browniewithnuts, Dec 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

stevec32, Dec 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

cocoapuph, Dec 05, 2012
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,826 ratings.