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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,327 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,327
Reviews: 1,298
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,034
Gots: 1,299 | FT: 79
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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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.4%

02-16-2012 01:44:26 | More by VncentLIFE
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4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first sour I have ever had. Served on tap in a 10.5 oz tulip glass. I didn't know what to expect. Nice Amber Color. Nice small head that settles at the top of the glass and dissipates as you continue to drink. The taste is fruity and bold with hints of cherry, oak and red wine. The cherry taste is there and stays with the beer with every drink. It has become the sour on which I will judge every other sour on.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 01:16:04 | More by ProfessorX
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1/5  rDev -78.1%

02-16-2012 01:08:11 | More by barkingelectron
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

02-16-2012 00:00:01 | More by Mark000
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

02-15-2012 14:40:31 | More by asparkoflife
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

02-15-2012 03:38:52 | More by drgarage
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

02-15-2012 03:37:32 | More by brianlindman
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4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ruby, peach mahogany with a fine white head

Brett mixes with a red wine character with notes of oak and sweetness...cherry also appears in the nose with hints of pineapple and other lighter fruit. A perfect blend of brett funk and other aromas.

Taste is cherry, light fruit up front...almost sweet-tart like that goes into a bigger fruit, cherry character and ends on a slightly bitter, funky brett character. The sourness is just fantastic; it is quite sour in a pleasing way. The bacteria really blend into a sourness that does not stand out as just brett or just pedio...the red wine and barrel character sit in the back to add insane complexity. The best American sour I've had.

Lighter body and high carbonation work perfectly.

I'm not going to recap here. Just an amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 02:47:46 | More by TenHornsProud
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New Hampshire

4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch #8. Thanks KMcG for sharing this bottle! Cheers

Slightly hazy mahogany color with a constant stream of tiny bubbles that maintain a small slick of a head on the surface and a ring around the glass.

Inviting bouquet - cherries, barnyard funk. Complex flavors of cherry, funk, nutty malt and tartness. A big flavorful beer that is bold, complex, subtle and sublime. Amazing.

Tart but smooth with a sharp fine carbonation.

A great sipping beer. Very nice with Kevin's deluxe blue cheese - caramelized onion, and fig pizza.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 00:36:42 | More by CliffBrake
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North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a medium murky chestnut brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) creamy light beige head, that reduced slowly to a thin layer of foam with a collar producing some mighty fine sheeting of sticky lacing.

The aroma was bold and fruity with a dark bread malt and some Brett yeast along with some notes of cherry, oak and a bit of red wine.

The taste was incredibly sweetly tart and very malty with a slight hint of wine in the beginning, then becoming boldly sour with a nice strong malty cherry presence and a hint of oak at the end. The flavor lasted a very long time allowing for the sour cherry wine flavor to be fully enjoyed as it relaxed on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a solid medium in body with a creamy dry texture and a carbonation reminiscent of champagne.

Overall, all that has to be said is WOW what an incredible brew. This brew was most likely one of the best things I have ever put to my lips. Just sayin'...

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 21:52:04 | More by KajII
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

02-14-2012 20:50:42 | More by beerme411
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

02-14-2012 15:07:04 | More by bvdubn
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

02-14-2012 00:32:21 | More by hoserking
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 005X1. Major thanks to ipa247 for sending this my way.

SO excited to drink this... tried it on draught at RR about 2 years ago, which seems like forever ago.

12.68 fl. oz. bottle poured into my newly acquired catawba valley brewing Co. snifter.

Picking up the nose 2 feet away, straight from the pour. Almost looks like a bourbon color to me (probably b/c i've been pouring some Buffalo Trace lately :) amber/deep orange color. Very cloudy and very bubbly. 2 fingers worth of eggshell head. Awesome looking beer.

Crazy unique smell. Smells wonderfully fruity fresh, flowery wild yeast. Crisp, clean, earthy aromas. Most complex beer I've ever smelled and it's not even close. Very tart... a bit boozey, but not overwhelming. Dirty brett barnyard funkiness. just heavenly.

Taste is very tart, very sour. absolutely incredible. Lots of tart cherry flavors coming thru. GREAT stuff. Pucker power for sure. Some pineapple/strawberries coming thru too. No oaky/woody barrel tones at all, not at all like a lambic either. Can taste some pinot noir characteristics - my favorite wine too. I just LOVE it. Absolutely phenomenal. Super complex stuff here. almost like liquid sweet tarts. I could drink this all night long.

Pretty dry, wine-like finish, very carbonated.

Really wish I had another one of these in the fridge. The best sour beer I’ve ever had, might be the best beer I've ever had too. RR rules. thanks again Jeff.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 21:40:14 | More by heelsn02
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

02-13-2012 21:21:54 | More by ejw127
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

02-13-2012 11:43:24 | More by ColonelW
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New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich amber / orange deep color, a bit of a haze, very little head.

S: aroma of cherries, wood and sourness, the smell on.

T: Very nice sour – tart flavor with cherries, complex, yet very smooth, has a subtle yet rich flavor.

M: high carbonation, bubbly mouth feel, a little bit of a champagne thing going on.

O: Balance, Balance, Balance. That says it all, a great sour (and I am not a huge sour fan), well balanced, rich taste, mouth feel and a great nose.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 12:22:10 | More by BrokenStones
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

02-12-2012 06:20:20 | More by mborge
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4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 335 mL bottle from FluffyMcTingle; thanks again man! Batch 005x2, poured into my trusty Deschutes tulip.

A moderate pour produces a curious shade of red/peach/blood orange, a rather unique color. About a centimeter of dirty white head that lingers briefly before leaving a ring of bubbles around the surface and a few scattered patches across it. Little in the way of lacing.

The aroma is of tart cherries, some peach, a bit of oak, some funky yeast, hay, straw, and small elements of orange and grapefruit citrus. Really though, tart cherries and a certain white wine essence really carry the nose through in a wonderful fashion.

The taste begins with subtle fruits: cherry, tangerine, grapefruit. It gives way to sour cherry esters, a dry oak flavor, white wine, various light grains, and a hearty dose of funk. The sour really kicks in on the swallow, but subdues quickly.

Plenty of carbonation to keep this one alive, despite the somewhat lacking head. Dry finish that keeps you coming back.

Overall, this is phenomenal. A strong sour cherry presence that plays beautifully off of the more subtle citrus and light grain notes; the wine barrels add an extra layer of complexity that will certainly keep one coming back for more.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 04:50:18 | More by eclipse54
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

02-12-2012 02:42:28 | More by bdm620
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Rhode Island

4.93/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: dark amber color, slight chill haze, almost no head.

S: Fruity aroma of cherries, wood and sourness, wow!.

T: Very nice sour – tart flavor with cherries, complex, yet very smooth, has a refreshing astringent flavor. Love this!

M: high carbonation, bubbly mouth feel.

O: This is a great sour!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 23:30:59 | More by icepik
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass:

A: A dark red/orange color. Curious looking--I don't think I've seen too many beers with hues like this. It doesn't have too much in the way of head, but it is very obviously carbonated. It's almost shaking with bubbles.

S: Fruity, with pears, apples, and cherries coming to mind. It has a sort of malt scent I associate with Belgian Ales. Kind of peppery.

T: Wow. Sweet and sour, with a Belgian aftertaste. Tangy and bubbly like champagne. Now that I think about it, I think this beer IS champagne. Did someone make a mistake? All things considered, it is absolutely delicious.

M: Again, champagne comes to mind. Tart, dry, bubbly, and warming on the end. I love it.

O: After the initial smell, I wasn't sure what to think. But a few sips and it completely won me over. This stuff is awesome, and I'll get it in the future if I can.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 04:08:05 | More by McD0uche
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle at Monk's Cafe in Philly. Bartender poured it perfectly with a "here you go, my friend"m He understands.

The beer is gourgeous in the tulip glass. Caramel colors throughout with delicate, persistent head.

The nose is cherries with hints of the tartness to come.

The taste starts dry, like good brut champagne, then hits the wood & dark cherries, finishing with a refreshing tartness. I don't want the beer to end!

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Bubbly & light, again, like good champagne.

Ok, I'll admit, I knew this beer was going to be great. If I could make something this good at home, I don't know if I'd ever leave. Another fantastic offering from one of America's top breweries.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 01:39:24 | More by ChBass
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

02-09-2012 19:30:56 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

02-09-2012 13:50:28 | More by acolby
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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