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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,832 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,832
Reviews: 1,320
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 2,161
Gots: 1,453 | FT: 94
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 +9.6%

nyanya3927, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Florida9
4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 4

A: Cloudy brownish-amber in color. Forms a minimal off-white colored head. Some light lacing.

S: Strongly aromatic with the scent of sour cherries, red wine, green apples, red wine vinegar, and just a slight hint of oak.

T: Rather vinous. Starts off with notes of sour cherries, unripe apple, and red wine vinegar. Then the flavor turns earthy, oaky, and musty with a mild funkiness. Exceedingly long, earthy finish just lingers on the tongue.

M: On the lighter side of medium with a rather crisp, acetic, and downright sour mouthfeel to it. Good carbonation.

O: Take my review for what it is worth as I admittedly don't care much for sours, though I do tend to like and appreciate RR sour beers. But something about this beer just didn't sit right with me. And while I do think this a very finely crafted beer, I think I just found it too sour, too acetic, too similar to the beginnings of a nice salad dressing for me to be able to really enjoy it.

Florida9, Jul 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

LarryMyers, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle. Batch #008. Cork pops off with a very nice "pop".

A- Pours a slightly golden reddish brown. On the darker side, but translucent. About a finger of white with slight hue of yellowish brown foamy head with good retention. Above average carbonation. Leaves nice lacing.

S- Sour cherries, sour apple, pinot noir, a little bit of yeast, vinegar, acetic notes. Very aromatic, smelled almost instantly after the cork popped off, one of the most aromatic beers I've ever encountered. Nice sour/funk smell too.

T- Sour cherries, vinegar, sour green apple, a little bit of a sour/wine like finish. Nice lingering lightly sour aftertaste.

M- Light, crisp, refreshing, just the right amount of carbonation, great feel, very smooth, abv very well hidden.

O- This was a fantastic sour. I'm just getting into sours, but this was one of the better one's I've had. The smell was phenomenal, very aromatic and could smell forever. The flavor was also excellent- with a nice amount of sourness and fruit flavors that were very well balanced. A little bit more age probably would have helped this a little bit- the 2009 Lou Pepe Kriek I had a couple weeks ago definitely had more flavor. Definitely not bad though. For a sour of this caliber that has been barrel aged for over a year, you can't beat the price on this one. A must try for sour fans.

jaasen64, Jun 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

ggossett, Jun 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

KyleMA, Jun 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

g35rider, Jun 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

sneth019, Jun 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Stirling, Jun 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

cletusdog, Jun 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Sam516, Jun 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Jun 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

CManuel, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Gkunkle for sending this my way.

Appearance: Dusky copper. Almost no head, but what head does form is bright-white, bubbly and loose. Pours with some carbonation and on the heavy side. Nice and still.

Smell: Delightfully tart. Big notes of sour cherry mix with oak and slight wine characteristics. Mild funk buried under delicious cherry flavors. Lactic acid is on point. Gotta love that Russian River wild ale aroma. There's magic in those barrels. Woody and sour.

Taste: Sour cherry loaded with oak goodness. Smooth wood layered over a bright citric acid bite. Lactic acid adds a nice element. Pulls like a white wine fused with tart cherry flesh. Juicy cherry flesh. Almost sherry-like booziness. Sweet in good measure. The barrel really helps blend everything together.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth. Body runs almost full and smooth. Minimal carbonation. Tart edge dries the tongue and begs for another sip.

Overall: My favorite offering in theRussian River wild ale lineup. A solid blend of fruit and barrel tartness. More of this would never be a bad thing.

Goblinmunkey7, Jun 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

hockenbeer, Jun 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

rodrigueZflyingf0x, Jun 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

curly31989, Jun 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

hiphopj5, Jun 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

brentusaurus, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
4.18/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #10

A- 1 finger of a coarse light tan foam. It's a bit champagne like at first with bubbles rising through the glass. No lacing and the color looks like a Roobios (SP?) tea.

S- Fruity sour a little medicine-y twinge of green apple with a musty almost nutty smell at the end (Oak ?) As it warms in the glass the Pinot really comes through.

T- Cider-like that drops off sharply to a sour cherry and mild currant. The malt characteristic is really not present but the tannins are revealed when you exhale. It does become more wine-y as you drink it.

M- effervescent at first that mellows to a level of a cask ale. It is only mildly sweet, but the sour zing comes more from under the tounge. It is also somewhat dry

O- Its a great sour, gets better with every sip. Would age well, would pair well with cheese. Its wine its beer its sour its great! Its an experience!

Uncle_Jimmy, Jun 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

HopsDiggityDamn, Jun 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

pearljam118, Jun 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

n00blar, Jun 20, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Cowcakes, Jun 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

carteravebrew, Jun 18, 2012
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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