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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,569 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,569
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,100
Gots: 1,371 | FT: 90
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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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.53/5  rDev -0.9%

375ml bottle, 7,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Batch 008

Thanks to futura123 for hooking me up with this one.

Appearance: Supplication pours a murky red-orange-brown with pink tinted edges and is topped by a good sized, very lightly pink tinted head that displays good retention and leaves a little lace.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells delicious! After the Temptation and Supplication, I was not expecting this to smell so good!
Tart cherries, almond, oak and earthy funk dominate the initial sniff with notes of ripe cheese, vinegar, musty basement, a light mineral character, over-ripe fruit and oddly spicy cinnamon noted over the course of the glass. As Supplication approaches room temperature the base brown ale notes become apparent with spiced dark fruit, a nutty quality and some sweetness.

Taste: As the nose suggested, Supplication is a delicious sour. Tart cherries, oak, vinegar, light apricot, musty brett, old cheese, over-ripe stone fruit and a light spicing are all noted in the flavour.

Mouthfeel: Again, Russian River has delivered a perfect mouthfeel! Medium body with a medium level of super smooth carbonation. The acidity is not quite enough to pucker the mouth, but gives enough of a bite to make Supplication insanely refreshing and drinkable. The finish is lightly tannic and dry.

Overall: This is by far the best of the three Russian River sours I have had and the only one that I feel can compete with true lambics. I would love to get another bottle of this in the future.

02-20-2012 15:49:18 | More by Thehuntmaster
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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +9.4%

02-20-2012 03:47:07 | More by slimntubbs
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GreatBloomer

Texas

4/5  rDev -12.5%

02-19-2012 17:34:55 | More by GreatBloomer
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ChocolateJesus

Indiana

5/5  rDev +9.4%

02-19-2012 16:30:23 | More by ChocolateJesus
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mylar

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -12.5%

02-19-2012 14:51:18 | More by mylar
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clarkw42

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

02-19-2012 04:08:14 | More by clarkw42
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PerHops

California

4.38/5  rDev -4.2%

Batch 009 served from 375ml bottle into snifter.

A- Murkey brown color with a bit of a copper hue. Very little head on this one after a couple of seconds. Some lacing as you move the glass around.

S- Some lemons, cherries, grapes oak and just a touch of funk.

T- Super sour cherries, apples, a bit of a wine like "sweetness", a touch of caramel, and a super dry, sour finish.

M- Drinks exceptionally well for the abv. Slightly tannic, dry, fizzy.

O- Slowly becoming one of my favorite sours out there. Worth the price tag for sure.

02-19-2012 03:30:41 | More by PerHops
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keanlacrosse

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -12.5%

02-19-2012 03:11:09 | More by keanlacrosse
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FalconA

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

02-19-2012 02:14:42 | More by FalconA
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +9.4%

02-19-2012 01:57:12 | More by millerbuffoon
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DocJitsu

California

2.5/5  rDev -45.3%

02-19-2012 00:37:07 | More by DocJitsu
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cosmonick

Indiana

5/5  rDev +9.4%

02-18-2012 04:24:35 | More by cosmonick
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stbo101

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

02-18-2012 03:39:49 | More by stbo101
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bertram

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

02-18-2012 03:38:27 | More by bertram
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theempire

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

02-18-2012 03:09:45 | More by theempire
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radlleb

Oregon

5/5  rDev +9.4%

02-17-2012 04:54:56 | More by radlleb
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fjl77

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +9.4%

02-16-2012 17:31:47 | More by fjl77
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bullywee

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.4%

02-16-2012 11:19:16 | More by bullywee
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SoCalStout

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

on tap at Eureka Burger Redlands

Appearance: cloudy orange/rubyish, one finger off white beautiful head with tiny bubbles and a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Sour cherries are very prominent in the nose mixed with sour apples. Then there are wilder aromas followed by more tart cherries.

Taste: Nicely sour, with tons of cherry and oak flavors. Incredibly balanced with the sweet and sour notes. Not overly sour, just complex and warm. It has some slightly bitter qualities as well.

Mouthfeel: Light, carbonated and bubbly. Very crisp and refreshing. Extremely drinkable. The sourness isn't too overpowering either.

Overall: A truly excellent sour, with very nice fruit flavors. A perfect balance of sour and sweet to keep you wanting another sip.

02-16-2012 08:28:27 | More by SoCalStout
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.4%

02-16-2012 01:44:26 | More by VncentLIFE
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ProfessorX

California

4.1/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

02-16-2012 01:16:04 | More by ProfessorX
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barkingelectron

Indiana

1/5  rDev -78.1%

02-16-2012 01:08:11 | More by barkingelectron
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Mark000

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

02-16-2012 00:00:01 | More by Mark000
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asparkoflife

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

02-15-2012 14:40:31 | More by asparkoflife
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drgarage

California

4/5  rDev -12.5%

02-15-2012 03:38:52 | More by drgarage
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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