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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,691 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,691
Reviews: 1,312
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2,129
Gots: 1,405 | FT: 92
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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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

AndrewRoecker, Mar 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

jkane101, Mar 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Giantspace, Mar 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

UncleBumpy, Mar 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

TheRuss9585, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of output01x
4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375 mL. corked and caged bottle (Batch 008) into a tulip glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger tan-colored head that slowly fades after a couple minutes to a thin coating and thick foam ring. The body is an amber reddish brown with small, swirling floaties and a great amount of rising carbonation bubbles. Thick lacing clings to the sides of the glass in sheets but always seems to succumb to gravity.

As the beer is poured, aromas of cherries and oak find their way from the crashing liquid to the drinker's nostrils. A closer inspection finds heavy aromas of cider vinegar and black cherries. Some musty funk, oak, and green bananas aromas are also detectable.

Candy-like sour cherry flavors crash into the taste buds at the beginning of each sip. Once the drinker gets past the onslaught of sour cherry, flavors of sweet red wine, cider vinegar, freshly ground pepper, and funk all tantalize the palate. Swallowing the beer lets the sourness quickly peak along with more cherry, red wine, and dirty basement funk. As these flavors fade, the sourness persists as a prickling on the tip of the tongue and a wine-like dryness sets in on the rest of the tongue.

Medium bodied with excessive carbonation, this is one steady sipping beer. The body is light enough to wash over the tongue nicely without ever becoming sticky. The carbonation is like setting a Sour Patch Kids candy on your tongue and taking a swig of Pepsi. It fizzes through every step of the sip but doesn't seem to adversely affect the transmission of flavors. The swallow becomes a bit foamy but does not hinder the experience much. The wine-like dryness at the end of each sip adds to the experience and keeps the drinker reaching for the glass.

If Russian River's Supplication were cheaper and actually available in my area I would drink this daily.

output01x, Mar 08, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Freshcraft in Denver

Pours a clear brown body, 1/2 inch off white head. Lacing and head retention were good.

Smell is of very light vinegar but dominated by tart fruit like cherry and kumquat. There is also some oak at the end.

Taste is of straw malt mixed with sour apples. Sour pickle brine is also present along with some puckering tannins you'd get from a dry chardonnay. No hops or alcohol was detected.

Mouthfeel is light, puckering and finishes dry. Carbonation is perfect but the head was only semi present.

Overall this was a good refreshing beer. Would love to have this in the mountains on a spring day. Not too much into the particular style but would definitely buy another bottle whenever it rarely pops up.

angelmonster, Mar 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

Rconn006, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of TaySuth
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very dark amber color with a small head of pure white bubbles that hangs around for quite a while and some lacing. Nice and inviting.

Smell: Sour and unique aroma. Very fruity but I'm having difficulty picking out anything specific. Smells great though.

Taste: This is an amazing beer. The flavor revolves on my palate from sour to cherries to salty to bread to the moon. I am truly blown away by this beer.

Mouthfeel: Great mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation and perfect body. Just perfect.

Overall: So impressed by this beer and would happily drop another $15 to get another bottle.

TaySuth, Mar 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

BillHilly, Mar 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

javiernano, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

archey, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

Mattylegend, Mar 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

millelacsmark, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of n2185
4.03/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a slightly hazy orange with less than a finger of beige head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: lots of tart cherries, sour, and funky aromas. There are sweet candy sugar and bubblegum notes underneath. Smells quite good.

T: lots of tart and sour notes up front with some lighter acetic flavors. Some funky and tart cherry flavors bring up the finish.

M: medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is fairly crisp and dry.

O: a good sour overall, though the taste doesn't have quite the complexity of the nose. Still, very enjoyable.

n2185, Mar 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

cpacheco, Mar 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -34.2%

aclark44, Mar 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

heddar33, Mar 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -34.2%

VIPbeer, Mar 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

let8it8grow, Mar 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Rjhami, Mar 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

BabyTree, Mar 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

bthomas, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of wrycon
4.73/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TicoCali for this.

Pours a quite transparent burnt umber. Very attractive. Not much head to speak of. Just a whisper of off-white that dissipates immediately. Lots of cherries in the initial nose, but that gives way to both a sharpness of what I guess would be the pinot barrels and a bluntness of wood (guess what that's attributed to). I don't know if brett's involved, but there is a layer of funk in the nose, as well. There is a robustness to the nose, like vanilla-coated cranberries. Holy moly, this is a great sour. Just a wisp of sweetness at the start and then a torrent of pucker grabs your tongue. Getting some green apple-type pucker with deeper raisin and wine notes. At the very end, there's a semi-thick layer that blunts the sour onslaught and invites a new sip. Very interesting how much the middle bounces off the tongue and how buoyant this sour is. Great stuff.

Like It? Yes, Of Course

wrycon, Mar 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

SeaOfShells, Feb 28, 2012
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,691 ratings.