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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,732 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,732
Reviews: 1,314
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2,133
Gots: 1,424 | 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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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
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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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BabyTree, Mar 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

bthomas, Mar 01, 2012
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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
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Kirby, Feb 28, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle poured into a tulip
Batch 008

A: Hazy dark amber brown with a redish hue. 1 fingers width sea foam white head which dissipates relatively quickly to a very small rim and leaves no lacing.

S: Brett, banana, apples, sour cherries, subtle oak and candied sugar.

T: Such powerful flavors. Big tart sourness, banana, apple, sour white grape, Belgium yeast on the finish. There is also an acidic quality, some red wine flavors come on late, and it leaves a lingering sweet after taste of banana. So good.

M/D: Heavy carbonation, medium bodied with a vibrant lively mouthfeel. You could certainly drink multiples in a session.

O: Great beer! Excellent tart sourness with some bready malt rounded out with Belgium yeast.  Well balanced with strong but not over powering sourness.   This is the third RR wild ale I've had the pleasure of drinking. All were fantastic (supplication, consecration, and temptation), I think I may slightly like temptation the best however all are wonderful and I'd gladly drink any of them any chance I could get.  

zac16125, Feb 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

cccupps3, Feb 26, 2012
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iL0VEbeer, Feb 26, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

scott2269, Feb 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

ms11781, Feb 26, 2012
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4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 008

A - A very careful and slow pour results in a monstrous three to four finger head. The head is very fluffy and hangs out for a while before fading away with hardly any lacing. The beer itself if a cloudy copper color with constant carbonation bubbles streaming to the surface

S - Holy tart batman... made my mouth water excessively. Smells of apples, grapes and cherries. Can tell this one will be sour.

T - Very tart and sour on first sip, but some sweetness is present as the sip progresses. The sour flavors come from the cherries. The finish is very nice. Also, this beer hides the 7% ABV very well, as there is no noticeable alcohol flavors.

M - Very light and crisp mouthfeel. Very carbonated and actually a tad refreshing. Very drinkable.

O - I have always liked sours and this one just cements that feeling. I really enjoyed this and wish that this beer were available around here.

pjs234, Feb 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

notalumberjack, Feb 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

jsvt, Feb 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Nightrain87, Feb 25, 2012
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,732 ratings.