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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,593
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,106
Gots: 1,385 | FT: 91
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2005)
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hawkmage

California

4/5  rDev -12.5%

12-31-2011 17:04:27 | More by hawkmage
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guytyping

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

12-31-2011 06:13:35 | More by guytyping
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Shane94941

California

5/5  rDev +9.4%

12-31-2011 00:53:15 | More by Shane94941
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TotallyHosed

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev -2.6%

Big thanks to my sister-in-law who gave me a bottle for Christmas.

The bottle spewed foam within two seconds of opening. Whoops! I guess it still needed time to settle after the trip home. There was still plenty of bubbly head that's typical of the style. Excellent color to this brew which must be due to the cherries: an opaque red amber.

The nose is full of sour cherries. It's difficult for me to detect any of the barrel. A very inviting smell, none the less.

The taste matches the nose almost exactly - lots of sour with some supporting cherry and even some sour apple. The big sour notes are not overwhelming, but they do hide the alcohol very well. The brew's 7% is not detectable at all, which is most impressive.

The feel is thin, but closer to medium, and tingles the entire tongue with carbonation. The finish is dry and crisp with lingering sour.

This is an excellent example of the style. It's drinkability comes from sour cherries that are just powerful enough to hide the alcohol, but not strong enough to shock the palate.

12-30-2011 21:19:36 | More by TotallyHosed
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

4.03/5  rDev -11.8%

Batch 008, thanks to Jeroen for this one.
Look: the beer pours a golden-orange color with a nice head
Smell: Tart, wine, cherries and wood.
Taste: Sourness up front (lemon like), followed by a nice cherry sourness with a musty dry oaky finish.
Mouthfeel: thin body and medium-high carbonation
Overall: A nice sour although outclassed by Cantillon or 3 Fonteinen. For obvious reason (from a microbiological point of view) the balance and complexity of artificial inoculated sours is always much lower compared to the real air-inoculated Belgium sours, but besides that, this is the best of the rest.

12-30-2011 13:23:38 | More by rvdoorn
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DCRA

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

12-30-2011 08:10:55 | More by DCRA
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sgent487

California

5/5  rDev +9.4%

12-29-2011 23:45:58 | More by sgent487
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spamages

Michigan

3/5  rDev -34.4%

12-29-2011 21:35:47 | More by spamages
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JLow

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

12-29-2011 19:33:42 | More by JLow
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Bosmar

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

12-29-2011 15:23:40 | More by Bosmar
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Chelsea1905

Washington

4.72/5  rDev +3.3%

Batch 008

Pours a murky amber brown with a decent effervescent head that dissipates and leaves a little ring but not much lacing. The bubbling is fine and tight

Smells a bit of cherry, straw, some sour funk but not overpowering.

Tastes as it smells, lovely tight cherry funk with tart sourness but again not too over powering.

Mouthfeel is light and tight, almost like a slightly flat champagne

Fantastic beer and a huge thanks to Ales4Blado for this in a trade

12-29-2011 05:40:02 | More by Chelsea1905
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pigc

Nebraska

4.45/5  rDev -2.6%

A - Pours a light redish brown with 1.5 finger head. Decent retention, excellent lacing.

S - Cherry, oak, barnyard funk, brett.

T - Sour cherries, touch of oak, barnyard funk from the brett.

M - Light to medium with abundant carbonation.

O - Top tier sour with lots of complexity and great sourness. Another great sour from Russian River.

12-29-2011 02:36:36 | More by pigc
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havok1024

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +9.4%

12-29-2011 01:22:49 | More by havok1024
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animortician

California

5/5  rDev +9.4%

12-29-2011 00:11:26 | More by animortician
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DonDirkA

Arizona

4.53/5  rDev -0.9%

It is the most amazing rich ruby red. It smells like sour cherries. The taste is cherries and a slight grapey twist like wine. Very complex citrus and sour cherry characteristics from the brett and its friends. This is the best American wild ale I have ever tasted, not that my experience is extensive.

12-28-2011 08:43:34 | More by DonDirkA
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dcloeren

Texas

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%

Thanks to my fiancé for buying me this bottle on our ski vacation in Telluride, CO. Enjoying this one in a wine glass by the fire in our room.

Batch 008

Poured a slightly hazy sunset orange with a finger of bright white fizzy white head... Quickly disappeared after a few seconds.

The initial aroma I get is straight Brett funk and it is glorious. Once passed the funk I got great notes of cherries, green apples and a little oak on the back end. Acidic sourness stings the nostrilS.

The taste starts off sour and ends funky. Sour cherries, sour grapes, subtle wine characteristics and a little wood all rounded off with the funk.

Light in body with an abundance of carbonation... Very crisp. This beer fizzes up in my mouth with each sip. Drying tart aftertaste. The sourness lingers on the sides of my tongue after each sip.

Overall, this was a delicious beer. Once this beer has a chance to open up it really blossoms into a complex treat.

12-28-2011 05:22:13 | More by dcloeren
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hurfer

Indiana

5/5  rDev +9.4%

12-28-2011 03:44:31 | More by hurfer
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Callmecoon

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

12-28-2011 00:12:30 | More by Callmecoon
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1noa

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

12-27-2011 17:16:27 | More by 1noa
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Lantern


4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

12-27-2011 15:59:05 | More by Lantern
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

12-27-2011 15:16:27 | More by SPRichard
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throwback

Ohio

5/5  rDev +9.4%

12-27-2011 14:49:02 | More by throwback
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BerkeleyBeerMan

California

5/5  rDev +9.4%

12-27-2011 08:14:27 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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Mahlik

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

12.68 oz bottle poured into tulip glass. Batch 7

A - Pours a hazy reddish orange with a one-finger, bubbly off-white head. Head dissipates rather quickly. Not much lacing. Copious amounts of carbonation could be seen shooting up the sides and center of the glass. Some sediment floating around.

S - What a pleasant aroma. Funky barnyard aromas from the Brett and an acidic sourness hit the nose. A tartness from the cherries is apparent. The barrel aging leaves a noticeable mark as well. Vinous qualities from the pinot noir along with some oak linger in the background.

T - Taste is just a pleasant. A wave of tartness from the sour cherries overcome the palate. Grape tannins and vinous elements break through midway to break up the tartness a bit. A lactic sourness combines with some Brett funk to finish it out. No mistaking here: this beer is tart and sour.

M - Crisp, light body with tons of prickly carbonation. A dry finish that left me wanting another sip. Very easy beer to drink, even for the tartness level.

O - Top notch. Vinnie and Russian River know how to make an outstanding beer. The pinot noir barrels and cherries really bring something special to this beer. Not just one of my favorite sours but one of my beers period. This one is not for someone trying to break into sours but an absolute must try for someone who appreciates the style. I just wish this beer wasn't so expensive.

12-27-2011 05:51:26 | More by Mahlik
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gorby10826

Illinois

4/5  rDev -12.5%

12-27-2011 02:41:53 | More by gorby10826
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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