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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,339 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,339
Reviews: 1,298
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,042
Gots: 1,304 | FT: 80
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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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MADhombrewer

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 007. 12oz bottle poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance- Amber with an off white head. Little lacing. 4/5

Smell- Sour cherries. Not much else. Still good. Not over powering. 4/5

Taste- Sour cherries with bits of malt. The sourness is not overpowering at all. As a baby sour fan (now) I really like this beer. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- I don't know what the standard mouthfeel is for sours but this is a combo of med and thin. Well done. 4.5/5

Overall - Damn good beer. As a non-sour-about-to-get-into-sour fan this is a great intro into sours. Consecration and temptation was too much for me, but this was good. 4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 17:38:36 | More by MADhombrewer
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sdmvd6

Oklahoma

4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden and slightly hazy with a finger of head and steadily streaming bubbles. Light lacing is left on the glass.

Smell - Sour cherries are very prominent in the nose mixed with sour apples. Then there are wilder aromas and strong aged-swiss followed by more tart cherries.

Taste - Really big sour cherries up front followed by other sour fruit (apples and grapes). Nice vanilla oak notes bridge the gap between sour fruit and lingering acidic sourness. The influence from the pinot barrels is very obvious in this beer. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel - This was very carbonated and relatively thin. It was strikingly dry throughout the entire flavor profile which complimented the sourness extremely well.

Overall - This is far and away the best sour I have had to date. The added dimension from the pinot and the balance will be hard to be topped by another sour in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 00:59:50 | More by sdmvd6
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ales4baldo

California

4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation-Poured out of a 375ml bottle. Batch #007. Clearly mentions to age in a dark cool place which i do intend to do so once i buy another one. Has a nice info section on the back of the bottle explaining the roots and making of the beer. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance-As the beer pours out of the bottle and into the tulip you can see that its a very bubbly beer. The carbonation is present as you can see the bubbles arise from the bottom of the glass. Its a nice redish, mohoghany color thats somewhat see through. I didnt seem to get much head after i poured out the whole bottle. Probably less than half an inch.

Smell-Definitley sour notes rise to the nose once you lean the glass for a good smell. Scents of aged grapes and apples engulf your nose. As the beer is described to be, you can also smell the wine. More on the side of a merlot. If you smell closely you can also smell small amounts of maybe a whiskey alcohol.

Taste-At first sip this beer makes your face crinch kind of like if you were putting a sour gum into your mouth. One droops down and you stretch your mouth back. This beer is sour to begin and continues throughout the drink. Reminds me of a Rodenbach. Grapes are savored and green apples seem to make a presence as smelled.

Mouthful-Its a somewhat light beer. Sits softly on the tongue. It has a crisp, bubbly feel that you get when the beer is resting on the top of the tongue. It finishes pretty clean leaving a dry feel. The alcohol form the beer seems to float to the nose to where you can smell what your drinking. The sourness continues but isnt as strong as you carry on. It does however seem to linger on the sides of the tongues.

Overall-A good solid sour ale for sure. I would drink it again and look forward to aging one much longer. Probably around 6 months to a year. I guess i wouldnt mind if it was a little less sour but its still really good. Glad i encouraged myself to try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 05:18:18 | More by ales4baldo
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AWolfAtTheDoor

California

4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have now had 2 bottles of this, plus once on tap in the Russian River tap room. This review takes into account all 3 tastings.

Kind of a tangerine color split between a goblet and pint glass. Nice head, no lacing.

Hard to detect much other than the sourness on the nose.

Beer out of the bottle was very sour, but I believe this was due to serving temperature. We took it slow and really let the beer warm up and then the other flavors started to emerge aside from the sour microbes. Nice wood notes to accompany the sourness. A little bit of citrus zest, a hint of malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel was surprsingly crisp for a sour. Surprised as to the difference between a sour beer and a hop bomb treats the palate. Hops tend to linger and shred the palate, but the sour doesn't linger too long.

Overall this is a fuck of a beer. Easily one of the best offerings from Russian River. PLEASE be sure to drink this at the proper temperature. Minimum of 55F to let all the flavors emerge.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 10:02:54 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
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BUNZILLA

Indiana

4.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle poured into a oversized wine glass

Appearance : dark cloudy burnt orange in color -tons of white fizzy champagne bubbles form the head and quickly fades away leaving a white ring of bubbles behind.

Smell : abundance of complex aroms that are strangely addictive .Pure funky goodness ... nuff said I wanted to drink a couple of these first before I reviewed to so I could get a handle on this one. Now after having couple more I am blown away by this beer.

Taste : huge flavor profile this is truly a beer/wine hybrid. Tons of tart sour cherries dominant this beer and I cant ever get enough of it

Mouthfeel :light bodied beer with great carbonation

Overall :cant say enough good things about this beer if haven't had it it is worth the I vestment

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 01:15:53 | More by BUNZILLA
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100floods

California

4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy copper hue. No head. Nice scents of tart cherries with a faint sweet smell. Notes of red wine are present in the aroma, too and compliment the tartness nicely Big, but tame tartness with a decent acidic flavor. After letting this sit and stir for a while the sweeter notes come to the front. Dark cherries, diacetyl, hints of dry red wine. The carbonation definite helps the tartness of the brew, it makes it sharper. Noticeable notes of brett and diacetyl for a buttery, yet funky finish. The beer's medium body definitely helps your palate deal with the tartness and the acidity nicely so that you can enjoy the complexity rather than focus on how funky it is. Top notch. Very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 18:45:09 | More by 100floods
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml caged and corked bottle, batch 04x5. My first Russian River offering, from a grocery store (sigh) in Oregon.

This beer pours a slightly cloudy, but still somehow bright copper hue, with one finger of foamy, moderately creamy pale beige head, which leaves a few broad buttes of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of tart fruit - cherries, mostly, a mild earthy yeastiness, barnyard funk, and a bit of astringent woodiness. The taste is tart, sour cherry, some equally lemon-oriented essences, and some fruity vinegar to mix things up further. A soft graininess underlies all, softened up even more by a mild, endearing funk, part over ripe fruit, part surprisingly inoffensive cheese curds. The carbonation is quite zippy, but adequately restrained, the body medium-light in weight, and just a bit too clipped to be considered outright smooth. It finishes with that tart, increasingly nondescript sourness persisting, alongside a simmering, late-arising yeasty funk.

I like the American craft-brewing tendency of, the higher-quality the beer, the more they want to tell you about it on the packaging...Knowing what went into this offering makes it all the more enjoyable - the sourness, yeast, wood, funk (oh, and actual beer, too!), all kept in balance, yet still rendering a beverage for the adventurous palate. Sort of a more laid-back Cantillon - scary, earth-relationship-affirming, and ultimately tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 22:52:12 | More by biboergosum
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this before on tap and wanted to try the bottled version. Shipped from stupidwinedeals.com
Batch 006x1

This brew pours a very hazy reddish amber. There is less than a fingers worth of light tan head. No legs to speak of.

The nose is pretty intense. Tart cherries, sourness, light barnyard funk, earthiness and a bit of vinegar. The alcohol is noticed just a bit.

The taste is quite sour, tart and delightful. The cherries are blended together with a crisp, tart funk that ends with a bit of vinegar and booze. A nutty taste is also present. There is a surrounding earthiness that carries the flavors wonderfully.

The mouthfeel is crisp amply carbonated. Nice feel for the brew and is very suiting.

Overall, this brew is another great sour from Russian River. Crisp, tart, and full of flavors. Boom, I'm lovin' it!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 05:59:54 | More by ChugginOil
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GehenHerzog

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml (batch 005) bottle poured in my Bells Tulip. Thanks to slentz for this awesome beer

A- Pours a hazy amber color. Tried to leave the sediment in the bottle but a little bit got into the glass. Very thin white head. No lacing to speak of

S- Smells very tart. Getting a lot of cherry and lemon. Very funky smelling beer.

T- Starts off tart with a strong cherry flavor. Slight vinegar taste on the back end but remains a very nice cherry funk throughout.

M- Crisp yet smooth mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation

D- Awesome brew that is perfect for a late summer evening or for a perfect afternoon. Alchol is absolutely hidden by the funk and I would've never guessed this was 7%

I'm beginning to fall in love with sours. This beer was a huge hit in my book. Such a great beer that I could stock my fridge with if it was available here. Thanks again, Dave, for this awesome brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 02:07:29 | More by GehenHerzog
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fatmcb1

Texas

4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Russian River 9-29-11

Poured an amber, reddish color with an off-white ring of head.

Smelled of tartness, fruit, and barnyard funk.

Tasted of sour cherries, green apples, grape, and wild yeast. Bready malt provides a slight balance. However, there remains a very strong acidic profile. Sour flavor lingers. It is well carbonated, and creamy.

This is my single favorite wild ale to date. The tartness is not overpowering, but instead mingles with the fruit and malt to allow for a high level of complexity. Very recommended!

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 22:36:24 | More by fatmcb1
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into RR Goblet glass.
Batch 005x3

A: Extremely clear amber color. Tons of carbonation. Good pop on the cork. 1/4 off white head. Some alcohol feet Head dissapates quickly.

S: It definitely smells funky. Lots of that barnyard smell. You get some cherries and some oak.

T: There is some mild bite on the tip of the tongue, from the tart cherries maybe? Then you get assaulted with delicious sore notes in the middle of the mouth. You again get the cherries and some Oak notes in there. Finish is long and lingers. Wow! So complex!

M: Medium bodied and good mouth coating.

O: A+

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 20:17:37 | More by inlimbo77
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Mannix

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

3-Liter bottle poured at a tasting. Thanks to mrand01 for hosting it.

(A)
Pours a reddish brown with bits of copper color in the light. My pour had very little head and very fine lacing that just barely held on to the glass.

(S)
Aromas of tart fruit and funk.

(T)
The sour washes over your tongue right away after it passes the taste of sour cherries and spices is left.

(M)
It's very light on the tongue but doesn't feel thin.

The beer does go down pretty easy but it is quite sour might not be something you would have more than one or two servings of.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 05:04:30 | More by Mannix
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southside

South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how this is a brown ale because it doesn't taste anything like one. Nice tart, cherry smell with some date and fig notes. It's almost like a belgian dark ale blended with a brown ale--adding some fruit and sour tartness along with it. Incredibly complex and one of the best barrel aged sours I've had, even from RR. I have about 4 of these I've stowed away now, anxious to see how they change over time. I would highly recommend picking some up if you can.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 17:40:48 | More by southside
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Treebs

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottled graciously shared by bulldogp04 in line at the CBS release, thanks Dean! Small pour into my Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a hazy amber and brown combination with a frothy white head. Pretty nice looking and leaves some sticky lace down the glass.

S: Great combination of barnyard funk, citrusy sourness and peels of lemon and lime. Slighty sweet berry in there as well.

T: Very tart with a burst of sour lemon. Very subtle sweetness that is vine fruit in nature as well. Slight vinegar mixed in and it finishes with a funky yeast.

M: So clean and very crisp. Light bodied. It has incredible drinkability and is very refreshing.

O: This was a winner in my book. Very well balanced between funk and sour and the subtle sweetness really rounded it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 13:25:53 | More by Treebs
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy brown pour with a frothy off white head. A nice cap is left atop the brew after the rest of the head has receded.

S: Acidic, cherries, funk. The barnyard funk type smell really overpower the fruits.

T: Like the smell, the taste is more acidic and funky than fruity. The taste, however, is more balanced. A slow drinking beer for sure. Hints of breadiness, oak, Brett. Not getting a lot of vinegar, but it is present.

MF: Medium bodied, carbonated well, extremely dry finish. Not a lot of alcohol coming through.

O: Thought this was great, but well below the quality of authentic Belgians I've had. Well balanced, with a bit of a strange aftertaste. I would get it again no doubt, I just wish it was a bit less funk and a bit more cherry.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 20:11:45 | More by russwbeck
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etaggie09

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

appearance: pours a cloudy brown with a two finger foamy white head that dissipates moderately. not very much lacing on the glass.

nose: bottle says that its aged in pinot noir barrels and has cherries added to it. i definitely smell both of those things. has a definite wine characteristic to it as well as a fruity cherry sweetness in the nose. smells exactly like a cherry pie. instantly brings thanksgiving to mind. that's my favorite holiday. you're cheating, supplication. it not only smells like cherries, but it has that buttery dough smell that is quite pleasant. a slight, slight belgian yeast spiciness is in the background, but it is quite subdued. This really just smells like a freshly baked cherry pie. There isn't much else, but it is amazing how much this smells like a real cherry pie.

taste: UGH! That is some sour ass shit! Tastes like the tiniest grape you ever ate mixed with hay and moldy parmesan cheese rind. I don't want any more of this. The second sip is a little more forgiving than the first, but it still is freaking sour! Why is this beer so freaking highly rated? Who seriously looks for these flavors in a beer? I mean it gets more tolerable the more you drink it, but holy crap that first sip was not very pleasant.

mouthfeel: moderately carbonated and fairly viscous. not watery at all, but not too thick. the mouthfeel is quite pleasant and I'd imagine it is quite spot on for the style.

overall: i have found a style of beer that i have zero interest in exploring. I imagine that some beer geeks out there will love this, but for me, a sour ale is just not something i'll ever want. the flavor is decent, but not all too complex, and it is not very refreshing at all either. Glad I tried the best of the sour ales before I wasted my time with any other ones. This just isn't my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 01:36:43 | More by etaggie09
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TheFlern

Idaho

4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off, I just have to say thank you to holden303!

Appearance: A really great looking off brown-red. head is white and sticky, good lacing. you can see the carbonation percolating up.

Smell: Sour, it makes my mouth water its so sour. I'm not familiar enough with this style to give much further description.

Taste: Sour! Vinegar taste. Not bad though, ya know?

Mouthfeel: light, effervescent

Overall: This is a great brew. Lots of interesting flavors and as someone looking to branch out and try new things this is great! Give it a shot if you can, i doubt you'll be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 04:12:07 | More by TheFlern
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MarcatGSB

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 375 ml bottle, batch 7 into DFH signature glass. Thanks to Celso for the RR delivery.

Appearance: Aggressive pop from the cork when opened. Nice sediment found on cork...Pours a rosey, quite hazy amber color with soft white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Cherry wine. Notes of vanilla, slight oak, very bright and dry cherry

Taste: Boom. Great flavors of tart cherry, oak, and a musty Brett character to follow. Good vinegar sharpness, balanced nicely with an appropriate amount of oak.

Mouth: Medium bodied, tart and drying. Very intriguing, and wants to be savored.

Drink and overall: Fantastic beer. A real nice treat, that I will seek out again in the future. I've had enough to know it's worth it's weight in shipping. My mouth has a great lasting flavor that I am really enjoying, thank you VC.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 02:36:04 | More by MarcatGSB
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. Batch 007.

Appearance: As poured from the 375 ml bottle the beer is a lightly hazed reddish cherry wood color with a 1/4 “ white head that soon recedes to a ring around the glass and a tiny layer of foam over the liquid. Sipping creates sheets of foam that quickly become scattered patches and a few legs of lacing that cling to the glass. Even as the beer is nearly gone there is still a ring of foam and some trails of lacing when sipping.

Smell: The aroma is a complex mix of tart cherries, a bit of the oak and pinot noir, some traces of the malt and some very light traces of vinegar that emerge in the background. There’s also a light touch of vanilla but minimal funk character.

Taste: The flavors, as expected from the nose, are a complex mix of sour, tart cherries, along with some traces of vinegar. In the background are some traces of the oak and wine with a definite trace of vanilla. While this beer is too young from the bottle for there to be much funky character to the flavor, it is easy to imagine what it will be like when it has some more bottle age.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and smooth with light but persistent carbonation. The finish is relatively long as the tart, sour cherries lead into a puckering dryness that spreads throughout the back of the mouth. This is also where a touch of bitterness shows itself in the back of the mouth before it gets lost in the tart dryness of the finish.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I found this one quite drinkable in that each sip was easy to take and easily followed the preceding one. If you are looking for one word to describe this beer, think “complexity.” This is a beer that deserves its reputation and overall is an excellent beer. I’m looking forward to seeing how bottles of this one age over the next few years.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 00:11:57 | More by drtth
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harrymattcody

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle received in a trade.

The pour was a shade short of crimson with nice highlights around the edge. A nice, tight cap formed on top with some staying power. Also, some nice lace was laid down throughout the glass. The nose consisted of tart cherries with accompanying funk. Taste mirrors the nose with a shot of oak. Mouthfeel was nice with a fair amount of carbonation to keep things moving.

In the end, not something to drink everyday, but definitely a special treat that I would love goretudn to often.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 13:29:56 | More by harrymattcody
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aggiearcher13

Texas

5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 005x1.

A: Pours a beautiful hazy orange. A light stone head that's big and frothy before receding to a thin layer with a ring of creamy foam hanging around the edge. Excellent lacing, just a beautiful brew.

S: Tart, apricot and cherry. It smells spritzy, if something can smell spritzy. Malty, almost biscuity, and that funky brett of course. Cherry definitely comes out more as it warms.

T: Bam, funky tartness and dark cherry. A little sweet, malty, and woody. Finishes quite dry and clean.

M: Very smooth, very full, I have not complaints on this one. Easily the best body on a sour I've ever had.

O: Wow, I'm just dumbstruck with how good this is. It's as close to perfect as I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 01:12:55 | More by aggiearcher13
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slentz

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 007. Figured I should review this beer since I have had it multiple times. Served at 50 degrees into 'tion tulip. Pulled the cork a loud pop....gotta love it.

A: Aggressive pour leads to one finger head of tight bubbles that dissipates to a thin ring. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Beer is copper color an orangy red color...looks like the sun, firey and bright. Awesome. 4.5

S: Smell isn't all that strong....definitely smells a bit sour...slight vinegar....the smell is definitely not supplication's strong point but still its nice and changes as the beer warms. 4.0

T: Taste is supplications strong point. I love this beer. Super tart cherry flavor. Can definitely taste the barrel in this one. Taste on this one is hard to explain but bottom line is that its awesome. 4.5

M: high carbonation, super prickly like champagne. It goes down easy and leaves you wanting more. 4.0

O: Overall Supplication is one of my favorite offerings from Russian River. This beer is never disappointing and the hype around it is justified. I seek this out regularly every month or so. Thanks Vinnie for sending this awesome beer to Philly! 4.5

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 02:49:54 | More by slentz
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jayhawk73

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 007

Pours a nice dark cherry color w/ a one finger head that quickly disappears to a sliver. Very cloudy and alive looking brew. Good carbonation and decent lacing. Awesome looking Wild Ale. Wow. The nose is fantastic. Cherry, funk, some brown sugar, caramel, sourness, a hint of candy sweetness. Really complex and nice. Opens up really nicely with warming/airing out. Now... on to the taste. Pretty much the same as the nose, minus the candy sweetness. It's really not too sour, just about right. It seems like the taste just keeps evolving the more you get into it. Definitely some wine/oak/vinegar in the taste as well. None of the 7% ABV is evident at all. Very carbonated and dry finish on this beer. A little too carbonated, otherwise a higher score. Overall, this is a top flight Wild Ale. I like Consecration a little better, but this is highly recommended. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 00:50:57 | More by jayhawk73
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brystmar

Texas

4.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle split with my brother. Batch 007.

A: the cork pops off this beast with the ferocity of champagne. Active body through the reddish hues. Thin white head leaves behind mild lace.

S: wow, sour goodness ahead! Tart fruit, cherries, funky yeast.

T/M: very actively carbonation blasts your tongue as the first wave of sour fruit approaches. Plenty of wine-like qualities to be appreciated here alongside the funky Brett yeast. I don't drink *that* many sours, so it's still kinda hard for me to describe exactly what's going on. Finishes bone dry and quite smooth.

...and then comes the aftertaste. A bitter oak barrel flavor sets in about 15 seconds after you swallow and lingers. Interesting, sure, but not really my thing.

D: 375mL split two ways is simply not enough. Russian River delivers once again! Now if only they'd ship to NYC...

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 03:21:01 | More by brystmar
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birchstick

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to KevSal & gcphilli for sending this one my way!

A - pours a dirty brownish red, more brown than red

S - the nose has some cherry notes (not as much as I was hoping), mixed in with some caramel malts, and a whiff of funky Brett round it out

T - Starts off with tart, sweet cherries up front. These fade to a nice vinous flavor from the noir barrels; at the same time, I am getting nice citrus sour flavors. The brett shows up in the end, leaving some light mushroom that lingers after the exhale. It is hard to tell, but the citrus or the cherries are also on the finish. Over the top of all of this is a bit of a dry tannic vinous flavor akin to the taste that would be present about 5-10 minutes after one finishes a glass of wine.

M - a little thin throughout and finishes very dry from wine barrel treatment

D - this is a really nice, complex brew from RR. It is a very good beer, but didn't "wow" me as much as I was hoping for. It is almost like a more complex Consecration but not as powerful. That being said, this was an awesome beer, I just think it falls a little short of other Wild Ales I have had (and other RR brews for that matter). Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 03:45:25 | More by birchstick
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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