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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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5,158 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,158
Reviews: 1,337
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 2,287
Gots: 1,620 | FT: 113
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2005

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%

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4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Jackie O's tulip...

A: Supplication is a dark, somewhat cloudy copper color. This particular copper, however, has hints of red towards the center of the brew and some straw gold on the edges. The head on this is gorgeous, with a consistent, tight half finger of the bubbly stuff. For the most part, it forms a neck around the edges of the beer. A hard swirl, however, brings it up to a full finger that covers the top. Very nice lacing, a moderately thick slick is left behind with each sip.

S: Classic wild ale smells on this one: tart cherry, grape skin, musty hay, funk. The herbal notes in the bouquet here are fairly unique...I'm getting some lavender and faint traces of sweet spice, almost like potpourri.

T: Cherries, grapes, little bit of tomato sauce and lots and lots and lots of barrel. The wood is all over this, providing quite a bit of astringency along with the cherries. The finish is almost all wood and pucker, though I also get a surprising bready malt presence, almost grainy.

M: The sour fans will be happy, as this one packs a bit of a punch. Well-balanced, though, with the fruit and barrel flavors. Wood may be just a little too prominent for its own good, as I think the finish is bowled over by tannic and oak notes. Carbonation also seems just a touch high, covers up the flavors ever so slightly.

O: A very well-crafted wild ale by Russian River. It's not as good as Consecration, but it is still one of the better Wilds I have had. I am officially pumped to get into Beatification now.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of derkfromwi
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7 Poured into Duvel glass, pretty sure the high-pressured flying cork put a dent in the ceiling

A: Half-finger just off-white head, clear brown-tinted amber color, lots of carbonation

S: Tart cherries, pinot noir, earthy, apple-cider vinegar, oak

T: Sourness, tart cherries, a good funkiness, a bit of red wine and oak, a touch of sweetness before the pleasing sour finish and aftertaste

M: Smooth, good carbonation, crisp, quality dry finish

O: Very drinkable Wild Ale, not really a weak spot for me, a 'sipper' that went pretty quick, I could definitely drink a couple/few of these on a warm summer day

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.28/5  rDev -50%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It is amazing that a beer that tastes like this makes the top 100.
I suppose I bow to all thse out there that have put this beer on such a pedestool, figuring, my tastes, just don't get it.
Almost every sip brings a squint to ones face. As if one drank a very sour cherry mix.
I know that is what these Russian River guys were going for.
It just "..ain't my cup of 'beer'"...heh.

Good for you guys that like it.


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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 5,158 ratings.