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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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5,313 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,313
Reviews: 1,355
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2,405
Gots: 1,719 | FT: 118
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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light ruby & copper. Pours a small white head.

Aroma: Strawberries, wild yeast, very fruity. A little bit sweet.

Taste: Quite typical lambic style, but too sweet and fruity for my taste.

Mouthfeel: A little sparkly, medium-high carbonation, medium bodied.

Overall: Nothing special in my opinion. Decent enough beer, and it did grew on me a little as I went on, but many of its Belgian cousins are vastly superior.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Pours a clear garnet color with a tight, off-white head that leaves a nice sheet of lacing.

Smells of sour cherries with a slight earthiness.

Tastes of the tart cherries with various counter notes. The cherries lead off with a moderate lactic sourness. This then fades into a white wine like sweetness. Earthy undertones are present throughout to give the beer some depth.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this beer definitely lived up to the hype, and I wish I had tried it sooner.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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

A little celebration tonight, decided to open this and give it a try. Thoroughly enjoyed the graphics telling you not to put this in a pint glass. Very clever.

See all descriptions below for appearance, taste, mouthfeel, etc. Overall, a wonderful sour, and a great beer. Definitely something I would drink again given the opportunity. Looking forward to trying some additional Russian River beers. Only quasi-complaint is the price point.

With that said, for my palate, I actually prefer Le Terroir. Honestly. Maybe that's just me.

**Edit: After more extensive sour testing, this is defintely a higher quality beer than I initially gave it credit for. Raised to a solid 4.5. I look forward to trying this again.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy copper-orange with a half-finger of frothy off white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some light lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sour cherries with some dark grape sweetness, oak, vanilla, Brett funkiness, and just a touch of brown sugar.

T - Starts off with some sharply sour cherries with some dark grape sweetness and tannin with some vanilla. Through the middle, oak flavors come through with some more mellowing sweet cherry and grape with some Brett funkiness. The finish is a mix of sour cherries with some Brett funk and tartness, alongside some oak and vanilla.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Feels smooth with a very sour and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. The sour cherries come through really nicely without being overpowering. The balance is very nice with the barrel flavors adding some great complexity.

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4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Amber body with some light tan bubbles on top.

S- Smells like red wine with some oak presence.

T- Wow, unlike any beer I have ever had. Wine-like presence is definitely there, with a blast of sour cherries and oak.

M- Crisp, clean, leaves with a sweet presence.

O- Not really sure what to say, it's unique, different, incredibly complex and an experience in itself.

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4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks merc for sharing this, batch #7

The beer pours a dark amber with a thin tan head. The nose is pungently sour with notes of acetone, wine, and a slight yeastiness. Very intense flavor profile with bursting tart cherries and an incredibly dry finish. This may be one of the driest and most tart sours I've had, but it's incredibly drinkable. Definitely worth trying if you can finagle a bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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