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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,977 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,977
Reviews: 1,326
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 2,207
Gots: 1,515 | FT: 99
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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5/5  rDev +9.6%

DrWalterWhite, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

GreyGhost4, Feb 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -17.8%

leinie13, Feb 05, 2012
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4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-golden orange color with red hues, an off-white head with good retention

S-bread, fruit and yeasty aromas

T-tart and sour upfront with bread and sour cherry flavors following and then wine notes come through giving a wonderful complex group of flavors

F-medium body with nice crisp carbonation and clean feel

O-a deliciously crafted ale with a great blend of flavors

MDDMD, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of abrethanson
4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a rich copper /amber color topped with a (1) finger foam head. The balance between the head and body is exceptional... maybe I am just a pro at pouring. Leaves a light lacing around the tulip glass as carbonation continues to rise. Looks like the standard for a tart brown ale

Smells - fruity and tart. Wife says she can smell a bitter fermentation.

Taste - The sourness stands out heavily from the lactobacillus and pediococcus, fruity tart from cherries. Grapefruit tartness hangs at the end. Having a hard time pulling the Brett our with the overpowering sourness.

Overall - Refreshingly well-balanced between the sour and fruit. Great for a sunny afternoon picnic or just complimenting some brie crackers. If you like sours this is the one to have.

abrethanson, Feb 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

prender1482, Feb 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

newk340, Feb 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

dudeabides76, Feb 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

chrispoint, Feb 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

siddhartha, Feb 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Rckmo10, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of wagenvolks
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle (Batch 08) into a Corsendonk tulip.

Supplication pours with a ruddy, copper-tinted amber hue. Active carbonation streams up at the edges of the glass to fuel a well-retained cap of tan khaki head. Excellent aroma is bursting with tart cherry juice and skin. Oaky wine barrels creep into the background with an earthy, tannic funk that plays well off the tartness. There's even the slightest note of vanilla sweetness to round off the profile.

The flavor impeccably recreates what the aroma suggested this beer would bring--dry, acetic wine notes laced with cherry tartness and wooden funk. My only qualm is the mouthfeel, as I feel that a tighter, creamier carbonation level would allow this beer to explore the palate a bit longer. Still, my nit-pick is a minor one. This is a fantastic sour ale and an essential representative of the style.

wagenvolks, Feb 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Scout11, Feb 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

nycwinter, Feb 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

indieraycer2, Feb 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

mchodge13, Feb 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

SageO, Feb 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

herrorara, Jan 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

phingdong, Jan 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

chalkfullof, Jan 31, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch number 006X2, cork and caged 375ml bottle that popped loudly and then gushed all over the kitchen, off to a good start with this one....

A good looking ruby brew with a huge white foamy head that recedes to leave a ring of bubbles and good lacing.

Nose is of sour and tart cherry, oak cask, a good amount of funk and a slight sweetness.

Taste is fairly complex, the cherry takes front and center with layers of funk, the wine barrel comes through nicely, a slight sweetness and a slight tanic taste in the finish. Mouthfeel is thin with a decent amount of carbonation.

Supplication is a good wild ale, not overly sour or sweet but very approachable.

alpineclimber, Jan 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

uvm2003, Jan 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

LadyOfMuchBeer, Jan 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

avaldivia, Jan 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

jfcaa193, Jan 30, 2012
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,977 ratings.