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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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5,164 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,164
Reviews: 1,337
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 2,288
Gots: 1,622 | FT: 112
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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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.82/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 008

A - A very careful and slow pour results in a monstrous three to four finger head. The head is very fluffy and hangs out for a while before fading away with hardly any lacing. The beer itself if a cloudy copper color with constant carbonation bubbles streaming to the surface

S - Holy tart batman... made my mouth water excessively. Smells of apples, grapes and cherries. Can tell this one will be sour.

T - Very tart and sour on first sip, but some sweetness is present as the sip progresses. The sour flavors come from the cherries. The finish is very nice. Also, this beer hides the 7% ABV very well, as there is no noticeable alcohol flavors.

M - Very light and crisp mouthfeel. Very carbonated and actually a tad refreshing. Very drinkable.

O - I have always liked sours and this one just cements that feeling. I really enjoyed this and wish that this beer were available around here.

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review 600! 375 ml bottle into tulip, batch 006X2. Pours hazy red orange color with a nice 1 finger light khaki head with great retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of huge tart cherries, green apple, grapes, pear, light vinegar, oak, red wine, hay, light spices, and a lot of funk. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity, Taste of big tart cherries, apple, grape, pear, red wine, citrus, oak, vinegar, spiciness, earthiness, hay, and funk. Lingering notes of tart fruit, oak, wine, and spices on the finish for a bit. Fantastic balance of sourness and sweetness makes this very smooth on the palate. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly creamy and acidic mouthfeel. Slightly prickly carbonation, but still very smooth drinking. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish present. Overall this is an outstanding wild ale; with great balance, complexity, and smoothness.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 007 poured from a 375ml to a snifter: Pours a BRIGHT ruby orange. An off white thin cap of high carb head that sits off to one side. Brilliant, consistent beading. Lacing is lovely. Nose is complex to say the least. Lots of fruity red wine funkiness backed by the bright clove/sweet bread of a good Belgian golden. On the tongue there’s a surprisingly pungent earthy sour wallop that gives way to a beautiful floral array of sweet complexities. There’s a lingering tart presence on the back of the palate. Sour cherries, of course. The feel is smooth and a bit dry I think. Wonderful. Overall, this is a sour that might even appeal to the non-sour beer drinker. Yum.

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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

Served on-tap at Hollingshead's Deli. Reviewed from notes.

A- Thin off-white head with little retention on a light copper body. High clarity. Light lacing.

S- Some fruity smells, like elderberries and currant. Like a nice wine, but with a developed malt body.

T- Very sour. Not my style of beer, but this is the primo example of a Wild Ale.

M- Medium bodied with some fizziness.

O- Again, not my favorite style of beer, but quality through and through.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.36/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a big fan of Sour beer. Ive tried just a limited amount, but this was the best so far. Amazing look of a beer, color blends make this beer look stand out. Overwhelmed with sour taste and it was apparent from start to finish. Sour smell, sour taste, etc. definitely a
Tasty sour but not my preference.

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4.52/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, 7,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Batch 008

Thanks to futura123 for hooking me up with this one.

Appearance: Supplication pours a murky red-orange-brown with pink tinted edges and is topped by a good sized, very lightly pink tinted head that displays good retention and leaves a little lace.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells delicious! After the Temptation and Supplication, I was not expecting this to smell so good!
Tart cherries, almond, oak and earthy funk dominate the initial sniff with notes of ripe cheese, vinegar, musty basement, a light mineral character, over-ripe fruit and oddly spicy cinnamon noted over the course of the glass. As Supplication approaches room temperature the base brown ale notes become apparent with spiced dark fruit, a nutty quality and some sweetness.

Taste: As the nose suggested, Supplication is a delicious sour. Tart cherries, oak, vinegar, light apricot, musty brett, old cheese, over-ripe stone fruit and a light spicing are all noted in the flavour.

Mouthfeel: Again, Russian River has delivered a perfect mouthfeel! Medium body with a medium level of super smooth carbonation. The acidity is not quite enough to pucker the mouth, but gives enough of a bite to make Supplication insanely refreshing and drinkable. The finish is lightly tannic and dry.

Overall: This is by far the best of the three Russian River sours I have had and the only one that I feel can compete with true lambics. I would love to get another bottle of this in the future.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 5,164 ratings.