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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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5,173 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,173
Reviews: 1,337
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 2,294
Gots: 1,629 | FT: 110
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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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

I got this beer from Retail1LO. Thanks Hayden!

This completes the 100 "Beers of Fame" for me as of 1/19/12.

375ml bottle (batch 007) served in a tulip glass.

L - hazed rust color with a big fluffy off-white head that had good retention and left lots of lacing behind.

S - sour cherries, red wine, some woodiness and a slight bit of funk.

T - borderline mouth puckering sour cherry taste with notes of the Pinot Noir barrel aging finishing tart and dry.

F - light/medium bodied, crisp and dry feel, very drinkable.

O - an absolute pleasure to drink.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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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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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay Chalice

Appearance: minimal head, cloudy, dark red/brown in color, some sediment, low carbonation

Smell: cherry, sour mix, and sweet sugary fruit

Taste: cherry, wood, sour mix, and sweet sugary fruit

Mouthfeel: sweet and sour, light bodied, medium carbonation but very prickly--maybe due to the sourness.

Overall: I remember this being better on tap at Extreme Beer Fest a couple years ago. That said in the bottle this is still excellent. Very sour, yet not as sour as most I have had from Cantillon. I could drink several glasses of this if I could find it. One of my favorites from Russian River.

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light redish brown with 1.5 finger head. Decent retention, excellent lacing.

S - Green apples, oak, slight vanilla

T - Taste starts out sour and funky with lots of citric notes. Sour cherries and grapes appear in the middle. Finishes very sour and astringent.

M - Full bodied, medium acidity, great balance, nice complexity and long finish

O - One of the best American Wild Ales I've had. Glad I got to try this one.

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

A - Pours a clear ruby orange with a two finger head that dissipates to just a thin layer. The lacing is light to moderate. Nice amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

A - Tart and sour smelling. Slight hint of the Pinot Noir barrels. Tart cherry aroma. Also a nice earthly spice aroma from the wild yeast. Very interesting smelling beer.

T - Wow, extremely tart and sour. Sours Cherry. Drinks like a dry white wine only more funky. Sour from start to finish. Becomes easier to drink with every sip. Finished very dry.

M - Medium in body. Carbonated very well. Flavor duration is long.
Mouth watering.

O - One of the most interesting beers I've had. You gotta enjoy sours to like this one.

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2.99/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed Saturday, January 7 2012 at Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood, CA in a snifter.

The beer is a clear dark Amber with a fine white head of very modest height.

No aroma at all. Odd.

Flavor is slightly sweet, peachy before the sourness kicks in. Somewhere between tart and unbearable, it is long lasting and fairly well- moderated. The finish is lightly bitter. Overall, fairly straightforward and lacking in complexity.

Mouthfeel is unremarkable.

Relatively drinkable.

Not a big fan.

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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

Served on-tap @ Higgins Restaurant and Bar in Portland, Oregon and presented in a snifter. Final pour of the keg = lucky me.

Pours a hazed orange amber with active carbonation and impressive lacing.

Tart aromas of wild yeast, apple cider and sour cherries.

Opens with a tart snap of cider and biscuity malt flavors. Active, prickly carbonation throughout. Moves into a balsamic vinegar middle with hints of wild yeast and sour cherries. Puckering mouthfeel. Sharp hop presence emerges before reverting to mild malt sweetness. Finishes dry with a touch of wood smoke. So very sessionable; many regrets that I had time for only one. Then again, there was no more to be had.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 5,173 ratings.