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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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5,052 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,052
Reviews: 1,329
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 2,230
Gots: 1,550 | FT: 101
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%

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4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to crack open a bottle I've been aging for a while; I needed a little holiday cheer. Batch 006x2 poured into my Chimay glass.

Poured a hazy reddish hue with a frothy full finger of head which reduced quickly to a thin splotchy layer. I loved the columns of constant tiny bubbles rushing to the surface. It truly appeared as if my glass was alive! There was lots of great sour smell; I caught funky yeast, apple cider vinegar, cherry, and a little bit of general booziness. Very tart taste, which was totally to be expected and what I had anxiously hoped for. I tasted the brett in action (funky!), as well as the cherries and lots of bitter and sour. Also felt like like i tasted a sour apple/pear kind of thing in there. The mouthfeel was perfect- lots of crisp carbonation from the bottle conditioning which gently foamed on my tongue.

All in all, another great Russian River experience and a very satisfied customer! Sours are definitely an acquired taste, but this is among the best of the best. Definitely lives up to the hype, IMO.

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. If you have had Santification or Consecration this beer is similar but way better than both. If you have the money buy at least one and enjoy. I paid 17 per bottle from Pinnochios Beer Garden in Media, PA. Well worth the buy. I offered to a friend of mine who hates all craft beers because he is not open to the "big" taste but he was blown away by this one!

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3.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I acquired this one in a trade from solomongrundy. Awesome trader, thanks again!!! Poured from 375 ml bottle into a chalice. It pours a beautiful pinkish orange with a fizzy white head that disappears rather quickly. Very Tony bubbles of carbonation. It smells of sour cherry and musty yeast. Mild scent of oak is there as well. Wow... Very tart. I'm not really a big sour fan but I've had a few and have begun to appreciate the style. Lots of sour cherry and wine flavors. Mild oak flavors hang on the tongue. This is a palate scrubber. It will obliterate any beer you've had throughout the night. One of the better ones I've had. Very acidic and dry. Tasty, but just not my favorite style.

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4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A - cloudy orange/copper sunset, one finger off white beautiful head with tiny bubbles that look like diamonds and a little bit of lacing

S - cherries, a young bottle of red, sweet candy sugar, lots of yummy oak, very yeasty, maltiness, soil and an all around awesome funk

T - sour funky yeast, tight Pinot noir, lots of oak, tons of grain, sweet notes on the back end, tons of cherries, candy sugar, lemon grass and tons of minerals and terrior

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

D - this is as refreshing as it is interesting. This is something different, but in the most awesome way possible. They aren't kidding when they say "sours" when it comes to this one. But with the wine, cherries and a great sweet back end it is a beer once you have you'll crave again and again

Final thought - at $12 a pop and a nice 7% abv this is a great beer. Hard to find at times, but if you do find one, buy one and age it as well

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4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On draft at the brewpub.

Pours a hazy light copper/ruby color with a slightly pink, off white head. Cherry and oak on the nose with potent lactic sourness. Slight earthiness and vanilla on the aroma as well. This batch of draft is not as intensely sour as other bottles I've had. Cherries are a little fruiter and tart, and overall the flavor is sweeter. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation and a dry finish. It is what it is.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a 2 oz sampler at Russian River in Santa Rosa. I'd had it in bottled form before, so I knew what to expect. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger beautiful head of cloudy consistency and murky dark gold/copper colour.

Sm: Bacteria, yeast, souring hops, and funk. A very nice moderate strength aroma.

T: Souring hops, yeast, berries, bacteria, hints of vinegar/wine, and some wild yeast funkiness. Complex and brilliant.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Very complementary of the aroma.

Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV, sourness, and style. Affordable (50 cents per sampler!). I think overall it's better bottle-conditioned.

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 5,052 ratings.