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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,965 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,965
Reviews: 1,324
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 2,201
Gots: 1,507 | FT: 97
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%

PhatAtUT, Dec 05, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

karlfree, Dec 05, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

rab53, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

ten1965, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of hippityhops85
4.6/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I mean, what more is there to say about this beer that hasn't already been said? It's fabled, it's revered, it's adored and rightly so! Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Russian River "tion" glass. Batch 005x3.

Poures a purplish magenta with a thin white head that dissipates to just form a crown around the glass of pure white bubbles. I've never seen a beer with the depth of color this one has, ever.

The nose is the best part. You immediatly get the sour, funky characteristics but they're all bound together with this extremely prominent red wine characteristic. Tons of oak, slight vanilla, and a not-too-well hidden tartness. Amazing what's going on here.

The taste is a journey on it's own. Initially when I sip this beer there is a wonderful red wine characteristic married with the oakiness that lends an almost sweet tone to the beer but then the tartness from the bugs takes over and just enhances the previous flavors amazingly without the sweetness getting out of control. Finishes extremely dry. Perfect carbonation.

Like I said, what else can you say about Supplication or Russian River as it is? They're super hyped and deserve that hype. Supplication is probably the best American Wild Ale in existence. I need to buy this by the case. So in love.

hippityhops85, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

davelag, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

SRossman, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

GimmeGumballHead, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -12.3%

pixieskid, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

BrewinHeadBanger, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of BMoney575
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 12-4-11
Batch 005X2

Pours a deep brown color, light around the edges, with a billowy white head that settles to a thick layer. Very clear, with bubbles rising to the surface, the amber/brown color is very cool.

Smell is extremely pungent, all tart and sour. There's lots going on, but a fruity, white wine character dominates. Complex, with more alcohol kick than you might expect, and very good.

Taste is exactly what you'd expect from the smell, super sour and tart, it almost numbs your tongue. The flavors are light, a little fermented fruit that is again very wine-like. The finish is tart and a little sweet, with a pleasant, drying aftertaste. It's been in the cellar for over a year, but does not have much for an aged quality.

Mouthfeel is awesome, just the right amount of carbonation to set off the sourness.

Drinkability is good, but the tartness builds after awhile. The lower abv helps the lightness.

Overall, a great beer that is exceptionally well made. Get some if you can. Thanks to david131 for the bottle.

BMoney575, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

kmatlack, Dec 04, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml poured into a Russian River "-tion" glass. Big thanks to russwbeck for this!

Batch 007

A - Pours a surprisingly clear, burnt umber brown, similar to the color of an Autumn landscape after the leaves change. It slowly builds a 2-fingered, off-white head with nice retention, especially compared to previous Russian River sours I've had. After it fades, it leaves behind a thick, half-finger cap that is continously fueled by numerous streams of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. The lacing is sticky at times, but it quickly recedes back into the rest of the beer.

S - The nose is full of tart, ripe cherries and a mild amount of grapes as well. A tannic oakiness comes through as well, but it's smooth and leads to a pleasant vanilla aroma. There is a slight amount of vinegar, but it is subdued and kept in check by the other notes.

T - Immediately, the palate is hit with a rush of sourness. It is a little strong at first, but the mouth acclimates quickly and it is very nice. The cherries take the forefront of the taste and they are complex, tart, and pitted. The barrel sneaks in shortly after this, giving it a different turn. I'm actually surprised by how much the oak and vanilla comes through, and the entirety of the beer revolves around this sparring of flavors. It does give it a vast complexity and is very enjoyable.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with decently high carbonation. It's mouth-puckeringly sour at first, but quickly shifts to a cheek-stinging tartness. The tannins last on the palate, which is exemplified by the crisp, dry finish.

D/O - Drinkability is high. This is one of the best Russian River sours I've had and part of that has to do with how complex and smooth it all is. It's easy to distinguish the fruit, the barrel, and the bugs that went into making this, and the final result is a delicious sipper that I am thankful for!

nhindian, Dec 04, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

marine1975, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

RyanBeer13, Dec 03, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

twelveinches, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

kenzak, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

ndak, Dec 03, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to nn8dietz for picking this beer up for me.

I like the faitnly hazey ochre color to this brew. Two finger, bone colored head that recedes to a nice thick film of foam. Bubbling is unimpressive.

The aroma is a tart, cherry hint added to a sherry wine through and through. Add some young, Granny Smith apple skins to that as well. The malt bill has only a little whole grain white bread crust to the aforementioned aroma. I do seem to get a soft woddy not here and there as well. There seems to be a smokey note slinking around as well.

I taste super ripe cherry pie, crust and filling. Then tart, viney toasted Wonder bread crust and slightly fermented wine grapes.

The palate has no indication of aging in my opinion. Except for maybe this beer would more tart if it wasn't aged.

scruffwhor, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Beerontwowheels, Dec 02, 2011
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,965 ratings.