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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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5,308 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,308
Reviews: 1,355
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2,403
Gots: 1,709 | FT: 121
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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on tap at Eureka Burger Redlands

Appearance: cloudy orange/rubyish, one finger off white beautiful head with tiny bubbles and a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Sour cherries are very prominent in the nose mixed with sour apples. Then there are wilder aromas followed by more tart cherries.

Taste: Nicely sour, with tons of cherry and oak flavors. Incredibly balanced with the sweet and sour notes. Not overly sour, just complex and warm. It has some slightly bitter qualities as well.

Mouthfeel: Light, carbonated and bubbly. Very crisp and refreshing. Extremely drinkable. The sourness isn't too overpowering either.

Overall: A truly excellent sour, with very nice fruit flavors. A perfect balance of sour and sweet to keep you wanting another sip.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first sour I have ever had. Served on tap in a 10.5 oz tulip glass. I didn't know what to expect. Nice Amber Color. Nice small head that settles at the top of the glass and dissipates as you continue to drink. The taste is fruity and bold with hints of cherry, oak and red wine. The cherry taste is there and stays with the beer with every drink. It has become the sour on which I will judge every other sour on.

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Ruby, peach mahogany with a fine white head

Brett mixes with a red wine character with notes of oak and sweetness...cherry also appears in the nose with hints of pineapple and other lighter fruit. A perfect blend of brett funk and other aromas.

Taste is cherry, light fruit up front...almost sweet-tart like that goes into a bigger fruit, cherry character and ends on a slightly bitter, funky brett character. The sourness is just fantastic; it is quite sour in a pleasing way. The bacteria really blend into a sourness that does not stand out as just brett or just pedio...the red wine and barrel character sit in the back to add insane complexity. The best American sour I've had.

Lighter body and high carbonation work perfectly.

I'm not going to recap here. Just an amazing beer.

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batch #8. Thanks KMcG for sharing this bottle! Cheers

Slightly hazy mahogany color with a constant stream of tiny bubbles that maintain a small slick of a head on the surface and a ring around the glass.

Inviting bouquet - cherries, barnyard funk. Complex flavors of cherry, funk, nutty malt and tartness. A big flavorful beer that is bold, complex, subtle and sublime. Amazing.

Tart but smooth with a sharp fine carbonation.

A great sipping beer. Very nice with Kevin's deluxe blue cheese - caramelized onion, and fig pizza.

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[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a medium murky chestnut brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) creamy light beige head, that reduced slowly to a thin layer of foam with a collar producing some mighty fine sheeting of sticky lacing.

The aroma was bold and fruity with a dark bread malt and some Brett yeast along with some notes of cherry, oak and a bit of red wine.

The taste was incredibly sweetly tart and very malty with a slight hint of wine in the beginning, then becoming boldly sour with a nice strong malty cherry presence and a hint of oak at the end. The flavor lasted a very long time allowing for the sour cherry wine flavor to be fully enjoyed as it relaxed on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a solid medium in body with a creamy dry texture and a carbonation reminiscent of champagne.

Overall, all that has to be said is WOW what an incredible brew. This brew was most likely one of the best things I have ever put to my lips. Just sayin'...

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Batch 005X1. Major thanks to ipa247 for sending this my way.

SO excited to drink this... tried it on draught at RR about 2 years ago, which seems like forever ago.

12.68 fl. oz. bottle poured into my newly acquired catawba valley brewing Co. snifter.

Picking up the nose 2 feet away, straight from the pour. Almost looks like a bourbon color to me (probably b/c i've been pouring some Buffalo Trace lately :) amber/deep orange color. Very cloudy and very bubbly. 2 fingers worth of eggshell head. Awesome looking beer.

Crazy unique smell. Smells wonderfully fruity fresh, flowery wild yeast. Crisp, clean, earthy aromas. Most complex beer I've ever smelled and it's not even close. Very tart... a bit boozey, but not overwhelming. Dirty brett barnyard funkiness. just heavenly.

Taste is very tart, very sour. absolutely incredible. Lots of tart cherry flavors coming thru. GREAT stuff. Pucker power for sure. Some pineapple/strawberries coming thru too. No oaky/woody barrel tones at all, not at all like a lambic either. Can taste some pinot noir characteristics - my favorite wine too. I just LOVE it. Absolutely phenomenal. Super complex stuff here. almost like liquid sweet tarts. I could drink this all night long.

Pretty dry, wine-like finish, very carbonated.

Really wish I had another one of these in the fridge. The best sour beer I’ve ever had, might be the best beer I've ever had too. RR rules. thanks again Jeff.

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