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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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5,311 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,311
Reviews: 1,355
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2,407
Gots: 1,718 | FT: 119
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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Ratings: 5,311 | Reviews: 1,355
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5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of BrokenStones
4.64/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich amber / orange deep color, a bit of a haze, very little head.

S: aroma of cherries, wood and sourness, the smell on.

T: Very nice sour – tart flavor with cherries, complex, yet very smooth, has a subtle yet rich flavor.

M: high carbonation, bubbly mouth feel, a little bit of a champagne thing going on.

O: Balance, Balance, Balance. That says it all, a great sour (and I am not a huge sour fan), well balanced, rich taste, mouth feel and a great nose.

Photo of mborge
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of eclipse54
4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 335 mL bottle from FluffyMcTingle; thanks again man! Batch 005x2, poured into my trusty Deschutes tulip.

A moderate pour produces a curious shade of red/peach/blood orange, a rather unique color. About a centimeter of dirty white head that lingers briefly before leaving a ring of bubbles around the surface and a few scattered patches across it. Little in the way of lacing.

The aroma is of tart cherries, some peach, a bit of oak, some funky yeast, hay, straw, and small elements of orange and grapefruit citrus. Really though, tart cherries and a certain white wine essence really carry the nose through in a wonderful fashion.

The taste begins with subtle fruits: cherry, tangerine, grapefruit. It gives way to sour cherry esters, a dry oak flavor, white wine, various light grains, and a hearty dose of funk. The sour really kicks in on the swallow, but subdues quickly.

Plenty of carbonation to keep this one alive, despite the somewhat lacking head. Dry finish that keeps you coming back.

Overall, this is phenomenal. A strong sour cherry presence that plays beautifully off of the more subtle citrus and light grain notes; the wine barrels add an extra layer of complexity that will certainly keep one coming back for more.

Photo of bdm620
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of icepik
4.92/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: dark amber color, slight chill haze, almost no head.

S: Fruity aroma of cherries, wood and sourness, wow!.

T: Very nice sour – tart flavor with cherries, complex, yet very smooth, has a refreshing astringent flavor. Love this!

M: high carbonation, bubbly mouth feel.

O: This is a great sour!

Photo of McD0uche
4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass:

A: A dark red/orange color. Curious looking--I don't think I've seen too many beers with hues like this. It doesn't have too much in the way of head, but it is very obviously carbonated. It's almost shaking with bubbles.

S: Fruity, with pears, apples, and cherries coming to mind. It has a sort of malt scent I associate with Belgian Ales. Kind of peppery.

T: Wow. Sweet and sour, with a Belgian aftertaste. Tangy and bubbly like champagne. Now that I think about it, I think this beer IS champagne. Did someone make a mistake? All things considered, it is absolutely delicious.

M: Again, champagne comes to mind. Tart, dry, bubbly, and warming on the end. I love it.

O: After the initial smell, I wasn't sure what to think. But a few sips and it completely won me over. This stuff is awesome, and I'll get it in the future if I can.

Photo of ChBass
4.73/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle at Monk's Cafe in Philly. Bartender poured it perfectly with a "here you go, my friend"m He understands.

The beer is gourgeous in the tulip glass. Caramel colors throughout with delicate, persistent head.

The nose is cherries with hints of the tartness to come.

The taste starts dry, like good brut champagne, then hits the wood & dark cherries, finishing with a refreshing tartness. I don't want the beer to end!

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Bubbly & light, again, like good champagne.

Ok, I'll admit, I knew this beer was going to be great. If I could make something this good at home, I don't know if I'd ever leave. Another fantastic offering from one of America's top breweries.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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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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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -45.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of BenHesk12
4.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Russian River brewing company, Santa Rosa Ca. First I'll have to warn that this is the most expensive beer that RR makes, coming in at $12 for a 12oz bottle, so the best way to enjoy it is by the glass which is only about 6 bucks. The reason being is that this beer is aged in pinot noir barrels in the nearby wine country, and uses expensive ingredients such as the sour cherries which gives the brown ale the sour.

Most people will admit they don't like sour beer, and it does sound gross at first, but give this a try and you won't be disappointed. This is the kind of sour ale where each sip beckons for the next. A refreshing change from the hop overload of RR's famous other beers. The taste is dominated by the sourness of it, but in an enjoyable way. The mouthfeel is wine like in it's tartness, but entices you to drink more. This is a beer that defines specialty, hand craftsmanship, and care. Get it on tap if you can, this beer does NOT bottle well.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MBACoach
4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped the cork on this bottle and poured into a large tulip glass.

A: Looks like a filtered apple cider - dark brown, pretty clear. strong stream of carbonation flowing from the bottom of the glass.

S: The funky yeast is apparent with some slight fruity notes of cherry, pear and grapes.

T: Flavor is outstanding. Nice tart flavors to start with a dry fruity finish.

M: Nicely carbonated by not overly so. Gives a little fizz on the tongue. A very nice medium to complex.

O: This is one of the best sour beers I've had to date.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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