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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,398 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,398
Reviews: 1,303
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 2,054
Gots: 1,321 | FT: 81
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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Photo of krisandajt


4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After spending weeks working on my final college paper, I'm finally finished. Figured I'd celebrate a bit with a great beer.

Appearance: Poured from the bottle, this beer is a cloudy, dirty apple cider color. There's hardly any head, only a thin ring where the beer meets the glass.

Smell: Sweet cherries with some sour thrown in. There's also a mild oakiness to it that really rounds everything out nicely. Really great smelling beer.

Taste: Sour and tart. The cherries which were really strong in the nose sort of take a backseat to the funk and the oak. Everything just melds together so well, such a great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is perfect, body is light and refreshing. Really nailed it here.

Drinkability: An absolutely top notch beer. Each time I've had this beer I get more and more impressed with it. I highly recommend this beer to anybody that can get their hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 02:19:36 | More by krisandajt
Photo of unclejimbay


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

Supplication (noun): humble prayer, entreaty or petition.

Description from the website...
Supplication: Brown Ale aged in French oak Pinot Noir barrels with three strains of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus and sour cherries .
7.0%ABV / 1.064 O.G / 27 BUs

Thanks to troywhittaker for sharing one of these with me, a pleasant surprise. I love brown ales, I love Pinot Noir, but I am a newb to this sour hype...

I appreciatte the tartness without being over done. White head on a golden/amber body. Aromas of cherry and wood. Complex taste of wine, cherry and mild tarness. Balanced by malt base less sour than I expected. A unique sipper for sure.

I was not able to write detailed notes on this one, but I plan to next time I get the opportunity to sample this one again. I am not scared of the sour just yet.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 22:50:50 | More by unclejimbay
Photo of KAP1356


4.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Last review from notes and then I think I'm all caught up. Consumed 5/28/2010 at The Broad Axe Tavern (couldn't believe they had this in the bar. Also couldn't believe the price). 375 ml. bottle marked Batch 04x2. Unfortunately the bartender must not have known anything about this beer as she presented it in a pint glass. Hoping it doesn't detract from the experience...

A - Slightly amber-yellow color with a fluffy creamy colored head that fades quite quickly leaving very little lacing. Despite the pint glass, it looks very inticing.

S - Wow. Woody, oak, and brett right up front. Vinous as well (as hoped) as the pinot noir deffinitely comes out as does the cherris. Really smells quite fantastic.

T - Extremely well balanced combination of woody oak, cherries, brett and lacto. Very bright and fruity wuth the cherries being oh so tasty. Everything seems to be working so well together. The sourness actually stays with you throughout the entire bottle which I found very nice.

M - Very carbonated and it works quite well. Medium bodied and actually quite silky despite the carbonation. Lactic acid bite at times in the throat, but nothing that detracts from the beer.

D - Very drinkable beer, especially for a sour. Everything is so well balanced that it makes it easy to drink the whole way through. Really can't wait to stock up on a few bottles of this baby.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 06:23:16 | More by KAP1356
Photo of cbarrett4


4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at Belmont Station into snifter ~ comparison tasting with Consecration, Supplication, and Temptation.

Appearance is good, about average for a fruit enhanced sour. Lacks a head, but this is typical of barrel matured sours.

Nose is bright and inviting with a sour cherry and citrus notes framing the sour yeast core. Lovely sour flavor without being too astringent. Lots of cherry and berry flavors expand on the palate.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of alcohol, texture, and tannins. Long, smooth finish. Very enjoyable!

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2010 20:12:24 | More by cbarrett4
Photo of ADZA


4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a light burnt amber hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head with nice sporadic lacing,the smell is a combination of sour,sour cherries,red grapes,sour funk and oak,it has a medium bodied mouthfeel which is nicely carbonated and has flavours of sour red grapes first up followed by red berries,plums and finishes off with a dry sour cherry,wood,oak sour red apple bitterness which is quite dry and mouthpuckering and for me i could drink it all night if only i had more than the one bottle and overall the only thing ive got to say is that Russian River's brews should be available to our shores all the time its such a shame that this fine brewery cannot do what Rogue does and let us sample these exciting fine brews constantly other than that i really like this brew and could not knock it cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 12:59:41 | More by ADZA
Photo of hawks10


4.33/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked & caged bottle - Batch 005x4 - Poured into my Russian River stemware...

Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange color, somewhat pale with a ruby red tiny. When held to the light however, this beer is beautiful, deep ruby red with some orange mixed in, a solid stream of little bubbles rises from the bottom. Two fingers of very soft, beige head forms and slowly recedes, leaving a thick cap of haze and some nice lacing behind...

Loads of super fresh, powerful tart cherries fill the nose. The fruit aspect of this beer is intense and wonderful. A nice lactic sourness is evident and is tempered a bit by a good dose of funk/barnyard aromas and oak. Tartness does take a backseat to the funk after a few whiffs, wonderfully complex and very enticing smell...

Beer begins slightly tart with loads of funk in the finish. Dry and oaky, the barrels are much more evident in flavor than in aroma. Acidic and slightly fruity, was expecting a more intense dose of cherries given their abundance in the nose, but they kind of take a supporting role here. The earthy, barnyard/funk flavors, combined with a strong oak presence kind of subdue the cherry/fruit aspect of the taste. The finish is a strange combination of dry, dusty and musty basement with a biting acidity...

Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation, yet the beer is silky. The tartness of the beer isn't quite to the puckering level, but the high acidity does start to eat at your palette. Finishes dry and dusty with a lingering acidity...

I really enjoy this beer. Nice and tart, but not overwhelmingly so. Wonderful complex aromas and flavors combine to make a highly drinkable beer that never gets old. The acidity is a little on the high side, but with sours, it's hard to complain about that. This may be my favorite American Wild Ale, as a Belgian Lambic fan, I'm usually let down by American Wilds, not the case here...

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 01:55:31 | More by hawks10
Photo of xnicknj


4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375mL bottle poured into wine glass. batch 005x1

Pours a hazed auburn with some thin wisps of film across the top, leaving a little collar around the rim of the glass, and a few streaks of lacing.

Light, spritzy cherries with some lactic sour flairs in the nose, along with some faint funkiness.

Plenty of bitter sourness right up front which is quickly followed by a wave of tart cherry flavor. Hints of green apple skin and citrusy rind mix in. The sour flavors continue to build towards the finish, where it becomes quite puckering, but is balanced by just the right amount of sweetness. Ends with lingering dryness, a touch of warmth, and one final punch of tart.

Lighter medium bodied, very nice carbonation which isn't overdone, plenty of dryness in the feel. Drinks incredibly well, and the alcohol is just right. I could easily drink more than one of these if they weren't so expensive.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 01:54:19 | More by xnicknj
Photo of JAXSON


4.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 4 bottle. Pours a clear light red with an orange/peach tint and a fairly sustaining head. Nose is quite a lot of wet, ripe cherries, not as sour as I remembered, field-like almost, very fresh and floral. Flavor is darker sour cherries, brett, tart and long on the finish. Sour and dry, a tad bit mineral like in the mid palate. Brett is nicely intertwined and body is effervescent as with most Russian River sours. More sour and expressive than this batch was at a younger age.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 03:43:02 | More by JAXSON
Photo of cadaugherty


4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Golden with a nice head of champagne style bubbles. The continuous flow of carbonation from the bottom of my glass is a sight to behold.

Aroma- As with most RR beers this is my favorite part. The spice from the yeast and tartness are readily apparent from the first sniff and cause my mouth to salivate the way it did when I was 10 and I had a pack of Sour Patch kids.

Taste- Very tart upfront but the cherries and sweetness come through gradually and create a complex and acidic flavor.

Mouthfeel- A little bit thicker than I would like, but the excellent carbonation helps this out.

Drink- This is a sipper, let it sit and warm gradually as you work your way through the beer. It can last forever and never goes bad. But hardly what I would call easy drinking

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 18:09:52 | More by cadaugherty
Photo of chaz01


4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle courtesy of trade with mobz24 (thanks Rich), poured into a Petrus goblet-type glassware

A: cloudy light brownish/copper color with a average size head that sticks around for the entire serving. Lots of bubbles rise up from the bottom of the glass.

S: Tart vinegar aroma, in a pleasant way, with a little fruity notes as well.

T: Very acidic tartness with some sweet cherry undertones to balance the beer. Also some woody and wine characteristics add to the wonderful complexity of this beer.

M: Medium bodied and well carbonated, almost like a sparkling wine. There's a very nice, loud pop when opening the bottle.

D: Relatively new to sours, but this one is my favorite of the ones I've tasted to date. There's a pleasant wine and oak flavors that linger in the mouth long after the beer is gone leaving you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 03:27:52 | More by chaz01
Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz


4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appears nearly as beautiful as possible, solid. it smells moderately of funk with a little bit of cherries poking through, however not as strong as i thought it would be. i feel like i have a cherry pie in front of me fresh out of the oven as soon as i taste it. its a muted cherry, but flavorful and tart. it feels wonderful, as when you swish it in your mouth, it just explodes with deliciousness. i feel less obligated to specify individual specific characteristics of this beer, and rather just sit back and enjoy it. seek it out, ill be enjoying a second one tonite.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 01:02:28 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
Photo of GabrielM

New Mexico

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

Shared by generous BA ClarkGriswald. Poured into a tulip.

A - beautiful apple cider color with bubbles rushing to the top. A nice amount of white head sits on top and is sticking around. Looks extremely inviting.

S - a ton of cherries, some apples and oak.

T - cherries right away, then some citrus and apple in the middle. A good amount of tartness, which smooths out on the back.

M - great carbonation and feel, this beer sits on my tongue like a fluffy cloud. Great balance of tart and sweet.

D - it's a sipper, but one I could stick with all night.

Excellent beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 21:42:10 | More by GabrielM
Photo of dbhall

South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

wow what a beer. pours an off red/orange with a white head about 1/2 thick. the smell is awesome. smells like other beers of this type, but not too overbearing. you can smell the cherries with a lot of funk behind it.
the taste is awesome. sour, but so so balanced. this beer is nearly perfect as far as taste. the mouthfeel is great. fun beer to drink. i guess thats the best way to describe it. definitely want again.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 03:21:58 | More by dbhall
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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to flute glass

Pours an opaque, apricot-orange with effervescent carbonation and a small 1/4-inch head. The nose is sharp red wine vinegar and sour cherries, while Brett funk is all over the place. Even in the flute glass the aromas are pouring out.

As you sip, tart, puckering cherries surround your palate and the back of your tongue. This is as sour as I've tried a beer. But it's far from one-dimensional. The cherries combine with citrusy lemon, which carry into a distinctive Brett funk. There's some sweetness in the background, which tastes like it comes from grapes more than malts. This is a really phenomenal profile. With all of the untamed flavors in this ale, the hops are enough to create a drying effect, leaving the finish clean and slightly sour.

It feels light on you tongue, but there's plenty of carbonation to wash away any residue. It really has a festive feel, especially drinking from the flute glass.

Once you become accustomed to its puckering aspects, your taste buds are in for a complex, revolving treat. There is amazing flavor here, and the relatively moderate 7.5% will leave you somewhat coherent by the end of your glass. I'll be drinking this as often as I can.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 10:49:20 | More by rand
Photo of otto251068


4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Acquired in a trade from Emmasdad, thanks! Poured from a 12.68 oz bottle into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Looks like a deep brown apple cider. When held up to the light it glows dark red. Pours a fingers worth of light brown/tan head. Very dense. It fades slightly but clings to the outside of the glass and remains throughout the drink.

Smell: Cherries and citrus dominate. Some apple as well. Smells like a wine, very robust, makes my mouth water.

Taste: Sour, very sour, plenty of tart cherries, green apples as well. Alcohol comes through in the middle. The oak comes out really strong as well with the tannin. Again, makes my mouth water, the flavors are so strong. Also has a pucker effect.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium to high carbonation. The sourness and the tannin remind me of a chardonnay, and leave me with a dry finish in my mouth. I am not crazy about that dry finish.

Overall: The tannin and sourness mellow as the drink warms a little, which I like. The sourness really wakes up the palate, which I also like. I could have a couple of these a night. The flavors are bold and delicious. Just flat out different, tasty, and I want more.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 03:46:42 | More by otto251068
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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin pinkish red with lively carbonation and a beautiful spiderweb of lacing. Reminds me of a sangria, especially with its murky dark fruit coloration and slightly lighter build.

Smells of tart cherry, light musk and tropical fruit. It's pleasant, but surprisingly light on the standard sour and horse blankety aromas.

Taste has a bold tartness, with a very pronounced, Bretty finale. Cherry and mixed berry make up the fruit components, while the complex and subtle wood-barrel notes add a nice earthiness. The barreling also tempers the tartness, making for a masterful brew that allows all of the elements to shine on their own terms.

The beautiful tart smack also tingles the roof of the mouth, allowing the winey sweetness to resonate and linger. The balancing act is a profund one and I wouldn't expect anything less from Russian River.

The ABV even feels elegantly understated, allowing for a sippable, but endlessly dynamic ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 23:42:04 | More by deapokid
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4.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375 ml, Batch 4

Beer received in trade courtesy of khumbard- thanks for a great trade!

A: beer appears a hazy dark orangeish/red with a thin white head. Leaves sticky lacing and has decent head retention.

S: huge notes of acid and oak up front, tartness from the lactobacillus, notes of funk and brett come through at the end. The brett is nicely balanced with the oak and lactic character. Some notes of cherries and vanilla in there as well.

T: as the beer rushes past all of the taste buds, there is an initial puckering from the acidty while notes of oak, vanilla make an appearance as well. Like the nose, there is a mild brett character mid palate and a nice tart cherry finish. The finish leaves the palate begging for more. Very well balanced sour!

MF: high carbonation, light body, crisp and refreshing

D: this is an all around great sour.. you have the nice big puckering qualities paired perfectly with cherries and just enough brett to really keep things interesting.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 05:41:42 | More by homebrew311
Photo of BedetheVenerable


4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Simultaneously unassuming/impressive-looking 375ml bottle, corked and caged. A HUGE thank-you goes out to hwwty4 for this extremely generous gift. Poured into my late great-grandfather's etched Belgian-style chalice.

Appearance: Under normal light, this beer pours what I would call rose (kind of a mix of ruby/golden tan), but when held up to the light it turns a beautiful bright orangey amber. The cap is ivory and, after receding, leaves a thick, creamy ring and islands of foam floating in the glass. Fairly highly carbonated.

Smell: Tons of fruit and light, elegant funk. Almost delicate aromas. Oddly enough, I'm not really getting cherries, but rather a pleasant mix of fruits. At first I was getting stone fruit (slightly underripe peaches) and maybe a hint of lemon cream. As this warms slightly, I started getting sweet strawberries and now, I think I'm finally getting the sweet/tart candied cherries. No oak present, but there is a hint of something like vanilla cream that's quite nice.

Taste: The cherries come through much stronger in the flavor; tart, slightly underripe, and juicy. There's just a little bit of alcohol present, as well as a dusty, dry, very lightly tannic woodiness. I'm still getting used to sours and so while I really, really like the flavors going on here, it takes me a minute to get past the tart, puckering blast at the beginning. At the beginning, I get hardly anything but tartness and a bit of dry tannin. After a few seconds, however, the tart cherry really begins to come out, and after the swallow, a of other fruity, funky flavors emerge. The cherry character of this reminds me slightly of the bright, natural sweet/tart character of New Glarus' Wisconsin Belgian Red, but there's much more going on in this beer, whereas the NG beer is all about the fruit (not that that's a bad thing). Here, the cherry flavors are supported/balanced by a whole lotta funkiness, a touch of alcohol, and some dry oakiness. I don't really get any malty character from this until I'm down near the bottom of the glass (and it's warmed quite a bit) and it's just a ghost of toasted brown malt.

Mouthfeel: Vibrant, fairly highly carbonated, medium-bodied

Drinkability: Good, although sours are (at least not for me) quaffing beers. Still, one glass of this is warming, yet refreshing at the same time. I like!

Conclusion: I'm so glad I finally got to try one of these beers. Again, a huge, HUGE thank you to the guy who hooked me up with this. Between hwwty4 and tolann, I've now gotten to try two of Russian River's most highly-touted beers. Pliny the Elder absolutely blew me away. It was everything I expected and more. This did not have quite the same effect, but it was still quite enjoyable. The aromas are absolutely out of this world. One of the best wild brews I've encountered. The flavors are very nice here as well. The sourness here wasn't a problem for me; it was lightly puckering and just about right IMO. The flavors were very nice. If I could change one thing it would be to just ratchet the woodsy dryness back a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 01:33:07 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of Mississipping


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

375ml corked and caged bottle slowly poured into a tulip. Batch 005X3.

A: Pours a hazy ruby brown with a small foamy off-white head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving behind minimal lacing.

S: Sour apples seem to be dominant here, with hits of cherries, olive, vinegar and oak. Pretty dynamic and appealing.

T: Taste really corresponds well with the smell. Tart, acidic sour apple cider, sour cherries, puckering green olives (don't know if this is normal, but I'm picking up on a good bit of it), and a semisweet oakiness that takes some effort to find. One of the most complex beers that I've ever had.

M: Amazing mouthfeel. The high level of carbonation really makes this come alive as you let it roll around on your tongue. Succinct waves of its complexity reveal themselves in a way that is surprising with each sip, retreating to a dry, biting finish. This was really a pleasure to try.

D: Overall, this is very drinkable, and if the sour complexity didn't grab the attention so well, 375ml would be gone very quickly. While it's not a "big beer," this is certainly one to nurse; the more time you spend with it, the more you get out of it (or at least that was my experience). This is certainly one to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 04:28:48 | More by Mississipping
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4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 10/24; got in a trade from Rock4sc96, thanks Chris!

Into Southern Tier elongated tulip

A: Poured slowly, no yeast. Brilliant clear amber with a fluffy off white head. Incredible carbonation surging up from the bottom. Like champagne.

S: Brett funk, berries. Sour grapes, tart apples.

T: Tart up front, dark fruit, sour cherries. It's a delight to drink, and the sour pronounces a bit more as it warms.

F: Light and fizzy. Carbonation dances on the tongue.

D: What alcohol? It has about as much burn as an apple cider. Could have done a magnum of this in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 17:06:12 | More by awalk1227
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3.65/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a local Denver place called Fresh Craft, great beer list

A - Light, almost with a wheat look. Lots of carbonation activity going on.

S - Sweet sparking smell, definite white wine smell

T - very sour like chardonnay but refreshing with tons of carbonation and some hints of fruit

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 01:26:10 | More by ccahoon22
Photo of kzoobrew


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

Review # 300. Huge thanks to SpdKilz, Cheers Carleton

Batch 005x4

Cherry brown body, capped by a slim bone white cap. Retention is rather unimpressive, slim head soon becomes a lasting ring. Lacing is surprising especially considering the lack of head.

Slightly acidic tartness coupled with candied cherries ooze from the snifter. Brown malt base provides a sturdy platform for the funky cherry aromas to build off of. Musty rustic smells build with warmth

Biting tartness and sour cherry flavor is puckering up front. Toasted brown malt and subtle chocolate evolves midpalate. Hints of oakiness barely noticeable but pleasant through out.

Light and crisp body with lively carbonation. Dry finish though the combination of sweet and tart cherries linger on the tongue.

Supplication is an absolutely outstanding beer. The balance between tart and sweet, complex and approachable is ridiculous. Drinkablility is amazing, though I say that one bottle would be the perfect serving I am certainly wishing I had another bottle.

Batch 002 Thanks to Oreo

The flavor changes significantly with age. The taste resembles more of a Flanders Red. Puckeringly sour cherry upfront with notes of vinegar. What is lost in complexity is gain in intensity. Still an awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 21:30:39 | More by kzoobrew
Photo of oregone


4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice. Not as striking as Cons. nor as beguiling as Tempt.

Smells like a theoretical cross betwen those two. Animal notes. Pronounced vinous influences. Barrel (wine barrel) aromas. Similar to being in a winery.

Tastes like... Sour. Of course. But little else. Strong richness to help, but only hints of fruit and little real character.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Crisp, refreshing. Carries the strong flavors through the palate for maximum effetc, but sadly lacks some of the nuance of its brethren.

Drinkability suffers because it doesn't beg for more consumption. Great as a few ounce pour. After that, it gets burdensome.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2010 09:15:08 | More by oregone
Photo of Fieldzy27


4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from cork and caged 375ml bottle.
Batch :04X5

First sour ever so lets see what these are all about.

A:pours a burnt orange color with an appealing amount of cloudiness. The head is bubbly lace in the shade buttermilk. Its leaving nice thick lace sheets comprised of foamy bubbles. The top of the head is smooth and frothy looking

S:gobs and gobs of sour cherries and yeasty funk. No booze present in the smell but its almost like brandy soaked cherries. Very sweet smelling and I cant really pick out a ton of brett but it is apparent.

T: WOW. I have heard sours were interesting and that in no way could describe this beer. No amount of words could ever describe this much flavor. First a TON of sour, all different types. mainly cherries but there is a reminiscence of other fruits as well like apples but its mostly a berry sourness. There is a sweet flash almost as things shift from sour to smooth. No off flavors to be found or any alcohol. The aging has done amazing for this beer as all the types of yeast now work as one smooth complex flavor that melds perfectly with the sour from the cherries. The finish is clean and smooth with no aftertaste. I am very impressed.

M:Carbonation is almost the the level of champagne but it fits this style perfectly. Lots of bubbles keep things moving along nicely. Its very nice although im not really sure what the mouthfeel is supposed to be on these or how difficult it is to attain but there is for sure nothing wrong with it.

D: This is great beer. By all accounts this beer is delicious. I cant imagine having a lower quality version. The sourness does take a little getting used to after the initial sip but its all world class from there.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 00:42:57 | More by Fieldzy27
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4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks alot to Spdklz for this great brew!!!! Batch 005x4

375ml Cork and Caged bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours a real dark orangish brown with loads of carbonation!! First beer i've ever poured that fizzed. Huge 2 finger white head that's not going anywhere and LLAB!

S- Real strong champagne and cherries up front with a nice sour apple note in the background and pale malts.

T- Strong cherry sourness up front that fills up your mouth and leaves it bitter and dry. Also some really nice champagne flavors that give it a nice carbonated fullness and sweetness as well. Definitely some yeast in there as well as some nice pinot noir flavors coming through as well.

M- Sour, tart, and bubbly. Medium body with a perfect amount of carbonation that really tickles the tongue and leaves a nice dried up finish in your mouth.


Serving type: bottle

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