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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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5,172 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,172
Reviews: 1,337
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 2,292
Gots: 1,627 | FT: 110
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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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep golden raisin color with great carbonation and just a thin head. There is an immediate oak and banana aroma. The beer has a clear tart beginning that quickly gives way to fermented fruit. You notice the wine barrel aging at the back of a sip. Cherry tartness is not overly sour and well balanced. The carbonation of this beer really enhances the mouthfeel. All in all a excellent wild ale!

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.55/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle of Russian River Supplication - batch number 8.

Appearance: Supplication pours an interesting blood orange color that produces a frothy off-white head that slowly fizzles down to a thin, film-like layer.

Smell: there's a bit of funkiness in the nose.. Pinot Noir barrels inoculated with brettanomyces makes for a very nice aroma.

Taste: Supplication's fruit juiciness really sets it apart from the much drier Consecration; the sour cherries seem to enhance this barrel aged offering in a way that currants simply cannot. The wine barrel adds another layer of complexity by imparting its oakiness and Pinot Noir flavors.. and the bacteria (lacto and pedio) adds a very pleasant sourness to this stellar wild ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with plenty of carbonation (refermented in the bottle).

Overall: Supplication is surprisingly refreshing.. and complex. Truly a world-class beer.

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

Batch 008

Pours a slightly murky brown with hints of gold with a quickly dissipated head.

Smells at first of tart cherries meets wine, then some thing different and funky, those must be the bacterias.

Taste is all pucker, sour fruit candy, slightly winey and a lemony tart finish, with a hint of musk(which I really like).

Feels light and bubbly, kind of champagny, kind of lambic, kind of winey.

What is this? I admit this is my first sour, and I enjoyed it. Though confusing to me as a beer, it fits the style described by the site. Huge wine characteristics make the flavors complex and tangy. Bizarre, to say the least, it's like a hybrid of several different things, perhaps not my style, but I can see how this style is love it or hate it. Funny thing is, I'm kind of in the middle.


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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 006X2. Long time fan of Supplication, first time reviewing it.

A - beautiful red dark amberish hue. Not exactly clear, but close enough for the style

S - funk, tart aroma with a little sour cherry and lemon.

T - Wow! The tart, sour, mouth Pickering lactic acid is a kick in the pallet! Awesome beer. The oak, cherry, sour balance is unbelievable. It finishes with a lingering lemony lactic taste, with a very very slight vinegar/acetic touch. Fantastic! The Pinot noir barrel adds a bit of depth that really comes out as it warms.

M - sparkling carbonation on the tongue. Medium body, crisp from start to finish.

O - Outstanding beer!!! I could honestly drink this everyday! It's tart/sour enough, but displays the beautiful notes that fruit and Pinot noir can add to this style. Beautifully sour, but drinkable beyond belief. I'd recommend this beer as the best 'American Wild' that i've tried.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -23.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 008 375 ml bottle was poured into a large Duvel glass. The cork came off of the bottle with a nice pop and imagine that this bottle of beer has not seen air since 2010 or later. That is crazy wild.

Appearance: Slight head that reduced to a thin layer. Hazy reddish brown with signs of carbonation coming up through the center of the glass. Lots of tiny little bubbles. A very wild ale this beer must be.

Smell: sour and tart cherries, pinot noir aroma, oak, a nice yeasty and bacteria funk. I can't wait to take a sip. Super funkiness going on here. Whoa.

Taste: This bottle has conditioned nicely and blended all the flavors together great. The sourness and tartness from the cherries come out first. A nice funky and yeasty taste similar to rubber tires, but these tires are not as bad as other wilds and easily bearable, which makes me extremely happy at the moment.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carboantion, light bodied, somewhat dry on the palate and puckering too. Very interesting and great to drink. It keeps me wondering. If the carbonation could be toned down a bit, this could go down like water.

Overall: Wild ales are growing on me and seem to get better with each one I have and each BBF I volunteer for. If it wasn't for the fests, I would have very little knowledge or experience with these sour and funky beer. I am happy to have brought this back safely from Denver and to start off the new year in Boston on a good note.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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

pours out a murky reddish brown with a half finger of light brown head that fizzled out as quick as it formed. smell and taste are both very tart and sour. sour cherries lead the charge and are quickly followed up with flavors of wine and yeast, nice tart earthy taste. mouthfeel is very lively with excellent carbonation tickling the tongue. a medium weight body compliments this beer perfectly. a nice dry tart finish doesnt linger long. this is an excellent beer that everyone should have the opportunity to try.

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

375ml Bottle - review #1000 - thanks to zacs for this beer

Appearance - Slightly hazy red/copper colour with an averge size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Lemons, cherries, funk, wheat, yeast

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste citric acid/lemons, wheat, yeast, and cherries. There is also a bit of a vinegar taste. It ends with a tart lemon/cherry flavour.

Overall - Just a fantastic beer and drinking experience. It's got the flavours found in a average sour but there is also a level of complexity that keeps it interesting throughout. I'm happy I picked this one for review 1000 and I'm looking forward to the next 1000 beers. Happy 2012 BA!

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 5,172 ratings.