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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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5,254 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,254
Reviews: 1,348
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2,348
Gots: 1,675 | FT: 114
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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4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Russian River Supplication is an amazing beer. There are so many flavours: sourness; wood; grape; cherry; and malt. They are all noticeable and they are integrated into a wonderful overall flavour. Great beer!

A: Red colour and a 5 mm head that fades leaving little lacing. Shake the glass and the head comes back. 4

S: Malt, lemon rind and some sourness. Pleasant. 4

T: Sourness with hints of wood. Dry. The sourness dominates over the malt. There is some sour funk from the bugs as well as some bitter grape sourness from the wine. The finish is a a mix of grapeskins and a little funk. So many flavours in there and yet they combine into something great. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4.5

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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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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.82/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden amber with a thin layer of white head that fizzles out nearly immediately. Poured without much yeast, so it's fairly clear.

S - Smell is very tart. A good amount of grape/wine in the nose. There is also some sour cherry.

T - At the first sip, the flavor overwhelms, in a good way. The smell was an indication of what I would find in the taste. It's incredibly tart/sour. There's a bit of wine and sour cherry or raspberry in it. The Brett comes out hard in the taste.

M - The carbonation compliments the flavor quite well. There's a lot of effervescence that spreads the flavor throughout my palate.

Overall, this is a remarkable beer. This has been staring at me from my fridge for a while and it's been well worth the wait. I've had a few wilds, but this one sets the bar quite high.

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 007, thanks to Sean for this one! Corked & caged 375ml bottle popped and poured into a red wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy amber golden color with a quickly receding fizzy off-white head. No lace.

S: Tart, Brett sourness, sweet wet grass, some juicy fruit character, lemon peel, all mixing wonderfully with the cherries. A touch of oak.

T: Cherry, lemon juice, and Brett overwhelm the palette...lactic sourness and light vinous notes. Some creamy, woody oak character provides a facade of balance. Puckeringly tart but quite enjoyable for me, and I'm not a sour fan.

MF: Smacks of wet, crisp tartness. Lighter body for sure. Refreshing.

O: Truly a good beer. 'Delicate' comes to mind, its not too over-the-top or in-your-face like other Brett sours, the barrel aging and cherries are a perfect combination.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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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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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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

Thanks to StoneBrewFanatic for sharing this one. Poured into a sniffer. I'm not sure what the vintage is but I think it was from 2008.

This is another beer that I'm glad I finally got to try. It pours a deep reddish mahogany with small particles floating in the beer. The beer itself is topped off with a thin off white head that quickly fades to a ring around the center. The aroma is subtle but complex, tobacco, plums, raisins, figs, tart cherries, and currants. The lactic aroma is more subtle then other RR beers. Peaking through the other aromas is a bit of funk, but not a pronounced amount of funk. The flavor is just as complex as the aroma, figs, plums, raisins and cherries with sour tones. The carbonation is at a minimum and the body is medium-light with a lingering sour finish. Excellent beer and something I would definitely seek out again.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Batch 5 bottle poured into snifter.

A - copper with minimal head.
S - lemon, tart cherry, wet leather, dirt, hay, and toasted bread
T - cherry, dry red wine, oak, Brett funk, stale bread
M - thin with high carbonation
O - probably in my top 5 American sours. I need to get more of this to cellar.

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 5,254 ratings.