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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,436
Reviews: 1,305
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,075
Gots: 1,332 | FT: 84
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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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farrago

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

About half a finger of light tan to off-white foam spreads across the surface, of a fairly loose knit, all tiny bubbles, goes quickly but easily regained with a swirl or two, average lacing. The liquid is noticeably clear, an orange tinged brown, some loss of hue around the rims, plenty of active bubbles visible within. The sour cherry scents explode in your nostrils, evoke cranberry and pomegranate as well, sour lemons but golden honey too, horsehide, lees, drying chunks of rye bread and oats, rosemary and other garden herbs, with all of the barnyard floor and animality, the pureness of the cherry outlasts all the rest. Medium-bodied with a very strong foaminess, this almost necessary to help you palate acclimate to the unrelenting sourness of the cherry fruit. Yeast, lees, tar and a Sherry-like nuttiness fill in many of the open spaces. Very dry, one of the drier beers consumed in memory. As mouth yields to it, more raspberry, nectarine and lemon zest flavors appear. Hard to track any change as it warms, so pervasive is the sourness. A great "experience" brew but not one I'm jonesing to try again any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 21:34:13 | More by farrago
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BigIrishman

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours dark ruby red with a quickly dissipating head. No lace and like a red wine leaves a gentle coating on the glass.

Smell: Cherries and grapes gone wild. The classic barnyard funk surrounds a very fruity concoction of delicious sour cherry and hints of that vinous red grape that is buried under the cherry.

Taste: Big blast of fruit and sourness. Although powerful, the tartness doesn't overpower this beer at all. The beer develops as you drink it from straight up cherry sourness to a funky undercurrent of fresh red grapes and berries. Overall this beer is so complex just like its sister consecration. I feel like I need a PhD to wrap my head around it. No real hints on the high alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: Bouncy on the tongue from the high carbonation, but overall fairly viscous and smooth. Body is about medium to heavy.

Drinkability: This beer is truely great stuff, while it's hard to really put this stuff down to quickly...It's not hard to finish a glass or two. Like I said about consecration, this is a special occasion type of brew.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2010 13:25:53 | More by BigIrishman
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sweemzander

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

375mL corked and caged bottle split and poured into a tulip. Batch #4. Huge thanks to beerwolf77 for sharing this one!

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange-ish mahogany color that produced a good fluffy eggshell colored head that stuck around for a awhile. Left some lacing behind as it dissipated, but really never completely. Still had some foam with the last few sips.

(S)- Crisp, yet tart smelling dark fruits with a lively dry oak and funk. Not necessarily a strong barnyard funk, but a dry yeasty/hay/straw/earthy profile to it. Goes so great with the oak spiciness and fruits.

(T)- Pretty much just like the smell. Awesome tart fruits with a spicy dry oak and earthy background. Has just the right amount of sour/tartness with the dry oak and funk. A brilliant and harmonious balance and taste.

(M)- A lively carbonation level that dances on the tongue. Expertly balanced with just the right amount of sour/tart fruit, dry oak, and funk. Awesome stuff that really is a party in the mouth.

(D)- A wonderful wild. What I love about it is how balanced and harmonious it is; not one character overpowers the other, but together, just creates an awesome beer. I did not want my glass to end.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 12:59:09 | More by sweemzander
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an amber color with a short 1/2" head that falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: tart cherries and some funkiness are interesting on the nose.

Taste: tart cherries, some dry earthy / woody tones, some soft ripe fruit sweetness, moderate bitterness, and a a surprisingly well balanced sourness here. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp and dry throughout. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger inthe mout for a long time.

Drinkability: for the style this is a very drinkable beer. But one bottle is sufficient in a session. Unique and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 20:24:59 | More by Gavage
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stewart124

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got a chance to try this at the Toronado in San Francisco. Poured into a tiny tulip glass with just a whisp of head atop this dark copper colored beer.

The smell is exactly what I would expect from a wild ale. Lots of winey characteristics, floral aromas and just a funky aroma in general.

Suprisingly balanced and a sourness that is sharp but appealing. Very unique flavors of cherry, wood and a light caramel note. As expected this finishes very dry and puckering. While sipping this more complex cherry notes come on.

Pleasing wild ale which seems simple yet complex all the way through. Maybe it just confused my palate though since I haven't had too many wild ales. This is a tasty ale to say the least.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2010 11:42:00 | More by stewart124
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TheJollyHop

California

4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A loud pop upon uncorking.

Dry, musty horse blanket aroma; pungent with trace vinegar, faint cherries, and leather.

Amber brown, slightly hazy body with a small off-white finger of effervescent head; steady streams of CO2. Frothy and sticky lace.

Vinnie at Russian River has done it again. A complex brew with great interplay between malt and sour funk components. A sour punch upfront gives way to herbal, earthy, straw-like flavors that all are balanced out by each other. Some white pepper and tart cherries are noticeable early on. Some oak flavored woodiness in the middle. Bitterness hits at its full power right before the finish with a burst. The brew stimulates the sides of the tongue, which remain stimulated well into vinegar-like, sightly acidic dry finish. Exhibits an oily tongue coating nature as well.

Medium to highly carbonated with a light body, which accentuates the refreshing character of this beer. Overall an extremely well crafted sour; top notch!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 02:14:12 | More by TheJollyHop
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks a lot to MASPuros for this one! Batch 04x4. 375ml corked and caged bottle. Served in a Tank 7 tulip. Poured a clear dark gold with two fingers of fine bubbled, white head. Lots of carbonation, effervescent. Great aroma with tart cherries and some brett. Light bodied and fairly dry. Very tart flavor with more fruit. Some of the barrel flavors came through in the finish.
Very unique and complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 21:00:23 | More by homebrewhawk
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 5-30-10 - poured into a tulip glass - 12.68 Fl. Oz. (375 ML) cage-capped bottle - Batch 04X4

Appearance: Pours deep amber orange with a large, bubbly, creamy, tan head. Nice lacing hangs around.

Smell: Similar to a kriek lambic in many respects. This beer has dark fruit and malt undertones, tart cherries and cellar funk on the nose.

Taste: Malt, wood, and funk all give flavor to attempt to balance the sour cherries, with more success than you might think. However, the sour cherry flavor ultimately wins the day. The beer finishes crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation. The feel is silky smooth at first, but eventually leaves the palate dry.

Drinkability: Very Good. This beer is a sipper, but I just cannot seem to do that! Also, not as balanced as some might like but it hits the mark for me.

Comments: A great beer with fine complexity. Russian river is making some topnotch brews. I have been lucky enough to enjoy two bottles of this wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 19:19:57 | More by MarvinSnyder
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright Amber Copper with a large head for a sour, plenty of haze and lots of carbonation present from the bubbles at the bottom of my chalice.

Smell of strong funk, brett and cherries throughout. Plenty of tart aromas as well as a granny smith smell.

Taste of strong brett flavors , granny smith apples, tart cherry and drier than a desert on a hot summer day. The Brett flavors are stronger than temptation which I thought I liked more. Not a whole lot of flavor from malts that I can pick up among the battering ram of funk. Among the funk some oak is definitely present. Mouthfeel is on the medium side, with a heavy dosing of carbonation. I am under the assumption TUMS will be on the menu later today.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 17:08:21 | More by alpinebryant
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boothbeer

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Graduation Sour Tasting. Split 4 ways. This was the last of the 20 or so sours we tasted over 8 1/2 hours. Thanks again to rhinos00, pecorasc, and beace for making this epic tasting happen!

A: Dark carmel color. Slightly hazy. Nice white head with some decent lacing.

S: Smell some caramel malts and funkiness with some cherry and dark fruit undertones.

T: Very crisp tasting beer. Lots of tart cherry and funk flavors.

M: Nicely carbonated and good full body.

D: Very drinkable. This sour was refreshing and a really great beer. Wished I had more, but my stomach was about to punch me in the face if I drank anymore sour beer. A great ending to an epic sour tasting that I will never forget.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 03:28:43 | More by boothbeer
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dougofthefuture

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton to Sugit for hooking me up with this one. I've been very excited to try it.

A - What a great looking beer. Big pop when it was uncorked, and a bright amber body with beautiful head and lacing.

S - Funky! The brett comes through up front, and it smells great. The cherry comes through a little bit, but it is hidden under all that delicious funk.

T&M - The first sip blew me away with sourness. I'm a bit of a sour novice, and this shocked me. As my palate and the beer itself warmed a bit, the velvety funk and sweetness of the cherry are coming out as well. The blend is completely unique to me, and it is growing on me fast. It seems a bit lopsided on the sour side, which to me takes away from the rest of the flavor profile. I could see how some might like the balance as it is though...

D - Considering the punch packed in the first sip, I'm shocked to see how easy this has become to drink after 10 minutes. While a growler of this might be intimidating, I'm having no problem enjoying every last drop of this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 01:39:37 | More by dougofthefuture
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kbeals

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got his beer BIF'ed to me by a very generous mjmadden. I've been looking forward to this one, so here goes...

A- A dark amber body complemented by a finger of white fizzy head. Head dissipates down to a thin layer but then sticks around for the entire session. Streaky lacing make an overall wonderful appearance to this brew.

S- Lots and lots of sour cherries with a bit of funk. A touch of sweetness underlies the entire beer which helps to balance it out a bit.

T- Wow! That exact word was my first reaction to this beer. A puckering sourness by the sour cherries makes my mouth water with every sip I take. Funkiness is limited a bit by the tartness of the brew, but it is so tasty.

M- Light body with a very prickly mouthfeel. Acidity of the brew makes my mouth feel slick with saliva.

D- Drank the bottle over the course of an hour. The bottle was more than enough, but each sip left me wanting more. Damn, this is one tasty beer.

Also, this was my first sour so I was a bit nervous about what I would find. I had heard that this is an excellent "starter" sour, so I'm glad to have received this one. mjmadden came up huge for me with this brew. Thanks again!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 01:22:12 | More by kbeals
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BTPete

New York

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle recieved in trade. Thanks alexd3891.

A: Hazy amber with pink/brown color.

S: Sweet tart cherries with a nice underlying of musty funk.

T: Nice tart cherry flavor. Some funk, sour, oak, and cherry but it all is working well together. They balance each other out almost to perfection.

M: Rally nice combo or medium/light body and carbonation.

D: Really awesome beer. Had a 375 and wish it was a 750.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 13:59:47 | More by BTPete
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DaveHS

California

4.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep burgundy with almost no head. Very little retention or lacing. The nose is vinous and tart, with cherries right out in front, followed by the pinot oak and faint whiffs of brett. A very good indication of what's to come. The first sip is tart and bracing. As the tartness fades, sweet and sour cherry flavors push through on a
wave of subdued oak. The brettanomyces funk works against these extreme flavors to provide an earthy balance in the finish. Medium bodied, with bright, sharp carbonation. A sour ale that slaps you in the face and demands your attention.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 20:28:18 | More by DaveHS
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HURTemHIZZY

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WOW. extremely impressive. Pours a great deep orange color with a half finger off white head with nice retention. Leaves solid lacing down the glass. Smells of cherries up front with the sour funk coming in after. Delicious smelling. The taste is even better than the smell, with the cherries blending perfectly with the brilliant amount of sourness. Also presents some citrus that I didnt get from the aroma. Nice level of carbonation accents the sour perfectly. This is simply an amazing brew. Thank you Monk's for carrying this.

Batch 04x2.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 06:06:55 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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ricke

Sweden

4.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4x3.

Murky orange/red/brown color with a big off-white head that leaves plenty of lacings.

The smell is fairly blurry with a prominent oak character and notes of sweet cherries, grass, mud and brett. Nice acidicty.

The taste is full of events. Sweet malty cherries and malts up front quickly handing over to a prominent sourness coupled with grass, lemon, minerals and vinegar. A mild bitterness develops towards the finish as the beer ends with nice cherry flavors, oak and a very mild funkiness.

Medium body and velvety smooth but dry finish.

A nice one. Very impressive composition. Quite reminiscent of a sparkling fruity wine.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 19:08:12 | More by ricke
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy amber color with a thin white head. Head that settles quickly, but leaves great lacing on the glass.

S- Slightly sour cherries up front. Oak, a hint of yeast, just a bit of funk and maybe a bit of Earthy hops.

T- A bit of the cherry flavor is present, with some caramel, spice, and a big dose of oak. The finish is tart, but not nearly as sour as I expected.

M- Lighter side of mediun in body and carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink and would enjoy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 10:38:24 | More by nrbw23
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ne0m00re

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured the 375 mL bottle (04x3) into an oversized red wine glass. Big thanks to billinlafayette for this one.
A: Ruby amber with a good one-finger creamy head and constant bubbles rushing up the center.
S: Rustic sourness, cherry, and musty oaky alcohol. The earthy, leafy hops aren't very prominent, but exist nonetheless. Overall it comes off as earthy and fruity.
T: It starts off musty with rustic tart underripe apples and moves on to a dry cherry (think framboise) characteristic, leaving a moldy bitterness and a fruity sweetness lingering all over your mouth.
M: Thin, crisp, and dry.
D: Awesome. I wish the bottle was much bigger.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 00:26:44 | More by ne0m00re
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked and caged bottle drank from my duvel tulip. thanks to mikeyv35 for trading me this one at DLD!

A- this one pours out a rich amber colored body with a half finger of off white head. the head quickly fizzes away and leaves behind little spots of lacing.

S- the first thing that comes to mind after sniffing this is "sour." vinegar and lots of barnyard funk. theres a strong odor of cherries in here also.

T- the sour cherries are beautifully showcased here and take center stage. the funkiness is alot more subdued than i was expecting. pretty tart/sour. very unique, and in a good way.

M- light bodied. almost puckering. nicely carbonated.

D- wow. i wish i had a 750ml bottle of this. even my wife was impressed and asked where she could pick some up. ill definitely start working on that. the best american wild ive had.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 15:46:08 | More by jwinship83
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DwnTwnBwn

California

4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light head upon pour. Falls to a nice mat of foam around the rim of the glass. Laces very well. Amazing rich auburn color.

S- Wonderful aroma. Tart cherries. Wet dog and Sweet hay.

T- This is a wonderful experience its a bit more tart then Temptation but its a nice play on a sour. The sweet cherries come through nicely. Sweet malt

M - Lovely tang on the tongue. Plenty of carbonation.

O - This is an amazing sour. I wish I had move.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 06:24:13 | More by DwnTwnBwn
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hansgruber

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

04x3 into a Hopleaf tulip

A- Careful pour yielded a small head. Dark orange body with solid lacing and a thick collar of foam remained throughout.

S- Funky and fruity. No sour in the nose surprisingly. The cherries made themselves present after a bit and some swirling.

T- Sour and tart. The cherries are in the background. No funk in the taste surprisingly. Nice acidity. Very bready/grainy/malty finish. It doesn't detract from the overall taste though. Very good stuff here.

M&D- Carbonation is great, very dry and pleasant. It's everything a sour should be. I do like this one better than Temptation and Consecration. Glad I have several more of these to drink.
Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 02:59:46 | More by hansgruber
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

About time I review this.... had it quite a few times now. Thanks to all the awesome traders for sending out bottles of it over the years. I had a batch 004 a couple nights ago and also was part of a batch 1,2,3,4 vertical in late Feb. This review kind of encompasses all of those.

Batch 4 review:

Pours a semi-hazed reddish color, with a twinge of orange. Whitish foam forms but fades to leave a complete film atop with some nice sticky lace.

Aromas are complex and really interesting... bursting with cherries, tart, fresh, prematurely picked cherries. Earthy, some dirt, a little bit of an herbal-spicy note that is somewhat hidden. There's also a sharpness to the aroma... fresh batches give the impression of this acetic twang with a touch of alcohol. A little musty wood as well.

Taste has a bracing tartness, acidity is well integrated but moderate. Red Wine vinegar, woodiness, earth and tannin. Cherry is here and mixed in with some other general berry fruitiness. Long finish, allowing plenty of time to contemplate this wonderful concoction.

Well carbonated, but not overly prickly - allows all of the flavors to come through. Splitting a bottle is a good serving - I'm really glad they stuck with the 375s for the sours since they are perfect for sharing with one or two other people. Just a masterfully made beer and one of the best examples of American sour ales to date.

Vintage Notes from Batch 1,2,3,4 Tasting (Feb 27 '10):

Batch 4- Sharpest, with some spice and a little booze. Delicious, but a little rough around the edges compared to the other batches. Though, I kind of like the 'freshness' of it.

Batch 3- The funkiest, had somewhat of an overture of mustiness that seemed a little stronger than the other batches. Pretty carbonated.

Batch 2- Was generally picked as the favorite, has this really great herbal-spiciness thing going on that none of the other batches had (or was present in smaller amount).

Batch 1- Surprisingly good amount of cherry left but was somewhat mellow in general. Some other kind of neutral fruitiness combining in. Kind of felt 'muted'.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 17:46:46 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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wedgie9

Tennessee

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from 375mL bottle at Lush CBC event, Batch004. Pours amber brown with a thin white head. Aromas of sour cherry, brett, grenadine, and burnt rubber. Flavors are sour with brett, featuring red fruit on back of palate, and green apple front palate. Carbonation is lively with a medium body and a long fruity finish. This beer is super drinkable and very complex.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 05:09:36 | More by wedgie9
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BuckyFresh

Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on 5-8-10 with TCHopCraver, thanks to zoso1967's kind provision.

Appearance: Poured into a wine glass. Color is a golden brown, with some red hints thrown in for good measure. A one-finger head dissipates pretty slowly and leaves a soapy ring of lacing. The lacing is extremely sticky and will cling to any part of the glass if given the chance. There are delightful yeasties and cherry bits dancing around, further agitated by a decent stream of carbonation rising up from the bottom.

Smell: Cherry fragrance abounds! Almost smells like Grandma's in the kitchen baking up a cherry pie! The only difference is that this pie is sour and full of pinot noir, funky yeast, spice, and wood.

Taste: Wow! Not what I was expecting at all. I expected something much sweeter, but instead I find a dryness that is simply enchanting. It's like all the best things about wine and beer brought together in a masterful harmony. This is definitely one of the most refreshing and invigorating beverages I have had the pleasure of consuming. The cherry sweetness of the nose is paired extremely well with the dry, champagne-like flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and refreshingly dry. Starts with a biting fruity punch to the tonsils and ends clean and dry.

Drinkability: Very refreshing and easy to drink, but this beer is so intense that it lends itself more to being a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 00:25:13 | More by BuckyFresh
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jgasparine

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled a 12.68 oz. bottle from Batch #04X1.

A- Poured from the bottle with a 1/2" light khaki colored head, which slowly receded to a haze layer, leaving impressive dollops of lacing behind. The body was was predominantly clear, with a touch of haze from agitated sediment... and an actively carbonated dark amber color.

S- A wonderfully complex nose, ripe with brett, pedio, and lactobacillus, without being overpowering with aectic notes. Oaky and vinous notes are also dominant on the nose, with lesser nuances of stewed malt and stone fruit.

T- Starts out on the palate with wonderful flavors akin to the nose... but then the acidity and intense tannins cut-through sharply, with vinegar and astringent tannic notes overtaking all other flavors... and lingering unpleasantly into the dry finish. The overboard vinegar and tannins keep this from being a 4.5 in the Taste department.

M- Thin in body... highly attenuated... and slightly slick on the palate. A wonderfully soft carbonation, which creates a faint illusion of creamy texture in the beer. Unfortunately, the moderately strong astringency keeps this from being a 4.5 in the MF department.

D- Don't get me wrong, I like acetic notes in wild ales... but not to the point that they destroy the complexity of the beer. I don't dislike this Supplication... I just wouldn't go through such lengths to acquire it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 00:31:45 | More by jgasparine
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,436 ratings.