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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,404 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,404
Reviews: 1,303
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,060
Gots: 1,322 | FT: 82
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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4.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Notes from 5/3/10. Bottle from zoso1967 (Thank You!) shared with TCHopCraver (Thank You!)

Pours a strawberry copper red with a one finger head that lingers throughout the brew. Lacing sticks to the glass and forms objects that look like white mountains. I have to say the head and lacing of this is second to none...very impressive.

The smell of cherries dominates the scent. I'm also getting a bit of strawberry, spicy clove, and alcohol esters. The overall scent character is much like a dessert wine.

Wow, this is much more sour than anticipated. I was expecting a wine quality and it is anything but. This has a similar quality to a tear jerker gum ball. The taste of cherry starts the flavor and quickly morphs into a sour explosion that changes character and lasts for 12 seconds. The taste of this beer lasts forever, it is wonderful.

This is relatively light in mouthfeel but really gets the saliva going. The strange part is my mouth is really dry and clean afterword. This beer eats my saliva.

Overall, this is a very drinkable ale. Strangely, I think it would be really good mixed with iced tea like an Arnold Palmer...though that would be disrespectful to Supplication. The complexity keeps me coming back for more, this is a treat.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 00:34:49 | More by TCgoalie
Photo of glid02


4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Reid - thanks! Batch 2 I believe.

Pours a slightly hazy brownish-amber color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of muted dry caramel malts overpowered by large amounts of tart cherries and funk. There are also hints of vinegar but they definitely belong and take nothing away from the rest of the aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Basic dry caramel malt flavors serve as the backbone for everything that goes on. Tart cherry flavors that have just enough sweetness to keep this from being even slightly mouth-puckering. Also present are large but not overpowering amounts of funk with hints of wet hay. The ending is crisp and leaves tart cherry flavors lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I think this is just the tiniest step up from Consecration. It's impossible to describe but I feel as though it's a tiny bit more complex in the funk department. Either way, both are extraordinary and well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 01:28:58 | More by glid02
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New York

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

From 4/25/10 notes. Poured from a 375 ML bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a reddish brown color with one finger of white head. Nice lacing and light carbonation.

s - Smells of both sweet and sour cherries, other dark fruits, wine, and oak. Hint of funk but not much.

t - Taste is very sour cherries, wine, and a little funnk. Very enjoyable.

m - Medium body and carbonation.

d - I really enjoyed this one. I tried Temptation, Supplication, and Consecration all in one night and thought Supplication was the best by far. Would love to try again.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 23:43:50 | More by mdfb79
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4.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper with a thin white frothy head.

S: Very nice aroma and pungent. Sour with a touch of phenols. Apples and spice with some sweetness and an underlying woody / mushroomy note.

T: Sweet and sour up front fading to a spiciness and finishing dry and woodsy. Alcohol starts to come through at the finish. There's definitely a tanin note from the wine barrell againg.

M: Thick and smooth with perfect carbonation.

D: Great

O: This is unique and delicious. Proof that if you take the care in brewing a beer you would in creating a fine wine, the results can be just as mind blowing.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 08:14:42 | More by Wantbeer
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4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tnx to mrstevens for sharing! Drank from my ccb snifter.

Pours cloudy orange in color. Little head that quickly leaves the building. Moderate lacing left behind.

S- Oak, wood, apples, and cherries. I believe it's gonna be pretty sour!

T- Very noticable wood profile. There is a sourness present (of course). It's pretty tart, but not as tart as I was anticipating. Granny smith apple are present.

M- Pretty good! Nice semi-dry finish. The carb level was great. Again, not stripping my tastebuds, but it's fairly tart.

D- Is really good. I like this a lot. I cared for the consecration even more. I would have no problem at all drinking muliples of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 07:47:03 | More by urwithdave
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New York

4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A lot of power behind that cap, intense carbonation. Fairly aggressive pour into a tulip. Light brown/caramel body with a two finger, creamy off white head.

S: Strong oak, very vinous - reminds me of my uncle's wine celler. Dark fruit, mostly cherry but some prune. A slight funk to the nose, and a touch of alcohol.

T: Holy sh*t. Definitely get tart cherries, a bit of orange peel, lemon, grapefruit. A funky quality, but not Lambic funk - it's more earthy, more subtle. Get the oak, and wines notes. Unbelievably clean finish, slight bitterness.

M: Funk and carbonation just roll over your tongue. Medium body. Leaves your mouth watering begging for more but also very satisfied.

Amazing brew. So consistent. A lot of beers have a great nose, but fail to back it up in the taste or mouthfeel - everything is in sync here. Gets better with each progression.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 23:53:57 | More by cpone
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle shared by mrsteves. Poured into my CCB snifter.

A: Cloudy burnt orange color. The pour created a nickel size off whtie head that hung around for a while and left some spotty lace.

A: Sour and funk. I get notes of fruit, probably the cherries, lemon, peach, green apple and sweet malts. A nice bittering hop presence show up, and then is overtaken by a horseblanket funk. Nice.

T: Taste is more of the same, sweet and sour. Notes of tart cherries and other ripe fruit. Bitter hops and sweet malts give way to a puckering sourness. Finishes dry, and smooth from the oak aging, and ohh so tart.

M: Good levels of carbonation, light to medium body. Appropriate for the style.

D and overall impression: Drinkability for any wild is a little on the lower side for me, due to the palate wrecking sourness. But this one is really quite nice. I would have no problem taking down a bottle or two of this one. Overall, probably my favorite sour to date. Really enjoyed my sample, and am excited to have one of my own. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 14:43:04 | More by Gtreid
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4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a small head, with lacing at the sides of the glass.

Smell is very tart, fruity, and cherry. Smells like a weaker version of what I'd expect from some wines.

Immediately hits the tongue with sour tartness. The intensity of the sourness builds a bit as it rolls over the palate, and finishes dry. The sour cherries are very dominant in the flavor. Tastes also like funky fruit other than cherries.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and tongue biting. The sourness really attacks the tongue.

Drinkability on this one is low. While delicious, I wouldn't want to have more than one of these in a night. The one I do have, though, goes down super easy.

Overall, this is an amazing beer. This is completely different from what I drink, but it's delicious and a wonderful change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 22:50:49 | More by ghostee
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4.9/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 04x4. Christening my new flute glass.

Huge pop off the cork on this one, pours a hazy weird red-brown color with a nice fluffy white head. The lacing on this is crazy, some of the thickest I've ever seen and all over the glass.

Smell is very musty and funky, cherries, very much like a lambic.

The cherry taste is excellent and super-fresh and covers your tongue and gums in a smooth, sour silk. It is sour but not overly so at all, keeps you wanting more and more after each sip. Funky yeast, musty cherries and lemon linger in the aftertaste for a frighteningly long time, so awesome. I think I still pick up some of the brown ale notes, a slight caramel/vanilla taste. The oak/woodiness starts to show through more in the finish, and it is the most up-front WOOD taste I've had in a beer. It literally tastes like chewing on tree bark (a good thing in this case.)

The mouthfeel here is great and creamy, very carbonated, but I have to give it a 5 here simply because of the way it just covers your mouth with awesomeness. Any alcohol taste is massacred, it doesn't stand a chance.

Sourness and price may affect drinkability but for this style, this is amazingly easy to drink, tasty and refreshing. Every sip left me yearning for more, I finished this too quickly. This is only my 3rd sour I've had so I'm no expert, but goddamn this was a good beer. I can't wait to try Russian River's other sours.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 20:48:41 | More by Chico1985
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3.38/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 375 mL brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Batch 04X1. The body was a murky light brown. The tan head left fine bubbles that lingered.

Smell was woody and earthy. Not fruity.

Taste was tart and drying. Wine like. No sign of cherries here. Slight fruit in the aftertaste. Not funky. I like this beer but I expected more fruit. I always enjoy sour, dry beers and this fits that bill.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and had fine carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 12:34:44 | More by Cresant
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4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was very impressed by this beer, and found I craved another badly the very next day. Golden brown color, tart cherry smell with a bit of funk in the nose but not much, mostly wood and cherries. The taste offered ripe, juicy cherries, wine-soaked oak and tart, sour cherry skins. Mouthfeel was superb, moderate carbonation with big bubbles, a nice dry, fruity finish. Highly recommended, an outstanding sour.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 07:37:09 | More by natelocc787
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4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Justin for sharing this a couple of weeks ago at the get together. Review from notes..

A- Pours a clear reddish color. Two finger light tan head that stays around for a short bit. Nice streaking lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- The front end of this is big lactic tart aroma mixed with big oak notes as well. Cherries are the standout in this beer with fruit. Some light barnyard funk in the ending of this. I expected this to be more in the upfront but smells great nevertheless.

T- Big funky sourness from the cherries right upfront. Almost mouth puckering from the get go (like cherry sour patch kids). Oak notes come into play a whole lot more right after the cherry explosion. Lactic acid comes and goes with the barnyard funk. This follows the nose almost perfect with what to expect. Simple but also very complex in layers.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little high for me and I think for the style. Light funk and tons of cherries left on the palate with tons of oak and funky cherry left in the aftertaste. Drying on the palate a lot after each sip. Flavors are bold and crisp in the mouthfeel.

D- This beer is very drinkable. This has to be the best sour I have had from RR. I would suggest this beer to anyone that wants to be blown away from a already amazing style.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 04:26:17 | More by alleykatking
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4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a clear orange color with a limited amount of white head that dissovled quickly and left a faint amount of lace on the glass. Nose is a fruity sourness that is somewhat reminescent of oranges. Taste is tart, funky, sour and includes a bit of the previously hinted fruitiness. Light bodied and highly carbonated it has quite a dry finish. As it warms my palate becomes increasingly perplexed as I pick up on tastes of funky must coupled with dry fruits nearly apple-like but sour like a green apple candy. Brett is apparent in both smell and taste without being dominating. Each sip is so drying and puckering that it is hard to stop, put down the glass and stop salivating. This is a very interesting beverage that I found enjoyable and another example of a style I'm not quite familiar with but really enjoy and look forward to trying more.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2010 18:50:42 | More by stakem
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4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Won my office March Madness pool, so I bought a case!

A - This beer pours a bright red pinkish color. It has a nice white lacy bubbly head. The beer loses points because it has just so much sediment in it. Probably the most I have ever seen in a beer.

S - Straight tart fruitiness right out of the gate. The beer hints with sour cherries to follow. After that, a small hint of barrel finishes.

T - Begins with the Cherries. Wow, so much cherry tartness going on. Follows with acidic notes and finishes slightly woody. Yup, Woody. Damn good.

M - Smooth, creamy, and highly carbonated. It coats the mouth. The only problem is that the floaties from the sediment are slightly noticable, and I don't like that.

D - It is damn good. Drinkability is probably a 5 on tap, but the bottle seems more acidic, and the the floaties prevent this from getting a 5.

O - This sour is amazing. On tap, it's epic, but that will wait for another review down the road. Get this beer if you enjoy a nice sour fix.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 02:51:29 | More by abecall98
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4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle from Supermarket Liquors in Ft. Collins. $12.29. Batch 04X5

A: Hazy brown/burnt orange in color with about half an inch or so of incredibly dense cream colored head. Impressive retention as well as lacing. Fair amount of bubbles moving up from the nucleation point in this goblet.

S: Sour funk, that is the initial go to smell, super acidic sour notes followed by a decent funky sweaty feet smell. Leans more towards the sour cherry and lemon like profile. Then the barnyard really starts to hit in this one, very strong barnyard, moldy straw/hay. Then way in the back is a caramel maltyness as well. This is everything I ask for in a sour, just not that amazing to be a 5.0.

T: Lemon and sour cherries, mix in with an incredible amount of acidic flavors, this sucker is incredibly sour. Wow. As it continues to warm the notes of cherries really play into this one. Behind that is a strong brown ale with notes of caramel and some notes of a light vanilla as well. Definite lingering funk in here the sweaty horse, barnyard phunknastyness lingers forever on the tongue. Just a hint of bitterness on the tongue here that lingers nicely after the finish. My tongue is torn, screaming for another tasty drink as well as reeling from the overall sourness of this one. Awesome.

M: Medium body, creamy, very creamy in the mouth from the perfect carbonation it just rolls across your mouth and down the throat, and then dries up making you want another sip. Doesn't make my spit nearly as thick as other sours, but definitely has a nice lactic profile. Slight little bit of alcohol heat as well.

D: Very high on the drinkability, but I have a feeling enjoying a second one in a sitting wouldn't give the beer its due. Incredibly easy as this basically disappears in your mouth. The sourness would wears on me a bit, but it is incredibly enjoyable. Definitely in that upper echelon of beers for me. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 00:07:33 | More by pokesbeerdude
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4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375 ml into a la chouffe tulip - bottle 04x1

Appearance - Beautiful deep amber with nice head that leaves a beautiful lacing with decent retention.

Smell - ohhh - tart dark fruits grape, licorice, cherry a bit of a sour funkiness to it - man this is exciting...

Taste - man that is some sour deliciousness. Just read the back of the bottle and the strong grape and cherry tones make a lot of sense now. Sour cherry, grape, deep fruitiness with hints of oak that I perceived as roastiness for a split second - followed with a potent funk from the bret et al. ending in a very pleasant dry tartness. Much more complexity that I cannot put my finger on. Can't wait to review with increased tasting abilities.

Exceptional beer - seriously fantastic. I have fallen off the deep end into a deep love of well brewed sour beers. Wow this is good.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 06:18:28 | More by Zaplt
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4.93/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a cloudy deep amber color with a 1 inch head that fades to a small cap. Moderate lacing on this one.

S - Smells like sour cherries and vinegarette. The smell made my mouth water. Very pungent.

T - Tastes of mouth-puckering cherries and wine grapes with a vinegar acidity. Very tasty.

M - This is a very carbonated beer and the bubbles kept coming during the whole 30 minutes it took me to savor this beer. The beer has a sort of bubbly coating effect in the mouth.

D - VERY good. Yes, this is mouth-puckering sour but it is a dry taste and very refreshing at the same time.

The one small bottle I purchased was $12.50, so it is somewhat pricey. However, this is a beer I can see myself buying plenty more of in the future on special occasions.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 04:37:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #600 for me. Bottle numbered 04x2. Poured into crystal tulip. Poured a coppery orange amber color with just a trace of tan head that didn't have much retention or lacing.

Some fruit hides behind the upfront vinegary scent, with a bit of yeast adding some funkiness. The flavors were similar, just magnified. The dry bitterness was dominate and the flavors lurk in the background.

Body is good for the style, although I found it a bit thin. Drinkability was good, depending your tolerance for sourness. Overall, a good beer, worth a shot for anyone and a must try for sourheads.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 22:57:56 | More by beertunes
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4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

100th review! Popped the cork and the beer almost foamed out all over the place. Luckily I had a glass ready. This beer pours a lovely dark mahogany with a slightly tan head that sticks around in clumps and leaves wonderful lace. Surprising that it is not more carbonated given the fact that it was a gusher. The aroma is quite nice and full of sour cherries, vinegar, Funk and earthiness. Taste is very sour and very delicious. Puckering and complex. Pinot noir, tart cherry, woodiness, some wine like tannins, lemon like citrus... there is just so much going on. More vinegar than lactic acid, but both come into play. There is some alcoholic warmth in there as well, and it plays off the other flavors. The finish is long, super tart and slightly sticky. Mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty refreshing and drinkable, but this is one to savor. A fine sour from an amazing brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 00:55:59 | More by zoso1967
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you goes out to B Rob for this one. Brett E. Funk. I'm not even gonna follow the typical review order. This is my favorite beer so far. It was my first sour and you always remember your first. Ha, hi SB! It looked like an IPA with a little bit of redness in it. The taste is amazing, I almost can't describe it. I will definitely be seeking out as many wild ales as I can get my hands on due to this. I can't stop thinking about this beer, its bordering on obsession. Definitely one to seek out. Also, it has a cherry taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 20:20:47 | More by antoines15
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4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle provided by ahatcher78. poured into a flute

a- pours a light orange almost IPA color. maybe a pale tainted by the cherries? produced a substantial amount of fluffy white head. probably the best lacing I've seen on an American wild.

s- funky, sour cherries to the max. the cherries are so vibrant and inviting. it's hard to describe the strength of the aroma. awesome.

t- definitely some mouth puckering acetic sourness up front. it's got some great complexity to it. all the flavors are as intense and as they are pleasant. to sum it up. sour, brett, sweet cherry candy, hint of vinegar. I really can't imagine anything being much better than this. Certainly the best I've had to date.

M- super dry, light/medium bodied with fairly subtle carbonation. can mouth puckering count as a plus count as a plus in this category? since I'm not sure I'll keep it at a 4.5. BM me if you think I should bump it up.

d- yea, I could drink all my money away on this beer. and probably be pretty satisfied with my investment. dead and dying from starvation but enjoying some extremely fine brew. I've been borderline bumping up a couple stats so I'll say 5.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 07:33:06 | More by Freethyhops
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4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear cherry color with pretty good retention and lacing.

The smell is so complex. It has a clean barnyard aroma, sweet green apples and sweet tarts candy.

And the flavor reflects that of the aroma. The flavor is very tart. The first impression I had was "sweet tarts". Then I get some earthy wild sweet cherryish/green apple taste.

The mouthfeel is pretty smooth for being so tart. It's kinda hard for me to get down. But pretty drinnkable for a sour.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 03:08:36 | More by hoplover82


4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft pour into an elongated chalice, I'm guessing 12 oz @ $7.25. Much more economical than purchasing a bottle. (Although I've done that too @ $17 and have seen as high as $25. The bottle is 375 mL, slightly more than 12 ounces...)

A: Pours with a small white linen colored head that never quite forms. Tight knit bubbles with decent retention, but only in the form of a thin crescent moon shaped collar. Some stick is provided from the collar as I sip, but most of any would-be lacing slides slowly back down. Plenty of bubbles float through the blush colored body. There is a slight haze to the body. 85% transparent.

S & T: The aroma is brett dominated, funkiness with a semi sweet and sour fruit quality. Not exactly identifiable as cherries in my opinion, but definitely sour fruit. Wood flavors of cedar and oak. Vinous, lightly tannic and very acidic. Absolutely incredible.

M: An INdisputable, IRRefutable "5" hands down. The mouthfeel is actually a "6"! The sourness is enhanced by the wildly fine carbonation caused by the brettanomyces and other bugs. Completely tongue and throat coating with a desert dry finish.


[BARTENDER] Oh, FeDUBBELFIST, I see you've finished your Supplication. Would you care for another?

[FeDUBBELFIST, with a look as hard as nails needs to say nothing at all, the bartender realizes he's asked a stupid question and serves him another...on the house]

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2010 17:19:19 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

**150th review!**

Popped the cork off and head started to pop right out - this is a lively one. Traded a Imperial Storm Trooper (one of my favorites) for this one so hopefully it lives up to the hype. I had also never had a wild ale before so I am nervous. I won't bore you with the information that is already found on the bottle... but wow a lot goes into this beer... very impressive. The Russian River Pliny and Blind Pig has blown my socks off and I'm not expecting any less from this offering. Enjoyed while watching the red sox yankee rubber match.

A - A wild head that has a mind of its own despite my gentle pour. I can see why the bottle recommends a gentle pour. A beautiful orangey red with lots of carbonation. Looks like champagne.

S - The most potent aroma I have smelled to date. I popped this in my buddies kitchen and he could smell it before I even brought it into the living room. I didn't even need to put my nose up to the glass to take it in. Sour grapes, cherries, oak, a champagne funk.

T - Sour would be an understatement. Mouth puckering acidic vinegar taste with a cherry sweetness. More like champagne than beer. An amazing creation none the less. Much respect goes out to the brewer. Not my cup of tea but I can really appreciate the delicate balance that goes into this beer.

M - Complex, heavily carbonated as it should be per the style. My mouth puckered as if I was biting directly into a lemon. Never experience a beer like this before. Big shout out to Thorpe429 for hooking me up with this trade.

D - I did have some trouble with this beer. Not the beers fault. I am unaccustomed to the style and still have my training wheels on. This beer really opened up a whole new world for me. In my opinion is definitely a sipper. There is crazy stuff going on here and I will soon grow into my pants and be able to run free in this wild pasture.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 17:48:30 | More by DNICE555
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.

Batch 001. Aged in pinot noir barrels for over a year, with sour cherries, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and Pediococcus (oh my!) introduced over the course. Presented in an awesome 375 ml corked-and-caged bottle.

Decanted ever-so-slowly so as not to rouse the sediment, the beer pours a brilliant deep orange with reddish hues. Active carbonation rises to form a half-inch layer of off-white foam that rests at a ringed lace. Big, Lambic-like aroma--tart and barnyardy--but much cleaner, with suggestions of sweet fruits and bread. First sip is an awakening of the senses, with a big smack of tartness and a pleasing acidic sharpness. Sour-cherry flavors run deep, and also provide a gentle sweet- ness and fruitiness to counter the tartness. Suggestions of weathered hops and leafy undertones within light tannins. Cheesy wine and oak provide some background complexities and are cushioned by a layer of Brett breadiness. Finish is very vinous, with a lingering tartness, tannins and a dry, puckering finish.

One of the best examples of American artisan brewing to have met our palates. Period. Don't bother pairing this one with any food. It's to be indulged in on its own. Batch 002 is on sale now at their website ($11), and they'll ship to about half of the states in the US.

Serving type: bottle

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