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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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world-class

4,424 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,424
Reviews: 1,304
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,071
Gots: 1,333 | 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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DIM

Pennsylvania

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

I was very excited to split this with my dad. He loved Iron Hill's Barrel Aged Permanent Midnight, another sour beer aged in wine barrels. If he loved IH's I reasoned, surely this would knock his socks off. Sadly this wasn't the case. Too sour for his liking, he said. Oh well, on to what really matters, my opinion.

a: This is a dark golden color with some amber highlights. It poured with a small fizzy head.

s: I should just give up trying to describe sour beers, I just can't find the adjectives that seem to fit. I smell sour cherries that seem to have some floral qualities. I also got wine aromas blanketed by prickly mustiness. As woefully inadequate as it is, that is the best I can do.

t: Incredibly tart without quite becoming obnoxious. Dry overall, while managing to have a little underlying sweetness. Just a hint though. Tastes like red wine saturated with sour cherries. Here again, I just don't have the ability to describe what I'm tasting. I just know I love it.

m: The carbonation is on the gentle side. This has a looong tart finish.

d: Well, my dad looks like he is trying out for a Rolling Rock commercial. He just doesn't like it. For me though, I'm glad I was able to purchase and consume a bottle before the PLCB got ahold of it. Russian River continues to astound me.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 20:45:00 | More by DIM
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jeffthecheff

Connecticut

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

Batch 4. Thanks to Joe for splitting the bottle. We prepared for a gusher by opening it over the sink...but it wasn't so bad. It pours a really nice, dark red color with good clarity. The color is really bright and inviting. A newsprint white head forms but quickly turns to great lacing in my tulip, with a few islands of foam.

The nose is sour with a bit of funk and mustiness. There's some nice, dark fruit in there, some fruit punch, and sour cherries. It's fruity, complex, and very inviting. The taste is earthy and fruity with a big cherry flavor. It reminds me of cherry flavored sour candy. There's also some citric lemon mixing in with all the fruitiness. The finish is a little tannic with an earthy, tea like flavor.

The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, a bit more would have been good. The finish has a bit of a puckering tannic feeling to go with the acidity. This was a great beer that I will try and have again. Splitting this bottle is ideal.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 00:02:48 | More by jeffthecheff
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

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

It's about time. I've been saving this for a special occasion. Then I realized that drinking this beer would make any night a special occasion.

Appearance- A reddish chestnut. It appears brown, but glows a warm, deep ruby when held to the light. Half inch of head with some nice big bubbles. Slightly off-white.

Smell- Very nice. The cherry comes through, without a doubt. Sour, old cherries. A nice funky farmyard. There is a strong vinegar note that is sharp on the nose. The wood comes through as well. Good stuff all around.

Taste- The cherry comes through immediately. There is plenty of wood as well. It finishes wonderfully tart. Would like a little bit more of that funky goodness. That sharp sour note really gets the salivary glands going, so I'm literally drooling over this one. The acidity on this one is no joke.

Mouthfeel- Great carbonation. Nice and bubbly on the tongue. Good body. Very nice.

Drinkability- So tart it's a little tough, but I'd love another one. Still, the acidity is near overwhelming. Tums, please.

Another knockout from Russian River. I just can't get enough of their beers. May not like it quite as much as Consecration, but everyone is a winner in that comparison.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 05:44:29 | More by callmescraps
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froghop

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy dark orange with a small off-white head, and good lacing.

smell is of sour malt, wild yeast, cherry, and tart fruits.

taste is tart, fruit, cherry, wild yeast, and malt, ends very sour and somewhat dry.

overall a very good sour ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 00:11:21 | More by froghop
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squaremile

Oregon

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

Nice orange/amber color, half finger white head that maintains throughout the whole glass. Well carbonated. The smell itself hurts my jaw and the sourness has a great bite but is not the most hardcore I've ever had. Instead it's just perfect for continued drinking. Cherries, pinot, and oak flavors dominate. The drinkability is truly exceptional. One of the best wild ales I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 05:30:37 | More by squaremile
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semibaked

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many Thanks to bulldogp04 for sharing this with me. Poured into my fav Tulip glass. This was batch 004.

A - Pours an amber color with about a half an inch of tan head with tons of carbonation and some decent lacing on the glass.

S - Super nice oak aroma with some bright cherry juice and a great sour funk to it.

T - Super bright sour cherry taste with phenomenal sourness.

M - Medium bodied with sharp carbonation, better mouthfeel than I thought it would have.

D - As much as I enjoyed trying this I can't see drinking it alot, it is a palette bomb for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 03:47:30 | More by semibaked
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 001 375ml. corked, caged, and taped bottle with the most stubborn cork I have ever come across... poured into a tulip. Shared with schen9303.

A: Standard pour yields a 2 finger coarse white head with great retention. Beer is a cloudy reddish clay color. Lacing is minimal, spotty in parts with very little cling.

S: Sweet and sour cherries, wood, farmhouse funk, with a subtle vinegar. Smells exactly like it should with moderate power.

T: Wood, vinegar, this one will burn a hole in your stomach. Very acidic, cherry flavor is present. Dissipates slightly towards the middle where booze becomes a bit more apparent. Woody and funky in the finish. Woodiness as an extremely unique aftertaste. Sweeter as it warms with a steadily creeping cherry candy flavor.

M: Light bodied, not overly coarse, but quite carbonated. Watery in the mouth and surprisingly not dry. Finish lingers a bit and is very unique and pleasant, begging me to go back for more.

D: Good complexity here though not overly so. What does it for me with this beer is the body. Amazingly light, invigorating, and drinkable, it complements the flavors present perfectly. Oddly filling also considering the light body, it exhausts and puzzles my palate. I could have glass after glass of this one though. Definitely worth seeking out and trying if you get a chance!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 00:54:46 | More by SpeedwayJim
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samie85

Illinois

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

Originally reviewed on 2/28/10 at Falling Rock Tap House. I'm back to try Supplication after some palate fatigue.

A- Pours a garnet hue with a thin white head.

S-Acidic, tart cherries, oak and soil are also present.

T-Follows the nose with acidic, tart cherries, some vanilla and that clay-like characteristic is there again.

M-Effervescent and thin bodied.

D-Pretty easy drinking for the style and way too close to call between this and Temptation. It's a coin flip situation to determine which is better.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 07:10:20 | More by samie85
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riored4v

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 3/1/10

Poured into a Duvel Tulip. Amber with hints of ruby. 1 finger, white head that faded to a thin layer quickly.

Smell had good amount of oak and a nice presence of tart, dark cherries and some acidity.

Taste had good hints of oak. Nice acidity in the finish. Great amount of tartness and dark cherry flavor. Some great puckering that hits you in the back of your cheeks.

Mouthfeel was light body and very dry. High carbonation.

Drinkability was great. Seriously sucks that the bottle was so small. Even with the tartness it was still very drinkable.

Overall, this was very close to Consecration, but some extra tartness and oak presence.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 01:53:38 | More by riored4v
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pwoody11

Delaware

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

Batch 04x4 served in snifter.

Pours a nice dark amber. Very carbonated. Pour left a 3 finger head that was off white with a hint of orange color to it. Lacing is incredible and head lasted until the last drop

The aroma is kind of funky. Almost musty. Not really picking up on any cherry notes specifically but am getting some fruit notes, more along the lines of red wine.

WOW! Love it. Taste immediately reminds me of red wine. Tart and sweet. Slight hint of heat towards the end. Still not picking up much cherry.

Mouthfeel is dry and carbonated. Pleasant.

To sum this beer up, it's like beer, wine, and champagne all in one. I have to believe it is truly one of a kind. I hope I am able to get my hands on this again sometime soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 22:04:42 | More by pwoody11
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dukedevil0

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to Evan (beddachedda) for sending this 375mL bottle to me in a recent trade. Batch 04x1.

A: Pours into the glass a brown color with reddish tint that lead to just a thin layer of white bubbles

S: Smells lightly funky, lactic scent, tart cherries, light oakiness

T: Very similar to the smell - sour cherries, light oakiness, lactic acid and some minimal funk

M: Highly carbonated and almost too much so if you ask me that makes this really full bodied

D: Surprisingly, even though I'm not a big fan of sours yet, I am liking this beer the more sips I take. I guess that's just getting used to the style. I wouldn't drink a ton of this, but it's a nice change from the usual beers to sip on for an occasion.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 01:38:31 | More by dukedevil0
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received this bottle from a great California trader, Arbitrator, who hooked me up for the recent release. Bottle is batch 04x5. Had this one other time from a different batch on tap at my first GABF and loved it. Interested to see how it differs from a bottle.

Appearance- Pours a translucent shade of darkish amber into my snifter and comes out of the bottle with about a finger of slightly off-white head. Massive amounts of beading up the side of my glass as I drink and the head dies back rather slowly into a fairly dense sheet across the top of the beer. What gets this beer particularly high marks in the looks department from me is the lacing. For a barrel-aged sour, this beer leaves a tremendous amount of lacing as I drink. Really looks nice in the glass.

Smell- Wow, very tart with lots and lots of oak coming through. Right up front, you get a whiff of that lactic tartness that is tinted with a cherry fruitiness and perhaps just a touch of barnyard funk. After that comes the wood, which mixes very nicely with the tartness and slight fruitiness. Smells great.

Taste- Very very complex. Up front, I get the fruity, cherry tartness. Mixed in with this is the oak, a woody pithiness, and some iron. For me, this drinks amazingly like a complex Flanders red ale. Possibly the best integrated, most flavorful Russian River that I've had (though I have yet to be disappointed). Really like this one.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and has a good deal of body for the style. Being a sourhead, the well integrated flavors and overall high quality of this brew really put the drinkability off the charts.

Overall, an outstanding sour. I really like this and it is probably my favorite Russian River to date (out of Consecration and Temptation). Get ahold of this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 00:08:14 | More by boatshoes
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Beerisheaven

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recent batch sent to me by one of BA's best traders and all-around good guys - ipa247.

Popped this 375 bottle and it sounds like a small firecracker on July 4th. Loud pop with wispy cloud.

A - Made sure to not be too aggressive with the pour as I have read reviews that it is a bit of a gusher. Ruby color red with a large pillow of white immediately upon pour. As you work your way through the glass, significant retention on the glass. Very impressive.

S & T - Cherry and oak dominate this beer with a measurable amount of funk but not over the top. The taste is just about perfect. Beautiful tart sour cherry and oak combine to make this a world class beer. Not face puckering by any means. If you are a not a huge fan of sours, this is the beer for you. As soon as I started drinking it, I became sad knowing that I was killing off one of the bottles.

M & D - Very nice, but I dinged it just a bit not knowing how much of this I could actually drink. One 375 bottle was more than enough for me.

I always liked Temptation, but this one is now my favorite in an impressive lineup of RR beers. I need to get more of this, because it is a beer that I would like to have whenever the desire is there. Really top notch.

Thanks Jeff for picking this up and sending to me. More, more, more!!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 21:25:38 | More by Beerisheaven
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erosier

Connecticut

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

Big thank to tzanio for this one!

L: Pours a nice copper orange brown color with a tall and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malt, huge cherry, wood, and a big sour aroma at the end. Complex yet enticing aroma.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, big cherry flavors mixed with oak notes, a big sour almost citrus-y sour finishes this one off.
M: Very crisp, medium bodied, full flavored, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable. This was very interesting and the flavors all mixed very well. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 13:58:43 | More by erosier
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JBogan

Nevada

4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An attractive dark amber body supports a one finger off white crown. There's a substantial amount of lacing left behind. This is one good looking beer.

The delicate aroma consists of cherry, oak and a light barnyard funk.

The taste is even better. One again cherries play the leading role, the oak the supporting cast (cask?), and the barnyard funk is there in the finish along with a bit of lemon. A near perfect blend and extremely delicious.

The mouthfeel is smooth, rich and with a slightly dry finish.

Wow, what a nice sour. I was extremely impressed by this beer and would recommend it to anyone who even remotely likes this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 02:09:30 | More by JBogan
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loving44

California

3.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

A: Deep ruby brown with a pillow-like foamy head.

S: Sour cherries, lifesavers, very wine like

T: Sour cherries, sour patch kids with citrus sweetness, starts malty and sweet then quickly turns tart.

M: light with tight carbonation

D: Delicious and addictive, the tartness keeps you in check, easy to savor sip by sip, a great beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 06:07:26 | More by loving44
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oceanman

Virginia

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

Aromas of cherries and berries, grassy funk, pepper, lemon, vanilla, baking spices.

First sip is a burst of sourness followed by cherry finish, then complexity builds. Gets lemony, and increasingly creamy, but definitely has a peppery and earthy side. Finishes very dry. Towards the end of the bottle, I got the exact taste of slightly tannic green tea with honey.

Has a very dry sourness.

You want to take very small sips of this one. Each sip brings something new.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 04:21:07 | More by oceanman
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djbreezy

Washington

4.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - very consistent pour and settling, one finger head and nice lacing that sticks, reddish/amber opaque in color

smell - cherry nose, very fragrant and consistent

taste - cherry taste, sweet and tart, complex, sour but not aggressive

mouthfeel - strong body, consistent mouthfeel, medium carbonation, smooth finish

drinkability - very drinkable, excellent flavor, great treat

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 04:18:05 | More by djbreezy
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mutterfudder

New Hampshire

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

Batch 04x5, poured into a Cantillon glass.

A - Tawny deep copper/brown color. It pours with a thin head that sticks around for the entirety of the beer. some thin lacing crawls down the glass.

S - Tart cherries and wood. There is a slight vinegar nose but nothing out of control. The beer smells like a cherry lover's dream.

T - Brown style ale lends a good base here, as there is a roasty malt flavor and even a little hint of hops. But you'll have to dig for those flavors, since the tartness and cherry are the most present notes here. Again, this is well balanced, and not too sweet or tart; the biggest advantage the beer has is this restraint and balance.

M / D - The mouthfeel is exceptional; crisp and refreshing. As for drinkability? I could have a couple of these a night. If only they were easier to find!

All in all, it's another amazing beer from RR!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 00:32:16 | More by mutterfudder
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mbudner

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

10oz pour at Monk's Cafe. While I noticed some marked differences between this and the batch 3 bottle I had last year, I wasn't aware that I was drinking Batch 1 (4.5 years old) until later in the afternoon. Especially with all of the talk that batch 4 is very pungently cherried, I assumed I was having delusions or that Younger had wrecked my palate, neither of which is true.

A- Pours a brownish amber with 1-finger of off white head, which is very spritzy and dissipated quickly leaving sticky, streaky lacing.

S- Huge lactic character with a slightly vinegary aroma (which is much more pronounced that I remember from the fresher bottle I sampled.) I wrote in my notes that I got no cherry whatsoever in the nose, due to the overpowering lactic sourness and this makes perfect sense in retrospect. The old wood and vinegar that followed the sourness are much more welcome with the knowledge that this beer had been aged for 4.5 years.

T- Initially, I get an ever-so-slight fruitness, which I wouldn't even single out as cherries except for the fact that I know this beer is aged with cherries. The Pinot Noir barrels may play a role in this initial fruiting as well. The fruit immediately gives way to the huge lacto sourness I have already alluded to in the smell category. In the finish, I get a lot of the vinegar flavor, which is much more intertwined with the woodiness and marked leathery flavors making it much more enjoyable than in the nose.

MF- Spritzy mouthfeel with a medium body. The fresh consecration I sampled right after this was slightly syrupy for my liking, but this was pretty much the perfect viscosity for this beer.

D- Slightly more acidic that I would like to the point where it had a burn that was slightly more on the esophagus than most any sour I have tasted. This is not to say that it was more sour or worse, it just burned a little. Other than that one downside, however, the beer was extremely drinkable and has held up VERY nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2010 21:11:07 | More by mbudner
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BDLbrewster

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very cloudy deep orange-brown with a tiny head and some slippery lacing.

The smell is sweet with rich malty notes that are quickly put in check by a cherry infused sourness that is all but overwhelming in the nose.

Hints of vinegar and loads of sour cherries. Champagne like dryness supplemented by sour green apples and nuances of oak barrel. Strong vinous tannins remind me of a good north coast Pinot Noir. A fine wine of a brew.

The mouthfeel is light and aggressively carbonated. Coating and dry.

Overall, great offering from a great brewery. Probably best sour I have had to date from RR. Awesome.`

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 03:50:30 | More by BDLbrewster
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olmatty

Oregon

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

Appearance- Low and fleeting head, tiny and persistent bubbles and a light amber color.

Smell- Lots of fresh oak barrel, light sourness of cherries.

Taste- More fresh oak barrel, cherries are light, covered by a brisk, clean, puckering sour.

Mouthfeel- Lightly but crisp carbonation. A palate scrubber.

Drinkability- A nice enjoyable drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 07:28:01 | More by olmatty
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

A wonderful cherry beer with the background of must, funk, sour, and dryness.

Supplication begins with a deep redish-brown color, boardering on rust with it's medium haze. An off white head forms above the beer and soon settles to an intermitten blanket of foam with solid lacing. A fine looking beer indeed.

Very tart, musty, horsey, and sharply of lime and vinegar-like to the nose. Bold cherry aromas take center stage and in tart and under-ripe versions. Amber malts begin to temper the acidic notes with light breads and toast. Slight phenolics give a bit of medecine notes to go along with peppery scent. As with most Belgian Lambics, the aroma promises serious complexity, strength, and depth... let's see.

Crazy intense flavors of tart cherries hold center stage and push the yeast and malt character way down. Cherry notes are complimented by lemons, limes, apples, cranberries, and crab-apples. Funky vinous notes of cider, red-wine or balsamic vingar, musty-dusty earthiness, and aged woods give a lot of flavor and help to intensify the character of the cherry fruits. A salty, minerally flavor also amplifies the sharp flavors quite a bit. Softer malts pad the impact of the yeast and fruit agains the tongue with just enough bread crust and toffee sweetness to remind me that this is indeed a beer.

Acrid, astringent, and mouth puckering up front but the beer holds enough maltiness to give it a bit of cushion on the back side that allows for dryness but not an insatiable astringency. This gives a great clean lactic quality that erases the enamel from the teeth but keeps from the burn in the throat.

This is a delicious beer. With that extra mild malty finish the beer has a more inviting flavor and mouthfeel than say another great sour in Drie Fonteinen fruit sours.

Thanks waltonc, bbehr!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 03:29:22 | More by BEERchitect
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, this was a very generous extra from BA user wunderbeer...you da man! served in a Stone Levitation glass...

A - after the cork pop, foam started to slowly rie out of the glass, stopping just short of spilling over (and wasting a few drops), a good omen as the beer gods must be watching this one. poured about an inch and a half of tight pillowy and frothy, very light tan foam. leaves a thin layer of webbed lacing around the glass as it slowly falls. the beer is a very hazy, dark gold/orange color.

S - this one hit my nose as soon as i got the cork off...noticing some oak right away. big whiffs of belgian yeast, some sour lemon/green apple and ample tartness. sweetness comes in the form of cherries, oak, vanilla.

T - flavor explodes in the mouth at each sip, tons of sour and tart cherries, turns mouth watering and puckering before more subtle stuff comes through, oak, vanilla, brett...sweet malt underneath carries throughout. outstanding balance and development from sour, to tart, to funk, to acidic, to sweet. some time settling brings out some more funk and a slight pepperyness also some toasted nuts out of nowhere. beers like this still blow my mind with displays of what strains of yeast are capable of.

M - this is everything a Wild Ale should be...healthy amount of tight carbonation that is just spot on, not distracting and aids to delivering a myriad of flavors to all corners of the mouth. ample creaminess is sufficient enough to fight through massively puckering tart/sour.

D - a beer like this just begs to be slowly sipped and savored, the problem is its just so damn delicious and balanced. the alcohol is simply non-existent, and balance just unbelievable. sitting and settling for a few minutes brings out a whole new slew of tastes and textures. certainly holds its own against other RR sours/wilds.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 02:05:44 | More by Stigs
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alli4051

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 350ml bottle into a red wine glass (it was all I had).

A: Pours a hazy orange/amber color. Produces a finger of brownish white head that recedes quickly leaving some faint lacing.

S: I think this may be the most aromatic beer I have had to date. Vanilla and cherry up front. Some oak and spiciness in the background.

T: Tart cherries and currants take the forefront here. Some oak and spices (cinnamon maybe?) are present as well.

M: Medium/full bodied brew with a clean finish. The finish is surprising considering how sour this is, after a second or two its like it was never there.

D: I will admit I am not a fan of the style but had to try this due to the hype. The sourness was a shock at first; however, after a few sips it all came together and I could easily see how fans of sours could crush this and beg for more.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 04:21:02 | More by alli4051
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,424 ratings.