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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3943
Reviews: 1278
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%


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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2005)
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gooch10186

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. If you have had Santification or Consecration this beer is similar but way better than both. If you have the money buy at least one and enjoy. I paid 17 per bottle from Pinnochios Beer Garden in Media, PA. Well worth the buy. I offered to a friend of mine who hates all craft beers because he is not open to the "big" taste but he was blown away by this one!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 04:03:45 | More by gooch10186
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actone2001

California

4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 00:50:38 | More by actone2001
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stealth

Minnesota

4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 04x03, enjoyed recently.

What a beer. It's nearly the perfect sour. Sour cherries and brett funk dominate the aroma. The taste is so complex. Sour cherries. Tartness. Sourness. Oak. Mouth watering. Red Sour Patch Kids, liquified. It was a real challenge for me to work through a bottle of Supplication. It is so good, but it made my mouth work too damn hard. Too much salivating and puckering. That can be taken as a tongue-in-cheek compliment, but it is also its only detracting quality. I can't sit and drink bottle after bottle of this. My mouth would. not. survive.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 12:20:11 | More by stealth
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not following regular format here:

FUNK, Pinot, dry grassiness, puckingly sour but not overly so. Acidic. I've had Beatification and I'm not sure it's better, just different. They are equally as good. One is just rarer than the other.

I've had a decent amount of Belgian examples of the style and this trumphs most but weird as it may be, I prefer this to most Krieks. Also, let it be known I've never had a Cantillon Beer so please take this fact into account...

Everything I look for in a sour with cherries added is right freaking here.

Dry, and semi grassy finish allows for this one to be more drinkabe than any other representation of the style I've had but that doesn't neccessarily mean best.

Near perfect beer. Well Done RRBC.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 01:53:21 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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caseyscarb


4.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Russian River Supplication Barrel Aged Sour

From the get go this beer is impressive. After popping the cork you see a beautiful deep amber cherry color, with a nice creamy pinkish-white head, and as the bubbles rise, the sediment cascades downward like a snowglobe.

On the nose I get the soft, yet complex smell of pinot as well as acidic cherry.

The first drink is sure to shock the palate a bit, however thereafter they are received much easier.

The taste is briefly a soft fruit flavor with lemon, followed by the tart punch from the brettanomyces in which you get several flavor profiles of bitter, acidic and sour cherry, and it then begins to fade abruptly into an impressively long and complex after taste that has a floral essence and leaves an oaky mouth feel that ties the whole thing together quick wonderfully.

Overall this was very great well crafted and enjoyable beer.
I guess if I were to find a negative it would be in the price, while I fully expect a barrel aged beer of this quality to cost a bit more, I still felt this was at least $2-$3 dollars over priced for such a small quantity.
But then again maybe not.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2013 08:07:26 | More by caseyscarb
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

4.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Aw yea, straight deliciousness right here. Poured a deep ruby with a frothly head that subsided quickly. Smells of fruity cherries, barnyard/hay, funk, and tart cherries. Taste shines right with the smell with a glorious burst of dark cherry, morphing into tart cherry, then transforming into a beautiful barnyard funk, with some horseblanket and hay, followed by wet dirt (think moist turned up soil), and light lactic sourness. Mouthfeel is spot on, bracing carbonation that carries the flavors around without being too abrasive. Must buy, must try for the sour fan.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 23:03:34 | More by taylor714914
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macher0

Kentucky

4.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow I'm excited.

Thanks to Jake_ramrod for the share.

A. Bright amber. Translucent. Poured minimal head that retreats to a fine rim.

S. Tart. Sour fruits of cherries, apples, grapes, and persimmon. Sour bacteria. Neutral oak. Clean and crisp.

T. Super tart. Follows the nose with sour fruit, light malts, sour yeast, and bretts.

M. Crisp and clean. Extremely smooth to the 3rd degree. Low carbonation. Light body.

O. This lives up to the hype. I would go to great lengths for this again. It's way sour but in an excellent way. Super clean. One of the best sours brewed in the U.S.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 02:55:05 | More by macher0
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francisweizen

Arizona

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

750ml bottle, test batch #1.

Dark orangeish/red with a nice head of light beige/tan foam that dies kind of quickly, but is easily revitalized by swirling my oversized wine glass. Some lace is present as well and it is quite sticky and leaves some interesting patterns. The aromas are all brett, lacto, and sour cherry/oaky funk. Beautiful. The taste is a beautiful blend of funk, oak, cherries, acidic notes, and more. The mouthfeel is super creamy, smooth, and this beautiful brew just slides down ones throat. Drinkability is perfect as well. This is similar yet different than Alexander Rodenbach, but man this stuff is probably better! Just a brilliant Flemish red sort of hybrid oaky cherry brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2005 19:15:22 | More by francisweizen
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LuckySevens82

Florida

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

12.7 oz bottle purchased by way of skyhand (thanks again kim for sending me this stuff). Very cool looking bottle.
Pours a bit orange with a rosy hue. Head is small, well defined, and dense, but alas quickly vanishes into a nice crown of lacing and a spiffy off-white collar.
Smell is...well, exceptional doesn't begin to describe it. Faint sour cherries lag in the background and are enveloped by an inviting woody aroma. The typical brett funk is there, but is undercut both by the wood, and the exceptionally wine-like character of the nose. As usual with this type of beer, there is some mustiness to smell, but also with this type of beer I look for it (as well as look forward to it).
Taste is sour cherries up front, followed by a bit of lactic tartness. There it somehow trails off and slowly the oak flavors, pinot grapes, slight hop bitterness creep onto the palate as well as a resurgence of the slight twang of wild tartness and cherry flavors. An extremely complex beer. I've never experienced a beer where the flavor comes in waves rather than all at once. It's not very hard to discern the individual flavors of this beer, but it sure is hard trying to place them all. Alcohol is present as this one slowly is sent down the throat.
Mouthfeel...outstanding. Carbonation is perfect, mouthfeel is just what I want in a beer like this, not something that sticks around forever, but something that stays around long enough to enjoy fully.
Overall. The only reason that this beer isn't straight 5s is due to the fact the flavors are very strong in this and quite simply, I couldn't have more than one in a single sitting. Apart from that though, I don't see much fault in this beer at all. I kind of consider myself lucky to have been able to try it. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 01:22:24 | More by LuckySevens82
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Dukeofearl

California

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

I have had 2 opportunities to try this beer in the last week (once in a great beach bar, and the other in the comfort of my home), and so this review is a mix of both opportunities. In the bar, it was served at perfect temperature, at home I was too impatient and it was too cold when I served it.

Pours a slightly hazy orange-red with minimal head when cold, but a nice off-white head when poured in a Damnation chalice.

Aroma is full, slightly sour, with a wonderful cherry-dark berry overtones. Wood. Complex.

Flavor takes the aroma and runs with it. Tart cherries. Sharp and overly sour when cold, but balances nicely when closer to cellar temperature. It becomes more mellow, cherries more fruity, edges removed from sourness, wood notes more pleasant. Oh, my this is wonderful.

Mouthfeel is rich, but not in the Tripel/Quadrupel way, but just because it sits in the mouth so happy. Dry but more complex than that. And it is so drinkable I thought there was a hole in the bottom of my glass.

One of the best I've had in a long time.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2005 00:09:48 | More by Dukeofearl
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studentofbeer

California

4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. batch 001. poured a pretty, super clear red/orange mahagony color with no head whatsoever. this was just a few degrees below room temp.

aroma is yeasty, deep cherry, berries, dried apricot aroma, combined with complex earthy, barnyard and brett aromas. very inviting.

wow, great penetrating sour taste hits the tongue. didn't pick all that up in the aroma. super dry, with sour cherry, bitter lemon, sweet berry, cassis. tons of minerality and acidity. carbonated and zippy, but smooth like a fine champagne. finishes with a slightly bitter, funky barnyard note.

basically, an amazing beer. i wish i had a case of this stuff, and that this was a 750ml bottle. i don't know how long ive been hiding it in the cold (at least a year, maybe two), but it's perfectly balanced and wonderfully complex. perfect as an apparatif or with food.

combines the best complexity of a lambic with a friendly fruity flavor and a minerality reminiscent of great champagne.

near the end of the beer i swirled the tiny bit left in the bottle and poured the yeast in, creating a murky orange color. surprisingly, more of the cherry sweetness came out in both the aroma and taste. the beer became softer and creamier. this was not what i was expecting. good, but i prefer it without the yeast because of its racy, sour characteristics (even tho many beers i prefer adding the yeasties).

this was truly a perfect pairing with a thick cut pork chop with a sweet and sour pan sauce (sweet vermouth, smoked bacon, shallots, plum tomato, butter, etc.), some roasted yams and a salad. just amazing.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2006 04:35:01 | More by studentofbeer
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rallison

California

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

Served initially at under cellar temp into my wonderful Delirium Tremens glass, but consumed over the course of an hour.

A: Beautiful medium red color with a hint of brown topped off by a 1 finger off-white head that leaves just a bit of lacing.

S: Smell is mostly of tart cherries, but with a certain mellowness. Has some woody notes too. Upon warming, it has an almost musty (in a good way) port wine sort of note. Wonderful.

T: Initial taste is of tart cherries. Subsequently, there is some sweetness in the background - maybe some raspberry and woody flavors. As it warms more, the cherries retreat some to let the sweter malts come through. A raspberry-like sweetness is definitely there (and no, not in an artificial way at all). Oh man. This just keeps getting better! The cherry tartness now just peeks out ever so delicately at the end. I've never tasted such a delicate wild ale involving cherries before! Just a bit of earthy funkiness too. Think delicate raspberries with a dash of vanilla and cocoa, followed by a perfectly balanced cherry tartness. The taste of this beer is practically perfect. I don't award many 5s here, but this beer, this divine nectar, is definitely deserving.

M: Coats all of the mouth ever so well with flavor with a medium body and an almost smooth, rich finish. I say this while also acknowledging a quick, sharp bite at the end from the cherries.

D: One of the most drinkable wild ales of this sort. While I enjoy a Duchesse on occasion, this I consider far more drinkable. For the style, I have to give this a 5 for drinkability.

Highly recommended. Truly masterfully crafted. This is a beer you give to someone who says all beer tastes the same. One taste and they'll beg forgiveness for spouting off such crazy fallacies.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 06:29:36 | More by rallison
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mynie

Indiana

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

Batch 002.

Awful nice pour. Incarnadine, light specks of yeast floating upward against a cascade of champagne bubbles. Bigass, sticky white head.

Smells of very sweet malt--almost a little rye, if that doesn't seem too odd--along with chewy french bread and fresh, tart black cherries. Smells like candies, pie, and beer.

Tastes amazing! Belgiany yeast, europsice, and cherry juice dance all around each other all throughout as it the beer starts tart, moves into a dryer, sweeter middle, and ends on a kick of candy sour. The flavors blend so well! It's like some sort of candy syrup only it's not so sickeningly sweet as most candies.

Absolutely fantastic. Blows away any other sour beer I've had. Amazing. The first beer I've had from Russian River and already I am absolutely in love with this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 02:47:34 | More by mynie
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bosco7

Pennsylvania

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

Batch #002. Poured in a tulip at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

Burnt redish brown color with a thin yet creamy head. Perfect clarity.

Rose, lemon, cherry,yeast, acetic, floral perfume and sour grape in the nose.

Lots of vinous character in the start. Sour cherries, lemon, toasted almond, and slight yeasty earthiness. This is intensely sour and bone dry- in the best way. Tastes so good. Amazing.

Crisp yet smooth mouthfeel coupled with the refreshing sourness make this beer highly drinkable. Probably my favorite RR sour ale, maybe even my favorite sour ale. If you can find this, consider yourself lucky, and do the right thing and buy it. I spent 18 dollars on the 375 mL bottle and feel that it was well worth it. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 21:23:17 | More by bosco7
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

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

Thanks to JDV for this bottle, batch 003. Poured into a dogfish head signature glass.

The beer pours a muddy/ruby red with a one finger off-white head. The beer is very carbonated and looks very appealing.

The smell is all tart/sour cherries with a little malt in the background. There is definitely some funk in the background, nothing extreme, but a nice earthy funk that blends with the slight oak barrel scent under all that tart cherry.

The smell is sour cherry followed by some more sour cherry!! What an awesome wave of sour, bordering on bitter, flavors. The sweetness from the brown ale along with the slight oakiness come through to balance the tart cherry at the end, but that is very minimal.

The mouthfeel of the beer is perfect for the style, it is well carbonated, dry and crisp. This is a beer that I wish I had multiple bottles of, and something I would like to drink all the time for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 16:37:18 | More by rpstevens
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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

Sampled on draft at the brewpub in Santa Rosa.

Pours a deep dark cherry red mahogany color which is pretty cloudy and completely opaque. Frothy 1.5 finger off white head with pretty good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves streaks of soapy lacing behind.

I could smell this beer coming my way from across the room. Lots of eRthy brettu funk with a pro
inent barnyard horseblanlet character in the nose. Very vinous with lots of dark fruit balancing out the brett, especially sour dark cherry, grape, plum and raisin.

Funky tart Pickering mouthfeel that isn't acidic in the least bit. Perfect balance of brettu funky sourness, slight malt and sweet dark fruit notes. Lots of spur dark cherrry, vinous grape, raisin and plum. The tart curries really come through and make this beer amazing well balanced and quaffable. The ABV is nearly undetectable and there is a slightly vinegary Pickering aftertaste that leaves me salivating for another gulp. I love this damn beer and am so excited to try it on tap. This further cents my opinion that Russian River is the best brewery on the planet. Sek tuis beer out at any cost, especially on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2010 08:06:30 | More by corby112
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jdklks

Nevada

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

The best sour I've ever had. Pours a dark orange/light brown that turns golden at the edges in the light. A nice tan head that sticks around for much longer than one would expect, but does eventually disappear. The smell is fantastic... So complex. Sweet sweet dark fruits: lots of cherry and plum along with figs and currants. a great oakiness to compliment the brett smell that is so overwhelmingly awesome. I find it hard to really get a grip on everything that eminates from a glass of supplication.

The flavor is equally phenomenal. Everything from the aroma is there in a big way. Lots of oak and cherries up front to start off sweet, and then it moves into the more subtle fruit flavors with the plum and figs. Raisins are even perceptible. Some alcohol to go along with the beautiful tartness in the finish and sweet sweet aftertaste that keeps you reaching for so much more. Just a really, super complex, ridiculously well made beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and wonderful with, of course, excessive carbonation. The drinkability is as good as any sour out there.

This beer brings tears to my eyes. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2010 07:40:57 | More by jdklks
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MisterClean

California

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

375 thanks to Duffman069, ooh yeah!

A - Light to solid copper, off white foam, dissipates slow, and leaves little to no lacing. Slightly carbonated.

S - Lacto, brett, honey, and light bitterin hops.

T - Can I marry this beer? Same as the smell, but with funk in the yeast and very smooth tasting.

M - Moderate bodied, malt and bacteria dominated, oh so good. Very sweet and smooth finish.

D - This is the most perfect sour I've had to date. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 03:23:56 | More by MisterClean
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SaisonInTheAbyss

California

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

poured into a chimay goblet.

a- pours a nice deep bronze. The beer is a little hazy and the head stayed about a half inch thick throughout.

s- smell of slight brett funk, oak, and dark cherries. Very inviting, and hard to stop sniffing.

t- a very dry, oaky ale taste up front, followed by a sour cherry tang on the back corners of the mouth.The complexity of flavors work so well together. The whole tongue is needed to taste this beer.

m- champagne-like carbonation, The dryness really leaves you wanting more.

d- I could drink this all day, every day. It's a shame it's seasonal (as well as a little pricy) because these are the only things keeping me from doing so.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 22:50:27 | More by SaisonInTheAbyss
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tturaiders

Colorado

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

Appearance - Reddish honey copper hue with a nice white head on it. The lacing is really nice as the head recedes.

Smell - Strong scents of green apple, cherries, and an overall sour fruit aroma. You can pick up on a slight oak note as well.

Taste - Amazing sourness. Reminds me of a Warhead candy. Lots of intense sour cherries, green apple, lemon, and the end has a nice earthy balance that makes your mouth water.

Mouthfeel - Very good carbonation. It has the "pickle-effect" that makes your mouth continue to water long after you've had a drink.

Drinkability - It's very smooth considering the sourness. The acidity and carbonation help balance it out and make it a smooth drink amid the sour fruit flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 05:04:02 | More by tturaiders
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cbutova

Massachusetts

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

On-tap at TJs yesterday in PA for Pliny The Younger and Friends, reviewed from notes. This beer was a life changer for me. I have had a decent amount of sours but nothing that remotely compared to this one. I think I may become addicted to sours in the next months just because I have always enjoyed very sour foods. Anyways... Served in a large flute like glass. Pours like wine with not much head or lace but a pretty awesome looking orange-copper color. The smell is nice. The lambic-like sour/funk notes are there with oak and cherries. Wine notes come through and also grapes. This balance became more evident as the beer warmed up and I fell in love with it. The taste of this beer was the real life changer for me. Very smooth. Starts out with an absolutely fantastic amount of sour fruits. The wine notes hit me soon after. The aftertaste is what really killed me, out of this world. From the time I swallowed the beer to a few minutes after the taste of cherries just grew on my tongue. Eventually it just tasted like a mouthful of fresh cherries (mind you there hasn't been beer in my mouth for a minute now). The oak and grape notes only add to a flavor that really needs no assistance. God.. the cherries are so good. Mouthfeel is suitable and enhances the beer for me. The body is moderate and nice and creamy. The sour makes my cheeks pinch but I like it. A coat of fruit sour, grapes and cherries stays on the tongue for a long, long time. Do I have to explain the Drinkability? The taste was perfect for the whole glass, the price was great. I will never view sour beers the same after this and will have a new standard to judge them to. I can only hope to have this beer again sometime in my life.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2010 02:07:00 | More by cbutova
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pnkRed

Virginia

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

When I poured it into my tulip glass the active carbonation danced and propped up a frothy head. I expected the added cherries would have the overly sweetened bar cherry flavor. This is not the case. The cherries taste just as natural as if I had picked them from the tree myself, and the wood from the oak barrel aging adds a layer of complexity to the flavor that's just right. What is most interesting about this beer, and what I enjoyed the most was the sourness of it. When you finish your sip the tartness begs you to take another and leaves your mouth watering for more.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 02:08:20 | More by pnkRed
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cpone

New York

4.88/5  rDev +7%
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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pastradul

California

4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is another one that several of us were looking forward to opening. Upon opening the bottle there was a nice POP from pulling the cork and the aroma of sour cherries and sour fruit fill your nose and make you want to pucker up a little. Pours a brilliant red with good carbonation and a mild light pink head. The initial taste is that of strong sour fruit and it lingers for a while before living the mouth. Takes you back to the days of sucking on sour worms and war heads until you tongue was sore. Liquid candy was how many people described it. This beer is a solid 5.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 16:11:39 | More by pastradul
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Foxman

New Jersey

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

It pours a hazy amber brown with a fat finger of creamy light tan head. Tongues of lacing lick the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, the yeast is a force, with a barnyard straw element that yields...well, funk. Lemony tart grain, Bretty sourness, and leather keeps things down to earth.

Upon sipping, a tangy grain flavor is sweet and bolstered by molasses. Sour lemon and pie cherries snug up through the center, along with wet oak and a hint of vanilla. A touch of vinous grapes join with a broader and more vague overall fruitiness as a light blush of alcohol warms the palate. The sourness is countermanded by an equal residual sweetness that leads to a puckering, peppery finish, complete with a gritty crispness and even a hint of coconut. This is simply a tremendous yeasty display of sweet and sour dueling with the best parts of earth and its grains.

Medium bodied, it has a lithe creaminess that intrigues as the glowing dryness puckers the mouth for some time indeed.

No, it is not the beer for every drinker, but if this is what you crave, then it will give up its bounty with glee and make you among the happiest imbibers out there. It's balanced on a knife's edge between the sweet and the sour, with the earthy goodness that damp, fertile soil of a barnyard will provide you. It has a manageable ABV, and it drinks as though it were devoid of anything that would caution you to have a care. Not only do I appreciate the style, I appreciate everything it entails. It's beers like this that make it oh so easy to do exactly that.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2010 18:05:49 | More by Foxman
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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