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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,570
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,099
Gots: 1,372 | FT: 90
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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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Cavery

California

4.8/5  rDev +5%

375ml poured conservatively into Lost Abbey Tulip

Brew was shared with Klym, the consumer of all liquids.

Reviewed from notes, an artifact of a legendary weekend session.

A: Reddish pumpkin with a deep maple syrup presence. Very cola looking with a strong two finger hyper-sizzlin head. Tufts of sea-foam whiteness peak into mountains where the sides recede to form clouds around the foamy summit. Beautiful beer!

S: Big tart yeast with cherry and craisins. Pickle juice consumes the berries and then blends them to form a very sweet red wine vinegar. This whiff makes me salivate uncontrollably. Let's drink already!

T: Lime juice that crashes into pickle juice, a late middle of yellow squash. Strong cranberry/cherry tartness that subsides into a bright red wine vinegar. Incredibly consistent phases of -- nay, a royal procession of flavor. Top tier.

M: A great everlasting sizzle of a mouth. It has a real punch to follow the super clean flavor and mouth. The different elements come together in an air tight collaboration. I salivate from the smell, the taste, and in the memory. I held back tears when my glass emptied too soon. A fantastic wild ale; with a high end cocktail party mouth to boot.

O: There's a lot to say about this beer, but really it's just so well made. The wood does this brew a real honor by taking would could be seen as too bretty/tart/sweet, and making it a refined offering. All the flavors are in check, but they aren't exactly conservative either. I'd love to hear what a master's palate would say of this one, because I think there's far more in there than a laymen can give credit for. I'd come back to this one after more "education".

06-22-2011 04:23:46 | More by Cavery
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czechsaaz

Washington

4.8/5  rDev +5%

Batch 001. Poured at cellar Temp.

Aroma is very complex, Brett initially, some estery yeast character, malt and just a hint of fruit. Color is somewhere between amber and red. A little cloudy. Small but persistant head.

Initial flavor is fine sour cherry juice. Mid-palate, Brett takes over giving a tart and refreshing impression. There's a substantial caramel malt aftertaste. Further tasting includes nice oak and red-wine like flavors. No one of these flavors is dominant. They all combine to make-up an incredibly complex mixture.

Medium to full bodied. Fine evervescent carbonation. Creamy, not warming. Very pleasant to drink.

Really nice beer. Picked up a few extras to cellar. Wondering how the fruit will change as it's pretty subtle now. May fade entirely.

09-26-2005 21:33:54 | More by czechsaaz
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Sideswipe

California

4.8/5  rDev +5%

Batch 006x1

A- Hazy, reddish brown color with a finger of beige head.

S- Sour cherries and oak.

T- Wow! Mouth puckering, super tart, sour cherries at the start. Oak, acetic vinegar, and brett follow and the beer finishes with an astringent, lingering tart, sour cherry aftertaste. Exquisite!

M- Feel is medium with an effervescent level of carbonation which works perfectly here.

O- An amazing beer from Russian River. The super tart cherry flavors and prickly carbonation make this a joy to drink. Possibly my favorite sour from RR.

09-12-2011 06:00:17 | More by Sideswipe
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MrDanno96

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +5%

This was one of the highlights of EBF 2010 for me.

A: Pours a bright golden yellow with lots of carbonation bubbles flying to the surface. A smallish white head sits atop the brew for the majority of the experience. Not much in the way of lacing.

S: As with most sours, I have trouble picking out individual aromas from this. The typical "sour" aroma from the wild yeast and bacteria is of course present. This is balanced by some sweet aromas. Apple is my best guess, mixed with perhaps some white grapes. I don't really get any cherry on the nose.

T: Truly a pleasure to drink. Sour apple dominates the flavor and great balance is achieved between the sweet fruit and sour funk/wild yeast. Each sip brings me to the brink of puckering, but touches of sweetness always prevent me from going over the edge. White grapes and pear can also be found in the flavor.

M: Light with a nice dry finish. Just like it should be.

D: I could drink this all day... and I did! Russian River seemed to have an endless supply of this stuff during both NoTB and session one. I came back from multiple samples :)

02-23-2010 05:10:55 | More by MrDanno96
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +5%

375 ml, Batch 4

Beer received in trade courtesy of khumbard- thanks for a great trade!

A: beer appears a hazy dark orangeish/red with a thin white head. Leaves sticky lacing and has decent head retention.

S: huge notes of acid and oak up front, tartness from the lactobacillus, notes of funk and brett come through at the end. The brett is nicely balanced with the oak and lactic character. Some notes of cherries and vanilla in there as well.

T: as the beer rushes past all of the taste buds, there is an initial puckering from the acidty while notes of oak, vanilla make an appearance as well. Like the nose, there is a mild brett character mid palate and a nice tart cherry finish. The finish leaves the palate begging for more. Very well balanced sour!

MF: high carbonation, light body, crisp and refreshing

D: this is an all around great sour.. you have the nice big puckering qualities paired perfectly with cherries and just enough brett to really keep things interesting.

11-05-2010 05:41:42 | More by homebrew311
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flipper2gv

Quebec (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +5%

Mad thanks to nickd717 for this beer I've been waiting ages to try.

Batch 006

A: Pours a perfectly translucent reddish-orange color with a good amount of off white head. Head looks creamy, retention is good and lacing is really good.

S: WOW! This is complex! The brett are more than evident in the smell with all the musky notes associated with it (horse blanket among others) as well as a lactic acidity (thanks to the bacteria used). Vinous and oaky notes are very present thanks to the Pinot noir aging. Some red wine vinegar. The cherries are also very evident in the smell as well as the tartness you'd expect with a wild ale. Vanilla and lemon zest are in this, but not as much in the front than the other smells. Somewhat comparable to a very fresh bottle of Duchesse de Bourgogne (less vinegar). As it warms up, the malt base really came out with some caramel.

T: Dayum, this is really really sour. As it enters the mouth, you're attacked by the puckering acidity. The cherries are more present than in the smell and blends perfectly with a less strong taste of horse blanket than expected from the smell. Again, this is quite vinous and the oak tannins make it even more evident of the use of wine barrels. Very tart (d'uh!). The vanilla and lemon zest are still there, but there is also lemon juice (and a LOT of it). As it warms up, the malt base came forward more with some sweetness.

M: Light body with medium carbonation. Nowhere as light and fluffy as the Cantillon offerings (that I thought was the perfect fit for the dryness of the beer and its acidity), but still is a decent fit for the beer.

O: This beer packs a punch. Sour noobs be aware this is EXTREMELY sour. Very drinkable and perfectly balanced between the fruits, the acidity, the funkyness. This is an exceptional offering from Russian River, definitely one of my favorite beers of all time.

03-21-2011 20:43:45 | More by flipper2gv
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palma

New York

4.8/5  rDev +5%

Batch 06x2.

Shockingly gorgeous burnt amber color. Very surprised as I poured. Red hues almost glowing. very frothy and active white head. Not thick or creamy looking however. More of a bubbly randomness about a half millimeter thick floating atop.

Aroma is funk as expected. barnyard, hay, grass, dark fruit comes through very slightly. some fusal alcohol. Cleaner than expected. thought there would be some more fruit in the aroma.

Taste starts slightly sweet but quickly sours. mouth watering puckerness. Sour cherries, white grapes, lemon rind. Salt. Oak and some very mild nuttiness. You can almost taste a charred wooden barrel if you look for it.
Dry finish keeps calling you back. Savory sourness also contributes to the drinkability. Just an awesome complex flavor to this beer. Excellent.

Probably my favorite beer from russian river. And up there in the top 5 beers of all time for me.

This beer is definately worth the 18 bucks I paid for a small 375 ml bottle.

06-11-2011 05:09:45 | More by palma
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chumba526

Oregon

4.8/5  rDev +5%

Appears a light brown/amber color with a fairly thick white head.

Smells like tart cherries there is also a sweet floral aroma. A damp wood smell and citrus smell is noticeable. The smell is very complex and is loaded with some many different smells it hard to note them all.

Tastes at first of tart cherries with a tad bit of a lemon rind taste. It progresses to a wood like flavor and a bit of cherry sweetness. There are musty and funky overtones. There are a lot of complex flavors mingling in this. It is very sour but has other flavors present as well.

Often times I find sour ales to be one dimensional but this ale has a lot of stuff going on. This is the best sour I have had. The carbonation is moderate low and light.

This is a really easy beer to drink and is flavorful but it did wreck my palate. This is deserving of the hype it has.

07-05-2010 16:40:54 | More by chumba526
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uturn

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +5%

375ml caged and corked bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens glass. (you just got to love those pink elephants)

This is Batch 04×4.

A: This bottle opened with a champagne like "pop". It poured a reddish light brown with a small fluffy head on my slow pour to avoid any yeast in my 1st fill of the glass.

S: The nose was slightly funky with some sour cherries.

T: The taste was well... amazing. You first get hit with a mild puckering tartness followed with delicious sour cherries, and then I picked up some oak and maybe a tad of the pinot. As for the Brown Ale, well I couldn't tell what the base beer was if I wasn't told.

M & D: This beer is extremely refreshing for a tart/sour beer and the mouth feel was well... mixed with a tongue twisting tartness and had a massaging action from the medium level of carbonation.

I am a huge fan of Lambics, Gueuze and Wild Ales and Supplication is, if not the top, very close to the top of my list of all time favorites in those styles. This brew should age very well over the next 3-5 years, so I'm glad I have a few more bottles.

08-10-2010 22:14:20 | More by uturn
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.8/5  rDev +5%

Pours a lightly ambered color with a finger of head over top that falls to a healthy cover over top. Clarity is moderate, with a bit of haze and without apparent carbonation. Good looker. Nose is excellent, with moderate sourness, with a very solid backing of cherry. Its not biting, but very inviting. Almost a touch of acetone-like aromas that I associate with sour browns. Flavor is very nice, mildly sour, moving towards a very smooth cherry fruityness, finishing with a light tartness. Aftertaste is very solid sour cherry that lingers well in to the finish, enticing me to drink more and more of this beer. Very nice balance between fruit flavor and sour tinge. A mild sourness hangs on the sides of my tongue into the finish as well. Very excellent. Feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. It doesn't interfere with the flavor while having enough carbonation to make it lively. Drinkability is awesome. No hint of the alcohol at all in this one. Its smooth and enjoyable while having a prominent sour character. The fruityness is excellent, and compliments the base beer excellently. Well worth the wait.

04-20-2006 00:04:02 | More by kmpitz2
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +5%

Batch 04X3

Opens with a huge pop of the cork and then some foam works it's way out. The pour reveals a nearly clear, light mahogany with a 1-finger, off-white head that hangs around for a short while before devolving into a cover leaving a short ring of wet lace.

The smell is a pleasant aroma of sour cherry and yeasty goodness. The wine from the barrels also makes it's presence known.

The taste is tart (but not quite puckering) cherries, the oak from the barrels stands out as well. The Brett adds funk to the many things happening with this delicious beer.

Mouthfeel is medium tending to full and quite dry with lingering moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a very well-made beer that I'd like to have more of if the price was right. Most of the elements in this beer tend to balance themselves out so that nothing is particularly overwhelming except that the sourness is always there. It does deserve to be priced higher than many other beers - considering the effort put into it. Any sour lover could hardly do better than this one. It's worth the effort to obtain one and I look forward to it's next arrival in Philly.

06-25-2011 20:24:25 | More by meatyard
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magictacosinus

California

4.8/5  rDev +5%

Poured into a wine glass from a 375ml bottle. Label states it was bottled on "08/27/12."

What a beautiful color this is! Reminds me very vividly of the Cantillon kriek I got to luckily try when I lived in Europe. Because it's a brown ale rather than traditionally a wheat ale, there's a darkened overtone that surrounds the reddish-plumb color. Reflected in the light, delightful amber orange shades reveal themselves. Tiny bubbles of carbonation rise in droves at the sides of the glass, but this is as clear as these Lambic-style beers can get. Jewel-like in appearance, and even with yeast added in, any cloudiness it gains gives it the appearance of an aged, refined beer. Perfection.

The smell is quite tart - not as much as actual Lambics I've had before, but often reminiscing them in full form. The Brettanomyces phenols are not as overpowering as I'd expect, yet at the same time the elements seem to come together in full form here. The woodiness from the Pinot Noir barrels come in droves, but the lemon rind and apple/pear/cherry tart achieved by the Brett strands and cherries are wholly fantastic. It may not be overpoweringly tart overall, but there's barely anything here that resembles beer, which is always a fascinating experience.

The flavor is spot on to tart-like sours, and every sip brings me back to my favorite takes on the beer style. The initial taste is consists of citrus, slight wine-like fruity characteristics, as well as a smooth yet flavorful cherry finish. The sour tart finish is awesome, and the yeast seems to crawl all over the palate with each gulp. The alcohol becomes finally a bit present here, and adds sweetness, but it is the sour flavors that win here completely. The beer is characteristically dry, but the the finish is refreshing in part of the fruits and yeasty finish.

What a beautiful concoction that Russian River has once again delivered. Words cannot recommend this more. It's really complex, but all the flavors meld together that it is really balanced. It's not too yeasty yet nicely sour, not too malty yet quite thickened, not too fruity yet deliciously tart overall. Will be trying more of these wild ales from RR in future for sure.

12-28-2012 03:28:13 | More by magictacosinus
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +5%

Poured from a Magnum bottle (thanks to Ray and Cornelia) this ale is a murky, dirty apricot color with a frothy off white head that leaves delicate patterns of lace.

The aroma is a mouthwatering melange of sweet/tart cherries, rotting pit fruit, vanilla and oak, light spice, and something that is just impossible to put into words. The wild yeast really works a strange kind of beer magic here.

The flavor first strikes you as tart, cidery, and lightly acidic. Warmpth brings out a sweet and sour fresh cherry note with hints of almond and pear. The layers of oak and vanilla add a not so subtle complexity that is heightened by the funky yeast that is both rustic and farmy. Definately has Flemish Red Ale qualities but is in a league all of it's own.

Body is very smooth and buttery, with a soft, creamy texture and amazing drinkability. Another superb product from a brewer that is quickly becoming one of my all-time favorites.

05-27-2006 21:40:12 | More by AlexJ
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djbreezy

Washington

4.8/5  rDev +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

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

California

4.8/5  rDev +5%

Draft, Toronado, 2007 Vintage. This beer certainly changed over the course of 2-3 years. There's very little head. The sourness is considerably amped up. It almost drowned out the malt complexity for me. Those sour cherries are very punchy. It gets almost difficult to drink by the end, but it's a delicious torture. Wonderful beer and I would be very interested to see further changes over time.

02-10-2010 23:46:03 | More by popery
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.79/5  rDev +4.8%

Served on tap at the brewery (had bottled as well) in a sniffer

A - Cherry ruby with a 1 finger rose bubbly head with good retention and excellent lacing.

S - Cherries, apricots, pino wine.

T - Such a rich experience. The fruit in the beer lighten the whole affair while the casking flavors deep complex tannins, funky yeast, sourness, and a bit of bready bitter just rock the palate. Great combo of complex wild ale and wine flavors.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, chewy, sticky.

O - Got to be my favorite wild ale in the country at the moment. Could drink this every day.

07-07-2012 17:40:57 | More by williamjbauer
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EliotRosewater

California

4.79/5  rDev +4.8%

Bottled on 4/11/13. Drunk on 6/16/13.

A - gorgeous ruby, copper color. Different hues are picked up when looked at in different lights. Little head and lacing.

S - sweet mother of cherries. Straight up morello cherries all over the hizzy. The usual sour/lambic aromas are present (vinegar, barnyard funk, acidic wine), but it's the cherries that comes through and sets this apart.

T - boom. Cherries, mang. Tart, puckering vinegary, wine, Pinot, gruner veltliner (comes to mind), oak is there but a little hidden.

M - refreshing, crisp, light champagne-like effervescence. Great lingering finish. For me, not overly sour but perfectly tart.

O - my first time trying Supplication and I really wanted to try it "fresh". Not sure how it will age but the cherries just come blasting through. From my limited experience, this doesn't quite drink like a traditional kriek. It seemingly has its own identity that simply relies on cherries (as well as the funky bacteria, oak, Pinot). So distinct and special.

06-17-2013 03:34:17 | More by EliotRosewater
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RaulMondesi

California

4.79/5  rDev +4.8%

Raul is up in it at Haven's 4th anniversary in Orange, CA and he is feelin' it hard with a Supplication. And to think that this 90 degree heat is melting Raul; no no no, it's the Supplication. Beyonce one said, "life is but a dream;" and if that dream were Raul's, it would be filled with Supplication. Not overly sweet, not syrupy, just clean and smooth like, well, Supplication.

Yep!

09-05-2013 00:35:18 | More by RaulMondesi
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WiscoBrewsco

Wisconsin

4.79/5  rDev +4.8%

Appearance - Blood red with lots of carbonation very little head

Smell - Sweet cherries and a touch of wood smell. Definitely picking up the wild yeasts as well

Taste - Puckering wild tartness, this one takes you for a ride. The sweet rich cherries dance around your mouth as the wild yeasts make tartness abundant. It bites at your tongue all the way down and leaves a wheat like yeast flavor to linger for just a second before being taken back over by the cherries again and leaves your mouth salivating for more. Great stuff

Mouthfeel - Very carbonated and fairly thin but right in line with a sour

Overall - This is one of the best sours I have ever had and once again Russian River hits a home run on sours. I for one will always look to try any sour beer that Vinnie and the team put out as they are always fantastic. My hats off once again

12-11-2012 04:51:15 | More by WiscoBrewsco
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%

375ml brown mini-magnum with "Batch Number 001" on the label.

A- Hazed orange amber with a showing of active carbonation, awesome lacing ... it literally sticks every where.

S- Tartness of a lambic but clean like an American ale. Well maybe not totally clean as there is a mild cellar / barn yard character from the wild yeast in the aroma. I can barely pick out the sour cherries in the aroma as the wood blankets the nose. Fruit cake?

T- A thick layer of bready malt runs up against a solid tartness, both don't collide yet they meld together. Big wild yeast flare with a weathered hop bite in the middle. Big snap of tartness flows with a mild sweetness from the cherries and malt. The woodiness is more of back ground character yet adds more complexity to the brew than anything else IMO. More tartness and a growing woody dryness in the finish.

M- Creamy with a bitty wood bite that leads to a dry palate.

D- So easy to quaff that I struggled to savor every drop.

By far the best American beer I have had this year, It is beers like this that inspire and show where modern American brewers can go ... there are no boundaries.

06-29-2005 02:04:43 | More by Jason
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

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

Indiana

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured from 375ml bottle into Bordeaux wine glass.
Batch 006x1

Aroma: A mix of lemony tartness and cherry sweetness, with an underlying funky barnyard note. Cherry sweetness, accompanied by a vanilla character, comes to the forefront as beer warms and opens up.

Appearance: One finger off-white head disappears somewhat quickly (but then again, this is not a style known for dense, pillowy heads of foam). The body of the beer has a beautiful clear deep reddish-brown "sun tea"-like color.

Flavor: Prominent, lip-smacking rhubarb-like tartness, which lingers through the finish. Tart red cherry, accompanied by green apple skin, and a light wild earthiness appear toward the end. At no point does bitterness appear through the clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Slight sting from the medium-high carbonation. Medium-low body. Mouth waters from delicious tartness.

Overall: A fantastic, balanced, approachable wild ale. Lots to contemplate. Barnyard character is noticeable, but not overwhelming. Aroma presents a cherry-like sweetness while the taste of the beer is tart overall. I highly recommend this one for both the sour novice, who's trying to expose their palate to these types of beers, and also for the aficionado!

07-31-2011 12:21:44 | More by mdvatab
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%

Batch #1 on tap at Monk's Cafe at their 3rd Annual Russian River Mad Monday

A- A dark redish/brown color, looks like a fine port wine, minimal bubbles from the top small thing lace.

S- The smell was amazing, cherries, muted with pino nior, oak, and malts, some funk and sweetness

T- The mix of cherries and Pino barrel together is amazing, oak hints as well as a small amount of vanilla sweetness.

M&D- Very smooth with a delicious sourness to it, you almost don't want to swallow it and just enjoy it in your mouth, the alcohol is very light, just an amazing beer, nothing like it out there

10-11-2010 13:24:10 | More by bonbini26
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Tdizzle

California

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%

Batch 4

A- Poured into a Bruery tulip glass, Supplication pours a caramely amber color with a slightly off-white head that settles to a silky, bubbly cap over the liquid. A thick ring of foam along the inside of the glass leaves drapes of web-like lacing after each sip.

S- Wild yeast imparts the expected notes of tartness and acidity. Aromas of red wine and oak barrel rest atop a bed of lightly toasted, sweet(ish) malts. Musky tones of barnyard hay emerge as the beer warms up.

T- The flavor is very tart at first. Notes of oak barrel, dark cherries, and caramel-brown malts make up the delicious mid palate, though the sourness accents these flavors all along the way. The finish is dry and leaves more lightly acidic tartness clinging to the inside of the mouth while bready malt notes lay on the palate.

M- A full-bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation that feels right for this beer. The corked popped out with such force that I was expecting the beer to be over-carbonated, but the mouthfeel is perfectly balanced.

D- This is one of the most enjoyable, drinkable beers that I've ever had. I made very short work of my 375 ML bottle and I'm sad that I only bought one.

02-18-2010 05:51:10 | More by Tdizzle
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zigpenguin

California

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%

Batch 005x2 375ml bottle

Appearance: mahogany brown, thin persistent head, steady stream of bubbles

Smell: Burgundian cherry/raspberry and oak mixed with some hints of funk and sourness. I think some of the Pinot Noir barrels come through. The smell is a bit faint when cold, with more presence as the beer warms up.

Taste: Cherries, red Burgundy, oak (vanilla, spice), sour/malty sweet balance finishing sour. A bit of tobacco/currant. The finish lingers for a while, a sour funkiness. The balance on this beer is impressive. The sourness is noticeable, but doesn't dominate the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, finishes fairly dry.

Drinkability: With the sourness and dry finish, it is easy to drink. Each finish begs the next sip, until the bottle is gone.

07-10-2010 20:09:01 | More by zigpenguin
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,570 ratings.