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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,687 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,687
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 2,128
Gots: 1,404 | FT: 92
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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1.83/5  rDev -60%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes. Drank on 4/13/12.

This was one of the two beers that I tried to see if I liked Sour beers. I don't. This "beer" poured a strawberry blonde into a snifter. Their was a rush of carbonation that left no head and no lacing. This one tastes Like a sour cherry wine cooler. Zero beer taste. I should note that I do not like wine and this beer had a very distinct pinot noir flavor to it. Every sip made me pucker up and shiver from the sourness of everything in one beer. Sour beers are not for me.

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2.05/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A. Semi peachish amber color. Pours with plenty of head, roughly 1.5 fingers.

Smell. You sure this is beer? lol. Smells of heavy influence of the wine barrel. Slight tone of fruit.

Taste. WOW. Holey f*ck. 4 years ago, regardless of the $12 price point I would have poured this beer out. Now, understanding the process that made this beer it is impressive. This is a palette cleanser. This is like wine and beer had an affair and this is the illegitimate child from that process. Very tart and sour with plenty of pinot noir tones.

Mouthfeel. Tart, dry, semi bitter. SOUR. very nice.

Overall: If you are in search of a sour beer, this is one of the tops, This will light your taste buds up like licking a 9 volt battery!And thats about it, not much for flavor, price point is off by a mile, and this is something that you would rather have a sample of, not too many people would sit down and enjoy this beer IMO, this is one you split between 5 or 6 people just to say you've had it.

alexhahn82, May 08, 2011
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2.28/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It is amazing that a beer that tastes like this makes the top 100.
I suppose I bow to all thse out there that have put this beer on such a pedestool, figuring, my tastes, just don't get it.
Almost every sip brings a squint to ones face. As if one drank a very sour cherry mix.
I know that is what these Russian River guys were going for.
It just "..ain't my cup of 'beer'"...heh.

Good for you guys that like it.


Dennycurr, Mar 28, 2012
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2.43/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 375ml bottle into a fine tulip glass.

A- To start, it does not look good. The color is dirty-water brown with some red tones. Not much head, no lacing. Bubbly.

S-Cheap cherry wine. Boones Farm 'beer', if you will.

T- We're getting better. A sour blast of something drinkable. But what? It's not beer or wine. The finishing flavors are so sour that they border on rancid.

M- The sour tang and lively carbonation work here. It feels ok, but still tastes bad.

O-I would dump this in the Russian River if I could. Maybe I'll revisit it in the future but why bother?

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Received in a trade. My first sour beer, so take this review with a grain of salt. Or a dash of vinegar.

Pours a cloudy dark amber red, looks like wine. There's a one inch fizzy head that recedes quickly, not much lacing.

Smells like sour vinegar, spoiled wine, with some underlying grapes and cherries.

The taste is similar. I cannot tell if the beer is supposed to taste this way, because I am a sour noob. However, it honestly tastes gross. So sour, puckeringly so, with no other redeeming qualities. I can't finish it, my only drain pour ever. So vinegary, this would taste better on my salad.

Medium bodied, crisp but acidic mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

This one's just not for me.

GreesyFizeek, Mar 06, 2013
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2.73/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brownish red with a thick, beige head that dissipates leaving a filmy layer at the top. Smell is of spoiled cherries, hints of oak, and earth. Taste is quite vinegary, almost too much so. Sour cherries and heavy lacto. There is a light funk and light lingering biter on the throat. Pinot very much shines through on the second sip. Finishes very dry, leaving my mouth a bit parched. Heavy alcohol burn on the swallow which is surprising for a beer of only 7%.

mattdev, Mar 03, 2011
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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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