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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,430 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,430
Reviews: 1,305
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,072
Gots: 1,332 | FT: 83
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brown Ale aged in used Pinot Noir barrels from local Sonoma County wineries. It is aged for about 12 months with sour cherries, brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus added to each barrel. Flavors from the cherries, Pinot Noir and oak balance each other nicely with a little funk from the brett.

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4.46/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the source – 06/14/2014 & also from multiple bottles later
Full Belgian Tulip

A: Dark amber body with some pinkish orange and brown tint on it. Very hazed look to it. Half finger of egg shell cream runs across the top with fair retention efforts and some light dotting of lacework running down the glass.

S: The nose is vinous with some sour cherry tartness, light vinegar, and a touch of acetone. I get lots of musky old grape skin in this one with some mineral like qualities to it. Smells nicely sweet and sour.

T: Flavors are choke cherry with some cider vinegar, sour red grape, and light acetone. Slightly funky with a healthy pucker from some citric acidity. Further there lies some dark bready malt with a lemony lacto tartness and a dash of green hop bitterness in the background. Closes with a kick of alcohol spice, woody tannin, and a dry tart finish. Great balance and loads of complexity.

M: Moderately filling with a good tart pucker to the palate. Fairly clean and balanced with some light alcohol warmth. Finishes dry and tart.

D: Exemplary to the style with layers of great flavor going on and a very controlled amount of funkiness. RRBC has such great balance in their brews while still delivering brilliant flavors. I found the Consecration to be a bit bolder but I can see Supp as much easier to drink and therefore held in higher regard. Surely recommended for those looking for a great Wild.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2014 21:34:23 | More by Nugganooch
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4.46/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, dark brownish ruby color with a half finger head that dissipates very slowly and leaves a blanket of lacing. Tons of sediment, but that is expected with the amount of yeast added. Smells of funky, sour cherries, oak, vinegar, grapes, lots of funkiness. Lots of dryness that really does give it a wine-like smell. Smells almost like a cherry warhead. Taste starts with a very astringent, dry, sour cherry flavor, as well as some oak and funkiness. Then get some of the brown ale qualities: slight breadiness, maybe some cocoa (but i could just be imagining that), some carmel malt. Then the astringent sour notes from the brett and bacteria come back even stronger, along with lots more cherry, grape, funkiness, vinegar, oak, some carmel. Extremely dry finish that blends the wine and the beer qualities nicely. So sour, yet extremely balanced. High medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Very lively carbonation from the refermentation that does give it a very champagne-like crisp finish. Very complex and so delicious. Just getting into this style, but I have a feeling I won’t come across many sours better than this one. Hope to try this again someday.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 02:46:59 | More by brewskis
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4.46/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We crack the cage and cork on a bottle of “Batch 006X1”, pouring a brew of burnt sienna coloring into our Founders snifters. It holds a two finger head of creamy, chunky khaki colored bubbles, showing excellent retention. Speckled ridges of lacing are left around the glasses as it goes at a slower pace. Despite our best efforts, thick waves of haze permeate the clarity, with massive chunks of yeasty sediment found here and there. Carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma is robustly tart off the bat, with musky woodiness, lactic acidity, biting Brett, soured cherry skin and pit, lemon zest, perfumed booziness, juicy yeastiness, and dirty flower water. These blend, sitting high against the filler, base notes of chalk, phenolic plastics, tinny metallics, toasted amber and brown malts, raw barley, and sweeter flesh of the cherries and browned pears. Our first impression is, well, I forget because I’m still trying to get back into my seat after that beastly tongue-punch of a sip. In all seriousness the flavoring is huge, soured, and generously inclusive of all the advertised components, and more. As we sip, the taste takes off with a flash of cidery sweetness before it’s decimated by lemon flesh, monstrous Bretty bite, chemicals and vinyl plastics, lactic vinegar acidity, coppery metallics, drying oaked woodiness, cereal sweetness, and a raw brown malt base. Moving to the peak is bittered fermented dark cherry skins, resiny pinot sweetness and oiliness, moldy lemon rind, metallic zing, and more salty, syrupy brown malts. The end comes with pollen nectar wash, Brett and lacto bite, balsamic vinegar, continued metallics, chalky cherry and red wine grape skins, warming, musky oakiness, and soft booziness. The aftertaste is massively fumy, with bacterial, yeasty airs, and only a slight hint of fusel alcohols, with sourdough breadiness, pumpernickel rind, grapefruity bitterness, juicy Brett, red apple sweetness, toasty pales and browns, puckered red wine, and smoky licorice. The body is medium, and the carbonation is solidly medium, with the prickle, albeit light, adding worlds to the pucker. The mouth is left slick and oily, with final green-stick astringency. Each sip gives soft and creamy slurp, froth, smack, and sticky finishing pop. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks excellently as a sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. Before you even have this guy it does a really, really good job of raising your expectations. Now, often this can lead to one being let down or disappointed, but here you are left feeling neither. Each flavor that you expect is swaddled beautifully in a blanket of soured yeastiness, bacterial infection, and solid base sweetness. The fruity bite adds to both the sweet and sour side of things, while the pinot noir woodiness adds not only flavoring, but helps to fix the mouth in a persistent, but happy, pucker. The ultimate blend is truly wonderful in its simplistic complexity.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 22:17:24 | More by TheBrewo
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New Hampshire

4.46/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours an amber color. Not much head, just fizzy bubbles. Visible carbonation. Smell isn't overwhelming. Slight cherry, sour, oak, wine. Mostly just tart cherry skin. Taste is very tart, cherry skin, oak, lemon. Nice carbonation, quite fizzy. Medium bodied. Very nice. A great sipper given the tart and fizzy nature.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2014 18:23:22 | More by Mikeypnh
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4.46/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle in a trade with PlinyElderTouchesYounger – thanks again! Bottle is dated 12/17/12. Poured from a 375 ml. bottle into my Lost Abbey teku glass.

A – Pours a deep red, almost bordering on some purple notes. A frothy white head quickly fizzles away, but plenty of energetic carbonation keeps running all around. I was careful with the pour, so it is perfectly clear without any stray yeast floating around.

S – Big sour grape and apple aromas careen around my sinuses. Whoa momma, this smells nice and tart. A vinegary and funky blend that is amazingly complex. Absolutely mouthwatering.

T – Holy man, this has wave upon wave of flavor, with definite shifts in the flavors that come out during each sip. Tart and crisp acidity transitions to a mix of the red wine barrels and funkiness of the Brett. This is shockingly balanced.

M – The abundant carbonation is a bit harsh, detracting from the mouthfeel a bit in my opinion. A medium-light body that is slightly drying.

O – This is a beautiful beer – brilliant complexity and balance in both the smell and the taste. This was my first Russian River sour – I hope the others are on the same tier because I will most certainly be seeking them out now.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 03:35:25 | More by wyatt13
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4.46/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Chalice pour at Via Marconi's Pizza Pub, Hatfield, PA

A- Amber hue. Light white head retains at a ring. Semi-hazy.

S- A little tartness is detectable by the nose. Cherry, and maybe a little peach.

T- Sweet and tart, peach and cherry. A bit of tang, but not so strong. Malt is detectable, a bit of a bready character, in the background.

M- Zippy carbonation. Finish is semi-dry, just a little sweet. Body fairly light.

O- This seems to be Consecration's little brother. A little lighter, a little lower ABV, a little less tangy. But a very great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2014 17:50:33 | More by BWED
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4.46/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rusted brown with a little brownish head that sticks around longer than expected. Lots of oak on the nose with hints of sour cherry but nothing overpowering. There’s also a bit of red wine and some funkiness, but not that much really. Over ripe cherries start the palate off and then there’s a nice funky, wood middle with a solid sour finish that doesn’t last quite as long as I’d like.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 18:39:52 | More by jbaker67
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass:

A: A dark red/orange color. Curious looking--I don't think I've seen too many beers with hues like this. It doesn't have too much in the way of head, but it is very obviously carbonated. It's almost shaking with bubbles.

S: Fruity, with pears, apples, and cherries coming to mind. It has a sort of malt scent I associate with Belgian Ales. Kind of peppery.

T: Wow. Sweet and sour, with a Belgian aftertaste. Tangy and bubbly like champagne. Now that I think about it, I think this beer IS champagne. Did someone make a mistake? All things considered, it is absolutely delicious.

M: Again, champagne comes to mind. Tart, dry, bubbly, and warming on the end. I love it.

O: After the initial smell, I wasn't sure what to think. But a few sips and it completely won me over. This stuff is awesome, and I'll get it in the future if I can.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 04:08:05 | More by McD0uche
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Murchmac for this beaut.

Finally time to supplicate. Pours a nice clear brownish red with a white fizzy head. Nose is balls out sour funk with some oak and very slight maltiness. Taste follows with typical wild RR flavor. Lovin the brown ale base here, as it adds an interesting subtle flavor to the brew. some light fruit flavor in here, but mostly a brett funk face melter. mouthfeel is nice, a little thicker than you average wild. Drinkability is second to few or none, as are all the RR sours i have yet tried. Thanks again mac to the Murch.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 01:13:07 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, bottleworks. obscenely priced but obscenely good.

from notes.

appearance: split and served in my hopleaf tulip, deep crimson-orange body, active carbonation and a light bubbly beige head

smell: quite tart - sour cherry, oak barrel, wet straw. very funky

taste: a definite tongue-buckler, the tartness is very high and the abundance of cherry plays well off the sharp oak notes, sprizzy carbonation, straw, hay and other barnyard funk on display. I only wish it were more affordable.

mouthfeel: blasting carbonation, high tartness

overall: great

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 18:46:28 | More by dirtylou
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 375ml bottle purchased at Mile High Wine and Liquors on a recent trip to Denver. Been wanting to try this one for a while.

Batch 5

Pours a hazy amber with just a touch of red to rosy it up.

Smells sour, slight funk, hint of cherries, very pleasant

Tastes tart, sour up front, transitioning into a very slight cherry sweetness before finishing dry. A near perfect blend of sour, dry, and slightly sweet cherry flavor.

light crisp, but complex enough to not immediately fade.

Excellent overall. I liked it better than temptation and consecration and maybe even better than Sanctification, which to this point had been my favorite sour-ish beer. Glad I have another couple of bottles

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 14:29:15 | More by CruisaC
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 375 mL corked and caged bottle from Batch 003.

A: The ale is a reddish brown color, like grenadine in orange juice only with a little less haze. A finger plus of highly carbonated foam has left spots of lace around the mouth.

S: Aroma-wise, the ale is just plain funky. The barnyard aromas are hard to avoid, filling the nose with sour cherries, pepper and apple butter.

T: The tartness here surpasses the bite of Temptation, scalding the tastebuds with each sip. Sour cherries follow the tartness, adding a little more depth to the taste. Red wine and vanilla finish out the taste. The ale is incredibly carbonated, adding to the lively taste with each sip.

M: The ale is quite dry from the barrel aging. That, in conjunction with the wild yeasts, creates a beer that stabs the tastebuds with each sip. The complexity is present but you have to appreciate it.

D: The wood, vanilla and funk are incredible. This is a great beer to sip from a snifter.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 01:50:30 | More by akorsak
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, cloudy maroon with a very effervescent, faomy head that then settled rather quickly.
Aroma of musty fruit with maybe some cherry, blueberry and raspberry evident. Some earthy soil and musty hay with a nit of weahtered leather as well.
Flavors of dark fruits, some licorice, a bit of pepper provide an amazing but almost confusing set of flavors.
Mouthfeel is moderate but very tart and crisp. Very tart and juicy with some saw dust dryness on the finish.
Drinkability is very high. Amazingly complex and I can imagine each bottle tasting very different from the last. Memorable for sure

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 20:52:53 | More by CRJMellor
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Russian River Brewery.

Appearance- brownish color, thin head

Smell- sour aroma, wood, cherries

Taste- sour flavor, cherries, wood

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was really good. It's one of my wife's favorite beers.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2010 19:51:50 | More by jeffjeff1
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Rusty, cloudy, a brownish murkiness almost caramel hue

N - Very tart, unripe cherries, raspberries, freshly picked fruit, vinous, tart puckering stone fruit to maybe even blackberries wraps around a nice wafting barnyard wet hay, mossiness; smattering of Belgian like spiciness like peppercorn and a little spike of veiny blue cheese.

T/M - Super tartness assaults the palate up front but levels with an irony, long and dry finish; mineral oil, seltzer water; texture is reminiscent of an unblended lambic, a little thinness mixed with a champagne feel. As it warms we get more of the stone fruit bitterness like grape skin or even lemon skin, more vinous, red wine vinegar.

D - This is an excellent, teeth chattering sour beer but something I can drink a lot of, like drinking a dry, expensive champagne without the bubbles.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 02:46:30 | More by biga7346
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red color with white head. Lots of carbonation bubbling from the bottom at first but eventually it stops. Smells of typical wild critters along with some indistinguishable fruit notes. Taste is very sour and sweet at the same time. The flavor sits on the tongue for a bit and livens up the mouth. Has some wine-like qualities to it, but not really like a pinot. The mouthfeel is intense as it constantly has that tingling going on. Drinkability is good for a sour. I wouldn't drink these all day long, but very nice. My favorite RR sour of those I've tried (temptation, consecration).

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 02:00:45 | More by Blanco
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Ontario (Canada)

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

375ml Bottle - review #1000 - thanks to zacs for this beer

Appearance - Slightly hazy red/copper colour with an averge size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Lemons, cherries, funk, wheat, yeast

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste citric acid/lemons, wheat, yeast, and cherries. There is also a bit of a vinegar taste. It ends with a tart lemon/cherry flavour.

Overall - Just a fantastic beer and drinking experience. It's got the flavours found in a average sour but there is also a level of complexity that keeps it interesting throughout. I'm happy I picked this one for review 1000 and I'm looking forward to the next 1000 beers. Happy 2012 BA!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 02:09:50 | More by spinrsx
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks alot to Spdklz for this great brew!!!! Batch 005x4

375ml Cork and Caged bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours a real dark orangish brown with loads of carbonation!! First beer i've ever poured that fizzed. Huge 2 finger white head that's not going anywhere and LLAB!

S- Real strong champagne and cherries up front with a nice sour apple note in the background and pale malts.

T- Strong cherry sourness up front that fills up your mouth and leaves it bitter and dry. Also some really nice champagne flavors that give it a nice carbonated fullness and sweetness as well. Definitely some yeast in there as well as some nice pinot noir flavors coming through as well.

M- Sour, tart, and bubbly. Medium body with a perfect amount of carbonation that really tickles the tongue and leaves a nice dried up finish in your mouth.


Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 03:49:04 | More by Arenbeer
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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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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in a corked 375 ml bottle from Batch 001.

This thing is a beautiful reddish brown hue.
A very carbonated Burnt amber color holds a foamy head for a good amount of time.

A boastfull aroma knocks the nose with alot a unfamiliar smells from the wild yeast. Sour cherries dominate with just a touch of ground pepper and sweet rotting wood.

The tartness will make you pucker and the tastbuds are bonbarded with sour cherries. You can pick up the vanilla and dry wine from the oak barrel. The head is still lingering around to enhance each sip as it rolls back through the pallett.

Pairing this with a nice rare cut of red meat will bring out some additional characters in the beer. Enjoy this one for awhile, let it warm up a bit and hang on.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 16:29:56 | More by dbONE
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to all of the following great traders for this: RaulMatisse, Solomon420, imperialbeachbrw, Ultraman9000.

Light fizzy head with light lacing, hazy peach orange color.

Nose light Brett and funk, plenty of tart sour fruit, light barnyard, light cherry and berry, touch of lactic acid.

Taste light Brett and barnyard, tons of tart sour fruit, light toasty oak and vanilla, little sour cherry bolotin like, light malty taste, finish is a little flemmy, very mouth watering, light lactic acid, so tasty.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, good carb, mouth watering sour acidic taste.

Overall awesome beer, great tart sourr flavors, nice Brett and wild flavors, nice cherry flavor and touch of oak.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 01:49:47 | More by jlindros
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 375 ML bottle into Duvel tulip.
Got this in the Sour BIF from SleepyDave

poured up a nice white head that rose one and a half fingers above a pinkish/grapefruit colored beaultiful lookin beer. Great lacing too.

Smells cherry. And oaky. Has a hint of wine or grapes too.

Taste follows smell. Has a nice sour bite-- not the mist sour beer ever, but certainly tasty nonetheless. Has an underlying sweetness that compliments the sourness nicely.

Lots and lots of carbonation in this thing!! It feels very fine and velvety though... Like a champagne. Pretty light body that drinks very easy.

Not sure I could drink this all night, but a glass here or there would bean excellent treat.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 02:39:52 | More by AleWatcher
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375mL poured into Bruery tulip. Batch 4. Thanks to beerwolf77 for this one. Beer#1 of our RR tasting.

A- Pours a light copper with a slight haze to it. A small head, less than half a finger worth of head. leaves good lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Very tart on the nose. Sour cherries and a healthy dose of wood, probably oak. Maybe some grapes and some yeast.

T- The sour doesn't disappoint. Very sour cherries and little malt presence. Maybe some grapes as well. A nice amount of oak in there and just the slightest bit of brett.

M- Very dry finish and makes your mouth pucker from the sourness. A little bit of sweetness but not overly so. Light bodied with good spritsy carbonation.

D- I can see why this beer comes in a 375. It is the perfect amount of this beer. A sipper for sure but leaves me wanting it again. RR has yet to disappoint me.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 02:36:29 | More by Wisconsinality
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #2

Pours a light brown color, cloudy, and with a nice head.

Smells SUPER tart, and cherry like.

This is the most sour beer I have ever tasted. Sour, with a very tart cherry flavor.
It's sour... sour... sour... SUPER sour! Very tart and crisp on the finish, there is also considerable bitterness noted as well.

Mouthfeel is great, carbonation is wonderful.

This is easily the most interesting beer I have ever tried. Highly recommended! It's a bit too funky to be an everyday drinking beer. This is so different... I just think I like Temptation just a little bit better.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 01:08:06 | More by flexabull
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation-Poured out of a 375ml bottle. Batch #007. Clearly mentions to age in a dark cool place which i do intend to do so once i buy another one. Has a nice info section on the back of the bottle explaining the roots and making of the beer. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance-As the beer pours out of the bottle and into the tulip you can see that its a very bubbly beer. The carbonation is present as you can see the bubbles arise from the bottom of the glass. Its a nice redish, mohoghany color thats somewhat see through. I didnt seem to get much head after i poured out the whole bottle. Probably less than half an inch.

Smell-Definitley sour notes rise to the nose once you lean the glass for a good smell. Scents of aged grapes and apples engulf your nose. As the beer is described to be, you can also smell the wine. More on the side of a merlot. If you smell closely you can also smell small amounts of maybe a whiskey alcohol.

Taste-At first sip this beer makes your face crinch kind of like if you were putting a sour gum into your mouth. One droops down and you stretch your mouth back. This beer is sour to begin and continues throughout the drink. Reminds me of a Rodenbach. Grapes are savored and green apples seem to make a presence as smelled.

Mouthful-Its a somewhat light beer. Sits softly on the tongue. It has a crisp, bubbly feel that you get when the beer is resting on the top of the tongue. It finishes pretty clean leaving a dry feel. The alcohol form the beer seems to float to the nose to where you can smell what your drinking. The sourness continues but isnt as strong as you carry on. It does however seem to linger on the sides of the tongues.

Overall-A good solid sour ale for sure. I would drink it again and look forward to aging one much longer. Probably around 6 months to a year. I guess i wouldnt mind if it was a little less sour but its still really good. Glad i encouraged myself to try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 05:18:18 | More by ales4baldo
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,430 ratings.