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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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world-class

4,593 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,593
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,106
Gots: 1,385 | FT: 91
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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roger617

Indiana

4.48/5  rDev -2%

Bottle poured into Daredevil tulip glass. Bottle date 010714, consumed and reviewed on 7/19/14.

A: Pours a dark copper with a heavy red tint and a little less than a finger of head that reduces quickly and leaves no collar or lacing.
S: I get the funk and cherries up front, with the Pinot noir in the background complimenting very nicely. Smells crisp and refreshing.
T: The cherries take the lead role, with a strong presence of the wine barrel just behind. The sour comes into play more on the back end.
M: High level of carb, as expected. The sourness leaves a pleasant dry finish.
O: Excellent sour ale from Russian River. The flavor and aroma come together extremely well.

07-19-2014 20:37:04 | More by roger617
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dar482

New York

4.49/5  rDev -1.8%

The beer has a golden hazy bronze color.

The aroma is vinegar tart, but really huge on the fruit character. Not as red wine as Consecration. It’s definitely more sour, more sweet, and more sweet than Consecration.

The flavor is hugely. You get a bit of the wine character, but Pinot does not stand out as much as Cabernet for Consecration. The cherry is not huge in there, but you do get a hint of it in the back. The beer is not for those who do not like sours. It really is strongly puckering. One of the most sours beers I’ve had.

The mouthfeel is quite light on this. It does not have a huge carbonation. Despite being in a longer time than Consecration, it does not have as big of wine characteristic.

I was actually a bit disappointed by this. I do love the fruit and sweetness, but the sourness is a bit strong. It could use more complexity. Still a wonderful beer.

06-20-2013 05:42:43 | More by dar482
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.49/5  rDev -1.8%

Tasted On: 01-18-2013
Freshness: Batch 082712
Packaging: 375ml brown bottle, corked and caged
Glassware: Teku
Purchased: Mail order

Appearance is a clear, burgundy color (very pretty) with a thin white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little in the way of lacing. Subsequent pour shows some yeast cloudiness.

Aromas are strong and very wine-like, of the red grape variety, plus cherries. Smells suggest a dry and sour beer, with woody and tannin characteristics.

The taste is a shock in a sense, due to the sharp sourness, more so than Temptation I had earlier tonight. Sour fruit (cherries), plus wood/oak notes and funk. The dark grapes lend an acidic quality as well.

Mouthfeel has a very high carbonation level on a medium body. The beer finishes super dry and sour, with some red wine acidity as well.

Overall, this wild ale has some similarities to the Temptation, but is more sour and has flavors of red grapes/wine vs. the white. The aromas and taste are stronger/bolder and more sour here. An Outstanding beer

01-19-2013 05:50:37 | More by sommersb
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.49/5  rDev -1.8%

375ml C&C bottle dated 12/17/12, popped and poured into a Russian River snifter glass and quaffed today, 4/23/2013. Thanks to powz87 for hooking me up with this amazing wild.

Aroma: Lots of tart cherries and sour + sweet wine grapes, all in a fantastic way. There is a sickly bittersweet scent that reminds me of a good red wine but somehow different- maybe more of the sweet rather than the bitter. A little bit of oak too. Altogether, it's a funky, sour and sweet beer that smells great. The first whiff of the nose made me excited to drink this one. (4.5)

Colour: Pours a hazy dark red-brown, almost a very dark amber with a thick 2cm off-white head that sticks around for about a minute before it bows out, leaving a foamy collar. The lacing is quite sticky and pretty. Overall, a very good looking beer. (4.25)

Flavour: Damn! This thing is sour as hell. Its got that tartness of cherry, but also that funky sourness that I've come to associate with wild yeast (thank homebrew infections). But its also got a delicious underlying sweetness that seems to come from the underlying malt- it's cherry, grape, raspberry all in one. So if that makes sense, its sweet and sour all at once and in an almost overwhelming fashion. I really love the tartness as it sticks with you the entire time, but its complemented very well by the fruit sweetness. Freaking amazing experience! (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Thinner medium bodied brew with excellent carbonation. It's somewhat resinous and coats my tongue in pure sourness along with the fizzy carbonation. The aftertaste is of course sour, with some sweetness all at the same time. It's a true pleasure to drink. (4.5)

Overall: I'm amazed at how good this beer is. It disappeared so quickly- it's that easy to drink and appreciate. Smells great, tastes great and overall deserves its reputation as probably the best AWA out there. Sour as hell yet has its sweetness that makes it an incredible sensory experience. If you hate sours, you should still try this beer. If you love sours, chances are you've already had this beer. So I don't know if my review will contribute anything to this site, except to show how much I love drinking this Russian River brew. World class stuff. (4.5)

04-24-2013 01:02:09 | More by Stevedore
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DrewskiWhit

Indiana

4.49/5  rDev -1.8%

Usually only do full reviews if its really good, really bad or a top want. This was a top want for me. It also happened to be really good.

A very very nice. Bright orange color around the rim as i poured.

S musty. a little funky but not as pungent as i would have thought based on other reviews

T tart!!! It is sour but i would describe it as tart as opposed to sour. Got lots of tart cherries and a funky oaky note. very nice. bitter dry puckering aftertaste.

M again very nice. much less carbonation than other sours ive had

O very good beer. This bottle was only a few months old. With a little age this beer would be incredible. As it is, its very good. I thought it was much more drinkable than consecration and although it is very tart/sour, it could be a good intro to sours for the average ba.

06-29-2013 03:30:30 | More by DrewskiWhit
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Jas45678

Michigan

4.49/5  rDev -1.8%

375 ml bottle (dated 12/17/12) into tulip

Pours a copper color with some floaties and a minimal white head. Smell is tart cherries, oak and a little Pinot. Taste is tart cherries and raspberries, I get a little bit of Pinot and oak. Not as tart as I expected. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation and a little dry. Overall it is very good, I just expected a little more due to its current ranking.

09-30-2013 00:43:36 | More by Jas45678
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Many thanks to Brewbacca for sending several bottles a while back. I’ve finely gotten around to trying some and I am very pleased.

Pours a turbulent orange-red with uncanny carbonation and head. It takes a long time to descend but eventually rests as a healthy and easily excitable skim.

Aroma is heavy on cherry vinegar, or what I imagine cherry vinegar would smell like if such a thing exists. Oak and wet animal hide really dominate but light notes of papaya and other tropical fruits do shine through from time to time.

Body is very acidic, quite tart and somewhat sour. Tart cherries with a heavy wood presence dominate. Very bready or cakey with a lot of sour fruit yeast flavor.

Delicious, depthful, and drinkable by the case.

08-02-2007 19:04:02 | More by DaPeculierDane
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nickseevers

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

04-12-2012 21:06:43 | More by nickseevers
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abeerdude

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

05-17-2013 22:04:32 | More by abeerdude
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SkiBum22

New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

A - Pours a light redish brown with 1.5 finger head. Decent retention, excellent lacing.

S - Green apples, oak, slight vanilla

T - Taste starts out sour and funky with lots of citric notes. Sour cherries and grapes appear in the middle. Finishes very sour and astringent.

M - Full bodied, medium acidity, great balance, nice complexity and long finish

O - One of the best American Wild Ales I've had. Glad I got to try this one.

01-16-2012 03:02:28 | More by SkiBum22
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.

Batch 001. Aged in pinot noir barrels for over a year, with sour cherries, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and Pediococcus (oh my!) introduced over the course. Presented in an awesome 375 ml corked-and-caged bottle.

Decanted ever-so-slowly so as not to rouse the sediment, the beer pours a brilliant deep orange with reddish hues. Active carbonation rises to form a half-inch layer of off-white foam that rests at a ringed lace. Big, Lambic-like aroma--tart and barnyardy--but much cleaner, with suggestions of sweet fruits and bread. First sip is an awakening of the senses, with a big smack of tartness and a pleasing acidic sharpness. Sour-cherry flavors run deep, and also provide a gentle sweet- ness and fruitiness to counter the tartness. Suggestions of weathered hops and leafy undertones within light tannins. Cheesy wine and oak provide some background complexities and are cushioned by a layer of Brett breadiness. Finish is very vinous, with a lingering tartness, tannins and a dry, puckering finish.

One of the best examples of American artisan brewing to have met our palates. Period. Don't bother pairing this one with any food. It's to be indulged in on its own. Batch 002 is on sale now at their website ($11), and they'll ship to about half of the states in the US.

04-07-2010 20:50:51 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Drunkenass

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

07-18-2012 21:59:55 | More by Drunkenass
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freshflesh

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

06-26-2014 05:45:24 | More by freshflesh
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

02-28-2014 20:26:21 | More by DaftPatrick
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Jared14

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

07-02-2014 23:22:06 | More by Jared14
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rwalker_sfg


4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

08-21-2012 20:52:38 | More by rwalker_sfg
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Pooles26

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

08-12-2014 23:18:02 | More by Pooles26
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Snikwad1020

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

02-10-2013 20:59:26 | More by Snikwad1020
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Guden

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

12-22-2011 18:28:09 | More by Guden
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Shankopotamus

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

03-06-2013 23:03:55 | More by Shankopotamus
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1Adam12

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

05-15-2013 23:43:18 | More by 1Adam12
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Altenor

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

09-01-2012 09:14:04 | More by Altenor
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koko2315

New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

01-02-2014 04:12:03 | More by koko2315
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Bike2work


4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

05-29-2012 15:03:16 | More by Bike2work
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dogfishandi

New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

thanks to youradhere for the bottle.

375ml cork and caged bottle a little above fridge temp poured into a snifter. batch 006x1.

pours out a hazy deep red, amber/brown color. some sediment visible. a very nice fizzy off white 2 finger cap of foam off the pour that left a super creamy thick layer. nice lace as well. looks great.

big funk and sour fruit in the aroma. musty, barnyard funk, old leather, lots of tart lemon, tart sour cherries. a touch of vinegar. bits of alcohol noticable as it warms.

the first sip was initially super, mouth-puckering sour. your palate quickly adjusts. tart, sour lemons battle with sour cherries. musty funk as well as maybe some lactic funk. white wine flavors towards the finish, then a nice malty base really brings it home. some oaky, wine like tannins are noticable at times.

enamel striping intense sour, love it. lingers forever with a sour candy thing goin on. bright, bubbly carbonation. effervescent.

really a top notch sour. this could almost go for a flanders red. tons of sour, lemons, wine, cherries, the perfect amount of funk...whats not to love?

12-05-2011 23:27:58 | More by dogfishandi
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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