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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,590 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,590
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,106
Gots: 1,384 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2005)
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3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

04-27-2012 15:05:39 | More by calcnerd
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11-22-2012 00:20:41 | More by tinypyramids
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dman5400

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12-18-2011 15:44:37 | More by Romulux
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

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Illinois

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California

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caponeduke

North Carolina

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jwolfie70

California

3.53/5  rDev -22.8%

Pours a tan amber red, with a thin white head. Smell is a mix of sour fruit with musty funk, taste is more of the same. The beer has a good malt sweetness that comes through a little, but the taste is overall dominated by the tartness. A good beer, but not for all occassions.

02-05-2008 00:01:21 | More by jwolfie70
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -22.8%

I think I like this beer more for what it aspires to be rather than for what it actually is. It is worth seeking and experiencing, but it is not easily appreciated. Or categorized.

Supplication is born from a highly complex recipe and ambitious aging regimen. It spends a full year in oak wine barrels with sour cherries, "wild" yeast, and two strains of friendly bacteria. It then undergoes a third fermentation in small corked bottles. With so many ingredients pulling in so many directions, the taste can be cluttered with one element obscuring or conflicting with another. The result achieves more convolution than integration.

Lightly oaken colored with no visual suggestion of cherries, Supplication begins with a powerfully explosive uncorking followed by thready, sustained bubbles and a remotely indifferent head. The pungent sour cherry and white wine elements are easily detected in the nose. The taste harbors core woodenness and a tart acidic twang and leans towards a bubbly wine. It bears some resemblance to a wheatless lambic but none at all to a Belgian kriek. There is no defining malt profile to speak of and the hops are similarly obscured by the medley of microorganisms and their attendant fermentation signatures.

I respect this beer a great deal but in the end there's just too much going on here for a singular identity to emerge and this makes Supplication difficult to approach. I found it not nearly as drinkable as Temptation or Damnation.

Batch 001. Special thanks to Brewbacca for the trade.

12-05-2005 05:10:06 | More by RedDiamond
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,590 ratings.