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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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1,391 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,391
Hads: 5,776
Avg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 2,614
Gots: 1,913 | FT: 131
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2005

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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Photo of claspada
4.14/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Monks for $5 during Zwanze Day 2012.

Pours a a hazy, dark amber/light brown color with little-to-no head and some spotty lacing.

Aroma begin quite sweet and tart. Initially you get the Brett with a little bit more sweet on the nose though then some of the recent sours I have had. Cherries and other tart fruitiness become more apparent as it warms close to room temperature. Funky yeast continues to evolve more with some light woody aromas as well now as it gets a little warmer; this was turning out to be very nice indeed.

The taste begins with the funkified Brett tartness with a surprisingly substantial pilsner malty sweetness. Deep sour tastes join the party, but not as much as I was expecting. Maybe this is still too "young". Nice notes of dark cherry throughout. As it warms you get some more cherry sweetness with some nice tones of wood mixed in throughout.

The mouthfeel is average with appropriate carbonation for the style. Brett and traditional yeast really help this to finish quite dry with a nice lingering taste of sour Brett. It came off a little bit fuller then some of the other sours I have had, with more of a rich feel despite the loads of carbonation.

Overall this is a really great sour beer. I don't believe it is the best I have had by far but I cannot deny the extremely high drinkability this possesses. Normally I do not seek out this beer because of the high price tag and "average" flavor profile for a sour but for $5 on draft, I'll take that everyday of the week and 2x on Zwanze Day.

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Photo of glid02
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Reid - thanks! Batch 2 I believe.

Pours a slightly hazy brownish-amber color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of muted dry caramel malts overpowered by large amounts of tart cherries and funk. There are also hints of vinegar but they definitely belong and take nothing away from the rest of the aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Basic dry caramel malt flavors serve as the backbone for everything that goes on. Tart cherry flavors that have just enough sweetness to keep this from being even slightly mouth-puckering. Also present are large but not overpowering amounts of funk with hints of wet hay. The ending is crisp and leaves tart cherry flavors lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I think this is just the tiniest step up from Consecration. It's impossible to describe but I feel as though it's a tiny bit more complex in the funk department. Either way, both are extraordinary and well worth a shot.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this batch 003 from a 375ml bottle into a Rochefort glass.

The beer pours a brownish ornange more of an orange tinge with a about 2 fingers of head that has a dark orange tint to it. The retention is great, the head lasts about 5 minuts but even after that is a heavy head that lasts forever. The lacing is great as well.

The aroma is slightly disappointing because its relatively light and not overtly complex. Mostly you just get some tartness overall with a little oak at the.

The taste is good not great. Just like the aroma its not complex just a very nice sour note from start to finish. I love sour but I want to be rewarded as well. At the end I get a little wood.

The feel is nice and coats well, drinkability is down a tad.

Overall, this is a pretty good wild ale but nothing spectactular. I prefer the RR Temptation.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a lightly turbid brownish hue. The body is misty, yet semi-clear. The head retains its stature proudly and doesn't waver much. Foamy lacing patches cling to the glass.

S-When initially served, it was a bit too cold and the aroma was stunted. However, as it warmed I really was impressed. A triad of wine, ale and sour yeast. The tart cherries are eccentric and enticing. The distinct Pinot Noir aroma rises and strengthens as the glass warms. Musty, dusty and oaky. The base ale also lends some pleasant malted aromas as well.

T-The flavor wowed me as well. The initial tartness of the yeast and cherries stunned my palate. As my tongue became accustomed to the flavors, I was able to pick up the delectable offerings of the barrel-aging process. Supplication is vinous and bretty while also staying sweet and ripe. I love the must, dust and oak that is found both in flavor and aroma. Perfect level of sourness.

M-Lighter side of medium bodied. Whizzing carbonation. Off-dry. No hints of alcohol. Supplication drinks with epic ease. I licked my lips and they even tasted tart.

O/D-What a success. One of the best Sours I have come across. Deserves its nearly godly reputation. This could turn any wine lover into a beer lover with one quick sip.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.12/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 2/2/2011

A: orangish-reddish brown with a subltle white head that dissipates to a very thin white layer, minimal lacing

S: sour cherries, a hint of acidity, after it sat for awhile you could notice a slight alcohol scent to it.

T: sour cherries, very tart, sour with a touch of sweetness, a slight mustiness

M: mild carbontation, thin, smooth, crisp, refreshing

D: it was a good beer, not great, would much rather prefer consecration over this one given the choice


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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.58/5  rDev -42.7%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
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

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Largadeer earned himself a spot in the Book of Heroic Successes by procuring a growler of this batch of Supplication (which I gather is different from batch 004 that will be released in February). Thank you, Chris.

The growler doesn't really pop (it's over 2 weeks old at this point), but the pour is quite gorgeous. Mildly hazy reddish brown with a dense, beige head with excellent retention and some lacing, this beer also has a gentle but steady stream of carbonation. The head lasts until I drink my entire -TION tulips worth

The nose makes my toes curl. An absolutely fantastic aroma that's a blend of funk, acids, fruits and wine, the balance is quite breathtaking. Opening with a blend of fruity cherries, a little acetic character and a little lactic sourness, the red wine (pinot noir, but I doubt I could nail it at that) character is excellent too. In addition to the cherries, I also get a little raspberry-like character, a little leather, a little brown sugar-like sweetness. The funk is a blend of barnyard, lemon and earthy hay. Mildly oaky with a little vanilla too. Fabulous.

The palate opens with a sharp sourness, a blend of vinegar-like acidity, cherry sourness followed quickly by a rather big vinous character, more than I remember in the previous batches. The leathery, berry-like, mild cocoa notes of the wine pair beautifully with sourness that opens the palate. Funk character is moderate, dominated just a little bit by the sourness and fruit character. Mildly lactic on the finish, the clean sourness enhances the vinous character. Tannic character is moderate, appearing on the finish that's mildly drying. Medium-light in body with a moderate level of carbonation, this beer is quite stunning.

A growlerful? Well, I can't remember the last one I did that with, but the only one I came close to was with Younger. This beer just goes to show Vinnie's genius, I am looking forward to the next 3 hours with this beer.

Fresh, this batch is a bit more vinous than I remember previous batches being. Fantastic stuff

I'm currently on my 5th glass, and have to admit that I am completely loving the big, fruity, sour and vinous character of this beer.

**Edit 07 Oct 2013**
Bottle, batch 003. Over 5 years old at this point. The last time I had this particular batch was in the company of friends in DC right before we moved out west, and today's a mighty special day as well.

The nose is still pretty excellent. Sharp sourness, growing increasingly Flemish with a moderate vinous note. Clean lactic and pedio sourness with a moderate funk (earth, lemon, a touch of mushroom), remarkably bright with a lovely cherry character. The palate is excellent. Bright, sharp, clean, sour and very well balanced, none the poorer for its age with the classic blend of soft vinous notes, bright acidity, modest funk and a little earth. Excellent. 4.5/4.5/4.5

**Edit 01 Feb 2014**
Batch 4. My last bottle from a case I split with Scott Holland back in the day.

The sourness has faded some, allowing funk, earth and lemon to dominate along with a blend of loam and petrichor. Beautiful stuff. Bright, cherry sharpness. Quaffable. Funky cherry sourness.

**Edit 08 Feb 2015**
My last bottle of batch 3.

Growing vinous with age, the pinot character is really dining along with a soft mushroom like funk. The Chris have faded but the vinous notes keep the memory alive. Kinda like a Bon Chien but lighter. Awesome.

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Photo of ccrida
4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Belmont Station, served in a chimay goblet, Supplication is a gorgeous pale burgundy rose, with a small white head that leaves light lace.

Smell is pretty funky, a lactic sourness and touch of musty brett horseblanket, with touches of wine and tropical fruits, limes in particular, it sweetens as it warms.

Taste is tart but not overly sour (well at least compared to the last RR sour I had, Beatification), lots of acidity, which is my favorite sour component, citrusy but not particularly vinous, or woody for that matter. Maybe not the most complex wild ale, but it's very tasty and hitting the spot on this 100F day.

Mouthfeel is spritzy and dry, with a medium body and some lingering tannins, which seem to be the main contributions from the wine barrel aging.

Drinkability is very nice, flavorful and acidic without being overly sour or sweet, no vinegar notes either, it's really close to my taste in wild ales, well made, and gets bonus points for rarity, especially on draught!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. 7.00% ABV, serve in a tulip, Batch 04X3.

Huge thanks to Todd for bringing the Supplication to our Russian River tasting!

A - The distribution of such a small bottle is though between 4 guys but we made it work and it still looks good. Hazy, muddy brown beer is coated by a thin but lingering off-white cream head. Lots of lace covers the glass.

S - The wild funky nose is nearly orgasmic with a bold sour punch that floods the nostrils with a fruity, ester background and a damp wood funk. Not a whole lot of what I would expect as far as wild, barnyard smells, but the aroma is simply amazing. I can't stop taking huge breaths from the glass!

T - Strong sour funk blasts the palate instantly. Damp wood and horse blanket appear more in the flavor than the nose. The tartness of the cherries comes through but not the fruitiness that appears in the nose. This is one perfect wild!

M - The super-sour blast is almost palate-demolishing with a nice tart, medium-light-bodied finish. The mouthfeel is pretty dang nice going down.

D - The 375 ml bottle is more than enough for any one person I would imagine but the beer still causes mouthwatering just thinking about it between each sip. So delicious despite the heavy flavor and feel on the tongue.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375mL bottle poured into wine glass. batch 005x1

Pours a hazed auburn with some thin wisps of film across the top, leaving a little collar around the rim of the glass, and a few streaks of lacing.

Light, spritzy cherries with some lactic sour flairs in the nose, along with some faint funkiness.

Plenty of bitter sourness right up front which is quickly followed by a wave of tart cherry flavor. Hints of green apple skin and citrusy rind mix in. The sour flavors continue to build towards the finish, where it becomes quite puckering, but is balanced by just the right amount of sweetness. Ends with lingering dryness, a touch of warmth, and one final punch of tart.

Lighter medium bodied, very nice carbonation which isn't overdone, plenty of dryness in the feel. Drinks incredibly well, and the alcohol is just right. I could easily drink more than one of these if they weren't so expensive.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of GRG1313. Batch 04x04. Served in my CL tulip at 53 degrees. Pours a pleasant caramel hue with a slightly hazy clarity and a one inch, dense and creamy off-white head embedded with tiny ringlets. Textured bands of lacing are revealed as the brew recedes. Nose expresses tart cherries, a buttery quality and a trace of American Oak. Cherry is much more muted in the flavor profile. There is also a vinegary and citrus character dispersed throughout. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a bright, lively carbonation, some acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands and a semi-dry finish. This is a solid American Wild - not my favorite from this brewer, but quite complex and refreshing.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Sunburst amber, no real head save for the bubbles rising to the top

S- Earthy notes of grape, must, leaves, dark fruit, leather and hints of spice

T- Tart and acidic dark cherry fruits with hints of oak, leather and earth but like a fine wine where it was fully balanced and smooth

M- Smooth and perfectly carbonated. Nice tart coating

D- Amazingly balanced and smooth for a sour. A leader in its class.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jeff for cracking this with me, the last of the "regular" Russian River sours for me to try. Supplication pours a mildly translucent copper color with some very deep orange-ish hints throughout. Much like the rest of these sours, the off-white head wisps away fairly quickly without leaving anything behind to tell you that it ever existed.

Calling the aroma of Supplication "sour" or "tart" would hardly do it justice - it is extremely tantalizing to the saliva glands from the very first whiff. Sour, black cherries, grapes, apples, huge amounts of vinous notes, most likely from the Pinot Noir barrels. Secondary, yet still integral aromas include vinegar and a solid brazing of wet oak. The funk is certainly hanging about, too; very light horsey aromas, along with some musty cellar, wet hay, and faintly cheesy funk. Highly complex, and a wonderful aroma overall.

Up front, big-time vinegar and vinous flavors immediately jump out and start thrashing my tongue right away. The oak and barrel flavors are also amplified much more on the palate than they were on the nose, coming out heavy with some large grape skins, cherries, and apple. A huge collage of a nearly fifty-fifty split of juicy fruits and more sophisticated vinous flavors. Supplication is exceedingly tart and puckering with a lasting and somewhat acidic sourness that will keep your palate on its toes the whole time.

The tartness may be dominant, but the funk is not to be forgotten. Lots of Brett shines from the middle into the finish; cork, wet wood, light barnyard, and a super dry funk to close everything out. Though it's only 7% ABV, some alcohol characteristics become noticeable upon warming, more so adding another layer of complexity rather than being a nuisance. The mouth feel is dry and crispy with heavy carbonation; thin-medium bodied, wet and slick.

Wow, yet another fantastic Russian River sour. Drinkable beyond belief, as long as you don't mind a stomach ulcer or two. I'd put this one right around the middle of the pack of their regular line-up of sours (which is saying quite a bit, because even the bottom ones in my opinion are still damn good). I prefer this to Consecration and Sanctification, it's a bit more complex and has a better balance of tart and funk. All these sours make me upset that I don't receive Russian River distribution.

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Photo of Durge
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly cloudy brown amber color with a modest fuzzy white cover and lots of lacing. The aroma is undoubtedly floral cherry with a subtle lemony air. If you enjoy sours this is pretty nice. The flavor initially says sour sour sour! Yikes. It has a definitive Alka-Seltzer quality with cherries on steroids. It's a bit lemony with granny apple cherry tart bite. Quite a lip twister with a hyperactive carbonation that keeps a lively feel in a mid-light bodied fizzy brew. It's pretty drinkable if you go for this sour stuffn and I do. Nice.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap; Sampled batches 4, 5, & 6 side by side

The beer sits a mahogany infused brownish body. Looks like a pale red wine. No head or lacing to speak of.

The aroma and flavor varied greatly between the three batches.
Batch 4
The nose on this batch was overly tart, in comparison. Oak, cherries, white wine and Brett were all present in equal doses. There was a little sweetness from the cherries, but overall this is a sour delivery vehicle. Oak and white wine are very pronounced.

Batch 5
A little more subdued than 4. The oak wasn't nearly as omnipresent, while the cherries and wine took center stage. The Brett lends an earthy funk that complements the cherries nicely.

Batch 6
It was obvious this was the youngest of the bunch. The flavors and aromas were amazingly tame compared to the other vintages. Fresher and cleaner. Oak is just a layer here, while the cherries and wine shine. The cherries are both tart and sweet. Brett lays low.

Overall, the mouthfeel was somewhat similar, just varying in intensity. The 6 was clean and dry with a mild tartness while the 4 was lip-smacking tart and extremely dry. The 5 was perfectly in the middle of the two.

All three of these batches are fabulous. The 4 was definitely my favorite as it exhibited all of the characteristics you look for in a sour in spades. One of the best beers I have ever had.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one! Re-review 12/10.

A-pours a vibrant dark amber with nice red glow to it. The head is a thick and creamy off white leaving a strong lace on the side of the glass.

S-light acidity up front, notes of oak and brett play together, sour cherries come in behind. the aromas are simple yet well integrated.

T-here the brett comes in first, light leathery notes, good dry oak presence that doesn't detract but adds to it, sour cherries are so juicy and vibrant. almost no acidity but a nice bit of sourness to it.

M-medium to light body, very smooth and creamy with a decent bit of carbonation and a semi dry finish that prickles on the back of the throat.

D-this is very simple and straight forward but still very tasty. the flavors blend together very well and it goes down so smooth. it has a great sourness to it with virtually no acidity.

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Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle from batch 04x2, thought it would be fitting for my 1000th review. Pours a crystal clear amber hue with a fluffed, cream colored head. Pretty good retention for a sour and leaves a nice ring or two of lace.

Balanced aroma of cedary wood, funky brettomyces and some light-ish sour notes. Vinous a bit and the pinot barrels are evident as is some cherry notes. Smells better as it warms, and I like the fact that it is not just all sour all the time, there are many subtle nuances on display.

Taste has just about everything one could want in a sour ale; wood, brett, lacto and cherries. It is nice that the sourness stays with you all the way through the bottle rather than the palate adjusting after a few sips like some other sours I have had. Brett presence is deep and rich and actually fights the lacto to a draw, both are heavy hitters. Tart cherries play an integral role as well. Yeast addition softens the flavors some at the end of the bottle and it is a sad moment indeed when the last few drops of a Supplication drain from the lip of the bottle. Fantastic brew! I am not sure I could ever pass up a bottle of this at a beer store.

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Photo of champ103
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to tjmodica for the trade.

A: Pours a slightly hazy garnet/red color. A large white head rises to about two fingers. There is good retention, and some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Tart cherries up front and dominate. Lots of other fruity aromas. Grapes, plums, and apples are what I get. A sweet vanilla aroma as well. Lots of complexities in the nose. Excellent.
T: Again, excellent. There is a tartness with a vinous character up front. A light funk, but not overdone at all. Tons of cherries, grape tannins, and apple skins. Again, a sweet vanilla flavor lingers. Could that be the barrels used? Really well made.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp and dry. Smooth, and way to easy to drink. I wish this bottle would never end.

Yep, an excellent beer throughout. I would expect nothing less from a Russian River Wild Ale. Maybe the best I have had from the brewery, which is saying a lot. Worthy of its praise. A must try if you have the means.

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Photo of mltobin
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Jose Pistola`s.

Appearance is a red brown body with a small tan head. Its` nose contains cherry, red wine and a general sourness. Supplication has a taste of of more cherries, sour apple, funk and some oak. The mouthfeel of it has some life to it, a very nice crispness. It really has a certain wine/champagne quality to it. This was another very good wild from RR. When I find myself in Philly, its` always a treat to try something from this brewery.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Label says 082712

A- Pours a rubyish light brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that bears little retention time before fizzing away to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Bright fruity nose with some lactic acid sourness. Notes of cherries, grape juice and plum. Slightly effervescent.

T- Semi-heavy sourness plays off the cherry and other fruit notes well with some vinegar in the aftertaste. Not much else going on but there doesn't need to be. Very straightforward.

M- Prickly and crisp with a tartness that causes the mouth to salivate after every sip. Medium-low carbonation is a surprise but doesn't detract from the overall experience. Medium body.

O- Finally starting to truly develop a palate for sours. This one isn't my favorite, but it drinks well and has enough sweetness to balance.

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Photo of Bung
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 008 375ml. Picked up in Pennsylvania, might as well try it now.
A deep red with a finger of fine off white bubbles. Head retained well and just barely stuck to the glass.

Aroma, cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, lemon zest. Sour cherry. Just a faint yeast funk.

Taste, Sour cherry and lemon zest, some hay and minor barnyard. The cider vinegar is there. Fades to an acidic grape, cherry very light tanin. Though this came together even more as it warmed, which I had not found with other sours.

A quite lively carbonation, but is very fine and almost feels creamy. Drinks easy, though I can never seem to get past one with a sour yet.
Probably about as close to as good as it gets for the style.

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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