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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

5,065 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,065
Reviews: 1,330
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 2,234
Gots: 1,560 | FT: 101
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 4 and 5 side by side!

A-muddy beige color with a white head. Head retention on the 4 but not the 5
S-fruity smooth and crisp
T-the 4 is a lot more tart and sour than the 5. Nice and fruity combination with the tartness.
M-crisp and smooth. Very smootj
D-nicely drinkable. Wish I had a full glass rather than a taste.

The 4 is better than 5. The age defineitly does this body good.

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poured 375 mL bottle marked with a 12/17/12 bottling date into a Teku.

A - Dark ruby brown with 1.5 finger off white head. Dissipates into a thick collar that remains for the session as streams of bubbles travel up from the bottom. Little to no lacing.

S - Wicked tart cherries and notes of oak barrel. I get wiffs of Pinot and sour apple. Some faint acidic red vinegar is in there.

T - Big blast of sour cherry right away, sour apples and some vinegar and lemon follow. Smooths out in the middle with some oak, wine and sour grape. Minimal sweetness is present. Finishes with a good sour note.

M - Lighter body with a dry and tart finish that lingers for a bit. Carbonation is very good.

O - Very good sour beer that gets a good bit of flavor from the added cherries and aging in the wine barrels. Definitely deserves its spot in top 10 of the top 250 of BA.

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Served in a SA perfect pint glass

Thanks to jethrodium for this want.

This is batch 04X1. This beer pours a nice copper amber color with a frothy white foam that degrades to a thin layer but stays that thin layer throughout the consuming of this beer. This beer has the funk that is so sought after in many of the sours that I know. There is a citrus sour that comes from all sorts of bacteria. There is some cherry notes on the nose as well with some pretty decent oak notes. The taste is sour, oh so sour. The tartness of the intentional infection is not something that I know if I'm ever gonna get used to, I've really probably got to work my way up to appreciating these beers. The tart mouthfeel goes down pretty easy, it's got good carbonation for the style, and it's pretty easy to drink if I do say so. Again, it's not my style, but then again I never respected hop bombs, so maybe the time will come for me to revisit this beer.

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Last review from notes and then I think I'm all caught up. Consumed 5/28/2010 at The Broad Axe Tavern (couldn't believe they had this in the bar. Also couldn't believe the price). 375 ml. bottle marked Batch 04x2. Unfortunately the bartender must not have known anything about this beer as she presented it in a pint glass. Hoping it doesn't detract from the experience...

A - Slightly amber-yellow color with a fluffy creamy colored head that fades quite quickly leaving very little lacing. Despite the pint glass, it looks very inticing.

S - Wow. Woody, oak, and brett right up front. Vinous as well (as hoped) as the pinot noir deffinitely comes out as does the cherris. Really smells quite fantastic.

T - Extremely well balanced combination of woody oak, cherries, brett and lacto. Very bright and fruity wuth the cherries being oh so tasty. Everything seems to be working so well together. The sourness actually stays with you throughout the entire bottle which I found very nice.

M - Very carbonated and it works quite well. Medium bodied and actually quite silky despite the carbonation. Lactic acid bite at times in the throat, but nothing that detracts from the beer.

D - Very drinkable beer, especially for a sour. Everything is so well balanced that it makes it easy to drink the whole way through. Really can't wait to stock up on a few bottles of this baby.

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Notes from 5/3/10. Bottle from zoso1967 (Thank You!) shared with TCHopCraver (Thank You!)

Pours a strawberry copper red with a one finger head that lingers throughout the brew. Lacing sticks to the glass and forms objects that look like white mountains. I have to say the head and lacing of this is second to none...very impressive.

The smell of cherries dominates the scent. I'm also getting a bit of strawberry, spicy clove, and alcohol esters. The overall scent character is much like a dessert wine.

Wow, this is much more sour than anticipated. I was expecting a wine quality and it is anything but. This has a similar quality to a tear jerker gum ball. The taste of cherry starts the flavor and quickly morphs into a sour explosion that changes character and lasts for 12 seconds. The taste of this beer lasts forever, it is wonderful.

This is relatively light in mouthfeel but really gets the saliva going. The strange part is my mouth is really dry and clean afterword. This beer eats my saliva.

Overall, this is a very drinkable ale. Strangely, I think it would be really good mixed with iced tea like an Arnold Palmer...though that would be disrespectful to Supplication. The complexity keeps me coming back for more, this is a treat.

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 5,065 ratings.