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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,455 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,455
Reviews: 1,306
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,082
Gots: 1,335 | FT: 85
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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watermelonman

California

4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured to a nice deep red orange with a head that faded quickly. There isn't much lace.

The smell is intoxicating, with cherry, oak, and wild yeast very apparent. The taste starts with a bit of malt up front with cherry on top of oak taking over quickly. Sourness remains in the mouth. The mouthfeel is tart while the drinkability is amazing.

Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 22:40:25 | More by watermelonman
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 4 bottle. Pours a clear light red with an orange/peach tint and a fairly sustaining head. Nose is quite a lot of wet, ripe cherries, not as sour as I remembered, field-like almost, very fresh and floral. Flavor is darker sour cherries, brett, tart and long on the finish. Sour and dry, a tad bit mineral like in the mid palate. Brett is nicely intertwined and body is effervescent as with most Russian River sours. More sour and expressive than this batch was at a younger age.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 03:43:02 | More by JAXSON
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -12.5%

09-12-2012 01:30:55 | More by wattoclone
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MordorMongo


4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

01-13-2013 20:43:51 | More by MordorMongo
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Healthy finger and a half of head, creamy. Goldenrod body, clear tinged with red. Light lacing.

Serious funk and tang on the nose and a good cherry presence. Smells really great.

Pretty darn great, dry and sour and really well balanced. Cherry is subtle and works well.

Feel is a bit bright but not really. Decent.

Quite nice. Cherry is subtle, and really sophisticated.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 23:28:57 | More by zaphodchak
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errantnight

California

4.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally got around to drinking this... what an amazing beer.

Poured into a tulip glass, and that was the last time the beer would even mildly disappoint. A hazy light amber/brown (burnt sienna, we'll say) with a thin, waif-y head that disappears quickly. It looks fine, but if I wasn't sneaking glances back over at the bottle I wouldn't know quite what a treat I was in for.

The aroma is stunning. Sharp cherry tartness and other ripe fruit on a malty backbone with a distinct funk.

And it tastes even better... I was splitting this bottle with my girlfriend (damn my generous ways!) and it was all I could do not to gulp this down. Clean, crisp, refreshing! The funky sourness gives an awesome bite that never completely overpowers (this doesn't reach that "other" level of sourness achieved by, say, a nice geuze), and the cherry notes are carried high with the proper amount of sweetness, which isn't cloying or simple, but complex and full bodied, coats the tongue and lifts with an excellent level of carbonation. Oak-y astringency is just around the edges, rounding it off nicely. I couldn't be more pleased, particularly after Temptation set the bar so high. If I could afford to purchase by the case, I would.

Excessively drinkable, complex enough to handle a variety of duties in food pairing, you simply must try this beer. And Russian River simply must find a way to produce more of it.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 20:20:43 | More by errantnight
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ant880

New York

4/5  rDev -12.5%

01-07-2013 13:12:03 | More by ant880
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Googs

New York

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-07-2012 03:23:16 | More by Googs
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beersdmf17

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

03-14-2014 02:27:10 | More by beersdmf17
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a MJ tasting glass.

Pours a ruby hue with orange highlights around the edges of the glass. About a finger of head that drops rather quickly. But a very effervescent brew.

Aromas of lactic sourness, oakiness, cherry stones, vinegar, and cherries.

First sip is of a slightly puckering sourness. A bit of a carbonic bite. Sour cherry juice, untoasted oak. Vinegar and lactic sourness. And cherry pits.

Mouthfeel is thin, tart, and a drying puckerness.

Drinkability is fairly good. A "classic" american wild brew. Missing some intangibles from a belgian sour, lack of "earthiness." Overall good, but nothing to get too excited about. Not getting the hype.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 00:29:43 | More by JamnesCameron
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

11-15-2011 16:24:51 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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cvm4

Mississippi

4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #008

A - Amber in color but has a red hue to it. Not too cloudy, nice 1 finger white head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

S - Funk, pinot noir and cherries. Some alcohol seeping through.

T - Gobs of sour and tart hit your first! Midway you do get the presence of cherries. The dry, wine like finish leaves you wanting more.

M - Crisp, clean, dry, effervescent.

O - My first real foray into sours. It's a treat! Not a malt bomb or a hop bomb, but a cherry tart bomb! And it's just so drinkable with the cherries shining through but not being overpowering. Loved it!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 00:15:35 | More by cvm4
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Walkerjgt

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

07-04-2014 01:41:47 | More by Walkerjgt
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HumphreyLee

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -12.5%

10-01-2013 05:40:31 | More by HumphreyLee
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Stum-pub

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +9.4%

07-16-2014 07:55:05 | More by Stum-pub
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kkrez

Colorado

5/5  rDev +9.4%

11-14-2011 21:51:15 | More by kkrez
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -7%

01-31-2012 15:53:29 | More by phingdong
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throwback

Ohio

5/5  rDev +9.4%

12-27-2011 14:49:02 | More by throwback
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yergermeister

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +9.4%

04-18-2012 13:51:15 | More by yergermeister
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Ncpogs

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-09-2014 13:34:13 | More by Ncpogs
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mikepcarney

Ohio

5/5  rDev +9.4%

07-08-2013 01:59:04 | More by mikepcarney
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CesarLopes

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

12-25-2013 18:06:31 | More by CesarLopes
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jjheinrichs

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-18-2011 04:23:25 | More by jjheinrichs
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zhanson88

California

4.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Supplication pours a medium orange color with copper highlights and about 2 fingers of white head. This beer is extremely effervescent; tons of carbonation. Both lacing and retention are great. Very good looking beer.

Smell: Lots of funk shows up immediately here, as well as lighter vinegar and sour lemon notes. I also get quite a bit of fruitiness to offset the sour; mainly tart cherries, but also some citrus.

Taste: The taste is decidedly more sour than the nose is. Lots of funk and sour lemon notes. The tart cherry flavors are there, but are more muted, and I get less citrus components on the palate than on the nose. Great tasting beer though, the funk and sourness are quite pleasing.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is light, carbonated and bubbly. Very crisp and refreshing. Overall, this is a great wild ale. Really nice balance between fruit and sour. I've got both Temptation and Consecration and am interested to see what I like the best.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 12:29:42 | More by zhanson88
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ari32

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

07-22-2013 15:59:59 | More by ari32
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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