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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,596 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,596
Reviews: 1,309
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,105
Gots: 1,387 | FT: 90
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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4/5  rDev -12.5%

08-20-2014 01:37:34 | More by Kevincredible
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4.68/5  rDev +2.4%

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!

06-14-2012 00:15:35 | More by cvm4
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

12-25-2013 18:06:31 | More by CesarLopes
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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%

I had this on tap at Russian River Brewery.

Appearance- brownish color, thin head

Smell- sour aroma, wood, cherries

Taste- sour flavor, cherries, wood

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was really good. It's one of my wife's favorite beers.

08-18-2010 19:51:50 | More by jeffjeff1
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

01-08-2013 20:38:34 | More by Prospero
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

11-15-2013 17:52:09 | More by anticipation23
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4.4/5  rDev -3.7%

I'm excited to try this, I've only had one other RR sour.

A- There was a huge pop when I let the cork fly. Good carbination in the glass. A nice head formed, about an inch, and it's pretty frothy and tightly nit. The glass has a lot of carbination action going on in the beer itself. A nice amber color nestles itself within my glass.

S- The sourness is there for sure. A lacto smell is there, reminds me of a cherry tums in a strange way. A nice oak smell with the presence of the pino for sure along with the sour cherry taste that floats around. Pretty complex nose.

T- Good clean beer taste, very crisp and refreshing. The sourness sits and waits till the end to pounce and pucker the tongue. This is a sour beast, almost like sucking on sour lemons. The sourness even lingers on my teeth, gums and down my throat. My most recent taste made my eye twitch, whew. The sourness is so overwhelming that I'm not getting too much of the other flavors. But this is tasty.

M- Besides the mouth puckering sourness the carbination is totally awesome and helps this beer out a great deal.

D- Easy to drink, but the sourness does slow down the drinking of the beer, but I want to enjoy this as it is.

02-18-2010 04:56:53 | More by Wetpaperbag
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4.68/5  rDev +2.4%

Batch 5 into Russian River "tion" glass

Maybe it looks better to me than other beers because I love it so much, but the reddish, amber color is just enticing.

Lots going on in the aroma. More than I can probably detect, but I get the cherries, vinegar, and warning of acidity.

Tartness is the first thing I notice when it hits my tongue. That's followed by the cherry and red wine notes. Nothing short of spectacular.

I would drink more of this if I wasn't limited by price, availability, and the fact that I find it to be a bit of a palate wrecker, NTTAWWT. Supplication is as good as it gets. I need to start buying this stuff by the case.

01-04-2011 01:48:46 | More by chcfan
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4.68/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

10-26-2005 22:40:25 | More by watermelonman
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4.1/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

11-20-2010 03:43:02 | More by JAXSON
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

12-27-2011 14:49:02 | More by throwback
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

01-13-2013 20:43:51 | More by MordorMongo
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-18-2011 04:23:25 | More by jjheinrichs
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4.43/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

05-18-2012 23:28:57 | More by zaphodchak
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4.8/5  rDev +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.

11-13-2007 20:20:43 | More by errantnight
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New York

4/5  rDev -12.5%

01-07-2013 13:12:03 | More by ant880
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4.45/5  rDev -2.6%

Batch 04x4 served in snifter.

Pours a nice dark amber. Very carbonated. Pour left a 3 finger head that was off white with a hint of orange color to it. Lacing is incredible and head lasted until the last drop

The aroma is kind of funky. Almost musty. Not really picking up on any cherry notes specifically but am getting some fruit notes, more along the lines of red wine.

WOW! Love it. Taste immediately reminds me of red wine. Tart and sweet. Slight hint of heat towards the end. Still not picking up much cherry.

Mouthfeel is dry and carbonated. Pleasant.

To sum this beer up, it's like beer, wine, and champagne all in one. I have to believe it is truly one of a kind. I hope I am able to get my hands on this again sometime soon.

03-09-2010 22:04:42 | More by pwoody11
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-09-2014 00:55:28 | More by srw
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

05-15-2013 21:34:17 | More by emottram
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3.9/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

12-22-2010 00:29:43 | More by JamnesCameron
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

11-15-2011 16:24:51 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

06-14-2014 01:37:22 | More by MonkeyBread
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

10-01-2013 05:40:31 | More by HumphreyLee
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

06-20-2014 21:18:50 | More by csmalley
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-06-2014 04:21:14 | More by mecmd
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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