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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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5,312 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,312
Reviews: 1,355
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2,405
Gots: 1,718 | FT: 118
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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4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy walnut brown with reddish hues and a thin off white head that does manage stick around for some time before leaving a thin layer of lacing.

Quite a unique aroma consisting of funky yeast, cherries, pepper-like spice, hints of oak, and vinous grape from the noir.

Sour flavor up front with cherries and grapes, followed by yeast, only faint hints of the oak, and a tart finish.

Medium to light in body with generous carbonation, crisp yet tart, and a bit acidic.

This is an amazing blend of flavors and aromas, but not so dominant that it affects how easy it is too drink. Great beer!

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375ml Batch 005X4

A- Pours a ruby red color with a thick white foam that leaves great lacing.

S- Red tart cherries and brett funk make up the majority of the nose. A slight sweet malt aroma is barely present.

T- All cherries and funk. Not quite Kriek cherry tartness but still very tart and very flavorful. Some slight vinegar and brown malt with a sharp acidic finish.

M- Medium/light bodied with nice carbonation. Dry and juicy at the same time. Very interesting feel.

O- This is quite a beer. Tons of flavor and a nice sourness that is a staple of many Russian River brews.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of RuckusDu
4.69/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

New batch labeling - just a date, 6/22/12.

A - Head of about a finger quickly dissolves to nothing. Thought I saw a nice light reddish brown color before it went away. Body is very clear and a dark apple juice color. Slight reddishness to it.

S - It has that absolute tart aroma to it, but you can tell there is something in there to balance it out. Apples, cherries, and grapefruit. Tartness of a lemon. Only a slight funkiness to it.

T - Just about the same as the nose except maybe a little more funk. It's all the mostly balanced beer I have had though. Just the right amount of sour and sweet and funk to be wonderful. Again some nice red apple, raspberry, and lime/lime rind.

M - Very drying, light bodied and nice carbonation. Probably my one complaint about this beer.

O - A delight to drink, just a little on the pricey side.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.62/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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4/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of vandemonian
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Russian River Supplication is an amazing beer. There are so many flavours: sourness; wood; grape; cherry; and malt. They are all noticeable and they are integrated into a wonderful overall flavour. Great beer!

A: Red colour and a 5 mm head that fades leaving little lacing. Shake the glass and the head comes back. 4

S: Malt, lemon rind and some sourness. Pleasant. 4

T: Sourness with hints of wood. Dry. The sourness dominates over the malt. There is some sour funk from the bugs as well as some bitter grape sourness from the wine. The finish is a a mix of grapeskins and a little funk. So many flavours in there and yet they combine into something great. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of reebtaerG
4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had two samples at SN beer camp philly

A-Pours a deep clear orange-amber with creamy bone-colored head and leaves some lacing.

S-Aroma is mostly funk, cherry, bretty, and little tart. When it gets warmer there are malty and wood aromas.

T-Flavor has an excellent very tart and fruity flaovr. Rather subtle effects from the pinot noir barrel aging, especially in terms of woodiness. Excellent lingering, midly tart aftertaste.

M-Mouthfeel gives a smooth, medium-light body with a good low carbonation. Finishes with near puckering tartness.

O-Overall a great beer had to get back in the long line to get another.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy orangish brown color, with a thin white head that fades quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

This beer has a nice sour aroma. Viniger, but not in a bad way. Some citrus fruit too. Some tart cherries. Very nice.

Wow, this beer is good. It is very tart and sour. I taste some sweet cherries. The wood make a slight appearence in the flavor. And some vinigery sourness.

This beer is highly carbonated. It leaves a sour aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is pretty aggressive, but I think I could drink it all night. I would be able to taste the last one as much as the first, unlike extremely hoppy beers.

Overall: Batch 3. This beer is everything I was hoping for. I love it. This is exactly the way I wanted to celebrate the news I got today about being selected for advancement to E6. A perfect end to a great day.

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4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle dated 01-07-14

Pours a hazy topaz brown with a micro thin head and lacing from the very fine carbonation. I am getting a foundation of grape and cherry on the nose with some lemony sourness. There is some faint sweetness on the nose which carries over to the taste. The grape was surprisingly dominant on the taste for me and I felt like the tart and dry pinot wine backbone held on to the finish. The cherry is also vivid but integrated in a pleasant way like in a good kriek lambic. There is a fullness of flavor - perhaps umami - but the beer remains very approachable and refreshing. The lemony pop also reminds me of good lambic, but the strong grape presence and the very dry and oaky finish does not. There is some presence of alcohol on the finish. There is also a good amount of earthy brett funk throughout as well. This beer is fairly sour. The barrel presence is actually quite strong and I think I would prefer a little less of it. The prickly and effervescent carbonation creates a creamy, light mouthfeel that works really well with the flavors and sourness.

This is an amazing beer, no doubt about it. There are a number of flavors that intertwine and last forever, helped along by perfect carbonation. This is a beer that goes down easy yet it has so much going on. My only complaint is that it has a little too much pinot grape influence for my taste. I wish the cherries had shown through more than the grape did. Nevertheless, I still love this beer and highly recommend it.

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Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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