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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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4,424 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,424
Reviews: 1,304
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 2,071
Gots: 1,333 | FT: 84
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.

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teamwiggum

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

06-15-2014 00:05:08 | More by teamwiggum
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treyrab

California

4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Dyan for bringing this to our Graduation Tasting! I have been yearning for this beer for a long, long time and finally got a taste!

A: Pours a hazy brown with noticeable crimson and brick colored hues. Yields a nice off white with a nice noticeable spritziness and carbonation.

S: Wow. Tons of lemon soaked red grapes, nice Cabernet or another red wine, lemon and yeast funk. This is a very complex smelling beer.

T: Just an incredible sour. Nice vinous qualities with red wine, red grapes, lemon tartness, dry oakiness and some light grapes as well. One of the most complex sours yet nice and easy to drink.

Overall, this was an incredible beer. Thanks again to Dyan and I can't wait to try this again!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 23:12:14 | More by treyrab
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Lukafer

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes

thanks to jdefont!

Batch 4 

Pours a reddish with thin white head.  Smells like oak, cherries with some sourness. Tastes like sour cherries, slightly tart, sour finish. You can taste the wood in there as well, very good beer. Drinkability is high, mouthfeel is good, I could drink a lot of these if they distributed to Indiana, that and if they were cheaper.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 18:12:29 | More by Lukafer
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harsley

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-26-2013 15:59:22 | More by harsley
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12,75oz bottle shared into chalice tasting glasses, from notes. Thanks to Stoney73!
A: Pour a nice and bold red/brown, not as much red from cherries as I would have guessed. Head is fluffy and holds very well, lacing is as sticky as the head is.
S: An aroma that can only come from a well produced sour. A tight and sharp snap from the Bret, underlining a use of cherry and very dry use of hop.
T/M: The bold and complex flavors in this beer are beyond the norm, this is a highly great use of sour, that shows a nice blend of brown sour character and a interplay of a Belgian Kriek. SOUR, SOUR and more sour, this is spot on for the American style and sets standards for what the Wild ale should be compared to.
D: Mind blowing, had this while brewing a Pliny clone with my father, wow thanks Russian River, great brews and pushing the style envelope. I could find my self drinking many of these sours.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 16:39:44 | More by GDBEERMAN
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HopsMatt

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

04-16-2013 06:45:40 | More by HopsMatt
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ScottP

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +9.4%

01-14-2013 23:43:35 | More by ScottP
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CB2maltygoodness

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +9.4%

10-05-2013 02:50:52 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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bradfordjohnson

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

09-04-2012 23:13:27 | More by bradfordjohnson
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pschul4

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LaChupacabra for this one!!

A- Pours an intersting ruby color with a very quickly dissipating white head.

S- Some sour funk in the nose but pretty faint.

T- Tons of funk with some cherry notes that balance things nicely. I'm really digging this.

M- Prickly mouthfeel that works well for this beer.

O- For my first "big sour" this is a big win. Russian River can do no wrong! (as long as I forget about redemption)

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 03:54:18 | More by pschul4
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KimenTshom

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-10-2013 05:26:31 | More by KimenTshom
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halo913

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-06-2012 03:01:19 | More by halo913
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mjl21

California

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

375ml bottle. Batch 003. Poured into a tulip glass. Purchased at the brewery when it was first released and kept at cellar temperature. Poured into a tulip glass. Comes in at 7.00%.

A-Pours a golden orange amber color. It has a two finger almost tan colored head that has incredible retention and rests at about half of its original size. The head results in great streaks of lace after every sip. Large amounts of bubbles can be seen continuously breaking from the bottom of the glass.

S-As this bottle is now almost two years old, the pinot noir character has reduced along with the aroma of fresh cherries. It now is a lot more acidic/vinegar-like. The sour/tart cherries can be detected along with some musty oak barrel aroma. There is also definite funk lingering in the nose. The funk and sour elements are quite balanced.

T-It starts with sour/tart cherries. It is not overwhelmingly tart/sour at the start. Mid-sip it has some sweetness from the brown ale base beer and some vanilla from the pak barrels. As it goes down is when its enhanced acidic/vinegar character is a lot more noticeable. It is a lot stronger than when it was fresh. A touch below Beatification's sour level, but definitely stronger than Temptation.

M-Medium bodied, dry, a little oily, and a comfortable carbonation level.

D-After almost two years it is interesting to see how much more tart/sour this beer has become. It is a lot more accessible when fresh. I liked it with age, but miss some of the pinot noir character of a fresh bottle.

I am curious to see how my remaining bottles will continue to age. This beer can be aged for up to four years. I can only imagine it will be quite sour in another year or two.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 17:38:28 | More by mjl21
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LittleDon

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

06-21-2013 01:00:30 | More by LittleDon
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml poured into a Russian River "-tion" glass. Big thanks to russwbeck for this!

Batch 007

A - Pours a surprisingly clear, burnt umber brown, similar to the color of an Autumn landscape after the leaves change. It slowly builds a 2-fingered, off-white head with nice retention, especially compared to previous Russian River sours I've had. After it fades, it leaves behind a thick, half-finger cap that is continously fueled by numerous streams of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. The lacing is sticky at times, but it quickly recedes back into the rest of the beer.

S - The nose is full of tart, ripe cherries and a mild amount of grapes as well. A tannic oakiness comes through as well, but it's smooth and leads to a pleasant vanilla aroma. There is a slight amount of vinegar, but it is subdued and kept in check by the other notes.

T - Immediately, the palate is hit with a rush of sourness. It is a little strong at first, but the mouth acclimates quickly and it is very nice. The cherries take the forefront of the taste and they are complex, tart, and pitted. The barrel sneaks in shortly after this, giving it a different turn. I'm actually surprised by how much the oak and vanilla comes through, and the entirety of the beer revolves around this sparring of flavors. It does give it a vast complexity and is very enjoyable.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with decently high carbonation. It's mouth-puckeringly sour at first, but quickly shifts to a cheek-stinging tartness. The tannins last on the palate, which is exemplified by the crisp, dry finish.

D/O - Drinkability is high. This is one of the best Russian River sours I've had and part of that has to do with how complex and smooth it all is. It's easy to distinguish the fruit, the barrel, and the bugs that went into making this, and the final result is a delicious sipper that I am thankful for!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 05:24:03 | More by nhindian
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Sonofalime

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

09-02-2013 19:52:43 | More by Sonofalime
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jl28r1

Texas

5/5  rDev +9.4%

01-19-2013 14:33:26 | More by jl28r1
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phishphorce

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-05-2012 03:40:02 | More by phishphorce
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C2H5

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

10-06-2012 04:58:56 | More by C2H5
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MrDave

California

4/5  rDev -12.5%

05-29-2014 14:04:45 | More by MrDave
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Wolberjs

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

03-06-2014 07:12:08 | More by Wolberjs
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themind

New Jersey

4.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

American wild ale aged for 15 months in pinot noir barrels. Well that about sums it up! this brew is an excellent variation of the style. Great aroma, taste and mouth feel I could drink several of these in a sitting.If you love wine and beer then this is right up your alley. Top notch World Class beer worth the trouble of attaining.

Bottom Line: World Class offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 15:52:49 | More by themind
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bmmortale

Maryland

5/5  rDev +9.4%

03-06-2013 11:11:30 | More by bmmortale
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bccrosley

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

08-12-2013 01:41:02 | More by bccrosley
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SCZ

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

01-26-2014 01:17:16 | More by SCZ
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 4,424 ratings.