Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,077
Reviews: 1,331
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 2,242
Gots: 1,570 | 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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Photo of seaoflament
4.18/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle today from South Bay Drugs and Liquor.

Batch 003.

Big pop! Lots of pressure but thankfully not a gusher. Pours a caramel color with some red overtones when held to the light. A frothy white head builds up to about two inches and settles to half within the minute. There are some lacing on the sides of the glass every time I take a sip.

Smell is great. Tart cherries with some wood, funk, sour apples, and pears. The malt is hiding in the background behind the fruitiness, tartness, and funk. Some toasted bread aromas begin to come through as it warms up.

Taste is of a lovely sour and slightly aggressive carbonation on the back of the tongue. It leaves a bit of a salty sensation on the palate and you can feel the acidity travel down to your stomach. It has a big apple taste upfront too and mixes well with the sour cherries. Some vinegar flavors near the finish and lots of sour lemons too. Lots of oak flavors and right now it seems to be suppressing the cherries. Would have scored higher on the taste if I could taste some more cherries.

Mouth-feel is aggressive and punishing with the sourness and carbonation. The fruit seems to come near the finish and in the after-taste. Not as aggressive on the tongue once it warms up but still quite sour.

I need to get some more of this stuff.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Hootie159
4.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: poured into a Russian River 'tion' glass to a deep reddish brown with a small bone colored head that fades quickly to a collar around the glass
S: smells of sour fruits, some oakyness and tanins, and some slight funk
T: sour cherries up front with some good acetic courness, a bit of vanilla and oak with lingering sourness throughout the drink. swallow brings some tannins and solvent flavors with a bit more vanilla and oak
M: medium in the mouth with soft and slightly prickly carbonation with a slightly dry finish
O: probably the gold standard of american wild ales and sour beers. very good with a great amount of sourness and great flavors. top notch across the board

Photo of pwoody11
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Kadonny
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked 375ml bottle into a snifter glass.

A: A darker golden orange color with a prickly two finger white head. No glass lacing to speak of.

S: Wow, sour and tartness jump with smells of fruit, cherry, apple and some yeastiness.

T: Sour? Absolutely, just plain mouth puckering from the second it hits your lips. Flavors of dark fruit, cherry, some apple, pear with some very slight (I do mean slight) sweetness. Some yeastiness but no funk. Finish remains sour and puckering that just lasts seemingly forever. So this has brett in it? I'm not getting any classic brett flavors.

M: Tart, puckering, full, coating.

D: Medium, it was the perfect serving size but more might not have been better.

Overall this is one sour beer (like I expected anything less), but a great beer at that. RR is amazing with their sours as they are just so damn good. I might like Consecration better, but this is one great beer too.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Cork didn't shoot out all by itself and foam over like some RR beers have done to me in the past. Pours a murky/unfiltered dark brown with a huge light-foamy head that fades rather quickly leaving little lace on the glass. Bottle has yeast dregs left in the bottom.

S - Lots of funk on this one, in a good way of course. The wine barrel/woody flavor is definitely present and the cherries are a little more difficult to pick up over all the yeast aromas.

T - Very tart and dry from the barrel aging and from all the fun bacteria used to make this brew. Wine-like tannins can be detected and the cherries do come out a little more when drinking and they are mostly sour as well. Great dry oak flavors at the finish as well as all the yeast-produced flavors. Great complexity but not too much as to confuse the palate.

M/D - Medium body with a high amount of carbonation (as should be for this sytle) which leaves a very dry mouthfeel. All the flavors of wood, fruit, and bacteria aging blend very well and make it super easy to drink.

Another knock-out punch from Russian River.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to beersndrums for this one! I am clamoring to try all of these RR beers.

375 mL bottle poured into a tulip at cellar temperature.

L – Hazy deep amber color with a 1-finger bubbly cream-colored head that fades rapidly into a ring of froth around the edge of the glass. Not much lacing.

S – Unbelievably complex. Sour cherries burst out right away, but on further analysis, I get Pinot Noir notes including more cherries and raspberries, obviously lots of tart lactic acidity, dry oak, some musty Brett, and a nice helping of sweet caramel and brown sugar malt. There’s more going on here as well, but this is what I can gather.

T – It starts off immediately sour with cherry, raspberry, and grape flavors followed soon by sweet caramel malt and brown sugar as soon as the acidity fades. As the taste progresses dry oak and musty, funky Brett appear and pair well together. Really, really tasty.

F – Medium-bodied, great carbonation, an effervescent, tart, sticky, and mouth-coating feel, and a sweet, sour, earthy, musty, and dry finish. There are so many flavors that meld together wonderfully and linger that I can’t just pick out a few. This whole beer comes together at the finish and is spectacular.

O – This is a fantastic beer and a great sour. It’s extraordinarily drinkable for a sour beer at nearly 8% ABV, I think due to the sweeter elements that balance out the sour ones. It’s very complex but very approachable at the same time. By that I mean that there are aromas and flavors that scream out at you but there are also layers upon layers of other aromas and flavors if you keep digging. Really my only complaint as others have said is that I wish it was in a bigger bottle so I could have more. The price is a little tough, too, especially for a bottle this size, but it really is a fantastic beer. Thank you so much for the opportunity to try this one, Jared!

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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 DaveHS
4.97/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep burgundy with almost no head. Very little retention or lacing. The nose is vinous and tart, with cherries right out in front, followed by the pinot oak and faint whiffs of brett. A very good indication of what's to come. The first sip is tart and bracing. As the tartness fades, sweet and sour cherry flavors push through on a
wave of subdued oak. The brettanomyces funk works against these extreme flavors to provide an earthy balance in the finish. Medium bodied, with bright, sharp carbonation. A sour ale that slaps you in the face and demands your attention.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of cvm4
4.68/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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4.92/5  rDev +7.9%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev -12.3%

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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