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Supplication - Russian River Brewing Company

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5,250 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,250
Reviews: 1,348
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2,349
Gots: 1,667 | FT: 113
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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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Furlinator
4.44/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 01/07/14.

Pours a hazy dark amber. The 1/2 inch eggshell head fades to a thin film and a ring on top that leaves curtains of lace.

The smell is of faint barnyard funk, biscuit bread, unripe cherries and a hint of vinegar.

The taste is of sour cherry, white grapes and faint vinegar tartness.

The texture is light bodied with high carbonation. A steady stream of tiny bubbles rise up throughout the drink down.

This is among the best sours I've encountered. Not overwhelming tart. Delicious cherry and Pinot noir accents.

Photo of kaseydad
4.27/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown with some slight burgandy tints and nice foamy throughout the session. A lot of floaties but good. Nice funk in the aroma with some cherries, raspberries and wine-like whiffs. Nice. Tough on the esophogus after each sip for me....right to the finish. Tart but not overly distracting. Some cherries and more tart fruit in the taste. Nice. Dry and clean finish. Salivation on the buds after each sip. Overall I thought this was a great wild ale and a great starter if someone is looking to try the style. Not overly sour and pleasant to sip.

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of JCam9981
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TWStandley
4.52/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a KTG snifter.

Appeared a reddish brown color with a beige head.

Smelled sour, with a definite wine presence. Could easily detect the cherries with some other sour fruits mixed in.

Taste is amazing - first you are hit with straight sourness, as though you just squeezed a lemon, then comes in some wine flavors followed by tart cherries in the finish. Truly delicious.

Mouthfeel fits this beer perfectly. Nice and light, but not watery whatsoever.

Overall this is an unbelieveable sour. I love the complexity. Not as funky as I anticipated, but still it was truly a treat to drink. Looking forward to putting the second bottle in my cellar to see what some age can do.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of LarryMyers
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After getting married and moving, I have found my notepad once again. From my wedding/honeymoon in Sonoma, I was lucky to spend and afternoon at Russian River.

A: A brownish tan color, almost caramel looking with some orange hues. Provides a small white foam head.

S: A wonderful cherry tart smell with a hint of oak. The tart cherry scent is the most present and it smells very inviting.

T: One thing I learned in wine country is to sip once, then sip twice and let it linger on the palate. First sip, I was not sure what to make of it, but as I tasted my 2nd and 3rd sips, I began to really enjoy this. A truly great cherry tart is present throughout. Through the middle and backend, the slight citrus and oak flavors come through. I kept drinking and drinking this enjoying it thoroughly.

M: Leaves a slight tart flavor on the palate. Very pleasing and not too over powering. The mouth finishes very dry.

D: I really liked this beer a lot. At first sip I was unsure of it, but as I drank more and more, I came to appreciate this gem!

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of stewart124
4.37/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got a chance to try this at the Toronado in San Francisco. Poured into a tiny tulip glass with just a whisp of head atop this dark copper colored beer.

The smell is exactly what I would expect from a wild ale. Lots of winey characteristics, floral aromas and just a funky aroma in general.

Suprisingly balanced and a sourness that is sharp but appealing. Very unique flavors of cherry, wood and a light caramel note. As expected this finishes very dry and puckering. While sipping this more complex cherry notes come on.

Pleasing wild ale which seems simple yet complex all the way through. Maybe it just confused my palate though since I haven't had too many wild ales. This is a tasty ale to say the least.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this as an extra from nerd. Poured into a tulip. Batch 005X1. Light brown with a reddish tint to it. There is a light brown head that rests on top; about a quarter inch thick.

Smells slightly sour, a hint of oak is noticed in the background. I get a good whiff of cherry vanilla as well. This doesn't smell overly sour, allowing a more complex aroma from the other scents.

The taste starts with just the slightest bit of vanilla sweetness, and follows with a nice sour finish. Nicely balanced, but still sour forward.

The mouthfeel here his nicely done. The carbonation has a nice prickliness to it, and the body fills the mouth nicely when quaffed.

As far as sours go, this is highly drinkable, but I will resist the urge to gulp it down and make it last.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MiScusi
4.27/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 002.

A: Poured into Stone IRS snifter, Light brown, reddish, off-white thin head that forms a rung around glass. Effervescent.

S: Could probably smell this a block away. fruit, tart cherries mixed with light oak.

T: tart fruit, vinous.

M: Cidery. Light and prickly on the tongue. Pretty acidic.

Enjoyed this very much. Had a nice rich taste within a relatively light alcohol body. Acidity is its limiting quality, as it somewhat burns on its way down. Otherwise the sour and fruit work very nicely together.

Photo of Kenai4
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of harsley
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of IPAIsaac
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kamikazeokami
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 5-30-10 - poured into a tulip glass - 12.68 Fl. Oz. (375 ML) cage-capped bottle - Batch 04X4

Appearance: Pours deep amber orange with a large, bubbly, creamy, tan head. Nice lacing hangs around.

Smell: Similar to a kriek lambic in many respects. This beer has dark fruit and malt undertones, tart cherries and cellar funk on the nose.

Taste: Malt, wood, and funk all give flavor to attempt to balance the sour cherries, with more success than you might think. However, the sour cherry flavor ultimately wins the day. The beer finishes crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation. The feel is silky smooth at first, but eventually leaves the palate dry.

Drinkability: Very Good. This beer is a sipper, but I just cannot seem to do that! Also, not as balanced as some might like but it hits the mark for me.

Comments: A great beer with fine complexity. Russian river is making some topnotch brews. I have been lucky enough to enjoy two bottles of this wonderful beer.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at the Pliny the Younger release. Batch 04 x 1. Poured into a duvel tulip.

Brown/amber/mahogany semi opaque beer. Two and a half finger cream head. Very impressive head retention, and awesome lacing.

Smells of sourness, bready yeast, oak, and a faint bit of vanilla.

Oaky tannins, sourness, brett, cherries, champagne, vague dark fruits (raisins/plumb), and vanilla.

Full bodied, well carbonated, fairly dry and creamy.

Delicious sour ale that keeps you coming back for more.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
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