Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #7
Ranked #97
4.55 | pDev: 8.79%
May 29, 2023
Feb 25, 2005
Notes: 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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Rated: 4.42 by jimmybram from North Carolina

May 29, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by akopczyk from Ohio

May 23, 2023
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Reviewed by hreb from Washington

3.73/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
375mL cork-topped bottle, bottled on 020823 (barrel aged 9 to 15 months, pinor noir barrels, with cherries). Served in my new stemless CBC glass. Brillian ruby color with excellent clarity and little head formation. Mild aroma suggests a bit of tartness. Flavor brings on a LOT of that tartness, approaching outright sour, but has a delicious ripe cherry flavor which complements the Brett nicely. Sharp carbonation is suitable here.

If I was more into sours I might find this outstanding. I find it more drinkable than Cerise Cassée, and I really appreciate the balance here. Unfortunately for me it's a balance between sour Brett and sweet cherries, not so much the oak and the brown ale underneath that I'd be more interested in.
Apr 22, 2023
Rated: 3.81 by folkstar from Rhode Island

Apr 09, 2023
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Reviewed by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This pours out copper, a bit of haze, minimal head and no lacing. Nose is a punchy vinegar note, wine barrel and fruit beneath. Flavor is a less aggressive presentation of the nose, with cherry and full red wine elements melding into the strong acidity. The wildness also comes through as a counter to the acidity, putting some earthiness and funk on the back end. Well built and delicious.
Mar 25, 2023
Rated: 4.54 by Dillpickle315 from Colorado

Mar 21, 2023
Rated: 4.69 by saymike32 from New Jersey

Mar 17, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by stmoorea from Illinois

Mar 08, 2023
Rated: 4.37 by dan_amdg from Illinois

Feb 25, 2023
Rated: 4.81 by joemochas from Florida

Feb 21, 2023
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Reviewed by superpete93 from New Hampshire

2.11/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
I couldn't get into this one. The taste was all over the place and a bit too sour for my tastes. Carbonation and head was good. Sad because I really wanted to like this.
Jan 30, 2023
Rated: 4.84 by bowmanad3

Jan 29, 2023
Rated: 4.39 by mamaraza from Texas

Jan 02, 2023
Rated: 5 by wshinevar from Massachusetts

Dec 26, 2022
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Reviewed by JimKochFan from New Jersey

2.4/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
Bottled in 2014 poured into a tulip glass. This beer has way too much going on. Almost like they tried to creat so many flavor profiles it ended up just tasting like a mess. Not very drinkable thus not very enjoyable.
Nov 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 7/2/17 and received courtesy of @dimidiata. Fairly clear, amber color coming out of the bottle, settling to a deeper semi-translucent caramel once in the glass. The aroma initially struck me as typical wild brett funk, but upon closer inspection the cherry and wine barrel notes revealed themselves in a pleasantly discreet way.

Taste is wonderfully........different. This is unlike any beer I can recall in recent memory. The cherries are remarkably present after 5 years, but the wine barrel combined with the earthy funk is what's really making this one interesting. Plenty of sweet malts up front, but then the funk emerges mid-palate and into the aftertaste. Fairly full bodied and lightly carbonated.

Overall, very interesting and very good beer.
Jun 26, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by Chuckg93 from Oregon

Jun 13, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by jwerner23 from Minnesota

Jun 13, 2022
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Reviewed by Sparty1224 from Michigan

4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Brief Review:

O: My 2nd of 3rd RR sours I picked up from SF. This may be their highest rated. Nice brown ale with cherries, almost like a Flander's. Not too tart, which I like. Flavors are nice and clean. Good balance overall.

Recommendation: Doesn't really blow me away for a sour with this kind of reputation, but it drinks nice and is a good Spring/Summer beer.
Jun 08, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by Affinity from Missouri

Jun 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Bostonchap from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Wild! Received this from a good friend in the Bay Area. Works for me - it’s complex and skewed towards sour funkiness… very much feels sophisticated.
May 27, 2022
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A friend of mine visited Colorado for a family Christmas and he brought back a bunch of RR goodies 12-31-21 including this 375ml bottle for $13.99. Bottled 4-27-21; consumed 4-26-22.

Beer poured a pretty raspberry with a smallish white head that dissipated pretty quickly.

Nose is nice, berry forward, nice bouquet.

Taste is really well done; a substantial but light malt base combines nicely with the pinot noir barrel which lends the dark berry fruit flavor and a touch of tartness. The introduced Brett lends some funkiness. It finishes with a dry oak barrel.

Mouthfeel i s light bodied and very easy to sip.

Overall even thought my funky sour pallet is underdeveloped i can see this is a really well made beer as it is so flavorful and light and not overwhelming. Buy this if you like the style!
Apr 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bottled 10/22/21

Last but most certainly not least in my lineup if Russian River Wilds is Supplication, the 8th highest rated of the style and 101st overall. It’s been a fun journey working through all of these, and I hope to drink them all again in the future. For now, let’s see what this one has to offer

Pours a opaque brownish orange with 2 fingers of off white head that quickly fades to a ring and leaves minimal lacing

Wow, this is a full on assault in the nose and I’m loving it. I’m picking up on aromas of dark cherry, old leather, brown sugar, fresh oak, lemon yogurt, vanilla, rich red wine, light vinegar, caramel, and light plum

It is just so rich in taste, and not really the sour bomb you expect from the aroma. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting dark cherry, tangy red wine, fresh oak, lemon juice, toffee, apple skin, wet hay, and light cellar. The swallow brings notes of dark cherry, stewed dark fruit, red wine vinegar, blackberry, black pepper, brown bread, and pear skin

A medium full body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a tangy beer. Finishes slightly sticky but tart enough to cut through most of it

This is a fantastic beer. It's certainly one of (if not the) best Russian River Wilds I had in this run, and it swings in the same class as the best of the style. So delicious but I'm sad that I've finished my last bottle!
Mar 28, 2022
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2011 on tap in 2021
Look - shocked how good this looks for being 10 years old. Thick reddish brown with a great white head and lacing
Smell - tart cherry and woody
Taste - fantastic tart cherries and a ton of wood
Feel - medium body creamy with a slight carb
Ovearll - just a wonderful beer and shocked its this good after 10 yeras
Feb 25, 2022
Rated: 4.42 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 20, 2022
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a brown color with tinges of red on the edges, all underneath a light tan head that evaporates quickly. The nose is loads of tart cherries, caramel, and some Brett. Wow.

The tart cherries and Brett are forward on the taste, with the caramel at the back of the palate for balance. This is the most delicious wild ale I’ve ever tasted.

The mouthfeel is medium and a bit spritzy. For me, this is a world class beer.
Dec 18, 2021
Rated: 5 by djkrause from Georgia

Dec 10, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Dec 01, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by TedStrosser from Pennsylvania

Nov 06, 2021
Rated: 4 by VaporDome from New York

Oct 31, 2021
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

4.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Review 1679
Russian River Brewing
Date: 21 November 2019
I will start my day with a wild ale; I have tried most of the sours from RRB, they have been phenomenal. I used a tulip glass; the temperature was 44 degrees. The pour created a frothy and airy light tan head with poor retention. The quick dissipation left zero lacing on the glass. The color charts around SRM 15, dark amber with rusty orange hues. The beer is somewhat hazy. The appearance of the beer is beautiful.
When I pulled the cork out, wine and oak aromas emitted. Nosing further in the glass, I detect sour apple cider, funky barn, horse blanket, cherries, toasted crackers, and leather. Smelling the beer several times, I sense floral ester, a touch of phenols, and a slight fruity sweetness.
The beer's aromas are sharp but did do not relate to the taste. The flavors are brett, oak, vinous, sour apple cider, horse blanket, dankness, funky barnyard, herbal, hay, cherries, lightly toasted malts, leather, phenolic, and earthiness.
The mouthfeel is astringent, tart, and dry. The body of the beer is medium-light, high carbonation, and delightfully long finish.
This beer is incredible. One of the best sours I have consumed to date. I was bracing for the sourness to rip my palate apart; I got the latter, a delicate ballet on my tongue. Near perfect balance, nothing the beer is trying to outdo other flavors. I loved this beer!
Oct 16, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by InfernoBoss from California

Oct 13, 2021
Rated: 4.29 by KingforaDay from New Jersey

Oct 05, 2021
Rated: 4.85 by beermanben from Wisconsin

Oct 05, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by gelasin from California

Sep 15, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by jprock01 from Missouri

Sep 14, 2021
Rated: 5 by kblomseth from California

Aug 19, 2021
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Rated by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Great sour beer.
Aug 14, 2021
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Rated by gefinley from California

4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottled 6/24/20.
Aug 07, 2021
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 6710 ratings