Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #7
Ranked #93
4.55 | pDev: 8.79%
Jun 26, 2022
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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Ratings by HouseAnderson:
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Rated by HouseAnderson from California

4.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 18, 2016
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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 arizcards 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
Rated: 4.46 by Shatik from California

Jul 11, 2021
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Rated by jb_4226 from Texas

4.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Sour cherry with the pinot noir, yummy!
Jul 01, 2021
Rated: 4.63 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Jun 21, 2021
Rated: 4.77 by JAWS from New York

Jun 19, 2021
Rated: 4 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 19, 2021
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Reviewed by iguanodon from Utah

4.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Gift from Ti. 375 ml bottle, cork & cage. Pours reddish brown with a small off white head. Aroma: Brett, white wine. Taste: Brett, white wine, apple, stone fruit, black pepper. Excellent sour.
Jun 19, 2021
Rated: 4 by Hellpimp from California

Jun 16, 2021
Rated: 4.71 by strengthdoc from Connecticut

Jun 01, 2021
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pours a dark nutty brown with mild fog. Head is a finger and a half of tan foam that bubbles away quickly. Aroma is cherry, Pinot noir, with a earthy, bready malts and stone and cellar notes. Flavor profile is cherry with stone, cellar, Pinot noir, berry, and bready malts. Mouth feel is bubbly and effervescent with a medium thickness. Overall, big depth with a little sour zing and a sweet wine pop. Well aged, considering this was bottled March 12, 2019, and reviewed/consumed on May 22, 2021.

Served in a stemless wine glass from a 375mL bottle.
May 23, 2021
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Reviewed by Pinz412 from Pennsylvania

4.67/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
The beer, poured into a wine glass developed a quick settling head atop it's murky copper hue. The aroma was what I had been craving. I was greeted with Brett and some nice funk. Notes of oak, fermenting red wine, and an aroma that I can only describe as impending tartness. There was also something fruity on the nose. The first sip was very funky and dry. The Brett was on full display and not much else. Over the next few sips the beer came to life. The funk mellowed a bit to give way to spicy oak, a bit of grain, and an increasing amount of fruit. This was all presided over by a bright but balanced tartness. A bit of carbonation lightened it up as it slowly faded from my palate. This was simply exquisite.
Apr 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Herbnxplorer from California

4.88/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I'm probably being a little generous here with the rating but this is hands down the best beer I've ever tried. Found it in the back of total wine in the keg cooler, walked through the plastic curtains with the sensor lights flicking on to be greeted by this gem. "Limit 2/customer" a sign read, being the only beer brand back there it felt like I stumbled across the crystal skull of the alcohol superstore, and with 100pt rating I just had to try it. im not much of a beer person but this changed my view 100% and made me realize beers CAN be delicious and just as complex as wines and special spirits. I mean I made an account and am here now because of it right?

Served chilled in a frosted pint glass. Brick red-orange colored, Head Came less than 1/4 inch up when i poured. First sip slaps you in the mouth with a refreshing sour cherry taste but not too much to make you pucker, Mild notes of cream and white wine (from the pinot noir barrels im guessing), very light taste of grain (not yeasty though or overpowering) a bit of funkiness and overall extremely refreshing. Taste great all the way through to the end. Almost a fresh olive kind of taste imo, i think it'd pair well with a Topanade, seafood, grilled food & chimichurri or tapas. As I said best beer I've ever had and what introduced me to the beer conossuier world. Now I've got to try the rest of the line up at Russian river brewing Co! I've had other "specialty beers" and they never really moved me like this did. This one is definitely unforgettable. (Not a pro in the slightest and this is my 1st review, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. I just had to put in my 2 cents because this is truly amazing.)
Apr 05, 2021
Rated: 4.42 by Clembo1957 from England

Mar 19, 2021
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Reviewed by jheimbigner from Washington

4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from cellar temp on 3/7/2021 bottle dare 8/25/2015

Pours a reddish amber with a cream colored head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Nose of red wine, subtle candied cherry, caramel, mild grain, mild oxidation.

Taste follows with a well blended red wine and candied cherries, oak follows with minimal grain, some oxidation but adds to the complexity of the beer.

Feel is light with light carb and lingers on the pallet for medium length.

Overall, this beer has held up incredibly well. Balance between candied cherry, and the pinot barrels is excellent. There is some oxidation, but do not think it is making this beer worse, but adds to the complexity.
Mar 08, 2021
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Reviewed by TheBrewsClues from California

4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75
Look: A deep reddish-orange hue.
Smell/Taste: The taste and smell are exactly what one would hope for in a wild ale. Some fantastic cherry sour taste and aroma, with the aged pinot and oak barrels providing some deep complexity
Feel: Some carbonation, but not too overpowering.
Overall: This is one of my all time favorites. I had tried a number of wild ales before, but this is the on that got me hooked. Absolutely, a tremendous beer
Mar 06, 2021
Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 6695 ratings