Supplication | Russian River Brewing Company

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97.7%
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4.48 w/ 6,361 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#51
Reviews:
1,468
Ratings:
6,361
Liked:
6,216
Avg:
4.48/5
pDev:
8.93%
Alströms:
4.62
 
 
Wants:
2,725
Gots:
2,193
Trade:
135
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,361 |  Reviews: 1,468
Photo of Honeybourne
4.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stephens101
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12.17.12.

Probably the oldest beer I've had (that I've been aware of anyway).

Tea brown in color with a slight fizziness. The aroma is almost boundless and full of funky notes of over ripened peach, white grape and plum with a base of spent grain, and damp straw. Tastes vinous with a nice mix of sweet and tart up front followed by more smooth, long tartness to finish. Has a medium tartness all the way through while notes of grain and wheat mingle with a touch of white grape juice, peach pith, cherry, other fruit peel and faint wood. Body is medium and goes down super dry.

Never overbearing, but never boring either. This one knows right where it needs to be, and for that reason it enjoys its place among the elites.

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Photo of Spoild
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chackman151
5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Nachos4two
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bugsmcl
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Keffa
4.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fathercharles
4.07/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of senglish7
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at Russian River Brewery. Look was red with a brown hint...wine-like. Taste was sweet, almost like wine, yet with a bitter finish. It was smooth without lingering bitterness.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
4.33/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy amber with a little sediment, almost no head, some lacing and rising bubbles present.
Smell is very mild and pleasant, of warm ripe cherries, maybe some green apple and a little pear, some funkiness. I feel like I'm smelling a sweet fruity wine.
Taste is unexpectedly sour. When you get past that, you start noticing layers of fruit and funk and a nice little yeasty character, sour cherries and apple. Feel is medium bodied. After swallowing, what lingers is some sourness that fades and you notice a slight sweetness behind it. You get used to the sourness as you drink and it starts to feel more balanced.
I'm not a big fan of sour but there is something strangely compelling about this beer.

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Photo of juneof44
4.38/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jkolls
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mancavebeercouch
4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of swimmatt
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of themegamancave
3.74/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Egotist
3.54/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kdoolin
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BdM
4.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bshefftz
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jimmeekrek
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sgregory
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ale_addin
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of digitalzombie
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 09/2016:
Review is on both a slightly heavy pour that didn't decant the beer as well as possible, with notes on a shared one that was

Pours a very clear amber brown until the bottle is tipped a little too far. A properly decanted beer holds its off-white head a little better. Visible but limited streams of tinny bubbles eventually can't hold the impression, and the beer ends up mostly devoid of head.

The nose is classic upon initial impression - which comes quite quickly after the cork releases with a loud pop. There seems to be a fairly even balance of cherry tartness, red wine grape, and barrel woodiness.

The first sip hits me with more sour punch than I expected from the nose. Once that is accounted for, the beer "mellows" a tad, though it is still decently sour - which does take this to the next level over the Flanders styles that came from the nose. Despite limited exposure to my sight, the carbonation is definitely sensed via feel. It accentuates (or is accentuated by) the sour notes from the added yeast strains. This sourness has a cherry aspect to it, but overpower that flavor for the most part. The wine tannins along with the former barrel's resident come out by mid taste, more notable than the cherries. The cherries seem to make a little return in the lingering taste that otherwise has the yeast and barrel notes lingering.

The better decanted offering was a little more clean, but didn't seem to have too different a profile. There was just a little more "funk" from the beer that had a little cloud of the dregs into it.

I slowly appreciated this more as I drank it, though I had it rated fairly high initially. I really like the wine aspect of it, but wish the cherry was a little more evident on my palate. Having had Dissident last week, I feel this one is a little more sour, doesn't showcase the cherry nearly as much, but has an better feel to it. If the two weren't relatively difficult to obtain, I think it would be a fun side-by-side.

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Photo of abagri
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Supplication from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97.7% out of 100 with 6,361 ratings
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